People usually think of “Heaven” as the place Christians go when they die. A better definition explains that Heaven is God’s central dwelling place, the location of his throne from which he rules the universe. Many don’t realize that the present pre-resurrection Heaven and future post-resurrection Heaven are located in different places. The exact location of the present...
Author: Randy Alcorn
Build a home, not a house. Godly living is caught more than taught. Every child needs consequences, not empty threats. Rules without relationship lead to rebellion. We have to encourage rather than discourage. You can't pick your child, but you can pick their friends. Godly parents don't automatically make godly children. Preached at North Coast Church. Used by permission.
Speaker: Chris Brown
Scripture: Hebrews 12:5-11, 2 Timothy 3:16-16, Genesis, Proverbs 24:3-4, Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Proverbs 3:1-12
Genealogy.com is all the rage. In a society of people searching for significance, we long to know who we are and why we are here. So let me shake my family tree for you. I found some flavorful fruit, a few lemons and one really rotten apple. The East Texas morning sun streamed through the windowpane of the neighborhood McDonald’s as I scarfed my Egg McMuffin and slurped my...
Author: Julie Barrier
Are there tears in heaven for believers? Of course, we are saved by faith, but Scripture teaches that God "will wipe away" every tear. Certain passages teach that our judgment will include both rewards and loss, that we will be judged by actions and motives. One day our closet motives will come to light. Everything we take pride in ultimately was received from God and will be...
Speaker: Larry Osborne
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 3 - 4, 1 Corinthians 13:1-3, 1 Corinthians 4:21, Matthew 7:21, Matthew 22:36-40
Just like the hedonistic culture that the Corinthian believers faced, Paul teaches that what we do on this earth has consequences in the next life. This life is not all there is. We live in the light of eternity.
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:1-5, John 5:24, John 10:28, Psalm 103:12, 1 Corinthians 3:12
The earth is broken. Relationships are dysfunctional, cultures are oppressed, the world is at war and God is separated from man. In spite of this, the Bible promises the redemption of mankind and restoration of His creation-a new heaven and earth.
Scripture: Revelation 21 - 22, Romans 8:15-25
Heaven is the place where God will bring good from bad. The greatest stories have powerful beginnings and triumphant endings. In the middle, things go wrong. Jesus is the God-Man who will bring good from evil and redeem us to be heirs and rule over God's renewed creation. VIDEO ONE-FULL LENGTH SERMON FROM OAK HILLS CHURCH (Transcription included) VIDEO TWO-VIDEO BLOG ON...
Speaker: Randy Alcorn
Scripture: Revelation 21 - 22, Isaiah 55, Daniel 7, Job 19, Romans 8:16-19
God's perfect world is broken because of man's sin. Relationships are dysfunctional, cultures are oppressed, God is no longer in constant communion with man. God promises redemption and restoration through Jesus Christ. Through Him, we who believe will enjoy a new heaven and a new earth.
Speaker: Jeff Jones
Scripture: Genesis 2 - 3, Romans 8:15-29, Acts 3:21, Revelation 22:3, Revelation 21:1-7
As Solomon begins Ecclesiastes, he observes that in nature what goes around comes around. Man’s existence is fleeting, and he is not as important as he thinks. Therefore, we must hold all things loosely, bring God into every aspect of our lives and enjoy each day. Only life without Christ is bleak.
Speaker: Roger Barrier
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 1:1-18
Topic: Death and Dying
Without an eternal perspective, without understanding the reality that the best is yet to come, we assume that people who die young, who are handicapped, who aren’t healthy, who don’t get married, or who don’t _____ [fill in the blank] will inevitably miss out on the best life has to offer. But the theology underlying those assumptions is fatally flawed. We’re presuming that...
Author: Randy Alcorn