We all plan our lives around many things, which includes our relatives, friends and interest; therefore all of our lives we are planning for a bright future.  You are doing things today, whether good or bad because of your planning yesterday. 

We are a direct result of our planning.  Amen.

 Today we will examine a story told by Jesus and ask the question ‘WHERE DO YOU PLAN TO SPEND ETERNAITY?  HEAVEN OR HELL”. 

 Listen, I know there are still debates on whether heaven and hell are really places that exist.  No matter what the bible says on this subject there still is objections and no matter how many books are written or sermons preached by spirit filled men and women there is still skepticisms and unbelief on this subject of heaven and hell. 

 Recently, I talked to a young men question the likelihood of heaven or hell.  He said, “You can show me a brick and tell me it can build the Sistine Chapel and I will believe it, because I can see it, because that is proof enough for me; but there is no logical proof of a heaven or hell. Where did it come from and how does it exist?  Needless, to say my discussion with this young man is not over yet.  I will keep working with his belief system and hopefully be able to help him see the chief corner stone, Jesus,  that was laded to built the hope of we have in heaven.

 You might have heard the oldest debate; well if God is love why does He send people to Hell?  I always respond to people asking this question by saying God allows you to go wherever you want.  He does not send you; you send yourself.

 My brother and sisters Hell is a real place.  Hell would freeze over if God lied to us about an eternal hell, which is a place prepared for the falling angels and the unjust and unrighteous stewards of this life.  They will have their part in the lake of fire and brimstone.

Listen my friends, Hell is Hot.  As Sister Wanda would say, “What in hell do you want in hell?”

 There is no heat wave across the country or in the world that is as hot as hell.

 Let me take you back to school a minute and ask a chemist, how hot is hell?

 The thermodynamics professor may say, Hell is either so hot it is "exothermic (gives off heat) like a street or endothermic (absorbs heat) like a microwave, a lethal injection or radiation exposure it one or the other. 

But I stopped by to tell you that it is neither.  Hell is eternally hot, which is a hot not yet known to mankind.  Heaven is eternally pleasant and beautiful and Hell is eternally unpleasant and ugly. Gnashing of the teeth hot. 

Our lesson today centers on heaven and hell.  We must wisely examine its truths and chose to plan our lives accordingly.


 Luke 16    Mr. Dives and Mr. Lazarus

 19.  There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:

Purple:  symbolic to royalty or high office.  Bishop or Cardinal;  you or me. 

 20.  And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,  21.  And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 

Jesus makes a contrast between need and greed; plenty and not having any.

Jesus also makes a contrast of what seems to be heaven and hell on earth

 Lazarus dignity is gone and he is in desperation.

 Now one story ends and another begins.  Come let us descend into Hades and view the outcome of Mr. Dives the rich man and Lazarus the poor man.

  22.  And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom (one life done and a new begun): the rich man also died, and was buried; (one and done)

 One of the most important lessons to be learned today is:  There is no rewind switch on this life we live or a restart we can simply push to start it all over again.  There is no reset to stop it and start it at a designated point again, but thank God there is a pause button so you can stop in the name of love before we break God’s heart.  And as you replay and review your life now what do you see?

 Have you planned for to spend eternity in heaven or hell?  Have you been a good steward of your life?

 Are you living hellistic or living holistic?

  23.  And in hell he (the bible does not call him rich any more) lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

 Rev. 21

4.  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (No more begging and self debasing)  5.  And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.  6.  And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.  7.  He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.  8.  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

  24.  And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.  (He thought the same rules applied as in life)  25.  But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.  The roles are changed for Mr. Dives, because now he is the beggar while Mr. Lazarus is living in God not in Greed like Mr. Dives did in life.   26.  And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.  A eternal law is revealed.

 27.  Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: 28.  For I have five brethren (like me); that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.

I got a baby brother called fearful, and one named unbelieving, and there is abominable, and twins called murderer, and whoremonger, and two step brothers named sorcerer, and idolater, and my oldest brother called liar.

  29.  Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.  30.  And he said, Nay, (they aint hearing that stuff like so many today) father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.  31.  And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses (the law giver) and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

 But here is the good news I bring to you today that so was so moved

John 3:

16.  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  17.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  18.  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.


 If you have not made a decision to live for heaven do it today.  Don’t delay answering the question; don’t put it off any longer.  For we know not the day or hour that the Son of Man will return.  I want you to be ready-ready-ready at His appearing that you might be caught up with Him.

 There is no need to spend eternity in torment when it can be spend in glory with God and the Lord Jesus Christ.    Today I have set before you a no brainer:


 Preached by:  Rev. Sylvester Williams, Jr.,

I.C.U., Ministries, Inc., 

July 20, 2008