Quail Call

It’s Thursday morning…sitting in my office thinking about what I said last night to my Bible Study group.  The subject again was Heaven and the group was discussing using our imagination to try and picture Heaven.  I read them a quotation – the origin of which I am ignorant – and it went like this:  “GOD DETERMINED THAT HE WOULD RATHER GO TO HELL ON OUR BEHALF THAN LIVE IN HEAVEN WITHOUT US!”  I know that comes as abrupt to some…to others it sounds like a stretch…and to some it sounds blasphemous.  But it is the truth!  Scripture declares there was a three day “absence” of our Lord after He was buried, and before He was Resurrected.  Where was He?  I believe (as do many others) that He descended into Sheol – a Hebrew word for “the place of the departed dead” – spent that time there and then took all the believers – from Adam and Eve to whoever the last  one was – back to be with Him.  Those of us who die before He returns again will join them WHEREVER He is and await for the events of what we call “END TIMES”.  Wouldn’t you like to be there?

Bob White

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Quail Call

Today, I learned something that I probably should have known…YOU CANNOT ANTICIPATE OR DESIRE ANYTHING YOU CANNOT IMAGINE.

Wow…that is a statement and a half!  When we are talking about Heaven…like we are on Wed. night, 5PM…that takes on special meaning.  Problem we are finding is this, Most of us don’t know anything about Heaven.  We will spend some 70-90 years here on earth…and ETERNITY in Heaven…but we spend all our years here trying to learn about this time…and virtually NONE learning about our ETERNITY time.  How can that be?  Well, I am right in there with most of you.  I cannot remember one sermon I have heard on Heaven…I cannot remember preaching one sermon on Heaven…When pressed, I cannot remember much the Bible says about Heaven!  Yet, I can (and do) spend almost every Sunday preaching about life here…and how to fight the “good fight”.  Can YOU imagine Heaven?  What you might look like…what you may be doing while there…Who will be there with you…WILL YOU BE THERE?

Bob White

Quail Call

Once again….Wed. afternoon finds me here with you because I have my Bible Study ready…so…

The question I will ask them tonight is, “ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO HEAVEN?” That may sound sort of “stuffy” until you consider why the question comes up.  Many, if not most, people would say YES.  But surveys have found that this answer is given by an overwhelming number because they are embarrassed or pressured to answer that way.  “What Christian would not look forward to Heaven?” might be asked.  Tonight we will deal with that, and I hope you’ll make plans to come.  However for those of you who won’t, let me answer that question without giving away the entire class tonight.  Too many of you believe Heaven will be a “land of Spirits”  without a body…drifting anywhere we want to go, without a plan or a purpose.  “Our purpose will be to glorify God” you can say, but the truth is, you have no idea HOW to do that…nor do you really want to do NOTHING at all save “glorify” God.  Too easy to say…too hard to articulate HOW you will glorify Him…and way too easy to hide behind that saying. See you there        5 PM sharp.

Bob White

 

Quail Call

Once again I am writing this on Wed. evening, BEFORE the Bible Study begins.  It gives me time to ask questions of you that I could not after the study is over.  I will tell them tonight that 3 people die every second in our world.  11,000 every hour; and 250,000 die every day worldwide.  What that means is 250,000 people every day go either to Heaven or to Hell!  Shocking stats…huh??  I am pretty certain many will take shelter in thinking that God will have to deal with a quarter of a million people each day…and being that busy…some will “fall through the cracks”.  Please…don’t kid yourself. A God that can make the entire universe can deal with numbers like that…besides, the real work will come at judgement…we don’t know how long that will take, but a famous song says, “When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound, and time shall be no more…” gives us a pretty good idea that there will be plenty of time to carry out business.  Or maybe you are one who thinks that God CAN’T send that many people out into a Christ-less Eternity.  Be assured, He won’t have to make that decision…each will use his God-given free will to make the decision for Him!!

Bob White

Quail Call

Tonight I am writing this BEFORE I teach it.  Soon some 20-25 people will gather here to hear what I have to tell them about the subject of HEAVEN.  But, I want to ask those of you reading this a question.  Do YOU believe what the Bible says?  Now I know (or am at least suspicious) that many of you PROBABLY don’t read the Bible.  Lots of people don’t. It is a common “failing” even among people of the Christian Faith.  “What does it have to do with me?”,  you ask. Just suppose God wanted to tell you something.  What are His options?  Well, I suppose He could yell at you from Heaven. But that probably won’t happen.  He could send someone to tell you..would you listen?  Or, He could write it down.  BINGO…of the options which would you think  He would use?  “Yea But…” you say that was written long ago…how does He know what I am going through?”  A sorry question to the One who made you…Wouldn’t it be much better for you to see what He is saying, and how it pertains to what you are into right now?

Bob White

Quail Call

Wednesday evening we had our 2nd “bout” in our study on Heaven.   Helmut Thielicke, a German protestant theologian of the 20th century, wrote; “There is a homecoming for us all because there is a home.”  Now Thielicke was a Christian and believed that the only way to Heaven was through Jesus Christ.  He was preaching to Christians at the time of this quote, and was probably not saying anything his audience had not heard before.   And there’s my point to you today.  You have heard that (or something like it) before.  Many of you KNOW those words…”we will go to Heaven, someday”.  To those of you who struggle with either going, or will  you see those there that you miss… what Thielicke said should have a ring of hope in it.  YOU WILL GO TO THE HOMECOMING…BECAUSE THERE WILL BE ONE!”  If it were not so, HE would have told us so! (John 14:6)  Ok, it WILL happen.  Will you be there?  Only you and God know the answer to that. Will I see those who I miss so terribly?  Only God KNOWS that one.  All you can do is make sure you are there…each individual will have to deal  with the question on their own.  See you Wed. at 5pm.

Bob White