By Jay Luminus – 2020
Maud Church of Christ
Maud, TX

What causes a person to board a plane, train, ship or auto and head out to a distant vacation destination? Escape, to ger away from the busyness and challenges of life for a while and to experience perhaps a beautiful new place. For Christians, the final destination is Heaven. It is one of the motivating factors that keep us moving through life. But what will it be like? What is it that draws us to it and gives us hope of being there for eternity?
• Heaven is God’s dwelling place – 2 Chronicles 6:39
• Jesus Christ is There – Colossians 3:1
• A Place of Many Mansions (Dwellings) – John 14:2
• All things will Be Like New – Revelation 21:5
• There Will be Non-Stop Worship – Revelation 4:8
• Heaven has Been Prepared Just for Us – John 14:3
• Heaven has a Zero Crime Rate – Matthew 6:20
• We’ll Never be Sad in Heaven – Isaiah 60:20
• No One will Cry or Be in Pain – Revelation 21:4
• No Alarm Clocks or Deadlines in Heaven – Revelation 21:23
• We Will See Him and Be Like Christ – 1 John 3:2
• We’ll Never Grow Old in Heaven – 1 Corinthians 15:52
• Heaven’s Beauty is Indescribable – 1 Corinthians 2:9
Wow! I want to go, don’t you?

By Jay Launius - 2020

We are in full swing of the spring season! The trees plants and flowers are green and colorful. Nature has renewed itself one again. This season can bring to one’s mind ideas of personal renewal, a time to start fresh and new. As believers, we have the great blessing of renewal in times of spiritual difficulty or weakness. When we first come to Christ, the scriptures say that we put off the old man (person) and are renewed in the spirit of our mind (Ephesians 4: 2-24), but it doesn’t stop there. We’ll still struggle with worldly desires and thoughts but have the continued opportunity to avoid conforming to this world, but rather being transformed by the renewing of our mind (Romans 12:2). Living the life of a Christian can be overwhelming at times, especially when combined with the physical and mental stresses of everyday life. But our confidence can be found in the following verse, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16). Just as the tree puts out new leaves, the birds build new nests and the grass grows green again, we have the great blessing of spiritual renewal.

By Mike Riley
According to the National Institute Of Mental Health statistics in 2004, suicide was the 11th leading cause of death in the United States. It was the eighth leading cause of death for males, and 19th leading cause of death for females.

In this brief article, let us study why suicide is not a viable option for anyone and is condemned by God’s word.

Enjoy some quotes regarding mothers and their roles in our lives.

"All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother." - Abraham Lincoln

"If at first you don't succeed, try doing it the way mom told you to in the beginning." - Unknown

"A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary." - Dorothy Canfield Fisher

“If I have done anything in life worth attention, I feel sure that I inherited the disposition from my mother.” - Booker T. Washington

"Mothers are like glue. Even when you can't see them, they're still holding the family together." - Susan Gale

“Over the years, I learned so much from mom. She taught me about the importance of home and history and family and tradition. She also taught me that aging need not mean narrowing the scope of your activities and interests or a diminution of the great pleasures to be had in the everyday.” - Martha Stewart

"My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” - George Washington