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25
Aug

DESTINED FOR HELL

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The author of ‘There is a Fountain’, William Cowper (pronounced Cooper), had a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ. However, he often had periods of doubt and envisioned himself hopeless and destined for hell. The final verse of this hymn may reflect that:

When this poor lisping, stamm’ring tongue Lies silent in the grave,
Then in a nobler, sweeter song I’ll sing Thy pow’r to save:
I’ll sing Thy pow’r to save, I’ll sing Thy pow’r to save;
Then in a nobler, sweeter song I’ll sing Thy pow’r to save.

When we become Christians and have our sins forgiven, we still have to deal with our sin nature that pulls us after the world. When we stumble in our walk of faith, we can sometimes condemn ourselves, which assumes a condemnation by God. Its in those times I need to come back to the cross and encourage myself in the hope that when Jesus shed His precious blood on that cross, all my sins were paid for…ALL.

So, be refreshed in the good news that Jesus has paid your debt. Live freely.

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10
Apr

SEA GULL

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Joan Turner is a mother who resides in Middleton, Rhode Island. She says, “I was at the beach with my children when my four-year old son ran up to me, grabbed my hand, and led me to the shore, where a sea gull lay dead in the sand.

“Mommy, what happened to him?” the little boy asked.

“He died and went to heaven,” I replied.

My son thought a moment and then said, “And God threw him back down?”

There are times when people’s answers aren’t enough. When we’re confused about life’s twists and turns, we are sometimes tempted to turn our back on God or question His promises. But please understand that God will never throw you back down. He loves you no matter what. Embrace that promise and ride out the storm.

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1
Jul

HOAX?

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In 1957, Lieutenant David Steeves walked out of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains 54 days after his Air Force trainer jet had disappeared. He told an unbelievable tale of how he had lived in a snowy wilderness after parachuting from his disabled plane. By the time he showed up alive, he had already been declared officially dead. When further research failed to turn up the wreckage, a hoax was suspected and Steeves was forced to resign under a cloud of doubt. More than 20 years later, however, his story was confirmed when a troop of Boy Scouts discovered the wreckage of his plane.

This reminds me of another survival story recorded in the Bible. Jesus had been executed, pronounced dead, and buried. But on the third day He appeared alive again. Religious leaders shouted “Hoax!” but hundreds of people saw him and talked with him. He disappeared again and hasn’t been seen since. But He will come again for those who believe in Him. Now that’s a survival story!

He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs (Acts 1:3).

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30
Jun

BREAKING UNBELIEF

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Dwight L. Moody was an extremely effective evangelist of over a century ago in Chicago. He told this story in his own words:

A wild and prodigal young man, who was running a headlong career to ruin came into one of our meetings in Chicago. Whilst endeavoring to bring him to Christ, I quoted this verse to him: “Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out.”

I asked him: “Do you believe Christ said that?”

“I suppose He did.”

“Suppose He did? Do you believe it?”

“I hope so.”

“Hope so? Do you believe it? You do your work, and the Lord will do His. Just come as you are, and throw yourself upon His bosom, and He will not cast you out.”

This man thought it was too simple and easy.

At last light seemed to break in upon him, and he seemed to find comfort from it. It was past midnight before he got down on his knees, but down he went, and was converted. I said:

“Now, don’t think you are going to get out of the devil’s territory without trouble. The devil will come to you tomorrow morning and say it was all feeling; that you only imagined you were accepted by God. When he does, don’t fight him with your own opinions, but fight him with John 6:37: “Him that cometh to Me I will in nowise cast out.” Let that be ‘the sword of the Spirit’.”

I don’t believe that any man ever starts to go to Christ but the devil strives somehow or other to meet him and trip him up. And even after he has come to Christ, the devil tries to assail him with doubts, and make him believe there is something wrong in it.

The struggle came sooner than I thought in this man’s case. When he was on his way home the devil assailed him. he used this text, but the devil put this thought into his mind:

“How do you know Christ ever said that after all? Perhaps the translators made a mistake.”

Into darkness he went again. He was in trouble till about two in the morning. At last he came to this conclusion. Said he:

“I will believe it anyway; and when I get to heaven, if it isn’t true, I will just tell the Lord I didn’t make the mistake – the translators made it.”

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