Heaven and Hell
by Paul Walerczak
The topic of Heaven and Hell is one that has been discussed through the ages and will continue to be discussed into the future. Recently there has been a lot of conversation, discussion, and down right heated debate over a book titled Love Wins written by Rob Bell, pastor of Mars Hill Church, located in Michigan. So why so much heated debate over a book titled Love Wins. After all isn't that what the Bible teaches...God is Love?
Central to Rob Bell's teaching in Love Wins is the belief that all people will "eventually" go to heaven, because in the end "God's love wins". According to Bell, hell is not the place of eternal seperation and torment as many have believed the scriptures to teach since Jesus first spoke these words to the early disciples.
The big problem with the teachings contained within Love Wins is that Rob Bell's overall teaching of heaven, hell, and what happens to us when we die are simply not Biblical. This type of teaching, which most closely resembles universalism, is a false gospel that ultimately has the potential to lead many people astray on this important topic.
Jesus, who speaks of hell more than any other figure in scripture, does give us sound teaching on the topic of heaven and hell. Today we will simply discuss a few of Jesus' thoughts in reference to this all important topic of heaven and hell.
by Paul Walerczak
Over the past couple of years the Lord has allowed me to meet some wonderful folks in the outdoor industry. These are men and women whom you have most likely seen at a trade show, wildgame dinner, or even on television. They are passionate about God's creation and they love His Son Jesus Christ. They have a drive to simply tell as many outdoorsmen as they can about Jesus and the life transforming message of the Gospel.
One such individual has become a good friend of mine and I am blessed to call him a brother in Christ. God has blessed him with a solid outdoor ministry reaching literally thousands of outdoorsmen for Christ annually. Within the past twelve months my friend Jason Cruise has been caring a burden that the Lord laid on his heart and now he is doing something about it. This vision is simply called "Mission". As a father with 6 children myself, I could relate to the feelings Jason was experiencing as he filmed this video.
I would humbly like to ask that you take the five or so minutes you normally would have listened to me and give your full attention to Jason in the embeded video as he describes "Mission". Then, once you have finished watching the video visit Jason's new website www.themissionvision.net Finally, pray about what you have seen, heard, and read.
As always I pray you have a great week and I appreciate you giving Jason a few moments of your time to learn about "Mission".
There are times in life where God simply uses various events and circumstances in our lives to literally bring us to a moment of truth. I had one of those moments this past week! In that moment I realized the message that the Lord was trying to reveal to me and had been trying to reveal to me for quit sometime. In this devotional titled "Vapor" I look foward to sharing with you the "Ah Ha" moment I was blessed to have this past week.
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Have you ever just had one of "those" days? You know the days that seem like everything is literally a struggle. Sometimes it feels like everything we touch simply falls apart or is literally at war against us. I had one of the "those" days today. The truth is the whole of creation is literally groaning under the weight of the fall. In today's devotional I offer some encouraging words to you on the tail end of one of "those" days that I have just experienced! I hope this is a blessing to you!
We Can't Silence Creation!
The Bible is chock-full of verses that detail the involvement of God in creation. I have often heard it said "no serious thinking person would put their trust in the Bible, especially when it comes to creation". When I hear this my next statement to the person is "Have you studied the Bible, or is that what you have been told". I humbly, but firmly believe, that no serious thinking person, who is committed to finding TRUTH, can walk away from a complete examination of scripture with any other thought except the creation account as told in scripture is 100% true. I believe this "Without Excuse"!
Since a young age Pastor Paul has had a love for the outdoors. After he became a Christian in October of 1994 God began to use the great outdoors to demonstrate to Pastor Paul the eternal truths of scripture. In this section he will share some of these thoughts via written or audio devotionals.