What’s the best thing about heaven?
You know the right answer: Being with God.
But let’s be honest: We long for more than that, don’t we? Given a choice, I think we’d all prefer to be with God AND those we love most in this world.
This Sunday at White Pine, we’re going to learn from the Bible, whether that is a dream that will or will not come true. I hope to see you there, sitting next to those you most want to be with you in heaven.
Last week we gazed at a very attractive–and surprisingly familiar–picture of our eternal home, and my guess is that it reduced your apprehension and heightened your anticipation of heaven.
But did I tell you that our trip to the new heaven and new earth is not a nonstop flight? No? Sorry about that. But no worries–the two layovers that are part of our post-death journey are both better than you can imagine, too.
We will learn what we can expect to enjoy immediately after we die (if Jesus doesn’t return first), and what the thousand-plus years between then and the unveiling of the new heaven and new earth will be like.
Might this be a subject your “one” would be interested in? If so, I hope you’ll find your voice and invite them to be our guest.
Some people think it’s impossible to know what heaven is like until you get there.
But that’s not true. Of course there is much about the afterlife that is a mystery, but there are many clues in the Bible about what heaven will be like. This Sunday at White Pine, we are beginning a five-part study on heaven that, I promise, will make you look forward to going there.
Is your “one” interested in life after death? If so, this would be a great time to invite them to join you!
We live in a culture that is increasingly at cross-purposes with the teachings and life-call of the Christian faith. If we choose to live wholeheartedly for Jesus, then it is likely that we will face some type of trouble. By looking at Paul’s life and teachings in his first letter to the Thessalonians, we’ll be exploring what he has to say about what we can do when our faith leads to trouble.
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We all have our own cross to bear. What’s yours?
Before you answer that, you might want to hear what Jesus had to say about cross-bearing. And that’s exactly what we are going to do this Sunday at White Pine. As we prepare for Holy Week, we are not just going to talk about the cross Jesus bore, but the one He calls you and me to bear. You may never hear more shocking … or more liberating … truth from the lips of Jesus.
To say that God is pro-family is stating the obvious, right? So why did Jesus say so many things that challenge our natural tendency to put family first?
We are going to wrestle with the most shocking statement Jesus ever made about families. As hard as it will be to hear, I trust it will be good for us, because Jesus did not come to rob us of life at its best, but to help us find it.
Plus, He loves our families more than we do, and He knows how to lead us to a lifestyle that will shake those we love out of spiritual apathy. For their sake, let’s go where Jesus leads.
Be everywhere, do everything, and never fail to astonish the customer.” That’s the motto of Macy’s, and it also sums up what I expected from Jesus when I first began to follow Him. I thought He would be everywhere and do everything I wanted Him to do with astonishing power.
He has astonished me all right–by not doing what I expected. Everyone who follows Jesus will at some point hit the
this-isn’t-what-I-signed-up-for wall of disillusionment. Why should we keep following Him when He doesn’t exceed our expectations?
We are going to watch Jesus astonish His disciples, and not in a delightful way. We’ll see most turn away and a few keep following. And we will discover what fueled the endurance of the minority, so that we too will have what it takes to follow our unpredictable Lord all the way to the finish line.
It is impossible to follow Jesus in a society as prosperous as America without ever wrestling with the question of what He wants you to do with your money.
Unfortunately, answers to that question–even by those who claim to teach the Bible–vary so dramatically that, lacking clarity, we gravitate toward our preferences … or, to use the language of the apostle Paul, we gather around us a great number of teachers to say what our itching ears want to hear (2 Timothy 4:3).
But I dare you to find a prosperity preacher who regularly quotes the Gospel of Luke. Why? Well, let’s just say Luke doesn’t scratch where we itch.
But integrity demands that we brace ourselves and let Luke speak, because his Gospel contains far more words of Jesus on the subject of money and possessions than any other New Testament book. So this Sunday at White Pine, we are going to highlight every quote of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke that has financial implications.
I promise you this: Clarity.
Picture two roads diverging in the woods. One is broad, level and crowded with hikers. The other is narrow, steep and occupied by one lone figure–Jesus.
Why follow Him instead of them?
Between now and Easter Sunday, we are going to study the map (the Gospels) to see what we can expect if we continue to follow Jesus every time we come to a fork in the road. Knowing both the cost and the reward will prepare us to take the less traveled route all the way to a destination like no other.