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As the movie “Heaven is for Real” comes out on DVD, there is a renewed interest in the story of four year old Colton Burpo. While I am more a fan of the book than the movie, I will admit the movie is very entertaining and uplifting.

That said, let me address a couple things.

The main concern I have with the film is that it leaves out the most important point. The answer to the question “How do I get to go to Heaven?” They came close a couple times and in one scene had a great opportunity but missed the boat.

When Nancy from the church came to Pastor Todd, she asked him about her son that passed away and if he thought he might be in heaven or not. Pastor Todd’s answer was “Do you think God loves your son any less than he loves mine?”

The answer, of course, is God loves them (and all of us) the same. However, the implication is if God loves us, we all go to heaven. This is simply untrue.

God loves us all so much that He sacrificed His Son for us but it is up to us rather or not we accept His gift of reconciliation of reject it. Here’s the answer of how we not only go to Heaven someday but how we have a relationship with Him now….

But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.  For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10: 8-13

The movie is a good start to the conversation but if we as the church do not complete the conversation, many will walk out of the movie not only with an incomplete thought but a dangerous one.

Here’s the second thing I want to throw out there….

I had a friend a couple weeks ago ask me if I believed the story was true. He asked me all kinds of questions about if I believed people looked that way in heaven, if they would act that way in heaven, and the like.

I do not know if Colton went to heaven or not. If God wanted to take him to heaven, He certainly could. However, that’s not the only answer.

Luke tells us in Acts  on ear2: 16-18 “And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.

Colton could have had a vision from God for multiple reasons including the book and the movie. God could reveal himself in a way that not only a four year old could understand but that would bring confirmation to his father Todd to bring him closer to God. While “pop pop” may or may not look like the  young man he was on earth in his heavenly body, God could surely reveal him that way so that Todd could later understand that there was confirmation within the vision.

So, am I against “Heaven is for Real”? Not at all! Go see it and/or read the book. However, bring bigger thinking and have deeper conversations about the message behind them.

Heaven is for real…. and God wants to bring you home someday. However, that is really up to you.

If you have any questions about heaven or having a relationships with Jesus Christ, feel free to touch base with me.

Pastor Tom Hypes


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While I have heard a lot of negative about the movie “Noah” before it came out, I tend to keep my mouth shut until I see something for myself. In the past, certain sections of the Christian community has been quick to bash anything Hollywood does for the smallest of details so I wait until a release. Usually, there are “artistic license”  moments but the movie can serve as a starting point for some who are more visual and then enter into study or conversations.

That said, I really do not recommend “Noah”. While I am sure the Holy Spirit can and will work in spite of Noah IF we as Christians will enter into the conversations around us, the following is why I suggest you save your money (unless you are seeing it to enter into the conversation with others).

To accomplish this, I must review this film in two lights. First, from a Biblical standpoint. Second, from a movie for general entertainment.

Biblical Stand Point – The biblical account of Noah is found from Genesis 5-9. There’s a lot of details in those four chapters but not enough for a full length movie so I expected them to take “artistic license”.

Last fall, I was at a church leadership conference where they had the writer and director of the movie (Darren Aronofsky) there to share about the upcoming Biblical epic. He talked about how the story of Noah impacted him as a youth in Sunday School and how he wanted to bring it alive for the culture we live in. He fell short.

A good 95% of the details in the movie are fiction. Some were written to fill the gaps. Some are in direct contradiction of the Bible (many of the characters and events). I will not list them all because much of it doesn’t matter past that point of making sure people know it’s fiction. However, there are two major ones I want to address.

– God did not destroy the earth because man did not take care of His creation. Genesis 6 is clear that it was due to man’s sinful actions.

– God did not have the goal of destroying mankind so creation wouldn’t be messed up again and then Noah went against Him. After God took Noah into account, He decided to start again with Noah and his family.

Why do these matter? Besides historical accuracy, because there are great truths in the Noah account that point us to truths about Jesus. It teaches us of the ugliness of sin, God’s mercy, and metaphorical understandings of how you can have peace with God through Christ. If you would like to understand those better, touch base with me and I’d love to talk more.

Movie for Entertainment – If you put the Biblical point to the side, there is one positive and one negative (take this with a grain of salt since this part is subjective).

One positive – Much of the special effects were spectacular when it comes to the nature. The animals and “rock angels” were a little lame but the nature parts were cool.

One negative – For me, it was simply long and boring. My wife and I are movie people but often found ourselves laughing when we were not suppose to.

So that’s it…. babbling for whatever it’s worth. The final thought would be this. While you won’t hear me say this often of a movie, it would be better to read the book.

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Welcome to my babblings on week two of the Bible mini series. I’m a little tardy due to a busy schedule but got to watch this installment in sections and finished it up tonight.

Once again, there is a list of things that don’t match up to the Scripture….

– Samson’s story was pretty hacked up

– He did not tell her his secret of his strength on the first time she asked

– The conversation between Samuel and God on the king issue was for Hollywood and not the full revelation of God’s conversation

– Saul taking the kingship was no where near as diplomatic and courageous as they made it look (more on this later)

– How David was picked was badly represented (more on this later)

– There is no reason to believe David recited Psalm 23 as he faced Goliath though it was interesting from a artist license stand point and is possible

– Conversation between David and Saul did not happen in the cave but from a distance (did you notice David wouldn’t take Saul’s hand? Of course not, Saul didn’t wash his hands after going potty! Lame joke but made me giggle)

– Lousy job of showing the brother hood of Jonathon and David

– David did not dance with Bathsheba when bringing the ark into town

That said, the simple fact is this, “The Bible” is trimmed down to fit a TV schedule like a kid’s Bible story book is trimmed down for kids. My suggestion is this, if you see a story that looks interesting in the movie….look it up in the Bible and get the whole story (If you can’t find it, ask and I’ll help you find it). The series is interesting but lacking. Treat it like a cliff notes version of the Bible. The full story is in the Book and the full story opens up many truths missed in the TV version.


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I have been vocal about my uncertainty of how well “The Bible” mini-series would do in comparison to the Bible itself. Often times, programs on the Bible on the Discovery channel or History channel have fallen far short of what is written in the Word. I had a little more hope in this series due to seeing the creators interviewed and scenes from it previewed at Catalyst leadership conference last year but still carried a leery hope.

If nothing else, as I shared with my church family yesterday, there was quite a bit of buzz around the series.  With this in mind, even if the series was not Biblically correct, it was still a chance to talk to the people in our lives about what is true and not. We are the church called to take the message into the world and not the role of a mini-series to do it. It is just a tool as God moves through us to reach the world.

That said, I have been getting several people asking me what I thought of the first episode last night.  Well, I didn’t watch it due to enjoying some family time. Don’t be upset though, I got caught us this morning. I love my DVR.

I decided the easiest route is the blog a little after each episode my thoughts for whatever they may be worth. I will try to be straight to the point as to not bore you too much.

First, there were some bumps when it comes to accuracy and we Christians like to call those out for whatever reason. Here’s some quick ones….

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Let me start by saying I am not an angry guy or a pain in the rump customer. While I can get frustrated, I do not go off on people who do not offer good customer service nor do I ask to speak to the manager but today pushed my limits.

After being a Direct TV customer for 5 years, I wish I knew then what I know now and never gave them my business or any of my money.

Last Febuary, we were having some problems with the Tivo so Jenni touched base with them. They said that our unit was old and they would just send us a DVR to replace it and all we had to do was cover the shipping. Sounded good.


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I just finished a book called “The Almost True Story of Ryan Fisher” by Rob Stennett. I picked it up off a review of a fellow blogger.

Here’s a quick review….


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