Churches Of Christ/WILL WE KNOW LOVE ONES IN HEAVEN

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BRO. ROBERSON,

I HAVE A SISTER IN THE CHURCH WHO LOST HER DAUGHTER TRAGICALLY. HER DAUGHTER WAS A VERY FAITHFUL CHRISTIAN. SHE WANTS TO KNOW WILL SHE KNOW HER DAUGHTER IN HEAVEN, AS HER DAUGHTER. WOULD YOU HELP ME EXPLAIN THIS TO HER FROM SCRIPTURE. THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING.

         BRO. JAMES HARRIS

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Brother Harris,

Paul clearly tells us that we will have bodies. Transformed bodies, but bodies. When Jesus is raised, His disciples recognize Him even if He has a transformed body.

When Jesus is quizzed about the wife of seven husbands, His response is limited to not being given in marriage. He does not say they won't recognize each other.

So, while we aren't told directly, the sum of Scripture indicates that we will have bodies, that we will remain with our identities, will have memories, but will not maintain our temporal relationships.

Your friend and her daughter will know each other, will know what their relationship was, and will enjoy being with each other - and their other loved ones.

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Hoyt Roberson

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I can answer just about any doctrinal, relational, or Scriptural question from a "traditional" church of Christ perspective, and from perspectives of somewhat more progressive congregations. If you want an answer from a particular perspective, let me know that up front, and I'll respond in that vein. If you want to peg me on the liberal-conservative spectrum, I would suggest a bit left of center. Depending on the question though, I might be far left, or perhaps rather toward the right.

Experience

I have fifty years as a member of Churches of Christ. Over those five decades, I have taught teen classes, adult classes, served as a deacon and congregational administrator, Lay Leader at two military congregations, and finally as a shepherd of a 500 member congregation. Most of the congregations I have been a member of have been "mainline" congregations, but I am quite familiar with more conservative and more liberal congregations and views as well. I read and subscribe to various books and periodicals for churches of Christ, and have discussed a variety of topics with representatives of our various groups both in person, and via mail. One of my Masters degrees is from Pepperdine, so let that guide your understanding of my formal training.

Organizations
Christian Association for Psychological Studies, American Association of Christian Counselors, and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Publications
www.robersonblog.blogspot.com

Education/Credentials
I hold a Masters of Ministry degree from Pepperdine University, as well as a Masters of Counseling degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Phoenix.

Awards and Honors
The greatest temporal honor I have had is to be an elder for ten years. The next greatest temporal honor is having been asked to preach for our current congregation.

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