Today's Devotions

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    Dallas Willard presents a thoughtful and moving account of the way to follow Jesus, Read More
  • The human side of holiness (part 1) by Dallas Willard +

    How do we become more like Christ? Read More
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nouwenA Second Death

Hell is a second death.  This is what the Book of Revelation says (Revelation 21:8).  Just as there is an eternal life, there is an eternal death.  Eternal life is a second life; eternal death is a second death.  Our first death can be a passage not only to eternal life but also to eternal death.

Looking at hell as a second death takes away the images of eternal suffering and torture that are so prevalent in medieval art and literature.  It defines hell more as the refusal to choose life than as a punishment for wrongdoing.  In fact, the sins that the Book of Revelation mentions as leading to eternal death are choices for death:  murdering, worshipping obscenities, sexual immorality, lying, and so on (see Revelation 21:8).  When we sow death we will reap death.  But when we sow life we will reap life.  It is we who do the sowing!

Reflections to Consider

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Music

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Audio & Video

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Favorites

  • Shut It Tight, T Bone Burnett +

    I find it hard sometimes to say the way that I feel I do the very things I hate to Read More
  • Home: a video clip of Going Home by Libera +

    What is home? Is it a house or something more? Is home where you grew up, where you live, or Read More
  • The Dynamics of the Spiritual Life +

    Our emotional lives and our spiritual lives have different dynamics. The ups and downs of our emotional life depend a Read More
  • Like Anyone Else: Solomon Burke +

    I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • The Idol of Personal Peace and Affluence +

    Francis Schaeffer discusses modern man’s humanistic thought, and its relationship to the only values that were held: personal peace and Read More
  • The Beginning of PCA: Francis Schaeffer +

    "A Step Forward" [The Presbyterian Journal, 6 March 1974, pages 7-8] Shortly after the formation of the Presbyterian Church in Read More
  • A Change in Our Society: Francis Schaeffer +

    A Christian Manifesto by Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer This address was delivered by the late Dr. Schaeffer in 1982 at Read More
  • The Universe and Two Chairs: Francis Schaeffer +

    In the course of this book we have focused attention on the way God looks at the culture of our Read More
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