I should have talked more about the hope of heaven at the beginning of my ministry because I certainly can’t quit talking about it now as I near my ministry’s end.
On your worst day, or during your worst week, or after what may feel like the worst possible start to ministry you can imagine, there’s reason to rejoice, reason to hold out hope. Your name is written in heaven.
When we think of church discipline, it’s easy for us to detach it from our future hope. But we must guard against that temptation.
The Lord’s Supper is an appetizer for the feast that will commence on the day when Christ reunites heaven and earth.
Your local church is an embassy and the temporary geography of heaven. Have you ever thought about that?
We asked pastors around the world this question: “How have you encouraged Christians experiencing significant persecution with the hope of heaven?”
I was the first of the fourth generation of the family, and, being the oldest by several years, spent considerable time with my great-grandmother, much of it alone. I liked her.
Ephesians 2:7 is telling you that your death is not an end but a beginning. Not a wall, but a door. Not an exit, but an entrance.
What joy it will be to finally see, hear, touch, and taste things as God truly and eternally intended!
The older I get, the more I long for heaven. But this longing isn’t tempting me to curl up on the couch, cover my eyes, and simply wait for this terrible world to go away.
Sometimes, I ask myself: How can I live and serve Christ in such a crumbling place?
Christians should never think of obedience, love, or service in terms of earning some future pay-off.
Does Scripture offer more than a few scattered references to heaven? Even more, does heaven play any part in the Bible’s storyline?
While we may struggle now with how the eternal destruction of the wicked could be a cause for joy, we won’t struggle forever.
The biblical texts relating to this issue are many and diverse, but not contradictory. If you take any one of them and treat it as the whole picture, you will almost surely lead people astray.