About Jerry Blount

Christian Author, Father, builder and lifetime outdoorsman. Find more of my work at www.jerryblount.com

Can I be Sure I am going to Heaven When I Die?

Yes, we can know without a doubt that we will spend eternity in heaven.

First, we must understand that we are all sinners and none of us deserve heaven. The Bible tells us that because Adam sinned; sin and death entered the world. Because of that man’s sin, we are all born in sin. (Romans 5:12) 

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

We will not go to heaven simply because we live a good life. That is a very popular view for obvious reasons and one that is even being taught in some churches. However, the Bible makes it very clear that any sin in our lives will keep us from having eternal salvation.

As humans, it is impossible for us not to sin. “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). 

Unkind thoughts, envy, pride, prejudice, resentment, and jealousy are just a few of the things that we battle. It is not possible to live sin-free under our own power, but with Christ all things are possible (Matthew 19:26)

We view sin on different levels. For instance, a little lie is not nearly as bad as murder, which it isn’t. This is a worldview of sin, not God’s view. To God, any sin is still sin regardless of how small it is. It is either sin or it’s not. It is either black and white. There are no gray areas.

Billy Graham gave an excellent example of how sin works.

 “Suppose you had a barrel of water and it had been filtered and distilled until no impurities remained. If someone asked you to drink it, you wouldn’t hesitate. But suppose someone put a single drop of raw sewage in it. Would you drink it? Of course not. The same is true with sin.” Continue reading

The Lord’s Return is Imminent! Are You Ready?

The Lord’s Return is Imminent  Prophecy has all been Fulfilled – Are You Ready?

We are living in an age when we can actually see prophecy being fulfilled. What an exciting time for those that are prepared and ready for the Lord’s return. Every prophecy leading up to the return of Jesus has been fulfilled. His return is the next prophetic event to take place. In this article, I would like to back up a hundred years and show the prophecy and events that have led us to where we stand today.

 

Revelation is the only book in the Bible that says we will be blessed by reading it and it says it twice, at the beginning and the end.  While Revelation is all about the end times, Daniel, Isaiah, Ezekiel, the Gospels, Thessalonians also speak of the end times. In fact, there is scripture scattered throughout the Bible concerning the end times. There were 330 prophecies concerning Jesus first coming. There are 3 times that many about His second coming. Obviously, it is important to God that we understand what is coming. 

When I began studying the signs of the end times many years ago. I realized that I may live to actually see the rapture. I don’t mean in a vague form. I mean the prophecy with what is happening in the world. I am seventy-five years old and I believe I may actually see the rapture. It is that close! Continue reading

How Big is your God?

What is your perception of God? Your perception of God determines the foundation you will build your life on. It determines how you view everything else in life.

To our ancestors, the universe consisted of the sun, the moon and the stars. Astronomers tell us that it is possible to see about 1000 stars with the naked eye. The earth was the center of the universe and was much bigger than the sun and moon, which appear to be about the same size. Today we know this is not true, but to them that was the universe and that’s how big God needed to be. Big enough to create their idea of the universe.

From the time man first began studying the stars, he has tried to figure how big the universe is. As better telescopes evolved and then finally the Hubble telescope and satellites sent towards the outer limits of space, astronomers have had to keep enlarging their view of the universe. Today they claim that the observable universe is about 93 billion light-years in diameter and they have no idea how big it actually is. A light year is how far light travels in a year of course. Light travels at 186,000 miles per second which would mean that in a year it travels 5.88 trillion miles. Now multiply 5.88 trillion times 93 billions and we have man’s idea of how big the universe is at this time. That’s the observable universe, not the entire universe. I love to use the universe as an example of God’s greatness. Continue reading

Proof of the Resurrection of Christ

Our belief as Christians is based on the fact that Christ died to pay for our sins, was buried and rose the third day and is alive today. The apostle Paul stated that if Christ is not risen from the dead then our preaching is in vain.

The body of Jesus, in accordance with Jewish burial customs, was wrapped in linen cloth and covered with spices. The body was placed in a solid rock tomb. This tomb was owned by Joseph of Arimathea, a member of the Sanhedrin, an important and well known man in Jerusalem.  An extremely large rock was rolled by means of levers against the entrance of the tomb. Roman guards were stationed to guard the tomb. A normal Roman guard unit was made up of 16 men, with 4 on alert at all times. This guard affixed on the tomb the Roman seal. The situation at the tomb after the resurrection is significant. The Roman seal was broken, which meant automatic crucifixion upside down for those who did it. The large stone was moved up and away from not just the entrance but from the entire sepulcher, as if it had been picked up and carried away. The guard unit had fled, an offense punishable by death.

   A.M. Ramsey in his book “God, Christ and the Tomb” “states that the empty tomb was too notorious to be denied. The resurrection could not have been maintained in Jerusalem for a single day or even for a single hour, if the emptiness of the tomb had not been established as a fact for all concerned.” Remember this was the big news item at that time. This was front page stuff. A  minute walk from the center of Jerusalem would confirm the empty tomb. No one denied that the tomb was empty.   Continue reading

What’s Coming Next?

What’s Coming Next?

As we look around us, with the Coronavirus Pandemic going on we see people living in fear and anxiety and looking to the goverments for answers. If a virus can cause such panic in the world, imagine how it will be when the anticipated rapture happens. (All prophecies to be fulfilled before the rapture has taken place; the rapture is the next prophetic event to occur.) Millions of people will suddenly be gone. Those that don’t recognize it as the rapture will be looking for answers. They will be looking to their country’s leaders for guidance. With the different governments enacting controls on their people with this virus, it is easy to see how the world governments could come together to solve the problems the rapture will cause and when one man (The Antichrist) will seem to have the answers, he will be pushed into the spotlight.

 

Do you have questions about the future? I published a book last year where I addressed the prophecies and world events that led us to where we are today and what is coming next. “The Rapture: Coming Soon,” I priced it as low as Amazon would allow me. The e-book is only $.99 cents and the paperback is $4.99. All profits from my books go to The Jesus Film Project. I do not write for profit, but to serve God and hopefully help people have a closer walk with the Lord..

God Bless

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Basic Christianity: Living a joy filled life and making a difference

 

The Christian Life should not be a burden, nor should one feel like it is a duty or obligation. Living the Christian life should be an absolute joy even when facing life’s difficulties.

This book is basic enough to equip the new Christian, yet deep enough that all will benefit from it. It will answer your questions and strengthen your faith. It is like fourteen books in one, covering topics like:

  1. Proof the Bible is God’s divine word, true and accurate.
  2. Proof Jesus lived, was crucified, and rose again.
  3. You can know for sure you are going to heaven.
  4. All about angels.
  5. Satan, demons, and the invisible war.
  6. Living a joy filled life.
  7. Understanding and living in God’s grace.
  8. The significance of the blood.
  9. Love – the greatest mark of a Christian.
  10. Understanding the Trinity.
  11. What will heaven be like?
  12. Daniel’s amazingly accurate prophecies.
  13. The Great Commission.
  14. The absolute power of prayer!

Profit from this book goes to support the Jesus Film Ministry.

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What Is God’s Presence? 7 Ways to Experience It

  • Cindi McMenaminCrosswalk.com Contributing Writer
  • 202024 Jan

What Is God's Presence? 7 Ways to Experience It

What Is God’s Presence?

According to Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary, God’s presence carries a wide range of meaning. It may be something people fear. Adam and Eve‘s sinfulness drove them to hide from the Lord in the garden of Eden (Genesis 3:8). God’s holiness cast light on Isaiah’s sinfulness (Isaiah 6:5). Many people who encountered God or His angel feared for their lives (Judges 13:22Luke 1:11-12;2:9). Others tried unsuccessfully to escape His presence (Jon 1:3). As God displays His presence through His great power, the whole earth trembles (Judges 5:5Psalm 68:8). False gods also become powerless before Him (Isaiah 19:1). Fear and trembling are proper responses before the One who controls all creation (Jer 5:22).God’s presence provides comfort in times of trouble or anxiety (Joshua 1:5). The downcast seek Him and find encouragement and strength to praise Him (Psalm 42:5).

Although our feelings tell us that at times, we shouldn’t be driven by our emotions when it comes to our trust in God. Because Scripture says the “righteous shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17)  and “without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6), we shouldn’t have to feel God to know He’s there. But I know how you feel if you find yourself discouraged at times because it seems like God just isn’t around.  

Unanswered prayer, a series of disappointing events, or a betrayal by someone close to you can cause you to think that God has checked out of your life. Other times we get so busy with our day-to-day lives that we feel guilty that we’re not doing enough for Him to want to be around us. But because God has promised He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5),  we can be assured of His constant presence whether we are struggling with a painful situation or just too busy to notice He is near.  

When God feels far away, here are 7 ways you can experience and sense His presence. 

1. Come Clean with God.

 Sometimes you can’t sense God’s presence because there’s something blocking the communication between the two of you. He hasn’t left, but your sensitivity to His presence might be affected by unconfessed sin in your life. David, the Psalmist, said, “When I kept silent (about His sin) my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night, your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord” — and you forgave the guilt of my sin” (Psalms 32:3-5).  If you feel God isn’t around because the two of you haven’t talked in awhile, or because you’ve avoided the thought of Him for so long,  confess to God what’s on your heart and mind and ask Him to give you an ear to hear His voice again. 1 John 1:9 tells us: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  When your fellowship with Him is restored, the communication can flow again. So get clean (through the forgiveness of Christ) and let it flow. 

2. Read Scripture Aloud.

When you audibly speak God’s inspired Word,  you will sense its power and His presence. The Bible says God’s Word is “living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12). That sharp sword will either make you aware of its weight or prick your heart through conviction, inspiration, or determination. A pricked heart is better than a dull heart any day, wouldn’t you agree?  

3. Sing God a Love Song.

God inhabits the praises of His people. Ever wondered why you sometimes feel closer to God when you’re in a church service,  singing hymns or praise songs?  Could be because that’s where worship tends to take place. When you start praising Him, regardless of where you are, you’ll sense His presence, probably because you’re no longer focused on yourself, but on Him. When we open the door of our hearts to love Him, He will meet us there.

4. Say God’s Name and Call Upon Him.

People around you may be using God’s name right and left (as a swear word in anger, or as a thoughtless expression). But Scripture says there is power in the name of Jesus because “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Say His name aloud — as the Answer to all you seek, as the Source to calm your soul, as the One whose presence you long for and you will sense the power of His presence…and His peace.  

5. Say a Breath Prayer for His Presense to Take Over.

 There are times we need Him but we just don’t know what to say or where to start. Start by saying His name and then speak your heart’s cry. For me, often times it’s just “Jesus, I need You” or “Jesus, give me a heart for You.” I believe the simplest of cries are the ones that penetrate His heart — and ours — the quickest. 

6. Take a Walk for His Presence in Creation.

Exercise brings your body, mind, and heart to life. Feel spiritually dead? Get outside, move around, confess to Him what’s on your heart and let Him waken you up, spiritually. My best times with God are when I’m walking while I pour out my heart to Him.

7. Breathe Deeply.

 Sometimes we can’t sense God’s presence because there’s too much of everything else going on. Too much noise. Too much traffic. Too much confusion. Too many thoughts running rampant in our minds. Too much anxiety. Center your mind on Him and start to breathe deeply.  Try it. Exhale the distracting thoughts. Inhale a desire to sense His presence. Exhale your pre-occupation with self. Inhale a desire to know Him more completely. Exhale the worries of the moment. Inhale His peace. Now, don’t you feel better already? Can you begin to sense that you’re in His arms? There’s a reason His Word says “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalms 46:10).


Cindi McMenamin is a national speaker and author of several books that help women develop intimacy with God.  For more on sensing God’s presence, see her books  When Women Long for Rest, Letting God Meet Your Emotional Needs or When God Pursues a Woman’s Heart. You can find out more about her books, ministry, and free resources to strengthen your soul and marriage at www.StrengthForTheSoul.com

Cindi McMenamin is a pastor’s wife, mom, Bible teacher, and national speaker who helps women strengthen their relationships with God and others. She is the author of 17 books including the best-selling When Women Walk Alone(more than 140,000 copies sold), When a Woman Overcomes Life’s Hurts,When God Sees Your Tears, and When Couples Walk Together: 31 Days to a Closer Connection, which she co-authored with her husband, Hugh. For more on her speaking ministry, coaching services, or books and resources to help you grow in your relationship with God, your marriage or your parenting, see her website: www.StrengthForTheSoul.com.

What do you really know about the Great Flood?

What was the world like before the flood; the climate, plants, animals, and the geology of the earth? What were the effects on the earth from the flood? Was the flood worldwide? Where is the Ark? Do we really know how old the world is? These questions and many, many more are answered in this book, as well as new scientific findings that prove evolution is impossible, and has never taken place. Why does the world still claim evolution is real in the face of overwhelming evidence that it isn’t? Why the false claims in evolution, missing links, and why is it still taught in schools and universities? Jerry uses the research and findings of geologists, biologists, microbiologists, paleontologists, paleobotanists, astronomers, physicists, astrophysicists, biophysicists, geochronologists, biochemists and many other experts, to answer these questions and many more.

Click on the link below to view this book and others by the author. Profit from book sales go to the Jesus Film Project.

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Proof of the great flood

In this book, I have brought together the findings of geologists, biologists, microbiologists, paleontologists, astronomers, physicists, astrophysicists, biophysicists, geochronologists, biochemists and many other experts to prove that the Bible is 100% accurate.  They give scientific evidence that there was a global flood, evidence of a created world, evidence that proves evolution is impossible, and much, much more.

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