The Five People You Meet In Heaven

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Forgiveness and acceptance are not just creations by a fiction writer. Explore the redemption of all creation

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The Five People You Meet In Heaven

  1. 1. The Five People You Meet in Heaven Continuing the conversation and answering the questions
  2. 2. The Author <ul><li>Mitch Albom – Detroit Free Press sports columnist and novelist </li></ul><ul><li>Inspired by his real uncle Eddie </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Story in a Nutshell <ul><li>Eddie a lonely man who feels unimportant dies and goes to Heaven </li></ul><ul><li>He meets 5 people there who tell him his life really mattered </li></ul><ul><li>He discovers forgiveness and acceptance </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Real Questions <ul><li>Why are we here? </li></ul><ul><li>What difference will my life make? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do bad things happen to good people? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Albom’s Picture <ul><li>Life and the afterlife are separated </li></ul><ul><li>They are eternally bound emotionally </li></ul><ul><li>Our lives are not individual stories – they are one BIG story </li></ul>
  6. 6. Albom’s View of Forgiveness <ul><li>That was how God was encountered </li></ul><ul><li>You get a second chance to forgive and be forgiven </li></ul><ul><li>Afterlife is all the passion and love on earth without the guilt, shame, and ignorance </li></ul>
  7. 7. Could it be. . . <ul><li>That the questions we struggle with are the same as the answers Christ gave us </li></ul><ul><li>Should we expect to figure it out before heaven? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Some Truth <ul><li>Christ is the object of saving faith </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not goodness </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Heaven is about God, not us </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not our healing, but His glory </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Living with Heaven in Mind <ul><li>We are aliens and strangers in this land and should want a better place (Heb. 11:13-16) </li></ul><ul><li>Redemption extends to all of creation (Romans 8) </li></ul><ul><li>God will dwell with us (Revelation 21-22) </li></ul><ul><li>We should be looking forward by living a life that is at peace with Him (2 Peter 3:13-14) </li></ul>

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