Lessons God teaches us

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When DO we all get to heaven?

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Clawing my way out of a black hole . . .of my own making

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Good people don’t go to heaven. Bad people do.

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The Jesus way

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Thou shalt love the Lord how much?

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Knowing and Believing — The Great Divide

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What’s the difference between knowing and believing?

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Faith in the classroom

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Where will you go when you die?

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How do we know the one true Church?

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Adam’s conversation with God

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Banging on the door

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What resentment can do

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Wisdom And Good Advice From An Old Farmer

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The Day God Ran

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Is Jesus God or not?

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The World; Gravity; and God

Which gravity is stronger? Earth’s gravity or God’s gravity?

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Full Moon and Evolution. I just don’t get it.

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Different Way To Consider The Ten Commandments

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The Day They Busted Jesus For Blasphemy And Bad Grammar

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What’s The Goal?

Football coaches set goals. Sales people set goals. Business owners setgoal goals. Charities set fund-raising goals. I don’t set goals.

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Things Could Be Worse

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Sanctity Of Life Sunday

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Are We One With God?

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No Return Policy

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Peaceful Fog

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If I Had Hair, I’d Pull It All Out

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Bucking Bronco

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Children’s (Real) Letters To God

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Godless America?

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Pilate’s Dilemma Is Our Dilemma

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Fighting With My Flesh

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What If. . .

What if ACLU or atheist lawsuits were successful in removing God’s name from public view, even on church signs?

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Time To Get It Right

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Directions

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Always

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The Gospel Of Jesus Christ

Editor’s Note: Rarely have I read such an apt description of the Gospel (Good News) message of Jesus Christ. In her copyrighted post, Meshawn Senior details what the truth of the Gospel is and the best way we can respond to God’s desire for all of us. Enjoy.

None Of Us Are Promised Tomorrow
By Meshawn Senior

What if you were to die today unexpectedly?  It happens to people all the time.  Young and old die in automobile accidents daily.  Heart attacks take many thousands of lives yearly.  And in this post-911 world we’re living in, who knows what could happen to any of us at any given moment?

One question that crosses most people’s minds is whether or not there’s a heaven or hell; and if so, which place will they end up when they die?  There are also some who believe that there is no conscious awareness upon death – that they will just cease to exist.  What is the truth?This needs to be understood by every one of us before our set time on this earth runs out.

WHO ARE WE REALLY?

There’s more to life than what we can see, hear, touch, smell, and taste.  Human beings have a physical body.  However, many don’t realize that we also have a soul and a spirit.  The spirit is the REAL us. Depending on the condition of our spirits when we die, this determines where we will end up.

When the first humans, Adam and Eve, sinned against God by eating forbidden fruit that God told them not to eat,  they died spiritually. This means that their spirits were separated from God, their Creator.  This spiritual state has been passed down to all their children throughout all generations.  This includes you and me.  When we are born into this world, we are spiritually dead.  This is why Jesus said that we must be born again (spiritually) in order to enter into the kingdom of God.  (”Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  – John 3:3)

HOW IS THIS DONE?

Because God is merciful, He provided a means for us to undo our spiritual death and be reconciled to Him.  Under God’s law, when a sin is committed, a death has to occur.  In order to fulfill the death penalty for our sins (i.e., lying, gossiping, bad thoughts, etc.), He needed a sinless human being to die once and for all so that our sins could be wiped out and our spirits reborn and passed from death to life.  In other words, He needed the perfect human sacrifice to pay the penalty of death for our sins.  Since the children of Adam and Eve had sin passed down to them, God had to send His own Son to undergo this  heart-rending  task.  There was no other way! (“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  – John 3:16)

WHO IS GOD’S SON?

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)  “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us …” (John 1:14)

Who is the Word?  This is referring to Jesus Christ, God’s Son.  He was “made flesh” approximately 2,000 years ago and “dwelt among us” in the form of a perfect human being so that He could pay the penalty for sins with His own death on the cross.  This is the only way that our spirits can be reconciled to God – by accepting that Jesus died for our sins.  (“I am the way, the truth, and the life:  no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”  – John 14:6)

There’s a view some believe that assumes all one has to do is be a good person and do more good than bad, and God will let them into heaven.  However,  doing  these  things does  not correct the dead condition of the spirit.  Only by believing and accepting what Jesus Christ did on the cross can one be assured of going to heaven.

THE BOTTOM LINE!

How is the condition of your spirit?  Is the “real you” alive because you’ve accepted what Jesus did for you on the cross, or are you still dead spiritually?  If this latter condition describes you, then when you take your last breath here on this earth, you will remain this way forever.  Don’t let this happen to you.

Accept the provision that God has given to all people to be reconciled to Himself.  Pray the following prayer (or a similar one) and really mean it with your whole heart.

“Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and I need to be saved from eternal death and separation from you in hell.  I believe that You sent Your Son, Jesus Christ, to this earth to die for my sins.  I know that no amount of good works or deeds that I do can reconcile me to You; only my believing in what Your Son, Jesus, did for me on the cross.  I ask you to forgive my sins, revive my spirit, and place me into Your heavenly kingdom.  In Jesus Christ’s name.  Amen.”

If you just said this prayer and meant it, then you will be with God in heaven when you die.  You have no reason to doubt this anymore.

WHAT DO I DO NOW?

Begin by reading the Bible, starting with the Gospel of John in the New Testament and pray to God daily.  These two activities keep our lines of communication open with God.  Reading the Bible is Him talking to us and our prayers are us talking to Him.  You should also start attending a good “Bible-teaching” church regularly.  These things will get your new “spiritual life” started on the right track.

May God richly bless you in your walk with Him!

Copyright 2008 by Meshawn Senior (JMS Tracts)

You can read more of Meshawn’s posts on her blog, His Reflections. Visit her blog today!

God Is In Control! Or Is He?

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A Distant Country

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What’s Below Rock Bottom?

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Rest In Peace

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Be Still

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How To Win Over Sin

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How Much Do You Love God?

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Holy Belly Button, Batman!

It Must Be True! I Read It On The Internet.

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The Big Bang. Fact. Not Theory.

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Walking Dead

A news bite I overheard on TV claimed 16.2 million viewers tuned in to watch the season premier of the new series “Walking Dead”

Our post-Jesus, post-church, post-love-one-another culture continues to glorify sin and death in the most extreme and ungodly ways.Of the 16.2 million people who tuned in to watch that gore, I wonder how many of them were really walking dead, separated from God and without a personal relationship with Jesus.

As authentic followers of Christ we were walking dead once as well.

And you were dead in your trespasses and sins  in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh,  indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. Ephesians 2: 1-3.

But then, praise be to God,

God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavens in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:4-6

Those folks walking around out there who are dead are sinners (Romans 5:8,19); enemies of God (Romans 5:10); condemned (Romans 5:18). Do we, as the Church, draw them to Jesus or drive them away? Does the Church reach them, or repel them? Is your life appealing to those who don’t know Jesus? Do the folks walking around dead want what you have? Do they see something in you that attracts them, or keeps them at a distance?

Our answers to those questions could literally make an eternal difference in someone’s life. Is your faith alive so others can see life in you?