The longer on earth a saint remains,
The stronger grows desire for heaven;
The body feels its aging pains,
And more to God’s own side he’s driven.
The heavier load of life directs
The sight of faith to things above;
To Jesus’ cross my trial connects,
To service the Holy Spirit drove.
Oh, Lord Messiah, come for me!
Break open the clouds with angels’ shout!
The humble soul would soon see
The end of Satan’s and saints’ dispute!
Describe how your difficulties have increased your desire for eternal things.
Jesus has prepared a place for us with him, in heaven. That means that this earth is not our home. We are travelers here, just passing through. Our aim is to live here in such a way so we can get there. Glory to God for our eternal goal!
By J. Randal Matheny © 2016
A greater compass than south or north,
Is knowing above or below:
From heaven only good comes forth,
From the world all evils grow. Continue reading
In terms of God’s calling, the goal of all effort in this life is to be received into heaven. This is our objective and our hope. Continue reading
When breaks at last the silver cord,
when the hour has come for wings to fly —
a precious name in the faceless horde
the Lord will call — and rise will I
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live even if he dies, and the one who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
John 11.25-26 NET
That’s a good question for all of us, is it not? Living on the resurrection side of the Cross, we’re in a better position to appreciate the truth of Jesus’ declaration. Continue reading
by J. Randal Matheny © 2014
In heaven, all the time, is perfect weather,
No storms or floods, cold snaps, heat waves,
The sea is still, and no tsunamis run,
No need to hide and hunker in dark tornado
Shelters; umbrella sales will plummet —
Rain coats? Galoshes? Winter clothes? No thanks! Continue reading
In the mid-1970s I took Coleman Crocker’s Personal Evangelism class in college. He handed out his short evangelistic study sheet, a handful of questions with yes and no answers. The very first question is, “Do you want to go to heaven?”
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and earth had ceased to exist, and the sea existed no more.
Revelation 21.1 NET Continue reading
This world is slated for destruction. Our intended home is in heaven. This poem paints a dark picture of this world and points us to that “languid heaven” where God reigns.
ROIL THE OCEANS
by J. Randal Matheny © 2011
Roil the oceans, folding ages,
The deep and heights clash and heave;
Rock the mountains to sink and melt,
The elements burn, and earth is ended.
This showed up on my doorstep. Continue reading