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Heaven Part 5 – Will You Please Shut Up About Streets of Gold?

There are times when I hear people talk about heaven and it makes me cringe.  Not because the topic is unappealing but because their perspective is distorted.  People will say, “I can’t wait to walk on streets of gold.”  “I might be poor on this earth but in heaven I’ll have a mansion on a… Read more »

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Women Deserve Better Than This

I don’t often speak at churches, maybe 4 or 5 times a year.  Recently I spoke about culture, specifically the way that Satan is affecting our culture.  Stay with me, I’m not going into a string of spiritual cliches that sound like a mix of Shakespeare and a theology class.  I will continue speaking normal… Read more »

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Heaven Part 4 – Does Someone Who Commits Suicide go to Heaven?

This is a question I recently received from two people, one in person and one via this blog.  So I’m sure that others have the same question.  Since my wife, Tina, has been in human services for many years I have some insight into mental illness and depression. When someone gets to the point of… Read more »

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Heaven Part 3 – Will Animals or Pets be in Heaven?

Have you ever thought about how we love our pets so much?  Someone visiting from another planet would be surprised by the way we treat our dogs.  We take these furry, sometimes flea infested, time consuming, rolling in the yard, slobbery creatures into our homes.  We talk to them like they are humans, worse, like… Read more »

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Heaven Part 2 – How is Heaven Different than Earth?

It should be obvious but I’ll go ahead and state this, we cannot fully know.  There are things that we do know and there are some things that are implied.  While other topics aren’t mentioned or hinted about.  Let’s start with what we know. You will not be married. In Matthew 22 some Jewish people… Read more »

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Heaven Part 1 – Indescribable

Read Revelation 4:1-7.  When John is taken to heaven in Revelation chapter 4 he is overwhelmed with all that his senses are trying to comprehend.  He is a first century man taken to a place that goes beyond the edges of his imagination. To give some sort of context, how would someone from that time… Read more »

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Personal

When a translator converts the Bible into a new language, it opens the Bible to a new group of people and that’s amazing.  There are very few Christ followers who would complain about that because it expands the influence of Christianity. Have you ever thought that a translation isn’t the only way to expand the… Read more »

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Paul, a Counter Cultural Icon

In our study of the New Testament, we often stress the Roman part of the culture in the first century, but that was mostly politics and military.  As you read past the first 4 books of the New Testament you realize that there was a strong Greek influence with language, religion and culture. The New… Read more »

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Your Big Mistake

2000 years ago Paul and Barnabas traveled around Asia minor planting churches, creating disciples, transforming a Greek god dominated religion to Christianity.  The trip originally included John Mark but when they went to Pamphylia, John Mark bailed.  We don’t really know why John Mark left the missionary work, but he did.  John Mark was a… Read more »

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Abraham, Excuses and the Moon god, Nanna

Over the past month or so I’ve been studying Abraham’s city of birth, Ur, through non-Christian sources.  I’d like to sum this up for emphasis sake, the city of Ur specifically worshiped the moon god Nanna.  He lived in a ziggurat and several buildings in that city were dedicated to him.  His crescent moon was… Read more »