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GLMX #260: The Tragedy of Being Unprepared to Die

People gather for a national service for the victims of the terror attack at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015.

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On Friday night in Paris, multiple simultaneous terror attacks were carried out. 129 people were killed, and over 350 were injured. It was the worst attack in France since World War II.

Those who died in the attacks were people just like you and me. They were out at the end of the week, enjoying a Friday night and looking forward to the weekend. Some were at a soccer game. Some were eating in a restaurant. Some were attending a concert. It is one of the worst tragedies the modern world has ever witnessed. So many lives ended suddenly, unexpectedly, and unnecessarily.

What is more tragic, however, is that many of those who died may have been unprepared to face what comes after death. An eternal destination awaits each of us after we leave this earth. A decision we make in this life determines where we end up. You can die just as suddenly and unexpectedly as those 129 souls who departed this earth on Friday in Paris, or you may die after living into your old age. Either way, you have an opportunity to prepare for what comes after death right now. It would be a tragedy if you did not take advantage of this chance. Continue Reading…

GLMX #259: All Lives Matter to God

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You’ve heard the slogans in recent months — “black lives matter”, “all lives matter”, “police lives matter,” “white lives matter.” Racial conflict, and its sometimes deadly consequences, has unfortunately led to increased division in our country. This is evident even in the belief of some that one of the aforementioned slogans should be used to the exclusion of all others.

Whatever position you take on issues of race, police brutality, and injustice in this country, I can tell you without a doubt that all lives matter to God. You may not feel like your life or the lives of a certain group of people matter to the government or to society at large, but I can say without hesitation that every life matters to God. In God’s eyes, every person is deserving of being treated with respect, honor, fairness, and dignity because every human being is made in God’s image. Most importantly, all lives matter to God because every life represents a soul worth saving from sin and the punishment of sin.

John 3:16-17 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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” Did you notice how the word “world” is used three times in these two verses? That word refers to everybody in the world — all lives. God sent Jesus to save all lives. “Whosoever” is another great word; it means anybody at anytime. If you are alive today, you are a part of the world and a part of whosoever. God cares about all people and He cares about you.

No matter your race, ethnicity, or socio-economic background, God cares about you and wants to save you. The Apostle John wrote that, through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, people “out of every kindred, and tongue, and nation” are being redeemed and reconciled to God. In one of his visions, he saw an “angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people…”

God has clearly indicated in His Word that all lives matter to Him.

Your life matters to Him. He doesn’t want you to live without knowing Him as your Heavenly Father. And He doesn’t want you to die without making sure that you will be with Him in Heaven for eternity. You can get to know Him only by accepting Jesus Christ — the Way, the Truth, and the Life — as your Lord and Savior.

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how you can accept Him into your heart today.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “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.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

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.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. 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. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. 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 from Hell 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.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

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

In Light of the Russian Plane Tragedy, If You Were to Die Today, Where Would You Go — Heaven or Hell? (GLMX #VA9)

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

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It was like deja vu.

Another Malaysia Airlines flight mysteriously vanishing from the sky.

Scores of people dead in an instant.

Government leaders and aviation experts scrambling for answers.

Hundreds of families and friends grieving for their loved ones.

The world in shock once again.

Nothing could have prepared the world for what happened on Thursday, July 17, 2014. A passenger airplane, carrying 298 people, was shot out of the sky as it flew over a war zone in eastern Ukraine. Residents of a Ukrainian village reported debris and corpses falling out of the sky — one woman said a body fell through her roof, another body fell into a neighbor’s garden. Hundreds of bodies fell into the wheat fields around the village.

Just as it seemed the world was recovering from the shock of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 — where 239 people were lost forever after a plane inexplicably vanished somewhere — another tragedy eerily reminiscent of the first re-opened worries, fears, and feelings of helplessness. The shock of this unexpected occurrence, which left families around the world from Australia to the Netherlands to the United States mourning the loss of their loved ones, reminds us of the fact that we can be here today and gone tomorrow. Or, more accurately in this case, here one minute and gone the next.

In times like these, we should call to mind the Bible’s words in James 4:14: “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”

As King David prayed in Psalm 39:4: “LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am.”

This event reminds us that our lives are no more valuable than the lives of those lost on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. We are just as fragile. We, too, can be here one moment and gone the next. We can pass from life to eternity in an instant because of some unexpected, tragic event that is totally beyond our control. Such events remind us that we need to be ready for death and for what comes after death: a meeting with God, our Creator, and the beginning of life in an eternal destination. Continue Reading…

GLMX #VA8: Things That Last Forever

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We live in a world that is temporary. The events of each day remind us that we are living on borrowed time — that at any moment everything we know could come to a screeching halt. Every day, lives are cut short by illness, car accidents, and criminal activity. Each hour serves as a reminder that we ought to be grateful for every breath we take. The Bible says, life is just “a vapor that appeareth for a little while and then passeth away.” Continue Reading…

How You Can Become a Saint Faster than Pope John Paul II (#VA7)

Pope John Paul II / Coptic Christians in Egypt

Pope John Paul II / Coptic Christians in Egypt

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This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, reminding you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.

This weekend, a lot of attention is being paid to the canonization of Pope John Paul II as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church. According to the Catholic Church, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints investigates the life of a candidate for sainthood. Their requirements are: (1) that the person be dead; (2) that the person has lived in a “heroically virtuous” manner and pursued holiness in this life, and (3) that at least two verifiable miracles had occurred through intercession to that person. The Vatican conducts an intense investigation of a candidate’s life and any miracles that are said to have occurred by that person’s intercession before declaring him or her a “saint.”

Now, if we are waiting on the Catholic Church, most of us don’t stand a chance at becoming a saint. First, thank God, we are not dead. I’d rather be a living “ain’t” than a dead saint. In the Bible, the saints such as St. John and St. Peter were saints before they died and therefore remained saints after they died. Second, none of us have lived “heroically virtuous” lives and that is for sure. In fact, the Bible tells us that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” and that “all our righteousness are as filthy rags”. Third, no one has prayed to us to get a miracle and if they did, they could not get a miracle from us whether we are alive or dead. The only One who can give anybody a miracle is God through His Son Jesus Christ. That is why we should be glad the Catholic Church is not in charge of making people saints. God is, and according to God’s Word, anyone can become a saint. Yes, ordinary people like you and me — with all of our sins, faults, and failures — can become saints. Continue Reading…

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