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Paul’s Motivation

Author and Pastor Henry Blackaby wrote, “Paul the Apostle said, ‘The love of Christ compels [me]’ (2 Corinthians 5:14). He knew God had an eternal purpose for his life.”[1] The apostle Paul was motivated by a deep understanding that he would be judged for future rewards based upon how he lived his life while on this […] Continue reading…

Heaven Ain’t Boring

It’s both interesting and dangerous to talk about heaven. When we point out the sinless tranquility and how incredibly beautiful the new heaven and the new earth are going to be, it can lead people to an incorrect opinion that somehow this glorious creation is also a place of eternal apathy and boredom. Or, as […] Continue reading…

Don’t Minimize Heaven’s Majesty

When we’re contemplating the glorious hope of heaven, we dare not minimize its majesty or glory. Robert Hall, a pastor and author from the 1700s, understood this and wrote, “In the contemplation of God, we are in no danger of going beyond our Subject; we are conversing about an infinite being. In the depths of […] Continue reading…

What Heaven is NOT

Oftentimes we can better understand something if we know what it is not. For example, the guessing game of Twenty Questions is a popular way to understand what something is by knowing what it is not. We are going to gain a deeper understanding of heaven by looking at things that are not there, which […] Continue reading…

Human Hope vs. Real Hope

 Quite often people define hope as a wish for something good to happen. It’s a longing for something to come true. We hope our kids get good grades, we hope our team wins, or we hope that our car can last one more year. Hope is a desire that our lives will get better. There’s […] Continue reading…

Pilgrims in This World

 The apostle Peter wrote in 1 Peter 1:1, “Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia.” He’s calling believers in Jesus Christ “pilgrims.” He has a very pointed purpose for using that word—he wanted them to understand the mindset needed while still in this world. […] Continue reading…

Our Heavenly Citizenship

 C. S. Lewis wrote, “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”[1] Quite simply, we not only long to be in heaven, we were made for it. That was God’s original intent and design. This fallen […] Continue reading…

Paul’s Tug-of-War Focus

 The Apostle Paul writes in Philippians 1:24–25, “Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you. And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith.” There’s a tug-of-war going on inside the apostle Paul. He would rather be in […] Continue reading…

Paul’s Life and Fruit

 One of the benefits of understanding your marching orders and living with a heavenly attitude was that Paul’s life produced valuable fruit. Philippians 1:22 says, “If I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell.” Clearly, as long as Paul lived on earth, […] Continue reading…

Eternity in Our Hearts

 Ecclesiastes 3:11 says that God “has put eternity in [our] hearts.” Everything we long for and appreciate that is godly, loving, true, right, peaceful, secure, beautiful, and eternal all goes back to the Garden of Eden and God’s intention for humankind—to live forever in a state of beautiful heavenly joy. Every person, whether they’re a […] Continue reading…

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