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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. 

 

Fixing Our Eyes on the Unseen

2 Corinthians 4:18 - "We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen"Even though as Christians we affirm the reality of the spiritual realm, sometimes we succumb to naturalistic assumptions that what we see is real and what we don’t see isn’t. Many people conclude that God can’t be real, because we can’t see Him. And Heaven can’t be real, because we can’t see it. But we must recognize our blindness. The blind must take by faith that there are stars in the sky. If they depend on their ability to see, they’ll conclude there are no stars.

Six Eternal Truths to Remember Each Day

Six Eternal TruthsThe trend today is to focus not on our eternal future (who cares about the “sweet bye and bye”?) but our present circumstances, as if this world were our home. Yet Scripture states the reality of our eternal future should dominate and determine the character of our present life, right down to the words we speak and the actions we take (James 2:12; 2 Peter 3:11–12).

Let’s be sure to remind ourselves today—and every day—of “the real thing.” Here are six eternal truths to remember. 

The Problem with Christoplatonism

The false assumptions of Christoplatonism, compared to Genesis 1:31: And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good

Christoplatonism—there’s a word that you don’t hear every day. It’s actually a word that I made up (probably the only word I’ve ever made up!) and used in my comprehensive Heaven book to speak of the Christianized philosophy of Plato.

God’s Fastest Land Animal—a Work of Art

CheetahIf you enjoy nature and nature photography like I do, you’ll love this. And relax...no blood is spilled.

 

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