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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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May 7, 2013 - If That's All There Is

By Jerry D. Scott

Have you lost sight of eternity? I sometimes do when the hope of my life hidden in God is obscured by the responsibilities of daily life. Sometimes I am so comfortable with my "stuff" that any longing for my home in Heaven is forgotten.

An obsession with comfort, with blessings, even with some "spiritual experience," can grow out of the mistaken notion we can find a kind of heaven on earth, a paradise in the present, with a carefully nurtured illusion that life will never end.

N.T. Wright observes that for centuries Christians walked to worship past cemeteries. They entered a place used "weekly for prayer, Eucharist, celebration, for baptisms and weddings, for the whole worshipping life of the community ... there is something wonderful and profound about entering church through the churchyard where are buried those who worshipped there in centuries past" ("Surprised by Hope"). This was a powerful reminder that what they did today would end and they would eventually enter their rest in Christ, awaiting the Resurrection.

What inspires great sacrifice, moves people to costly service, gives passion for building the kingdom of God? A profound grasp on the promise of our eternal life, on the irrefutable fact that we will stand before the judgment seat of Christ, our Lord, to receive our just reward, and then enter into His glory for eternity. (And there is that grim counter-truth for those who exist outside of His light and life for eternity!)

If eating fine food, enjoying pleasure, accumulating wealth, and attempting to create a life without problems is all there is to my existence, then I join the Epicureans and simply live to "eat, drink, and be merry." But I have read the end of the Book, and here's what it says:

"I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

"And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 'Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.'

"He who was seated on the throne said, 'I am making everything new!' Then he said, 'Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.'

"He said to me: 'It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son'" (Revelation 21:1-7, NIV).

Because He lives, I too shall live. So, I am oriented to eternity. How about you?

— Jerry D. Scott is senior pastor at Faith Discovery Church (Assemblies of God) in Washington, N.J.

 

 

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