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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Love photographs them in the heart! (William Thoseby, "Foot-prints on the Sands of Time" 1869) It is true there are strong consolations and compensations in Divine providence, but even the Christian consolations cannot drink up all the heart's sorrow in the hour of separating death. We cry with truth, but yet in tears, "O death, … Continue reading Love Photographs Them in the Heart!
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
In response to a reader... "I chose this verse today because it expresses what I like to think my son may have been thinking in the moments before he left his body for Heaven. Hans believed on Jesus as his Savior and Redeemer. This means Hans was counting on nothing other than the fact that … Continue reading God’s Promise For January 25
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.
"We took the Christmas tree down the day after the crash, January 12, 2016 – Hans’ birthday. His twenty first birthday, which he celebrated in Heaven." Click here to read the entire post.
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.
I quietly went to our bedroom, closing the door behind me. And by the bedside, I prayed and calmly lay my son on the altar. I did not like doing it. I cannot say my heart was in it... Click here to read the whole thing. Save
"As death overcomes the body and the believer passes into life eternal, in the last moments of grace, is the still small voice of the Lord the last and clearest thing a child of God hears on earth?" Click here to read the entire post. Save
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
Originally published October 15, 2016 In these past nine months since Hans drove to the highway, I have dreamed of him only once. I had this dream shortly after he left us and it was very brief. In my dream, Sunday worship had just concluded and Hans was standing with a group of men outside … Continue reading New Friends