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{The people in this story are fictitious. Any resemblance to a real person or business is completely unintentional.}

“Oh, look at that wreath! Oh, honey, can’t we get it for Christmas?” Dorothy asked Robert one day while shopping.

“Yes, I think so, we need one for the front door, you know, but I wonder what the price is,” Robert replied.

“All Wreaths: Four Dollars” Dorothy read.

“Perfect! Just the right price. Put it in the cart dear,” Robert said.

It was December 16th, and Robert and Dorothy Johnson wanted to get their Christmas shopping done before the stores were closed. They got a few more things, checked out, and headed home.

Robert turned on the computer when they arrived home. Checking the email, he said, “Nope. No new emails today.” Then he did a few more things while Dorothy prepared supper.

“Well Robert,” John said at work a few days later, “next week is Christmas break. I’m going to Texas. Where are you going?”

“Home. Dorothy invited our minister and her relatives, and so we’ll have a houseful,” Robert replied.

“What are you having?”

“Ham, mashed potatoes, and a few other things.”

“All I’s got is a turkey, mashed potatoes, and a few other things. Since Mary’s dad and those guys are Jews, they don’t eat pork. I married a Jew, but since she has been going to the Baptist church, she’s been thinking things over. Personally, I don’t think it matters. I guess you’re a Methodist, right?”

“Yea, but the preacher’s leaving, and so we’ll probably be going to the Baptist church. I like the preacher, and the practice is good. Plus it’s a little closer, so it will be easier to walk there during the summer,” Robert answered. Continue reading

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Drawn by the Dawn

When dawn arises in the sky, one is awaken to a sense of beauty. The purple and pink blend well with the blue, and together a wonderful piece of art is created every morning.

Just as dawn is the beginning of a new day, so our lives here on earth are a dawning of an eternal day. Dawn only lasts a few hours before the sun’s rays erase the picture. So our lives are “but a vapor” in the beginning of the eternal day that never has a sunset. Our souls will always live on, just as the light of day is always present. As the Psalmist declared, “So teach us to number our days.”

Just as we do not know exactly when the dawn will disappear, we do not know when our lives will end. So we should be ready for when the end comes so that we will be able to spend eternity in an eternal day rather than an eternal night.

Concerning World Terrorism and Economic Problems

And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by. Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:8-11) 

And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. (Luke 21:28)

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. (2 Timothy 3:1-5).

But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. (2 Timothy 3:13)

For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come. (1 Thessalonians 1:9-10) Continue reading

The Love of God

Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. (1 John 3:16)

More than 2,000 years ago, God the Son came to this earth. John 3:16 says:

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. (John 3:16)

When Jesus was about 33 years old, He was crucified. Three days and three nights later, He rose again “for our justification” (Romans 4:25). It was God’s love for all mankind that sent God the Son down to earth to die for our sins.

It is God’s love that offers salvation to mankind. If we reject this free gift, then we will spend a conscious eternity away from the presence of God. This is the purpose of Hell. You wanted nothing to do with God, so He gave you your wish. You are forever separated from God; all alone; in torment. And it will last forever.

But while you are still alive, God’s offer of salvation is offered to you. But you must accept the gift in order to obtain salvation. I hope you will accept the free gift of God’s love.

And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life. (1 John 2:25).

Is There a God?

Some of our readers may question if there is a God. And the honest answer to that question is: Yes. There is a God.

Can you have art, without an artist? Or a watch, without a watchmaker? Can you have a design, without a designer? Just as you cannot have art without an artist; or a watch without a watchmaker; or a design without a designer; you cannot have creation without a Creator.

Now, of course, we can’t see God; not yet. But do we have to see someone to believe that they exist? I do not have to see the people who build computers to know they exist. Therefore, we don’t have to see God to believe that He exists.

So now, since there is a God, would anyone care to guess what that means? It means that, since He created this place, He owns it. And if He owns it, we’d better find out what He says and we’d better do it. Of course, as Christians, we won’t perfectly do what He says until we reach Heaven, but we ought to try. If you are not a Christian, read the following very carefully:

    1. Admit that you are a sinner, for the Bible says that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:10, 3:23).
    2. Be willing to turn from sin (repent), for the Bible says that if we do not repent, we will perish (Luke 13:3 & 5).
    3. Confess and believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and Saviour of the world, and accept Him as the only way to Heaven (Romans 10:9-10).

If you will sincerely do that, then you will be eternally saved. And then, when we leave this earth, we will see God, and Jesus Christ, Whom God hath sent.

And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3).

What are Anabaptists?

Some people may have heard of Anabaptists. Today I want to discuss this very thing.

It has been stated that the Anabaptist movement began in January of 1525. It would be more accurate to say that this was the beginning of the Swiss Brethren. This group included George Blaurock, Conrad Grebel, and Felix Manz. These men began their movement after they realized Ulrich Zwingli would not go far enough. Later, these men were persecuted for the move they made.

In all reality, the Anabaptists began in the first century A.D., and have continued to this very day. Other names for the Anabaptists included Donatists, Albigenses, and Waldensians. The Catholic Church, through the Dominican and Franciscan orders, persecuted Bible-believers relentlessly. They devised tortures such as the rack, pulleys, and other horrors. When the victims refused to recant, they were often burned alive at the stake. The Catholic Church also carried out crusades against the Bible-believing Christians. An estimated 50 million people perished for the crime of heresy, from 1209, when Innocent III began the inquisition, until the late 1800s, when the inquisition was brought to a close by world powers. Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain revived the inquisition in Spain, in the year 1492.

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Where will you spend eternity? When you die, you will spend eternity in either Heaven or Hell. If you are not sure, then I encourage you to:

1. Admit that you are a sinner, for the Bible says that all are sinners (Romans 3:10, 3:23).

2. Be willing to repent (turn from sin), as the Bible says in Luke 13:3 and Acts 17:30.

3. Confess that Jesus Christ is the only Lord and Saviour (Romans 10:9-10).

If you will do that, you will be eternally saved.

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