by Jim Henry

Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L.B. McLeod Road
Orlando FL 32805
Reprinted from Radio Program, "WE BELIEVE"
Program #27, CT #2155


I don't know who wrote it, but "Blood, Sweat and Tears," the singing
group, had a song called, "When I Die." The first words go something like
this: "I swear there ain't no heaven, and I pray there ain't no hell."
Unfortunately, their theology is very poor, and yet a lot of people
believe it. I promise you, God said there is a heaven. And I assure you
that there is a hell, God said so. So rather than take the words of a
singing group, I'll just take what God says and believe there is a place
called Heaven and a place called Hell.
In this series of messages we've been talking about the Christian -
after death. We know that when a man accepts Jesus, the Kingdom of Heaven
comes into his heart. He gets heaven in his heart and he's going to live
forever in heaven. Some people say, "What difference does it make? Suppose
there is no heaven. I've enjoyed this life, and I believe that's all there
is. "
Other people say, "I don't believe there is a heaven or a hell. I
just believe that you die, and that's it." But the Christian, rightly
informed in the Word of God, believes there is a heaven, and that belief
gives us comfort, gives us inspiration, gives us joy, and gives us encour-
It's the hope of heaven that has blessed Christians through thousands
of years. There's no reason for us, in our so-called "sophisticated" society
not to believe and hope in and talk about a place called Heaven. After all,
if we're going to be living there for billions of years, we ought to talk
about it a little bit. God did. Five hundred and fifty times in the Word of
God you see the name "Heaven." I think that if God put that in there that
much, He meant for us to pay a little bit of attention to it.
The first question is: "Where is Heaven?" People have been asking that
for a long ...

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