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Activated April 2010

Heavens - April 2010

What will heaven be like? This issue gives a glimpse into that heavenly realm. After reading this, you will never see this present world quite the same.

01-04-2010
Your Heavenly Mansion
Your Heavenly Mansion

If you were told that a brand-new palatial mansion was yours, bought and paid for, would you believe it? What if it was guaranteed in writing? Wouldn’t you believe it then, and wouldn’t you want to find out where your new home was located and what it looked like? Wouldn’t you ask about the view, the neighbors, the climate, and every other detail you could think of? Wouldn’t you start dreaming of the day you would move in? And how do you suppose that news would change your life and priorities in the meantime?

Well, someone has promised you such a...

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01-04-2010
No Exit?
No Exit?

In my high school literature class we studied the Jean-Paul Sartre play No Exit, in which hell’s occupants are confined to a room and have nothing to do but engage in fruitless, pointless discussions.

In David Brandt Berg’s articleThe Green Door,” hell is a polished hospital-like facility with rooms full of people involved in much the same work they did on earth, but without any hope of achieving anything worthwhile: scientists engage in endless experiments that bear no results, soldiers fight battles that never end, trains never reach their destinations, and rockets don’t make it off the ground. Nothing ever gets...

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01-04-2010
Comfort in Life’s Dark Hour
Comfort in Life’s Dark Hour

Never have I been so glad that I had faith as when my husband died.

Oh, the comfort, the blessing, the peace in the hour of trial that those of us who believe can draw on. Many of the condolence cards that I received had messages based on this Bible verse: “We sorrow not as those that have no hope”1—and that is so true!

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01-04-2010
Tears in Heaven
Tears in Heaven

The Bible doesn’t say there aren’t going to be any tears in heaven. When we get to heaven and face God, we will no doubt all have a few tears to shed for mistakes we made and opportunities we missed and loved ones that we’ll wish we’d loved more and been kinder to. We will all have something to be sorry about and ashamed of then.

But isn’t God wonderfully loving and merciful? He says He’s going to wipe away all those tears. “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”1

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01-04-2010
Thinking About You in Heaven
Thinking About You in Heaven

As I was walking this evening on the country roads in the hills behind my house, I realized that next week it will be five years since I last saw you, since you left us.

At first I was saddened by the thought, but suddenly it struck me differently. Five years in heaven. You’ve spent five years in heaven. What that must be like!

Rounding a bend, a spectacular sunset came into view. The sky was awash in pinks and blues, amplified by a pre-monsoon day that had alternated, sometimes suddenly, between sunny, brilliant blue skies and rain clouds.

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01-04-2010
What Heaven is like
What Heaven is like

The Bible tells us a lot about what to expect when we get to heaven—what it’s like, what we will be like, and what we’ll do there. There have also been numerous accounts from people who caught glimpses of heaven during brushes with death, and other people have seen departed loved ones in visions or dreams, or received messages from them with details of what they found life in heaven to be like.

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01-04-2010
Looking Forward to Heaven
Looking Forward to Heaven

The eleventh chapter of Hebrews lists some heroes and heroines of faith.

One thing these men and women had in common was that they “waited for the city whose builder and maker is God.”1 Their focus wasn’t on their immediate circumstances, but on the heavenly reward. That’s how they were able to endure the tests and tribulations they went through.2 This has practical applications for us. It’s easy to become so weighed down with the concerns of daily living that we lose sight of what’s waiting for us at the end of the road. On the other hand, thinking more about heaven...

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01-04-2010
Why Suffering?
Why Suffering?

Question: Why does God allow suffering? Doesn’t He care about us?

 

Answer: God certainly does care! It hurtsHim to see us suffer as a result of our own wrong choices or the wrong choices and actions of others.

The Bible tells us, “As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear [reverence] Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.”1

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01-04-2010
Suffering—A Blessing in Disguise?
Suffering—A Blessing in Disguise?

God comforts and strengthens us in our suffering.

John 14:18: I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.

1 Corinthians 10:13: No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

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01-04-2010
Living Hope
Living Hope

I was thinking recently about death—how in spite of all the advances in medical science, death happens eventually to every living creature.

I was curious to see what the Bible had to say about this, and found some amazing things.

Death, it turns out, was not part of God’s original plan for His creation; it was the result of man’s disobedience to God. God had intended for man to live forever, but He could no longer permit that because of man’s fallen, sinful nature. Death is the penalty of sin, and it is one we all must suffer. “Through one man [Adam]...

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01-04-2010
Passing Through
Passing Through

I am a creature of a day, passing through life as an arrow through the air. I am a spirit come from God and returning to God. I want to know one thing—the way to heaven.

—John Wesley

 

The world is but a great inn, where we are to stay a night or two, and be gone; what madness is it so to set our heart upon our inn, as to forget our home?

—Thomas Watson

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01-04-2010
The Sanctuary
The Sanctuary

I see your struggles and hear your calls for help. When you feel all alone, I am there. I feel your heartaches, and wait for you to come to Me in prayer. Come into My sanctuary, into that secret place that you and I can share. There I am able to lift the worries, the cares, and the confusion. There I can restore your feeling of purpose and infuse you with strength to go on.

Life can be a struggle, but you do not have to struggle alone. Many times I have placed burdens in your life that seemed like mountains....

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