Three men were thrown into the fiery furnace in Babylon, because they would not serve, or worship, the gods there. Could this have application in our day?
We long for a place called home. God has wired us for that, and He uses that desire to make us long for heaven.
Yes, and I will rejoice,  for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance,  as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.  For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.  If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell.  I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.  But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.  Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith,  so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again. (ESV)
Death is __________________. Expect ___________________________. Enjoy ________________________.
How is it possible that the “house of mourning” is better than the “house of feasting?” In the same way, how can the day of death be better than the day of birth?
Have you ever asked yourself: What is the purpose of my life? What do you think it is? What does the Preacher in Ecclesiastes teach us about nature? Where is a person’s meaning supposed to be found?
1 Corinthians 15:51-58 51 Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53 For this perishable body must put…