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Colton Burpo, Thank You!
Heaven Is For Real
I have read a lot of good books. Every now and then, I pick up one that is so enthralling that I want to just keep reading, and reading. In fact, I don't want it to end.
"Heaven is for real" is one of those books. It is the true story of Colton Burpo's trip to Heaven and back. Colton was only four years old when he made this journey. His child's eyes account is so inspiring to read. Reading it makes visualizing Heaven much easier, even for an adult like me.
That is why I say..."Thank you, Colton Burpo."
I don't want to give the whole book away here. You will want to read it yourself, but I will give you a short summary.
Colton Burpo became very ill with a ruptured appendix when he was just four years old. At one point he was in critical condition, and not expected to live. Colton's father is a pastor, and many prayers were raised for his recovery. Even though he was gravely ill, there was not a cardiac arrest that was actually known.
Prayers were answered, and Colton recovered. Several months later, he began talking about Heaven. It was just a "matter of fact" place with him. He told his parents about people he had seen, he told about God and Jesus. He also knew many things from the past that he had never been told. He also knew how Jesus looked, and insisted it was not like most pictures.
After this experience Colton was older than his years. One time his father took him with him to visit an elderly, dying relative of a church member. Colton was able to comfort this man, and assure him that he will love living in Heaven.
How Do You Picture Heaven?
"Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
Heaven is spoken of many times in the Bible. In the very beginning of Genesis, God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:20 speaks of "fowl that may fly above earth in the open firmament of heaven." (1)
In the book of Matthew, there are well known references to heaven. Matthew 5:3 speaks of "the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:12 "for great is your reward in heaven." Matthew 13:43 speaks of "the kingdom of the Father." Matthew 19:16 says "Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?." (2)
According to scripture, when we get to heaven we will be given a new body. This also goes along with what Colton Burpo reported. He did not recognize his great-grandfather from a picture that his father showed him. Colton's dad got a very old picture from his grandmother. Colton had never see the picture, but recognized "Pop" right off. He told his parents that "no one is old in heaven."
Isn't that a good thought?
The Apostles' Creed
My family is Lutheran, and the "Apostles' Creed" is an important part of our confession of faith. it is certainly not just Lutheran, though. In case you are not familiar with it, it goes like this:
"I believe in God, the Father Almighty. Maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead."
"I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen" (3)
This was obtained from our "Lutheran Service Book."
What do you think?
Do you believe in Heaven?
- Is Heaven real?
Is Heaven real? How can we be confident that there is a place called Heaven?
1. Holy Bible, King James version. Book of Genesis
2. Holy bible, King James version. Book of Matthew
3. Lutheran Service Book