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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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Jan. 12, 2010 - Surprises in Heaven

By Alex Bryant

I hope that there are surprises in heaven. I hope when we get there we see things we never would have imagined. I hope there are giant roller coasters and huge football fields. I hope there are flavors of ice cream we have never tasted and colors we have never seen and music we have never heard. I wonder if all the mysteries and glorious wonders of life will be revealed to us the moment we arrive, or if God will take all of eternity revealing these things to us little by little.

Even more, I hope we are surprised by some of the people we see. I’m sure we would all agree there are a few “shoo-ins”: people like John the Baptist, who was said to be the greatest ever born to man; or King David, who was a man after God’s own heart. I’m sure we will see Paul, who authored many New Testament books of the Bible; the apostles, who died to spread the gospel; Mary, the mother of Jesus; Lazarus, whom Jesus raised from the dead; Mary Magdalene, whom Jesus delivered from demons; and many more heroes of the Bible. I can’t wait to meet people like C.S. Lewis and Oswald Chambers. Preachers like Smith Wigglesworth will no doubt be sitting at the feet of Jesus. These are all people who fought the fight, kept the faith and finished the race. I have no doubt we will see them in heaven.

But I hope there are a few last-minute additions too. I hope that in the final moments of their lives, people like Michael Jackson, Elvis and Princess Diana repented of their sins and found a spot in heaven. I hope Marilyn Monroe, Chris Farley and Heath Ledger had the chance to ask for mercy and grace before they breathed their last breath. I hope that my Grandmother Naomi asked Jesus into her heart before she entered into eternity. I hope to be surprised. I hope!

These are people who gave so much of themselves here on earth, but just didn’t seem to know the real TRUTH! I wonder if anyone told them about Jesus. I wonder if they thought they were on the right road, but had trouble showing it by the fruit they produced. I wonder if they had an 11th-hour encounter with Jesus, like the thief on the cross. Although these people didn’t appear to live their lives in a way that would guarantee their names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, I hope somehow, someway, they found Jesus and we will see them in heaven.

I’m not the ultimate judge, but I do know God’s Word is clear: Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Acts 2:21). You have to call on Him! I hope we are surprised by many people who actually called on Him in the final moments of their lives. I hope they receive grace and mercy and, most importantly, the precious gift of eternal life.

But that’s just it … I can only hope for these people! What about you? I don’t want to have to hope your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Do you know Jesus? Have you already called on Him to save you? You don’t have to hope you make it to heaven; you can know for certain right now!

I pray that you call on His name and ask Him to come into your heart and live there as your King. Don’t wait until the final moments of your life and hope that you have the chance to get right with Him. Do it now!

— Alex Bryant serves as college and young adults pastor at First Assembly of God in Fort Myers, Fla.



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