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Heaven Is for Real, the Movie

Heaven Is for Real movie, Todd and Colton BurpoSince I’ve written a book on what the Bible says about Heaven (though I’ve never been there), I’ve been asked a lot of questions about the Heaven is for Real book, and now the movie.

Meteor Showers and the New Heavens

Watching the night sky | photo credit: j-dub1980(THANK YOU FOR 100k+ Views) via photopin ccAt 2:30 a.m., on November 19, 2002, I stood on our deck gazing up at the night sky. Above me was the Leonid meteor shower, the finest display of celestial fireworks until the year 2096. For someone who has enjoyed meteor showers since he was a kid, this was the celestial event of a lifetime. There was only one problem: clouds covered the Oregon sky.

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?

How can I comfort a friend who lost one of her unbelieving parents?

Question from a reader:

I will be attending a memorial service for a dear friend’s mother who was not a Christian. Her father is devastated, even though she had battled cancer for nine years. How can I offer hope at such a time?  

Is it possible for babies to be born in Heaven?

Question from a reader:

Though there is no marriage between man and woman in Heaven, is it possible for a woman to be overshadowed by the Holy Spirit, as Mary was, and give birth in Heaven? I think of all the women here on Earth who are unable to conceive, and I love babies so much that I can’t image a Heaven where there aren’t newborns.

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. 

 

Do you think it’s possible that in Heaven the Holy Spirit could come upon women like He did with Mary and allow them to conceive?

Question from a reader:

Do you think it’s possible that in Heaven the Holy Spirit could come upon women like He did with Mary and allow them to conceive? What a joy that would be for all the women who longed to conceive but never did.

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.


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