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Summary: This is the 1st message in the series of sermons about HEAVEN. This is PART #1 & it deals with basically 3 TRUTHS, 1: THE PROMINENCE of HEAVEN 2: The PLURALITY of HEAVEN & 3: The PLACE of HEAVEN. & we ended with WHERE HEAVEN IS ---UP:

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Sermons About Heaven: February 28, 2010

Sermon #1: What’s Up With Heaven?

Introduction:

Probably one of the MOST MISUNDERSTOOD DOCTRINES within the BIBLE & MISUNDERSTOOD by MANY CHRISTIANS is the DOCTRINE of HEAVEN.

There is a LOT of FALSE MYTHS about HEAVEN & it is EASY to get CAUGHT UP in them if we are NOT CAREFUL.

The BIBLE tells us that we are going to SPEND an ETERNITY THERE so I THINK it only makes SENSE that we CHECK OUT the PLACE where we are going to LIVE FOREVER & FOREVER. Don’t you?

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In this SERIES of MESSAGES about HEAVEN I’d like for us to LOOK at MANY of the DIFFERENT ASPECTS of HEAVEN & see if we can get a BETTER UNDERSTANDING as well as a BETTER APPRECIATION for HEAVEN.

I ENJOY READING VARIOUS EPITAPHS. {INSCRIPTIONS of TOMBSTONES}

EPITAPHS are VERY FITTING for a SERIES on HEAVEN for they are WRITTEN on OUR TOMBSTONES.

I ENJOY THIS ONE:

Here lies the body of old man Peas, Buried beneath the flowers & trees

But Peas ain’t here, just the pod, Peas shelled out & went to GOD.

That’s an ACCURATE EPITAPH for that’s what HAPPENS when we DIE. We SHELL OUT & we go to GOD. The POD stays here, right?

One dear lady MISWROTE the EPITAPH and when she SHARED IT with the LADIES MISSIONARY GROUP at CHURCH; WHAT CAME OUT was this:

Here lies the body of old man Peas, Buried beneath the flowers & the trees,

But Peas ain’t here, just the shell, ------------

She said IMMEDIATELY she KNEW she was IN TROUBLE.

It was SUNDAY & in SUNDAY SCHOOL the TEACHER of the 5th GRADERS was DRILLING her CLASS about the GOSPEL of SALVATION.

She was QUIZZING them & she said, ‘If I SOLD EVERYTHING & GAVE the MONEY to the CHURCH would that get me INTO HEAVEN?’

& the ENTIRE CLASS RESPONDED TOGETHER with a big ‘NO!’

So then the TEACHER asked, ‘Well, if I’d CLEAN my HOUSE every day & MOWED the YARD & PLANTED FLOWERS & made my HOME BEAUTIFUL; would that get me INTO HEAVEN?’

& once again the KIDS RESPONDED with ‘NO!’

Then the TEACHER added, ‘Well, if I was KIND to ANIMALS & POLITE to ALL my FRIENDS & if I LOVED my FAMILY; would that get me INTO HEAVEN?’

& once again there was this UNANIMOUS ‘NO!’

“Well,” she asked, “Then HOW can I get INTO HEAVEN?”

& there was ONE LITTLE BOY who was NEW to SUNDAY SCHOOL & he SHOUTED OUT the ANSWER; ‘You have to BE DEAD.”

& that is TRUE, isn’t it?

If JESUS DOESN’T RETURN & TAKE US to be with HIM in the RAPTURE then the ONLY WAY we can get INTO HEAVEN is to DIE.

& that MEANS that EVERY ONE OF US in this CONGREGATION this morning has a CHANCE to GO to HEAVEN.

Because the DEATH RATE is PRESENTLY 100%:

& UNLESS CHRIST RETURNS SOON ---we’re ALL GOING to DIE!

WORLD WIDE – 3 PEOPLE DIE EVERY SECOND.

That’s 180 PEOPLE DIE EVERY MINUTE.

That’s NEARLY 11,000 PEOPLE DIE EVERY HOUR.

& if the BIBLE is RIGHT ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS TO US AFTER WE DIE that MEANS that MORE than 250,000 PEOPLE EVERY DAY will either GO to HEAVEN or GO to HELL.


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