Item description for Glory Of Heaven by john macarthur & Leonard G. Goss...
Overview This pastor and bestselling author dispels secular myths and opens hearts to the reassuring truths about heaven, angels, and the afterlife with this thorough study of Scripture's references to these topics.
If you're going to call it "home" for eternity, don't you want to know what it's like?
Our pictures of life in heaven cover the range from comical to curious, from mystical to fictitious--with maybe some biblical truth thrown in. For example: We know angels will be there. But thanks to TV, we think of them as being gorgeous, white-robed beings with enormous wings. We know we will be given new bodies, but books have convinced us that that means we will we end up with a set of wings ourselves. And cartoons, movies, and modern music have portrayed those who have gone to heaven as having full knowledge of what's happening to their loved ones on earth.
But if heaven is in your future, a Hollywood scriptwriter's interpretation or some artist's rendering of it just won't do. You need to know the truth, which, ironically, is far better than anything our creative minds can imagine.
The only One who knows the glorious truth about heaven is God. And the only place to find that truth is in His Word.
In this book, pastor John MacArthur takes you through those very Scriptures and opens your heart to the realities of heaven, angels, and eternal life. It's a joyous study of every Christian's future. A future that you can and should anticipate.
Come along with this best-selling author for an in-depth look at where you'll spend eternity. Open up The Glory of Heaven and catch a glimpse of Home.
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Studio: Crossway Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.6" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.73" Weight: 0.76 lbs.
Release Date May 22, 1998
Publisher Crossway Books/Good News
ISBN 1581340346 ISBN13 9781581340341
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More About john macarthur & Leonard G. Goss
John MacArthur is pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as author, conference speaker, president of The Master's College and featured teacher with Grace to You, an international radio broadcast. His more than six dozen books have sold millions of copies worldwide and include more than two dozen volumes of The MacArthur New Testament Commentary series.
The son of Jack MacArthur and fifth cousin of U.S. General Douglas MacArthur, John MacArthur attended Bob Jones University before transferring to Los Angeles Pacific College (now Azusa Pacific University). He later obtained his Masters of Divinity from Biola University's Talbot Theological Seminary, in La Mirada, California. He graduated with honors. From 1964 to 1966, he served as an associate pastor at Calvary Bible Church, in Burbank, California and, from 1966 to 1969, as a faculty representative for Talbot Theological Seminary. Then, in 1969, he became the third pastor in the then-short history of the nondenominational Grace Community Church of Sun Valley, California.
His daily radio program, Grace to You, which is now broadcast throughout much of the world, began as an audio recording ministry to provide cassettes of his sermons to listeners. They were first broadcast in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1977.
In 1985, MacArthur became the president of The Master's College (formerly Los Angeles Baptist College), an accredited, four-year, liberal arts Christian college; and, in 1986, he founded The Master's Seminary. MacArthur also received an honorary doctorate from Talbot Theological Seminary[ and an honorary doctorate from Grace Graduate School.
Nearly 43 years after beginning in the pulpit of Grace Community, MacArthur completed one his own life goals of preaching through the entire New Testament on June 5, 2011, at the end of his projected target window, stated the previous January, to finish "some time in the summer." During the same interview, MacArthur projected he would complete his commentary series within another five years, some 35 years after beginning.
MacArthur is married to Patricia and they have four children and fifteen grandchildren.
John MacArthur, es el pastor-maestro de la Grace Community Church en Sun Valley, California. Ademas, es presidente de The Master's College and Seminary. Es un prolifico autor con muchos exitos de ventas. Su estilo popular de exposicion y ensenanza de la Biblia puede escucharse a diario en su programa radial de difusion internacional "Gracia a vosotros."
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Reviews - What do customers think about Glory Of Heaven?
Kinda Dry.. Jul 25, 2008
I bought this book because I was curious to read John's take on what happens immediately after a believer dies. He mentioned this book on his radio station, Grace To You.
The actual book is only 163 pages. The rest of the book consists of 4 Appendices, all of which are very boring, and dry, save C.H. Spurgeons sermon, "The Sympothy of The Two Worlds." Spurgeon preaches from the text of Luke 15:10 - "There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth." An excerpt;
"Now, why do they not save their joy until that sinner dies and goes to heaven? Why do they rejoice over him when he repents?
My Arminian friend, I think, ought to go to heaven to set them right upon this matter. According to his theory, it must be very wrong of them because they rejoice prematurely. According to the Arminian doctrine, a man may repent, and yet he may be lost; he may have grace to repent and believe, an yet he may fall from grace and be a castaway. Now, angels, don't be too fast. Perhaps you may have to repent of this one day if the Arminian doctrine is true; I would advise you to save your song for greater joys. Why, angels, perhaps the men that you are singing over today you will have to mourn over tomorrow.
I am quite sure that Arminius never taught his doctrine in heaven. I do not know whether he is there - I hope he is, but he is no longer an Arminian. But if he ever taught his doctrine there, he would be put out. The reason why angels rejoice is because they know that when a sinner repents, he is absolutely saved - or else they would rejoice prematurely and would have good cause for retracting their merriment on some future occasion. But the angels know what Christ meant when He said, 'I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand'; therefore they rejoice over repenting sinners because they know they are saved."
C.H. Spurgeon, one of my favorite teachers, never fails to deliver.
Back to the book. John had some interesting things to say about Heaven, and I highly recommend the book for his take on what the scriptures teach. He also debunked those Heaven-Hell jumpers with their false notions, and delusional dreams they write about, in claims of having experienced God's true heavenly kingdom.
But when it comes to the Appendices, especially that of Thomas Boston, if you are like me, you will notice the redundancies of his thought, and will surely become weary of reading this book. I had to force myself to finish. And I think they should've ended the book with C.H. Spurgeons sermon, but I know why they ended with Ryle's sermon; it was more of an evangelization method, which is also a good way to end a book.
Also, I saw a person review this book, and say that John "Utterly demolishes" the doctrines of soul sleep, and purgatory. Well, I wouldn't go as far as to say, he "Utterly demolishes" those doctrines, but he did provide ample scripture support from the New Testament, to support his views. I am also an advocate of, "Absent from the body, present with the Lord," but John did not address the scriptures from the Old Testament that seem to teach that when we die, we go into "Soul Sleep.
This is actually another reason why I bought the book, I hate that evil doctrine of "Soul Sleep," and I wanted to see if John, really "Utterly Demolished" it.
William Hendriksen wrote a book, entitled, "The Bible On The Life Hereafter," in which he clearly explains what such passages as Ecclesiastes 9:5,10 actually mean.
All in all, this book was OK, and if you are trying to find out what is inside the gates of heaven, you will be at a loss of that information, until you die (and only if you're elect, of course).
This book, explains from a scriptural standpoint, what God has revealed to us, about heaven. It's not a fairy tale about someone who thinks they have been, and are returning with a message from God, that has nothing to do with what the bible says. I don't know why people waste their time listening to such people, but I do know one thing;
Jesus is God.
not impressed! Aug 16, 2007
This book didn't deliver..... I was disappointed with the way the author delivered his information. I felt like instead of giving me ideas on what is in heaven he was too busy debunking everybody else and telling me why they were wrong. Having a hard time finishing it up...
A great find Jun 27, 2006
This book was very uplifting and rooted in scripture. I had recently read a "best seller" about Heaven and left the book feeling misinformed. This book grealy helped me with some questions I had about Heaven. I would recommend this book to all people.
Heaven According to the Bible May 3, 2006
The excellence of "The Glory of Heaven" is that it dispels error and explains truth without going beyond scripture, without crossing over into speculation as other writers on this topic do. In addition to using scripture to rebut popular New Age ideas about the afterlife, MacArthur utterly demolishes Christendom's false notions, like soul sleep (no immediate presence with God) and purgatory (post-mortem suffering). He even challenges common evangelical theory about the place of "Abraham's bosom." The occupants of heavens are described, both angels and glorified humans, with the distinction made between sanctification and glorification. Finally, MacArthur clarifies seemingly contradictory verses about the nature of the place of heaven, such as some that imply a temple in heaven and others that do not. MacArthur envisions an eternal heaven that transcends space and time rather than one that is just a different name for the New Earth. Because of MacArthur's scripture-laden academic manner, this book may seem a bit tedious for those who prefer conversational or devotional styles, but at least it's faithful to the Bible. (Also, MacArthur attaches 4 appendices that are more devotional pieces written by Boston, Spurgeon and Ryle.)
good book worth sharing with your friends Jul 22, 2000
This is one of the best books I have ever read about heaven and the afterlife. It inspires and gives hope, and let's us remember the entire purpose of our lives. This one is well worth sharing with any Christian, and definately worth the read.