Have You Ever Taken a Drink of Living Water?

When I was a kid growing up in the fifties this was a pump at one of the neighbors where you could get a drink. We’d be running around outside playing ball. The humidity is usually high in western Pennsylvania in the summer time. Sweat would be dripping. But the water that came out ofContinue reading “Have You Ever Taken a Drink of Living Water?”

Excerpt 6– from Chapter 5, A Confusing Gospel, Assurance of Heaven Book

Excerpt 6, A Confusing Gospel – The gospel is often presented as though it is a cure-all for every problem a person has. “Come to Jesus, and He will solve all your problems.” So what do you do when Jesus informs us that there will be tribulations (John 16:33)? Or when James writes and saysContinue reading “Excerpt 6– from Chapter 5, A Confusing Gospel, Assurance of Heaven Book”

Scary Bible Verses – 4 “I Will Vomit You out of My Mouth!”

“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. (Rev. 3:15, 16) In a Bible study I attended, a person passionately implied that Jesus would send you to hellContinue reading “Scary Bible Verses – 4 “I Will Vomit You out of My Mouth!””

Interview – Assurance of Heaven Book

I was interviewed by D.J. Allan of Home Grown Ministries yesterday. You can see my radio ‘face’ on video at https://youtu.be/vYh7Iu43tqg. D.J. is a good interviewer and asks some really good questions. He’s offering (5) free copies of my book, Assurance of Heaven, to anyone who contacts telling him why they would like the book.Continue reading “Interview – Assurance of Heaven Book”

Scary Bible Verses Part 3

“Whoever is born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in Him; and he cannot sin”.               I John 3:9 There are a number of verses like this in First John that appear cut and dry. For that reason I shied away from reading it. I know I sin. Some say that it justContinue reading “Scary Bible Verses Part 3”

Scary Bible Verses Part 2

This is another verse that caused me some fearful moments.  “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works is dead” (James 2:17). Have I done enough good works to prove that I am really saved? For my book, Assurance of Heaven, I examined 32 commentaries on this verse. Twenty-seven basically stated thatContinue reading “Scary Bible Verses Part 2”

Scary Bible Verses

Often when we read the Bible we come across verses that cause us to fear. It may be that we have listened to someone who wrongly explained the verse. Typically a wrong understanding comes from misunderstanding the context. This month I am going to write about some that have caused me angst in the past.Continue reading “Scary Bible Verses”

Are You Being Fruitful?

My aunt would have a basket of fruit on her dining room table for decoration. It looked very real, but you would break your teeth if you tried to eat it. It was man made. It looked like the genuine thing, but it was fake. If I were to be honest, I spent a lotContinue reading “Are You Being Fruitful?”

Excerpt 5 – from Chapter 4, Three Tenses of Salvation; Assurance of Heaven Book

I was a Christian for twenty years before I began to realize the Bible taught not only that a believer has been saved but is also being saved and one day will be saved. This spiritual truth surfaced after I began to read and study the Bible. Salvation is not only a past event; itContinue reading “Excerpt 5 – from Chapter 4, Three Tenses of Salvation; Assurance of Heaven Book”

Redeem the Time

As I walked at a nearby park, I remembered a similar day several years ago walking with a friend.  It was a day, if I recall correctly, in the spring.  A man on a motorcycle rode passed us on the entrance road and promptly made a U-turn exiting the park. He was clearly on aContinue reading “Redeem the Time”