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Living for What Will Matter Thirty Million Years from Now

Live for the Line

Your life on earth is a dot. From that dot extends a line that goes on for all eternity. Right now you’re living in the dot. But what are you living for? Are you living for the dot or for the line? Are you living for earth or for heaven?

Will We Recognize Each Other in Heaven?

Friends / Will we recognize each other in Heaven?When asked if we would recognize friends in Heaven, George MacDonald responded, “Shall we be greater fools in Paradise than we are here?” Yet many people wonder whether we’ll know each other in Heaven. What lies behind that question is Christoplatonism and the false assumption that in Heaven we’ll be disembodied spirits who lose our identities and memories. 

 

Will We Become Angels in Heaven?

Do we become angels in Heaven?I’m often asked if people, particularly children, become angels when they die. The answer is no. Death is a relocation of the same person from one place to another. The place changes, but the person remains the same. 

This Christmas, Let’s Rejoice in the Far Reaches of Christ’s Redemptive Work

Joy the World, by Isaac WattsIf you had asked me my favorite Christmas song when I was a kid, it would have been “Silent Night,” even though I didn’t understand the meaning. Now my favorite is “Joy to the World,” because as my wife Nanci pointed out to me years ago, it’s the Christmas song that looks forward to Christ’s return and the New Earth.

Why is an eternal perspective so important?

The Importance of an Eternal Perspective / Close up of eyeHaving an eternal perspective is in so many ways the key to living out a true Christ-following life. If we take our cues from the world around us, we’re not going to have that kind of perspective. Everything is viewed in light of the short term.


Thoughts on Cremation vs. Burial, and the Resurrection Question

Cremation vs. Burial, and the Resurrection Question / What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. (1 Cor. 15:42)I’ve been asked several times over the years about my thoughts on burial vs. cremation. I do have an opinion, but it’s not a super strong one, more a personal preference in light of certain ancient practices. (It seems important to state that my point in sharing this blog is not to put anyone in distress or have them second guess past decisions. Rather, this is only for those who are interested and are thinking about future decisions.)

Eternal Hope for the Grieving

Tree against the sky / Eternal Hope for the GrievingOur churches and communities, our nation and our world, are filled with grieving people—numb, broken, bitter or simply exhausted. Grief is a journey, often confusing and sometimes terribly lonely. Those grieving need to hear from God. He promises His Word, not ours, will not return to Him empty, without accomplishing the purpose for which He sent it (Isaiah 55:11). 

Are you longing for Heaven?

We are looking forward to the New Heavens and New Earth (2 Peter 3:3)Are you desperately longing for Heaven? It’s a fair question. Peter says, “we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth” (2 Peter 3:13). But, in fact, are we? Are we actually looking forward to and longing for the world to come? This question is critical to our present lives.

Will we drink coffee on the New Earth?

Coffee in the eternal Heaven?Both Nanci and I love a good cup of coffee. Actually, I like about three good cups of dark, strong coffee—preferably French Roast, with milk. I'm like one of my fictional characters, homicide detective Ollie Chandler, who drank enough coffee that Juan Valdez named his donkey after him.

Where God’s People Go When They Die

Airplane wing / Heaven analogyWill Christians live in Heaven forever? The answer depends on what we mean by Heaven. Will we be with the Lord forever? Absolutely. Will we always be with him in exactly the same place that Heaven is now? No. It may seem strange to say that the Heaven we go to at death isn’t eternal, but it’s true. Let me suggest an analogy to illustrate the difference between the intermediate Heaven and the eternal Heaven. 

 

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