by Jim Henry

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Rev. Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church Of Orlando
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-5591


"The City That God Built - Heaven"
John 14:1-6
Print 297, CT 202162

There was an article in Christianity Today on the after-life. It reported that for
many years, and I found it to be true, not much was said or written about death and
Heaven and immortality. But in the last few years, particularly in the secular world, the
movies and the television ghosts and other things, we have seen such an interest in the
after-life. It's strange because the Bible speaks about it so much and our generation is
just now discovering and talking about and discussing eternal things. The Gallop Poll
said that seventy-eight percent of Americans believe in Heaven. Now forty percent of
Americans go to church every week, but when you think that only seventy-eight percent
believe there is a Heaven, that's twice as many as go to church or synagogue. So it
says that the American consensus is there is a place called Heaven and that's good
that it is. People talk about it. People think about it.
A teacher took a survey of a seventh grade Sunday School class and asked the
question: What are some things you'd like to know about Heaven? Here are some of
the responses.
Will we have skateboards and computers in Heaven?
Will my dog be there?
Will we know each other?
Do we get bored?
These are some of the things that the children were thinking about when they
were thinking about Heaven. I'm sure there are lot of questions that come to people's
minds when they think about Heaven.
You've seen that cartoon Calvin and Hobbs. You know Calvin and Hobbs, a
tiger friend, are buddies. They got into a discussion about Heaven. Calvin says, 'You
know, Heaven must be a wonderful place, because in Heaven everybody's going to be
so friendly, everybody's going to like each other, everything is going to get along so
well; even tigers may be in Heaven. B ...

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