Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Book Review: Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Heaven

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Heaven is a great little book by Randy Alcorn. It is an edited version of his much larger and more in-depth book, Heaven. Though small, it is packed with information and Scripture verses! If you want to learn about Heaven, this book will be a good resource to help you study what the Bible says about Heaven.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Heaven is broken into five parts:
- Part I: The Present Heaven
- Part II: The Eternal Heaven
- Part III: Life on the New Earth
- Part IV: Can You Know You’re Going to Heaven?
- Part V: God’s Promises about Heaven

In Parts I and II, Alcorn uses Scripture to answer questions such as:
- What is the “present Heaven”?
- Do people in the present Heaven see what is happening on Earth?
- Where do we get our misconceptions about Heaven?
- If “no eye has seen” Heaven, how can we know about it?
- Is Heaven our default destination…or is Hell?
- Will the old Earth be destroyed…or renewed?
- How will we worship God in Heaven?

In Part III of the book, Alcorn shares what we can know from Scripture about various parts of life on the New Earth. He writes about topics such as angels, animals, clothing, pets, sleep, work, and much, much more!

Randy Alcorn shares the Gospel in Part IV. Can you know for sure if you are going to Heaven? The answer is yes, you can! God clearly tells us in His Word how we can be saved from our sin so that we can spend eternity in Heaven with Him.

Part V of the book contains promises from God’s Word about Heaven. This section will help to guide your thoughts to relevant Scripture verses when you are worrying or having doubts about Heaven.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Heaven is an excellent resource. This little book will help you to dig into God’s Word to see what it teaches about Heaven, the New Earth, and eternity. If you have time and energy to read the larger version, Heaven, I highly recommend it. However, if you can only read a short book, this is the one for you.

One thing that has helped me to be content in living with dysautonomia is learning about Heaven and the joy that awaits believers there. This has made it so much easier to let go of my dreams for this life as I look forward to the life to come. If you have never taken the time to learn about Heaven, I think you will find that studying what the Bible says about Heaven will be very much worth your while!

I was given a complimentary copy of Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Heaven from Tyndale House Publishers. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter! He Is Risen!

"Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, 'Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.' So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, 'Greetings!' And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, 'Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.'”

Matthew 28:1-10

Friday, April 3, 2015

Good Friday

 Were the whole realm of nature mine, That were a present far too small; Love so amazing, so divine, Demands my soul, my life, my all.

"He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."
2 Corinthians 5:21

“And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?’ which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ And some of the bystanders hearing it said, ‘Behold, he is calling Elijah.’ And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, ‘Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.’ And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last.  And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, ‘Truly this man was the Son of God!’”
Mark 15:33-39

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When I  Survey the Wondrous Cross

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

Isaac Watts, 1707

Monday, March 30, 2015

Busy Hands: Hair Bows for the Awana Store

In January I was given some Frozen ribbon and asked to make some hair bows for the Awana store at our church. I was pretty excited to have a way to participate in Awana even while homebound! There was enough ribbon to make five hair bows, and I made each one slightly different from the others.

This one was Adelaide's favorite, but she didn't buy a hair bow at the Awana store. She bought bubbles instead. I was shocked to hear that bubbles won out over Elsa and Anna!

This bow is my favorite. If I was 5 years old, I would totally wear an Anna bow.

What have you been doing lately to keep your hands busy? I'd love to hear about your projects!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Five Minute Friday: Break

Today I am joining the blogging community at Kate Motaung's blog for Five Minute Friday. We write for just five minutes on the same writing prompt. This week the word is "break."

"Live for the line, not the dot. Live on earth is a dot. it begins. It ends. It's brief. Life in Heaven is an unending line extending from that dot. We all live in the dot. If we're wise, we'll live for the line." - Randy Alcorn
"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." 
Matthew 6:19-21

Eternity stretches out before us. Right now eternity seems so far away, but it is closer than you think. The reality is that our lives are brief. They are but a moment, a vapor, and then they are gone (James 4:14). Are you laying up treasure on earth that will soon be destroyed? Or are you laying up treasure in Heaven where it will never be destroyed and where thieves will never break in and steal? Are you living for today? Or are you living for eternity?

Randy Alcorn says, “Live for the line, not the dot.” Our lives are brief, but eternity is forever. You can live today in such a way that you will store up treasures in Heaven. Are you using your time, money, gifts, and abilities to store up treasure in Heaven? Are you making an investment in eternity? Or are you only investing in yourself for today?

Dear friend, I encourage you to look to the future. As you make decisions today, consider eternity. Invest your time, money, and gifts wisely so that you can store up treasure in Heaven. When you store up treasure in Heaven, no one can break in and steal it from you. Earthly treasures fade, rust, and are eventually destroyed. Heavenly treasures will never be taken away.

Live for the line, not for the dot. Set your mind on heavenly things, and seek to please the Lord. “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth” (Colossians 3:1-2).

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