4.07.2006

.hope.

"So it will be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power,; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body....the first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven. As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the second man, so also are those who are of heaven. And just as we have born the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven. I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed--in a flash, in the twinkling of eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed....When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: 'Death has been swallowed up in victory.' The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gave us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain."
~1 Cor. 16:42-58


"The I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away...I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven for God, as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 'Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be thier God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away....

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing down from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city...No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them lgiht. And they will reign for ever and ever."
((Rev. 21:1-4; 22:1-5))

waitin' for someday...

4.01.2006

quotes

"Our own world...is only a shadow or copy of something in [His] real world"

"C.S. Lewis paints a beautiful picture of heaven in the final book, The Last Battle.
"There was a railway accident", said Aslan softly. "Your father and mother and all of you are, as you used to call it in the Shadow-lands, dead. The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream is ended: this is the morning."
And as He spoke He no longer looked to them like a lion; but the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All thier life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page. Now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story, which on one on earth has read; which goes on forever; in which every chapter is better than the one before."
"I have come home at last! This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now. The reason why we loved the old Narnia is that it sometimes looked a little like this." ~Randy Alcorn, In Light of Eternity

"I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that other country and to help others to do the same." ~ C. S. Lewis

"I'm standing on the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She's an object of beauty and strength and I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and the sky come down to mingle with each other. And then I hear someone at my side saying, "There, she's gone."
Gone where? Gone from my sight, that is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side. And just as able to bear her load of living freight to the place of destination. Her diminshed size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says "There, she is gone" there are other eyes watching her coming, and there are other voices ready to take up the glad shout "Here she comes!" ~19th century clergyman Henry Van Dyke {on death}

"It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this one". ~Lewis

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((this is completely seperate. nothing to do with eternity...my bro and dad just came home from paintballing. i've never been. not because i've never wanted to, but because either i don't have time or it's guys only. considering what a mess my guys are now, it looks like alot of fun. jos says i'd love it. so i should have a girls only paintball trip. any of ya'll up for it?))