Category: Reflections/ Messages (page 1 of 11)

Random Thoughts on Heaven and Rewards

My thoughts for this study started out with the question, “How many heavens are there?” but it soon diverged quite widely (and wildly) into the matter of what heaven will like for us and if we will be rewarded for the work we do while here on earth.

We probably all like stories of heaven and there are innumerable books and movies about it. Two more receant and popular books have pursued the theme: 1) Heaven is for real: A little boy’s astounding story of his trip to heaven and back (HIFAR Ministries, 2010) and 2) The boy who came back from heaven: A remarkable account of miracles, angels, and life beyond this world (Tyndale, 2010). Books like this sell, but both books turn out to be false and we should not be surprised.[1] Heaven is not transparent until we are resurrected and in God’s presence.

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A Son Talks Back to His Father

The book of Proverbs is replete with advice and comments from a father to his “sons” (or daughters). A mother’s guidance to her daughter would be somewhat different than the father’s, but it would help her. In what follows, the “father” speaking in Proverbs wants to help his son and is warning him about potential dangerous friends and difficult situations.

But what if the son or daughter doesn’t want to heed the advice of their parents? Perhaps the son is convinced that his father is out of step with current times and that obeying him is going to take a lot of the joy out of life.

In the following dialogue, the responses by the son are imaginary and from the point of view of a disobedient one. The father’s instructions come directly from chapters and their verses in the book of Proverbs.

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HOPE and BLESSING

 

Introduction

“At present we are on the outside of the world, the wrong side of the door. We discern the freshness and purity of morning, but they do not make us fresh and pure…. Some day, God willing we shall get in.” C. S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory, p. 13.

As Christians we have this strong hope—what Lewis referred to as a “longing” for some other place. It is heaven that we long for and God has built this longing, this hope, within out souls.

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A Note about Gifts

 

 

“Where gifts be given freely—east, west, north or south—
No man ought to look a given horse in the mouth.”
(Attributed to John Heywood, 1497-1580}

We don’t have horses given to  us very often, so the meaning of the phrase is probably quite obsolete. Its central idea was not to spend time inspecting a gift, but to be grateful for it.

However, if you can take the time to look a “gift horse in the mouth”, you may notice that some teeth are missing. Or the teeth may be there, but the gums are bleeding. So, in truth, perhaps you should look into the mouth of a gift horse.

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Remembering Bob Brown

 

I first got to know Bob at a Semantics Workshop that I directed in 1981. Bob was a participant and wrote an article that was later published, called “Semantic aspects of some Waris predications.” Over the next several years I often saw Bob and we would chat about his work with the Waris. He had an interest in many subjects and disciplines, but I remember especially his attention to astronomy and his detailed knowledge about orchids.

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