I Was Shocked And Saddened That My Church Had Strayed From God’s Word.

The Church I Grew Up In Had Lost Its Way

Some of my comments in this article may seem strong, but they are meant to point all those that might read it to God’s truth

“Jesus said unto him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man comes to the Father but by Me” (John 14:6).

In the first chapter of the Gospel of John, it says that Jesus is the “Word.” He is the Word of God and He is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” Knowing God’s Word is paramount to our spiritual well-being. In His great love for us; the Lord provided His Word to us so that we might know the Truth and know the “Way” that leads to Eternal Life with Him. We are lost in our fallen nature, and His Word, the Bible, is our safety net, so to speak. Without understanding and believing God’s Word we are all on our way to an eternity in Hell.

The church I attended growing up did not point us to the Bible. They did read portions of the Bible on Sunday, but the main teachings of the church centered around obedience to their church doctrines, sacraments, and the belief that they were the one true church. There was no assurance of salvation (the Gospel) in any of their teachings. In fact, penance played a significant role in the church and members were to go to the clergy for “absolution of sins” which is totally against what the Bible teaches. There were many other unbiblical teachings including a place called Purgatory where souls would go after death for “purification” as if the price Jesus paid on the Cross was not enough. The Bible tells us the following regarding this:

“But you were washed (the blood of Jesus cleanses of all sin), But you were sanctified (set apart unto God), but you are justified (declared not guilty) in the Name of the Lord Jesus (by what He accomplished at the Cross)” (1 Corinthians 6:11).

When I read what the Bible said about the “Way” to the Lord and the Salvation He has provided: I was shocked! I had grown up in this church and trusted it to lead me in God’s way. If I had continued in this church and not read the Bible, I would not have found the salvation the Lord has provided. I learned a valuable lesson from all this; we must not place our souls in the hands of any man, or church. Know the truth yourself. In my case, I left that church and found a good Bible-centered church to attend. Have you compared what your church teaches against God’s Word? The Bible says:

“Prove all things, hold fast to that which is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21.)

We must know and study the Bible for ourselves. the Lord gave us his Word so that we would know the “Way” He has made for us to be forgiven of our sins and be reconciled back to Him. We must measure everything we hear against God’s Word. The Lord teaches us His Way and speaks to us through it. It is a gift from God that has no equal.

We are a fallen race and we make errors in our judgment. Even the most sincere individual or church can stray in their doctrine if they do not hold to God’s Word. Sadly, that is exactly what happened to the church I grew up in. Through the many years, it drifted further and further away from the Word of God.

The Lord loves us and saw our fallen and helpless condition. He left his home in Glory and lived among us as the God/Man. He taught us His Word while here and did many great works of healing and deliverance. But the reason He came was to save us from our fallen sinful nature by dying on a cruel Cross to pay for our sins and restore fellowship between God and man. The Bible is the story of the love God has for His creation and how He reached down in that love and made a way for us to be forgiven and spend eternity with him as sons and daughters of God and co-heirs with Christ. That is the Gospel. It’s an amazing story. In fact, the greatest story ever told.

“But God commended His Love for us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8)

Always Remember,

God Loves You

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We Will All Stand Before God Alone

We Must Not Trust Our Salvation To Anyone, Even Our Church

“Prove all things; hold fast to that which is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21).

We must know what the Lord says regarding our souls. When we stand before God; it will be alone. We will be judged by His Word. We will not be able to blame others for things we accepted as true that do not line up with His Word.

Many today are trusting their pastors, or churches, without comparing what they say to the Bible. One denomination teaches that as long as you obey what is taught by the church then you are okay. What they are saying is that all responsibility for being right with God is the responsibility of the church and as long as you do what they say you are okay. This can lead to a fear of questioning the church even when what the church teaches does not seem correct.

We all must be Bereans. In the Book of Acts, the Bereans searched out the Word when the Gospel was shared with them. They did this to prove what they heard was Scriptural. This is what we all must do. There are many Christians who have never read the Bible completely through. Many have not even read the New Testament. How can we judge what we hear if we do not know and study the Bible daily?

“And the Brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea (to the Bereans)……These were nobler than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the Word with all readiness of mind (eager to hear the Word brought by Paul), and searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so (confirmed by the scriptures what Paul brought to them). Therefore many of them believed…” (Acts 17:10-12)

There is much false teaching and many false teachers currently in the church. This would not be so prevalent if we, as a church, knew the Bible. We could list the many false doctrines circulating in the church, but this would not do much good without a church that has discernment.

The Lord gave us His Word so that we would know and walk in the Truth. We cannot know His Truth by relying on others. Hopefully, we belong to a good church that preaches and teaches the Word of God. Even in this situation, we should measure everything we hear by the Bible. We should know God’s Word so well that we immediately recognize anything that strays from His Truth.

“Every Word of God proves true; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him” (Proverbs 30:5).

We are in the last days and the Bible says that deception would be rampant. When questioned by the disciples about the things to come; the first thing Jesus told them was “Do not be deceived.” It’s so easy to let our pastor or church lead us, but we will not be able to point to our church, or our pastor, when we stand before God. We will stand alone and be judged by the Word of God as Jesus explains in the following verse:

“He who rejects Me (Jesus), and receives not My Words, has one Who judges him: the Word that I have spoken shall judge Him in the last day (when we stand before God to give account for ourselves)” (John 12:48).

Do we know and study the Word of God? He wants us to know the Truth and gave us His Word for that purpose. The Bible will guide us in this life and we will walk in fellowship with the One Who loved us and died on the Cross so that we might spend eternity with Him. It’s all in the Book. Read it and be blessed. Ignore it at your eternal risk. God loves us and it is my prayer that all who read this are being guided by the Bible in their daily lives and will be prepared to stand before the Lord on “the last day.” We’ll close with the Words of Jesus regarding the importance of knowing God’s Word.

“… He (Jesus) answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds out of the Mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).

Always Remember,

God Loves You!

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Is There Healing In The Lord’s Supper?

A Case of Misplaced Faith

“And He (Jesus) took bread, and gave thanks, and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, This is My Body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of Me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the New Testament (New Covenant) in my blood, which is shed for you (at Calvary)” (Luke 22:19,20).

There are two ordinances in the church that were instituted by the Lord while He was here. They are Water Baptism which symbolizes the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Christ, and the Lord’s Supper (Communion) which has its emphasis totally on the Crucifixion of Christ. An ordinance, in Christianity, is defined as a practice or ceremony ordained by Jesus for Christians to observe. They both are representative of what Christ accomplished at Calvary. We are to observe these in remembrance of His Sacrifice for us and keep them until His return. In Communion, the Lord used the bread and wine to represent His Body and Blood which He gave for us at the cross.

Our faith must be in Christ and His great sacrifice at the Cross. He paid the price there for our sins, and our faith, placed daily, in what He accomplished at Calvary allows the Holy Spirit to work mightily in our lives. We are not to move our faith to anything else. The following verse makes it clear where we are to place our faith and how the Holy Spirit works:

“The Law (Law of God) of the Spirit (how the Holy Spirit works) of Life (from Christ by the Spirit) in Christ Jesus (through His Sacrifice at the cross) has made me free ( given us victory) from the Law of Sin and Death (we cannot overcome this law in our own strength)” (Roman’s 8:2)

Again, our faith must be in the Lord and what He accomplished at the Cross. The Lord has provided for all our needs there. He has given us all things for “life and godliness” as the Apostle Peter tells us in his second epistle. We are not to move our faith to anything else, no matter how good it might be.

There is no healing in the Lord’s Supper (Communion). As has been stated; it is an ordinance of the church. It is to be done in remembrance of His Sacrifice at the cross. Jesus, Himself, said this in our introductory verse “This do in remembrance of Me.” If we place our faith in Communion for healing we have moved our faith from Christ and Him crucified to something else. It is being taught by some that taking the Lord’s Supper will bring healing to our bodies. Some even encourage their followers to take it daily for this reason. This is not scriptural. Again, our faith must be in Christ and Him crucified for all our needs, including healing.

“For as often as you eat this bread, and drink this cup, you do show the Lord’s death till He come” (1 Corinthians 11:26).

We show, or remember, His giving of His body and the shedding of His Precious Blood at the Cross for our salvation, and which also brought us the victory we now have in our life. Communion should be an important part of our Christian life as it is a reminder of all the Lord has done for us. The Scripture says “By His Stripes we are healed.” This is all due to Calvary, and our faith must be there and not moved to anything else.

Jesus is our healer and our faith must be in Him and not in an ordinance of the church that is a remembrance of what it cost Him at Calvary. He gave His Body and shed His Precious Blood for us on that cross. That is where our faith must be! Look to Calvary for that is where our Lord paid the price for the sin of mankind and opened the door to all the blessings of Heaven.

“Who His Own Self bear our sins in His Body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto Righteousness: by Whose stripes you were healed” (1 Peter 2:24).

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Always Remember,

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The Walking Dead

The Children of Disobedience

“And you has He (Christ) quickened (made spiritually alive), who were dead in trespasses and sins; wherein in times past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:1,2).

The Bible tells us that we are spiritually dead in our fallen nature until we come to the Lord in repentance and faith. The Lord saw our lost and hopeless condition and came to our rescue in a plan that cost Him greatly. He sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to pay the debt owed for our sins and rescue us from our fallen condition. He did this through His sacrificial death on the Cross.

[I was lost and undone without my God or His Son when he reached down His Hand for me. (When He Reached Down His Hand For Me – Composed by G.E. Wright)]

Mankind, without God, is the walking dead – spiritually. Left to our own devices we face an eternity in Hell. The following verses show us what takes place when we come to the Lord by faith:

“And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh (the walking dead – separated from God), has He quickened together with Him (made spiritually alive – born-again), having forgiven all your trespasses (the sin debt owed was paid at the cross); blotting out the handwriting of Ordinances that was against us (the commandments that we could not keep), which was contrary to us (God’s Law was against us because we could not obey it), and took it out of the way (the penalty was removed), nailing it to the Cross (Christ fulfilled the Law and we live by faith in His finished work)” (Colossians 2:13,14 & ESB and my commentary).

I know this was a lot of scripture that we just covered, but it shows us exactly where we are without God and what happens to us upon faith in God’s plan of Redemption. As has been mentioned previously, we were lost in our fallen nature and unable to obey or please God. The Lord rescued us from our spiritually dead condition and made us alive spiritually and seated us in Heavenly places in Christ as the following verses tell us.

“But God, Who is rich in mercy (by way of the cross), for His great love wherewith He loved us (His love for us shines brightly at the cross). Even when we were dead in sin ( another reference to our being dead men walking), has quickened us together with Christ (newness of life due to Calvary), by Grace you are saved (makes it clear that it is a gift of God by faith); and has raised us up together (spiritually we were raised up with Christ at the Resurrection of Christ), and made us sit together in Heavenly places (all due to the cross) in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:4-6 with commentary).

The Gospel the Lord graciously offers is for whosoever will come to Him in faith. The Lord extends His offer of forgiveness, and Eternal life with Him, today. It’s been almost 2000 years since He died on the cross. Just as judgment came to the pre-flood world of that time; judgment will come to our world in the future. The Bible says that today is the day of Salvation, which means that we are not promised tomorrow. As we enter this new year, we are that much closer to the time of judgment prophesied in the Bible. We must make our way to the Lord. He waits with open arms for all those that hear the clarion call of the Gospel and come to the God that loves us with an everlasting love and Who does not want to see anyone perish.

I believe I write these articles with a calling from the Lord. I am an evangelist at heart and sense His great love for His creation. I also sense the urgency by which the Holy Spirit is drawing and convicting the lost to come to the safe waters. Come to the Kingdom of our Great God. Receive freely the Salvation He offers. We were all walking dead before the Lord found us. It is my prayer that those that do not know the Lord will hear His call today and come. We’ll close with words from the last chapter of the last book of the Bible:

“And the Spirit and the Bride say, come. And let him who hears say, come. And let him who is athirst come. And whoever will, let him take of the water freely (Revelation 22:17 & ESB and my commentary)

The following, are the final recorded Words of our Lord and Savior and the response from all those that await His Coming: “Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20).

Always Remember,

God Loves You!

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The Future May Be Uncertain But The Promises of God Are Not

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

“The Eternal God is your Refuge, and underneath are the Everlasting Arms” (Deut. 33:27).

As we leave this year behind and venture into a new year full of uncertainties; we can count on the Promises of God we find in His Word. With the world around us changing at an incredibly fast rate; with our nation moving in a direction we would not have believed possible; with the new challenges we may face in our personal lives: we can know that the Lord never changes and we can know that we can count on the Promises of God. the Bible is God’s love letter to us and it is said that there are some 8810 promises He made to us within the pages of this Book. We can see in this a love for us that has provided for all our needs through all the promises made. We can trust in His Word as David testifies to in the following verse:

“You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in Your Word” (Psalm 119:114).

The Lord loves us and has provided a way to rescue us from our fallen state so that we might be saved from eternal destruction and have Eternal Life. He sent His Beloved Son as the only possible answer to our hopeless condition. He left His home in glory to die on a cruel cross to pay the sin debt and open the way to Heaven for all those who will come to Him by faith. It is the greatest promise we could ever hope for. He has promised this to us in the following verse:

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

This is the greatest promise God has made to us and it cost Him greatly to provide it. If we do not know the Lord; if we have not come by faith in Christ and His Sacrifice for our sins at Calvary, then coming into a new year with an uncertain future before us could certainly cause us some anxiety. The Lord’s promise to those that go His way is peace. Peace with God, and the Peace of God in the midst of all that is going on around us. The following verse promises the peace of God to His children:

“And the Peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).

As we walk out our lives by faith in Christ and what He accomplished at Calvary we are kept by the peace of God. The Lord has also promised to provide for us.

“But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in Glory” (Phil. 4:19).

The Lord watches over us in His loving care. The Lord’s care for us is seen in the many promises He has given us to comfort us, and show us that He is our refuge and strength. The following is one of those promises:

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).

And lastly, Jesus has promised to return for all those that love Him prior to the judgment of God on this world known as the Great Tribulation. He makes this very clear in the following verse:

“In My Father’s House are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there you may be also (the resurrection or Rapture of the church)” John 14:2,3).

So as we enter this new year let us go forth with faith in the God that loves us and watches over us. We can walk out our lives knowing that the Creator of all things, the Lord of Glory, has made us many, many, promises in His Word. We are much blessed in knowing Him. He has saved us and made us sons and daughters of God. We have peace with God and the Peace of God. He provides for us in all our needs. And we are safe and secure in His loving care. And best of all: He is coming back to take us to Heaven and we will be with our Lord for eternity.

“It Is the Lord Who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed” (Deut. 3:18).

Always Remember,

God Loves You!

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T’was The Night Before Christmas

A Christmas Poem

T’was the night before Christmas and all through the earth: people were greatly celebrating all because of a birth. A Savior had been born into the world in the past, and the Salvation He offers it is hoped all would grasp. He offered His Life for those who would believe: all those who come by faith are those who receive. So, let us celebrate the true meaning and pray; because He left His home in Glory that all might be saved this day. (tq2021)

We celebrate the birth of our Lord at this time each year. He came into this world to save us from eternal separation from God. His love for us brought Him here to live as a Man – the God/Man. Our Creator became one of us to rescue His creation. We will never fully comprehend what it took for Him to leave His home in Glory. The Bible says the following regarding His First Advent:

“And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death on the cross” (Philippians 2:8)

All things were created by Him, but He humbled Himself and submitted Himself to the Will of His Father which was death on the Cross for the salvation of all those that will believe. Because of His love for us and His obedience to the Father, the Bible says the following:

“Wherefore God (the Father) has highly exalted Him and given Him a Name which is above every name: that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow….and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the Glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11).

Our Creator became our Savior with His great sacrifice at the Cross. And because of this God the Father has highly exalted Him and has given Him a Name above every name. He is Lord and every knee will bow before Him. The Glory of Christ is the Glory of the Father as well. Again, this is all due to Christ humbling Himself and becoming obedient to the will of the Father which was to sacrifice Himself on the Cross.

It was the Father’s will that mankind be redeemed from our fallen nature. The only way possible was by way of our God becoming Man, living among us and dying on a cruel Cross so that we might be forgiven and become a new creation; becoming sons and daughters of God, and co-heirs with Christ.

So this Christmas as we honor and celebrate the Gift of God’s only Begotten Son into this world, we mustn’t forget the reason He came. He came for us. That was His only reason for coming into the world. That Baby in the manger was Emmanuel, God with us. The day of His birth was proclaimed by Heaven itself in a Heavenly host praising God and announcing the birth of our Savior and Lord, the King.

“And the Angel said unto them (the shepherds abiding in the field), fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord…..And suddenly there was with the Angel a multitude of the Heavenly host praising God, and saying ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, good will toward men'” (Luke 2:10,11,13,14).

We rejoice each Christmas because God our Savior was born into this world. He is Christ the Lord, and we, like the Heavenly host, say “Glory to God in the highest” for the love He has shown to us in humbling Himself and becoming obedient unto death on the Cross. We surely have been blessed in the gift of a Son. We witness each Christmas the great love of the Father for us that sent Him.

As Tiny Tim from the Dickens classic story, A Christmas Carol, exclaimed at the end: “God bless us, every one!” It is my prayer that the words of Tiny Tim might come true in the lives of all those that celebrate the coming of our Great King and Lord- Jesus Christ. That this Christmas the true meaning of His Coming will make this Christmas one they will cherish forever. “God bless us, every one! Wishing you and your family a Merry and blessed Christmas!

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His Shoulder: and His Name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

Always Remember,

God Loves You!

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All I Want For Christmas

A Christmas Wish

“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (sacrifice) for our sins” (1 John 4:10).

The Lord has blessed us with the gift of His Son and we celebrate that gift on Christmas each year. The Lord left His home in Glory to live among us and teach us the things of God. But the reason He came was the cross. He came to die for us on that cross to pay the sin debt. Christmas is a reminder of the Lord’s great love for us in coming and sacrificing His life – all for us.

For those of us that know the Lord and truly understand the meaning of Christmas; it is our heart’s desire for all those that have not given their heart to the Lord to do so this Christmas. The best gift anyone could receive at Christmas is to come to understand the full meaning of His coming. A verse of scripture familiar to most sums it up perfectly:

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have Everlasting Life” (John 3:16).

The Lord’s gift to us of His Son cost Him greatly. His love for us sent His Son to the Cross at Calvary so that we might be forgiven and receive Eternal Life. He has done it all. He comes to each of our hearts by the way of the Holy Spirit that we might receive Him and all the goodness of God by way of His Grace. Grace that could only come to us by way of His Son and what He accomplished at the cross. The Lord calls out to all those that will hear:

“Behold, I (Jesus) stand at the door (of our heart), and knock (patiently waiting): if any man hears My voice, and open the door, I will come into him, and I will sup (fellowship) with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20).

The above scripture was written to the church in Laodicea which many scholars say not only represents the church of that time but also represents the end-time church that has grown cold toward the Lord. I believe it speaks both to the part of the end-time church that has lost its way and to all those who do not know the Lord. He stands ready to forgive and embrace all those who will call upon His Name this Christmas. The Word of God makes this very clear in the following verse:

“For whosoever shall call on the Name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).

It is a wonderful gift the Lord has given us. This gift that we celebrate and honor at Christmas is a display of His great love for us. This gift that cost the Lord so much to give us is for whomsoever will come to the Lord and receive of the Grace given us due to Calvary. It is my wish, my prayer, and the prayer of all those that know the Lord and have experienced His great love for us; that those that do not know this wonderful life He offers us would come to Him this Christmas.

All I want for Christmas is for God’s love to be spread abroad in the hearts of all those that have not experienced His great love. As the Apostle Peter tells us: the result of coming to the Lord is “Joy unspeakable and full of Glory.” The life of faith is an exciting life; one of fellowship with the One Who loved us and proved that love at Calvary. He waits at the door of our hearts. Blessed are those that receive Him. If you do not know the Lord; make this Christmas one you will never forget as you experience the love God has for you!

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His Shoulder: and His Name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

Always Rember,

God Loves You!

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One Woman’s Journey

Another Story Of The Miracle Of Salvation

A Sequel To One Man’s Journey

“You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, in your right hand are pleasures forever” (Psalm 16:11).

There once was a woman who had a great life. Her husband was a good man and a good husband and father. She also had a wonderful son and daughter. The woman was thankful every day for the blessings of having such an incredible family and such an exceptional life.

That was until the day her husband began acting somewhat strangely. You see, her husband had stopped at a mission on his way to work one day and had not been the same since. He was always a religious person, but now he was what she might call fanatical. He was talking about Jesus constantly and encouraging her to read her Bible.

She felt that religion had its place, but her husband had taken this religion thing to a whole other level. She believed in God, went to church every week, and tried to live a good life. She felt that she was doing all that her church required of her to be a member in good standing.

However, the woman did notice that her husband seemed to have a relationship with God that she did not have. He spoke of the love the Lord had for us and he had a faith in God that she admired. He also had a joy that she had never seen in him before.

All this made her very curious about his newfound faith. She wouldn’t admit it to him, but she had decided to look into it herself. She began reading the Bible as he had suggested and came across some pretty amazing things.

“Your Word is a lamp to my feet, a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105).

The Bible said that the Lord loved us and that we could know that we have Eternal Life by repenting of our sins and placing our faith in Jesus and His great sacrifice at the cross. Having attended church from a young age, she knew that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, but the woman never heard it preached that faith in Him and His death on the cross would bring us into a personal relationship with the Lord and into the salvation of our soul that everyone seeking the Lord so desired. But there it was as plain as day.

“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you might know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13).

She had always been taught that she was to have faith, but she was also taught that she needed to do her part. This did not agree with the Word of God. Jesus said, “It is finished” just before He died on the cross. He had paid the price for our sins in total. What He did satisfied the demands of a Holy God against the sin of the world. What could we possibly add to that? She now saw that the Lord required repentance from us for our sins that cost Him so much, and faith in what He had done for us on the cross.

Verily (truly), Verily (truly), I (Jesus) say unto you, Except a man be born again (through repentance and trust in what Jesus accomplished at the cross), he cannot see (comprehend/apprehend) the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).

The woman now saw why her husband had such a love for Jesus and spoke of Him as one knowing the Lord intimately, and why he had such great joy. She too wanted what her husband had for herself and her family. She felt that her eyes had been opened and that for the very first time she could say that she knew the Lord and had seen His great love for us all. A love that would bring Him from glory to die on a cruel cross for her sin and the sin of the world.

“But as many as received Him (Jesus), to them gave He power to become the sons (and daughters) of God, even to them who believed on His Name” (John 1:12).

This day would be a most special day in the life of the woman. A day that she would remember for the rest of her life. She had come to know the “path of life”. His Name is Jesus. When we find Him, we have found everything our soul needs and we are greatly blessed.

“But the path of righteousness is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day” (Proverbs 4:18).

If you have never come to the Lord in repentance and faith, you can pray the following prayer, as many have done before you, and make things right with the Lord.

Sinner’s Prayer

Dear God in Heaven,

I come to You in the Name of Jesus. I’m sorry for my sins, the way I’ve lived, the things I’ve done. Please forgive me and cleanse me with Your precious Blood from all unrighteousness. With my mouth, I confess Jesus Christ. In my heart, I believe that God raised Him from the dead and that He is alive. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as the Savior of my soul. I make Him the Lord of my life, and according to His Word, which cannot lie: I am washed, I am cleansed, I am forgiven. I am saved. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer and believed, according to the Word of God, you have been born again (born spiritually). Praise the Lord!

Always Remember,

God Loves You!

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One Man’s Journey

A Fictional Narrative The Miracle of Salvation

“Thou has made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee” (Augustine of Hippo).

A Fictional Narrative

There once was a good man who attempted to do everything right in his journey through life. He was looked up to and admired by his family and all those around him. He believed in God and gave to those less fortunate. He attended church weekly, provided for his family and prayed to God. By all accounts; this man was an example to everyone around him.

Yet, the man felt incomplete. He knew there was something missing in his life. There was a void deep within that was not satisfied by anything in his life. He seemed to have it all, a wonderful family, a good job, friends; yet he knew there must be more.

“And you shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).

As it would happen, on his way to work each day he passed a storefront mission. Every time he passed by it seemed to be a hub of activity with people coming and going. Each day he felt a drawing to stop and visit this mission. He fought this urge justifying his reluctance to go in. He told himself that this really was not his type of place. It seemed to him that most of those going into the mission were down on their luck and in need of what he felt a mission like this could offer them. He had a good life and was in need of nothing materially. However, each time he passed by he felt a strong drawing to go in.

“The Lord guides the humble in what is right and teaches them His way” (Psalm 25:9).

The man fought this pull toward the mission for months. However, one day as he passed by, he noticed that there was more activity in front of the mission then he had ever seen before. A huge banner draped the entire front of the building. The banner had the words “REVIVAL TODAY” in large letters that completely filled up the whole banner.

The man pulled his car to the side of the road and just sat there for the longest time staring at the building and the banner. Many people were arriving and going inside. They all seemed so happy. He made the decision that this was the day that he would find out just what was going on inside the mission.

“For the Son Of Man (Jesus) has come to seek and to save that which was lost (speaks of us all)” (Luke 19:10).

As he entered the building he noticed that it was almost filled to capacity. He found a seat in the back and waited for whatever it was that was planned to start. Finally, a man, who identified himself as the pastor, came out and stood in the front of the room behind a podium. Music began to fill the room. All those in attendance began to sing along. They all seemed to know the words and sang with great joy.

“Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice” (Philippians 4:4).

Once the music came to an end, the pastor began to speak to all those present. He seemed to have a knowledge of the things of the Lord and an intimacy with the Lord that the man had never witnessed from anyone before. He spoke of a personal relationship with God that was available to anyone who so desired it. The man listened and came to the realization that this was what was missing in his life. At the end of the service, the pastor invited those present who did not know the Lord in a personal way to come forward. The man went forward and knelt before the Lord, asking for forgiveness and accepting the Lord’s gift of salvation.

” I love them who love Me; and those that seek me early shall find Me” (Proverbs 8:17).

He immediately felt a lifting of the burden he had carried with him his whole life. He was totally forgiven by the Lord and it was such a freeing feeling. Not only forgiven, but he now had a personal relationship with the One who loved him and died for him. The man left the meeting rejoicing in all the Lord had done for him.

[I just want to thank You Lord for all that You have done for me.]

He realized that of all those at the mission that day, that he may have been the neediest of all. The man finally understood that although he had been trying to live a good life, it was a life of trying to be good enough and a life of trying to serve or appease a God he did not really know. He had come to realize after seeing the Lord’s goodness towards him, and admitting his own desperate need of forgiveness, that he was to humble himself before the Lord and accept what the Lord had already provided by His death on the cross – the gift of salvation.

The Bible says, “There is none righteous no not one” and, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Once the man realized that the Lord had done it all and he needed only to accept it, he was filled with thanksgiving toward the Lord and filled with great joy. A new day had dawned in his life and he was so grateful. The Lord had seen his need and had reached down to him in mercy. It was truly amazing grace.

If in our journey through this life we come into the knowledge of the Lord, we are truly blessed and have come to know the true path of life.

“You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, in your right hand are pleasures forever” (Psalm 16:11).

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We Have Been So Blessed

A Thanksgiving Message For All!

Worshiping The Lord For His Goodness

Give thanks with a grateful heart. Give thanks to the Holy One. Give thanks because he’s given Jesus Christ His Son. (Give Thanks Composed by Don Moen)

Thanksgiving is upon us and we have much to be grateful for. Chief of which is that we have a God that watches over us for our good. He has blessed us with our very lives and has blessed us with all the beauty around us. But above all, He has rescued us from our fallen condition and has done so in a most incredible way.

We were lost to our own fallen natures due to original sin and unable to help ourselves. Without the Lord’s intervention, we were headed for judgment for our sins, and eternal separation from God in Hell. These are strong words but accurate according to the Bible.

Satan has done all He can to turn people away from the salvation that the Lord has lovingly provided for all those that will come to Him in repentance and faith in the salvation He has provided.

The secular definition of Salvation is preservation from harm, ruin, or loss. We are certainly in harm’s way if we do not know the Biblical Salvation offered by the Lord. Ruin is assured for those that do not turn to the Lord during the lifetime the Lord has blessed us with. And loss is not a strong enough word for what will be suffered by those that reject God and His way. The result will be complete separation from God and His blessings and an eternity of suffering in Hell.

Well, some might say that this is quite a strong message for Thanksgiving, but I disagree. Many will go through the day celebrating with family and enjoying a turkey dinner with barely a thought of just how grateful we should be for all the Lord has done for us.

The Lord sent His Son to die on a cruel Cross so that we might be saved. If there ever was an extreme measure taken to accomplish something, then this act of the Lord in sending His Son to die for us must top the list. We are saved by His Mercy and Grace alone. And we should be thankful every day of our lives.

What many do not realize is that the Gospel is not only an invitation, but also an ultimatum from the Lord. The Gospel of John shows us the heart of God in the following verse: For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whomsoever believes in Him should not perish, but have Everlasting Life.” So there it is: Except the gift of Eternal Life through Christ or one perishes.”

This article may seem hard-hitting but the Bible tells us that the judgment of God is soon coming on the world and we can only be in one of two camps. We can be saved by the Blood Jesus Shed for us at the cross, or we can reject the Lord’s loving offer and face the judgment to come.

So, on this Thanksgiving Day, it is my prayer that everyone reading this would realize the Grace that has been offered to us by our loving God, and thank Him for His ultimate gift that cost Him so much to provide. “We give thanks with a grateful heart! We give thanks to the Holy One.” The following verse says it well:

“Giving thanks unto the Father, which has made us qualified (by Grace alone) to be partakers of the inheritance of the Saints (all believers) in light (our standing as co-heirs with Christ): Who has delivered us from the powers of darkness (His mighty power was needed to deliver us), and has translated us into the Kingdom of His Dear Son” (Colossians 1:12,13).

Always Remember,

God Loves You!

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