What do you think happens when you die? Do you believe in Heaven and Hell? It's one of the most essential truths in Scripture. Today, Jesus tells the story of the deaths of two men: one who was rich in earthly treasures but destitute in love for the Lord, and one incredibly poor but living his life for God. Discover the fate of these two men... and ask yourself about your fate... through this difficult but necessary parable.
Have you ever experienced anxiety? God's word promises that in the life of every Christian there will be trials. When anxiety and stress threatens, Paul encourages us to take heart and rejoice in the Lord, and to replace anxiety with God's peace through the power of prayer. In the face of uncertainty and chaos, we are called to remember our joy in Christ can never be destroyed or revoked. He guarantees his loved ones that by prayer and supplication, his peace will truly be with us.
In 2 Corinthians 5:17, Paul says "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come" (ESV). Paul understands the incredible reality of being 'made new' in Christ. Before Christ, he was dead in sin, but now he is truly alive in Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit. The promise of his future heavenly reward caused him to live his earthly life with urgency. Paul's letter is an encouragement to live courageously and joyfully in the midst of opposition, knowing our final destination is not in this world but in the Kingdom of Heaven.