The old Baptist preacher Vance Havner once said, "I'm homesick for Heaven. It's the thought of dying that's kept me alive this long."
Since that day 2000 years ago when Jesus promised to "prepare us a place," Christians have clung to His words in their darkest hours. Hope--in the biblical sense of the word--is the one thing no one can take away from us--not oppressive governments, not chronic disease, not financial calamity, not even death. But our hope should motivate us even when things are going well. Even when the sun is shining and we feel good and our bank account is overflowing, we should think, "Praise the Lord for this...but I'd still chuck it all in a heartbeat to go home."
In order for us to have that kind of hope, we need to have something more than a vague notion of what that "home" is like. This week, in a message entitled "What Will Life be Like in Heaven?" we'll talk about the things we KNOW will be there...and how to engage in "biblically responsible speculation" about the stuff we're not clear on.