Pastor Mike’s Minute Message: And The Winner Is…!

Posted: April 8, 2014 in Pastor Mike's Minute Message
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We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us.” (Romans 8:23 NLT)

Forty-four years ago yesterday, on April 7, 1970, John Wayne won his only Academy Award for his role as Rooster Cogburn in the movie, True Grit. Tears rolled out of the eyes in an uncharacteristic fashion for such a manly man as he accepted the award. For an actor that drew people to the box office, he was often criticized as a B-grade actor, one whose skills didn’t match his success. By getting this award so late in life, after many disappointing chances, he could finally feel legitimized by his peers.

We all have longings in this life, things we wish to see or experience. But our greatest longing shouldn’t be fame, fortune, or family, but for the real life that follows this one. There is a very real Heaven and Hell that will be found by everyone, the destination to be decided by the lordship we did or did not give to Jesus. Regardless of the whims of our beliefs, Eternity is for real!

So live with the expectation of hearing God say “Welcome Home!” Let your greatest longing not be for what we gain here, but for what we stand to gain soon! Look forward to Heaven’s reward! You are loved by God for Eternity!



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