Heaven is the eternal destination for all Christians. Learning about and understanding eternity can impact how we live here and now. It has the power to help us prioritize, make wise decisions, get through difficult times and live a hope-filled life.
“Much of our anxiety and lack of peace and struggle in this life is the result of not having a clear understanding of Heaven and the eternal perspective that comes from our hope in the life to come. Studying Heaven has practical implications for my life here and now.” ~Chip Ingram, The Real Heaven
I have been going to the same hairdresser for over 20 years. Just recently we got into a conversation about dying and Heaven, and she point-blank asked me, “What do you think Heaven is like?” I felt myself retreat a bit because I realized that I have been a Christian for 22 1/2 years and I wasn’t exactly sure how to answer that question. Heaven is not the typical conversation I have about God. The usual topics are growing in faith, being a better Christian or weathering storms. My understanding was limited and there was room to grow.
“God’s only plan is for everyday believers like you and me to courageously look people in the eye and tell them that eternity is REAL” ~Chip Ingram, The Real Heaven
I have spent years learning about Jesus, the Psalms & Proverbs and the stories of the “greats” like Abraham, Moses, King David, Paul and more. But I have only touched the surface on the subject of Heaven and yet, it is the place I am going to spend eternity. Quickly I took action and went to my local Christian bookstore in search of a biblically based book on Heaven.
I had strict criteria for purchasing a book about Heaven. There is a lot of “Hollywood Heavenized” views out there, and I needed to be sure to avoid that. The book had to meet these three requirements:
“The Real Heaven-What the Bible Actually Says” by Chip Ingram. As I flipped through the pages I could see the vast amount of scripture and it was backed by Focus on the Family’s Jim Daly. I headed straight to the register to pay. Extremely excited to get reading…I headed home.
In chapter 1 Chip lays out why we should study Heaven and the reasons engaged my full attention. Lack of understanding about our eternal destination has real impact on daily life.
I realized that I needed to learn more because in the difficult moments of life I draw hope from knowing one day I will be in Heaven. If I knew more about Heaven…maybe my hope would be deeper, stronger and more convicting.
It’s like planning a vacation but not really knowing where you are going or what you will be doing. You are excited just to be going on vacation because vacations are fun and relaxing…but you can’t quite imagine it due to the lack of information.
Do you know the answers to these questions:
“God has provided us with a tantalizing glimpse of Heaven in His Word. Chip Ingram helps us navigate Scripture’s teaching and separate fact from fiction in this practical, readable book.” Jim Daly, president Focus on the Family
After reading this book I have a deeper understanding of Heaven. I feel more equipped to engage in a conversation with my hairdresser (hopefully soon!) and I have a richer appreciation for scriptures that ask us to put our hope in Heaven and not in this world. If you haven’t spent a lot of time studying this subject I highly recommend investing in this book: The Real Heaven- What the Bible Actual Says by Chip Ingram.
“When you have a clear understanding about eternity and about Heaven, trials and trouble can shake you, but they can’t break you.” ~Chip Ingram, The Real Heaven
Sincerely with Hugs,
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