I’ve heard the question, or something like it, many times: “What are we going to do for all that time? Aren’t we going to get bored in heaven?”
The great promise of the gospel is a new life in a restored relationship with God that will last for all eternity. And needless to say, we have a tough time wrapping our minds around that idea. In fact, from our present vantage point, we might even find it unappealing.
So are we doomed to drab, unending existence? What is it that we’re missing?
A couple weeks ago, here on ESI, my husband Warren wrote a blog in response to our reading of Paul Miller‘s new book, A Loving Life (Loving in a Self-Focused World: The Pursuit of Hesed). In that book, Miller takes the reader through the short Old Testament Book of Ruth and walks us through “a
Worship on a Sunday starts before Sunday morning. That’s true not just for the band and the pastor and tech crew but for all of us. When you prepare ahead of time, you are getting yourself in the right frame of mind and heart. It gives you a chance to read the Bible passage in advance, see the song list, and get yourself ready. You can see some of the rationale here.
Keith Simon this week continues our series in 1 Corinthians with a sermon entitled, “Beware of Prosperity” from 1 Corinthians 4:7. The Scripture reads, “For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?”
A few years ago received an email from a woman who attended The Crossing before she and her husband moved to a different city. She opens the email by telling me how she is leading a Bible Study with 12 women and only 4 of them are Christians. Then she writes this…
“If God has ultimately predestined each person before the beginning of the world, then why should I spend time on my knees and investing in all of these relationships of women and couples that don’t know Him? Again, I know it’s a lie but I can’t find the truth…. I am sacrificing what little time I have with my husband in hope that these women come to a saving faith in Christ. Why, if ultimately it isn’t their choice? I know God is sovereign and I know that it’s not for me to decide what is just and fair… but how should I as a believer be spending my time in a way that is pleasing to Him?”
Here’s my answer…
I recently read an article that got me to thinking about the difference between the portrayal of relationships in a typical romantic comedy and what actually occurs in a real marriage, or at least one in which two individuals are attempting to follow Christ.
Now before you label me the Enemy of Romance or otherwise typically biased against these kinds of things, I don’t mind admitting that romcoms can have their moments. Not only can they be entertaining when done well, but they occasionally shine an insightful light on the inherent and sometimes humorous challenges human beings have in developing relationships.
It’s just that those insights tend to focus on the front end of said relationships.
2 Kings 20:9-11 And Isaiah said, “This shall be the sign to you from the Lord, that the Lord will do the thing that he has promised: shall the shadow go forward ten steps, or go back ten steps?” And Hezekiah answered, “It is an easy thing for the shadow to lengthen ten steps. Rather
Songs and Scenes is a weekly blog review of songs, readings and prayers featured in The Crossing’s Sunday morning liturgy.
Gerik Paremele, one of our regular photographers, has a series of photos reflecting the themes of Advent on display at the Imago Gallery & Cultural Center November 11, 2014 – January 2, 2015. Be sure to check it out.
You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs when available.