Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Yes, as a matter of fact, Heaven IS for real...

And what source might I base this bold claim on...?

Brace yourself.





Yes, it's true, the Bible ...
tells us about Heaven!

I don't know about you, but I believe the Bible
and it is enough for me!

I believe that the Bible is the Revelation of God
through His Son Jesus Christ.

"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son,
who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14

Jesus was the physical embodiment of the Word of God.
Everything in Scripture points us to Jesus.

God gave us the Bible so that we would know Him.
Everything He wants us to know is in His Word.

What He wants me to know about sin,
is in the Bible.

What He wants me to know about Love,
is in the Bible.

What He wants me to know about forgiveness,
is in the Bible.

What He wants me to know about money,
is in the Bible.

What He wants me to know about Heaven ....

well you guessed it-

it's in the Bible!

So you may be wondering what exactly my point is?

and other books like it?

No, I'm not.

I simply want to point you back to Jesus.

If we truly long to know what God wants us to know
about Heaven then why not go to the ultimate source-

And what do we find when we go there?

It's interesting that the only account in Scripture
of a man going to Heaven and then coming back down to Earth
was Paul...

What is it that we're looking for
when we read a book like "Heaven is for Real"?

Are we looking for a sign?

"A wicked and perverse generation will seek a sign" Matthew 16:4

What should we be looking for?

Let's look for Jesus.

"Does this book say anything significant or of substance
about Jesus Christ or his atoning work on the cross?"
-Bill Wright (my Sunday School teacher)

"The Burpo family offers us confidence,
through their experience,
that what God says is true.
This proof is exactly the kind of proof
we should not need
and should not want.
If hope is to be found in any person,
it will be found in the person of Christ.
It is the Spirit working through the Word
who will give us confidence in our faith.
And what is faith?
It is simply believing that what God says is true.
We do not need tales of heaven
or stories of those who claim to have been there.
If God's Word is not sufficient for you,
if the testimony of his Spirit, given to believers,
is not enough for you,
you will not find any true hope
in the unproven tales of a child.
This hope may last for a moment,
but it will not sustain you, it will not bless you,
in those times when hope is waning and times are hard."

Let me challenge you to immerse yourself in GOD'S WORD!

When you go to outside sources for spiritual nourishment
scrutinize every word against scripture!

If it lines up with Scripture
it will always point you to Jesus
and what He did on the cross.

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Nashville - Photo Overload!

So this is about 2 months overdue,
as I was in Nashville for the
Women of Faith Group Leaders All Access Event in February!
Oh well, better late than never I guess!

Over 2000 Group Leaders for Women of Faith
gathered at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center
for 3-4 days of fellowship & leadership training.
What a wonderful time & spectacular place to stay!

Sit back, relax & enjoy!

stain glass dome in the grand lobby

glass sculpture in the grand lobby - Is it a Chihuly?

bottom of the same glass sculpture

The inside of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel is amazing.
Massive atriums filled with living plants and flowing rivers, waterfalls & fountains....

Bird of Paradise

Thanksiving Cactus


Waterfall (front view)

Waterfall (view from behind)

Aside from putting us up in one of the coolest hotels ever,
Women of Faith really spoiled us with
great speakers & awesome concerts!

Mary Graham - President of Women of Faith

Natalie Grant on stage

Awesome Bible Teacher - Lisa Harper

The one and only - Patsy Clairmont!

Author of "The Traveler's Gift" & motivational speaker - Andy Andrews!

Powerhouse vocalist - MANDISA!

Lisa Whelchel from The Facts of Life

Good friends & great times!
Thanks Women of Faith!

Well-known blogger Angie Smith & her girls
also wife to singer Todd Smith of Selah

long time friends Sandi Patty & Lisa Whelchel

Monday, April 4, 2011

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Visiting Rascal's Barn

It's been 2 weeks since Rascal's
"relocation" and he is doing great!
He seems to like his new "home" & is staying put.

So we like to go visit Rascal on the weekends.
The kids love the barn and have spent hours
"fixing up" their own little rooms in there.

We take him food & treats. He loves suckers!

We usually spend a couple of hours
hanging out there
and as we drive away
he says goodbye from the roof.

We love our Rascal!