Last night, Pastor Monte Knudsen told of meeting Don Piper, author of “90 Minutes in Heaven,” at a booksellers convention. He asked him to describe heaven in one sentence.

“Everything is real,” Don replied.

He went on to explain, “See this desk? It is not real, only temporary. Eventually, it will break and return to dust. In heaven, everything is real because everything is eternal.”

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The Amalekite lost his life because he pursued temporary things. He took the crown and armlet from Saul and said he killed Saul in hopes of getting a reward. The armor bearer saw Saul die, (see 1 Samuel 31:6).

2 Samuel 1:10, “So I stood beside him and killed him because I knew that he could not live after he had fallen. Then I took the crown that was on his head and the armlet that was on his arm, and I have brought them here to my lord.” Modern English Version

How did he know where to find David?

2 Samuel 1:13, “Then David asked the young man who was reporting to him, ‘Where are you from?’ He responded, ‘I am the son of one who sought refuge, an Amalekite.” Modern English Version

Remember the young Amalekites who escaped from David, (see 1 Samuel 30:17)? He was hiding on Mount Gilboa when he saw Saul falling on his sword, (see 2 Samuel 1:6).

He believed David would reward him for killing Saul. He knew David was at Ziklag because he was part of the raiding party.

  • He went raiding to acquire “things,” 1 Samuel 30:1.
  • He lost everything, but his life, 1 Samuel 30:17-19.
  • He saw some pretty “things,” a crown and armlet, and took them, 2 Samuel 1:10.
  • He thought he would get a reward, by taking them to David, 2 Samuel 1:10.
  • Again, he lost everything – and this time – his life, 2 Samuel 1:14-16.

Colossians 3:2, “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” Modern English Version


2 Corinthians 4:18, “While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” Modern English Version

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