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Choice

June 19, 2013 Leave a comment

“When I die, I’m going to ask God….”

Actually, when you die and come face to face with God, you will be unable to speak.  You will ask Him nothing.  You will just fall to the ground in abject terror and mouth the words,
“Woe is me! Woe is me!  For I have sinned greatly,”
but not a sound will emerge from your mouth until God says, “Speak!”

We know this to be true from the Biblical accounts of godly people who have experienced God in His glory.  It is unimaginable how much more terrifying it will be for the ungodly!  Read more…

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The Favorite Uncle

June 17, 2013 Leave a comment

Do you have fond memories of spending time as a small child with that special person such as your favorite uncle or aunt, your grandma or grandpa?
Do you remember playing with them – perhaps playing ball, or cooking, or exploring in the woods – doing something special that you did with no one else?
Do you remember the special name you had for that favorite person, and the special name he had for you?
Do you remember looking forward to those days, wanting to be with them, savoring every moment – and then the sadness of the parting, the tears?
That, my dear friends, is a taste of Heaven here on earth. Read more…

Eye Test

March 26, 2013 Leave a comment

Many individuals complain about God. They say, “God doesn’t really give me a real choice. On the one hand is eternity in Heaven, on the other is eternity in Hell. The two options He gives me are such ridiculously polar opposites that Hell isn’t even a realistic choice. It’s not a true choice. Only a controlling, power-crazed God would force such a ridiculous choice on people.”

All is not as it looks. Read more…

The Elephant Whisperer

October 30, 2012 Leave a comment

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. He created a perfect setting for all His creatures to live in the Garden of Eden. Then man messed it all up by disobeying God’s instructions.

Have you ever wondered what it must have been like to live in the Garden of Eden harmoniously with lions, elephants, and all kinds of other animals? No fear, no sickness, no death, no sorrow…

Every once in a while we get echoes of what it must have been like. Every once in a while stories surface of unusual harmony in this predatory world of conflict: Dogs nursing kittens, cats nursing puppies, and so on.

Then there are the stories of humans uniquely able to communicate with animals, such as Cesar Milan the dog whisperer and Dan (Buck) Brannahan the horse whisperer. Now we have the incredible story of Lawrence Anthony, the elephant whisperer.

Since 1999 Mr. Anthony has cared for two wild and troublesome elephant herds on the 5,000 acre Thula Thula game reserve in South Africa. Mr. Anthony died in March 2012. Though the elephant herds were miles away in the bush at the time, they somehow sensed Mr. Anthony’s passing, made a 12 hour journey to his house, stayed around to mourn for two days, and then disappeared back into the bush. Read the amazing full story here.

Such stories serve as reminders of God’s promise that one day He will restore the glorious harmony He originally created:

The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them. (Isa 11:6)

The wolf and the lamb shall graze together; the lion shall eat straw like the ox, and dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain,” says the LORD. (Isa 65:25)

Thus we are also reminded of the most precious gift we’ve been given: The opportunity to enjoy glorious harmony with God forever – if we so choose. The mysteries of how God is accomplishing that miracle and how we can choose to participate through Christ Jesus are made fully clear in the Bible:

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (Joh 11:25-26)

Joh 20:30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. (Joh 20:30-31)

… This is the disciple who is bearing witness about these things, and who has written these things, and we know that his testimony is true.(Joh 21.24)

I look forward to enjoying your company in the glorious harmony of the restored Garden with Jesus, plus elephants, tigers, lions, wolves, lambs, and many other wonderful creatures because

All is not as it looks.

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God’s Economy

August 1, 2012 Leave a comment

Recently I received a very generous personal gift.  Needless to say I was extremely grateful and somewhat overwhelmed, but that was just part of my reaction.  I instinctively wanted to return the favor, even if only with a small token gift in return.

We’ve all been in similar situations when we’re invited to a great party, dinner, or event.  It’s only proper and necessary to reciprocate somehow.  That, friends, is a foretaste of God’s economy in Heaven.  Let me explain. Read more…

Glimpse of Heaven

July 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Counter-CutDr. Mary Neal, author of “To Heaven and Back: A Doctor’s Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels and Life Again,” was interviewed about her near-death experience recently on the Today Show.  She was pinned underwater unable to breathe for a minimum of 15 minutes, died, experienced Heaven, and came back.  Click here to enjoy the interview.

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Her experience is not that unusual.  I’ve read numerous accounts of comparable experiences.  Pictures of signed official death certificates were included in some books; I recall a funeral photograph in one account! Read more…

The Greatest Moment

April 6, 2012 11 comments

Have you ever noticed that lives often change at pivotal moments in time?  In the twinkling of an eye everything flips upside down.  You’re driving along the highway, daydreaming about that vacation next month, then BOOM!  In a moment life changes dramatically in an accident.  Of course the same thing is true of good things.  You’re desperately seeking a job, and all your attempts end in failure.  Then RING!  You get that phone call from a friend of a friend, and life changes dramatically.  Those moments are “not as it looks” moments:  At the time life looks bleak, or life looks great, but all is not as it looks; everything is about to change forever.

Today is Good Friday, the day our Lord, Christ Jesus, was crucified.  That one day, that one moment when He said, “It is finished!” is the greatest “not as it looks” moment of all time.  In that one moment the whole cosmos was turned upside-down. Read more…