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Is Heaven for Real?

HeavenforrealHave you heard about the Heaven is for Real movie coming out in April? It's based on the New York Time's bestselling book about Colton Burpo. When Colton was 3, he suffered a medical emergency that left him unconscious and near death on an emergency room table. Colton's parents, Todd and Sonja, were desperate. They prayed around the clock for Colton, pleading with God to save his life. They enlisted the emotional and prayer support of their church family, relatives, and friends. They began to prepare themselves for the worst. And then, miraculously, Colton recovered. What happened next was something the Burpo family wasn't expecting…

Here's Colton (years later) talking about his experience…

At the end of that video, you may have seen two of Group's resources featuring Colton-Heaven is for Real: 13 Sunday School Lessons (for ages 4 to 8) and Heaven is for Real for Kids: 4 DVD-Based Sunday School Lessons (for ages 9-12).

I was fortunate enough to work on these two products, and even was able to go visit the Burpos at their home. It was really interesting to hear Colton's account firsthand, and to even get a chance to sit down and play a game with his younger brother and a family friend.

One thing that stood out to me is how much Colton wants the world to know that heaven is real, and that Jesus really loves kids. And whether you're skeptical of the story or not, those two things I think we can all agree on. Why? Because the Bible tells us they are true.

And that's the mindset that was used when creating Group's Heaven is for Real  resources. Colton's amazing story provides the hook, but each lesson bases its heaven content on what the Bible says. Colton's dad jokes that his son is like a travel agent for heaven, getting people excited to go. Do your kids think heaven will be boring? I've talked to some kids do. They imagine this cartoon image of themselves getting wings, a halo, and a harp to play as they float on a cloud for all eternity.

Colton is excited about heaven and wants others to be excited, too. I don't blame him. I also want kids to be pumped up about heaven. My challenge for you today is this: make heaven real to your kids. Help bust down myths, have fearless conversations about what happens after death, and help kids see what God has in store for us.

What do you think about the Heaven is for Real movie? Are you planning to go see it or will you pass? Let us know your thoughts using the comment section below! 

Posted at 13:25

3 Comments:

Darlene Soyars said...
Our 3rd-5th graders just completed Heaven is for Real for kids 4 week Sunday School lessons. It was awesome! Several kids have recently experienced deaths of family members and were asking questions so the timing was perfect. I highly recommend it! I took the leader for this group to a special preview screening of Heaven is for Real - the movie is touching, entertaining and basically follows the book. We plan to take our 3rd-5th graders and their parents to the movie when it is released in April.
February 19, 2014 06:48
David said...
Thank you, Darlene, for your kind words! I'm so glad you were able to help your kids through their losses. God is good!
February 20, 2014 08:16
Kelly said...
I believe the movie is a good starting point for a discussion with kids about heaven and hell, HOWEVER I believe we MUST BE VERY CAREFUL NEVER to "add" to what the Bible says about Heaven and Hell. We must encourage children to believe in Heaven and Hell not because of what a little boy says, but because of what GOD says about it. God's Word is sufficient. There's no need to "jazz it up" to make it sound more appealing.
April 24, 2014 06:14

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