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For the next few posts that, I want to write about having an eternal perspective. Randy Alcorn has written extensively on this subject. His ministry’s website and his blog are great resources for further study and thought. His book, Heaven, has helped many grow in their understanding of how thinking about eternity can help them in living the Christian life in the here and now. While I am not certain of everything in the book, I can not deny the plausibility of anything that he writes.

I’ve had a couple of people express to me the fear that heaven will be boring. These verses (and many more in scripture) make heaven sound anything but boring. In fact I believe that based on these verses not looking forward to heaven or thinking it is boring is a sin that cripples our service and worship. Notice the verses in bold type:

But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel. See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking. For if those did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape who turn away from Him who warns from heaven. And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, “YET ONCE MORE I WILL SHAKE NOT ONLY THE EARTH, BUT ALSO THE HEAVEN.” This expression, “Yet once more,” denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.
(Heb 12:22-29 NASB)

When we meditate on all that heaven will be, the price paid to open the door for us and the glory of God that we will know there, it will stir us to have greater gratitude toward God. Our living will be an act of worship as we obey God with reverence and awe.

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A series on how to live a miserable Christian life. Check it out and see if you are falling into any of these traps.

A very sad state of things in the US.

The reason why some music gets better as you listen to it more and some doesn’t.

A cause for prayer and an example of having the right priorities.

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Life is hectic and busy this week, so I only have a few links to things that might be of interest.

Someone wrote some poignant thoughts on the tragedy in the Steven Curtis Chapman family.

Can a non-Christian be part of a worship leadership team? I don’t think so.

The Object and Cause of Faith is the cross.

On a more secular theme there is how to organize you workspace and how to cram all your travel gear in one suitcase.

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A pastor in Omaha writes about the shootings there.
Mark Dever explains the “Five Points of Criticism.
Bob Kauflin explains how we sing to one another in Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.
Randy Alcorn writes about Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

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The following websites and links give news and updates about religious persecution around the world:
Voice of the Martyrs
Middle East Concern
Forum 18

Bob Kauflin also shares suggestions for worship songs that focus a church’s thoughts and prayers on those persecuted around the world.

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