buy viagra online canada with mastercardHow often are we trapped by the temporal things of this life? I cannot say in full. I do know, however, that we are not living this life without reason. There is a Heaven where the Lamb is the Light. There is a life after this one. Heaven will reveal the splendor of the Almighty God. It will host eternal joy; everlasting peace; and a myriad of wonders unseen by the mortal eye, but there will also be an absence of things too. In fact, some of the greatest things about Heaven will be what is not there.
Consider the Apostle John who is banished to an island prison called Patmos. He is trapped by the crashing waves which speak of the relentless judgement against him. We know that of the twelve disciples that began with Jesus so many years prior, he is the only one left. At the time he wrote the book of Revelation, John is about 90 years old. He has outlived, and in some cases, outlasted his beloved brethren and family, but loneliness has taken a secondary role to his inability to preach the Gospel. It’s no wonder why he was so willing to write and be used of God.
John is moved by the Spirit to relay the great message of Heaven’s wonder. He sees a new heaven and a new earth. The world is made new: A new Jerusalem, which he describes as “the holy city.” Yet of all the things that will exist, there’s one thing in his own life that will not be there. John wrote, “and there was no more sea.” No more imprisonment: no more isolation. There will be no more relentless days of judgement. Because Heaven is not just a place where Joy exists; it’s also a place of the absence of sorrow, shame, pain, and death. Heaven is not just a place of Light, but it’s also a place void of darkness, evil, and sin. I keep dreaming of a place called Glory, so bright and so fair…
Pastor Jeffrey Harpole
Acts 14:21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch,
Hidden in the list of these locations lies a truth about the driving force of the Soul-winner. Paul had been both welcomed and reviled in Iconium. In verse 5 “when there was an assault made both of the Gentiles, and of the Jews with their rulers” to stone Paul, he left. Paul went to Lystra and laid hands on a crippled man who was healed, but men from Iconium came and stirred up the people of Lystra so that they stoned Paul and left him for dead. Even the disciples stood around the lifeless body of this powerful apostle assuming the same. Yet in verse 20 the Bible says that Paul rose up and recovered. Now we’ve reached verse 21. Three words are leaping from the page of this holy writ: “they returned again.”
Paul went back to the very place of false accusations. He preached again to the people who carried ill-intent against him. Paul was so driven by the need to reach them that he risked his own life to bring to them this great Gospel. He was obsessed with saving the lost. Souls were his all consuming motive. Iconium couldn’t keep him away and it makes me wonder what would happen if we held that same fervency. Jude knew how critical it was to save a soul. Jude 1:22-23 And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
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The drive of the End-time Church must be the saving of the lost. It is our Sole-Purpose… our Soul-Purpose. If we believe that Jesus is coming back, then our lives must be given for the Cause of the Kingdom. Iconium is waiting for someone to return again.
Pastor Jeffrey Harpole
The contrasting elements of quality versus the inexpensive has become part of our American culture. Paper plates and disposal cups are common among us. Things readily accessible have taken center-stage while patiently waiting on the better, longer lasting item is rejected. The drama of this life has been rewritten to include fleeting pleasures and quick fixes. Hollywood tells us that problems are resolved within a two hour window while television programs take less time, but the truth is that things of value take time and sacrifice. The things which are the most precious and have the greatest worth entails a cost of substance.
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The Cross; His death, burial, and resurrection, is of the greatest substance because it cost the most. Our sins were carried there; Our debt was paid for there; His life became the ransom for ours there. It took Him time and it cost Him everything. He died and then He rose again. He gave up all so that He could gain all. It was a position of pain and sorrow followed by an empty tomb and the birth of His Church. His story cries out this truth that nothing of value comes without giving up something of substance. One writer said it like this:
There’s not a victory without a fight.
There’s not a sunrise without a night.
There’s not a purchase without a cost.
There’s not a Crown without a Cross.
He died, but he rose again. He was buried, but the grave could not keep Him. Jesus was crucified, but He conquered death. His sacrifice paid the price, and His resurrection gave us life.
Pastor Jeffrey Harpole