Randy Alcorn's Blog: heaven

Heaven Could Never Be Boring

By Randy Alcorn | December 2, 2016
Some imagine that in Heaven we’ll be all dressed up with nowhere to go and nothing to do. (Except take an eternal afternoon nap, strum that harp, and polish that gold.) I’ve concluded there’s an unspoken assumption behind this pervasive notion that Heaven will be boring.

Joni Eareckson Tada on Suffering, Sorrow, Wheelchairs and Eternal Gratitude

By Joni Eareckson Tada, Randy Alcorn | November 7, 2016
Jesus promised that in Heaven, those who endured difficult things on Earth would be comforted for them (Luke 16:25). The comfort implies memory of what happened. If we had no memory of the difficult things, why would we need comfort? How would we feel it?

Looking Forward to a Heaven We Can Imagine

By Randy Alcorn | October 30, 2016
The New Earth is where there’ll be no more pain and sorrow and God will wipe away the tears from every eye. That’s the perfect promise to share with unbelievers.  We should unapologetically tell them that the happiness they long for, the reconciliation to the God from whom happiness flows, is found in Jesus alone—this is what makes the gospel “good news of great joy”!

What Is the Tree of Life?

By Randy Alcorn | October 24, 2016
In Revelation, after the apostle John describes the river of life, he mentions another striking feature: “On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations” (Revelation 22:2).

Will the New Earth Have a Sun and Moon?

By Randy Alcorn | September 23, 2016
People who think the New Earth won’t have a sun and moon generally refer to three passages, one of which is Revelation 21:23: "The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp."

Our Best Life Yet to Come: The New Earth, Our Eternal Home

By Randy Alcorn | June 20, 2016
Imagine you’re part of a NASA team preparing for a five-year mission to Mars. After a period of extensive training, the launch date finally arrives. As the rocket lifts off, one of your fellow astronauts asks, “What do you know about Mars?” Envision shrugging your shoulders and saying, “Nothing. We never talked about it. I guess we’ll find out when we get there.” It’s unthinkable, isn’t it?

Who Will Our Friends Be in Heaven?

By Randy Alcorn | June 3, 2016
God’s plan doesn’t stop on the New Earth; it continues. God doesn’t abandon His purposes; He extends and fulfills them. Friendships begun on Earth will continue in Heaven, getting richer than ever.

If “No Eye Has Seen,” How Can We Know About Heaven?

By Randy Alcorn | May 2, 2016
Years ago when I was working on my book Heaven, a pastor visiting my office asked what I was writing. When I told him, he replied, “Well, since Scripture says ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him,’ what will you be talking about?"

God’s Kingdom . . . and Ours

By Randy Alcorn | April 15, 2016
Establishing God’s Kingdom was never about an immaterial spirit realm. It always concerned the one place in the universe made for mankind, the one place where God’s reign has been disputed: Earth.

The Hope of Heaven: A Conversation with John Piper and Scott Swain

By Randy Alcorn | March 28, 2016
The major Christian creeds state, “I believe in the resurrection of the body.” But I’ve found in many conversations that Christians tend to spiritualize the resurrection of the dead, effectively denying it. Our incorrect thinking about bodily resurrection stems from our failure to understand the environment in which resurrected people will live—the New Earth.