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Summary: Wednesday February 16, 2005 the National Hockey League announced that the 2004-05 season has been cancelled due to failure to resolve a management-player dispute over a team’s salary cap. IT’S ALL ABOUT MONEY.

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HOCKEY, HELL AND HEAVEN

“We do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”

2 Corinthians 4:18-5:1

Wednesday February 16, 2005 the National Hockey League announced that the 2004-05 season has been cancelled due to failure to resolve a management-player dispute over a team’s salary cap. IT’S ALL ABOUT MONEY.

What Scriptural connection, if any, does this have? The answer is found in 2 Timothy 3:1-4. “But know this, that in the last days perilous times (times of stress) will come. For men shall be lovers of themselves, LOVERS OF MONEY, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, un loving, unforgiving (irreconcilable), slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.”

If these are indeed the last days, we had better face the reality that eternity is nearer than we might like to think. And that means that either hell or heaven in our near future. Let’s look at these two (and there are only two) eternal destinations.

WHAT THE BIBLE TELLS US ABOUT HELL AND WHY WE SHOULD WANT TO AVOID IT.

1. It is real. It is a “place”:

“Then he said, I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him [Lazarus] to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify unto them, lest they also come to this place of torment.” Luke 16:27-28

2. It is eternal:

“And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Matthew 25:46. Also: ”And if your eye causes you to stumble, cast it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes, to be cast into Hell [Gehenna], (where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.)” Mark 9:43-44 NASB

3. It is indescribably horrible:

“He [the unbeliever] also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; and they have no rest day and night.” Revelation 14:10-11 NASB.

WHAT THE BIBLE TELLS US ABOUT HEAVEN (and why we should want to gain it).

“But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” I Corinthians 2:9 (Also Isaiah 64:4).

1. Heaven is real. Jesus called heaven “a “place”:

“In My Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself, that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:2-3

2. It is a place of absolute holiness:


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