GLMX #134: So Jay-Z, You Want to be “Forever Young” and Live Forever and Ever? Here’s How.

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Jay-Z
Jay-Z

Rapper and hip-hop artist Jay-Z sings a song titled “Forever Young”. In this song he talks about his desire to be forever young. Then he asks the question, do you really want to live forever and ever? His song, even though it may not be talking about living forever in Heaven, according to the Bible necessarily, (and yes, the original cut has some unsavory language), but Jay-Z’s song touches on a longing that is in the soul of every man. Listen to a few of the lyrics that I can share with you:

Forever young,
I wanna be forever young
Do you really want to live forever?
Forever and ever

Forever young
I wanna be forever young
Do you really want to live forever?
Forever and ever

Jay-Z’s lyrics testify also to our culture’s obsession with youth. Television ads about anti-aging creams and techniques populate the airwaves. People fret over dieting and health issues all in an effort to look and feel younger. This past week, a new project was launched to study how humans can extend their life span. The project is being funded with millions of dollars from the founders of big companies such as Google and Facebook. Make no mistake about it, people have a longing and desire to live forever.

This obsession with youth is a reflection of our desire for immortality, permanence, and living forever. This is a desire that humans have experienced since the beginning of time. You might recall learning about the fabled Fountain of Youth, the waters of which were said to restore the youth of anyone who drank from them. This fountain was spoken of and sought for from the fourth century BC in Ancient Greece to the 16th century in what is today Florida.

The Holy Bible tells us about a place where people’s bodies will no longer age and decay, where people will never get sick or diseased, where no one will ever die — in other words, where everyone will be forever young. The best thing about this place, however, is that everyone who goes there will be in the presence of the loving Creator who is the source of all life, energy, and vitality. This place is called Heaven or Paradise, and right now, I want to share with you how you can get there so you can indeed be forever young.

+ Plus, listen to Newsboys singing “I Am Free”

I Got 99 Problems, but Hell Ain’t One

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100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #74 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE: Romans 8:38-39: “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

In life, all of us face troubles and problems. The Bible says in Job 14:1: “Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.”

Jesus Christ said in John 16:33: “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

There are some problems, such as sickness, that we simply cannot avoid. However, there are other problems that can be avoided. Everyone born into this world faces the problem of Hell. Because of our sins, we are on the road to spending an eternity in Hell separated from God after we die. However, the problem of Hell is one of those problems that can be avoided. I am grateful to God that, by His grace, I no longer face the problem of Hell. I may have other problems, but Hell is not one of them. And that is a huge burden taken off of my life.

Today, I want to briefly share with you a message about some of the problems that we do have to face in this life but how none of these problems have to separate us from that which is most important — “the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

1. First of all, we must face the problems of life, death, and eternity.
2. In this life, we have to face spiritual problems everyday.
3. In this life, we must also face present circumstances and future uncertainties.

+ Plus, listen to Israel Houghton singing “Jesus at the Center” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”