"Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: Cause me to know the way wherein I would walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee." Psalm 143:8
Welcome to Bible Truths for Today!
Welcome to Bible Truths for Today!
All of us face many issues throughout life – issues that we must resolve. The best answer book for these concerns is the Bible. On this website you will find faith-based studies, devotionals, and stories to help encourage and guide you in your walk with Jesus.
My writings will be based on the authority of the inspired Word of God (II Timothy 3:16).
Do you sincerely want to know the truth? If your answer is “yes,” then dig in with us as we search and study the Bible.
Your comments and questions are welcome.
Jesus Made Heaven My Home
An old saying proclaims “Home is where the heart is”. My heart was in the wrong place until Jesus came in and Made Heaven My Home. It was all by God’s grace. SOWING THE SEED – THE GODLY INFLUENCE OF MY PARENTS God blessed me with godly parents. When I came into this world, the sixth of seven children, my parents were well along the way in establishing a Christian home. DAILY ROUTINES From the time I was little, I remember having family devotions at the breakfast table. Mom and Dad had a devotional book, along with Scripture, that Dad read from every morning. After reading, he or Mom, or some other family member would lead in prayer. Before other meals, we would always say grace. We would say a memorized prayer. “Bless this food, take our thanks. In Jesus name, Amen.” Of course, it became a ritual that we didn’t think about very much, but it was a reminder that God provided us with that food. At night Mother would help me with prayer. Before it ever became personal to me, it was just a memorized prayer. Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep If I should die before I ‘wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. As I grew older, she taught me to pray in my own words and pray specific requests. CHURCH As a child, I do not ever remember a time when we did not go to church: Sunday School and Morning Worship, Sunday night, and Wednesday night. ALWAYS. We arranged our weekend and evening schedules around church. We never questioned whether we were going to church or not. All of us kids knew that we were going. At Christmas time, regardless of the day of the week, we had church on Christmas day, even when Christmas fell on Saturday or Monday. We could always open one gift on Christmas morning before church. Then after church we went home and opened all the gifts. GUEST PREACHERS AND MISSIONARIES Mom and Dad always wanted to entertain guest preachers or missionaries in our home. So quite often, on Sundays, we would have a preacher or missionary at our home for Sunday dinner. If they had children, I and my older sisters and brothers would get to play with them in the afternoon. These visitors had a big impact on my life spiritually. At our church, the lessons and sermons were always based on the authority of the Bible. I received a Bible education from both my parents and the church all thru my early years. BIBLE VERSE MEMORIZATION THRU RURAL BIBLE CRUSADE Early in my life, my parents became acquainted with an organization called Rural Bible Crusade. Through the school year, their staff would go around to various rural public schools and hold Bible classes in the schools for the children. At that time schools and local governments encouraged this. They realized the positive impact this could have on the children. CAMP MINISTRY OF RURAL BIBLE CRUSADE Rural Bible Crusade conducted an annual week of Bible Camp. They made this Bible Camp different. You could not pay to go to Bible camp. Before you could go to the first year of camp you had to memorize 500 verses (that’s not a typo – it was 500 verses pre-selected by RBC) and repeat those verses to a responsible adult. When you got to camp, you had to say some of those verses to one of the camp personnel. For the second year, 250 verses were required. For the third year and the following years, they required completion of a Bible study course. If you didn’t memorize the verses or complete the Bible courses, you could not be a camper. Support for the camp came from gifts only. My mother started teaching me and working with me to learn those 500 verses starting at age five. By age seven, I had completely memorized the 500 verses. Those verses have had a life-long impact on my life. FUN AT RBC BIBLE CAMP Rural Bible Crusade produced a fantastic, fun time camp every year. • Meeting new kids and making friends • Being part of one of the several teams that were organized among the approximately 200 kids each year. There were sports competitions in volleyball, softball, various contests, scavenger hunts, and boating. • Swimming – This was my favorite activity. I learned to swim – above the water and under the water. I learned to dive – or perhaps bellyflop would be a better description. My major achievement was to swim across the lake – about one mile. Several of us would attempt it together – with lifeguards in boats accompanying us – and I made it. MAKING HEAVEN MY HOME – DECISION AT BIBLE CAMP The influence of my parents, church, and Bible Camp over the years brought me to a decision. I accepted Christ as my Savior in my sixth year at Bible Camp. I Corinthians 3:7 teaches “So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.” Over the years the continual repetition of Biblical truths settled deep in my heart bringing me to decision time at age 12. Bible Camp included powerful preaching and teaching to kids. There were Bible classes every morning. Then each evening there was a preaching service. After all the Bible teaching and Scripture memorization plus church, God had prepared my heart. DECISION TIME The preaching at camp inspired and convicted us kids. We understood it and it hit home. I don’t remember the subject of the message on the third night at camp. But it reached my heart. I had been under conviction all week and that night the Holy Spirit convicted me that I was a lost sinner needing a Savior. Instead of going forward at the altar call, I caught my camp counselor after the service. We sat down on a park bench looking out at the lake. He took me through the Scriptures showing me that God loved me, I was a sinner and Jesus paid for my sins on the cross and then rose from the dead. That night I asked Jesus to forgive me and save me. And He did. Jesus had now made heaven my home. LIFE CHANGES: A NEW CREATURE IN CHRIST What an exciting change in my life! I had been on my way to hell and now I was on my way to heaven. The rest of the camp week went by quickly and then I went back home. I was excited to tell my parents and family about it. Then about a week or two later, I had the thrill of leading one of my school buddies to trust Jesus as his Savior. Jesus changed my direction in life. Now all my great plans for my life were centered around “what does the Lord want me to do?”, and “how can I please Him?”. IS HEAVEN YOUR HOME? It’s a wonderful assurance to KNOW that your home is in heaven. Do you know? Jesus said in John 3:18, “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” Are you NOT CONDEMNED? Or are you CONDEMNED ALREADY? These are the only two options. Let me show you from Scripture how you can settle this for yourself. Get to know these facts from Scripture and take action. 1. God loves you. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.” John 3:16. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 2. All are sinners. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 That includes me – and you. 3. The penalty for sin is death. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23 4. You cannot save yourself. “For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.: Not of works lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8,9 This excludes the good works of baptism, church membership, helping the poor, giving to charity, or whatever other good deed you might want to include in this list. 5. Confess, Believe, Call. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” – – – “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:9. 10. 13 Today, if you are not sure of a home in heaven, I am urging you to ask forgiveness for your sin and trust Jesus who paid for your sins on the cross and rose from the dead. He proved to be a victor over sin, death, and the grave. Let Him be your Savior from sin. Let Him change your life and give you a new life in Jesus. “Therefore If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: Old things are passed away; Behold, all things are become new.” II Corinthians 5:17 SINCE JESUS CAME INTO MY HEART Words of this hymn by Rufus H. McDaniel What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought Since Jesus came into my heart! I have light in my soul for which long I had sought since Jesus came into my heart! I have ceased from my wand’ring and going astray, Since Jesus came into my heart! And my sins which were many, are all washed away, Since Jesus came into my heart! I’m possessed of a hope that is steadfast and sure, Since Jesus came into my heart! And no dark clouds of doubt now my pathway obscure, Since Jesus came into my heart! I shall go there to dwell in that City, I know, Since Jesus Came into my heart! And I’m happy, so happy, as onward I go, Since Jesus came into my heart! REFRAIN: Since Jesus came into my heart, Since Jesus came into my heart, Floods of joy o’er my soul like the sea billows roll, Since Jesus came into my heart.
I am a born-again Christian who loves to write and share the Good News about Jesus. Raised on a small Wisconsin farm and saved at age 12, I have been active in Christian service since that time.
My many years as a pastor, accountant, and lay worker in the church have equipped me to help those in need. In retirement now, the Lord has led me to writing as a means of winning people to Christ and helping Christians grow in the Lord. By God’s grace I hope to be a blessing and encouragement to you.
Please see my salvation testimony below: Jesus Made Heaven My Home.
All articles on this website are written by me unless otherwise noted.
All Scripture quotations are from the KJV. Any exceptions will be specified.
No Substitutes for the Bible!
Don’t read about the Bible! Read the Bible! Good devotionals, commentaries, and Bible study books abound. But before consulting them, read, study, and meditate directly from the Bible. After studying the Bible, consult the other books, proof them for adherence to Biblical truth, and then use them for further enlightenment. Use the Bible to interpret the Bible. I Corinthian 2:12-13 KJV declares, “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God, that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” Many cults start because someone took a verse out of context or did not check the entire teaching of the scriptures on a specific subject. By walking in the way of the Word of God and delighting in the Word, we can live a fruitful and abundant life (Psalm 1:1-3). Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible and is all about the book. The Word of God is effective for cleansing and for preventing sin (v. 9-11). It gives understanding above my human teachers (v. 99). It is a lamp and a light to guide us (v. 105). The words give light and understanding (v. 130). Reading the Bible should not be casual but rather diligent study. “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth (II Timothy 2:15). Read, memorize, study, and let the Word change your life.