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”

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”