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“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me” (1 Corinthians 13:11, NIV).

God in far-away places

To say that my childhood view of God, heaven, and all things holy was a bit off theologically would be an understatement.

I’m sure I was told time and again that God was personal and that He even lived in my heart. Still, I reasoned that, for all practical purposes, God was more like a fictional character who lived in a far-away land…

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“Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. He called out to them, ‘Friends, haven’t you any fish?’

‘No,’ they answered.

He said, ‘Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.’ When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.

Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord!’ As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, ‘It is the Lord,’ he wrapped his outer garment around him (for…

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“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1, NIV).

I’ve always found the words of this first verse in the Gospel of John to be interesting.

As a kid, it was one of the easier passages of Scripture to memorize for my church’s Wednesday night Catechism class. The verse had a certain rhythm to it. It didn’t have any big words, and it was relatively short. I could recite John 1:1 in short order to my teacher and receive my sticker on the memorization chart. …

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“On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight. There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting. Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. When he was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead. Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around…

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“…they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense” (Luke 24:11, NIV).

When Mary Magdalene and the other women shared what they had witnessed on the first Easter morning, the disciples must have thought the women were out of their minds.

A couple of Scripture-quoting angels, a huge boulder mysteriously set aside, a grave with no body — it was all too much to make sense of. Their leader and friend, Jesus, had been put to death on Friday. There was no doubt about that. But now, on this Sunday morning, these women were claiming…

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One of my favorite games to play as a kid was “King of the Mountain.”

While not one of my neighborhood’s knuckleheads was actual royalty, and the “mountain” was really just a small hill near my home in central Kansas, we would spend hours trekking up — and falling down — that hill.

The object of the game was quite simple: to climb to the top of the “mountain” and maintain one’s position there by whatever means necessary. There were but two rules:

  1. The first was that we had to wear our stocking caps in the winter because that’s what…

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“Samson said to the servant who held his hand, ‘Put me where I can feel the pillars that support the temple, so that I may lean against them.’ Then Samson prayed to the LORD, ‘Sovereign LORD, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines…’ ” (Judges 16:26,28, NIV).

I’ve always found the story of Samson interesting. Perhaps you, too, are fascinated by the fast-paced, plot-twisting story of this Old Testament strongman.

Physical strength and moral weakness

Samson’s God-given task in life was to set into motion the deliverance of the Israelite people from…

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“If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,’ even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you” (Psalm 139:8–12, NIV).


“Repentance” is such an…

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“ ‘My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am’ ” (John 14:2–3, NIV).

These are some of the words Jesus used to describe Heaven. Referring to His “Father’s house”, one with “many rooms”, Heaven is the place Jesus Himself went ahead of us to prepare.

Likely, as Jesus spoke about Heaven, He…

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“…I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and He will dwell with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away’ ” (Revelation 21:3–4, NIV).

The Bible Book of Revelation can be quite difficult to understand. Its writer, John shares visions and images that are often foreign to the reader and at…

Chuck Kralik, Author

Pastor and Christian Writer — Author of "Finished: A Fictional Story With Heavenly Truth" — Read more at

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