This Gideon Bible was used to explain salvation to me in 1964
This Gideon Bible was used to explain salvation to me in 1964. I had walked the aisle on Sunday morning at First Baptist church in Eunice, NM. The pastor had prayed for me and then asked my mom and dad if he could come by our house that afternoon. All these years later, no other day stands out in my memory like this one. Sure, there were other great days: the day Janet accepted a date with me, the day I proposed, the day we married, the days when each of my children were born… I can even tell you where I was when the Lord spoke to me about each of the turns he gave me in my life. But this day was above all days, because it made all the rest of them worth more.
This bible was marked by hand by the pastor who gave it to me. Each marking gave the page to turn to as the pastor sat next to me on an old brown couch and explained each of the scriptures and made sure that an eleven year old boy understood each of these steps toward the cross. inside the front cover…
We sat on an old brown couch in my parents living room and I looked inside the front cover to that gave me the instruction to turn to page 307. I turned to that page and read how all had sinned and needed salvation. On the next page I saw how those who did not accept Jesus as Lord would get eternal death. The pastor explained that this would be eternity in hell. BUT, God gave us a gift of eternal life through Jesus.