The New Heaven & The New Earth

Previously we talked about the current, intermediate heaven. Eventually that heaven and the current earth will be no more. They will be replaced by a new heaven and a new earth. Often when we think about heaven, we don’t focus on the new heaven and the new earth. This is where we will spend eternity with God, so we should learn everything that Scripture has to tell us about it. That way we can be excited about living there, and we will be able to tell our kids about it. No believer who understands what Scripture says about eternal life will ever see it as dull, boring or dreadful. The most important aspect of heaven is that

Young Bible Readers More Likely to be Faithful Adults

A good friend of mine, recently made me aware of a new study that Lifeway Research did. They interviewed 2,000 Christian parents of 18 to 30 years olds to determine what parental practices pay off in the long haul. In other words, during childhood, what contributed to their spiritual health which continued into young adulthood. The quick summary is they found that if children

Value Systems

I’m an INTJ. For anyone who has interest in the Meyers-Briggs personality test, this means something to you.  I’m just the taddest bit obsessed with personality studies.  I love finding out what makes me and other people tick.  The thing to remember about personality tests is that they don’t determine what you do, but rather […]

Intermediate Heaven

Many Christians believe that we can’t know what heaven is like, and we will just have to find out when we get there. They undoubtedly will quote 1 Corinthians 2:9 where it says “No eye has seen, nor ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” However that verse is misused all of the time, and it says exactly the opposite of what people think it says. You see if you keep reading, verse 10 says “But it was to us (believers) God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.” So God’s spirit reveals things to us that we otherwise couldn’t know. Scripture tells us much about heaven. Most of which we don’t know about because it isn’t preached or focused on often, and so we end up believing things that are not true. For example did you know that there are two heavens?

Choosing a Lifetime Intimate Partner

One of the most challenging developmental tasks of Young Adults is the selection of a lifelong partner in marriage.  How can parents assist them in negotiating that decision?  If I could ask one question to your adult children, it would be the following:  “To what extent do you desire the relationship with your intimate partner to be similar to

The Big Game

After the first Super Bowl in 1967, it became very important to Americans. This football game originated from the National Football League to determine the best team for that year. They pull their teams from two different conferences, the American Football Conference and the National Football Conference. Each conference consists of 16 teams from the North, South, East and West areas of the United States. These teams then play others from their division. After an entire season of football games, the best team from the AFC, and the best team from the NFC challenge each other to be the Super Bowl Champs. Not everyone’s team goes to the Super Bowl, but

Sowing Seeds of Kindness

I just came back from a mission trip to witness to the lost in another country.  Handing out candy seemed to be a very minute act of kindness, that anyone can do.  At least that is what I thought.  Then I saw how the children responded, and how it allowed for conversations with their parents. Was this what a missionary really does to build relationships? Could I have done more?  After all

The Greatest Showman

This review is rated S for spoilers. This is your final chance to look away… Ok, still with me? Good. Everyone seems to be watching this and listening to the soundtrack. My barista was flabbergasted that I hadn’t seen it. The youth choir I play for screamed excitedly when I asked them about it. Several of my friends fessed up to listening to the soundtrack nonstop. So, after the second week of it being out, I went to see it. I have a few problems with it, and

Heaven

Do we long for Heaven?  Do we have a biblical view of where we, as Christians, will live for eternity? Isaac Asimov said “I don’t believe in an afterlife, so I don’t have to spend my whole life fearing hell, or fearing heaven even more.  For whatever the tortures of hell, I think the boredom of heaven would be even worse.” An evangelical pastor once said “Whenever I think about heaven, it makes me depressed.  I’d rather cease to exist when I die.  I can’t stand the thought of endless boring tedium.  To me, heaven doesn’t sound much better than hell.  I’d rather be annihilated than spend eternity like that.”

Encouraging Young Adults, Part II

In trying to help our adult sons and daughters, we may inadvertently discourage them. This is particularly true when we hold them to an ideal, a notion of how they ought to be. Perhaps unconsciously, we expect children to fulfill our aspirations and make us happy. Parents unwittingly try to press children into a prescriptive mold and are disappointed when teenagers select divergent paths. We must be cautious and vigilant of our motives when conversing with adult sons and daughters.