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Gaining Heaven's Glory (1 of 5)
Series: Foundations Of Faith
OPENING: I stopped to ask a few boys for directions to the Town Hall where I was giving a lecture. They told me where the Town Hall was and then asked, "What are you going to do there?"
"I'm giving a lecture on heaven and how to get there. Would you like to come and find out?"
"You're kidding," one boy said. "You don't even know the way to the Town Hall."
("Knowing How To Get To Heaven" - Reader's Digest 2/84 p. 153, Bishop Fulton J. Sheen's autobiography "Treasure in Clay.")
There's a song that goes: "Heaven is a wonderful place, filled with glory and grace - I want to see my Savior's face, Heaven is a wonderful place... I want to go there"
"Us News and World Report" commented on a 1990 survey which indicated that 78% of Americans believed in heaven - and believed they were going to get there.
APPLICATION: The picture we see in Revelation describes why going to heaven is such an exciting possibility.
ILLUS: When my boy Jonathan was 2 1/2 years old, he found a J.C. Penney "Wish Book" in the house and began carrying it around with him everywhere he went. He'd ask me to "read" it to him. The pictures alone excited him.
Now, imagine how he would react if I took him to a "Toys R Us" store, opened the doors and said, "Jonathan, we've come into an inheritance that includes everything in this store. It's all yours."
That would be heaven for him.
In Revelation, the Angel is telling us - Heaven is a wonderful place - you want to go there. AND when you go there, the description you find in this Book is only an inkling of what you'll receive.
But, there are some mysteries about heaven.
I. Mystery #1 - We're already in heaven.
ILLUS: (true story) During a sermon a preacher stated that money wasn't important in the afterlife, because in heaven, there is no money. A woman overheard one parishioner whisper to her mother, "Did you hear that, Mom? we're alr ...
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