Bushy Run, a Place of Solitude

Bushy Run is a stream that flows through western Pennsylvania. It’s also the name of a historic site. A significant battle was fought here between the British and Native Americans led by Chief Pontiac. This picture displays the path that leads to the flour bag fort where much of the fighting took place in 1763.Continue reading “Bushy Run, a Place of Solitude”

Heaven’s Surprise

I never had much interest in poetry. But every once in a while you come across a poem that is unique, makes you laugh, and/or communicates truth. The following one is unnamed by an unknown author concerning heaven. Although it contains some doctrinal inaccuracies, I think it captures a profound truth about the way manyContinue reading “Heaven’s Surprise”

You Sure You’re in the Faith?

“Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you? – unless indeed you are disqualified”. (II Cor. 13:5) Are you disqualified? Have you done enough, behaved good enough? Many infer that you are to look to your good works and righteousContinue reading “You Sure You’re in the Faith?”

Good News in God’s Colors

Autumn here in western Pennsylvania is an amazing palet of God’s design. It inspired me to write a gospel tract a couple years ago that would incorporate many of God’s beautiful colors. Most of us find it difficult to share the gospel. But one simple way is a good gospel tract. It can be leftContinue reading “Good News in God’s Colors”

My Faith has Found a Resting Place

The lyrics below are from a hymn titled, My Faith has Found a Resting Place, composed by Elizabeth E. Hewitt in the late1800s. She knew something of eternal security and the peace that comes from trusting in Jesus. She was born in Philadelphia in 1851. She became a teacher, but a spinal injury forced herContinue reading “My Faith has Found a Resting Place”

Assurance of Heaven is the Gospel Part 2

The following article on eternal security is taken from an online publication, Foundations: Building the Faith. It’s used by Village Ministries International in their disciple making minisrty around the world. They seek to evangelize the lost and to equip the saints by training local pastors to teach others. Foundations can be downloaded for free atContinue reading “Assurance of Heaven is the Gospel Part 2”

Assurance of Heaven is the Gospel Part 1

Have you ever ask someone, “Are you 100% sure you will go to heaven when you die?” This is often referred to in Christianity as the doctrine of eternal security. Some will argue that it’s impossible to know. Others will say that you can choose to walk away from God. There are also those whoContinue reading “Assurance of Heaven is the Gospel Part 1”

A Life Well Lived

This is the view from my parents porch at about 6:30 AM on Monday, July 13th. The hospice nurse had just left a few minutes before this, confirming that my mother had passed away. We knew where she was. She had trusted in Jesus Christ as Savior many years ago. Now she is absent fromContinue reading “A Life Well Lived”

The End of Days?

The doomsday clock is set at two minutes to midnight. Some scientists and politicians think that climate change will destroy the earth in less than 12 years unless we do something. Predictions about the end of the world abound. In January of 1989 my wife and I walked into a bookstore. A book caught myContinue reading “The End of Days?”