Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Heaven – Shout the Victory

Heaven – Shout the Victory

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, ‘Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.’
And the one sitting on the throne said, ‘Look, I am making everything new!’ And then he said to me, ‘Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.’ And he also said, ‘It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.’”         
Revelation 21: 1-7 (NLT)

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. “
John 3: 16 (NKJV)

I saw this text not too long ago— “Don’t worry about dying, you will live forever. All you have to worry about is location.”

Makes you stop dead in your tracks and think about things. Now.

Like this question which came to me from my elder Granddaughter over a decade ago.

For the past fifteen years, we have taken our two Granddaughters every Christmas, which is fast approaching again, to the glorious Christmas Pageant at Idlewild Baptist Church in Tampa.

Waiting for the pageant to begin, Hannah asked, “Gran, what is Heaven like?”

Having yet to have a personal on-site view, I embraced all I could remember about the God who loves us, knows us, is and has always been with us. 

And then I offered this—

“Hannah, think about all the people you love, pets you love, things you love, places you love, things you love to do, all the things and people who make you happy, all the people and things that lift you up and make you feel good. Then multiply all of that by at least ten (10)!” 

She smiled, knowing from a previous decision and commitment of her life to Jesus Christ, that is where she would be.  And at that very moment, the pageant began.

Matt Redman wrote the song “One Day (When We All Get To Heaven)” which paints another glorious picture of Heaven—

“One day You’ll make everything new, Jesus, one day You will bind every wound,
The former things shall all pass away, no more tears.
One day You’ll make sense of it all, Jesus, one day every question resolved,
Every anxious thought left behind, no more fear…
One day we will see face to face, Jesus, Is there a greater vision of grace.
And in a moment, we shall be changed, on that day.
And one day we’ll be free, free indeed, Jesus, one day all this struggle will cease,
And we will see Your glory revealed, on that day…
When we all get to heaven what a day of rejoicing that will be
When we all see Jesus,
We’ll sing and shout the victory.
We’ll sing and shout the victory…”

Just a thought for us—There may be absolutely nothing more important in our life right now than making sure that we know Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. 

And also, a thought to consider for a loved one or friend we may know.

I believe it’s true.

Heaven—our eternal shout of victory with Him.

In His Name–Scott


Be overwhelmingly blessed by the California Baptist Academy Choir singing “One Day (When We All Get To Heaven).” 


Recent Thoughts

Child of God – No Fear

Child of God – No Fear

Fear. Some of you grew up with that—gripped by fear as a child. Uncertainty was the only thing about which you were ever certain. 
Feeling very small and unprotected from whatever came your way in a dangerous world. 

Remember. Return. Rise.

Remember. Return. Rise.

A curtain of darkness was lowered over us for a time on that day twenty-two years ago. It was a time of uncertainty.
My bride reached me by phone a few minutes after 8:46 am, on a cool and sunny Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, with the words—
“A plane has crashed into one the Towers of the World Trade Center…”

The Control Above All

The Control Above All

Flipping through the channels this past weekend, I noticed what just happened to be scheduled for one of the weekend days on one of the cable channels.
A “Spider-Man” marathon.
One childhood super-hero among a host of other super-heroes who always seemed in control…