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BIBLE VERSE “For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands.”   New Living Translation

And Jesus said…that where I am there you shall be also…

There are old, old, hymns that I remember from my childhood. The choruses go something like this:

 

THIS WORLD IS NOT MY HOME  (public domain/ author: unknown

This world, this world is not my home.

This world, this world is not my home.

This world is not my resting place.

This world, this world is not my home.

 

FARTHER ALONG  (public domain/author: Brad Parsely

Farther along, we’ll know all about it

Farther along, we’ll understand why.

Cheer up, my brother, live in the sunshine.

We’ll understand it… All… bye and bye.

 

FRIENDSHIP WITH JESUS  (public domain/ author: Joseph C. Ludgate

Friendship with Jesus…

Fellowship divine!

Oh, what blessed, sweet communion.

Jesus is a Friend of mine.

 

I’VE GOT A MANSION OVER THE HILLTOP  (public domain/ author: Daniel O’Donnell

I’ve got a mansion, just over the hilltop

In that bright land where we’ll never grow old

And someday yonder We will never more wonder

But walk on streets that are purest gold.

 

CHANGED IN A TWINKLING OF AN EYE public domain/ author: Fanny Crosby, W.J. Kilpatrick

Changed in a twinkling of an eye

Changed in a twinkling of an eye.

The trumpet shall sound.

The dead shall be raised.

Changed in the twinkling of an eye!

 

KEEP ME TRUE public domain/ author: unknown

Keep me true, Lord Jesus. Keep me true.

Keep me true, Lord Jesus, Keep me true.

There’s a race that I must run…

There are victories to be won.

Give me power, every hour, to be true.

 

IN THE SWEET BYE AND BYE (public domain)

In the sweet bye and bye

We shall meet on that beautiful shore.

In the sweet  bye and bye,

We shall meet on that beautiful shore.

 

How blessed we are to know that this world is not the end of our soul’s existence. The Lord has promised us that our souls wrapped in a new body will live on with Him in Eternity. How sweet, that we can rest on the promise that we are just passing through this life and that this earthly body will one day be transformed ‘in a twinkling of an eye.’  Our trials on earth will be something similar to an eye-blink, when we reach those heavenly shores.  And there will be no sadness, there. Romans 8: 31… We are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.

The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Thessalonians 4: 16

16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God.  And the dead in Christ will rise first.

17  Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  And theus we shall always be with the Lord.

18 Therfore comfort one another with these words.

 

 

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John 14:   2, 3, 6  And Jesus said:  In My Father’s house are many mansions…I go to prepare a place for you. I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you shall be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know… I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.  No one comes to the Father, except through Me.

PRAYER: THANK YOU, DEAR FATHER, FOR YOUR WORD THAT LIFTS US HIGH WITH THE HOPE THAT ONE DAY, WE SHALL BE WITH YOU AND SEE YOUR GLORIOUS FACE! …AND SING AND REJOICE WITH THE ANGELS!  WE LOOK FORWARD WITH JOY TO THE DAY WHEN WE WORHSIP YOU FACE TO FACE!   WE PRAY THAT YOU WILL KEEP US FAITHFUL AND EVER-WATCHING AND READY FOR YOUR RETURN. PRAISE YOUR GLORIOUS AND MATCHLESS NAME!   IN JESUS’S NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

copyright 10/2012 Carol Castagna

 

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