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GLMX #215: How Louis Zamperini Found his Greatest Peace and Satisfaction

Louis Zamperini

Louis Zamperini

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One of America’s greatest heroes is a man named Louis Zamperini. He was an Olympic distance runner, a World War II prisoner of war survivor, and an inspirational speaker. He died this past year on July 2nd at the age of 97. His life story has been told in a new film titled Unbroken, which was directed by Angelina Jolie and is set to be released in December 2014.

While the movie focuses on Louis’ life as an Olympic track star, a soldier, and a prisoner of war, it does not focus on a very important part of Louis’ life — how he came to believe in Jesus Christ as his Savior and how he found peace and satisfaction in his life. Back in 2003, Louis told his story on CBN. Continue Reading…

GLMX #214: Hail and Farewell

S. Truett Cathy / The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George

S. Truett Cathy / The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George

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The “hail and farewell” is an old military tradition in which soldiers and their families attend a ceremony to welcome new soldiers or leaders and to bid farewell to those who have died, retired, or are leaving the organization for some other reasons. The tradition is a symbol of the way life changes — old faces leave and new faces come. Some who have been with us for a long time pass away even as new careers and families are started. And, yet, life goes on.

We saw an example of this at the beginning of this past week. A very well-respected businessman died at the age of 93. Samuel Truett Cathy was the founder of the popular Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant chain and a committed Christian. On the very day the world learned of his passing, the world also learned that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are now expecting a second child — a future heir to the throne of England.

It is easy for us to be swept along by the passing of time and the constant changes that take place in life without giving any thought to an existence beyond this physical, temporal one. But, as the Bible tells us in 1 John 2:17, this “world passeth away, and the lust [desires and cares] thereof…” Eventually, not only will each of us die, but the world that we live in will also pass away. These are not just biblical statements; even scientists have predicted that the world as we know it will one day come to an end.

However, the end of physical life and the end of the world, is not the end of existence. After we die, we will go somewhere. After this world passes away, a new world will be created in which all those who love God will live forever in peace and harmony. First John 2:17 goes on to say, “the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”

What is the will of God that we must do in order to “abide forever” (or live for eternity)? In John chapter 6, some people asked Jesus Christ, “What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?” Jesus replied, “This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” God sent Jesus Christ to this world in order that we might be saved through Him. 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.”

If you do the will of God by believing on Jesus Christ as your Savior, you will abide forever, or as the last verse says, you will have everlasting life. When we hear of others dying, it ought to cause us to consider our mortality and the fact that we will go somewhere after death.

We can never hope to have a peaceful and enjoyable eternal existence outside of God. He alone is the key to eternal life. However, sadly, we are separated from Him because of our sins, we cannot be in a perfect relationship with Him, and we are automatically destined for eternal punishment in a place called Hell.

God, however, does not want us to suffer in Hell, so He did something about it. As I read to you from John 3:16, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to pay for our sins. Now we can have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

When Jesus Christ came to earth, He died on the cross for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, in order that we would have a chance to begin a relationship with God. First Peter 3:18 says, “Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened (or made alive) by the Spirit.” After He died on the cross, Jesus rose from the dead demonstrating that He had removed the threat of death and Hell for those who choose to believe on Him.

If we want to begin a relationship with God, we must admit that we are sinners in need of forgiveness, and then trust Jesus Christ to save us from our sins and the consequences of our sins. If we place our faith and trust in Jesus Christ, we do not have to be uncertain about death or our eternal future. We can face the changes Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

You can pray a short prayer to let God know that you have decided to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour and that you want to begin a relationship with Him. Please repeat after me and mean it from your heart.

Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today and forever so that I can have your peace and assurance about my life today and my eternal future. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.”

Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! God Bless You!

MUSICAL SELECTION: “It’s Your Life,” by Francesca Battistelli

GLMX #213: Is It Well With Your Soul?

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When someone asks you, “How are you doing?”, you might reply, ‘I am doing fine’, or, ‘I am doing well.’ But, how true is that statement? Are you truly doing well?

For many of us today, things may not be well physically or financially or in our relationships with others. We may be sick, tight on money, or going through painful relationship drama. Our souls are troubled because of such things.

Many years ago, a man from Chicago experienced a heart-breaking tragedy. He and his family had planned a vacation in England. However, when the time of departure came, the man was delayed because of some business matters, and he sent his wife and four daughters ahead of him on the ship. While crossing the Atlantic Ocean, the ship that they were traveling on was struck by another ship. 226 people died in this accident, including the man’s four daughters. Only his wife was saved.

With his heart weighed down by grief, this man boarded a ship to sail to England to join his wife. While sailing, he crossed over the same spot where his daughters lost their lives. However, while on that journey, he wrote the words to the now-famous hymn, “It Is Well With My Soul.” The man’s name is Horatio G. Spafford, and despite the terrible tragedy that he suffered, the song he wrote is devoid of any hatred, bitterness, or resentment. Instead, it is a buoyant hymn filled with hope, love, and a message of peace. Please listen as I share it with you now.

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!—
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul!

How was this man, who suffered such pain, able to express these beautiful sentiments? It is almost as though he were not bothered by what had happened to him or concerned about what would happen to him. He was content and he was at peace. Mr. Spafford was able to be this way because, although everything was not well in his life, it was well with his soul. He accepted the fact that his life, and the lives of all those around him, were in the hands of God. And, he was not afraid of death because he knew that Jesus Christ would be with him to the end and would be there to meet him on the other side. Continue Reading…

GLMX #212: Joan Rivers and the Suddenness of Death

Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers

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Although she was 81 years old, her mind (and her tongue) was still as sharp as ever. In fact, she had engagements booked throughout the rest of this year and into next year. According to the president of an arts center in Baltimore, who often hosted her, Mrs. Rivers was ready to go “non-stop.” Yet, her life came to a screeching halt when she went into cardiac arrest last week, and died Thursday, September 4th.

As a Christian evangelist, I sometimes feel guilty when someone like Joan Rivers dies. She was born in the same town I was born in — Brooklyn, NY, although many years before me. Although I never knew her personally, and even though I enjoyed her jokes from time to time, I never thought about witnessing to her. As funny as she was, and as much as we enjoyed her time on earth, I am afraid to say that, based on her religious beliefs, she is likely in Hell today.

However, the question that matters the most right now is not where she is, but where are you going? Because you can die suddenly too. In fact, you might be another Joan Rivers. You might be riding high in life, self-actualizing, and doing what you were made to do. However, your life can change in an instant, and your eyes will close on this world for the last time.

As much as we are influenced to believe that the human race is nearly invincible, the truth is we are really quite fragile. The Bible says, “What is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” King David wrote in Psalm 39: “LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am.” The death of Joan Rivers reminds us that we need to be ready for what comes after death — a meeting with God and the beginning of life in an eternal destination.

Today, you have the opportunity to make sure that you will spend eternity in Heaven with God by accepting Jesus Christ as your Saviour. Please don’t put off this decision, for as we see from the life of Joan Rivers, we do not know what tomorrow holds. Continue Reading…

GLMX #211: In Christ Alone

In Christ alone

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One of the most beloved Christian hymns of our day is “In Christ Alone” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend. The words of this song express many beautiful truths about Jesus Christ and the relationship that people can enjoy with Him. Please listen as I read the words of this song to you. Continue Reading…

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