Which Way Will You Go??

Which Way Will You Go??

IF YOU WANT TO GO from A to B there are various means you can enlist to help you. You can use a map or GPS, or follow signposts. If you just trust to your sense of direction you could waste a lot of time going round in circles. What aid do you use to guide you on the journey of life? Do you just wander from day to day without a destination in mind? Perhaps you have a destination—perhaps you have ambitions, and maybe a clear idea of how to achieve them. But sooner or later, we come to realise that all the good things in this life are short-lived. The career we’ve striven for has not delivered the fulfilment we imagined; pursuing the good times leaves us feeling hollow; we lose family and friends; our own health fails. We just don’t know what tomorrow will bring, let alone

True Peace of Mind

True Peace of Mind

ETHEL’S EYE was caught by an advert in the paper. “I must buy that—it will solve all my problems!” “No, mother” exclaimed her longsuffering son, “it’s a funeral plan. It won’t stop you falling over or getting ill or worrying about the state of the world. Pass it here. Oh, you can’t buy it anyway, you’re too old.” It may be a comfort to know that your funeral expenses are paid in advance. However, this comfort is limited in its scope and only lasts for your lifetime. The ‘for ever’ is relatively short. In contrast the Bible talks of things, including life, which really can last for ever. God has always existed and always will exist. Jesus, now raised from the dead, cannot die and shares God’s divine nature (Romans 6:9). This all-powerful God offers us a peace beyond our natural experience: And the peace of God, which surpasses all

Who Will Be In the Kingdom of God?

Who Will Be In the Kingdom of God?

THE GOSPEL is about the Kingdom of God. That is what Jesus and the apostles preached (Mark 1:14–15; Acts 28:30–31). It is what disciples died for. We know the names of some people who will be in the Kingdom. For example, Jesus named ‘Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets’ (Luke 13:28). He also said of the faithful apostles: … when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel (Matthew 19:28). Hebrews chapter 11 lists faithful people (in the Old Testament) who were, and still are, dead awaiting the fulfilment of God’s promises. They will be in this kingdom (Hebrews 11:4–16 and 39–40). Immortal Saints In order to live in the Kingdom, all of these named, and many more unnamed, faithful people need to be raised from the dead.