Category Archives: Eternal life

My first funeral (a suicide)

There was standing room only at the funeral parlor as I faced some rather austere men and women dressed in the old black garb common to conservative Mennonites. Continue reading

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Meet the citizens of heaven

It might surprise some to meet the true citizens of heaven. Many religious leaders “shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces” (Matthew 23:13). Jesus said of them,  “You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. ….You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are” (Matthew 23:14-15). Jesus said to these religious leaders, “religious leaders “shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces” (Matthew 23:13). Jesus said,  “You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. …Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you” (Matthew 21:31). Continue reading

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Feeling discouraged?

We all know what it is like to feel discouraged. Take a moment and consider four recommendations for times of discouragement. Continue reading

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Is eternal salvation secure for believers?

I once had an encounter with an Amish man who told me he was shunned by the Amish Church for belief in assurance of salvation. I learned that he opposed the teaching of eternal security of salvation but embraced a … Continue reading

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How to overcome a condemning heart

Assurance of our standing before God is not a static propositional truth to believe. Assurance is experienced in the active transformed life of Christlike love. Following the example of what Jesus did for us through acts of sacrificial love is a strong means for assuring our heart before God. Continue reading

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Reality is earth and heaven

Do you live in reality? Do you like to keep it real? Is reality only the world of the five senses? Or, is there an unseen reality that matters enough to affect the way we live in this world? Continue reading

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Essential to your walk with God

Salvation is what God did for me by His grace, not what I do to try to keep myself worthy of His grace. Continue reading

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