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Heaven Week: Imagine There’s a Heaven

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.” (Revelation 21:1-2)

John Lennon famously sang, “Imagine there’s no heaven.” Two days ago, we listened to Paul (the apostle, not Lennon’s Beatles buddy) sing just the opposite, “Set your minds on things above.” As little as some Christians talk about heaven, you’d think it almost doesn’t matter to us. So let’s imagine there is a heaven for the next few days – and let’s trust God to tell us a little about it through his Word.

stones_350Spoiler alert! This comes at the very end of the Bible. So if you’ve been reading through, this will give away some major plot detail. John (the apostle, not Lennon) has been given an all-access pass to the future, to the end, to heaven. He finally sees the scene described here.

Plug this into your imagination: Our “heaven” (the sky, the sun, the moon) has been destroyed, right along with our earth. New ones have taken their place. There’s a lot of land, because the new earth doesn’t have an ocean. Looking up, we see a city coming down from the sky toward the earth. She’s the New Jerusalem – God’s Holy City – and somehow she looks like it’s her wedding day.

Think: Do you think Christians think too much or too little about heaven? What’s the point of imagining our eternal future?

Pray: Ask God to help you think about heaven in the healthiest possible way.

Do: Give yourself a half-hour sometime this week to do nothing but stoke your imagination about heaven and your future with God.

Posted August 27, 2014

Heaven Week: Hidden Life

Posted August 26, 2014

“For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” (Colossians 3:3-4)

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Heaven Week: Driving the Mental Herd

Posted August 25, 2014

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (Colossians 3:1-2)

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The Code: Unshakable

Posted August 24, 2014

“He who does these things will never be shaken.” (Psalm 15:5)

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The Code: Used People

Posted August 23, 2014

“. . . who lends his money without usury and does not accept a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken.” (Psalm 15:5)

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The Code: Painful Promises

Posted August 22, 2014

“. . . who keeps his oath even when it hurts . . .” (Psalm 15:4)

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The Code: Good Hate?

Posted August 21, 2014

“. . . who despises a vile man but honors those who fear the LORD . . .” (Psalm 15:4)

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