Donald S. Whitney in his book, “Spiritual Disciplines For The Christian Life,” wrote: “Discipline without direction is drudgery.”
Then he gives an example of Kevin, a six-year-old boy whose parents enrolled him in music lessons. His friends are outside playing ball, having a good time. For Kevin the lessons are drudgery.
Suppose an angel appears and transports Kevin to Carnegie Hall where a guitar virtuoso is giving a concert. Kevin is amazed at how the musician plays with such skill. Kevin is excited and enthralled by the concert Continue reading
This morning while reading Revelation chapter 11, I had a flashback down memory lane. One that first produced a slight chuckle in the early morning darkness. Then a warm feeling inside. And then some personal introspection.
Verses 11 and 12 reminded me of a sermon I heard Robert Jackson preach 50 years ago. Of course, I may remember it so well because l “borrowed” and preached it several times in my early days of ministry. Continue reading
Is everyone going to heaven?
Apparently 64% of those self identified as evangelicals believe so. According to a recent online survey released by LifeWay and reported by the Christian Post they think “heaven is a place where all people will ultimately be reunited with their loved ones.” Continue reading
Tom had recently changed jobs when he bumped into an old friend, Bill.
After exchanging greetings, Bill said, “Hey, I hear you got a new job. How do you like it?”
Tom shook his head and said, “It’s the absolutely worse job I’ve ever had in my life!”
“Really? Well, how long have you been there?
“Oh, about three months.”
“Then why don’t just quit?” asked Bill. Continue reading
Country music artist, Alan Jackson, had a #1 hit song back in 2001 entitled “Where I Come From.” The refrain repeats these lyrics:
I said where I come from
It’s cornbread and chicken
Where I come from a lotta front porch sittin’
Where I come from tryin’ to make a livin’
And workin’ hard to get to heaven
Where I come from Continue reading
Max Dawson is a friend of mine and a fellow preacher. Following Monday’s first post about heaven, Max made this observation.
“Lots of folks say they have gone to heaven. They then come back to tell us all about what heaven is like. The Apostle Paul (2 Corinthians 12:1-6) was caught up to heaven. Whatever it was that he saw and heard, he said it “is not lawful for a man to utter.” Amazing that folks claim to be able to tell something that the apostle was not permitted to tell.” Continue reading
Eben Alexander is a board certified neurosurgeon. In 2008 he was driven into a coma by a mysterious bacterial meningitis. On the seventh day he surprisingly began to awaken. He claims that during the coma he was taken on a journey into the next life by an angelic being and actually talked to God! Continue reading
“Heaven is for Real” is the story of a four-year old boy, Colton Burpo, who almost died on the operating table during emergency surgery. When he recovered, Colton claims that he went to heaven. The book is written by his father, Todd, a Nebraska preacher, who describes what heaven is like.
It has sold over one million copies and was #1 on the NY Times best seller list.
Why the popularity? The interest? The intrigue? Because people wonder what happens after death. They want some answers into the next life. They are curious about heaven and want to know what it’s like. Continue reading
This morning I am in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Later I will drive over to Morgantown and preach the funeral for my Uncle, James O. Gabbard. He died last Thursday at 91. He lived a full and exciting life. He was a Christian. But finally my Uncle Oval met his appointment with death.
Death. It is a sobering word. A cold word. A frightening word. We don’t even Continue reading