Today is Kaleb’s birthday. He would be 17-years-old. This is his second birthday we celebrate here on earth while he is in Heaven. Last year we had family and friends gather at a restaurant a week before COVID shut everything down. This year we’ll all go eat at our favorite Mexican restaurant in honor of that special boy.
The iconic television series Downton Abbey, set in early twentieth century England, has much to teach us about the culture wars in America today. And here’s the lesson: remnants of Christian culture collapse with the loss of Christian convictions.
Places, sounds, smells, and people can thrust you into a torrent of emotions that just a split second earlier weren’t there. Grief from loss is often a sniper.
Just when we thought the other side couldn't be more inconsistent with their positions, the Lord goes and tosses us in the seat of inquisition. And like the American General when the German tank commanders urged him to surrender at Bastogne, we say, "Nuts!" Consistency is a pesky little devil.
The place Christians go after they die is not a non-material world, cloaked in white, filled with the sounds of a plucked harp.
I hope that didn’t burst your bubble. But it’s true.
Where did Jesus go when he ascended in the sky after his resurrection?
Acts 1:9 says, And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.”
Jesus was in a physical body.
If you’re a Christian and you die before Jesus returns, you will experience two different Heavens.
Why is that? Because there is a difference between the Heaven we go to when we die and the Heaven we experience when Jesus returns to Earth to make all things new.
Every person will stand before the Living God in judgment -- twice.
The reason we will stand in judgment twice is not because of the inadequacy of the first one, but because of the difference in purpose between them