There is a thrilling chase scene in the movie “Lucy”, in which the main character, also named Lucy, has commandeered a police car and is driving it through Paris at high speed with a frightened police officer in the passenger seat. At one point, the police officer says to Lucy, “I’d rather be late than dead.” And, Lucy, replies, “We never really die.”
Although “Lucy” is a science fiction film, and many of the scientific claims in the film are questionable, that statement is actually true. We never really die.
Of course, you will face physical death at some point. However, your body is not all there is to your existence. The really real part of you is your soul or your spirit. That part of you will never die. Your soul or spirit is what makes you really alive. When your body falls away, you will still exist. Psalm 22:26 states, “Your heart shall live for ever.”
Perhaps you have heard stories of people who have died in car accidents and were later revived. Many of those people have reported “floating” above the scene of the accident and being able to see their body lying on the ground or on a stretcher with emergency medical personnel trying to revive them. At death, our spirits separate from our bodies. Ecclesiastes 12:7 says that when we die, “Then shall the dust [the body] return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”
Our concern, dear friend, ought not to be whether we will live forever — because we will — but WHERE we will live forever. Our souls will end up in one of two places — either in Heaven, a place of eternal happiness, joy, and peace, or Hell, a place of eternal suffering, pain, and remorse. Matthew 25:46 states that some will “go away into everlasting punishment” while others will go “into life eternal.” Fortunately for us, we can decide where we will go to spend eternity. God has placed that ability in our hands. If you want to spend eternity in Heaven, allow me to show you how you can make that decision today. Continue Reading…
In 1996, the somewhat romantic comedy film “Jerry Maguire” was a smash hit at the box office. One of the most memorable scenes in the film is when Jerry tells his girlfriend, Dorothy, “I love you… You complete me.” That phrase, or some variation of it, has been repeated probably millions of times by people who are searching for their soulmate or who think they have found that special someone. Perhaps, you have even said something similar once or twice yourself. Even married couples sometimes refer to their spouse as their “better half”, implying that they are not whole without the other person.
At some point in our lives, everyone will feel a sense of emptiness or incompleteness. However, this does not indicate that we are simply in need of a romantic partner. In fact, many people who desire to be married and who are actively searching for someone to marry go through life single because they feel that they have never met that person who “completes” them. As relationship expert Jane Garapick says, those who are looking for someone to “complete them” often feel as though their life has no direction or purpose when they are not in a relationship or they have an emotional emptiness that they are looking for someone else to fill.
The problem with looking for someone else to “complete” you or fill a need in your life is that, often, that other person is looking for someone to “complete them” as well. They are looking to you to fill a need in their life! And there is no way two incomplete people can complete each other.
Today, I want to tell you about Someone whom you can find completeness in — complete happiness, complete joy, complete contentment, complete peace, complete fulfillment, and complete assurance about your life today and your future. His name is Jesus Christ. And the Bible tells us that those who know Him “are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.” Another translation of the same verse says that “you are filled [or fulfilled] in Him.” In other words, once you have Jesus Christ, you do not need anyone else to fulfill you or complete you. Continue Reading…
“Empire” is one of the hottest shows on television this year. It tells the story of Lucious Lyon — the owner of a massive music conglomerate called Empire Records. He grew up on the streets and sold drugs to survive as a young man, but eventually bankrolled his rap skills into music industry gold. Seventeen years after he got his start, Lucious is diagnosed with ALS and is given approximately three years to live. So, he turns his attention to securing his company’s position at the top of the music world and grooming one of his three boys to be his successor. A ruthless king seeking to ensure his legacy, Lucious is building his empire and won’t let anyone stand in his way.
Many of us can identify with Lucious’ desire for success, fame, fortune, and glory. Deep inside of each of us is a yearning to do something great with our lives and have something to show for it long after we are gone. Yet, earthly riches and success can be elusive. Millions of people chase after success, fame, and fortune, even though they know they will leave it all behind when they die. King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, said, ‘There is a man who labors with wisdom, knowledge, and equity; yet to a man that has not labored shall he leave it all. This is vanity and a great evil.’ In fact, this king, who was also one of the wealthiest people of his day, said, ‘I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me.’
When you think about it, it is really a waste of time to spend your life trying to build an empire on earth. First, you may never reach your goals; and, second, you will have to leave it all behind anyway. Continue Reading…
What if there were a theory that explained everything — the universe, human life, where we come from, and where we are going?
Stephen Hawking, the famous English physicist and cosmologist, dedicated many years of his life to the answer to that question. He believes that there is such a theory — that an equation in physics can explain everything about the universe. The film, The Theory of Everything, depicts some of Hawking’s quest to discover such an equation. Hawking went on to develop the Big Bang theory about the creation of the universe as well as theories that explained the beginning of time. He also went on to write the best selling book, A Brief History of Time.
However, the film also depicts something that is not as easily definable, but that is far more important — his relationship with his wife, Jane, and her unyielding commitment to him and her amazing love for him even though a disease called ALS was ravaging his body, causing it to fold in on itself, and rendering him unable to do anything beyond speak and think. While most of us probably could not grasp complex theories of how the universe and time came to be, we can understand — although we may not be able to define — how love works. Their love for each other is what kept Stephen and Jane together for many years despite the hurdles they had to overcome.
Virgil said, “Love conquers all.” Robert Browning said, “Without love, our earth is a tomb.” Mahatma Gandhi said, “Nothing is impossible for pure love.” The Bible says, more importantly, “God is love.”
Sadly and unfortunately, Stephen Hawking says he does not believe in God, and therefore he does not believe in God’s love even though he has experienced it through his wife Jane who is a Christian. “God is love.” “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Continue Reading…
This past week, actor Leonard Nimoy passed away. He is best known for his role as Mr. Spock in the original Star Trek television series as well as several movie spin-offs. He was beloved by multitudes of fans for portraying the half-human, half-Vulcan first officer of the starship Enterprise. As a Vulcan, Spock dedicated himself to living by perfect logic with no emotions or feelings affecting his decisions or actions. In many of the Star Trek shows and films, Spock is often in conflict with Captain James T. Kirk and other members of the Enterprise crew because of how he looks at situations in a purely logical way while others are influenced by their emotions and passions.
Considering that logical thinking is indeed a powerful way to determine the best course of action when critical decisions have to be made, I would like to apply this principle to a matter of critical importance to you and every other human on planet Earth. That matter is the issue of where you will spend eternity after you die.
If you would like to go to Heaven, here is a logical explanation of how you can get there. You might think that it is complicated and confusing, but I will show you that it is quite simple and logical. Continue Reading…