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Randy Alcorn's Blog: eternity

Live for the Line, Not the Dot

Eye - PerspectiveI think of our lives in terms of a dot and a line, signifying two phases. Our present life on earth is the dot. It begins. It ends. It’s brief. However, from the dot, a line extends that goes on forever. That line is eternity, which Christians will spend in heaven.

Why You Can Live Free from the Burden of YOLO, “You Only Live Once”

The expression YOLO, “you only live once," rightly recognizes you will die, but assumes that you will never live again after you die. The Good News is radically different.

A 12-Year-Old Reviews My Graphic Novel, Eternity

Katy WilliamsCheck out the following review of my graphic novel Eternity by 12-year-old Katie Williams, who I’m told writes her own blog, including book reviews, by herself, without assistance from adults. (In fact, since nearly everything I write gets edited, I get more assistance from adults than she does!)

Where Do We Find the Motivation to Invest Eternally?

Hands holding coins and growth / Motivation to Invest Eternally?Jesus does not say, “Store up for God treasures in heaven”; he said, “Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven” (Matthew 6:20, NIV). This may sound selfish, but it is Christ’s command to us, so we should eagerly obey it. Christ’s promise of eternal rewards for our present stewardship choices gives the believer an incentive to do what the Philippian Christians did in giving to Paul’s missionary work—withdrawing funds from their earthly accounts to deposit them into ventures with eternal value.

 

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?

Sharing Christ’s Love at Comic Con

Jesus with superheroesIn superheroes we see a secondary and dim reflection of Jesus, who is the Primary, the Light of the world. When superheroes “save the world from evil,” it’s that dim reflection of Jesus the Rescuer intervening to redeem His people.  (I can’t find who to credit for this cartoon with Jesus, the Hulk, Spider Man and Captain America, but I like the point it makes.)

Should the gift of eternal life change how we live our lives here on earth?

You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the  day of God and  speed its coming (2 Peter 3:11-12)When you know Jesus and realize that you’re going to live forever in a world that is the home of righteousness, then you want to get a head start on living the righteous life, to God’s glory and by His empowerment, right here and now! 

Depositing This Life in Eternity’s Account

Depositing This Life in Eternity's Account / “Only one life, ’twill soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last.” - C. T. StuddGod keeps records of what we do with his money. At the moment we meet Christ—at our death or his return—all accounts will be frozen, all assets and expenditures opened for the Final Audit. 

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.

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