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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.

Living for the line...
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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The markets will line up for you today’s rare commodities. Probably the rarest is TRUTH.

Truth is an extremely rare commodity.

In this age of fake news, dishonest and lying politicians who

refuse to put country above personal gain, and corporations

focused only on the bottom line rather than principles, you

must insist on TRUTH in all your dealings. But first you

must FIND the truth. There is a source of truth which

has stood the test of time. One source. Only one.

We can easily help you verify the above statement.

When you have questions, we have answers.  We’d like to show you that God is real, Jesus is who He claimed to be, and the Holy Spirit can become the most indispensable source of knowledge and strength you will ever encounter in your entire earthly life.

We hope you have an inquiring, honest mind.  (Honest of mind does not mean we won’t welcome skeptics and doubters. We most certainly will, and always have.)

Remember, though…because God is real, hell is real too.

There is still time to choose your eternity…but not a lot of time.

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

 

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On our own, we’ll never be good enough to get into heaven. So how do we get there?

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”              Matthew 11:28-30

 

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  Never forget that Jesus was able to say “my burden is light” when He knew that Calvary awaited Him just a little further down the road.

 

Read your Bible every day. Pray. Don’t yell at the kids. Tithe 10 percent. No slang. No swag. No purple streaks in teens’ hair.

Do you ever feel suffocated by the things you need to do in order to be a “good person”?

The Pharisees loved to invent new rules and condemn people for not living up to their impossibly strict standards. In fact, they called their religion a yoke, which is a harness for restraining oxen and keeping them under control.

These holier-than-thou types bragged about their holiness, how many rules they followed, and how they made their yokes (and ours) even heavier.

 But then…

Then Jesus came and changed everything! He rescued those who had tried and failed to be “good people.” He said it was impossible to earn God’s love; instead, we should focus on faith and accepting God’s grace. God accepts us as we are. He’s not sitting in heaven with a checklist, shaking His head at us and waiting for us to get it together. He only wants us to avoid deliberate sinfulness and stay faithful to Him, obeying Him.  Remember, Jesus said “If you love Me, obey my commandments.”  His yoke is easy and light. When obeying Him comes from our love for Him and what He has done for us, following in His footsteps is almost effortless.

Today, don’t get depressed or overwhelmed by the things you should be doing. Think of what Jesus Christ has already done, and rest in His assurance by exercising your faith.

The eternal life that Jesus died to provide for us is going to be so spectacular and magnificent that while we are still in this life, we cannot even imagine what its eternal continuation is going to be like.

“Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”                 1 Corinthians 2:9

 

[From a daily devotional published on SARAHPALIN.com]

 

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This is God speaking…”Truth has perished from among you.”

My people have forgotten Me days without number.

 

They have polluted the land with their wickedness, yet they refuse to be ashamed.  They have not known Me, therefore they have no understanding.  They are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.  How shall I pardon these people for this?  Shall I not avenge Myself on such a nation as this?

 

You have a defiant and rebellious heart; your sins have withheld good from you.  Do not pray for this people, nor lift up a cry or prayer for them, nor make intercession to Me; I will not hear.   You are a nation that does not obey the voice of the Lord your God, nor receive correction.  Truth has perished from among you.  This people proceeds from evil to evil, and they do not know Me, says the Lord.  They weary themselves to willfully commit perverse evil.

 

[From the Bible,  Jeremiah ch. 2 – 9.  Written ~600 years BC.]

 

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The winds of war are blowing on Israel’s borders

Winds of war surround Israel

On Sunday, an Israeli fighter jet entered Syrian airspace and reportedly bombed a vehicle traveling from Damascus to Quneitra, a town situated in the Golan Heights near the border with Israel. One person was killed.

According to Al-Mayadeen, a Lebanese news media service, the attack killed Yasser Hussein Asayeed, a member of a militia group allied with the Syrian government. Sunday’s air strike was the second military incursion into Syrian territory in three days and is evidence of the mounting tension between Israel and its northern neighbor.

On Friday, Israeli jets entered Syria and carried out an attack on a convoy transporting weapons to Hezbollah. During the attack, Syria launched surface-to-air rockets at the Israeli jets. Israel responded by firing its Arrow interceptor missile at the rockets.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, Israel’s Air Force struck two separate Hamas strongholds in the Gaza Strip. The strikes were in response to a Hamas rocket attack on Ashkelon earlier in the day. Another rocket attack from Gaza occurred on Thursday.

These attacks have many in Israel worried that war is imminent. “The winds of war are blowing on Israel’s borders,” wrote Alex Fishman earlier this week. He continued:

The Israeli strike in Syria, the Russian and Syrian responses, and the flare-up in Gaza are bringing Israel one step closer to a military collision. The relative calm along the borders in recent years, which has become a symbol of security stability and deterrence, is gradually wearing out.

The recent attacks are a sign of two important developments. First, as Fishman noted, Israel is establishing red lines with Russia, which in recent years has significantly improved its strategic position in the region.

The weekend events in the north indicate that Israel is striking in Syria not only to curb the Iranian arms convoys to Hezbollah, but also to demonstrate its presence in Syria and make it clear, especially to the Russians, that there will be no agreement in Syria without Israel’s input.

Second, some believe this level of aggression from Israel is a sure sign that it is concerned about the presence of Iran in Syria and Lebanon, and that Tehran via its proxies might even be close to launching an attack. There is evidence, as this article from the Jewish Press explained, that Iran’s strategic and military position in Syria and Lebanon has improved in recent weeks and months.

First, the Iran-sponsored Shia fighters in Syria, who 10 days ago announced the formation of a “Golan Liberation Brigade,” have done more than merely talk. Additional Iraqi Shia fighters have reportedly been deployed to Damascus (never a haunt of the Iran-sponsored force; they’ve been in Aleppo and Idlib Province) and have made public shows of military power there.

Meanwhile, in Lebanon, “Hezbollah has reportedly made a separate threat to begin raining ‘long-range missiles’ down on Israel from the Qalamoun Mountains north of Damascus.” There are also signs that cooperation is increasing between Hezbollah and the Lebanese Armed Forces. On February 12, Lebanese President Michael Aoun implied during a visit to Egypt that Lebanon needs Hezbollah and its weapons as a “complement” to Lebanon’s military. “The resistance’s [Hezbollah] arms are not contrary to the state project; otherwise we could have not tolerated it. It is an essential part of Lebanon’s defense,” he stated (emphasis added).

This statement would not have come as a surprise to Israel. Nevertheless, together with the other developments, it was a timely reminder that Lebanon, like Syria, is essentially a hostile state with little interest in protecting the Jewish state from Iran and its terrorist proxies.

It is impossible to know if Israel is about to go to war in Syria, Lebanon, or anywhere else. But in the larger sense, these events are troubling indicators of an approaching conflict of greater intensity.

Watch Jerusalem closely watches events in this part of the world because of the biblical prophecies describing how conflict here, especially in Jerusalem, will trigger a wider conflagration.

 

[From an article by Brad MacDonald for WATCH JERUSALEM]

 

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Amazing increase in major earthquakes worldwide over the last hundred years

Amazing increase in earthquakes...

 

Amazing increase in earthquakes, continued

 

In the Bible, Matthew 24:7 states: For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes in divers places.

There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven; this was written 2,000 years ago, by Luke the Evangelist who was quoting the warnings of Jesus Christ.

Famines, pestilence and fearful events are very much a part of our life these days and as for signs from heaven, last year we were blessed with blood Moons and Super Moons, sun and moon eclipses, fire balls, and comets, just to name a few.

But it’s the earthquakes statistics which are jaw-dropping.   This century, from January 1st in the year 2,000 until January 2017 a total of 2,697 major quakes have been recorded.

In the same period, January 1st 1900 to January 1917, only 97 major quakes were recorded; that is an incredible increase and indicates our planet is showing signs of birth pains because just as a woman in labor suffers contractions of increasing pain and intensity likewise our planet is also suffering with increasing quake pain and intensity.

Along with wars and rumors of wars which seem to be always present, it is safe to conclude we are most definitely  in the last days.

 

[From an article published by THE BIG WOBBLE.ORG]

 

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