Is Heaven for Real?


Have 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

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

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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!

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About Author

David Jennings

David has served kids around the world for the majority of his life. From Texas to Romania, he has followed where God has led him. Most recently, he served for six years as a children's director in the great state of Alabama before moving to Colorado to work for Group as an associate editor. He is now serving in the church again! Our loss is kids' gain!


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    Darlene Soyars on

    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.

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