This Week's Sermon ( 11-21-17 )

" He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.  "   Revelation 22:20

" I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. 
And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) 
How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. "   2 Corinthians 12:2-4

" For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: "   Philippians 1:23

" But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  "   Matthew 6:20-21

As I mentioned in my last week's sermon, Samuel and Paul, both having been in Heaven and seen Heaven, preferred to be in Heaven.

John also had been to Heaven and wrote the book of Revelation.

Notice how he said after having been in Heaven;

" Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.  "

John wanted Jesus to return.

Only people who have been to Heaven and seen Heaven, prefer to be in Heaven.

Like Paul said;

" For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: " 

Those of us who have never been to Heaven nor seen Heaven would still rather be here in this present life and wish we could live here forever.

Nobody wants to die. This is all we have ever known.

If we are enjoying a prosperous life and are enjoying good physical health, we definitely do not want to leave this life.

We would rather Jesus delay His coming...if we are being honest with ourselves.

This is why Jesus said;

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  "

There was a movie that came out a few years ago called, " Heaven is for Real ".

It was about a pastor's child who supposedly had gone to Heaven.

According to the doctors the child never actually physically died.

What supposedly brought interest to the pastor was that his son told him that he had met someone who his parents had never told him about.

The person the pastor's son had met while he was in Heaven was his own sister who died in a miscarriage.

The pastor and his wife never told their son about this.

The pastor was surprised that his son knew about her and evidently this was what sparked the idea of making the movie.

While I thought it was interesting that the pastor's son met someone in Heaven that his parents knew of but never told him about, ( if all of this is true, as we never know what is true in the movie making business ), I came in contact recently with someone who personally knows this family and knows the child who claimed to be in Heaven.

Well, I asked my friend if the child, after having been in Heaven, would rather be in Heaven than be here in this life.

He told me there was one day during his childhood that he was playing out in the street and almost got hit by a car.

The pastor got after his son for being so careless.

The son responded by saying he had hoped he would be hit by the car so he could go back to Heaven.

Well, if he would rather be in Heaven than here in this life, then maybe he was telling the truth.

My friend, like I said, only people who have been to Heaven would rather be in Heaven with Jesus.

We need to keep our heart focused on Jesus and desire to be with Him more than be with our money, prosperous life and good physical health here.

We need to be watching, praying and hoping Jesus will return soon.

Keep your faith in Jesus.

Wayne Brown

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