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3 Responses to “Deep, Deep Eternity”

  1. Timothy Smick says:

    Amen! Amen! Amen!
    The two-chapter gospel adherent spends much time focused on the importance of getting into heaven and very little on expounding on what is heavenly life going to be like. (Think back to the last sermon you heard focused on the promised heaven we have in our future.) Seldom is it done in a compelling and vivid way that motivates us to pursue eternal rewards. It will take expanded imaginations on our part to even catch a glimpse of a heaven that will motivate us to invest in things eternal that won’t rust away. The four-chapter gospel church will always have a considerable focus on getting heaven into us (“can”) and the perfection of heaven we “will” enjoy in eternity in the continuing presence of God our creator. What David Brooks is pointing out so skillfully is the dead-ends we create for ourselves when we try to create our own sense of heaven on earth. It is devastating that meaningful joy and delight are seldom depicted in the Christian life in our world today.

  2. Adam Mueller says:

    This is a great! I believe it’s a parallel thought to the concept of discipline and freedom.

    I hear so many of my peers talk about freedom and glorify the idea of saying “yes” to whatever/whenever thinking this will spawn happiness. Well, the statistics couldn’t speak louder. We’re not happy, yet our culture has adopted this bent definition of freedom. I dare anyone to eat nothing but pizza, wings, and beer because it’s taste great and feels great in the immediate. However, how are you going to feel/look after years of this type of diet?

    Teaching ourselves to say “No” can be one of the most liberating practices we adopt in our lives, and it certainly has the ability to lead to authentic Joy.

  3. Linda says:

    The difference in our culture is noticeable. Higher levels of stress and hopelessness accompany this change in values.
    Pales in comparison to real eternity and real joy.

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