Inside Out 30: Heaven is for Real

12.13.10 | Kurt Goff

An Inside Out podcastHeaven is for real.

I know you believe it. I believe it. But do we live in light of that belief?

Colton Burpo does.

"You see", he says in a very matter of fact way… "I've been there." Are you squirming about now? "Oh no... not another trip to heaven story!" But what if it’s true?

If you’re like me, you don’t want to miss the miraculous because of well intentioned but misplaced cynicism. Test the story by comparing it with the Bible. Be cautious. But after doing that and being satisfied with the answers….what if?

I’m squirming again.

Colton is the son of a small town pastor who slipped from consciousness and entered heaven during a life or death surgery. He survived and out of the blue over weeks, months, and years started sharing amazing details about his experience. Totally unsolicited, mind you. Things he had no way of knowing as a toddler.

*About seeing the doctor operating on him from above.

*Seeing his Dad praying in a room while his Mom was on her cell phone calling for additional prayer support in another room down the hall.

*Meeting his miscarried sister, whom no one told him about… and his great grandfather who died 30 years before he was born. He shares impossible to know details about each.

*Meeting a Jesus with warm eyes and “markers” who REALLY loves children.

*Rainbows filled with colors he can’t describe.

*God is three in one.

What? A toddler getting the Trinity right? I have trouble wrapping my mind around that one as an adult!

The angels have swords to keep Satan out of heaven. That’s because he’s not in Hell yet. I saw him...

On and on it goes. His parents had a hard time dealing with this. His Dad, Todd Burpo, set aside quite a bit of time to answer some of my questions. Could it be God allowed a small child to see a glimpse of what is to come for all true Christ followers... the hope of heaven?

Matthew 18:2-3 (ESV)
"And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them
 and said, 'Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.' "

Heaven is for Real.

I believe. Not because of stories like this. I believe because Jesus tells me it’s real. But what if I discount this story without listening to the details? Could I be missing a blessing? What if...

Listen for yourself. 

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on 12.11.10 Lucy Gilliam commented

Reading this story gave me goosebumps. Sometimes when we go through trials in our life we ask ourselves the opposite question,"what if there is no heaven?" or no relief for all this suffering? I really needed to read this article.

on 12.13.10 Diane Morgan commented

I heard Kurt on FLN this morning as I drove one of my boys to work. We lost our daughter, Emily Ann, 3 1/2 yrs ago and I have ALWAYS, since then, thought about the "real" heaven. I can't wait to order and read this book. I really know that God had me hear this today because it happens to be our Emilys 24th birthday.

on 12.13.10 Beth Janowsky commented

I was touched by this mornings story as it confirmed my belief that children are usually more in touch with God than we can imagine. We were blessed with a foster child in our care 6 years ago after praying very hard for God to send us a child who really needed us. We were blessed with a 33 week preemie who was born with a genetic birthmark that invaded her trachea requiring her to need an artificial airway. After many prayers and surgeries she is now a healthy, vivacious, 6 year old; and a member of our family. After one her surgeries when Julia was 31/2 she was asked what the first thing she saw when she was under anasthesia. Her answer: " the angels". She also drew a picture on her bedroom wall right above her bed of God holding her hand during surgery. Needless to say... we did not erase that picture! If she can be so sure of Gods' presence than why can't we?

on 12.13.10 Mark Marchincin commented

This is a really incredible story. It seems that the podcast is cut off at the end. you left us hanging. but this story shows that we as believers have to have the mindset of a child when it comes to life and accepting Jesus.

on 12.13.10 Raquel Bessette commented

Thank you for sharing this very special testimony. There are words that some of us just need to hear, and this came just in time. When we grow older it becomes increasingly difficult to believe in who God is, and children are such great reminders not only of how much God loves us, but how we are to love God. I personally cannot wait to see my Savior face to face and the little one his father has adopted for me. Thank you.

on 12.13.10 Denise commented

this has been an incredible and moving interview, but I am so frustrated right now. I have been listening to the podcast, and just as you ask if God sits on his throne...dead air. The story stops , I really want the rest of the the story. What can I do to hear it all?

on 12.13.10 Webmaster commented

"According to Colton the answer is..."

...

What is the answer?!?

Sorry. We didn't mean to leave you hanging. Technical difficulties. The podcast has been fixed and uploaded again. Instead of waiting for the audio file to reload, we have uploaded a version which picks up where Kurt left off originally. Just go to the top of the page and find "If you'd like to listen from where it left off, click here." When you click the link, another audio player will appear. Again, we apologize for any inconvenience.

on 12.13.10 Patricia Hannel commented

What a blessing!!!! When Todd discussed how Colton met his sister who was miscarried, I was immediately brought to tears. Three weeks ago my daughter Cindy miscarried her first baby at 13 weeks. I told her that her baby was safe in the Father's arms...and now I know that I was right to tell her that. Praise God for this insight into the supernatural existence of our Lord, and Creator. Thank you Todd for sharing this with us.

on 12.13.10 Nancy Johnson commented

Now I know why I was late getting going this am, and why I actually got going...so I could be in my van listening to this at the right time! I have several people to share this with!

on 12.13.10 Betty Read commented

How wonderful that childhood faith is great enough to allow them these glimpses of Jesus. I love the picture they saw - Jesus was indeed a Palestinian Jew = not the blue eyed Romanesque figure created during the Rennaisance. God bless the children who "see" without an established belief system tha too often blind us as mature Christians. Alleluia

on 12.13.10 Laura commented

Awesome. Words cannot describe this

on 12.13.10 Jen commented

Amazing story. Unbelievable, yet believable. Very convicting of the real God in my life.

on 12.13.10 Liz commented

I just listened to this story online... it is an amazing story...

on 12.13.10 Judy commented

I too had a miscarriage between our two daughters.
I burst into tears, knowing I really will see our baby of 4 weeks. Couldn't find "Prince Of Peace" picture of Jesus-on (FLN) Facebook. Still available?

on 12.13.10 Judy commented

I too had a miscarriage between our two daughters.
I burst into tears, knowing I really will see our baby of 4 weeks. Couldn't find "Prince Of Peace" picture of Jesus-on (FLN) Facebook. Still available?

on 12.13.10 Alice commented

I heard this on the way home from work today, and cried all the way home! Oh, the faith of a child who has seen AND believes!! PRAISE GOD!! I have 3 children in heaven, and now I am convinced that they will be there waiting for me!! Thank you for sharing this story!!

on 12.13.10 Sherri commented

Wow!!!! What an amazing God we serve!!!!!

on 12.13.10 Julia commented

God is so good! We really needed to hear this today. I believe that I also miscarried. I have always believed that someday we would all be united as a family. That day will come.
Our Bible study group was just asked if children who die would remain children in Heaven. I would love to know if he saw his sister as a child or an adult or just knew that she was his sister. How exciting. "And a little child shall lead them" comes to mind. We need that beautiful and simple acknowledgement of what we hold close in our hearts. Praise the Lord for this little glimpse of Heaven. To Him be the glory forever! He doesn't need to prove Himself to us to be who He is, yet He knows and understands us. He knows that we need encouragement. Thank you, Colton, for sharing and enlightening this dark world. God be with you as you simply speak what He has given you.

on 12.13.10 Cynthia Bell commented

I was so blessed by this that I went right online and ordered the book! I, too, had a miscarriage and I was moved to tears to think that that little one is in Heaven now awaiting the rest of us!! Thanks, Kurt, for bringing this to us.

on 12.13.10 Andrea commented

I loved this story. It was amazing and really gets you thinking on what amazing things are waiting for you up in heaven. My grandfather will soon be going to heaven, and I am glad to know that he will be well taken care of.

on 12.14.10 Deborah Ross commented

Amazing, heart-warming, intriguing...several parts of this podcast had me choked up. My brother John (now 49) was seriously injured when hit by a car when he was 7, and in a coma for several weeks. He since related how angels sang many songs to him. Thank you so much for sharing this interview as well as the one with Captain Dale Black (Flight to Heaven) a few weeks ago. Accounts such as these enhance my faith in the reality of heaven, the God of heaven, and my fervent desire to be there.

on 12.14.10 brenda commented

Thank you for sharing, and i'm so thankful that i was able to catch some of this on FLN,then listened to the entire interview. God is always on time, it restored joy and peace in my heart. And to focus again on home...home in heaven with my Savior, and hopes that Abba adopted my child. Also to share with others of God's love, and the testimony of how He hears our prayers.ThankYou Jesus! Thank You Again.

on 12.14.10 Nancy commented

Thank you for writing the book and sharing your experience. I think we always want to believe there is a heaven. Now we actually can. What an awesome feeling that is. I had a miscarriage and am now happy to know that I may meet my son or daughter some day. I cried and smiled and laughed and thoroughly enjoyed the interview and am looking forward to getting a copy of the book and reading and sharing it with as many people as I can. Thank you again and God Bless.

on 12.15.10 B commented

I was on my way to work when I heard this. I never had a doubt about heaven but God needed to share something else with me through this. That was Colton meeting his miscarried sister. I miscarried the week before at 2 months also. It was something I needed to hear, that my baby is in heaven. Thankyou for sharing this story.

on 12.15.10 Anonymous commented

I was ministered to by this story in a different way. I had an abortion before I was married and I KNOW I will meet my son/daughter in heaven. I understand that I am forgiven for this act, but I believe upon meeting my child that I will truly KNOW I am forgiven and experience a love even greater than I have known on earth...from my heavenly Father and my child I have never met due to a terrible choice on my part. "Come quickly, Lord Jesus!"

on 12.16.10 Me commented

WOW!!!

on 12.18.10 Donna Hillard commented

Thank You for sharing your story, and blessing those of us who hear. I bought the book, it is selling out at our local Barnes & Noble faster than they can get it on the shelves, so I told the clerks why, and they were going to log on to listen. I picked the book up last night when they called that it was in, and I read it today and passed it on at church tonight, and have at least 2 more people who want it next. I tried to get 3 copies, but have to go back later to see if they have more in. Thank you again for taking time to share this!

on 12.19.10 Doreen Passmore commented

This is such a gift to share. Thank you so much for bringing this story to us. I am hoping to buy this book at our local Barnes and Noble. I want to share it my family members that are non believers. The reality of Heaven truly shines through the eyes of this child. Praise God for his testimony.

on 12.31.10 Grandma PJ commented

In 2005 we lost Andrew, our precious grandson, to SIDS. Listening to this I cried, knowing that one day, I will see him again. This is a beautiful telling of this family's experience and I am so grateful they shared it so we can KNOW.

on 12.31.10 Grandma PJ commented

In 2005 we lost Andrew, our precious grandson, to SIDS. Listening to this I cried, knowing that one day, I will see him again. This is a beautiful telling of this family's experience and I am so grateful they shared it so we can KNOW.

on 01.06.11 Grandma K commented

Animals in Heaven? This is a sweet story and I had a similar experience though not so extensive. And I did not want to come back either. BUT ~ animals do not sin. They have no soul. To enter into Heaven, one must acknowledge their sin and ask forgiveness, accepting God's great Gift of love. I believe, because the Bible says so, there will be animals in the new earth where the lamb and the lion will lay down together. ANd I was surprised to hear him say that Satan's light had been put out a long time ago because God's Word says, King James Bible
And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. II Corinthians 11:14. Still, I am not going to say he did not experience something, because I slso withnessed things from above my body and saw the Light of Heaven and the nail-scarred Hands.

on 01.11.11 Anonymous commented

http://www.artakiane.com/paintings/age_08/age08_02.htm

prince of peace picture

on 01.12.11 Diane Harrington Lucas commented

This story has given me hope. I have a sister who is severely mentally handicapped - she is non verbal and on the level of a two year old or younger. I now feel sure that when she leaves this life she will go straight to Jesus! Thank you so much! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

on 01.14.11 pat roberts helfrey commented

I saw this boy and his dad on television. I was truly amazed that he stated that there are no babies or elderly people in Heaven, that everyone was about the same age. I, in no way believe in psychics, but many, many years ago, while flipping through channels on television, there was a psychic who stated this very same thing. There are too many things in this young boys experience that ring so true! How can anyone doubt his story? God said we would be led by a child. He sent His own Son, but that was not enough to wake many of us up. I feel we are being given yet another chance by our Heavenly Father to live by His Word!

on 01.14.11 pat roberts helfrey commented

I saw this boy and his dad on television. I was truly amazed that he stated that there are no babies or elderly people in Heaven, that everyone was about the same age. I, in no way believe in psychics, but many, many years ago, while flipping through channels on television, there was a psychic who stated this very same thing. There are too many things in this young boys experience that ring so true! How can anyone doubt his story? God said we would be led by a child. He sent His own Son, but that was not enough to wake many of us up. I feel we are being given yet another chance by our Heavenly Father to live by His Word!

on 01.14.11 Edie Newman commented

I have no idea if this is all for real but I do believe in Heaven, God , Jesus, and I do believe that They do present themselves to us at differant times in differant ways. I just know that I want to go and see and touch and feel and be there myself. I am almost jeolious of this little boy.

on 01.16.11 A. commented

I read this book on my kindle. I was so captured by it I read it in a day I started at about 11:00 and finished at about 4:30-ish.Im 11 and this book is completely awesome! You can ZGoogle the paintings of the creator on google Look up Akaine Prince of Peace. I only wish I could see theese things thought....

on 01.20.11 Lynn commented

why would the grandpap have wings? People don't become angels.

on 01.23.11 slm commented

I too wondered about the wings but the rest certainly makes me believe this is true and this boy was very sincere in what he experienced - who knows maybe we do have wings - it doesn't mean we become angels...we just may need them to fly to each other's mansions and to the place of worship at the feet of Jesus...

on 03.02.11 Bev commented

This is an incredible story. God truly has blessed this child with a wonderful vision of heaven. I always say I have 6 grandchildren waiting for us!!!

on 04.23.11 Berean4you commented

http://momsinneedofmercy.blogspot.com/2011/03/heaven-is-for-real-astounding-tale-of.html

on 04.23.11 Berean4you commented

Deuteronomy 18:10-12
There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

on 04.23.11 Berean4you commented

@ Edie Newman, This book contradicts the Word of God and against what Scripture teaches. Psychics could easily be in agreement with each other as they are led by the same ungodly spirit. Consider what Matthew 19:14 says and you will see this book isn't from God's inspiration as God will never contradict Himself, "But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven." If Jesus says speaking of children, "for such is the kingdom of heaven", I believe we need to adhere to God's holy Word rather than the word of men or a child. I encourage everyone to pray for this young boy that God will bless him with a true understanding of His Word.

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