Tag: final judgment

The Kingdom of Heaven

From that time Jesus began to preach saying, “Change the way you think because the divine reality is right here.” (LLT)

Heaven isn’t a place.  Heaven is a divine reality.  The kingdom of heaven isn’t a reward.  It is our true reality.  The kingdom of God isn’t a place we go when we die.  It is the substance of who we are.

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The Kingdom of Love

Matt 5:20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (ESV) Verses like that have been used by religion to put fear into people’s lives.  When fear comes, love has no chance.  That is why perfect love casts out fear.  How…

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Godly justice revisited

God made us to be in His family. That was His plan. When we fell, God declared “justice must be served.” No way, no how would God allow His plan of our union be thwarted by a deception or our stupidity and selfishness. “Absolutely not!” was His declaration the moment we turned and hid from…

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Who is the judge, really?

God has always been with us. He has never been apart from us. His everywhere is so unmistakable and incredible that to put Him elsewhere is unimaginable. How could the one who holds all things together be apart from what He holds together. If He is actively participating in the maintenance and sustaining of His…

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Paul’s ecstatic revelation

2 Cor 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. (ESV) How do you feel when you read that verse?  I want to challenge your thinking a bit.  You should…

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Not a bully

God isn’t a bully. When you see a statement like that you would agree, right?  Of course God isn’t a bully.  Bullies are not nice.  They take your lunch money.  They use fear to get stuff from you.  They torment you until you cry.  They make your life a miserable existence of hiding and running…

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