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Jesus taught that how we live on earth has bearing on what we will have in heaven.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
(Mat 6:19-21 NASB)

Now, this is a bit controversial, and I thought like a lot of people until I read works by Randy Alcorn and began looking at the Scriptures more closely. Many have the view that when we all get to heaven, we will all be the same. We will all have the same reward and the same level of knowledge. While we are all saved by grace, their are different levels of reward in heaven based upon the way we live our lives here. We will not be condemned for our bad works, but our works will be judged. Paul wrote the following to the Corinthians.

Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
(1Co 3:12-15 NASB)

So, we see that there will be a difference.  How we live and minister now will have eternal consequences.  Therefore, we should approach decisions and life asking if what we are doing or may do will have lasting, eternal significance.  Unfortunately, I don’t remember who exactly said it, but someone once pointed out that there are three things that will last for eternity: God, His Word, and the souls of people.  In as much as we invest our lives in those three things, we have invested our lives in something of eternal significance.

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David wrote Psalm 60 during a time of war. David saw it as a time of God’s discipline of the nation. He accepted what was taking place as being from the hand of God and prayed for restoration.

Verse 4 is a beautiful word picture. In the midst of the battle, God sets up a banner that those who fear Him can run to. There they are safe from the arrows of the enemy. They are delivered. In verses 6-8, God asserted His sovereignty over the nations neighboring Israel. All nations will bow to Him someday and come under His rule.

The Psalm concludes with David pleading for God to go with them into battle. His words contain the truth that vain is the salvation of man. Only God can truly deliver us and give us victory in whatever situation we find ourselves in.

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From Paul’s letter to the Ephesians:

Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it says, “WHEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH, HE LED CAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES, AND HE GAVE GIFTS TO MEN.” (Now this expression, “He ascended,” what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things.) And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.
(Ephesians 4:1-16 NASB)

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I have been studying Paul’s letter to the Philippians with my sons recently.  Looking back at my old study Bible I saw in the margin where I had listed five attitudes and actions that lead to joy found in Philippians 4:4-9.

They are:

  1. Be a gentle person.
  2. Do not worry about things.
  3. Pray about them instead.
  4. One of my sons added to the list that I had: Be thankful.
  5. Think about good things that are worthy of thought.
  6. Put into practice what Scripture teaches.

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Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save,
          or his ear dull, that it cannot hear;
but your iniquities have made a separation
          between you and your God,
     and your sins have hidden his face from you
          so that he does not hear.
Isaiah 59:1-2

The Holy Bible : English Standard Version. Wheaton : Standard Bible Society, 2001.

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Verses for 2008

These verses from Colossians  sum up where God has brought me in this past year.  They speak to the centrality of Christ to who I am.  They speak of the conduct that someone who has Christ as the center of his or her life will have.  My goal for the coming year is to grow in what these verses teach.  Of course there are other passages that speak to what God wants to do in my life that touch other themes, but these sum up the main areas that He has touched recently.

Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.

Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience, and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them. But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him– a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.
(Colossians 3:1-17 NASB)

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My wife is away this weekend for a women’s retreat, and my children and I are playing the apartment version of Survivor as I am now in charge of meals and even home school until she gets back early Tuesday morning. Please pray for her that she has a great time with the Lord and for us that we survive without her.

Georgia is not playing this weekend so nothing important will happen this weekend in college football. Still, if you are concerned about some unimportant game you can probably find out all you need to know at ESPN College Football and Sporting News. The ALCS continues as well this weekend. For coverage, check out the the Sporting News baseball page.

On the lighter side this weekend, you can brush up on your counseling skills by watching this instructional video. You can also read some great satire at this blog. My oldest son and I got a great laugh out of this one on car insurance ads targeting Calvinists.

And as you try to gear your mind toward the Lord’s Day, you might want to check out these websites and blogs. Here you can find a broader than normal and deeper Biblical understanding on just what sin is. Here are some deep thoughts on the need to hold firm to Scripture and not compromise on its inspiration. And at Faith by Hearing you can find links to audio resources for your spiritual growth in Christ.

Hopefully, tomorrow I will be able to post more on With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray–that is if we survive until then.

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