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Today’s Bible Reading: August 10, 2022

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Psalm 88-89

Romans 10

Heaven is Real…and so is Hell

I recently watched the movie “The Case for Heaven” on PureFlix. In this movie Lee Strobel, author of the popular book, “The Case for Christ,” sets out to show that we have a soul and that after death, our soul continues to live – either in heaven or in hell. In this movie, they interview Jon Steingard, a former singer in the Hawk Nelson band. Jon co-wrote the song, “Drops in the Ocean” along with two of his friends. His father is a pastor and he was raised in Church. Then in May, 2020, Steingard posted on Instagram that he was revoking his believe in God. In the movie, he says:

“If God is real, He has chosen to make Himself hidden in such as way, that we can plausibly say, ‘I don’t even know if God is there.’ And then with that in mind, in Christianity we’re often told we have to make a belief that God is there, you have to make a decision, and affirm God’s existence, and Jesus’ lordship in your life. And if you don’t do that, you’re gonna burn in hell forever. I just go, as a father, would I make myself hidden to my son who I love dearly, would I hide myself from him for his entire life, and then if he denies my existence, or doesn’t love me enough or in the right way or believe the right things about me – burn him forever. No one would look at a parent and say, ‘That’s a good parent.’ That is one reason I cannot believe in this whole way of looking at God and eternity. It just doesn’t work for me. If that is true, than that God is not loving.”

Jon Steingard in “The Case for Heaven”

Is Steingard right? Is God real? Are heaven and hell real? Does God – who is love – send people to hell to burn forever? Let’s address these questions.

Hell is a real place

Hell is made of stuff that is worse than your worst nightmare! It is a place of torment (Luke 16:23). It is a place of fire where the flames never die and there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. (Luke 16:24, Matthew 13:42, Matthew 25:41, Revelation 20:1). Hell is a place were the worm never dies (Mark 9:46). In Matthew 25:30, Hell is a place of darkness. Revelation 14:10 says hell is a place where those who reject Christ will be tormented in brimstone and fire. Job 18 describes Hell as a place where God is not known. And Luke 16:23 says Hell is a place of everlasting punishment.

It is humanly impossible to comprehend the Bible’s description of hell. Nothing on earth can compare with it. No nightmare could produce a terror to match that of hell. No horror movie could describe it’s fright. And no crime scene with all it’s blood and gore could begin to match it’s horror. In hell, at this very moment, there are millions of lost, tormented souls — burning, weeping, wailing — without any hope whatsoever!

Yes! Hell is a REAL place. You’ll see HELL, smell HELL, breathe HELL, hear HELL, and feel HELL. It’ll be beyond anything humanly imaginable!

Does God send people to hell?

1 John 1:9 says, “God is love.” But if God is love, then why does He send people to Hell? The answer is he doesn’t.

Hell was created for Satan who once was an archangel in Heaven, named Lucifer. Lucifer became jealous of God and decided he wanted to be God. As a result, he and one-third of the angels in heaven attempted a coup in Heaven. Only, they were defeated. God created hell for Lucifer and his followers. Lucifer is more commonly called, the Devil or Satan. In the Bible he is also called the Great Deceiver. His followers are known as demons. God created Hell for Satan and his demons.

When man sinned, a great divide was created between a holy and righteous God and sinful man. God created man to have fellowship with us. Yet, when man sinned, God’s holiness could not look on sin and God had to judge sin. The Bible says that the wages of sin is death. Just as a child has consequences for disobeying his or her parents, so there are consequences when we disobey God. As a result, we are all dead in our sin. One of the most amazing concepts is that when God created man, He knew man would sin. He also knew that because of that sin, He would have to send His only begotten Son to this earth to pay our sin debt. Even knowing what it would cost Him, he created us anyway.

God provided an escape from Hell

Yes, God is love. We know He is love because even when he knew from before the world was created he knew that you and I would be here. He knew every sin of our entire lives. He knew that we would need someone to save us from those sins and so in his love and mercy, he sent his son to die a horrible, cruel death in our place so that we would not have to spend eternity in hell.

Why do people go to Hell?

Why then do people go to hell? Because they reject the free gift of Christ’s sacrifice and payment of our sin debt. They turn away from it. Revelation 21:8 says, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and the murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Sinners do not want to be confronted with their sin. They would rather create laws that will legalize sin than to confess their sin. However, no law of man would over over-rule God’s law and when we stand before God at the end of our lives he will judge us. At that time, he will either see you covered in the blood of Christ which cleanses you from all unrighteousness and you will spend eternity in Heaven with him or the sins of your entire life will be exposed and you will hear God say the worst words you could ever hear: “Depart from me for I never knew you.” My friend, God does not send people to hell. They send themselves.

What is Hell like?

What is hell like? Pastor Rick Warren describes it like this: “In human terms, it’s tough to define Hell. It’s like trying to explain the Internet to an ant. But Jesus actually talked more about Hell than Heaven. And to read how Jesus — and others in the Bible — described it, we don’t want to have any part of it, and we don’t want anyone we know to have any part in it.”

So what does the Bible say about Hell?

  1. It’s a place of torment. Luke 13:28 says that in Hell, “You will cry and be in extreme pain” (GW). We get our visions of fire and agony in Hell from the Bible.
  2. It’s a place of complete separation from God and other people. That’s the worst part of Hell. Go through your whole life saying you don’t want to have anything to do with God, and you’ll eventually get your way. Hell means total separation from God. “If anyone does not love the Lord, let that person be separated from God — lost forever!” (1 Corinthians 16:22a ERV)
  3. It’s a place without love. The Bible tells us that God is love. Without God, we’ll spend forever without his love in Hell. The Bible also says, “There is no fear in love; perfect love drives out all fear” (GNT). What’s it like to live without God’s love? It means you’re scared to death all the time.

The Bible says that Hell is place for wicked souls; it is referred to as a fiery furnace, a place of unquenchable fire; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, constant and eternal torment. In hell, there will be no rest; there is condemnation and destruction; you will be eternally separated from God; it is a place of outer darkness; it is a lake of burning sulfur; and there will be eternal suffering. Yet any description we give it, will not compare the just how horrible spending eternity in hell will be.

People who go to Hell, choose Hell

Everyone who goes to Hell chooses to do so. They’ll get what they always thought they wanted — a life away from God. You don’t want that! You don’t want Hell. So Steingard’s statement that says he can’t accept or believe in a good that send people to hell is inaccurate. Steingard seems to struggle with the idea that a God of live sends people to hell. But God does not. People choose hell when they choose to reject God. God’s love is seen in the way of escape He made so that people do not have to go to hell. God’s love provided a way out. That way out was through the sacrifice of his own son – Jesus Christ – who make the atonement for our sin as he shed his blood on the cross.

So how do you not spend eternity in hell? By placing your faith and trust in the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. His death on the cross paid your sin debt. Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” He died in your place so that you do not have to spend eternity in hell.  

In 1974, a movie was made and shown in churches across the country. “The Burning Hell” is a 58 minute film created by the evangelist Estus Pirkle. This film is Pirkle’s interpretation of what the Bible has to say about hell and you can watch it on YouTube here.

Heaven or hell….the choice is yours. Eternity in hell….or eternity in heaven.

What is Heaven like?

What is heaven like? A river, clear as crystal, will flow from the throne of God and of the Lamb [Jesus] down the middle of the city. On each side of the river there will be a tree of life, yielding twelve kinds of fruit every month. The streets will be pure gold, like transparent glass. The walls of the city will be adorned with every kind of jewel, emerald, onyx, amethyst, topaz, etc. There will be no need for a sun or moon, and no need for a temple or church. The presence of the Lord will be its light. There will be no sickness or pain, no death, no tears or sorrow.

Just as our human mind cannot accurately envision the horrors of hell, so can we not fully imagine the splendor and glory of heaven.

God does not want you to go to hell

Yes, my friend, God is love and He invites you right now to spend eternity in heaven with him. Romans 10:13 says, “Whosoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

“Whosoever” that means you!

If that is your heart’s desire, then you can pray the following prayer:

“Dear God, I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I confess and believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that you raised Him to life. Right now, I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.”

If you just prayed this prayer, please let us know through the contact us page. You will also want to find an evangelical church and talk with a pastor so that he can lead you through the next steps, being baptized, and growing as a Christian. If you just prayed that prayer, then welcome to the family of God! I look forward to meeting you in Heaven one day.


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This book includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on
  • Conversation Starters
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Heaven is Real…and so is Hell

One Year Bible Reading Plan and Devotional

Today’s Bible Reading: August 10, 2022

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Psalm 88-89

Romans 10

Heaven is Real…and so is Hell

I recently watched the movie “The Case for Heaven” on PureFlix. In this movie Lee Strobel, author of the popular book, “The Case for Christ,” sets out to show that we have a soul and that after death, our soul continues to live – either in heaven or in hell. In this movie, they interview Jon Steingard, a former singer in the Hawk Nelson band. Jon co-wrote the song, “Drops in the Ocean” along with two of his friends. His father is a pastor and he was raised in Church. Then in May, 2020, Steingard posted on Instagram that he was revoking his believe in God. In the movie, he says:

“If God is real, He has chosen to make Himself hidden in such as way, that we can plausibly say, ‘I don’t even know if God is there.’ And then with that in mind, in Christianity we’re often told we have to make a belief that God is there, you have to make a decision, and affirm God’s existence, and Jesus’ lordship in your life. And if you don’t do that, you’re gonna burn in hell forever. I just go, as a father, would I make myself hidden to my son who I love dearly, would I hide myself from him for his entire life, and then if he denies my existence, or doesn’t love me enough or in the right way or believe the right things about me – burn him forever. No one would look at a parent and say, ‘That’s a good parent.’ That is one reason I cannot believe in this whole way of looking at God and eternity. It just doesn’t work for me. If that is true, than that God is not loving.”

Jon Steingard in “The Case for Heaven”

Is Steingard right? Is God real? Are heaven and hell real? Does God – who is love – send people to hell to burn forever? Let’s address these questions.

Hell is a real place

Hell is made of stuff that is worse than your worst nightmare! It is a place of torment (Luke 16:23). It is a place of fire where the flames never die and there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. (Luke 16:24, Matthew 13:42, Matthew 25:41, Revelation 20:1). Hell is a place were the worm never dies (Mark 9:46). In Matthew 25:30, Hell is a place of darkness. Revelation 14:10 says hell is a place where those who reject Christ will be tormented in brimstone and fire. Job 18 describes Hell as a place where God is not known. And Luke 16:23 says Hell is a place of everlasting punishment.

It is humanly impossible to comprehend the Bible’s description of hell. Nothing on earth can compare with it. No nightmare could produce a terror to match that of hell. No horror movie could describe it’s fright. And no crime scene with all it’s blood and gore could begin to match it’s horror. In hell, at this very moment, there are millions of lost, tormented souls — burning, weeping, wailing — without any hope whatsoever!

Yes! Hell is a REAL place. You’ll see HELL, smell HELL, breathe HELL, hear HELL, and feel HELL. It’ll be beyond anything humanly imaginable!

Does God send people to hell?

1 John 1:9 says, “God is love.” But if God is love, then why does He send people to Hell? The answer is he doesn’t.

Hell was created for Satan who once was an archangel in Heaven, named Lucifer. Lucifer became jealous of God and decided he wanted to be God. As a result, he and one-third of the angels in heaven attempted a coup in Heaven. Only, they were defeated. God created hell for Lucifer and his followers. Lucifer is more commonly called, the Devil or Satan. In the Bible he is also called the Great Deceiver. His followers are known as demons. God created Hell for Satan and his demons.

When man sinned, a great divide was created between a holy and righteous God and sinful man. God created man to have fellowship with us. Yet, when man sinned, God’s holiness could not look on sin and God had to judge sin. The Bible says that the wages of sin is death. Just as a child has consequences for disobeying his or her parents, so there are consequences when we disobey God. As a result, we are all dead in our sin. One of the most amazing concepts is that when God created man, He knew man would sin. He also knew that because of that sin, He would have to send His only begotten Son to this earth to pay our sin debt. Even knowing what it would cost Him, he created us anyway.

God provided an escape from Hell

Yes, God is love. We know He is love because even when he knew from before the world was created he knew that you and I would be here. He knew every sin of our entire lives. He knew that we would need someone to save us from those sins and so in his love and mercy, he sent his son to die a horrible, cruel death in our place so that we would not have to spend eternity in hell.

Why do people go to Hell?

Why then do people go to hell? Because they reject the free gift of Christ’s sacrifice and payment of our sin debt. They turn away from it. Revelation 21:8 says, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and the murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Sinners do not want to be confronted with their sin. They would rather create laws that will legalize sin than to confess their sin. However, no law of man would over over-rule God’s law and when we stand before God at the end of our lives he will judge us. At that time, he will either see you covered in the blood of Christ which cleanses you from all unrighteousness and you will spend eternity in Heaven with him or the sins of your entire life will be exposed and you will hear God say the worst words you could ever hear: “Depart from me for I never knew you.” My friend, God does not send people to hell. They send themselves.

What is Hell like?

What is hell like? Pastor Rick Warren describes it like this: “In human terms, it’s tough to define Hell. It’s like trying to explain the Internet to an ant. But Jesus actually talked more about Hell than Heaven. And to read how Jesus — and others in the Bible — described it, we don’t want to have any part of it, and we don’t want anyone we know to have any part in it.”

So what does the Bible say about Hell?

  1. It’s a place of torment. Luke 13:28 says that in Hell, “You will cry and be in extreme pain” (GW). We get our visions of fire and agony in Hell from the Bible.
  2. It’s a place of complete separation from God and other people. That’s the worst part of Hell. Go through your whole life saying you don’t want to have anything to do with God, and you’ll eventually get your way. Hell means total separation from God. “If anyone does not love the Lord, let that person be separated from God — lost forever!” (1 Corinthians 16:22a ERV)
  3. It’s a place without love. The Bible tells us that God is love. Without God, we’ll spend forever without his love in Hell. The Bible also says, “There is no fear in love; perfect love drives out all fear” (GNT). What’s it like to live without God’s love? It means you’re scared to death all the time.

The Bible says that Hell is place for wicked souls; it is referred to as a fiery furnace, a place of unquenchable fire; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, constant and eternal torment. In hell, there will be no rest; there is condemnation and destruction; you will be eternally separated from God; it is a place of outer darkness; it is a lake of burning sulfur; and there will be eternal suffering. Yet any description we give it, will not compare the just how horrible spending eternity in hell will be.

People who go to Hell, choose Hell

Everyone who goes to Hell chooses to do so. They’ll get what they always thought they wanted — a life away from God. You don’t want that! You don’t want Hell. So Steingard’s statement that says he can’t accept or believe in a good that send people to hell is inaccurate. Steingard seems to struggle with the idea that a God of live sends people to hell. But God does not. People choose hell when they choose to reject God. God’s love is seen in the way of escape He made so that people do not have to go to hell. God’s love provided a way out. That way out was through the sacrifice of his own son – Jesus Christ – who make the atonement for our sin as he shed his blood on the cross.

So how do you not spend eternity in hell? By placing your faith and trust in the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. His death on the cross paid your sin debt. Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” He died in your place so that you do not have to spend eternity in hell.  

In 1974, a movie was made and shown in churches across the country. “The Burning Hell” is a 58 minute film created by the evangelist Estus Pirkle. This film is Pirkle’s interpretation of what the Bible has to say about hell and you can watch it on YouTube here.

Heaven or hell….the choice is yours. Eternity in hell….or eternity in heaven.

What is Heaven like?

What is heaven like? A river, clear as crystal, will flow from the throne of God and of the Lamb [Jesus] down the middle of the city. On each side of the river there will be a tree of life, yielding twelve kinds of fruit every month. The streets will be pure gold, like transparent glass. The walls of the city will be adorned with every kind of jewel, emerald, onyx, amethyst, topaz, etc. There will be no need for a sun or moon, and no need for a temple or church. The presence of the Lord will be its light. There will be no sickness or pain, no death, no tears or sorrow.

Just as our human mind cannot accurately envision the horrors of hell, so can we not fully imagine the splendor and glory of heaven.

God does not want you to go to hell

Yes, my friend, God is love and He invites you right now to spend eternity in heaven with him. Romans 10:13 says, “Whosoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

“Whosoever” that means you!

If that is your heart’s desire, then you can pray the following prayer:

“Dear God, I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I confess and believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that you raised Him to life. Right now, I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.”

If you just prayed this prayer, please let us know through the contact us page. You will also want to find an evangelical church and talk with a pastor so that he can lead you through the next steps, being baptized, and growing as a Christian. If you just prayed that prayer, then welcome to the family of God! I look forward to meeting you in Heaven one day.


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Week 31: August 1-7


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Romans 8:37 – Kneels Before God

Romans 8:37 says, “No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us.” Our victories come when we are on our knees praying.

True Story

Scatter Kindness

Ephesians 4:32 says, “And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.” Kindness never goes out of style. Scatter some wherever you go.

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God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars

by Julia M. Bruce

What’s Inside God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars?

This book includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on
  • Conversation Starters
    • Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages
    • Romance Builders
    • Relationship Builders
    • Personal reflections
    • Date ideas
    • Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples

Now in the WCM Store! Buy your copy today for only $24.95

paperback edition

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Heaven is Real – but so is Hell

by Julia M. Bruce, MSPC, Mental Health Coach,
Keynote Speaker, CEO, Wellspring Christian Ministrie
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Does God send people to hell?

Hell is a real place. It’s made of stuff that is worse than your worst nightmare! 1 John 1:9 says, “God is love.” So if God is love, then why does He send people to Hell? The answer is he doesn’t. People choose Hell as their eternal destination when they reject God and His free gift of salvation through Jesus.

Hell was created for Satan

Hell was created for Satan who once was an archangel in Heaven, named Lucifer. Lucifer became jealous of God and decided he wanted to be God. As a result, he and one-third of the angels in heaven attempted a coup in Heaven. Only, they were defeated. God created hell for Lucifer and his followers. Lucifer is more commonly called the Devil or Satan. In the Bible he is also called the Great Deceiver. His followers are known as demons. God created Hell for Satan and his demons.

Wages of Sin

When man sinned way back in the Garden of Eden, a great divide was created between a holy and righteous God and sinful man. God created man to have fellowship with us. Yet, when man sinned, God’s holiness could not look on sin and God had to judge sin. The Bible says that the wages of sin is death. Wages are what you earn for a certain action. If you get up and go to work every day this week, the wages you earn will show up in your paycheck. The wages we earn for our sin is death. (Romans 6:23) Just as a child has consequences for disobeying his or her parents, so there are consequences when we disobey God. As a result, we are all spiritually dead in our sin until the moment that we accept Christ as our Savior.

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to earth as a baby, lived among us, and then he paid our sin debt for us. Remember that our wages for sin is death – Christ died in our place. He was buried in a tomb for three days and then rose again. When we recognize our own brokenness and sin and that we are on our way to Hell as payment for our sin, we have the realization that we are a sinner. We then have a choice to remain lost in our sin or to come to Christ by faith in who he is and what he did for us and ask him to forgive us and cleans us of all our sin. (1 John 1:9). As we invite Him to be our Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit moves in and dwells within us.

God knew we would sin

One of the most amazing concepts is that when God created man, He knew man would sin. He knew I would sin. He knew you would sin. God also knew that because of that sin, He would have to send His only begotten Son to this earth to pay our sin debt. Even knowing what it would cost Him, he created us anyway.

Yes, God is love. We know He is love because even when He knew from before the world was created that you and I would sin, He still created us and He still provided a way to restore fellowship with us and redeem us from our broken, sinfulness. He knew every sin of our entire lives. He knew that we would need someone to save us from those sins and so in his love and mercy, he sent his son to die a horrible, cruel death in our place so that we would not have to spend eternity in hell.

If God is love, why do people go to Hell?

Why then do people go to hell? Because they reject the free gift of Christ’s sacrifice and payment of our sin debt. They turn away from it. Revelation 21:8 says, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and the murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Sinners do not want to be confronted with their sin. They would rather create laws that will legalize sin than to confess their sin. They think if they can make a sin legal in the eyes of man they will not be guilty. However, no law of man would over over-rule God’s law and when we stand before God at the end of our lives he will judge us according to His laws – not man’s. At that time, he will either see you covered in the blood of Christ which cleanses you from all unrighteousness and you will spend eternity in Heaven with him or the sins of your entire life will be exposed and you will hear God say the worst words you could ever hear: “Depart from me for I never knew you.” My friend, God does not send people to hell. They send themselves.

Jesus told us more about Hell than Heaven

But Jesus actually talked more about Hell than Heaven. And to read how Jesus — and others in the Bible — described it, we don’t want to have any part of it, and we don’t want anyone we know to have any part in it.

So what does the Bible say about Hell?

  1. It’s a place of torment. Luke 13:28 says that in Hell, “You will cry and be in extreme pain” (GW). We get our visions of fire and agony in Hell from the Bible.
  2. It’s a place of complete separation from God and other people. That’s the worst part of Hell. Go through your whole life saying you don’t want to have anything to do with God, and you’ll eventually get your way. Hell means total separation from God. “If anyone does not love the Lord, let that person be separated from God — lost forever!” (1 Corinthians 16:22a ERV)
  3. It’s a place without love. The Bible tells us that God is love. Without God, we’ll spend forever without his love in Hell. The Bible also says, “There is no fear in love; perfect love drives out all fear” (GNT). What’s it like to live without God’s love? It means you’re scared to death all the time.

People who go to Hell, choose Hell

Everyone who goes to Hell chooses to do so. They’ll get what they always thought they wanted — a life away from God. You don’t want that! You don’t want Hell.

The Bible says that Hell is place for wicked souls; it is referred to as a fiery furnace, a place of unquenchable fire; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, constant and eternal torment; there will be no rest; and there is condemnation and destruction; you will be eternally separated from God; it is a place of outer darkness; it is a lake of burning sulfur; and there will be eternal suffering. Yet any description we give it, will not compare the just how horrible spending eternity in hell will be.

Choose Heaven instead of Hell

How do you not spend eternity in hell? By placing your faith and trust in the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. His death on the cross paid your sin debt. Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” He died in your place so that you do not have to spend eternity in hell.  

In 1974, a movie was made and shown in churches across the country. “The Burning Hell” is a 58 minute film created by the evangelist Estus Pirkle. This film is Pirkle’s interpretation of what the Bible has to say about hell and you can watch it on YouTube here.

What is Heaven like?

What is heaven like? A river, clear as crystal, will flow from the throne of God and of the Lamb [Jesus] down the middle of the city. On each side of the river there will be a tree of life, yielding twelve kinds of fruit every month. The streets will be pure gold, like transparent glass. The walls of the city will be adorned with every kind of jewel, emerald, onyx, amethyst, topaz, etc. There will be no need for a sun or moon, and no need for a temple or church. The presence of the Lord will be its light. There will be no sickness or pain, no death, no tears or sorrow.

Just as our human mind cannot accurately envision the horrors of hell, so can we not fully imagine the splendor and glory of heaven. Yes, my friend, God is love and He invites you right now to spend eternity in heaven with him.

Whosoever – that means you!

Romans 10:13 says, “Whosoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

“Whosoever” that means you!

If that is your heart’s desire, then you can pray the following prayer:

“Dear God, I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that you raised Him to life. Today, I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.”

If you just prayed this prayer, please let us know through the contact us page. You will also want to find an evangelical church and talk with a pastor so that he can lead you through the next steps, being baptized, and growing as a Christian. If you just prayed that prayer, then welcome to the family of God! I look forward to meeting you in Heaven one day.

The choice is your – Heaven or Hell?

Heaven or hell….the choice is yours. Eternity in hell….or eternity in heaven. What do you choose?

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What’s Inside God, Love and Marshmallow Wars?

God, Love and Marshmallow Wars is a book that includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

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Hell Is Real!

Hell is real. Not many people want to talk about it. It doesn’t make for a pleasant conversation. We’d rather talk about how nice heaven is and how “God is love.” And He is. And heaven is just as real as hell. But while in heaven, there is no more sorrow, no more sickness, and there are streets of gold and spending eternity with Jesus, Matthew 13:50 describes hell as a “blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Revelation 21:8 says it’s a fiery lake of burning sulfur. 2 Thessalonians 1:9 says that those in hell will be shut out from the presence of the Lord. Mark 9:48 says that in hell the worm never dies and the flame is not quenched. 

Hell – the eternal abode for Satan and his followers

Hell was originally for Satan and the fallen angels that followed him in the revolt against God. However, Revelation 21:8 says that the unbelievers, vile, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars will share hell with Satan and his demons.

Does God send people to hell?

Some might ask, “If God is love, why does he send people to hell?” But the answer to that is — He doesn’t. We choose heaven or hell based on whether you choose Christ as your Savior or Satan as your master. And you don’t get to stand in eternity and make the choice – you make it now in this life. Once death comes in this life, its too late to choose. 

Lazarus carried to heaven by angels and the Rich Man found himself in hell

In Luke 16, we find Jesus telling the story about the rich man and Lazarus. The rich man had every luxury in life, while Lazarus was poor and sick, a beggar who laid at the gate of the rich man covered in sores and begged for the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table. When they both died, the rich man found himself in hell and Lazarus was carried by the angels into heaven. Each man chose for himself his eternal destination. 

What does the Bible tell us about Heaven?

God gave John a glimpse of heaven and we can find John’s descripting in Revelation. He wrote:

River of life, tree of life, throne of God, no more night

“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.” (Revelation 22:1-5)

Tears wiped away

John also wrote in Revelation 21:4, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Gates of pearl, no need of sun, moon, or stars

Then in verses 21-25, “And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made of a single pearl, and the street of the city was pure gold, transparent as glass. And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there.”

One way to heaven and one way to hell

There is only one way into hell and one way into heaven. The entrance to hell is rejecting Christ as Savior. The entrance to heaven is by faith placing your trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. It begins with recognizing what sin is and that we are all sinners in need of a Savior. We must understand that salvation is about what God has done for us. There is nothing we can do to earn salvation. It is God’s gift to us. However, in order for gift to because ours, we must reach out and accept it.

God’s plan to redeem us and save us from eternity in hell

We were the ones that failed God when we sin, yet God is the one who made a plan to redeem us by sending His only Son to earth to take our punishment in our place. Each and every one of us are sinners. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” It is sin that makes us in need of a Savior. It is sin that separates us from God.

Romans 6:23 says that the wages of sin is death. That wage or penalty is what we earned because of sin – but it was paid for us when Jesus came to earth, died on a cross, was buried in a tomb and then three days later rose from the dead. He bore our sins and accepted the consequences that we deserve. In order for us to be saved, we must “believe in the Lord Jesus” (Acts 16:31).

God has already done all the work. All we have to do is receive, by faith, the gift of salvation that God offers. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

God doesn’t want anyone to go to hell

God doesn’t want anyone to go to hell. If a person ends up there, they do so by rejecting God’s grace and gift of salvation (Romans 6:23). Today, God is offering you salvation as a gift – all you have to do is reach out and accept it. In John 14:6, Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

When we believe in the Lord Jesus it means that we put our faith and trust in what He did to provide our way of salvation as he paid the price for our sin through his death on the cross and resurrection from the grave. Therefore, it is more than just knowing about Jesus. Satan and all his demons know all about Jesus. But they will still end up in hell. We must also act on the knowledge through our faith and trust in Him to cleanse us from all unrighteousness and sin through the blood He shed.

Prayer of Salvation

If you are ready to accept Him as your Savior, then pray right now:

Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. Jesus, I choose to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior.

If you prayed that prayer and meant it with all your heart, then you have been saved and are now a child of God and your eternal destination is heaven. Follow up with a pastor at a local evangelical church and he can help you take the next steps in your Christian journey and help you grow in your new faith. Welcome to the family of God!

God, thank you for your free gift of salvation that gives us eternal life in heaven with you. We pray for those who are lost that they may choose to place their faith in Jesus. We thank you for those who just prayed and asked Christ to forgiven and save them.


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What’s Inside God, Love and Marshmallow Wars?

God, Love and Marshmallow Wars is a book that includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on.
  • Conversation Starters.
  • Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages.
  • Romance Builders.
  • Relationship Builders.
  • Personal reflections.
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