Home. What comes to your mind when you think of Home? Well in1939, a fictional character in a movie named Dorothy Gale would remind us in her words: "There's no place like home."

Let me remind you that this world is not our home. This is just a temporary place for your flesh that carries that soul within it to be tested. Homecoming is what we celebrate as a soul is separated from the flesh at the moment our allotted time on earth is used up. If a person is saved by the grace of Jesus Christ, the flesh will be separated from the soul and spirit, and the soul and spirit will return to the Lord of where it started. For a non-believer, it is not that way. Their soul will go to a place of torment.

The church also had a start, and Jesus Christ spoke the words: And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18 (KJV). Here is a first in the New Testament to see the word church. It is the Greek word ekklesia from which we get our English word "ecclesiastical," that refers things in the church. The literal meaning is "a called-out assembly." The word is used 114 times in the New Testament, and 90 of these references are to a local church. Every church has a beginning. In all three missionary journeys of the Apostle Paul, he would write to many of the believers that he had visited of the churches in Asia minor. Every church in this world can celebrate Homecoming.

To commemorate homecoming is something extraordinary. It is also a time to celebrate the opening of a house of worship to the Lord. We think of a great homecoming in the Bible recorded in the gospel of St. Luke Chapter 15 verses 11 through 31. It is the parable that Jesus spoke about the Prodigal son. The father longed each day to look and see if the son was coming home. That is what our heavenly father does. He is watching to see if you are going to return to him, through his son Jesus Christ.

What is holding you back from going home? I know many who read this whose mother or father has already past would give anything to go back one more time. To visit with their father and mother would be a blessing. Friends, one day God is going to call your name. When God calls you from this life, no matter where you are at or who you are with or what you are doing, you my friend will answer, and that is your call to enter eternity. If you are saved by the grace of his son, our savior, Jesus Christ your soul will be carried by Angels into eternal paradise: And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: Luke 16:22a (KJV). This verse tells of what will happen to a believer in Jesus Christ when you die. The next verse tells of what happens to an UNBELIEVER when they die. The rich man also died and was buried. And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 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. Luke 16:22b,23-24 (KJV). What is holding you back from a homecoming in the Paradise of Heaven?

What does a person have to do to get their sins forgiven? They must Hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ, believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, repent of all sins, confess that Christ is God’s, Son. When a person does this, they are added by the Lord to His church family. Are you saved from your sins? Have you taken these simple steps to salvation? If not, why not do so today? I would like to thank all the loving and caring sponsors of this page as you see below. When you shop or interact with any businesses on this page, take the time to tell them you saw their support on the church page and thank them for doing it.

Jeff Eschbaugh is the pastor at the Bethel Church Barnesville Wednesday night at 7 p.m., Mt. Zion Church Quaker City Sunday morning at 10 and 11 a.m., Salem Baptist Church, Salesville, Sunday evening at 5 p.m., and chaplain of the Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office.