The following is to help bring you comfort.  These in no way are to diminish the pain you may be feeling if you have lost a loved one. Grief and grieving is both normal and healthy. At the same time know that if your loved one was a believer they are sitting in the most beautiful, awesome place you can imagine.  Heaven has none of the millions of things wrong with this world... no sin... no sickness... no evil of any sort... none. Be comforted knowing we are eternal beings and this is not our home. We are simply visiting to help others know the blessings of God and to help them find their way home.

 

 

"Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints."
Psalm 116:15

 

 

 

 

We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. 

What happens to believers when they die? They go straight into the presence of God. The Bible says that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (see 2 Corinthians 5:8). Paul understood this when he said he had "a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better" (Philippians 1:23).

When Stephen was being martyred for his faith, he was given a glimpse of glory. In Acts 7 we read, "But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and said, 'Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!' " (verses 55–56). Then we are told in Acts 6:15 that Stephen's face became as bright "as the face of an angel." Here he was seeing over to the other side. He radiated God's glory.

When the great evangelist D. L. Moody was on his deathbed, his last words were, "Is this dying? Why, this is bliss. There is no valley. I have been within the gates. Earth is receding; heaven is opening; God is calling; I must go." Then Moody breathed his last breath.

It comforts me to think that when my son Christopher left this world, he was carried by angels into God's presence. I believe that with all of my heart. And I believe that is true of all Christians when their lives on earth come to an end.

When, as a believer, you leave this world, you will be carried by angels into the presence of the Lord and will be there with Him. If we could see how glorious it is, I am sure it would change everything about us.                                                           --- Harvest Ministries with Greg Laurie


Romans 8 

37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.
38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
 
 
It has been said that if you're not busy being Born, you are busy Dying. But I would say that even when we feel like we're dying, we are being Born.
This life is a process of birthing. An Unfolding. A journey into new life. Like a never ending story with all of its twists and turns, each of which lead to the next chapter. Looking back, I can see how everyday of my life has continued this journey, even during the times I thought I was dying, which has undoubtedly been as frequently as you.                      Ted Dekker
 
Grace in Death
In my youth I spent years working as a paramedic in Southern California, near interstate 10.  It goes without saying that I saw things no one should have to see.  But even then I was aware of the spirit world.  I would consciously try and stay aware as I watched someone die.  You could sense and almost see their spirit leave their shell.  I could just imagine the release of all the stresses of this world. 
The Bible says to absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.  As a born again believer we will no longer have sin in or around us AT ALL.  Sin, evil, worldly crap in all its forms will be left behind as we instantaneously transform to the next phase of existence.  Jesus said the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand which means it is here now. He was saying to draw near to Him because He was the way to the Kingdom. 
I bring this up now because if that spiritual re-birth has not happened to you your future could be quiet different.  We are not the ones who judge and aren't doing that now.  At the same time the Bible speaks of Hell many times and says some will go there.  If you don't want to go there and want to be assured of your destiny please see the salvation page.  
 
 
We have nothing to fear in death.  It is a wonderful thing that Jesus heals all he touches.  He delivers us from dark forces, disease, the worldly and its lusts.  It is truly wonderful that He makes hundreds of promises to take care of us and give us an abundant life.  At the same time when all that is done we must go home to Him. 
1 Corinthians 15:51 thru 58 says:
51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

55 “Where, O death, is your victory?
    Where, O death, is your sting?”

56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
This body we dwell in is temporary.  James says our life is like a vapor compared to our eternal destiny.  The bottom line is Jesus loves us and His plan is for eternity.  
Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven. 
No Sin AT ALL... only joy beyond what we can ask or think.
“Where, O death, is your victory?     Where, O death, is your sting?” 
 
If you or your loved one's need prayer please don't hesitate to contact us.   - Dean