Sunday, April 18, 2010

I can't keep a straight face...

Two posts in one day? Slow down! Surely you could have waited until tomorrow to devulge more useless information about yourself...

Nah, I just wanted to share some thoughts from Safe Haven today. Some good and sad things happened today.
1) We had a meeting to reiterate the non-trip to Mexico. The tickets are still good until April 2011, so there's that.
2) We moved into the biggest theatre, however they blocked off a lot of the seats, making it hold the same amount of people... interesting.
3) Found out that two of the first people that I met at Safe Haven are transitioning out of the church to other ministries.
4) I caught up on the sermon series about HEAVEN today, since I missed last week (bummer).

Today, Troy focused on heaven on the context of "where did Grandma go?" Did she go to heaven? If she was a believer, heck yes she did!

He then proceeded to describe the heaven from Scripture. A physical place with physical beings with an intermediate cognitive state of mind. Because this heaven isn't going to be permanent, yo.

"You can't get any more physical than a palm branch. Well, maybe a bowling ball."

This quote was in reference to the masses in heaven who were waving palm branches. Catch up yet? No? Sorry. It was also a reference to Plato thinking that all "bodies" were evil and nothing physical can exist in the spirit world...because that would be bad. Sorry, Plato.

What is the present heaven like you ask? According to Troy, and the Bible, the paradise described by Christ in Luke 23:43 and the paradise in Genesis the same place! A "walled garden".

Other verses referenced: John 14:1-3; Luke 16; 2 Corinthians 5:2,8; Philippians 3; Revelation 21:1; 2 Kings 19:15; and Revelation 2:1-10.

Read up.

P.S. Is it sad that whenever Troy mentioned the "walled garden" I immediately thought of the Olive Garden?

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