March 28, 2019

Didactic' Isn't a Prehistoric Bird by Bruce Atchison

I'm attempting something I've never done before. Instead of writing another memoir, I'm working on a didactic book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? Since I've never written an instructive book previously, I feel somewhat intimidated at the size of this project.

Writing a paperback about who goes to heaven, from a biblical view, is an awesome chore. Since it's so important, I don't want to be like the people who add or subtract from the scriptures.

Look at the warning in Revelation 22:18 and 19 (BBE). "For I say to every man to whose ears have come the words of this prophet's book, If any man makes an addition to them, God will put on him the punishments which are in this book: And if any man takes away from the words of this book, God will take away from him his part in the tree of life and the holy town, even the things which are in this book."

I'd much rather take Paul's advice when studying and writing about the Word of God. We read in 2 Timothy 2:15 (BBE), "Let it be your care to get the approval of God, as a workman who has no cause for shame, giving the true word in the right way."

Additionally, I realize that sticking strictly to what Holy Scripture says and making sure I interpret it God's way is no easy task. Look at what Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 12:12 (BBE). "And further, my son, take note of this: of the making of books there is no end, and much learning is a weariness to the flesh."

Knowing this daunting truth, I still work to the best of my ability. Revelation 22:12 (BBE) encourages me through the weariness. "See, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give to every man the outcome of his works."

And thanks to trailing-edge technology and the gracious gifts of friends, I have the tools to study the scriptures. Dan, my brother in Christ, gave me a CD-ROM with the QuickVerse program on it. With that, I can find any word or phrase in the King James Version.

But the program won't work on computers with 32-bit or 64-bit processors. That's why I'm so glad the Radway library gave me their cast-off desktop PC with Windows XP on it. Better still, it can run older programs which new computers won't. I can carry on for years with this wonderful software.

Best of all, I can copy and paste verses from both the King James and Bible in Basic English versions, thanks to another old program called Bible Seeker. I downloaded it for free, a price I quite enjoy paying.


  1. Bruce, I want to wish you all the best in your new writing venture. Blessings for wisdom from above on how to write your book. Had a little chuckle about your wording 'trailing-edge' technology. Ha...I feel a bit trail-y myself some days trying to keep up with technology.

  2. Congratulations on the progress you are making on your didactic book, Bruce. I admire your determination and your way with words. i.e. I love your tricky title, "Didactic Is Not a Prehistoric Bird." Thank you for sharing the purpose and process of your book project in this blog.

    That's wonderful that you've been able to update your computer and software, so you can make it work for you. Being able to organize your system with "trailing-edge" technology, I believe, is one of your gifts. Having a grateful spirit is another gift.

  3. Sometimes upgraded technology can take away what really works! And yours is an example. I'm glad God's provided you the tools for this very important project!

  4. What an exciting new venture for you. May God bless you with wisdom and strength for the task!


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