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STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART: Heaven by the Back Door

Editor’s Note:  If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that our constant goal is to bring you newsworthy information from many different sources. Our focus is always the USA first, and then the rest of the world…not for any other reason than that we happen to live and work in the USA.  Today, however, as we do occasionally, we’d like to use as a source of content something that’s Straight From The Heart.

 

Let’s assume for the purposes of today’s post this one thing: God is real.

Will you grant us that liberty?  Regardless of your own current faith status, just bear with us and assume today that God is real.  That means we also have to assume, by default, that the Bible is a book of truth.  Cover to cover.  It also means we have to assume that hell is real, because hell is spoken of very often in the Bible.  And if hell is real, then a chief devil named Satan and a myriad of demons are also real.  Okay?  Can we make those assumptions as we start this blog today?

Most people who enter Heaven enter by the front door.  Somewhere along life’s path they meet the Savior, they learn about Him from the pages of the Bible, and they decide they want to follow Him from this life to the promised eternal life.

We have long been convinced, however, that Heaven also has a back door.  We’re also convinced that it really doesn’t matter which door you use to enter Heaven.  The point is to get there and enter in.  You’re invited no matter which door you use.  If the Bible is true (as per our governing assumptions), and if our promised eternal life is going to be as wonderful as the Bible says it is (the Bible says it’s going to be more wonderful than we can possibly imagine!), then we can use the front door or the back door to get there, but we must GET THERE!  Heaven is not to be missed!

For our purposes today, let’s describe Heaven’s back door as any entrance other than its front door, the one described above.

Do you believe hell exists?  (Don’t forget that we are assuming it does.)  Or let’s back up a step and ask this question instead:  DO YOU BELIEVE EVIL EXISTS?

Do you think hell exists? It does.

It’s completely impossible NOT to believe in evil.  We see it around us at a level today that has not been apparent in this world before, ever.  We will go so far as to say that the level of evil in the world today is so great as to be obviously inspired.  Inspired by evil’s source, the chief evilist named Satan.

ISIS is evil.  Islam is a religion inspired by the devil himself.  Radical Islam would just as soon behead you as talk to you.  Sooner, in fact.  ISIS has absolutely no reverence for life, only death.  Islam promises dozens of virgins to the men who reach the afterlife.  What does it promise Islamic women?  Absolutely nothing but a continuation of the servitude they endure on earth.

Life in the USA is becoming more saturated with evil continually.  We used to be a kind people, citizens who would not hesitate to do something nice for our friends, neighbors, and family.  Today we seem to think only of ourselves.  We go through life today totally self-absorbed, staring at our little cellphone screens as if there is nothing quite so interesting anywhere else on the planet.  We don’t talk much anymore, just text.  Hate to be the one to break this to you, but Heaven won’t have any cellphones.  Not one.  They won’t be needed.  In Heaven we’ll communicate so easily, so effortlessly that we’ll be amazed by what we never were able to do on earth.  Heaven is all about relationships.  The  level of communication between Heaven’s residents, and God and its residents, will absolutely amaze us and thrill us.  Eternally.

When we’re not on our cellphones here today, what are we doing?  Watching TV.  Going online.  Focusing on self.  We turn on the TV to get another download of probably fake news.  We watch our politicians and athletes and CEOs try to avoid the spotlight of another indiscretion or disrespectful exhibition of selfishness.  We watch another sitcom in which the situations are contrived, the laughs are at our own expense, and the characters have no character.

Does it not seem to you, at least once in a while, that stupidity today is truly epidemic?  Late night TV is the bottom of the barrel in the world of entertainment.  Stephen Colbert is the most popular and probably the dumbest way to end the day that we have ever seen.  He can do nothing but trash our president; in his mind there is nothing so funny as the guy in the White House.  Colbert to us looks dumber each time he tries to tell us, over and over again, that we got it all wrong in the last election.  Mr. Trump, on the other hand, is making Colbert look like the idiot he is for his obsessive nastiness and mindless drivel on the same subject night after night.  (If Hillary ever gets terminally tired of Bubba, she and Colbert would make a great pair.)  Hell to us would be endlessly watching late-night TV and its parade of self-absorbed guests.

Hollywood keeps giving us more evil entertainment.  Its movies and TV shows are all of the same genre.  Murder, rape, and mayhem.  We know from watching the latest Harvey Weinstein mayhem edition that Hollywood lives what its own product promotes.  Hollywood has no morals, no respect for anything but self.  Do whatever you want.  Harvey Weinstein got away with it for years because although everyone knew what kind of selfish monster he was, no one wanted to go on record as one who was willing to speak out against him and his lifestyle of taking advantage of others.

Speaking of monsters, we have another one today in North Korea.  Kim takes advantage of his entire citizenry in order to further his aims of what?  World domination?  Give us a break.  North Koreans suffer, starve, and die so Kim can direct his country’s assets toward missiles and military gear.  Another small-minded guy with nothing to offer the world but more pain and evil.

We apologize to you if this seems like a rant.  It’s meant to seem more like a series of observations.  Our point is to help you understand that you can see Biblical reality all around you today.  If the only way you can see it is in the level of evil in the world around you, that’s okay…that’s just as valid as seeing the good, or the truth, or the fulfilled prophecies.  To live in today’s world and see nothing but its physical reality is a hard way to live.  For a lot of people the physical reality of the creation around them is what pointed them to God in the first place, but even those people are a comparatively small number.  If nothing gets you going in the morning except your alarm clock, we truly feel sorry for you.

LIVING FOR THE LINE, NOT THE DOT

Life on earth is a dot.  It begins.  It ends.  It’s unbelievably brief.

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Life in Heaven is an unending line extending from that dot.

It’s not only unending, it’s joyful.  Life in Heaven will be suffused, saturated with joy.  The Bible says Jesus endured the cross “for the joy that was set before Him.”  (Hebrews 12:2)  Our Savior, the Son of God, willingly submitted to the most gruesome, ghastly form of death that the mind of man ever devised.  He did it for you, in the hope you would accept the eternal salvation His death, and His resurrection, provides.

At the very least you owe it to yourself and to Him to investigate that magnificent gift.  Spend a little time in your Bible and learn more about this man who was willing (and able) to give us such an unbelievable gift.  (If you don’t have a Bible, call 1.800.800.0171 to request one.  Or send an email to freebible@usa1usa.com.  It will be our gift to you.)

Your eternity is guaranteed.  But that eternity will either wonderful or woeful.  The only way to make your eternity wonderful is to accept the gift and embrace the Giver.  That is very easy to do when you KNOW the Giver.  All you need to do is to learn about Him from the superb and divine book called the Word of God, the Bible.

Most people expend more effort planning a one-week vacation than they do planning for their eternity.

Don’t miss a wonderful eternity just to have a good time on a short vacation.

Stop living for the dot, and start living for the line.

 

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As always, posted for your edification and enlightenment by

NORM ‘n’ AL, Minneapolis
normal@usa1usa.com
612.239.0970

 

 

 

 

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What are you sticking with in today’s investment marketplace?

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We’re sticking with gold God.  Here’s why…

First and foremost, gold might look pretty good down here, but God has so much of the stuff He paves heaven’s roads with it.

And don’t ever forget…no matter how much of it you manage to accumulate, you won’t be taking ANY of it with you when you leave Planet Earth.  The closest you’ll ever come is to take some of what you manage to collect, and send it on ahead.  [By donating it to God’s work here.  Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  …If you wish to be perfect, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”  (Matthew 6:21, 19:21)]  Not only does God keep track of what we give and where we give, He also keeps track of HOW we give.  “God loves a cheerful giver,” remember?

Don’t be a hoarder, be a helper.  God only asks us for ten percent, you know.  Most of us give more than that as a tip for good restaurant table service.

Once you get used to spreading your money around a bit, doing a little good here, a little good there, you’ll enjoy the feeling so much you’ll start trying to live on less and give more away. (It has happened to many others, we promise you.)

If you happen to be among those who are still skeptical about the whole “God thing” and not really convinced that God is really there, or that the Bible is really true, please let us pose one question to you: How do you explain all the prophecies in the Bible which have come true in centuries past?  (Never mind the prophecies which we will see coming true in years ahead.)

Here is how God explains those prophecies: “I am God, and there is no other.  I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.’  When I have spoken it, I will bring it to pass.  When I purpose it, I will also do it.  My salvation shall not delay.”  (from Isaiah ch. 46)

If God knows history in advance and can tell us in advance how something is going to turn out, which He has done many, many times in the Bible (and there is no other foundational book for any other religion which can demonstrate this), does this not give God the edge in being able to convince us He is real?  Jesus even said to one of His disciples, “If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father.”  (John 14:9)  In other words, “if you want to know what God is like, just get to know Me.”

THAT is an invitation you should accept!

 

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As always, posted for your edification and enlightenment by

NORM ‘n’ AL, Minneapolis
normal@usa1usa.com
612.239.0970

 

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A few thoughts on Islam at the start of a new year…

“Our experience has been that Islam creates dark habitations of cultural cruelty and that Christianity brings the light for an abundant life to cultures. We want to do all we can to educate people about the advantages that faith in God’s Word will bring. We want people to have faith to see Christian culture established in societies that have been Islamic for the last eleven centuries or more.

“Why? It is because Christianity has positive effects on societies and paves the way for advancement in every meaningful aspect of life. There is a residual blessing effect with faith in Christ that lives on for centuries, whether or not citizens are active in church participation.

“Islam has no blessed residual effects. Once Islam thoroughly grips a nation, it has paralyzing effects. This smothers creativity in the arts, medicine, science, business, technology, education, and in harmonious human relationships.

“Wars and adverse economic or climatic conditions are not viable excuses. Countless other nations have gone through all these and more, and have picked up where they left off and continued to make advancements. Not so with Islamic stronghold nations. In many ways they have gone backward rather than forward. Were it not for the technological innovations, creativity, and medical advancements adopted from Christianized countries, the Muslim nations would still be sitting in the dust of 7th century Arab culture.

“Islam’s quenching powers have been easily verified comparing France, Germany, Italy, and Spain on the one hand with Egypt, Iran, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia on the other. The areas of specific comparison were in average household income, literacy rates, male life expectancy, and infant mortality rates per thousand live births. Here is what the comparison showed (using the 2013 World Almanac):  On average, household incomes were 230% higher in the Christian nations. The literacy rate was 15.5% higher. The men of Christian nations live 7.2 years longer. And infants born in the above Muslim nations have a mortality rate that is 750% higher than in the Christian nations. The superiority of life in these Christian nations was astonishing!”

 

A converted Muslim, now a Christian, has offered the following testimony:

“The first time I was arrested for questioning it was because of what I had written on a sign board saying “Jesus is Lord.” While being questioned my captors just started beating and kicking me, trying to inflict as much pain as they possibly could. I soon discovered that my own father had come to join the police in punishing me. I remained in my faith and was not scared of them. The more they beat me, the stronger my resolve became to grow in my faith. There are many other young people now working with me to help reach Muslims with the truth of the Bible.”

 

Another testimony: 

“Not long ago I was caught with 85 copies of the New Testament in my bag. The Iranian police handcuffed me and put me in their car headed directly to the horrible Evin Prison. [Located in Tehran, Iran.] I was frightened because I was on probation, having a long arrest record for Christian activities. I had already spent two years in prison. My name on the police records states ‘Employed by Jesus.’ I was more frightened now because of the evidence of 85 New Testaments.

“From the moment I was tossed into the police car I started praying. I was sure if I went to the prison again, I would never come out alive. I have lived with miracles and believe in them strongly. Sitting in the police car I only said to Jesus that I have done nothing but serve You. Help me. Please do not let me die.

“The word ‘die’ was hardly out of my mouth when the policeman told his driver to pull over so he could purchase something for him. Then I heard the voice of the Iranian policeman turning his face to me and saying, ‘You’re dumb, why are you carrying 85 Bibles in one bag?’ I could not believe what I was hearing. His voice had a different tone from the voices I had heard previously in prison cursing Christians. Then I looked in his eyes. There was something different in his eyes. He was putting the few Bibles he had taken out of my bag back into it. He said, ‘Okay, now quickly, get out of this car. Right now!’ I said, ‘Are you one of us?’ He said, ‘Yes, I believe in Him, too.’ I reached out to touch his hand and literally cried. I said, ‘What will you tell the driver?’ He only said, ‘Go, quickly!’ The next thing I knew, I was in the street running to get a taxi and get as far away as I could. I felt a longing to be somewhere to worship and to thank God for the miracle that had just happened. We are so thankful for the believers who are working in governmental positions and who can be a blessing when one is sorely needed.”

 

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  Because of the constant oppression and persecution endured by Christians in Islamic countries, we cannot provide any more details about the source of the above report. We trust our readers will understand.

 

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As always, posted for your edification and enlightenment by

NORM ‘n’ AL, Minneapolis
normal@usa1usa.com
612.239.0970

 

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