Jesus Save Me!

I  was asked to visit a very ill 95-year-old woman.  She was hard of hearing and I knew her time was short.

I asked her if she knew Jesus and she yelled her reply, “No! But I’d like to!”

I asked if she were to die, does she know where she’d go?
She yelled again, “Probably hell!”

I loudly explained, “Jesus loves you and wants you to be with Him in heaven someday.  If you are willing to turn from your sins and follow Jesus, the Bible tells us that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.  Would you like to do that?”

She yelled so loudly, I’m sure she was heard outside: “JESUS SAVE ME!”

That was it. I don’t know what’s in her past. Only God knows her heart. But according to Scripture I believe she is saved. The Holy Spirit is now free to indwell her and make changes in the way she thinks and acts.  It is never too late.

Have you ever prayed with someone to receive Christ?  Would you have handled this situation differently?

This life is temporary.  This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

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Pilgrims Came as Missionaries!

It has been widely taught that the Pilgrims came to America in 1620 to escape persecution.  Yet The Mayflower Compact of 1620 states that the Pilgrims’ voyage to the New World was “undertaken for the glory of God and for the advancement of the Christian faith.”

That’s right!  The Pilgrims actually came as missionaries! They did not come to escape persecution. They left England because of persecution and went to Holland. They were free in Holland, but left Holland to come to America “for the advancement of the Christian faith.”

The late Rev. Peter Marshall, author of The Light and the Glory stated, “No, again when you do the research, when you look into what these people say, what you find out is that they were missionaries. All you have to do is read the most famous quote from the pen of William Bradford who was the great chronicler and perennially re-elected governor. He said, ‘They had a great hope and an inward zeal of advancing the cause of the Gospel of the Kingdom of Christ in those remote parts of the earth. Yet, even though they should be but  stepping-stones unto others for the performing of so great a work.’”

Peter Marshall continues, “So, they were missionaries. They weren’t running away from anything, but coming in the response to the call of Jesus on their lives to implement the Gospel and create this just society. Because, as adherence of the reformed faith of the Calvinist wing of the Protestant Reformation, they understood that what Scripture teaches is that we Christian believers are to take the Gospel of Christ into every area of society in whatever nation we find ourselves, wherever we are located.”

This life is temporary.  This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

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One Minute After You Die

Marie’s  sister is terminally ill.  She told me she’s an atheist and asked me to pray that she wouldn’t have much pain before she dies.

I told her I’d be glad to pray for her not to have pain now.  “But if she’s an atheist, she may be looking at much more pain in the next life.  You see, when we die, it’s only our body that dies.  Our soul will continue to live on forever.  This current life is a test. Where we live in the next life is determined in this life.

“There is a book I’d love to share with you.  It’s entitled, One Minute After You Die, by Erwin W. LutzerIt explains that one minute after you die you will either be enjoying a personal welcome from Christ, or catching your first glimpse of gloom as you have never known it.  Either way, your future will be irrevocably fixed and eternally unchangeable.

“Your sister won’t always be an atheist, Marie.  Once she dies she will be more alive than ever before.”  She listened.

The next day I took her the book, One Minute After You Die, so she can read it herself.  I also gave her the booklet, Would You Like to Know God Personally? by Dr. Bill Bright, so she can read it to her sister.  Please pray for Marie and her sister.

  • For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.   John 3:16-18
  • You may read the booklet here: https://www.cru.org/us/en/how-to-know-god/would-you-like-to-know-god-personally.html
  • JOHN 3:16-18 – Music by Kathleen
This life is temporary.  This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

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Gina’s Story – God Provides!

Gina was laid off from her job of 12 years in March, 2020.   She writes, “After reviewing our home budget, I began searching for work right away, even though regular unemployment and the additional Covid unemployment money from the government were a blessing.  God provided!

“One perfect opportunity came up right away:  an administrative assistant position working for USA Surfing, which is the US Olympic Surfing Team. I am a surfer and I love the Olympics. What a perfect match! This must be from the Lord. I interviewed and was second in line for the position, but not first. That’s okay. God’s will be done. God will provide!

“Meanwhile, our granddaughter’s preschool closed due to the pandemic.  Since I wasn’t working I could be her main caregiver. What fun we had and my daughter was able to continue working.  God provides!

“In May while taking our granddaughter for a walk, I noticed a wealth management sign in a window and thought, ‘Hmm, I should call and see if they need office help.’  I did.  The owner’s daughter, his partner, said they would be needing help but not just yet.  She didn’t want me waiting around, but was interested.  I told her I would prayerfully keep looking, but felt the Lord was telling me to wait.  God will provide!

“By the end of summer the wealth management business let me know they had decided to hire another partner and wouldn’t be needing my help. However, they referred me to an engineer friend for a two-week transcribing assignment that started right about the time the extra government pandemic unemployment money ended. God provides!

“As soon as that assignment ended, the company where I had worked the last 12 years called me back. God provides!  A couple days into working back at my old company, I received an e-mail from the wealth management company.  Their new partner would not be coming to work with them after all. They would be needing help. ‘Would you be available for coffee sometime?’

“Oh, oh!  God, what are You doing? I just went back to work at my old company and I’m getting courted by the wealth management company?  I don’t understand. I will trust you.

“The daughter of the wealth management company came for an iced coffee on our ocean view patio where we quickly bonded.  We both decided we would like to work together but didn’t know what exactly that would look like since she wasn’t sure exactly when they would need me.  I didn’t want to renege on my commitment to my old company.  She respected my integrity.  If I did work for them it could lead to a more permanent position.  I could begin to learn the wealth management business and make that my career path as I go through the needed education with their guidance.  Before she left, I asked if we could pray together about this and she jumped right in leading the prayer.  God provides!

“I soon interviewed with the owner of the wealth management company as well as his daughter.  They loved me, I loved them and they offered me the job of Administrative Manager!  God provides!

“Meanwhile, I was expecting to continue working for my current employer until the current project ended–with the blessing from my new employer.  However, my current boss was so excited about this new opportunity for me, he gave his blessing for me to leave at the end of the week!  He promised if the new job didn’t work out, he would welcome me back.  God provides!

“Now I am in the process of training to manage a wealth management business and learning about financial planning.  I never dreamed I’d have a new career in my mid-50s.  I am so excited!   God provides!”

I just learned our granddaughter’s preschool is closing due to lack of enrollment after the Covid closure.  God will provide!

This life is temporary.  This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

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Formula for Fixing Marriage?

As an online missionary with Global Media Outreach, I received a letter from a woman overseas.  She’d been married ten years, they have four children, but their marriage is falling apart.  They no longer speak unless it’s an argument about money.  They haven’t shared the same bed for nearly a year.

She writes, “I’m a Christian.  I love my husband and I want our marriage to be honoring to God.  Could you tell me which Bible verses to learn and how many days of fasting are necessary to save our marriage?”

I wrote, “Marriage is not easy.  We all have to work at it.  I wish it were as easy as a simple formula.  Unfortunately, it’s going to take work and prayer.

“Why do you argue about money? You said you both have jobs.  Perhaps you could suggest making up a monthly budget.  What would happen if you handed your paycheck to your husband and let him pay the bills?

“Focus more on your husband.  Listen to him.  Ephesians 5: 33 says ‘…the wife must respect her husband.’  Men need respect, especially from their wives.  Is there some way you’ve offended him, been disrespectful?  Perhaps it’s time to ask his forgiveness.  Tell him you love him and want to be a better wife.  Perhaps it’s time to begin taking walks together and holding hands.

“Try cooking his favorite meal and sitting with him while he eats.  When he looks at you, don’t look away. Maintain eye contact and smile.  Agree with him. If says black is white, don’t argue.  Just smile.  Keep praying for him.  If you are not happy, then he is not happy either.  God is going to honor your quiet and humble spirit.

“Do the little things you know he likes.  Lots of men enjoy having a neck rub.  It’s good for the children to observe little acts of kindness and affection between their parents.  Do you attend church together?  Are you raising up your children to love and obey Jesus?  This is important.”

I sent the following Bible verses to encourage her:

  • Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.  Ephesians 4: 2
  • The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.  Proverbs 14: 1
  • But I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.   1 Corinthians 11: 3
  • Husbands, love your wives,  just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.  Ephesians 5:25-27

She wrote a week later:  “I am grateful for your advice, prayer and Bible study.  We were able to settle our differences Monday night, even though there was a lot of anger and shouting.  We had a long talk and he said he wants to be a better husband.  I am seeing improvement already!  I was surprised when he asked me to take a drive with him.  Yesterday I asked him to do the ironing of clothes and he did it without complaining.  We are again sharing the same bed, which hasn’t happened in nearly a year!   I give God the glory because I see he is becoming a changed person.”

This life is temporary.  This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

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“How Can I Get God in My Life?”

One Sunday afternoon at the beach a man came to our Bible table and asked, “How can I get God in my life?”

I gave him the simple message of the Gospel:  “Jesus came to live a sinless life so He could then purchase our eternal salvation on the cross.  If you want God in your life,  you must recognize you are a sinner in need of salvation and then turn away from your sinful ways.

“Once you desire to turn from your sin and follow Jesus, He will then do three things:  forgive your sins, promise you eternal life in heaven and give you the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is that part of God that will come and live inside you. When He comes He will bring all the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. You will get ALL of that when you receive the Holy Spirit.  You will just need to exercise it.  The Holy Spirit will become your new teacher and your comforter. Whenever you sin He will make you feel guilty–that is His job. You will want to confess your sin to God and turn away from sinning again.  Soon you will begin to notice changes the Holy Spirit is making in your life.  The peace is what I noticed first.  God even changed my way of thinking!”

He eagerly blurted: “That is what I want!”  He then prayed with us to receive Jesus.

Afterward he shared his story:  His wife had left him six weeks ago, taking the children.  He had become so depressed he was considering suicide.  Then last night a thought came to him:   “Perhaps I need God in my life!”  However, he didn’t know even one person who attended church, who could give him some counsel.

He checked his phone for local churches and discovered so many churches he was afraid he’d pick a bad one;  so he closed his phone and prayed for the first time:  “God, if  You’re out there, show me how to find You.”

“Then today I came down to the beach and there you were!”

We gave him a Bible and invited him to church.  What joy!

  • Those who diligently seek Me will find Me.    Proverbs 8:17
  • You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.    Jeremiah 29:13
  • For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16
  •  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.   Galatians 5:22-23  
  • I LOVE THE LORD by Kathleen
This life is temporary.  This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

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In a Relationship

I received an email from 22-year-old John in Kenya, via Global Media Outreach, for which I am an online missionary.

“I am in a relationship and I need advice on how we can live happily, loving each other without limitations.”

“Dear John,  I’m not sure what you mean by “in a relationship.”  Are you living together?  Sleeping together?  Unfortunately, if you are not married, then there are many limitations. You see, sexual activity is forbidden by God—until after marriage.

“Here’s another important question:  Have both of you given your lives to Jesus Christ?  The Bible tells us not to be yoked with an unbeliever.  If one of you is a follower of Jesus and the other one is not, this is not good.

“If you are both Christ followers, then are you praying together? Are you reading and studying the Bible together? This is important.  The Bible says ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.’ That is your number one goal.

“Perhaps you and your girlfriend would enjoy learning more about God and the Bible together.  Go to:   http://godlife.com/ where you will find great resources for Christians at every stage of growth.

“John, please understand this:  God loves you and your girlfriend. He wants what’s best for both of you.  Please write back and let me know if you have further questions or want prayer. I am here to help.”

Unfortunately, that was the last I heard from John.

  • Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,  for they shall be satisfied.   Matthew 5:6
  • But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.            Ephesians 5:3
  • Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.     2 Corinthians 6:14
  • Learn more about Global Media Outreach here: https://globalmediaoutreach.com/
  • SEVEN TIMES A DAYBy Kathleen taken from Ps. 119 & 2 Thess. 3:6;

    This life is temporary.  This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

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Inmate – Look of Fresh Innocence

A remarkable story from my years doing jail ministry:

There was a precious 22-year-old in my Bible study at the county jail. Kimberly was unusually attractive, with the look of fresh innocence. She rarely smiled, but I was drawn to her sweet spirit.

She came faithfully every week for five weeks.  Her serious eyes would listen and she’d ask deep questions, but she was fearful of giving her life to Jesus.

One evening I had an opportunity to speak with her privately:  “Kimberly, I believe someday you will decide you are ready. When that happens, you won’t need me. Just talk to God in your own words, even from your bunk.  Tell God you want His forgiveness.  Let Him know you realize you cannot live the Christian life on your own power. You need the Holy Spirit to come in and change you. Pour out your heart to Him.  He loves you.”

The next week Kimberly came to class smiling and bubbling with joy.  I knew immediately she was different.  “What happened to you?”

“I did it!  Last Friday night on my bunk I cried out to God and asked for forgiveness.  I have been happy ever since—and I have peace!  I don’t know why I waited so long!”

Kimberly continued to come weekly until her release a few months later.  She grew in her walk with God and the transformation was genuine.

A few months later I received a phone call from a friend. She said her niece, Kimberly, had spent several months in jail. “Ever since her release her parents have been astounded at her change.  She’s happy.  She’s working.  She’s even going to church!  Kimberly gives all the credit to Jesus Christ, who came into her life while she was in jail.  She told her mom she had attended Kathleen’s Bible Study while in jail.   I wonder…are you that Kathleen?”

I could hardly speak as I listened to her message.  I loved that girl and I praise God that she is continuing to walk with Him.

  • This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.   1 Timothy 2:3-4
  • SONG:  I KNOW HIM  by Kathleen:

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Astrology in Myanmar

We learned a great deal from our Buddhist guides while traveling in Myanmar (formerly Burma).  For example, the people there don’t have surnames.  Their last name is the day of the week on which they were born.  They divide Wednesday into two days: Midnight til 12 noon is one day; noon to midnight another day. That way there are eight days in the week—and for them, eight is a lucky number.

It is their belief that the day of the week on which they are born determines their personalities. There are certain days of the week—let’s say Monday. If you’re born that day, then you would not make a good match with a person born on another day—let’s say Wednesday.  An astrologer is consulted before a marriage consideration, to ensure a good match according to the astrological chart.

As a follower of Jesus, I believe astrology is the “interpretation” of an assumed influence the stars and planets have on human destiny.  According to the Bible, this is a false belief.

  1. In Daniel 1:20 the royal astrologers of the Babylonian court were put to   shame by God’s prophet Daniel.
  2. The astrologers were powerless to interpret the king’s dream in Daniel 2:27.
  3. In Isaiah 47:13-14, God specifies astrologers as among those who will be burned as stubble in God’s judgment.
  4. We read in Deuteronomy 18:10-14 that astrology as a form of divination is forbidden in Scripture.
  5. The sun, moon and stars are designated “host of heaven” in Genesis 2:1.  In Deuteronomy 4:19 God forbids the children of Israel to worship or serve the “host of heaven.”
  6. We read in 2 Kings 17:16 that the Israelites fell into that very sin several times. Their worship of the stars brought God’s judgment each time.
  • In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom.     Daniel 1:20
  •  Daniel replied, “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about.     Daniel 2:27
  • All the counsel you have received has only worn you out!  Let your astrologers come forward, those star-gazers who make predictions month by month, let them save you from what is coming upon you.  Surely they are like stubble; the fire will burn them up.  They cannot even save themselves from the power of the flame. These are not coals for warmth; this is not a fire to sit by.     Isaiah 47:13-14
  • And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars—all the heavenly array—do not be enticed into bowing down to them and worshiping things the Lord your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven.          Deuteronomy 4:19
  • They forsook all the commands of the Lord their God and made for themselves two idols cast in the shape of calves,and an Asherah pole. They bowed down to all the starry hosts, and they worshiped Baal.     2 Kings 17:16
  • SONG:  THE PARALYTICMusic by Kathleen, Lyrics from Mark 2:3, 5-12
This life is temporary.  This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

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Superstition, Luck and Buddhism

Although it’s been a while,  what we learned about Buddhism on our trip to Myanmar, formerly Burma, needs to be shared.

We learned that Buddhists don’t believe in a personal God!  Some Buddhist sects may pray to Buddha, but most meditate on, and only pay respect, to Buddha, their teachers or their ancestors.  It was our understanding that they might meditate for themselves or others.  Their prayers may often be their own words of encouragement to themselves!

Their lifestyle is steeped in superstition and luck, which they take seriously.  We were told that certain flowers are bad luck if placed in certain places. Doing different normal activities might be bad luck, depending on the day or place.

When I think about my faith in Jesus Christ, I realize there is no place for superstition. Christians are not to be superstitious.  Superstitions are actually a form of witchcraft and we want no part of that!  Satan is alive!  Satan does not care what we believe, as long as we don’t put our faith in Jesus Christ.

What about LUCK?   A follower of Jesus is not to depend on good luck, nor fear bad luck. In fact, I believe there is no place in a Christian’s vocabulary for the word luck. We depend on Jesus Christ and the Word of God, which is far superior than luck.

  • Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: ‘Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!’  These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.      Colossians 2:20-23
  •  Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.    1 Timothy 4:7 
  • THE STORY OF A DREAM – by Kathleen
    This life is temporary.  This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

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