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Heaven is not that place where we get the big house and the wealth of Solomon. Heaven is that place where we will live in the healing, nurture, and undimmed beauty of God's love.

We who describe ourselves as “God's sheep” should remember there is some “goat” in us all. Our calling is not to become superior to others but to be loving, like our Savior. That involves a lifetime of learning and growing.

The bottom line today is the same as in Isaiah and Daniel's day: will you trust God in this troubled world? The years in this world cannot compare to eternity. Dying with the most toys is not winning.

Job asks a lot of questions, endures the shallow judgments and worn platitudes of his contemporaries – and ends up discovering that God has more surprises and blessings than we can begin to understand!

How did Solomon's splendid temple and the key worship practices of Israel fade from their culture? Gradually – through indifference, preoccupation, or fading memories of the past – the people replaced faith in God with the common goals of the world.

We look back at the days of Solomon and those who followed him as a time of selfish choices and spiritual ignorance among God's “chosen” people. But what about us? Are we really any different?

It is human nature to want God in a tangible form, to mark a place where we can sense God is present – something that connects us to God's promises.

Like Solomon we are aware of God's promises and his call for us to be a different kind of people who will love him and live out his grace. Will we trust God in these difficult times

The Apostle John writes out of his personal experiences through the years of Jesus' ministry and resurrection. In 1 John, written to a congregation challenged by popular false religion and doubt, John tells them they can “know” the truth of Jesus thirty-nine times!

The world offers many ideas about God and faith. Denominations, like any human institution, tend to be self-congratulatory and dogmatic, but Jesus offers a radical understanding of God, salvation, and real life.