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The Gospel For Today
Luke 23:32-43

32Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. 

35The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.” 

36The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.” 

38There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the king of the jews.

39One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” 

40But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” 

42Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.

43Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Poetry for Sunday
Psalm 50

15 When you are in trouble, call for Me.
    I will come and rescue you,
    and you will honor Me.”

16 But to those acting against Him, God says,
    “Who do you think you are?
    Listing off My laws,
    acting as if your life is in alignment with My ways?
17 For it’s clear that you despise My guidance;
    you throw My wise words over your shoulder.
18 You play with thieves,
    spend your time with adulterers.

19 Evil runs out of your mouth;
    your tongue is wrapped in deceit.
20 You sit back and gossip about your brother;
    you slander your mother’s son.
21 While you did these things, I kept silent;
    somehow you got the idea that I was like you.
But now My silence ends, and I am going to indict you.
    I’ll state the charge against you clearly, face-to-face.

22 All you who have forgotten Me, your God, should think about what I have said,
    or I will tear you apart and leave no one to save you.
23 Set out a sacrifice I can accept: your thankfulness.
    Do this, and you will honor Me.
    Those who straighten up their lives
    will know the saving grace of God.”


What is the Difference Between Heaven and Paradise. 

The Text about Paradise. 
Luke 23:32-43

32Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. 

35The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.” 

36The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.” 

38There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the king of the jews.

39One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” 

40But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” 

42Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

43Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Some Misconceptions of Heaven. 

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 οὐρανός, 

Strong's Exhaustive Concordance
air, heaven, sky.

Perhaps from the same as oros (through the idea of elevation); the sky; by extension, heaven (as the abode of God); by implication, happiness, power, eternity; specially, the Gospel (Christianity) -- air, heaven(-ly), sky.

1. Space above the Ground. 
2. The Abode of God
3. Place of Future Bliss for the Righteous. 

παράδεισος

Strong's Exhaustive Concordance 
paradise.

Of Oriental origin (compare pardec); a park, i.e. (specially), an Eden (place of future happiness, "paradise") -- paradise.

see HEBREW pardec

The Garden in the Bible. 
Genesis 2:10-25

10A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. 11The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12(The gold of that land is good; aromatic resinand onyx are also there.) 13The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush.14The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Ashur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates. 

15TheLordGod took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16And the LordGod commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden;17but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

18The LordGod said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” 

19Now the LordGod had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. 

But for Adamno suitable helper was found. 21So the LordGod caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribsand then closed up the place with flesh. 22Then the LordGod made a woman from the ribhe had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. 

23The man said,

“This is now bone of my bones

and flesh of my flesh;

she shall be called ‘woman,’

for she was taken out of man.”

24That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

25Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.

Luke 15 Does not easily fit into an idea of a hateful God

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