Heaven on Earth

THE KINGDOM OF GOD: In The Beginning Was The Kingdom (Part One) by R. Alan Streett

June 21, 2018

From: Heaven on Earth Fill the Earth and subdue it; and have dominion over every living thing that moves upon the Earth. (Genesis 1:28) We first learn of the Kingdom of God in Genesis, the book of beginnings.  There we discover the foundation for all theology, including kingdom theology. The foundation is the most important part of any building.  Without a firm and level foundation, a building will be off-kilter and weak, and it won’t stand the test of time.  I live in north Texas, where the soil is known as black gumbo.  It shifts, expands, and contracts depending on ground moisture.  For years, builders constructed houses on highly reliable pier-and-beam foundations that were raised above ground level.  In more recent times, they [...]

THE KINGDOM OF GOD: Discovering The Kingdom (Part Three) by R. Alan Streett

June 13, 2018

From: Heaven on Earth The Early Church and the Kingdom Our journey continues as we step out of the four gospels and into the Book of Acts.  In this exciting book, which spans the period between A.D. 30 and A. D. 64, Luke describes the early believers, apostles and lay people alike, spreading the kingdom message to the ends of the Roman Empire.  He mentions that after Jesus was crucified and resurrected but before he ascended to Heaven, he spent 40 days with his apostles, “speaking of the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God,” (Acts 1:3).  Stop and think about that for a moment.  Jesus could have spoken about anything, but he chose to speak about one thing only – the kingdom.  Thus, he ended his Earthly ministry the same way [...]

THE KINGDOM OF GOD: Discovering The Kingdom (Part Two) by R. Alan Streett

June 6, 2018

From: Heaven on Earth John the Baptist and the Kingdom According to the four gospel writers, Jesus’s public ministry began with the appearance of John the Baptist, who called the Jews to turn away from their self-centered ways and toward the God of their forefathers.  John’s message was simple and direct: “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!” (Matthew 3:2). I have long been able to quote this verse from memory, but I had not pondered its meaning until just a few years ago.  Have you ever considered what this verse meant to John’s first-century audience? First, John called on his audience to do something – “Repent!”  They were to obey this command then and there without delay.  The message was relevant for [...]

THE KINGDOM OF GOD: Discovering The Kingdom (Part One) by R. Alan Streett

May 22, 2018

From: Heaven on Earth Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand! (Matthew 3:2) The concept of the Kingdom of God is elusive.  From the beginning of Christianity, the greatest minds have been baffled by it.  Theologians have equated it variously with Heaven, the church, Israel, Christendom, democracy, socialism, communism, an ethical ideal, an inward spiritual experience, Christ’s millennial reign, and the eternal state.  No wonder there is so much confusion! In more recent times, New Testament scholars have taken a renewed interest in the Kingdom of God.  Their inquiries have advanced our knowledge of the subject, but we have many more avenues to explore and questions to ask and answer. For more than a decade, learning about the [...]