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Red Letter Living
Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.
February 25, 2024 | Pastor scott george
“Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Gestas – To Complain
Dismis – Sunset
For Heaven’s Sake
1. Think About Heaven More
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
“Keep your hope in the Lord and your eyes focused on the hope of Heaven, not just on the here and now.”
- Rick Warren
What comes to mind when you think of heaven? Heaven is referred to in fifty-four of the Bible’s sixty-six books, and the final two chapters of the Bible are a virtual travelogue of our heavenly home. To visualize heaven accurately, study the Bible continually.”
- Dr. David Jeremiah
“The fact that our heart yearns for something Earth can't supply is proof that Heaven must be our home.”
- C. S. Lewis
2. Love Heaven More Than Earth
1 Corinthians 2:9-10,
However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him — these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.
“Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
- C.S. Lewis
“Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.”
- C.S. Lewis
“Let heaven fill your thoughts instead. Because when you do, everything on earth gets placed in its proper perspective.”
- Greg Laurie
3. Live As Though You Are Passing Through
1 Peter 2:11,
Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.
1 Chronicles 29:15,
We are foreigners and strangers in your sight, as were all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope.
Stranger – One who lives without the right of citizenship.
“My home is in Heaven. I'm just traveling through this world.”
- Billy Graham
“We are pilgrims, not settlers; this earth is our inn, not our home.”
- John H. Vincent
“I am a pilgrim in the world, but at home in my God. In the earth I wander, but in God I dwell in a quiet habitation.”
- Charles H. Spurgeon
4. While You Are Here, Run the Race with Perseverance
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
Heaven will be cheering you on today, tomorrow, and forever.”
- Jeffrey R. Holland
5. Pledge Allegiance to God’s Kingdom
For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.
“Christians have a dual citizenship – on earth and in heaven – and our citizenship in heaven ought to make us better people here on earth.”
- Warren W. Wiersbe
“I pledge allegiance to the Christian flag, and to the Savior for whose kingdom it stands. One Savior, crucified, risen and coming again, with life and liberty for all who believe.”
- Dan Quayle