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Life Promises for Eternity
     

Life Promises for Eternity

by Randy Alcorn
 

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Inspired by the best-selling book Heaven, Life Promises for Eternity provides readers with more than 100 brief, inspirational readings on the topic of Heaven and the New Earth. Each reading is coupled with a trio of complementary Bible verses designed to further illuminate what the Bible has to say about the extraordinary place we will someday call home.

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Inspired by the best-selling book Heaven, Life Promises for Eternity provides readers with more than 100 brief, inspirational readings on the topic of Heaven and the New Earth. Each reading is coupled with a trio of complementary Bible verses designed to further illuminate what the Bible has to say about the extraordinary place we will someday call home. A beautifully designed two-color, padded gift book, Life Promises for Eternity is an ideal gift for anyone who has ever wondered, What will Heaven really be like?

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"Randy Alcorn’s new book was inspired by his 2004 bestseller, HEAVEN. One hundred brief entries combine with Bible verses to illustrate that heaven is real and to explain what heaven is really like. With a capable narration, Alcorn dispels the notion that heaven is a boring place, with people confined to clouds, harps in hand. He powerfully describes where past, present, and future heaven are and why Jesus is the doorway to heaven and eternal life. His vivid descriptions of hell, the alternative to heaven, are compelling and believable. He shares eternal promises with clarity, among them the promise that souls are born for eternal life, not death, and that their eternal home, heaven or hell, is their choice. “Jesus is the person, heaven is the place, and both are real.” "
G.D.W. © AudioFile Portland, Maine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781414345550
Publisher:
Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date:
02/17/2012
Pages:
220
Sales rank:
1,279,061
Product dimensions:
4.40(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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Life Promises for Eternity


By RANDY ALCORN

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2012 Eternal Perspective Ministries
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4143-4555-0


Chapter One

Eternal Promises

The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever. PSALM 138:8

"I know the plans I have for you," declares the lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." JEREMIAH 29:11

Our Desire is God's Idea

Charles Spurgeon expressed this perspective on death: "To come to Thee is to come home from exile, to come to land out of the raging storm, to come to rest after long labour, to come to the goal of my desires and the summit of my wishes."

What God made us to desire, and therefore what we do desire if we admit it, is exactly what he promises to those who follow Jesus Christ: a resurrected life in a resurrected body, with the resurrected Christ on a resurrected earth. our desires correspond precisely to God's plans. it's not that we want something, so we engage in wishful thinking that what we want exists. it's the opposite—the reason we want it is precisely because God has planned for it to exist. resurrected people living in a resurrected universe isn't our idea—it's God's.

Eternal Promises

The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. GENESIS 2:7

The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life. JOB 33:4

Let Your Heavenly Imagination Soar

As human beings, whom God made to be both physical and spiritual, we are not designed to live in a non-physical realm—indeed, we are incapable of even imagining such a place (or, rather, non-place). An incorporeal state is not only unfamiliar to our experience, it is also incompatible with our God-given constitution. We are not, as Plato supposed, merely spiritual beings temporarily encased in bodies.

Adam did not become a "living being"—the Hebrew word nephesh—until he was both body and spirit (Genesis 2:7). We are physical beings as much as we are spiritual beings. That's why our bodily resurrection is essential to endow us with eternal righteous humanity, setting us free from sin, the Curse, and death.

We cannot anticipate or desire what we cannot imagine. That's why, I believe, God has given us glimpses of Heaven in the Bible—to fire up our imaginations and kindle a desire for Heaven in our hearts.

Eternal Promises

The Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. And the Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. GENESIS 2:8-9

God, the Lord, created the heavens and stretched them out. He created the earth and everything in it. He gives breath to everyone, life to everyone who walks the earth. ISAIAH 42:5, NLT

Hinting at What's to Come

Scripture provides us with a substantial amount of information, direct and indirect, about the world to come, with enough detail to help us envision it, but not so much as to make us think we can completely wrap our minds around it. I believe that God expects us to use our imagination, even as we recognize its limitations and flaws. If God didn't want us to imagine what Heaven will be like, he wouldn't have told us as much about it as he has.

In order to get a picture of Heaven—which will one day be centered on the New Earth—you don't need to look up at the clouds; you simply need to look around you and imagine what all this would be like without sin and death and suffering and corruption.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Life Promises for Eternity by RANDY ALCORN Copyright © 2012 by Eternal Perspective Ministries. Excerpted by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Meet the Author


Randy Alcorn is the founder of Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM), a nonprofit ministry dedicated to teaching the principles of God's Word and assisting the church in ministering to unreached, unfed, unborn, uneducated, unreconciled, and unsupported people around the world. His ministry focus is communicating the strategic importance of using our earthly time, money, possessions, and opportunities to invest in need-meeting ministries that count for eternity. He accomplishes this by analyzing, teaching, and applying biblical truth. Before starting EPM in 1990, Randy served as a pastor for fourteen years. He holds degrees in theology and biblical studies and has taught on the adjunct faculties of Multnomah University and Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. Randy is a New York Times bestselling author of more than forty books, including Heaven, 50 Days of Heaven, We Shall See God, If God Is Good, Safely Home, and Courageous. His books in print exceed 5 million and have been translated into more than thirty languages. Randy has written for many magazines, including EPM's quarterly issues-oriented magazine, Eternal Perspectives. He is active daily on Facebook and Twitter, and has been a guest on more than seven hundred radio, television, and online programs, including Focus on the Family, FamilyLife Today, Revive Our Hearts, The Bible Answer Man, and The Resurgence. Randy resides in Gresham, Oregon, with his wife, Nanci. They have two married daughters and are the proud grandparents of five grandchildren. Randy enjoys hanging out with his family, biking, playing tennis, doing research, and reading.

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