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About Rocky Henriques
S. M. "Rocky" Henriques is the author of several books here on Amazon.com, including "12 Surprises of Heaven," "The Stupefying Grace of God," and the best-selling "The Wonder of Christmas." He has pastored churches in Mississippi since 1979. He received a Master of Divinity degree and a Doctor of Ministry degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Rocky has two adult children and two grandchildren, and lives in Mississippi with his beautiful wife Sharon, a rowdy parrot named Kermit, and two spoiled dogs named Gabi and Sasha.
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--Dr. Dean Register, Crosspoint Church, Hattiesburg, MS
It is my joy to wholeheartedly recommend "12 Surprises of Heaven." This book was thought provoking and spiritually inspiring. It caused me to see some aspects about heaven that I had never realized before. It also gave me a greater appreciation for what our Lord has prepared for all who know Him. I am thankful for the fact that Dr. Henriques continually set forth the one and only way to heaven—by faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. This book will bless and inspire all who read it, and I give it my full and complete endorsement.
--Evangelist Gary M. Bowlin, www.garybowlin.com
I greatly appreciate that "12 Surprises of Heaven" looks to the Bible to provide the sure foundation of an accurate view of Heaven. By taking this approach, Dr. Henriques corrects many mistaken and popular ideas about life after death. His chapter entitled “The Five People You Will Not Meet in Heaven” provides further captivating and thought-provoking details, causing the reader to ask penetrating questions and to discern fact-based answers of eternal importance. In today's pop culture that often distorts the afterlife based upon dreams and myths, 12 Surprises of Heaven brings us back to the only truth that is certain, straight from the pages of God's Word.
--Larry Steven McDonald, DMin, PhD, Dean, Graduate School of Christian Ministry, North Greenville University
Greer, South Carolina
It could be that He is trying to get a message across to us as a human race. It could be that the message is to us as individuals, and that what He is saying to you is totally different from what He wants to say to me.
Or perhaps there is one more option: with even the churches closed, is it possible that God is using this time because He has a message for the Church at large? Even your church?
Or perhaps it’s all the above.
At any rate, can we take just a few moments to have a conversation about what God might be saying?
Sometimes it seems we believe that in order to have a vigorous relationship with God everything has to be perfect in our lives: no problems, no illness, plenty of money, no conflict, and lots and lots of love, forgiveness and understanding. If everything is like that in our lives, then, and only then, can our relationship with God be sturdy and fit.
But when we read the Scriptures carefully, we are shocked to discover that not many of the people in the Bible had lives like that. They were far from perfect. They frequently doubted God; they had family conflicts; their lives were filled with sins such as murder, adultery, lying, and just plain disobedience to what God told them to do. And yet many of them had learned the secrets of having a robust relationship with God, even though things were not perfect in their lives.
That encourages me, and it should you as well, because it tells us that God doesn’t expect us to be perfect before we can have that kind of relationship with Him. The delight of His heart is that His people should have a healthy walk with Him, that our faith should go beyond the watered-down, generic kind of faith so many have. He longs for us to have a dynamic, uncommon faith, a robust, powerful, viable, flourishing walk with Him.
The good news is that we can know the secrets to having a robust relationship with God. There are many places in Scripture where we can find such secrets, but Psalm 116 is a good place to start because in nineteen verses we find a very succinct summary of this secret.
Whenever we approach a new year, we tend to think about the opportunities we are given for a “do-over” in the coming months. The trouble is there are no easy steps to starting over, in a new year or any other time for that matter. So that’s why we call this little book, “Seven Difficult Steps for Starting Over.” From Luke 5 we see the disciples recovering from failure and what enabled them to start over.
So let’s explore this amazing truth together.