Surely it is not wrong for us to think and talk about Heaven. I like to find out all I can about it. I expect to live there through all eternity. If I were going to dwell in any place in this country, if I were going to make it my home, I would inquire … Continue reading The Blessed Contemplation
“Regarding the issue of your loved ones who will not be in Heaven, you need to take God at His Word and trust that when the time comes for you to join Him, He will see to it that you are filled with an eternity’s worth of inexpressible joy.” God’s wisdom and truth from the pen of David Ettinger.
By David Ettinger
Note: This is a repost of a previous blog. I believe it is well-timed as some of my recent writings have focused on related issues.
A Painful Truth
Perhaps the most painful truth for believers to absorb is that some of those they love most either are not now, or will not when this life is over, be in Heaven. Heaven is the abode for those who during their earthly existences gave their lives to Jesus Christ. Hell is the destination of those who refuse Christ. You may wish this not to be true, but the Bible is clear; there is no escape clause.
This matter is extremely personal to me. In 1986, my mother died of breast cancer at age 53. One year later, my father succumbed to heart disease at age 58. I strongly believe that neither gave their lives to Christ. Furthermore, in my…
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C.H. Spurgeon | Morning, April 20th (excerpts) Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;”— Hebrews 2:14 O child of God, death hath lost its … Continue reading Destroyed
Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Romans 12:15 One of the things that ministered to me the most after Hans left us, was the genuine sorrow people shared with us. It is a sweet joy when folks are brave enough to let me know Hans mattered to them, too. … Continue reading Letter To A Friend
About the photo: This is a beach called Mullaloo in Perth, Western Australia. For a small fee, artist CarlyMarie will create a personalized memorial work of art in remembrance of your loved one. Hans hoped to someday visit Australia and spent considerable time online researching the Land Down Under. The artist wrote Hans' name in the … Continue reading Free
Morning, January 29th - C.H. Spurgeon “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”— 2 Corinthians 4:18 In our Christian pilgrimage it is well, for the most part, to … Continue reading Forward Lies the Crown, Onward is the Goal. – C.H. Spurgeon
January 11, 2016 was the best day of Hans' life. That's the day he entered the Presence of Almighty God. And we are two years closer to seeing him again. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21 †
Job 19:26 In my flesh shall I see God. 'Mark the subject of Job's devout anticipation "I shall see God." He does not say, "I shall see the saints" - though doubtless that will be untold felicity - but, "I shall see God." It is not - "I shall see the pearly gates, I shall … Continue reading C.H. Spurgeon, Evening, January 10
Dear Grieving, Believing Parent: This hymn never fails to lift my spirit and I can't wait to sing it with all the saints in glory. Take a few minutes' break from your day to view the video link. I think I can promise you will be encouraged.
SAFELY HOME I am home in Heaven, dear ones; All’s so happy, all’s so bright! There’s perfect joy and beauty In this everlasting light. All the pain and grief are over, Every restless tossing passed; I am now at peace forever. Safely home in Heaven at last. Did you wonder I so calmly Trod the … Continue reading Safely Home
Every time a believer mounts from this earth to paradise, it is an answer to Christ's prayer...The soul cannot be in both places: the beloved one cannot be with Christ and with you too. Now, which pleader shall win the day? Click here to read the rest.
Hans didn't “leave home” until the evening he went to his Heavenly home... Click here to read the entire post. Save
Experiencing the wrenching pain of child loss has helped me to recognize more fully that most grieving people have an intense need for hope, for assurance that they will someday be reunited with their loved ones. Assurance and hope based on facts leads to peace and can take the edge off grief when it threatens … Continue reading Revised Post: Sure
I DON'T BELONG words by Gloria Gaither, music by Buddy Greene buddygreene.com https://youtu.be/73-6P09xaAE It's not home Where men sell their souls And the taste of power is sweet Where wrong is right And neighbors fight While the hungry are dyin' in the streets Where kids are abused And women are used And the weak are … Continue reading I Don’t Belong