Graceful Truth — Heaven

The Passing of a Wild Man

Bill Elliff Heaven

About 4 1/2 years ago a man came into our church looking for a handout. Every other word was profanity. And...he was...intense and hysterical (to say the least!) Our Communications Pastor, Keith Runkle, took him under his wing and in a few days, Gary Landis Goldman‚ found himself on the floor, crying out to God for salvation with Keith holding one hand and Rich Browning the other. He used the only language he knew as he prayed, laced with profanity. He's the only man I know who literally cussed his way into the kingdom! But God heard him and saved...

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The Best Way to Die

Bill Elliff Heaven

My precious sister-in-law, Jeannie Elliff, bounded into heaven last night with joy. Jeannie had experienced a nine-year battle with cancer. When the final diagnosis came two months ago that there was nothing more to be done, Tom and Jeannie set their minds and hearts to “live fully until death catches us.” And, like no one else I’ve ever witnessed, they showed us the best way to die. Tom told me the day before her death that Jeannie was now ready, all the final goodbyes had been said and instructions given, and she was “headed for home as quickly as she...

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Graduation Day

Bill Elliff Heaven

The last two days, I have been at my 97-year-old, preacher-Dad’s bedside as he has made his last journey home. Yesterday morning, just the two of us were together and God gave us some incredible, rare hours of lucidity as we talked and smiled and even laughed together. The last thing we said to each other was “I love you, Dad!” and he said, “I love you too, Son!” My heart full, I made my way late last night from Oklahoma City to Ft. Worth, Texas to attend my son’s graduation from seminary. It is the same seminary my dad...

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The Most Important Thing You Will Ever See

Bill Elliff Heaven

The Most Important Thing You Will Ever See

After Jesus has spoken to His churches in Revelation 2-3, He takes John into the holiest spot in heaven or earth and reminds him (and us) of why we should adjust our lives and churches and why we should live a life of absolute surrender to God. Revelation 4:1-2 After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.” Immediately I was in the...

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