The Goodness of Almighty God is shown towards all humanity as He waits
patiently for all persons to recognize they have fallen short of God's
Glory and in need of His forgiveness and redemption. Deep in our hearts
we know that we have broken God's Commandments. In our lifetime, we have
all lied, stolen, blasphemed the name of God, committed adultery in our
hearts and that is only Four of the Ten Commandments that God has given to
mankind. The Bible says the person who breaks one of these laws is guilty
of breaking them all. We are guilty of sin, but the good news is the Blood
of Jesus Christ that was shed on the Cross of Calvary to redeem mankind
will cleanse us from our unrighteousness and make us clean before God the
Father. Jesus died for you when I and all we have to do to receive Eternal
Life is repent of our sins and trust in and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord
and Savior. God has made Salvation simple so let us trust and rest in His
finished work. (Exodus 20:1-17) (Matthew 5:27-28) (2 Peter 3:9) (James 2:10-12)
I hope today's message ministers to your heart to accept the free gift of
Salvation for yourself and know that it is God's good pleasure to give you
the Kingdom. (Luke 12:31-32)
THE SECRETS OF HEAVEN AND HELL
The old monk sat by the side of the road. With his eyes closed, his legs
crossed and his hands folded in his lap, he sat. In deep meditation, he sat.
Suddenly his peace was interrupted by the harsh and demanding voice of a
samurai warrior. "Old man! Teach me about heaven and hell!"
At first, as though he had not heard, there was no perceptible response
from the monk. But gradually he began to open his eyes, the faintest hint
of a smile playing around the corners of his mouth as the samurai stood
there, waiting impatiently, growing more and more agitated with each
"You wish to know the secrets of heaven and hell?" replied the monk at
last. "You who are so unkempt. You whose hands and feet are covered with
dirt. You whose hair is uncombed, whose breath is foul, whose sword is all
rusty and neglected. You who are ugly and whose mother dresses you funny.
You would ask me of heaven and hell?"
The samurai uttered a vile curse. He drew his sword and raised it high
above his head. His face turned to crimson and the veins on his neck stood
out in bold relief as he prepared to sever the monk's head from its
"That is hell," said the old monk gently, just as the sword began its descent.
In that fraction of a second, the samurai was overcome with amazement,
awe, compassion and love for this gentle being who had dared to risk his
very life to give him such a teaching. He stopped his sword in mid-flight
and his eyes filled with grateful tears.
"And that," said the monk, "is heaven."
By John W. Groff
We are to recognize that we have sinned against a Holy God and in need of
redemption. The Bible says that when sin is finished, it brings forth
death. Without God's forgiveness, we are all guilty of breaking the laws
of God and we will receive righteous judgment. The good news is God is
willing to forgive and cleanse us from all our unrighteousness. The Bible
declares in Isaiah 1:18 "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the
Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." Without God's
forgiveness, there is no redemption and if there is no redemption then
there is no salvation. (Psalm 51:1-4) (James 1:13-17) (Acts 2:38)
I encourage you to acknowledge your sin and trust in the finished work of
the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord has done all the work for mankind to be
saved from their sins. He died on the Cross taking the sins of humanity
upon Himself so that we might be forgiven of our iniquities. The Bible
declares in Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of
God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." We deserve death and
hell, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ. Salvation
is a gift that is offered to all mankind, but you must receive it for
yourself. (1 John 1:8-10) (John 19:30) (Ephesians 2:8-10) (Acts 4:12)
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
2 Peter 3:9 "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men
count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any
should perish, but that all should come to repentance."
Romans 10:9-10 "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,
and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead,
thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness;
and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
Romans 5:8-10 "But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we
were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified
by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if, when we
were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more,
being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life."
John 3:16-17 Jesus declares, "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. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn
the world; but that the world through Him might be saved."
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
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Today's Selected Testimony: VICKIE'S WAY TO A NEW LIFE
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In Christ's Service,
Gods Work Ministry