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8 Ways You Can be Ready for Jesus' Return

8 Ways You Can be Ready for Jesus' Return

When Jesus left this earth, He promised that He would return one day and take us to live with Him in His heavenly Kingdom. We are living now in the Church Age, and regardless of what you believe about specific eschatology of the end times, all Christians can agree that Christ is coming back and we are called to be ready and walking the straight and narrow path so that He may tell us "well done, good and faithful, servant" on that glorious day when we meet Him face to face.

Here are eight things you can do as you seek to cultivate a life centered on Christ, eagerly awaiting His return.

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Do I Want to Go to Heaven Primarily to Avoid Hell or Primarily to Be with God?

Do I Want to Go to Heaven Primarily to Avoid Hell or Primarily to Be with God?

Early in my Christian experience, I thought I needed to serve God to earn or justify his love for me. Then I learned that because “God is love” (1 John 4:8), he cannot love me any more than he already does. As a result, I learned to serve him out of gratitude for his amazing grace. Now I realize there is a still deeper reason to love God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30): because he is worthy of such love.

10 Reasons You Should Believe in Heaven

10 Reasons You Should Believe in Heaven

“Heaven is a fairy tale for people afraid of the dark.” –Stephen Hawking

I’m afraid of the dark.

If we’re talking about the endless kind of darkness that offers no light anywhere, no hope ever, and nothing but nothingness, who among us would not panic at the thought of that?

I expect people like Mr. Hawking simply find the idea of Heaven too good to be true, and thus conclude that it must be a product of man’s delusional yearning for “pie in the sky by and by.”

And yet, there are solid reasons for reasonable people to believe in the concept of a Heavenly home after this earthly life. Here are some that mean a lot to me. By no means is this list exhaustive. It’s simply my thinking on the subject.

The God who made us created us with a longing for Himself and a satisfaction in nothing less.

When we get to Heaven, we will finally be satisfied, but not until then. “I shall be satisfied with Thy likeness when I awake” (Psalm 17:15).

“I go to prepare a place for you,” said our Lord. “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14:3).

If it were not so, I would have told you.

Jesus said that. I believe Him.

I choose to believe.

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Lee Strobel Changes Tune on Near-Death Experiences in New Film Case for Heaven

Lee Strobel Changes Tune on Near-Death Experiences in New Film <em>Case for Heaven</em>

Apologist and author Lee Strobel once was a skeptic of near-death experiences. No more. The author of such bestsellers as The Case for Christ, Strobel said he changed his mind on the validity of near-death experiences due to their ability – at least in some cases – to be corroborated. He shares his findings of such experiences in an upcoming movie, The Case for Heaven, which is in theaters April 4-6. It is based on a book that was released last fall, The Case for Heaven: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for Life After Death.

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