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Upcoming Events
OCT

18

WED
Praise Team Practice
7:00 PM
The Praise Team instrumentalists and vocalists will practice each Wednesday night at 7:00 P.M. in the sanctuary.
OCT

22

SUN
9AM Contemporary Service
Contemporary Service with our Praise band leading the worship, and message delivered by pastor or guset speaker
10AM Sunday School
Sunday School Classes for all ages, using Lifeway resources and others in a small class learning setting, where questions and discussions are welcomed.
Blended Worship Service
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Our Blended Worship Service with special music from our Praise Band, Choir, and individuals. Our pastor or special speaker brings a message using the greatest instruction book available.
Bible Search
How Long is Forever?

How Long is Forever?

Jeremiah 31:3 – “……I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.”

 

We live in a world bound by time.  We are constantly checking our watches and our phones so that we might know the time.  We go to work at a certain time, in many cases we get off at a certain time, we try to eat at a certain time and we probably even try to get in bed by a certain time.  If we can’t see a clock, what question do we usually ask, “what time is it?”  We are relentlessly bound by time.

But it won’t always be that way.  We have eternity before us, in fact we are a part of eternity even now.  Jesus said that “eternal life” was knowing God the Father, so if we know God we have the gift of eternal life already.  We are living in eternity.

That is hard to comprehend isn’t it?  How long is eternity? How long is forever?  There is no way to describe it is there?  John Newton tries in his well loved hymn, Amazing Grace: “when we’ve been there 10,000 years bright shining as the sun, we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we first begun.”  How true that is, but 10,000 years doesn’t even describe it.  I love how theologian Dr. Russell Moore puts it, when he says, we have “the next trillion years to live.”  But even that doesn’t explain it does it.

Eternity is eternity.  God says “I have loved you with an everlasting love”, in other words His love knows no end.  He will love us for trillions of years.  Of course true love is unending isn’t it?  As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13, “love never fails.”  God will love us forever, and we have forever to be with Him and to enjoy that love.

We become too near sighted when we think about eternity. We get bothered by events in the here and now.  We get overwhelmed with the busyness of life, and with the temporary problems that we encounter.   We even think of eternity in terms of just a few years or maybe a few 1000 years, but when God says “I will love you forever” and that He gives us “the gift of eternal life”, it is unending.  It goes on forever. 

That’s amazing to think about.  We’ve all heard the saying, “all good things come to an end,” but that commonly accepted saying is 100% false.  The love of God is good and great, and it is unending.  God’s love is there on Monday morning when things go crazy at work.  God’s love is there when relationship problems occur.  God’s love is there when the month lasts longer than the money.  God’s love is there at the birth of a baby, and at the nursing home.  God’s love is even there when the cold winds blow outside of the graveside of someone we love.  And His love is there when we too face the inevitable call of death.  God’s love is unending.  Our minds can’t comprehend a trillion years, but a trillion years don’t even begin to describe the length of the love of God.  And according to Paul, “nothing can separate us from God’s love.”  God’s love is unending, “He loves us with an everlasting love”, and every day we experience His faithfulness to us.  What an amazing love.