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Robert Jeffress' Book
According to the "Christian Post" on September 10, 2017, Robert Jeffress, guest contributor and pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas indicated what the most frequent question is that he has been asked about his new book, A Place Called Heaven that was published on September 5, 2017 by Baker Books.
People want to know more about heaven in light of what is happening in the world today. Jeffress mentions current events, political chaos, and international conflicts are major concerns people have. He gives four reasons why people should be thinking about heaven and learning more about the place.
1. Brevity of Life
Pastor Jeffress says focusing on heaven reminds us how short life is even though some people live as if they are never going to die. He reminds his readers that George Bernard Shaw once said that one out of everyone dies.
Therefore we should ask God to teach us to number our days, according to Psalm 90:12. Knowing this will give us the wisdom to act accordingly while here on earth.
2. Certainty of Judgment
Pastor Jeffress assures his readers that by focusing on heaven prepares everyone for the judgment that is certain to happen. The Bible says everyone will face God's judgment. Non-Christians will face eternal separation from God. Christians will also have to face God and be evaluated.
According to Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:10, all will appear before the judgment seat of Christ to be rewarded for what they have done. That's why everyone should live every day in anticipation of that judgment.
How we wait for this "place called heaven" matters both now and in the future. For what we do on earth today reverberates in the halls of heaven forever. -- Dr. Robert Jeffress
3. Motivation to Live Pure Lives
Knowing about the place called heaven motives people to live pure lives. Hebrews 11:25-27 records that Moses who had the luxuries of Egypt willingly endured mistreatment rather than enjoying the pleasures of sin because "he was looking to the reward" he would receive in heaven.
4. Suffering Is Put in Perspective
Many people ask why God allows suffering. That question will never be fully understood while we are here on earth. God has given us the promise of heaven where suffering will no longer matter.
Paul, who suffered for Christ and the sake of the gospel, lets us know that suffering on earth is just a momentary, light affliction compared to the glory we will receive in heaven. The things on earth, including our suffering, are seen and are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal, according to 2 Corinthians 4:17-18.
Somebody has said, "From the perspective of heaven, we will see our worse suffering on earth as no more than a one night's stay in an inconvenient hotel." -- From "A Place Called Heaven" by Dr. Robert Jeffress
What Dr. Robert Jeffress Concludes
Bestselling author Dr. Robert Jeffress concludes that people know very little about this place called heaven. That's why he gives some worthwhile information in his book about heaven.
In his enlightening book, the author confirms ten surprising biblical truths about heaven. He tells who will be there and how we can prepare to go there someday.
He says his book is for believers and skeptics who are curious about heaven. In other words, Jeffress' book will confirm what Christians already believe about heaven and will educate those who know nothing about heaven and those who have doubts about the place of bliss.
Jeffress did not take the time to write the book to frighten people. Conversely, he wrote it to give assurance to those who are will to accept it.