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One Tremendous Makeover
Theme of the Week: Heaven: Beyond Harps and Clouds
Sunday, April 20, 2014

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Who Said It … Michael Allen Rogers

Michael Allen Rogers is senior pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He holds a Doctor of Ministry from Westminster Theological Seminary. He met his wife, Carol, in high school and they've been married since1969. They have 4 children and 14 grandchildren. Michael is the author of What Happens After I Die?—the source of this week's readings.

What he Said … One Tremendous Makeover

An old gospel song says, "This world is not my home, I'm just a-passing through; my treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue. The angels beckon me from heaven's open door, and I can't feel at home in this world anymore." The song correctly emphasizes lasting detachment from things of the present world because we are only pilgrims on earth. However, the notion that our heavenly destination is "somewhere beyond the blue" is utterly wrong—if it leads you to picture the final heaven of God located in the dim ether of outer space, on cloudland. Life in the heaven of popular imagination is so spiritualized as to be barren and sterile. Everyone dressed in identical white robes, carrying a harp to choir practice is not only unappealing, it is totally unbiblical. The Bible teaches that our final dwelling for eternity shall in fact be a renewed version of planet Earth.

This material world, after a tremendous makeover, will become the permanent dwelling place for the saints of God in Christ. It is amazing how many Christians are completely surprised by this concept.

Key Study Passage: Revelation 21

Content taken from What Happens After I Die? by Michael Allen Rogers ©2013. Used by permission of Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187, crossway.org.

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Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Creator, may I keep my eyes wide open for glimpses of heaven, knowing that the very best you have to offer is yet to come.

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ANTHONY Swaggerty

April 20, 2014  10:00am

Amen, to that word. I have always felt this way. That glimpses of Heaven are right here day and night as we do God's work. He graciously allows us to feel, see something unspeakable that we cannot mistake. It has a feeling no words can describe. Thank you Jesus for giving us the path to this...and Thanks you God for all you have done for us all here on this earth.

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Curt Schleicher

April 20, 2014  9:09am

I put my hope in the Lord and future in your hands, Father God. Your plans for me will never disappoint or discourage me. I believe that through your resurrection, you have conquered death and the void it has to offer. All Praise and Glory be to your Holy Name on this Easter morning! I am able to view the future with new eyes and a refreshed hope, for me and my home have put their trust in you. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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