Category Archives: Heaven

The Implication of The Lost Sheep


This is How Much God Loves You!

 Luke 15:4-7 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. 

The Promise


The Promise

You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed. – Joshua 23:14

M: Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” – Luke 18:27
C: We believe that God can do the impossible.

M: Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. – Joshua 1:9
C:  I do believe in the promise that God is always with me.

M: Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:7
C: We believe in the promise that God deeply cares for us.

M: If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. – John 15:7
C: I believe in the promise of answered prayers.

M: Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus – Romans 8:1
C: We believe in this promise that there is redemption for us.

M: In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. – Romans 8:26
C: I believe in the promise that the Holy Spirit intercedes on my behalf.

M: I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. – Ezekiel 36:26
C: We believe that God can soften stone cold hearts.

M: No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. – 1 Corinthians 10:13
C: I believe this two fold promise – God will not tempt me beyond beyond my strength and He will provide the means for me to endure it.

M: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. – John 14:27
C: We believe in the promise that only God can give is peace.

M: And this is what he promised us—eternal life. – 1 John 2:25
C: I believe in the promise of eternal life. Amen.

The Creative Writing Process for a Christian


The Creative Writing Process for a Christian

 

A few years ago a paper came across my desk.  It was a paper written by a Pastor who lives and serves a congregation about 3,000 miles from where I live.  But the world has become relatively flat and distance no longer seems to matter.  Somehow, the Holy Spirit saw to it that this particular paper be made known to me.  It was a paper about “Heaven.”

 

The paper was lengthy, so at first I just skimmed through it.  But the Spirit had other plans for this paper and for me as well.  The message contained in the paper started to affect me, to inspire me and to move me.  So I started to read it again, but in more depth.  It felt like God was talking to me through this Pastor’s writing.

 

I did not set out to make notes on the paper but I first found myself highlighting the sentences that struck a major chord with me.  Something was happening inside me.  The paper was stirring my heart to respond.  This is called worship because I was sensing God through it and I knew that I needed to glorify Him through this Pastor’s diligent work.

 

“What did the paper mean to me?  How could I encapsulate what I was feeling onto a blank sheet of paper?  How could I use this experience to tell others about my Savior and eternity in heaven with Him?”  These are the thoughts that started to flow through me.  So I started to write.  First in sentence form but eventually a metered form took over.  The lines were just falling into place like a train of carefully placed dominoes.  It took me hours to read through the paper, to cogitate on it, to pray over it, and to reflect on it’s meaning but in actuality, the poem came to me quickly as most truly inspired poems do. 

 

My favorite line in the poem? – of course it’s the one about “Isaiah” and if you are familiar with Isaiah 6 you will know why.

 

Here is the poem that I titled “Heaven, Really”

 

Heaven?
Really?
Shrouded in mystery
Anchored in history
Oh it’s heaven
Really!
A prepared place
For prepared people
The Son’s grace
The Father’s dwelling place.
The Spirit reveals
Here’s the deal:
It’s beauty,
It’s freedom,
It’s happiness,
It’s excitement,
It’s perfect,
Streets of gold
Before you enfold
it’s blessedness I am told
The Tree of Life is actually growing
The River of Life is actually flowing
Why all this unknowing?
Angels sing “holy, holy, holy is He”

 

A cloud of witnesses surround me
Unending joy and eternal pleasure will be.
For you,
For me.
No need for the sun.
Isaiah is no longer undone.
How old will we appear?
What will we look like?
And whom shall we fear?
Will we recognize one another?
Will we remember our mother,
a sister; a brother?
What will we do?
I’m thinking …
… No more sitting in a pew.
That’s Heaven!
Really!
 
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In my book, I tried to introduce each of my poems with similar stories.  Why I wrote the piece, what was inspiring me at the time, what was I doing as I wrote the poem, etc.  My hope is that the Holy Spirit will use my poems and prayers to affect you as this Pastor’s District paper moved me.
  

You can preview my book here!

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Thinking of Heaven


Thinking of Heaven

I know very little of what heaven will be like, only what I’ve gleaned from scripture, heard in sermons, studied in bible class and read in papers. At some point, haven’t we all pondered this information in our hearts? This is what’s on my heart and I am sure that it’s not even a ghost-like representation of what heaven is really like.

In heaven you will shine with reflected glory
You will hear music like never before
You will see colors too beautiful to describe
You will trod and dance all over sacred ground

You will see that there is only one divine physician
He knows the timetable for each of our life’s
You will feel love that cannot be measured by the earth’s standards
You will live your eternal reward which was given to you purely as a gift called grace

The presence of grace will be continuously and copiously evident
You will feel safe and warm all over
The wounded healer will have healed all the wounded
You will feel the savior’s warmth and His mighty intimate touch

Peace and contentment will cover your face
You will have spiritual eyes and ears
You will hear “well done, good and faithful servant”
Your long departed loved ones will be waiting for you

You will gaze upon leagues of angels
You will peer into Jesus’ eyes and see God smile back at you
Your place in heaven will be for you and you alone,
because it was prepared for you and you were made for it,
made for it stitch by stitch as a finely custom tailored shirt.

Ever increasing and deepening joy, knowledge and delight
All that is impure, all that is weak, all that is imperfect, and that is wrong will be removed
No more sin, no more distractions, no more tiredness, no more dullness of heart, no more impure motives, no more doubt, no more envy, no more hidden agendas, no more sorrow and no more evil.

Nothing can enter heaven which is not real; nothing erroneous, nothing mistaken, nothing conceited, nothing hollow, nothing pretentious, nothing disturbing and nothing insubstantial can be smuggled through those gates.
Just God the Father, God the Son, God the Spirit and blissful, heavenly, worship and a humungous body of true believers.

John the Baptist, John the Revelater, Paul and Silas, Jonah, Elijah, King David, the man who was healed at the pool in Bethesda, the jailor in Philippi, Matthew, Mark, Luke, Abraham, Moses, Aaron, Kenaniah will probably be playing music, the thief on the cross, Isaiah, Ezekiel, the Prodigal Son, Enoch, Daniel, Noah, Esther, Stephen the Martyr, Timothy, Titus, James, the Marys, Job and many more, they are all real people, they are there; perhaps you talk with one of them.

No more pain, every tear will be wiped from your eyes and you’ll be filled with joy, peace and harmony.
But the ultimate joy is to see the face of the lamb.
The face that not even the sinless Seraphim could look at.
WE–GAZE-DIRECTLY-AT-THE-FACE-OF-GOD!
Can you imagine that?
We have only seen,
We have only heard,
The faintest whisper of how great God is and how great heaven will be.
Heaven
is
for
real!