Upper Seneca Baptist Church
Monday, September 24, 2018
Our Mission: Impacting the Kingdom of God one person at a time

News August

By Pastor Dennis Felder
From 1975 to 1985, there was a popular TV show called The Jeffersons. The show focused on George and Louise Jefferson, a prosperous African-American couple who have been able to move from Queens to Manhattan due to the success of George’s dry-cleaner chain. Each episode of The Jeffersons began with a catchy and memorable theme song – Well we’re movin’ on up, To the east side. To a deluxe apartment in the sky. Movin’ on up, to the east side. We finally got a piece of the pie. This upward move afforded the Jeffersons an opportunity to start a new and adventurous life.

Just a few weeks ago, Lana, Laney, Lucas, and I made a wonderful move to a new home in Damascus. Although we were truly blessed by having our previous home, we certainly moved up. The house is a perfect place for our family, it has a large yard for play and entertainment, and it is only a few minutes from the church.

We often strive to better our lives by moving up. We want our next move to be better than our previous one, but there are no guarantees that our life will improve with each new move. For some, a new move in life can feel as if it is a setback. You see, this world can leave you disillusioned and disappointed.

However, there is one move that will always move you up. That move is accepting Christ as your Lord and Savior. The Bible says in Romans 10:13, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Once saved, you become an heir to the kingdom of God. (Romans 8:17Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ …). And then it gets better. The final and most glorious move takes place once we have accomplished God’s purpose for life on earth. That ultimate move is to an eternal place called heaven.

The Bible assures us of this new move in John 14:2-3, “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” This new residence will be like no other place we have ever lived before. In Revelation 21:10-27, the Bible gives us a stunning and beautiful description of heaven. Heaven will be decorated with every kind of precious stone, the streets will sparkle with pure gold, there will be fortified gates of stunning pearl, and heaven’s walls will be indestructible. Personally, I believe these earthly descriptions of heaven will completely surpass our every expectation. Heaven will be grander than our infinite minds can visualize.
I can’t wait to make that final move, but until then I will keep faithfully serving the Lord. Because I know that one day, I will be MOVING ON UP!