On July 6, 1979 my mother-in-law, Beatrice Gnotek, breathed her last breath and stepped into eternity. It is not the fact that she died but the experience she had shortly before she died that has profoundly impacted my life. On the morning she died, she was visited by Jesus Christ who spoke directly to her and then proceeded to take her by the hand and walk her into the kingdom of God. I was privileged to be present and to be an eyewitness to these incredible events.
As an eyewitness to her encounter with Jesus, I had a curtain to eternity parted and saw with my own eyes and heard with my own ears the reality of the life to come. This singular day has shaped and transformed my understanding of the living reality of Jesus and his personal presence for those who love him. My mother-in-law, shortly before her death, made a profound statement. She said, "The church does a fairly good job at teaching us how to live as Christians, but I did not receive any teaching or practical preparation for dying." My goal in writing this book is to open discussion and investigation into the final event of human existence this side of heaven for those who trust in Jesus so that we can be equipped and prepared for that great event.
It is vital for the reader to understand that this book is focusing on those who have made a personal profession of faith in Jesus Christ prior to that final day. I will personally relate some of the experiences I have had with the more than 30 people who have died in my presence. In each of these cases, the Lord Jesus came for the individual at the final hour. Although each situation is different, the common characteristics of peace, joy, and hope accompanied each encounter.
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Pastor Tom Parrish was born in Perrysburg, Ohio in 1950. He attended Perrysburg High School, received his undergraduate degree in education from the University of Toledo, taught high school for two years,and his Masters of Divinity from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. He has served three congregations over twenty-two years as the Senior Pastor. During this period of time Tom began the Great Commission Network. The GCN is a renewal movement seeking to place the believer on a solid biblical basis with Jesus Christ being the center of the church. He has also worked with the Billy Graham Crusade as part of the steering committee and has attended the Billy Graham School of Evangelism.
Tom has written numerous articles, pamphlets, and booklets over the past twenty-two years. Tom is also the radio host for Where Your Treasure Is, focusing on biblical finances in modern times, heard on KKMS radio 980 a.m. in the Twin Cities. Tom has been interviewed on TV and radio many times over the past decade on biblical faith in Jesus Christ.Review:
I found this book to be outstanding. Excellent reading-a must for life and death! -- Dr. Kent Hunter, Church Doctor, Church Growth Center, Corunna, Indiana
Stepping Into Eternity is truly a glimpse into eternity. -- Judy Green, RN Hospice Nurse
Tom's book is a must-read for the seeker in search of eternity! -- Rev. Roland Wells Jr, The School of Urban Ministry, Minneapolis, Mn
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Book Description Stepping Into Eternity Publishing, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0970964102
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