The Big Announcement

January 6, 2010 at 9:46 am | Posted in Luke, Salvation | 2 Comments
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I have an exciting announcement to make! This announcement is better than lower gas prices. It’s better than a new baby in the family. It’s better than a cure for cancer! In fact, it is an announcement that was made a long time ago.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

Luke 2:10

If you understand the consequences of sin (despair, destruction, death, and damnation), then this announcement is the best tiding of greatest joy you could possibly hear. Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners (I Timothy 1:15)! You can, by believing the Truth of the Bible, and by placing your faith and trust in Him, be reconciled to God, and escape eternal punishment (Matthew 25:46)!

The End of Blame-Shifting

December 10, 2009 at 9:20 am | Posted in Salvation | 11 Comments
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At some point in your life, you may have seen hypocrisy, cruelty, or a judgmental attitude in some “church-going” people. But I know for a fact that you have never found anything in God Himself to cause you to go far from Him, or to walk away from Him. And, ultimately, anything that you are walking after in this life that is apart from God is vanity (emptiness, unfulfilling selfishness). (Jeremiah 2:5)

God is perfect. None of His people are. Even the best of people are only people at best. When we stand before God one day, none of us will be able to blame someone else’s hypocrisy or bad behavior if we have rejected His Son.

Are you willing to admit your sin (Romans 3:23)? According to the Bible, everyone has sinned, and all sin is against God, Who is holy and just. The wages of sin is death (eternal separation from God). But God, Who is also loving, would rather give you a free gift than pay you what you have earned (Romans 6:23). This gift must be received by faith. You cannot work for it (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 10:9,13).

Eternal salvation comes from believing that Jesus Christ died for the sins of the world, and specifically your sins – that He was perfectly sinless, God’s perfect Sacrifice Who died in your place – that He was buried, and rose from the dead on the third day, according to the Scriptures – and that He is alive and able to save you now (John 3:3-7, John 3:16, I Corinthians 15:3-4).

The Elevator to Heaven

November 28, 2009 at 11:51 am | Posted in Salvation | 3 Comments
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Most people know how elevators work. We know what they do, where they are found, and how to get inside them. When we stand in the lobby of a building, and see the elevator door, we “believe in” that elevator. We know that it can take us to the top of the building. But do we really have “faith” in the elevator? I don’t really place my trust in an elevator until the doors slide open and I actually step inside. Once I’m inside, then I have faith in that elevator. If it goes up, I’m going up. If it goes down, I’m going down. I am then fully depending on that elevator to take me all the way up to my destination.

Jesus Christ is the only Elevator that can take you to Heaven (John 14:6). There are no stairs you can climb, and no other way up. Maybe you know “about” Jesus. You have heard that He was born in a stable, that He grew up with Mary and Joseph, that He was a great teacher, and that He did miracles. You may have even heard that He never sinned, and that people say He was the Son of God. If I told you that the Bible says that He was crucified, buried, and rose again, you would nod your head in agreement (I Corinthians 15:3-4).

But have you ever stepped into the Elevator which is Christ the Lord? Have you placed all your trust in Him? Have you ever admitted that you cannot get to Heaven on your own, because your sin has separated you from God? If not, He is calling you now to place your faith and your trust fully in Him, to believe not just that He died, but that He died for your sins. It’s not enough to know about Jesus – you must come to Him and know Him personally.

Give Him Your Heart

November 9, 2009 at 10:14 am | Posted in Salvation | 6 Comments
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Proverbs 23:26 says, “My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.” This is the plea of an earthly parent to his child, but God may be saying the same thing to you today. Have you given the Lord your heart? If so, do you know when, where, and can you describe it in detail?

Maybe you never have. Maybe everybody you know thinks you’re a Christian, but you know you’re not, and God knows you’re not. Your sin has separated you from God. Jesus Christ took your sin on Himself, and He took the punishment for it in your place on the Cross. He was sinless and perfect, yet He was tortured and crucified for every sin you and I ever committed.

The good news is that God accepted Him as the perfect and only possible sacrifice for sin, and showed His acceptance by resurrecting Him from the dead. He lives today, and you have only two choices: You must believe on Him, rejecting your own self-righteousness, or you must reject Him.

Do You Want to Live Forever?

October 23, 2009 at 9:31 am | Posted in Eternity, Salvation | 27 Comments
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You have probably heard the expression, “Life is short.” In one sense, it is. No one will live forever in this world. However, in eternity, everyone will consciously exist forever. Do you know what your eternal existence will be like, and, if your answer is yes, upon what are you basing that knowledge? The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ is the only Mediator between God and man (I Timothy 2:5). If this is true, then it is absolutely crucial that you know Him personally. You will spend eternity in the presence of God. The presence of God through His Mediator will be absolute bliss, blessedness, and joy (Revelation 21:1-7). The presence of God without His Mediator will be unbearable torment (Revelation 14:10).

The Work that Won’t Work

October 6, 2009 at 9:05 am | Posted in Romans, Salvation | 14 Comments
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Do you hope to one day start working your way to Heaven? Or have you already made a decision to start working your way there? The Bible tells us that there is no hope in either one of these plans.

And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.

Romans 11:6

The only way to Heaven is God’s way, and God brings people to Heaven by His grace. Grace is a free gift. If you work for something or pay for something, it is not a gift. A gift must be received, but it can not be paid for or earned.

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 6:23

If you will not receive God’s grace in this life, you will receive His wrath in eternity.

The Bad News and the Good News

September 23, 2009 at 11:40 am | Posted in Salvation | 14 Comments
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Take a moment to consider the way you live your life. Do you find yourself trapped in the same sins day after day? Do you feel like you simply can not change? Are you truly miserable because of this condition? If so, there is some bad news and some good news. The bad news is that, even though you may be able to walk, talk, breathe, and think, you are in fact spiritually dead in your trespasses and sins. (Ephesians 2:1) You are under the power of the devil and you have no choice but to obey his spirit, and to disobey God. (Ephesians 2:2)

But here is the good news! You do not have to stay in this condition! God is rich in mercy and love, and He sent Someone to take your place, to pay the price for your sins, to set you free, and to give you eternal life.

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

Ephesians 2:4-5

If you are tired of being defeated and miserable in your sins, admit the truth about yourself to God and call upon Jesus Christ right now to save you, believing the truth about Who He is and what He has done.

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Acts 4:12

Time Is Running Out

September 11, 2009 at 11:50 am | Posted in Acts, Salvation | 10 Comments
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Time is running out. Everyone who reads this post will one day stand before God, and that day is coming faster than you think. The appearing of Jesus Christ will be a joyous day for those who have trusted in Him as Savior. It will be a terrifying day for those who have refused the Gospel:

God… now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

Acts 17:30-31

The Bible is very specific in this COMMAND – repent and believe the Gospel NOW.

The Most Obvious Difference between Jesus and Us

August 21, 2009 at 11:13 am | Posted in I Peter, Salvation | 16 Comments
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Most people will say that they believe in God. But many people do not really understand much about God’s nature. Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, showed us the true nature of God (Colossians 2:9). Jesus Christ was completely sinless (Hebrews 4:15). Even His earthly enemies, who would have stooped to any level to find fault in Him, had to admit that He was perfectly without fault (John 8:46). As you read this, of all the differences between you and the Lord Jesus, this is the one that should be most obvious: He never sinned; you sin all the time (Romans 3:10-12). Your sin has brought you in line for God’s judgment. God’s holiness and justice require that His judgment be carried out (Ezekiel 18:4). God’s great desire, however, is to show you the bright ray of hope that shines over this bleak scenario. For all those who trust in Jesus Christ as their Savior, God’s judgment was satisfied in the Cross of Calvary. You can receive God’s gift of salvation through Jesus Christ’s payment for your sins, because He, being perfect before God, died and rose again for those of us who are filthy with sin before God.

For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

I Peter 3:18

The One Question You MUST NOT Get Wrong

July 31, 2009 at 8:47 am | Posted in John, Mark, Salvation | 1 Comment
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As you go through life, you will be right about some things, and, because no one is perfect, you will also be wrong about a great many things. However, you must make sure that you are NOT wrong about this one thing in particular: Who do you say that Jesus is?

This is the question that Jesus asked His disciples (Mark 8:29). Some think He was a teacher; some think He was a prophet; some think He was a lunatic. However, Jesus Himself said that He was God in human flesh (John 10:30). Because Jesus Christ was Who He claimed to be, He is the One you must know in order to escape eternal damnation, and to receive eternal life.

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