The Place Called Heaven
Dr. Brad Whitt
INTRO: I want you to take your copy of the Word of God and be finding your place at the last book of the Bible if you will. The book of the Revelation, the 21st chapter. Revelation 21, verse 1 and I want to talk to you today about "The Place Called Heaven."
ILLUS: When I had just gone to my first church there was a family that moved into our community and joined the church from a church that was in the downtown Memphis area. They were in their mid 30's and had three little children. There were two girls, one about 12, the other about 8 and a sweet little sandy-haired boy about 4 or 5 who was what you might call "slow" or "developmentally delayed." The daddy wasn't much as far as being a real go-getter, but the mama was a hard working woman who drove about 45 minutes one way into downtown Memphis to work at the courthouse.
One day she was at work and she got up and complained to her coworkers that she wasn't feeling too good and headed out towards the bathroom. After about 5 minutes or so there was a lot of commotion in the halls and her coworkers go up and ran out into the hall to where there was already a group of people kneeling and working on the floor just inside the women's bathroom. In the middle of that group was my church member lying on the floor - dead. Evidently she had suffered a massive aneurism and was gone before she even hit the floor.
I remember getting the call from one of our other church members who lived next to this family and getting in my little, red Dodge Dakota pickup and driving just as fast as I could down highway 14 toward the Methodist East Hospital. When I walked in, there was the husband and some other family members. I walked up and hugged him and prayed for him and his kids. I asked him if there was anything I or the church could do for them and he asked me if I'd be willing to go with him to view his wife's body. We walked down that cold, tile ha ...
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