Heaven or Hell?

Someone said to me recently that they believed that Hell was here on earth and that everyone goes to Heaven.  Even those who had committed horrific crimes would go to Heaven because they had been tormented their whole life here on earth.

I was completely and totally dumbfounded. What?!  Huh?! The only words I could utter was “Then why did Jesus have to be crucified?”

Their statement has not left my mind, it’s been bouncing round and round.

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There must be a Hell because without Hell there would no God.  There would be no reason for God.

There must be a Hell because without Hell there would be no Satan.  There would be no reason for Satan.

There must be a Hell because without Hell we would not exist.  God created each of us for His pleasure. Colossians 1:16 states, “All things were created by Him and for Him.” It gives God great pleasure to create, just read Genesis 1!  Why would God create you if He really didn’t care what you did?

There must be a Hell because without Hell we would not need a Heaven. Why would God create you, give you free will and then still accept you with open arms when you choose not to come to Him and to do things against His ways? Do you give a reward to a child who is disobedient?  Do you get a “reward” just for being created and living your life?

There must be a Hell because without Hell we would not need to have a personal relationship with God. It gives Him great pleasure to have a personal relationship with you.  The way to have a personal relationship with Him is to come to Him…in love, in fear, in awe! If you don’t have a personal relationship with God why would you care if you spent eternity with Him or not?

There must be a Hell because without a Hell there would be no punishment. How do you feel when others do things wrong and get away with it?  We see it everyday and our response is we want justice!  We want things made right!  So why wouldn’t God want justice?

There must be a Hell because without a Hell there would be no “place” for the evil of this world.  There would be no “place” for those who followed Satan to go.

There must be a Hell because without a Hell there would no “place” for the ones who did good, in this world, those who have a personal relationship with God and followed His ways.

You cannot have good without evil
You cannot have Heaven without Hell.

This is for eternity, people!

Eternity – 1. infinite or unending time.  2. a state to which time has no application; timelessness; endless life after death.

Suppose you were standing before God right this second and He asked you, “Why should I let you into Heaven?”

What would you say? Remember, this question is for eternity!

God tells us in His instruction manual to us exactly how we get to spend eternity with Him!  Yep, He’s that amazing! Yep, He loves us that much to give us the answer to the question!

You must understand what’s keeping you from Heaven, from God.  It’s YOU!  It’s your sinful nature that keeps you from having a personal relationship with God.  We were born sinners and remain sinners by OUR choices.  God tells us, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23.  Notice the “all”?  All of us fall short.  Everyday…

We can’t save ourselves… not by good deeds, doing the right thing, or being a good person. “For by grace you are saved, through faith, and this is not of yourselves – it is the gift of God.  Not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9.

God is holy, God is just, and because of this He must punish us for our sin. So if we all sin, if we all fall short of the glory of God then we all deserve death and Hell. God tells us, “For the wages of sin is death.” Romans 6:23.

God loves us and has provided forgiveness for our sin. Jesus said: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”  John 14:6.  See the emphasis on “no one comes to the Father except through me”?  I have heard so many people who proclaim that they “have God” and they don’t need Jesus.  Yet, Jesus is clearly telling us… Only through Him may we have a personal relationship with God, our Father.

God sent Jesus to take our sin, all our sin ~ past, present and future when He died on the cross.  “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous to bring you to God”  1 Peter 3:18.  How many people would go through what Jesus went through for you?  The pain, the humiliation.

Romans 4:25 says: “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.”

Believe in the Lord, Jesus Christ!

“To all who received Him, to those who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become children of God.”  Acts 16:31

Eternal life is a free gift!  “The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

Once you receive Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior your life will be filled with fullness and meaning beyond what you will ever comprehend!  Jesus said: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10

You can spend eternity with Jesus in Heaven, for He promised: “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you may also be where I am,” John 14:3.

If you want to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and receive forgiveness from God, here is a prayer you can pray.  Saying this prayer will not save you.  Only by trusting Jesus can give you forgiveness of your sins can.  Praying this prayer is simply a way to express to God your faith in Him.  Thanking Him for providing for your forgiveness through His Son, Jesus.

“God, I know I am a sinner.  I have sinned against you and I deserve punishment.  Thank you for sending Jesus to take the punishment that I so rightly deserve so that through faith in Him I can be forgiven.  I place my trust in You for salvation.  Thank You for Your wonderful grace and forgiveness!  Amen!”

“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one.” John 17:20-22

The Lord’s Prayer Challenge

 

 

 

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  • Where ever you are.
  • Every day at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard U.S. Time, stop whatever you are doing, wherever you are, and say the Lord’s Prayer. The goal is to have as many people as possible raise their voices in unison to Heaven in a concert of prayer. Please join us, it only takes a moment to recite.

    At the end, you may add on any personal requests for salvation, healing, etc., as you heart leads you, or simply add a prayer in agreement with others’ requests.

    Matthew 18:19 Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where tw or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.

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Lung Leavin’ Day

plateImagine you are beginning a new life… A new life with the love of your life, a new life with your new-born baby girl.  Your dreams are stretched out before. Then, in one moment, life as you know it comes crashing down around you.  The dreams you have been dreaming now go by the wayside because you now have to fight for each single day.
This, my friends, is what happened for Cameron and  Heather Von St. James.
Just three months and half months after the birth of her first child, Lily Rose, Heather was diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma.  Heather was just 36 years old when faced with the news that she had only 15 short months to live.
I’m sure many of you have heard of Mesothelioma but do you know exactly what it is?  Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer affecting the membrane lining of the lungs and abdomen.  Malignant mesothelioma is the most serious of all asbestos-related diseases. There is no known cure for mesothelioma, but treatments such as surgery and chemotherapy have helped to improve the typical mesothelioma prognosis.  Pleural mesothelioma affects the lung’s protective lining in the chest cavity represents about three-quarters of all mesothelioma incidence. (Read more: http://www.mesothelioma.com/mesothelioma)
There are two ways to handle this news… this devastating news…give up or fight.  Which would you do?
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 ESV.
Heather knew that God had plans for her life and she wanted all that He wanted for her and her future.  Heather chose to fight for her dreams, to fight for her future, to fight for the chance to watch her daughter Lily Rose, grow,  with Cameron right beside her.
Their determination and refusal to compromise on doctors or treatments led them to Boston where Heather received radical surgery to remove her left lung by the esteemed mesothelioma surgeon, David Sugarbaker along with subsequent chemotherapy.
That was seven years ago, and Heather continues to thrive.  Heather proudly claims the title of mesothelioma cancer survivor.  She gratefully and passionately embraces each day of the new life she has been given by being a wife to Cameron, and mother to Lily Rose.
Heather and Cameron are also passionate about bringing awareness of mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos exposure to others.  Spreading their message of hope and inspiration to all those affected by mesothelioma.  Heather shares her own personal holiday, LungLeavin’Day, the day that Heather had surgery to remove her left lung.  LungLeavin’ Day started out as a personal celebration in the beginning of February between Heather and her husband Cameron to recognize each year Heather remained cancer-free, but has now turned into a celebration of life and overcoming fears with many family members, friends and cancer survivors.
LungLeavin’ Day is not just for cancer survivors though, it is a day for anyone who desires to take control of their lives and throw their fears to the fire.  Each year, Heather and Cameron gather around a fire in their backyard with their  friends and family.  They all write their biggest fears on a plate and smash them into the fire.  They celebrate for those who are no longer with them, for those who continue to fight, for those who are currently going through a tough time in their life, and most importantly, they celebrate life! 
“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35
On the 7th year, Heather and Cameron decided it was time to give back to the community.  They begin using LungLeavin’ Day as fundraiser for the 3 organizations that have made such a difference in their lives.  All of the money raised is split 3-ways for the 3 organizations that have made such a difference in their lives.  The  International Mesothelioma Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation and the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization.
This year, Heather and Cameron have created a really cool interactive page where you can actually smash a virtual plate and throw your fear to the fire!  http://www.mesothelioma.com/heather/lungleavinday.
As well as webcasting the event live on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HeatherVonStJames.

Fruit of the Spirit – Faith

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Faith means: 1. adhering firmly and devotedly, as to a person, cause, or idea; loyal. 2. worthy or trust or belief; reliable. 3. consistent with truth or actuality; a faithful reproduction of the portrait.

Faith is more than just believing.  Faith is trusting with our lives to what we believe.  Faith in God says that we are willing adhere to the His Word for living because we believe He knows what’s best for us.   Faith in God means we are to act consistently in our faith.  Faith in God is surrendering our will for His will for us.   Faith in God means we are willing to endure ridicule and persecution for our faith in Him because we are sure that the Christian life is what’s best for us eternally.

Wow, God sure is asking much from us, isn’t He?  Why should we have faith in Him?

God created everything.  God knows about everything.  God  knew the end before the beginning, before He even began to create. God never changes. God keeps His promises.  God, by His Word, give us a solid foundation to build our lives on.  God’s standards of right and wrong does not change. God is present in all the places at all times.

If God was NOT all these things, we wouldn’t have a reason to faith in Him.

But real faith is still more than that… it’s not just knowing, it’s accepting it as true for You.  Our faith is only as good as in where you place it. We need to make sure our faith is in something that does what it promises to do.  No matter how much trust you have in others, your church, etc., they maybe able to help you in the here and now but they can’t help you afterward.  The only one who can help you is God Himself.  He proved He has the power to give us eternal life because He sent His son to pay for our sins, who conquered death.

God did what He promised He would do when He sent Jesus to pay for our sins.  God can will do what he promised He would do for you ~ give you eternal life if you would only just believe.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 18 ESV “At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, …”  that faith is a responsibility.

Faith is not about innocence, but dependence.  Children are dependent upon others with faith that others will care for them and their needs.  That is how we have to have trust and faith in our Jesus.  As Jesus tells us to come to Him as a child, He asks us to be good children.  A good child accepts their responsibility to learn and grow.  As a child of God we must express humbleness and trust so we can grow in our faith.

As we grow in our faith, we should be evaluating ourselves by His standards, not the worlds.  Childlike faith helps us to see who we are in Christ.  We must always humble ourselves, we cannot come to the Lord if we don’t; we will never admit our need, surrender to Him or grow.

Faith is the what we do and what we bring to everything we do in our Christian life.  Faith means trusting, being humble and not forcing our wills on others.  Are we good examples to others, pointing the Way? Or are we causing others to stumble?

Faith is exactly what it takes to get through uncertainty.  Faith is not necessary when you know how things are going to work out, – that’s knowledge.  It’s in the time of unknowing that having faith is what sees you through to the other side.  Faith is what gives you strength.

Faith is that light in your heart that keeps on shining even when it’s all darkness outside. Now is the time to keep that faith alive!

Faith in Christ is not faith, until He’s all you’re holding onto.

Christ is able to hold you forever and never let you go all the way through eternity.

It’s not the strength of our faith that matters but the strength of what we put our faith in.

Do you have faith in Jesus to hold you up forever?

 FORSAKING       ALL     I   TAKE    HIM

FAITH

your love never fails

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