Heaven is more than an endpoint. It’s a possibility right now

There have been several very successful books on heaven in recent years, including Heaven is For Real, published at Thomas Nelson by my colleague Matt Baugher.The interest among readers is reasonable enough, considering that we're talking about our eternal destinies and all the hopes and fears that go along with them. Not a small topic.But let's expand the conversation. Heaven is more than an endpoint. When Christians pray the Lord's Prayer we ask that God's will would be done on earth … [Read more...]

Spreading the atmosphere of heaven

How powerful are your thoughts? For better or worse, they are affecting every relationship you have.I am reading for the second time a wonderful book about the life and teachings of a Serbian monk, Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica, called Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives. It covers many topics, but the central theme is, as Elder Thaddeus says, that “Our life depends on the kind of thoughts we nurture.”“If our thoughts are kind, peaceful, and quiet, turned only toward good, then we . . . influ … [Read more...]

Remember why we work

They call it a “livelihood” or “making a living” for a reason. Mostly because of the money we earn, but also because of the energies we expend, the sacrifices we make, and the lessons we learn, we depend upon on our work for life. We also resent it sometimes, maybe a lot. (Just typing those words brings to mind the lyrics of David Allan Coe’s most popular song.)Resenting our work is the result of our forgetfulness, according to the Serbian priest and monk Thaddeus of Vitovnica. While speaking … [Read more...]