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Friday, July 2, 2021

Alexa: The Voice of the Enemy? - Purity 460

Alexa: The Voice of the Enemy?

Purity 460 07/02/2021   Purity 460 Podcast

Good morning  

Today’s photo of Gouverneur beach’s white sand and aqua waters under a blue sky with a cloud formation that looks like a “happy face” comes from my brother’s wife as they are vacationing in Saint Barthelemy with friends.    Maybe I am just seeing what I want to see with that happy face in the clouds, but I couldn’t think of a better photo to share to bring us into what I pray will be a happy Independence Day weekend for all.  

As I have stated before I firmly believe that, because God is sovereign over all time and space, the Lord puts signs and wonders in our everyday experience to encourages us and to give us peace and joy.  If we live our lives by faith and keep our perspective on the things above, we will have experiences that will reveal the Lord’s care, concern, and love for us.    

However, there is also a kingdom of darkness to contend with. Our lives of faith aren’t necessarily going to be all God and angels.  The spiritual forces of darkness are opposed to us as scripture reveals that the enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy.  

Last night I taught from chapter 6 of Neil Anderson’s The Bondage Breaker, and I was reminded that our evangelistic efforts to bring people in the kingdom must be supported by prayer.   I know that most Christians understand that we are to pray that the lost would come to have faith, but Anderson pointed out that our prayers for the lost may need to be “in the Spirit” in terms of aligning with the word of God.   

I know when I lose focus I tend to offer a lot of general prayers for people that come to my attention even though I understand that we should be specific in our petitions.  We do this for two reasons:

1.    So we will be asking for the exact needs of those we are praying for in hopes of a solution to their particular problems.

2.    So, we can know whether the Lord answers our prayers.

Anderson pointed out that in our evangelism we may need to pray specifically for two things:

1.    For the spiritual eyes of those outside of the faith to be opened.  

2.    To bind the demonic forces of darkness that are holding the lost in bondage.

In my prayers for those outside of the faith, I often phrase my prayers to request that the Holy Spirit come and open the eyes of the spiritually blind to see the truth of the gospel, but I really haven’t prayed for the enemy to be bound and to release those he has captive.  

So this morning, I decided to start praying with commands to bind Satan and his spiritual forces that may be holding specific people in bondage.   And when I did, I got an unexpected response.

In the midst of praying out loud about binding the enemy, I was interrupted by a voice that that “I don’t know that”

Alexa in my Amazon Echo chimed in during my prayers for deliverance.  To my knowledge, I didn’t say anything remotely like Alexa to prompt her participation, but her response was in opposition to what I said.   

I didn’t think much of it, so I continued in prayer.  Suddenly my “older” I-phone – that doesn’t have cell service and that I just use for music- sprang to life – and said, in Alexa’s voice: “The enemy by blah blah blah is whatever, and I cannot purchase it on this device”..

This took me by surprise, so I told Alexa, on my phone – which I never use to talk to Alexa, to stop it.  To which she said something like “I can’t do that.”   

What? 

Well after that I finished my prayers without further interruption.

As I write this I was trying to remember everything Alexa said and decided to check the history through the Alexa App on my phone.   It may surprise you that the dialog from Alexa during my prayer session wasn’t listed in the history.  Also now my Echo is having trouble connecting  to the Wi-Fi that is operating without interruption!  

So do I believe the enemy decided to voice their opposition through my electronic devices? 

I know it’s a possibility and the fact that the responses were timely and appropriate to the situation, added to the disruption in the service of the echo, along with no history of the responses in my phone are too much for me to dismiss. 

The enemy has caused disruptions in my sleep and dreams as of late and I have had some other suspect things happen that could be from the demonic realm, so I think this is just more of the same.   

So am I afraid? Will I stop teaching about the enemy’s tactics or stop proclaiming the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ? 

No, because I am a born-again child of God through my faith in Jesus Christ, I know that I have the Lord’s protection and authority to deal with anything demonic or otherwise that comes my way.   The benefits of my covenant relationship with the Lord far outweigh any troubles I may experience along the path of Christian Discipleship.  

So stand strong in your faith, if we are in Christ we have all power and authority over the forces of darkness and we have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us to lead us in the way we should go as we cultivate the fruit of the Spirit.      

This morning’s meditation verse is:

Romans 13:11 (NLT2)
11 This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.

Today’s verse reminds us that time is of the essence in terms of our repentance.

The “This” in the phrase “This is all the more urgent” is referring to the previous verses that are expounding the need to turn from our sins.  Scripture makes many references to the fate of those who sin as those who will face God’s wrath and as those who have no part in the kingdom of God.

The Apostle Paul doesn’t know the condition of the hearts of those who will read his letter to the Romans or who will hear this message and he is stating in no uncertain terms that people need to come to Christ and demonstrate their faith in the Lord by turning from their sinful ways.   

As Christians we are to be examples of the grace of God by the transformation that occurs when we go from death to life by placing our faith in Christ.   The “day of our ultimate salvation”, when Christ returns or when we join Him victoriously in eternity, is closer every day. 

The Apostle Paul is warning those outside of the faith to come to Christ and at the same time is encouraging those who have placed their faith in Jesus to turn from the darkness of their former ways and to start representing the kingdom of God by conforming to the image of Christ.         

So if you have areas of sin you still struggle with, wake up to your salvation and ask for the Lord to grant you the grace of repentance and begin the work of renewing your mind to live according to God’s ways.   

When we live by faith, we turn from sin and turn towards God.  The further we walk away from our former darkness the more we grow the fruit of the Spirit and experience the peace, love, and joy that comes from our harmonious relationship with the Lord that only comes through faith in Jesus Christ. 

 

 As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk. 

 

Today we continue with Dr. Neil Anderson’s Victory Over the Darkness, beginning Chapter 6.

 

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase Dr. Anderson’s books for your own private study and to support his work. If you need this title you can find it online at several sites for less than $15.00:

Chapter 6

The Power of Believing the Truth

Nearly 60 years ago outside Nashville, Tennessee, a little girl was born with major health problems that left her crippled. She had a large, wonderful Christian family. While her brothers and sisters enjoyed running and playing outside, she was confined to braces.

Her parents took her into Nashville periodically for physical therapy, but the little girl's hope was dim. "Will I ever be able to run and play like the other children?" she asked her parents.

"Honey, you only have to believe," they responded. "You have to trust in God because with God all things are possible."

She took her parents' counsel to heart and began to believe that God could make her walk without braces. Unbeknownst to her parents and doctors, she practiced walking without her braces with the aid of her brothers and sisters. On her 12th birthday, she surprised her elders by removing her braces and walking around the doctor's office unassisted. Her doctors couldn't believe her progress. She never wore the braces again.

Her next goal was to play basketball. She continued to exercise her faith and courage—as well as her underdeveloped legs—and tried out for the school basketball team. The coach selected her older sister for the team, but the courageous girl was told she wasn't good enough to play. Her father, a wise, loving man, told the coach, "My daughters come in pairs. If you want one, you have to take the other also." Reluctantly, the coach added the girl to the team. She was given an outdated uniform and allowed to work out with the other players.

One day she approached the coach. "If you will give me an extra 10 minutes of coaching each day, I'll give you a world-class athlete." He laughed, then realized she was serious. He halfheartedly agreed to give her some additional time playing two on two with her best friend and a couple of boys. Before long her determination started to pay off. She showed tremendous athletic skill and courage, and soon she was one of the team's best players.

Her team went to the state basketball championships. One of the referees at the tournament noticed her exceptional ability and asked if she had ever run track. Of course she hadn't! The referee, who also happened to be the coach of the internationally famous Tiger Belles track club, encouraged her to try running. So after the basketball season she tried out for track. She began running and winning races. She also earned a berth in the state track championships.

At the age of 16, she was one of the best young runners in the country. She went to the Olympics in Australia and won a bronze medal for anchoring the 400-meter relay team. Not satisfied with her accomplishment, she worked diligently for four more years and returned to the Olympics in Rome in 1960. There, Wilma Rudolph won the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash and anchored the winning 400-meter relay team—all in world-record times. She capped the year by receiving the prestigious Sullivan Award as the most outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. Wilma Rudolph's faith and hard work had paid off.

When you hear inspiring stories of faith such as Wilma Rudolph's, do you sometimes wonder, Is faith really the critical element that allows some people to rise above seemingly incredible odds and achieve things others cannot? Can faith also do great things for me?


Victory Over the Darkness: Realizing the Power of Your Identity in Christ.

---------------------------more tomorrow------------------------

 

God bless you all!

 

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at https://mt4christ247.podbean.com, You can also find it on Apple podcasts (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-mt4christ247s-podcast/id1551615154). The mt4christ247 podcast is also available on Google Podcasts, Amazon Podcasts, and Audible.com. 

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Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship

 

 

Monday, June 7, 2021

Purity 438: Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship


 Purity 438 06/07/2021 Purity 438 Podcast

Good morning.

Today’s photo comes from a friend whose eyes are on the heavens near Dunedin, Florida and who captioned this pic as “Bird and Sky”.  I love how God used the cloud formations in this scene to give our fine feathered friend some celestial companions.  The scene may be just a bird in the sky but the wonder of God’s handiwork causes me to think of it as “Soaring in Florida” as our spirits can be lifted up knowing the Grand Designer that coordinates all the elements in time and space for us to marvel over. 

So as we soar into a new work week, I encourage you to thank the Lord for what He has provided and keep your eyes open for what He puts in your path because just like the bird in this photo seems to have some heavenly company, I can assure you that God is with you in your travels.  We just have to open our hearts and minds and reach out with our spirits to find His presence. 


This morning’s meditation verse is:

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

Today’s verse is the go to verse for Christian evangelism.   If you needed to break down God’s redemptive plan for man in a single verse, John 3:16 wouldn’t be a bad choice.  Many Christians feel this way because John 3:16 is often put on signs and displayed at sporting events to get the message out.    

The verse is so popular by its self that it may not be clear to those who hear it that these are the words of Jesus, Himself. 

Jesus is telling us that:

1.    God loves us

2.    That He is the Son of God and He was sent for a purpose

3.    The purpose was to save those who believe in Him from perishing and by giving them eternal life. 

     These things may seem obvious to us as Christians, but they were counter cultural statements that weren’t obvious to the people Jesus told them to and isn’t obvious to those who don’t know God today. 

God is loving? This idea may be considered debatable by both those who claim to believe in “a god” and to those who don’t. Other religions may see their version of god as powerful, mysterious, and vengeful but not necessarily loving.   Atheists, Deists, and Agnostics would look at the suffering in the world and declare God doesn’t exist, doesn’t get involved in our affairs, or doesn’t seem to be very nice. So the idea of God loving the world wasn’t and still isn’t a concept that all people can accept.  

God having a Son is also a point that is refuted. Entire religions and cults take exception to the idea that God would or could  have a Son. 

 And of course, the idea of being saved from God’s judgement by “just believing” is much too simple for many to believe.  First you would have to get over the doubts regarding the Sonship of Jesus and then you would really have to trust what he said.  

We live in a world of cause and effect and in a worldly economy in which we generally have to earn everything we get. Even when we receive gifts from others there is a perceived obligation to reciprocate by giving in return or at another occasion.   There is no such thing as a free lunch after all so how can God accept me on just the merits of my believing and trusting His Son? Surely we have to do something else, probably a whole lot of things, continuously, in order to gain and keep God’s favor.   

 So you can see that those outside of the kingdom of God can have a problem with the simplicity of John 3:16 if not several.  

So as much as we might want to quote John 3:16 and “drop the mic”, while the multitudes bow down to give their faith to Jesus, we should be prepared to express what we know about the Lord by sharing more of His word and more of ourselves as we seek to gain brothers and sisters in Christ that we will spend eternity with.   

We know what we have in Christ so we should seek to not just “win souls” as much as we should seek to give hope and if possible to form relationships that will build up ourselves as much as edify others.   

 We need to seek and save those who are lost but we should also make room in our lives for those we find.    

 As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk. 

 

Today we continue with Dr. Neil Anderson’s Victory Over the Darkness, beginning Chapter 2.  

 

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase Dr. Anderson’s books for your own private study and to support His work. If you need this title you can find it online at several sites for less than $15.00:

 

Chapter 2

The Whole Gospel

Imagine for a moment a typical college man. Let's call him Bill. Bill is into the college social scene. He sees himself as a skin-wrapped package of salivary glands, taste buds and sex drives. So how does Bill occupy his time with this self-perception? By eating and by chasing girls. He eats anything and everything in sight regardless of its nutritional value. He chases just about anything in a skirt, but he has a special gleam in his eye for luscious-looking Susie, the cheerleader.

Bill was chasing sweet little Susie around the campus one day when the track coach noticed him. "Hey, this kid can really run!" When the coach finally caught up with Bill he said, "Why don't you come out for the track team?"

"Naw," Bill answered, watching for Susie out of the corner of his eye. "I'm too busy."

But the coach wasn't about to take "naw" for an answer. He finally convinced Bill at least to give track a try.

So Bill started working out with the track team and discovered that he really could run. He changed his eating and sleeping habits and his skills improved further. He started winning some races and posting some excellent times for his event.

Finally Bill was invited to the big race at the state tournament. He arrived at the track early to stretch and warm up. Then, only a few minutes before his event, guess who showed up: sweet little Susie, looking more beautiful and desirable than ever. She pranced up to Bill in a scanty outfit that accentuated her finer physical features. In her hands was a sumptuous slice of apple pie with several scoops of ice cream piled on the top of it.

"I've missed you, Bill," she sang sweetly. "If you come with me now, you can have all this and me too."

"No way, Susie," Bill responded.

"Why not?" Susie pouted.

"Because I'm a runner."

What is different about Bill? What happened to his drives and glands? He is still the same guy who could pack away three burgers, two bags of fries and a quart of Pepsi without batting an eye. He is still the same guy who was just itching to get close to beautiful Susie. His understanding of himself has changed, though. He no longer sees himself primarily as a bundle of physical urges, but as a disciplined runner. He came to the tournament to run a race. That was his purpose, and Susie's suggestion was at cross-purposes with why he was there and how he perceived himself.

Let's take the illustration one step further. Let's say the runner is Eric Liddle, who was the subject of the movie Chariots of Fire. He was committed to Christ, but he was also very fast and he represented his native Scotland in the Olympics.

When the race schedule was posted for his event, Liddle discovered his race was to be held on Sunday. Eric Liddle was committed to God and he couldn't compromise what he believed. So he withdrew from a race he might have won. Why didn't Eric Liddle run? Because he was first and foremost a child of God and he believed that competing on Sunday would compromise who he was. His belief about himself and his purpose in life determined what he did.

Many Christians are not living free and productive lives because they don't understand who they are and why they are here. Who they are is rooted in their identity and position in Christ. If they don't see themselves the way God sees them, to that degree they suffer from a false identity and poor sense of worth. They don't fully understand the gospel and the dramatic change that occurred in them the moment they trusted in Christ.

The Example of Christ

The redemptive plan of God began to unfold when Christ, the last Adam, appeared. The first thing we notice about the life of Christ was His complete dependence on God the Father. He said, "I can do nothing on My own initiative" (John 5:30); "I live because of the Father" (John 6:57); "I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me" (John 8:42); "The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work" (John 14:10, NIV).

The ultimate test came after a 40-day fast. The Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness and Satan tempted Him. "If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread" (Matthew 4:3). Satan wanted Jesus to use His divine attributes independently of the Father to save Himself. Jesus replied: "Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4).

Near the end of His earthly ministry, Jesus prayed, "Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you" (John 17:7, NIV). What Jesus modeled was a life totally dependent on God the Father.

Jesus Came to Give Us Life

Like the first Adam, Jesus was born both physically and spiritually alive. This was made evident by the fact that Jesus was conceived by the Spirit of God, and born of a virgin. Unlike the first Adam, Jesus was tempted in every way, but He never sinned. He never lost His spiritual life because of any sin He committed. He kept His spiritual life all the way to the cross. There He bled and died, taking the sins of the world upon Himself. He committed His spirit into the Father's hands as His physical life ended (see Luke 23:46). What Adam and Eve lost in the Fall was spiritual life, and Jesus came to give us life. Jesus said, "I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly" (John 10:10).

John declared, "In Him was life, and the life was the light of men" (John 1:4). Notice that light does not produce life. Life produces light. Jesus said, "I am the bread of life" (John 6:48) and "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies" (John 11:25). In other words, those who believe in Jesus will continue to live spiritually even when they die physically. Jesus said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life" (John 14:6). The ultimate value is not our physical life, which is temporal, but our spiritual life, which is eternal.


Victory Over the Darkness: Realizing the Power of Your Identity in Christ.----------------------------more tomorrow------------------------

 

God bless you all!

 

Join our “Victory over the Darkness” or “The Bondage Breaker” series of Discipleship Classes via the mt4christ247 podcast!

at https://mt4christ247.podbean.com, You can also find it on Apple podcasts (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-mt4christ247s-podcast/id1551615154). The mt4christ247 podcast is also available on Google Podcasts, Amazon Podcasts, and Audible.com. 

Email me at mt4christ247@gmail.com to receive the class materials, share your progress, and to be encouraged.

 

Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship

Monday, November 9, 2015

7th Street Park Evangelist message & personal testimony

Photo credit: (https://theurbanprospector.wordpress.com/2014/07/07/urban-design-in-the-hudson-valley/) 

A Matter of Life or Death:

Evangelist Message Delivered September 20, 2015, 7th Street Park Hudson New York

My name is Marc Clark and I was born and raised in Hudson. In my youth, I often passed through this park going from my friend’s apartment back to my parent’s house on Green Street; usually drunk, high on drugs or both. In fact, my friend lived on the top floor of that building on the corner and sometimes late at night we would go up to the roof to drink and smoke weed.  

I wish I could say those were just things I did in the wild days of my youth but the years passed and there were a lot of changes to my life but the booze stayed with me. I denied that my drinking was a problem for 25 years.  However, I am happy to say that I am now free of my addiction and the reason is because of my personal relationship with Jesus Christ. 

The Bible says Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”  (2 Corinthians 5:17)  NKJV

I am living proof that this is true. Jesus Christ has the power to change your life forever.

Before I made Jesus my Lord and Savior, I couldn’t even imagine a life without alcohol.  The problem with bad habits though is that your habits begin to define you.  As much as I liked to say I didn’t have a problem, at times my whole life revolved around getting drunk. Booze was a reward for hard work and a remedy for my troubles.  I was incapable of living without alcohol and it caused all sorts of problems with my health, my mental state, and my family.   The worst thing is that at times I knew I should give it up but I felt powerless and hopeless to change.  I struggled for years trying to come to a place where I could be free of it. I would change from beer to liquor to wine and back again, trying to find the secret recipe to moderation.  I would dry out for a while but I would always go back to it.  Even though I was living the American dream, I felt empty and alone. I was depressed and anxiety ridden. Life seemed meaningless so I always turned back to booze. 
However, one day I was scanning through the radio stations in my truck at work and landed on a Christian station with a pastor preaching. Being an intellectually evolved atheist, I thought to myself “This will be good for a laugh!” So I listened.
 The pastor was telling a story about his daughter and how he was sending her off to college and about the love that he had for her. How he had raised her from a baby and now it was time to send her off into the world.  He said that his love for his daughter was so strong that He would do absolutely anything for her but he had to admit that there were things that he didn’t know about her. There was a lot of lost time: Time spent at work, Time at school, Time apart.  He wondered where all the years had gone.
The pastor went on to explain that unlike him, God knows everything about us and there isn’t a second of time in our lives that He couldn’t recall without perfect clarity. God knows everything we have done and every thought that goes through our mind. 

The Bible says:

Psalm 139
O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. NKJV

So God knows all our secrets. He has seen us at our best. Unfortunately, He also knows every lousy thing we’ve ever done.  He knows the things we’ve taken. He knows the lies we’ve told.  He knows our hateful moments. He knows our lust. He has seen our sins.

For Bible says for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23 NKJV

The pastor explained that besides having to live with the aftermath of our sins in our daily lives, there are eternal consequences to our sin.

For the Bible says:
“And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,” Hebrews 9:27 NKJV

We are not annihilated. We don’t just black out to nothingness when we die. We are not reincarnated. We don’t get a second chance. We only get one life to live. We have to make an account for our lives when we die.

As humans we are not perfect. We mess up. God saw that we were lost in our sins and unable to help ourselves.

The amazing thing is that even though He knows all of our faults and our crimes, He loves us. He is willing to forgive us. He wants to be with us forever. That is why he sent Jesus. Jesus lived a sinless life and died on the cross for our sins. 

As the Bible says:

"He himself bore our sins" in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; "by his wounds you have been healed." 1 Peter 2:24. NIV

And

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  Romans 5:8 NKJV

Jesus received our judgment on the cross. He paid our debt with His life in order that we can live in God’s presence forever. 

The Bible says For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 NKJV

I remember hearing this verse that day in my truck as if for the first time. I finally understood that God knows me personally and he loves me.  He was willing to forgive me of all my sins if I would simply say yes to Jesus and ask Him to be my Lord and Savior.  I didn’t have to do penance or a life time of good works to make up for my mistakes. I only had to put my faith in Jesus. When the pastor on the radio invited his listeners to say a prayer asking Jesus into their lives, I followed along changing my life forever. 

I immediately felt the burden of my sin be lifted from me. I was no longer guilty in God’s eyes. I had been washed clean by the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  I am now a Co-heir with Christ in God’s eternal kingdom.  I am forgiven and there is nothing I or anyone else can do to change that.  

For Jesus said I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me,” John 10:28 NLT.

So I know when I die, I will simply go on to eternal life with Jesus.  However, I started living the life God has planned for me progressively since the day I named Jesus the Lord of my life.  Since that day, my heart has changed. My anxiety and depression left me. I no longer have restless nights and sleep soundly almost as soon as my head hits the pillow.  I’m not perfect. I still mess up. I sin but when I do it grieves my heart and I confess it directly to Jesus knowing as the Bible says:

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

That is what has been happening in my life since I have been saved by Jesus. I am sober for six months for the first time in 25 years. Sin doesn’t have the power over me as it once did. I am truly free for the first time in my life.

Now, I know you might be thinking. “That’s great for you, Marc. You found a way to clean up your act, Finally! But I don’t have problems like yours. I have made good choices for myself and my life is great. I don’t need God’s help. Why do I need Jesus?” 

I have dedicated my life to Jesus and I am compelled to tell others of the great danger that await those who die without Jesus in their lives. 

For the Bible says: “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”  John 3:18

And, of also of non-believers:

These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,” 2 Thessalonians 1:9

And also

“The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.“ Matthew 13:41-42

The Bible is speaking about Hell. I know lots of people joke about Hell but I don’t think there is anything funny about everlasting destruction in a furnace of fire where there is wailing and gnashing of teeth.  These verses describe anguish and agony that lasts forever. Your beer drinking buddies might be there but you will be consumed by fire and pain that never ends.  Hell is not a Garth Brook’s song about friends in low places. There are no friends in Hell.  There is only opposition.  Like a caged animal you will lash out at everything you encounter.  You will curse every moment of your life on earth when it is revealed how foolish you were for never going to God. The pleasures you knew on the earth will be distant bitter memories and will be corrupted by the truth that they were the snares that kept you from God.  You will be filled with hatred for everyone you ever knew because they didn’t save you.  They didn’t tell you the truth. 

Jesus said I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  John 14:6

There is only one way to God and that is through faith in Jesus Christ.  The powers in darkness are growing in this world and the name of Christ is reviled now more than ever.  Purity and goodness are mocked and ridiculed.  Christian believers are going to their deaths at the hands of ISIS rather than renouncing their faith in Christ.  Would they do this for a lie? No! They know the truth; that the only lasting life is through Jesus and that their existence here on earth is only the beginning of the eternal life promised to those who believe.  The second those believers lost their lives to these terrorists, they were in His presence.  As Jesus said to the thief while both were dying on the Cross, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with me in Paradise.”  Luke 23:43 NKJV

This is your choice: Life or Death. If you come to Jesus you will be forgiven of all your sins and have eternal life. Jesus has the power to change you, to set you free. That life can start today. You don’t have to be a perfect person.  You just have to ask Jesus into your life. 

If you feel compelled to make this change in your life, please don’t wait. Talk with one of us and we will pray with you. Thank you and God bless you.