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Heaven Can Wait

The sermon below was preached on May 25, 2014, by Dr. Bill Nieporte, at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, VA.  You can watch the video and/or read the manuscript below.

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The Text:   John 14:15-21

 If you really love Me, you will keep My commands.

And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (the word means…Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby) that He may remain with you forever—

The Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him (or know and recognize Him). But you know and recognize Him, for He lives with you constantly and will be in you.

I will not leave you as orphans (or comfortless, desolate, bereaved, forlorn, and helpless); I will come to you.

Just a little while now, and the world will not see Me anymore, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also.

When that day comes you will know for yourselves that I am in My Father, and you are in Me, and I am in you.

The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who really loves Me; and whoever really loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I also will love him and will reveal Myself to him.

Heaven Can Wait– May 25, 2014, at Patterson Ave. Baptist

The Video

 

Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
by: Todd Burpo
publisher: Thomas Nelson, published: 2010-11-02
ASIN: 0849946158
EAN: 9780849946158
sales rank: 61
price: $5.60 (new), $1.49 (used)

A young boy emerges from life-saving surgery with remarkable stories of his visit to heaven.

Heaven Is for Real is the true story of the four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He survives and begins talking about being able to look down and see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. The family didn’t know what to believe but soon the evidence was clear.

Colton said he met his miscarried sister, whom no one had told him about, and his great grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was born, then shared impossible-to-know details about each. He describes the horse that only Jesus could ride, about how “reaaally big” God and his chair are, and how the Holy Spirit “shoots down power” from heaven to help us.

Told by the father, but often in Colton’s own words, the disarmingly simple message is heaven is a real place, Jesus really loves children, and be ready, there is a coming last battle.

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