Category Archives: Heaven

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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People in heaven prior to the resurrection

Life in heaven prior to the resurrection of our bodies. 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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Why is final judgment based on works?

How do we reconcile judgment based with the fact that “it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). Continue reading

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Troubled dust, but dust that dreams

Rest securely and confidently in what God has done for you in Christ! And remind yourself often that…. Continue reading

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Every day is NOT a great day

Do we now live in cultures that encourage unrealistic expectations of uninterrupted happiness? I find it troubling when the Church strains to paint everything in such positive terms that believers are shocked and perhaps disillusioned by trials and suffering. Continue reading

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