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Series: Pushing Play On Heaven
-watch video clip of people in winged suits who fly, the birdmen…and focus their attention on the shadow they create on the ground below…
The first time I saw this, I couldn't stop seeing the shadows (explain) and then God spoke this to me, "This world, our lives, are but a shadow of the greater reality, eternity. Fred, the message of City Life must continue to be that I desire for the people of this city to find heaven on earth, but never forget that this temporal world is immersed in a spiritual realm that is forever."
We're beginning a series tonight entitled "Pushing Play On Heaven" and over the next few weeks not only are we going to tackle some of the most elusive questions people often have about heaven, we are going let the truth of the reality of a heavenly realm confront us.
(read quote from page 21, Randy Alcorn's book Heaven)
Introduction (stand and begin slides)
Hebrews 11:16 (NLT)
But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.
Colossians 3:1 (NKJV)
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.
(these two verses are key to our series because even though we are going to be talking a lot about the place of Heaven, we want to also fulfill the command of Colossians 3:1 by being heavenly minded until we get there!
Zeteo (zay-teh-o) to seek in order to find, to crave, to desire
-kids hunting for candy filled eggs
In spring, some 40,000 Red Knots leave their wintering grounds at the tip of South America and fly 9,000 miles to their Arctic breeding sites in the far northern reaches of Canada. As winter approaches, the same birds and their newborns make the return trip. Fledglings are left behind but still find their way to the tip of South America…zeteo.
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