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2 “The Way I See It” Campaign  “Thought-provoking” messages printed on cups  Pertaining culture, politics, philosophy, religion, etc.  Intended to stimulate thought or promote conversation  Some have been “controversial”

3 Message # 230 Heaven is totally overrated…it seems boring. Clouds, listening to people play the harp, etc. It should be a somewhere you can’t wait to go, like a luxury hotel. “The Way I See It” Campaign

4 Message # 230 Maybe blue skies & soft music were enough to keep people in line in the 17th century, but Heaven is going to have to step it up a bit. They’re basically getting by because they only have to be better than Hell. - Joel Stein ( L.A. Times writer) “The Way I See It” Campaign

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6 Sad Human “Perversions” This pitiful example from Starbucks Coffee may not be totally “isolated” (warped comments from an obvious unbeliever) Other views from “professed” believers indicate different opinions about heaven that are equally as “cheap” and “perverted” Sad Human “Perversions” This pitiful example from Starbucks Coffee may not be totally “isolated” (warped comments from an obvious unbeliever) Other views from “professed” believers indicate different opinions about heaven that are equally as “cheap” and “perverted”

7 Sad Human “Perversions” Other views from “professed” believers… The Islamist Ù he “anticipates” those 72 virgins if he martyrs himself…kills infidels The Mormon Ù he “anticipates” a time when polygamy is re-instated…he will once again be able to enjoy multiple wives Sad Human “Perversions” Other views from “professed” believers… The Islamist Ù he “anticipates” those 72 virgins if he martyrs himself…kills infidels The Mormon Ù he “anticipates” a time when polygamy is re-instated…he will once again be able to enjoy multiple wives

8 Sad Human “Perversions” Other views from “professed” believers… The Jehovah’s Witness Ù he “anticipates” only 144,000 in Heaven, but is content to live in paradise on the “new earth” The Denominationalist Ù he “anticipates a Heaven full of “earth-like” joys Sad Human “Perversions” Other views from “professed” believers… The Jehovah’s Witness Ù he “anticipates” only 144,000 in Heaven, but is content to live in paradise on the “new earth” The Denominationalist Ù he “anticipates a Heaven full of “earth-like” joys

9 Sad Human “Perversions” These viewpoints illustrate a major problem… a lack of spiritual thinking & training Today = a prime example (Super Bowl Sunday) It may even be a problem among ourselves Some of us appear “bored” in worship Some don’t sing, open a Bible…some sleep Such “disinterest” results in attendance problems Sad Human “Perversions” These viewpoints illustrate a major problem… a lack of spiritual thinking & training Today = a prime example (Super Bowl Sunday) It may even be a problem among ourselves Some of us appear “bored” in worship Some don’t sing, open a Bible…some sleep Such “disinterest” results in attendance problems

10 Glorious Biblical “Realities” Heaven is a place of value Because God is there Rev 22:4-5 Because Christ is there Jn 14:3 Heb 9:24 Because nothing Satanic will be there Rev 21:4, 8, 27 Glorious Biblical “Realities” Heaven is a place of value Because God is there Rev 22:4-5 Because Christ is there Jn 14:3 Heb 9:24 Because nothing Satanic will be there Rev 21:4, 8, 27

11 Glorious Biblical “Realities” Heaven is a place of preparation Mt 25:34 Jn 14:2 Sometimes one might even find the right place by accident Not so with Heaven...Christ prepared it for a people who prepare to live there Mt 7:13-14 Glorious Biblical “Realities” Heaven is a place of preparation Mt 25:34 Jn 14:2 Sometimes one might even find the right place by accident Not so with Heaven...Christ prepared it for a people who prepare to live there Mt 7:13-14

12 Glorious Biblical “Realities” Heaven is a place of reward for spiritual victors Mt 5:10-12 1 Cor 15:50-55, 57 They overcome through the resurrected Christ Rev 7:9-14 cp. 19:7-8 They will at last be given the “victor’s crown” 2 Tim 4:8 Glorious Biblical “Realities” Heaven is a place of reward for spiritual victors Mt 5:10-12 1 Cor 15:50-55, 57 They overcome through the resurrected Christ Rev 7:9-14 cp. 19:7-8 They will at last be given the “victor’s crown” 2 Tim 4:8

13 Glorious Biblical “Realities” Heaven is a place for serving God Rev 7:15 If one struggles with worshiping & serving God on earth, how will he “anticipate” Heaven? How can the thought of eternally serving God appeal to such a person? What about present-day worship & service to God? Heb 10:25 1 Jn 5:3 cp. Gen 29:16-20 Glorious Biblical “Realities” Heaven is a place for serving God Rev 7:15 If one struggles with worshiping & serving God on earth, how will he “anticipate” Heaven? How can the thought of eternally serving God appeal to such a person? What about present-day worship & service to God? Heb 10:25 1 Jn 5:3 cp. Gen 29:16-20

14 Glorious Biblical “Realities” One shouldn’t “anticipate” Heaven just to escape the tortures of Hell One should be motivated to go to Heaven to serve Him who sent His Son to die for us If this isn’t enough “motivation,” nothing else can be given Glorious Biblical “Realities” One shouldn’t “anticipate” Heaven just to escape the tortures of Hell One should be motivated to go to Heaven to serve Him who sent His Son to die for us If this isn’t enough “motivation,” nothing else can be given

15 Conclusion “Anticipation” = looking forward to something with great eagerness or interest We “anticipate” a great meal when we smell the aroma of it cooking We long for that first savory bite Conclusion “Anticipation” = looking forward to something with great eagerness or interest We “anticipate” a great meal when we smell the aroma of it cooking We long for that first savory bite

16 Conclusion What is your view of Heaven that causes you to “anticipate” it? Why do you live the way you do? To prove God’s way is best Rom 12:1-2 To go to Heaven Mt 5:17-20 (the best motivation of all) Conclusion What is your view of Heaven that causes you to “anticipate” it? Why do you live the way you do? To prove God’s way is best Rom 12:1-2 To go to Heaven Mt 5:17-20 (the best motivation of all)

17 Conclusion Do you long for…“anticipate” that blissful place “Above The Bright Blue?” Do you understand what you will be doing once you get there? Conclusion Do you long for…“anticipate” that blissful place “Above The Bright Blue?” Do you understand what you will be doing once you get there?

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