Here’s a wonderful post from a friend…

With Christ on the Ancient Paths

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It was said of the Puritan Richard Sibbes, “Heaven was in him, before he was in Heaven.” Have you ever known a godly man or woman who, nearing the end of their lives, had such peace, assurance, and quiet joy, that they seemed almost to be walking with the Lord in Heaven before they got there?

John Bunyan describes this beautifully in the Pilgrim’s Progress. Christian and Hopeful have made it through the worst of their journey, and are finally drawing near to the gates of the Celestial City. As they do, they enter a country called ‘Beulah:’

Now I saw in my dream that by this time the pilgrims were got over the Enchanted Ground, and entering into the country of Beulah, whose air was very sweet and pleasant; the way lying directly through it, they solaced themselves there for a season. Yea, here they heard continually the…

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