October 2, 2023

The evil of rebellion against God entered the universe through Satan, who dreamed of autonomy and of exalting himself above God. He sinned by desiring more power than God had given him. Satan’s objective is evil and suffering—exactly what the Messiah came ultimately to defeat. From the beginning, God planned that his Son should deal the death blow to Satan, evil, and suffering—reversing the Curse triggered by Adam and Eve’s sin, redeeming a fallen humanity, and repairing a broken world.... Read more

September 28, 2023

A reader asked our ministry, “Will people have technology in Heaven?” Technology is a God-given aspect of human capability that enables us to fulfill His command to exercise dominion. Something in the human constitution loves to create, tweak, experiment, and play with machinery. This isn’t a modern development; it was true of ancient people as well. We will find harps, trumpets, and other man-made objects in the present Heaven. What should we expect to find on the New Earth? Tables,... Read more

September 25, 2023

John 1:1, 14 tells us Jesus is full of two things: grace and truth. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. Not “full of patience, wisdom, beauty, compassion, and creativity.” In the list there are no commas and... Read more

September 23, 2023

During the four years my beloved wife was dying of cancer, she read daily from Spurgeon’s messages and books. I searched “Spurgeon” in the typed manuscript of my Nanci’s last four years of journals. I knew they were full of Spurgeon quotes, but I wasn’t prepared for the total—170! The only person she quoted more often was God, from His Word. It’s no exaggeration to say that other than her Creator and Redeemer, and her immediate family and closest friends,... Read more

September 18, 2023

A friend asked me for some recommendations for resources on teaching the Bible to children. I researched and found some, but also thought I would include some resources for kids to read and discuss with their parents, which would help them understand God’s Word and hopefully get them excited about it. I also threw in some quality videos. Our duty to our children is clear: “Bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). I hope... Read more

September 14, 2023

Our ministry received this letter from a reader of the Heaven book. In her own way, she captures the essence of what has happened in the lives of countless people who for many years were held in bondage by the false view of Heaven and eternity that has been widespread in Bible-believing churches. There are still many people who think that way, though I would say definitely less than 20 years ago when I wrote Heaven. I am very, very grateful that the message... Read more

September 4, 2023

I wrote the following on Sunday and shared it on Facebook. It’s an expanded revision of an exchange I had that day, responding to a friend about the Wimbledon men’s final between Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz. (Before I go any further, my last blog article, Meeting the Resurrected You, really lays the biblical foundation for much of what I say in today’s blog. If you haven’t yet read it, I would encourage you to do so.) My friend shared about... Read more

August 31, 2023

I believe that nothing is more often misdiagnosed than our homesickness for Heaven. We think that what we want is sex, drugs, alcohol, a new job, a raise, a doctorate, a spouse, a large-screen television, a new car, a cabin in the woods, a condo in Hawaii. What we really want is the person we were made for, Jesus, and the place we were made for, Heaven. Nothing less can satisfy us. Mark Buchanan puts it well in his book Things Unseen: Homesickness—this... Read more

August 28, 2023

In my book If God Is God, I write about how telling ourselves these truths that God has revealed in His Word about suffering can help us deal with it: Suffering is limited. It could be far worse. God sets a limit on evil and suffering in your life. In Job’s life, Satan could do only so much for so long. God determined the limits. And since life continues after death, your suffering can last only the tiniest fraction of your true... Read more

August 24, 2023

For decades I have spent long and fruitful hours dialoguing with prolife advocates as well as proponents of racial justice. Both causes are close to God’s heart, and I have often regretted that those who see clearly one of these causes are often blind to the other. I don’t know anyone more insightful and articulate on these issues than my friends Ben and Kirsten Watson, who beautifully model a kind and thoughtful commitment to both prolife justice and racial justice. For fifteen... Read more

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