Posts Tagged ‘heaven’

3
Nov

REWIRING THE CONFESSIONALS

   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

Christine Fodera attends a Catholic Church in Louisville, Kentucky. She told the following true story: “Our priest had asked my husband, Sam, to do some rewiring in the confessionals.

“The only way to reach the wiring was to enter the attic above the altar and crawl over the ceiling by balancing on the rafters. Concerned for my husband’s safety, I waited in a pew.

“Unknown to me, some other parishioners were congregating in the vestibule. They paid little attention to me, probably assuming I was praying. Worried about my husband, I looked up toward the ceiling and yelled, “Sam, Sam – are you up there? Did you make it okay?”

There was quite an outburst from the vestibule when Sam’s hearty voice echoed down, “Yes, I made it up here just fine!”

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30
Jul

SHIPWRECKED

   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

A sailor was shipwrecked on one of the south sea islands. He was seized by the natives, hoisted to their shoulders, carried to the village, and set on a rude throne. Little by little, he learned that it was their custom once each year to make some man a king, king for a year. He liked it until he began to wonder what happened to all the former kings. Soon he discovered that every year when his kingship was ended, the king was banished to an island, where he starved to death.

The sailor did not like that, but he was smart and he was king, king for a year. So he put his carpenters to work making boats, his farmers to work transplanting fruit trees to the island, farmers growing crops, masons building houses. So when his kingship was over, he was banished, not to a barren island, but to an island of abundance.

It is a good parable of life: we’re all kings here, kings for a little while, able to choose what we shall do with the stuff of life.

Jesus said, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through and steal” (Matthew 6:19-20).

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22
Jul

REUNION

   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

Monday was a family reunion day at our house. We met with our kids for lunch at Red Robin restaurant, then went to Picture People for a family photo with the grand-kids. After giving them a ride on the carousel, we drove back to our house and fixed a bonfire in the fire-pit.  When it was dark enough, Lauren chased lightning bugs (she says they don’t have as many in Tennessee), and Reuben went in to play with his toy cars again. Anita and I are worn out with all the excitement, but they’re all back home now.

Can you imagine what it will be like when we all get to heaven and get to experience the real Reunion? I’d like to ask my ancestors some questions about the family tree, and I’d really like to know what happened to some of my childhood friends and Army buddies.

However, I think we’ll be so caught up in being with Jesus that those other questions will just vanish away. Are you having a family reunion this summer? What are you most looking forward to about it?

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27
Mar

THE HEREAFTER

   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

A pastor called one of his parishioners and searched for an effective way to discuss her soul and salvation. After some introductory words, he told the wife that at her age she should start thinking about the hereafter.

She replied, “Oh, I do, I do.” She then explained, “No matter were I am, I ask myself, “Now, what am I here after?”

Some people find a way to turn every spiritual argument into some worldly discussion. Perhaps that’s because these things are spiritually revealed. If they are not spiritual, they can’t understand a spiritual message.

What do you think is an effective way to open a spiritual discussion with someone who is not spiritual?

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23
Jan

TWO DIRECTIONS

   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Headed for Heaven

As Christians, we are pulled in two directions. We all want to go to heaven, but this life also holds great appeal. We are like the youngster in Sunday school who listened intently while the teacher told about the beauties of heaven. She concluded by saying, “Raise your hand if you want to go to heaven.”

Every hand shot up immediately – except one. “Why don’t you want to go to heaven, Johnny?”

“Well,” he replied, “Mom just baked an apple pie for dinner.”

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22
Jan

NO GREETERS

   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Headed for Heaven

An elderly missionary couple who had served God for 50 years in a remote African village returned to the United States for a well-earned retirement. When they arrived, however, no one was there to greet them because of some confusion at the mission office. They had no one to help them with their suitcases and trunks, and no one to move them into their home. The old gentleman complained to his wife, “We’ve come home after all these years and there’s no one who cares.”

The man’s bitterness grew as they settled into their new home. His wife, a bit fed up with his complaining, suggested that he take up the matter with God. So the man went to his bedroom and spent time in prayer. When he came out he had a new look on his face, which prompted his wife to ask what had happened.

“Well,” he replied, “I told God that I’ve come home and no one cares,” “And what did he say?” she asked.

“He said, ‘You’re not home yet’.”

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21
Jan

NOTHING ELSE MATTERS

   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Headed for Heaven

Many years ago a doctor made a house call on a dying patient, who asked, “Doctor, what will haven be like?” The physician paused, trying to think of a helpful reply. Just then they heard the sound of scratching on the closed door of the patient’s bedroom.

“Do you hear that?” the doctor asked. “Its my dog. I left him downstairs, but he got impatient and came up here looking for me. He doesn’t know what’s in this room, but he knows his master is here. I believe that’s how it is with heaven. We don’t know what it’s like, but we know that Jesus will be there. And really, nothing else matters.”

We’ll find out what heaven is like soon enough.

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