Give Them Heaven


We’ve been given a glimpse of the real thing, our true home, our resurrection bodies! The Spirit of God whets our appetite by giving us a taste of what’s ahead. He puts a little of heaven in our hearts so that we’ll never settle for less.

~2 Corinthians 5:4-5, MSG


Earth has no sorrow that heaven can not heal.

~Thomas Moore

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In heaven, Christ presence will be fully manifested: we shall behold Him and what a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see.  William Franklin {Billy} Graham says, “Heaven will be the perfection we have always longed for. All the things that made earth and unlovely place will be absent in heaven.” No bad news in heaven, no social media, no media at all, no temptation, no sorrow, no suffering, no anxiety or worry of any sort. There will be no sin in heaven and no Satan. All is peace forevermore on that happy golden shore; what a day glorious day that will be. The late great Dr. Vance Havner said, “The fruit trees of heaven bend over the walls; if you’ll look up, you can pick a little fruit now.” The gift of the Spirit is a foretaste of glory divine and so is worship. I agree with both Graham and Havner: it is great to have heaven to look forward to and a blessing to get a foretaste here on earth.


Dallas Albert Willard was an American philosopher also known for his writings on Christian spiritual formation. His chief work is a book called the DIVINE CONSPIRACY. Willard believed the Divine Conspiracy is God’s plan and process of overcoming evil with good in human history. Willard spend his life making heaven real to his students and friends. It died during surgery on May 8, 2013 and his last words were to his one and only grand daughter. Willard told her…“Give them heaven.” Every time I bump into my preacher friend Jimmy Legg, he says, Jack, “Give them heaven.” You know we need a little heaven, right this very minute…We need a little heaven now. I get a little foretaste of glory divine in my little office building but I also get it in corporate worship on Sunday and Wednesday. I have also tasted heaven in special moments. I am speaking of the precious times I have spent with friends; especially those who are about to depart this world or those who see this world for what it is and like me, long for a better place.


You are not going to believe this: Dallas Willard attended Tennessee Temple. This is A. Ray Lee’s alma mater and Joe David attended there for a half of a semester. You can hear Willard’s teaching on YouTube. He was a professor at USC for years.

Getting another late start today. I may try to make some visits in Athens today. Right now, I plan to spend some time in the study. I hope you have a good day. Thanks for all the prayers. I’m all ready getting calls and text today. It is hard to see good in a situation like this but there are a couple or things that have really impressed me: One is Kevin and Hailey’s sweet spirit and graciousness. They are young but the grace they have shown is far beyond their years. The second thing is the response of the Christian community. People have been so kind. The outpouring of love and the generosity is so encouraging.

I have asks my family not to respond to things being said on social media. This is one of the unfortunate things. We are dealing with a tragedy, an inexplicable tragedy and the last thing we need is social commentary. What my folks don’t seem to understand is you cannot stop it and if you try, you will only make it worse. I didn’t like FaceBook before this happened and I like it even less now.

Have a good day.

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