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Through Heaven's Doorway

Open DoorwayWhen five-year-old Emily Kimball was hospitalized and heard she was going to die, she started to cry. Even though she loved Jesus and wanted to be with him, she didn’t want to leave her family behind. Then her mother had an inspired idea. She asked Emily to step through a doorway into another room, and she closed the door behind her. 

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.

 

The Words We Long to Hear

“Well done, good and faithful servant. . . . Enter into the joy of your master.”Jesus tells us that one day His faithful servants will hear their Master say, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master” (Matthew 25:23, ESV).

 

Anticipating the Joy of Seeing God

photo credit: BluePrince Architectural via photopin cc / rounded corners added from originalAncient theologians spoke of the “Beatific Vision,” which meant “a happy-making sight.” The sight they spoke of was God Himself. Revelation 22:4 says of God’s servants in the new heavens and new earth, “they shall see his face.” This would be a shocking statement to anyone who understood the Old Testament emphasis on the transcendence and inapproachability of God.

 

Will Extinct Animals Live on the New Earth?

Dinosaur toy photo credit: Thomas Hawk via photopin cc / corners rounded from originalSomeone wrote to me, “My children are hoping extinct animals will be in Heaven, maybe even dinosaurs.” Is this merely a child’s fantasy? I think it’s a question based on a rational conclusion. 

 

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. 

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.


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.

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