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The words we use

The words we use reveal our interests. I was curious about our priorities, so I did a Google search on the websites of major Christian Magazines, the World Wide Web (www), and the Gospels in the Bible. Here are the results: 
 
Percent of total word use by website source
 
heaven
hell
Christianity Today
26.88%
0.62%
0.24%
59.53%
12.60%
Christian Century
22.00%
6.00%
2.00%
64.00%
4.00%
Guideposts
7.32%
57.07%
1.63%
32.68%
1.30%
41.72%
6.36%
2.11%
41.72%
5.53%
Catholic Digest
28.09%
13.38%
0.67%
54.18%
2.01%
www
34.87%
0.14%
52.15%
12.85%
0.00%
Bible - Gospels
69.46%
14.93%
1.72%
0.23%
13.66%
 I derived the percentages by searching each word, adding up the occurrences and dividing each word by the total. 
 
Church is the most frequently used word on all the magazine websites, except Guideposts. Then, Jesus, except on Guideposts, which focuses on heaven. Christianity Today has the highest percentage of kingdom. Charisma ranks highest on Jesus and second on kingdom. On overall www occurrences, Jesus ranks higher than on all of the magazine websites, except Charisma. Hell has the highest ranking. From the Gospels of the Bible, Jesus ranks the highest, then heaven, then the kingdom.
 
Jesus emphasized heaven and kingdom. He is building His Church His kingdom. 
 
In Thy Kingdom Come: Just Don’t Bother Us With It, Ray Ashmore sums up his book: “The journey into kingdom life is an important one—and the time has come.” He’s right. Ray says:
 
It’s amazing to me that so many believers spill over with talk about the kingdom, but few know much of what the scriptures really teach about the kingdom – and its radical implications for our personal and corporate lives.
 
Go ahead, ask yourself. “Do I really know what I’m talking about when I glibly refer to the Kingdom of God? Have I given myself to a Spirit-led study of God’s word in order to find out just what the kingdom is? Do I really understand how it relates to my day-to-day living and believing?
 
His book is vitally important for all believers. Thirty years ago, the kingdom of God was seldom mentioned in Christian Churches, except in the Lord’s Prayer. In fact, kingdom had a negative connotation because the Jehovah Witnesses and the Mormons atrociously distort the Bible. By promoting their error, they are similar to the Scribes and Pharisees of Jesus’ day.   “You shut off the kingdom of heaven from people; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.” Matthew 23:13
 
Believers are talking about the kingdom. Back in 1977, Howard Snyder wrote The Community of the King. I still have a well read copy. The book has been in print ever since and was revised and republished by IVP in 2004. He is now joined by authors emphasizing the kingdom to come in terms of the New Heaven and New Earth. Some of the more popular on this subject are:   N. T. Wright, Al Wolters, Steven Bouma-Prediger, Cornelius Plantinga, Jr., Wesley Granberg-Michaelson, Paul Marshal with Lela Gilbert, Michael E. Wittmer, J. Richard Middleton, Brian J. Walsh, and John Eldridge. 
 
The world to come is not a new concept. We pray in the Lord’s Prayer, “thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” His kingdom is and is to come. His will is partially being done and will completely be done on earth as it is in heaven. This world to come is affirmed in the Gloria Patri doxology many churches utilize. “Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.” Yes, millions of Christians sing or chant this praise, including “world without end.”   At the conclusion of the Nicene Creed, we say, “and I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.”
 
Prior to His crucifiction, Jesus comforted and encouraged His disciples with this Word. “Truly I say to you, that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel” (Matthew 19:28b). The word “regeneration” comes from Greek root words translated “again” and “birth /genesis.” We look forward to the regeneration – the again genesis.
 

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