Assurance of Heaven Book Excerpt 4 – The Gospel – What is it?

Most of us are taught from the time we are a toddler, if you are good, you will be praised. If you do well in school, you may be rewarded with a scholarship. If you work hard in your career, you will get a raise and may be promoted. Everything we know is based uponContinue reading “Assurance of Heaven Book Excerpt 4 – The Gospel – What is it?”

The Devil Made Me Do It!

Flip Wilson, a comedian, popularized that phrase back in 70s. It’s funny because we all would like to blame the wrong things that we do on someone else. But in reality we only have ourselves to blame. The devil doesn’t make us do anything. The prophet Jeremiah explained that the heart is “deceitful above allContinue reading “The Devil Made Me Do It!”

Assurance of Heaven Book Excerpt 3 – Chapter 2, Spiritual Warfare

“I am always amazed when I read the results of a survey of Christians and the percentage who do not believe in a literal Devil. The Bible is clear that he is real and “walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (I Pet. 5:8). The whole world lies under his influenceContinue reading “Assurance of Heaven Book Excerpt 3 – Chapter 2, Spiritual Warfare”

Assurance of Heaven – Chapter 1; Book Excerpt 2

The B-I-B-L-E, yes, that’s the book for me.” That was a song I sang in Sunday school as a youngster. Like the song, Jesus Loves Me; the lyrics have been stuck in my mind for over sixty years.  But it hadn’t been the book for me. I hadn’t read any of it for almost aContinue reading “Assurance of Heaven – Chapter 1; Book Excerpt 2”

Assurance of Heaven -Book Excerpt 1

For the next several blogs I will be posting excerpts from my book, Assurance of Heaven; God’s Promise to Anyone Who Believes the Gospel. In some posts I may add some additional comments to the chapter excerpt. The following excerpt is from the introduction which frames the purpose for the book.  “Do you lack assuranceContinue reading “Assurance of Heaven -Book Excerpt 1”

Do You Gain Assurance by Persevering to the End? Part 3

Perseverance in anything is not automatic. It certainly does not come automatically in the Christian faith. That’s why there are so many instructions in the Bible about persevering in trials, enduing difficulties, being patient in suffering, running the race, and abiding in Christ. Assurance is not gained by persevering. Persevering in trials by faith isContinue reading “Do You Gain Assurance by Persevering to the End? Part 3”

Do You Gain Assurance by Persevering to the End? Part 2

A person who believes the gospel is immediately delivered from the penalty of sin. He is justified by faith; declared righteous in his positional standing with God. But justification never guarantees that a believer will persevere to the end of life in faith and good works. People teach that; the Bible doesn’t. The Bible doesContinue reading “Do You Gain Assurance by Persevering to the End? Part 2”

Do You Gain Assurance by Presevering to the End? Part I

Many well-meaning teachers proclaim that a true believer will persevere in faith and good works to the end of life. But if one must persevere in faith and good works, then it would be impossible to know that we will end up in heaven. You could never know until the day you died, if youContinue reading “Do You Gain Assurance by Presevering to the End? Part I”

Assurance in the Message of the Prophet

In the last post Abel was identified as the very first prophet. He prophesied of a coming Messiah (Christ) that would die for sin and rise from the dead. The purpose was to fulfill God’s promise to Adam and Eve of a Deliverer who would crush the head of the serpent (Gen. 3). God immediatelyContinue reading “Assurance in the Message of the Prophet”