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Once upon a time, long, long ago….actually it’s only been months, but I needed to get your attention. Now that I have it, I’ll continue.  Sadly, this is a true story. Some of you may not believe it. Trust me. This wasn’t easy to write. The details such as names and locations do not matter. It’s the heart of the story that needs to grab your attention.

The main characters in this story are a man and his wife, fifty-ish, and a younger man in his late thirties. The couple and younger man saw each other at the same public place, and one day the younger man showed interest in the couple conversing in bible study. He was invited to join in. He said he would like to sometime, but had some other engagement presently. So he showed up again the next day, shared a little more about himself and his girlfriend, and about how much God had blessed him. Again, he had something that took him away from beginning the study and was gone. The next time the three saw each other, the woman asked the younger man if he wanted to be sure he  had an eternal home in heaven. He countered with, “You know, that’d be great–but– I kind of like the way things are now.”  Shortly after that, he joined in the couple’s  conversation about the Lord, and the older man tried to discern where in the bible  the younger man needed to be to help him in his struggles and relationships.

Arrangements were made to meet for bible study together the following day, but the younger man didn’t show up. A couple of days later he came inside but left quickly. Just before leaving he told several others that the couple were his “good friends” because they understood him. “They get me” he said. The older man went outside and found the younger man having very angry words with someone and cursing him.

Three days went by, and the couple hadn’t seen the younger man. They next received word that the younger man was killed the previous afternoon. Violently stabbed to death multiple times in a public place. His life here on earth was over…just like that…gone. He never gave the couple an answer whether or not he had made the decision to accept Christ as his personal savior. The woman’s husband told her that had been what the younger man meant when he said that  they “get him.” That they knew he was leading two different lives. He was being pulled in two completely different directions.  He was serving two masters–and Satan was winning. Maybe he had won. This was terribly hard for the couple to accept. Maybe if they had tried harder to win the younger man over, thereby pulling him from the other side. Maybe they would have succeeded in that tug of war, thus winning a soul to Christ. This was devastating for the couple.

      In the days that followed, the couple had heard stories depicting the younger man’s lifestyle leading up to the stabbing.  People who knew him said that he lead a different way of life. The couple were disheartened and weren’t sure what to believe. It was unfathomable to think they could do no more for the younger man except pray for his soul.

The couple later found that the younger man had two grown sons who were living a life of violence as well. It made them more aware of the bible’s truths that the hairs on our heads are numbered, and that we can’t add even one day to our life. Not one of us knows the day we’re going to die. Not one of us knows if we have another day to make the most important decision of our lives. It would be good right here if I could say “and they all lived happily ever after” but they didn’t. There was a senseless death– due to the pre-conceived anger of another person. And this individual took this blinding rage into his own hands, ending the life of another human being. Yes, he was  caught and went to jail. And he still has a chance to see heaven. You all know this, right? If this man repents, turns his life around, and follows Christ–he will be saved by our loving Heavenly Father from the fire pits of Hell. He still has time to make the decision. FYI–we as christians have the responsibility to pray for this man to have the opportunity to be led to Jesus. We don’t have the right to hope or pray that he dies a violent death as well. Vengeance, in the life of a christian, is the Lord’s. He will repay. We probably won’t live to see it happen, but we have to trust that it will. The decision to accept or reject Jesus Christ as savior and Lord of our life, is ours. He won’t force us. We make the choice. He wants us to come to Him willingly. What an awesome privilege it is to serve a living God.

As sad as this story was to write, maybe you know of someone who either doesn’t know Christ, or hasn’t made the decison.”  I’m asking that you not assume there’s plenty of time for you to share your faith with others. Or maybe  you don’t know the savior of the world. Through the internet, it’s easier than ever to access all kinds of websites, download music to your MP3 player, listen to podcasts on your SmartPhone, or any number of things. I’m asking you to do yourself or someone else a favor by learning what you can, so you or a friend or family member can make this decision. But before you make it–consider the alternative of living without knowing and serving our God of love.

Hell is a real place, and it’s not pretty. Do some research. Find an online bible if you don’t own one, and search biblical passages using the keyword hell and read the descriptions in those passages. Be informed. Be armed with knowledge. There is no time to waste. Do not, please do not take this lightly. Jesus is coming again for “His church.” You or someone you know will want to be part of it.  Read the “Left Behind” book series or see the movie.

           

Make this decision yourself or tell others about the information you found during your search. Please understand that this was a tough story to write and relate to you. I wrote it with a goal in mind…to inform, and to help you or another make “the decision.”

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This is a celebration! An opportunity to share just a little in Christ’s suffering. Forty days — a countdown from February 13 (Ash Wednesday) until Easter Sunday

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It’s not just for the Catholics and Protestants anymore. Churches of various faiths have participated in this loving act for years now. It is a time of reflection, servitude, prayer, fasting, spiritual growth, and giving. When I say giving, I mean giving of yourself or doing without one thing you really love. Here are a few things  people give up: chocolate, candy, movies, tv, internet, Facebook (just kidding), potatoes, soft drinks. Anything that shows your willingness to do without for a time to reflect on what Jesus suffered for all of us.

 I read an article about Lent where this woman did Lent differently. She and her family decided not to give up anything. Instead, they would add one word to their thoughts to focus on totally…all the time and every day. When they woke up, the word consumed their thoughts for the day and they lived it.

Yeah, not giving up a single thing. I can do this!

So on Ash Wednesday I decided on my word to focus on and began the period of Lent. My word is PATIENCE. I could do with a little more of that, so I started with concentration and a little effort and was pretty much handling the situation, when a couple of days into it I hit a snag. Certain things bothered me and I began to snap at my husband, wasn’t kind at times, and found myself being downright disagreeable. Where had this attitude come from? This was harder than I thought it would be. Truth is I thought it would be a breeze. Was I fooled. I had a lot more work cut out for me than I thought. I prayed.   So here I am, Lord, with a haughty attitude that you hate. Please forgive me and let me have at least a little of the attitude you had when you saved me from an eternity in Hell.  – Amen.

 I thought of the passage of scripture that says: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Ouch!  

So now I’m trying harder and keeping in mind that I live to serve a much higher power, and that this is nothing compared with what He went through when He was in the Garden of Gethsemane, and all  the way to the cross where He gave His life for mine. He humbled himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross. He was sinless and He did this without thinking about how he was treated — brutally beaten — for me. It’s personal. He did this for all of us.

After familiarizing myself with these passages, and repeating them to myself, it was easier to be kinder and at the right times to keep silent when I had nothing nice to say.

How about you? Are you participating in Lent? Let me know your thoughts or share a story with me.

I want to wish all of you a joyous and Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

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Remember

Christ is risen!

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World – Darkness – where all manner of evil is done. The way of the wicked is like darkness. (Proverbs 4:19)

God –  Light – God is light, in Him there is no darkness. (1 John 1:15) Satan hates God and will try to win as many souls as he can to his way of thinking.

World  –  Hate – Satan hates anything and everyone having anything to do with God.

God –  Love – God is love. (1 John 4:16), A new commandment I give you. Love one  another. (John 13:34)

World –  repays evil for evil ; gets revenge (Romans 12:17)

God –  Jesus said – Don’t be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21)

World –  fights to be first – #1!

God –  Jesus became a servant –  emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men. (Philippians 2:6-7)  The last will be first and the first will be last. (Matthew 20:16)              

World –  Satan falls from heaven – He said to them, I saw satan having fallen like lightning from heaven.” (Luke 10:18)

God –  gives his children – grace; undeserved favor – So that being justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:7)    

World –  you’re known by the company you keep.

God –  Jesus ate with sinners –    It happened as he sat in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Jesus and his disciples.   When the Pharisees saw it, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” (Matthew 9:10-11)

World –  worries – their health suffers because of it.

God –  The godly pray and trust God for the outcome  –  don’t be anxious for your life: what you will eat, or what you will drink; nor yet for your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food, and the body more than clothing? (Matthew 6:25)     

World –  Satan brings eternal fire.

Where art Thou, Satan?

God –  Jesus brings eternal life – For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.  (John 3:16)  

           

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World –  tends to abuse alcohol, drugs, tobacco, sex, and food.

God –  Apostle Paul wrote – don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have from God? You are not your own. (1 Corinthians 6:19)

World –  says – Do it if it feels good.

God –  Jesus said we will all give an account of our actions – When he has come, he will convict the world about sin, about righteousness, and about judgment (John 16:8)

World –  says – Kings are born in a noble realm.

God –  Jesus – our king – was born in a lowly stable –  11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”       (Luke 2:11-12)

World –  tears people down with their words.

God –  says to build people up.  For this cause I write these things while absent, that I may not deal sharply when present, according to the authority which the Lord gave me for building up, and not for tearing down. (2 Corinthians 13:10)

World –  Order of things – Me first!

God –  Jesus said – 3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.5In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: (Philippians 2:3-5)

World –  wants what someone else has and never has enough.

God –   One of God’s commandments says – 17“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” (Exodus 20:17) About Jesus – 22And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. (Ephesians 1:22)

 World –  Satan is the father of all lies – (John 8:44)

God –  Jesus said – I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me. (John 14:6)

World –  appoints its leaders.

God –  anoints his leaders – King David – Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brothers: and the Spirit of Yahweh came mightily on David from that day forward. (1 Samuel 16:13)

World –  is full of anger and harsh words that fuel more anger, and destroy
relationships.

God –  Apostle Paul tells us – Be angry, and don’t sin.” Don’t let the sun go down on your wrath (Ephesians 4:26), Get along with everyone – 12Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (Colossians 3:12-13)

If we’re not careful, we christians can

 

act just as worldly and ungodly as those

 

 

in the world who don’t have

 

salvation through our Lord

 

Jesus Christ.

 

They’re just living a normal life in today’s world.

 

And they won’t know how to act any do differently

unless we show our faith in

Jesus

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It all comes down to if we care enough.

 

Well…do we?

 

Let me know your thoughts.

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