Heaven

I read a condensed version of Randy Alcorn’s book Heaven this morning and found it solid and soul stirring. Here are a few snippets that stuck out to me:

What will be gone is not Earth and our bodies, but sin and death and the Curse!

We are not past our peak – we will be raised to a new life and a new body on a new Earth, all beyond our wildest dreams.

The New Earth will be a place where the impulses to come home and to launch out into a new adventure will both be fully satisfied. It’ll be a place where we’re constantly discovering – where everything is always fresh, and possession of a thing is as good as the pursuit of it. Yet it’s the place where we’ll be fully at home – where everything is as it ought to be and where we find, undiminished, that mysterious something we never fully found in this life.

What Won’t Be in Heaven? No death, no suffering. No funeral homes, abortion clinics, or psychiatric wards. No rape, missing children, or drug rehabilitation centers. No bigotry, no muggings or killings. No worry or depression or economic downturns. No wars, no unemployment. No anguish over failure and miscommunication. No con men. No locks. No death. No mourning. No pain. No boredom.
No arthritis, no handicaps, no cancer, no taxes, no bills, no computer crashes, no weeds, no bombs, no drunkenness, no traffic jams and accidents, no septic-tank backups. No mental illness. No unwanted e-mails.
Close friendships but no cliques, laughter but no put-downs. Intimacy, but no temptation to immorality. No hidden agendas, no backroom deals, no betrayals.
Imagine mealtimes full of stories, laughter, and joy, without fear of insensitivity, inappropriate behavior, anger, gossip, lust, jealousy, hurt feelings, or anything that eclipses joy. That will be Heaven.

Will Time No Longer Exist in Heaven? …the presence of music in Heaven implies time, because meter, tempo and rests, all of which are intrinsic to music, are time related. (What is a half note or a quarter note without time?) Songs, like conversations, have a beginning, middle, and end.

It’s going to be great! And it’s ours in Jesus!!

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