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  Had there been newspapers in Christ’s day, the headlines of the Jerusalem Star Tribune the day after Passover might have read, “Jesus Crucified, Buried.”  That would have been good news to hypocritical religious leaders who hated Him but bad news to His followers.

  Extra! Extra!  But three days later the headlines would have read, “Jesus Alive!”  Had the scribes and Pharisees opened up their newspaper that Sunday morning, they would have been greatly troubled.  After all, they made sure that the huge stone that was placed in front of the tomb was secured with Rome’s seal and that guards were posted there day and night for three days.  This was done because Jesus had said that He would rise from the dead on the third day (Matthew 12:40; John 10:17, 18).  They wanted to make sure that this didn’t happen.  But they couldn’t hold Him down.

  Headlines.  You see, in the newspaper business journalists are told, “If it bleeds, it leads.”  In other words, bad news sells newspapers.  But extremely good news also sells newspapers.  When World War II was over, the headlines might have read, “War Over.  Japan Surrenders!”  That was good news for us but it was bad or sad news to the Japanese.

  Gospel.  The Gospel has bad news and good news in it.  The bad news is that Jesus died for our sins and was buried for three days.  The good news is that He rose bodily from the dead, was seen by over 500 witnesses, and is alive to this day (1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Hebrews 7:25).  The bad news turned out to be beneficial for us because Jesus was dying for our sins so we wouldn’t have to pay the penalty for our sins in the lake of fire forever (Romans 6:23; Matthew 25:41, 46).  He died as the Just One for us, the unjust ones (1 Peter 3:18).  It was a once and for all payment (Hebrews 10:10).

  Swoon?  His resurrection from the dead was not merely a resuscitation from the dead.  He didn’t just swoon (faint) and come back to life after three days.  There are examples of people in the Old and New Testaments who were resuscitated back to life only to die again.

  Proof.  The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead proves many things to us:  He is the God-man (Romans 1:4; John 1:1-18; 5:18; 10:3-33), God is omnipotent (Philippians 3:10; Ephesians 3:20), judgment day is coming (Acts 17:31; John 5:22; 16:11), Christ’s sacrifice for our sins satisfied God the Father’s outraged holiness against our sins (Romans 4:25; 1 John 2:2), all dead people will be raised from the dead some day (1 Corinthians 15:21, 22).

  Resurrections.  There are five resurrections mentioned in Scripture (1 Corinthians 15:23, 24, 51-53; Revelation 11:11).  In which one will you be raised?  If you’re reading this article, please make sure that you are trusting in Christ alone for your salvation or you will be raised in the end resurrection which isn’t good (Revelation 20:11-15).  We aren’t saved by our good works lest any of us should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9).  And by the way, there are no second chances to be saved once you are dead (Hebrews 9:27).  Annihilation or reincarnation are not taught in the Word of God.

  Good Works.  But once we’ve trusted in Christ alone for our salvation, the good works we do should be a demonstration to other human beings that we have been saved from hell and are on our way to heaven (Ephesians 2:10; James 2:14-20).  Beware!  The devil and his false teachers will do all they can to confuse you about how to be saved.

  Last Enemy.  The last enemy that Jesus will defeat is death itself (1 Corinthians 15:26).  How will He do this?  Just before the end of time He will raise up all the unsaved dead people, judge them according to their works, and determine the degree of suffering they will experience throughout eternity (Revelation 20:11-15).  Yes, there are degrees of suffering in hell as there are degrees of joy in heaven (Matthew 10:15; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10).

  Decision.  The only time you have to make your decision as to what you will do with Jesus Christ is now while you are physically alive.  Since our lives are like a vapor (James 4:14), wouldn’t it be wise for you to believe on Him right now if you’ve never done so before?

  Help.  We’re here to help you if you want spiritual help and assurance of your salvation (1 John 5:13).  If you think that you are saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation?  Be honest with yourself.  Jesus talked about people who thought they would enter the kingdom of heaven only to hear Him say to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” (Matthew 7:23).  Eternity is more than we can comprehend, but let’s choose to believe Jesus and His Word, the Bible.

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  Years ago when the “wild, wild west” was being settled, many roads were nothing more than wagon trails.  Some of them posed a real problem for those who traveled on them.  On one of these winding paths a sign was posted which read:  “Avoid this rut or you will be in it for the next 25 miles.” 

  A Paradigm Shift.  Do you ever feel like you are in a deep rut?  Are bad habits dragging you farther and farther down?  Have you given up and resigned yourself to failure?  Perhaps you need a paradigm shift. This doesn’t mean that you transfer two dimes from one hand to another.  It involves a change in your pattern of thinking or following a different model.

  A Renewed Mind.  The Apostle Paul wrote:  “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:1, 2).

  God’s Thoughts.  You aren’t able to think God’s way or understand the deep things of God until you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior (1 Corinthians 2:14).  He is the One who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day.  God’s thoughts and His ways are far above ours (Isaiah 55:8, 9).  Furthermore, without a clear understanding of the distinctive sets of rules found in the Scriptures, even a Christian could be caught up in a heresy.  (Ask about our “Dispensational Chart” that could help you understand the Scriptures better.)

  Our Daily Bread.  Have you ever given much thought to the food you eat?  Why do you eat?  Do you eat to glorify God (1 Corinthians 10:31)?  Do others learn anything about God by your eating habits?  Do you bow your head and give thanks for your food before eating it at home or in a restaurant (Ephesians 5:20)?  Do you eat to stay alive or do you simply live to eat?

  Choices.  We are given many choices to make about the food we eat.  Consider the types of food you have available to you, the amount you choose to eat,  the spices you put on it, the number of times you chew your food, and what you do while eating. 

  Meal Time.  Do you argue and fight with others while eating?  Do you watch depressing news?  Someone wrote, “Current events are so grim that we can’t decide whether to watch the six o’clock news and not be able to eat, or the eleven o’clock news and not be able to sleep.”  Why not replace the disturbing things with pleasant conversations with others?

  Growing Up.  I grew up as a missionary kid in Japan.  We used to hold hands and sing songs in English and/or Japanese before we ate.  Then we thanked God for our food.  During the meal we learned Bible verses in English and Japanese. When we were done with our meal my dad read a portion from the Bible and a devotional book and closed our meal with prayer.  Novel?  Not really.  You might want to try something like this with your family.  See what a difference it could make in your home life.  Wouldn’t you prefer harmony over cacophony?

  Water.  Did you know that there are 10 kinds of water?  Today, most of them are harmful to our health. We’re told that water makes up over 70 % of our bodies.  It is needed to keep our bodies hydrated and to regulate our body temperature.  We also need water to flush out the dead cells in our bodies.  Consuming pure water is probably one of the best things we can do to stay healthy and/or recover from an illness.  Do you know how much you should drink each day?

  Wormwood.  During the coming “Great Tribulation” the drinking water in the rivers and springs will become so polluted that many people will die from drinking it.  It might come as a result of  a nuclear bomb or some other disaster (Revelation 8:10, 11)?  Think of the recent problems they’ve had and still have in Japan.  Two of our children live and teach there.

  Bible Prophecy.  Don’t ignore it!  At the time it was written, about one fourth of the Bible was prophetic.  It is to be interpreted literally, not allegorically where the meaning is totally changed to suit the person interpreting it.

  Spiritual.  In addition to the physical food and drink we consume, we need spiritual food and drinks from the Word of God to nourish our spirits and souls.  We need “living water” to give us God’s quality of life and to keep us morally clean (John 4:10; 7:38; Hebrews 4:12; Ephesians 5:26).

  He Knows And Cares.  Yes, God is concerned about everything we eat and drink.  We will be held accountable for our eating and drinking habits (Romans 14:12).  He reminds His children to cast all their care on Him because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).   Are you one of His children?  Not everyone is (John 8:44; 1 John 3:10).

  Anxious?  If you’re a Christian, you can/should claim this verse.  “Be anxious for nothing [Stop worrying], but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6, 7).

  Help.  If you need spiritual help, call us at 805-238-3549 or visit our web site at  We have “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” in 24 languages and many more helpful things to help believers grow in Christ.  These articles usually correspond to our Sunday morning talks.  If they have helped you, we’d like to hear from you.

  Most parents get excited when their baby takes his/her first steps.  They hope and pray that their child will grow up to be a normal, well rounded member in society and keep the family name alive.

  Japanese.  Babies learn by watching and listening to others around them.  I learned, as a child, how to speak one of the most difficult languages in the world (Japanese) simply by listening to others talk.  Having learned it as a child, I can speak it without an accent. 

  Imitate Me.  The Apostle Paul wrote, “Imitate me, just as I imitate Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1).  What an awesome responsibility parents have.  God wants us to teach our children His Word (Deuteronomy 6:7;  2 Timothy 1:5; 2:2, 15).  Are you doing this?  Do you know about the seven different sets of rules that are found In the Scriptures?  (We have a FREE chart that can help you if you’ll ask us for one.)

  Let’s keep things simple by using the ABCs.  God wants us to –

  Be Advised (Informed).  Many Christians who own a Bible have never read it all the way from Genesis to Revelation. Some of them get hung up on things like genealogies or other topics that don’t seem very interesting or related to them.

  Challenge.  We’re challenging our folks to read the entire Bible with us this year by devoting 15 minutes each day to it.  For those who don’t like to read, we are suggesting that they listen to its being read on a CD or FREE on the Internet.  Having read it, we encourage people to keep a journal of their findings and feelings.  “Biblical meditation” is also helpful (1 Timothy 4:14; Psalm 1:2).   Beware of other forms of meditation that invite evil spirits to take control of your life (1 Timothy 4:1).

  Be Baptized (Immersed).  The Greek (the language of the New Testament) word “baptizo” means to dip completely.  There are other Greek words for sprinkle or pour.  There are seven kinds of baptism mentioned in the Scriptures.  (Ask us about them.)  Christian baptism (immersion) is designed to picture one’s death, burial, and resurrection with the Lord Jesus Christ (Galatians 2:20; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8).  It should follow one’s personal faith in Him alone but it is not necessary for a person’s salvation (Acts 16:31-34; Ephesians 2:8, 9).  Water baptism demonstrates our obedience to Christ’s command (Matthew 28:19, 20), enables us to have a good conscience toward God (1 Peter 3:21), and has an influence on others (Acts 8:13, 36-38; 16:33).  (Ask us about “baptism for the dead” that is mentioned in 1 Corinthians 15:29).

  Be Consecrated (Dedicated). The most logical thing a new Christian can/should do is to present his body to God as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1, 2).  Too many Christians think that they know better than God how to run their own lives.  But God, who indwells true Christians (John 14:17), wants to live out His life through each one of them (Galatians 4:19).  He wants the “Fruit of the Spirit” to be manifested to other people around us (Galatians 5:22, 23).  Do you know how you get these nine Christ like qualities to manifest at the right time and place toward the right objects?  If not, ask us for help.

  Be F.A.T.F.R.E.E.  Yes, God also wants us to be Faithful (1 Corinthians 4:2), Available (Isaiah 6:8), Teachable (2 Timothy 2:2), Flexible (Acts 16:6), Resilient (1 John 1:9), Evangelistic (2 Timothy 4:5), and Enthusiastic (Philippians 4:4).  Which areas need the most attention in your life?

  Wait.  These are some of the things God wants Christians to do.  Spiritually dead people can’t do anything to please God or earn their way to heaven by their good works (Ephesians 2:1, 8, 9).  We become spiritually alive when we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ exclusively as the One who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the grave on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8).  Have you done that yet?  Do you have Biblical assurance of your salvation?  If you do, is there anything that you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation once you get it?  If so, what would it be?  Do you know what “the sin unto death” is?  Is there an “unforgivable sin”?   Do you think you may have committed it? 

  Help.  Would you like us to help you find some Biblical answers to the difficult questions in life? We’d be happy to share information with you if you are teachable and willing to change when you clearly see what the Scriptures actually teach?

  These articles usually correspond to our talks on Sundays.  If you have questions and/or comments call us at 805-238-3549 or visit our web site at

  “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names and faces can’t hurt me.”  Do you believe that?  I don’t.  Names and faces can and do hurt us emotionally.

  Good Pain.  Believe it or not, “There is good in pain, privation, suffering, and bereavement.  They correct evil, prevent evil, develop character, produce enterprise, sympathy, and prepare for eternity.”  God uses some of these things to chasten His true children for their good and His glory (Hebrews 12:5-8; John 8:44).  The wicked who seem to get away with murder will have their day in the court of Judge Jesus (Revelation 20:11-15).

  Bullies.  You can find them in schools and in the work place.  I encountered one when I was in the eighth grade.  The bully was a sophomore (a wise fool).  He used to pick on me all the time until I got exasperated and challenged him to a fight.  Scared?  You bet I was.

  Missionary Kids.  Imagine this.  Two missionary kids living in Japan going at it as a crowd of other students watched.  I was sure my face would be disfigured and rearranged when it was all over.  But I had never had an occasion to put into practice what I had been learning in my Judo classes.  To my surprise and his embarrassment I pinned him in a matter of seconds.  That was the extent of my “fighting career.”  That night I snuck into the house to make sure my dad didn’t find out about it.  I knew I’d be in big trouble if he did.

   A Good Father“He who spares his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him promptly” (Proverbs 28:13).  Read that again.  “Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of correction will drive it far from him” (King Solomon, Proverbs 22:15).

  Persecution.  Religious persecution has gone on for eons.  Rather than trying to convert others with the use of words, many religious groups have resorted to the sword to bring about the conversion of others.  We deplore such methods.  Salvation is by grace through faith in Christ.  It is not of works lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

  Hatred.  Have you ever wondered why the religious Jews hated the Apostle Paul? After all, he was a Jew himself, and had been a Pharisee.  It seems like everywhere he went there was a riot and/or revival.  Some Jewish leaders hated him because he taught that Jesus was God manifested in human flesh (Philippians 2:5-11), and that salvation was by grace through faith in Him alone, and not by their works of righteousness (Titus 3:5).  They thought Jesus couldn’t be God because He didn’t measure up to their particular expectations (John 8:41-59; 1 Corinthians 1:23).  They wanted a conquering King to deliver them from Rome’s oppression, not a suffering Savior who would end up crucified on a cross.  They also hated Paul because he offered salvation to the Gentiles (non-Jews) without their becoming proselyte Jews first (Acts 15:5; 22:18, 19).  This really irritated them.

  Resurrection.  Paul’s insistence that the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ be included in the Gospel message also got him into trouble (2 Timothy 2:8, 9).  You might ask, “Why?”  The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ ensures other resurrections.  His is the first sample of other bodily resurrections to follow.  Death doesn’t end everything.  Unbelievers are not annihilated at death as some cults teach, nor are people reincarnated into another life (Hebrews 9:27).  Some day every human being, who has ever been conceived, will be raised from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:22-24). Do you know in which one of the five resurrections you will participate?  You better make sure it’s not the last one or you’ll be in big trouble (Revelation 20:11-15).

  Abortion.  Think about all the babies that have been aborted in their mother’s womb.  Do you think God isn’t aware of such things?  He is omniscient and omnipotent.  In the Old Testament times the Gentiles and rebellious Jews took their live babies and threw them into the fire to offer their children to their idols (2 Chronicles 28:3).  All of them will be raised from the dead someday.  What will they have to say to those who hurt and aborted them?  Yes, judgment day is coming (Hebrews 9:27).  God will take vengeance on all unrepentant sinners who refused the pardon He offers to sinners like you and me (Romans 12:19).

  Truth Hurts.  When your doctor tells you that you have cancer, it brings pain into your soul (emotions).  But when he tells you there is a cure, you get hope.  When someone tells you that you are in danger of going to hell, you might be offended.  But when he shows you from the Bible how to avoid that awful place, it ought to make you happy.  Instead, some people get mad when they are told that this deliverance from hell can only be gained by faith, not by their good works.  Man wants to earn his own way to heaven but it can’t be done.  Nor does he want to admit that he deserves to go to hell.  He is proud, self righteous, and thinks he is pretty good.

  How Bad?  Have you ever wondered what God thinks about mankind?  It isn’t pretty (Romans 3:10-23).  True, we’re not all as bad as we could be.  But we’re all as “bad off” as we can be until we have Christ’s perfect righteousness put to our account (Romans 4:24).  At his point I realize that some of you may be thinking, “He is crazy.”  That’s what others, including Christ’s half brothers said about Him too (Mark 3:21).  God’s simple plan of salvation seems foolish to the natural, self sufficient man (1 Corinthians 2:14).  What about you?  Are you sinless?  I’m not.  That’s why I need a sinless Savior to be my substitute.

  Sticks And Stones.  On several occasions the Apostle Paul was beaten with rods and once he was stoned to death.  But God resuscitated him after giving him a glimpse of Paradise (2 Corinthians 11:24, 25; 12:1-5).

  Suffering.  Have you ever suffered for being a Christian?  Many people have been tortured for Christ and many more will be mistreated in the future.  Jesus suffered the most as He bore our sins on the cross.  After being dead for three days, He rose again bodily from the grave never to die again (1 Corinthians 15:1-8).  Presently He is seated at God the Father’s right hand in heaven (Acts 2:33).  Jesus is waiting for those whom the Father has given to Him to believe on Him and be saved.  Then He will come back for the true believers and raise the dead in Christ from the grave to be with Him forever (John 6:37; 14:1-3).  Are you in or out of that group?  How secure are you?

  Need Help?  I’m grateful to God that someone helped me see the light.  If you aren’t sure you will go to heaven the moment you die, we’d be happy to help you.  Call us at 805-238-3549 or visit our web site at 

  This article corresponds to one of our talks on Sundays at the Grace Baptist Church, 535 Creston Road in Paso Robles.  We also have “Discussion Questions” we use to amplify these thoughts during our Bible studies in the middle of the week.  Ask about them.

   “Being alone doesn’t always create a sense of loneliness, but being deserted almost certainly will. Desertion has betrayal at its root. Nothing strikes at the heart of a person more than violated trust.” Knute Larson      

  Abandoned. Many children have been ignored, neglected, abandoned, and/or deserted by a parent. It’s hard to imagine how little children feel when this happens and how it affects them for the rest of their lives. Perhaps this has happened to you. Maybe you’re still hurting from something that happened to you many years ago. You’re not alone.  

  Dumped Off. Some elderly parents have been “dumped off” in a rest home by their own children. They also feel forsaken. I’ve met some of them. It’s been my privilege to visit with a few of them and try to bring some joy and peace into their lives.

  Forsaken. Being forsaken produces great trauma in a person’s life. Try to imagine how Jesus must have felt when one of His disciples betrayed Him with a kiss and the rest of them deserted Him when He was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane. But to make things even worse, God the Father forsook His only begotten Son, Jesus as He hung there on the cross. Jesus cried out, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46). Up to this point God the Father and God the Son had unbroken fellowship with each other.

  The Cause. Sin (lawless behavior) separates us from God. “The wages of sin is death [separation from God]” (Romans 6:23a). God is holy and righteous and can’t tolerate sin. It must be judged. When Jesus was hanging there on the cross He was bearing our sins in His body and dying as our Substitute. This is why God the Father had to forsake Him so we wouldn’t have to be separated from God for the rest of eternity. “…the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23b). But that gift must be received by faith (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Have you reached out and taken it yet?

  Amazing Grace. That God would want to save any of us sinners from hell and take us to heaven is just amazing. It was our sins that put Christ on the cross. God said that we are just as guilty of Christ’s death as those who hammered the nails into His hands and feet (Acts 4:27). Even while we were God’s enemies Jesus Christ died for us and paid the debt we owed to God (Romans 5:6, 8). “He paid a debt He didn’t owe because we owed a debt we couldn’t pay.”

  God’s Promise. To those who place their faith and trust in Jesus Christ alone for their salvation God has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). But you must be God’s child before you claim this wonderful promise. Not until you are “born again from above” are you a true child of God (John 3:3). All unbelievers are children of the devil (John 8:44; 1 John 3:10).

  Reiterated. The Apostle Paul reiterated God’s promise when he pointed out that there is absolutely nothing that can separate a true Christian from God’s love (Romans 8:35-39). A child of God may disobey his Father periodically but he doesn’t cease to be God’s child. Discipline may be in order, but abandonment never (Hebrews 12:5, 6; 13:5).

  Suffering. As Christians, God sometimes allows others to hurt us. Prior to the Apostle Paul’s conversion he persecuted Christians and consented to the stoning of Stephen (Acts 8:1). Later Paul himself experienced first hand what it was like to be stoned (Acts 13:19). He endured many hardships so others could be saved (2 Corinthians 11:23-28). While he was imprisoned for preaching the Gospel and on trial for his life, one of his close friends deserted him (2 Timothy 4:10). Try to imagine how he must have felt.

  Expect It. The Scriptures tell us that all who desire to live godly lives here on earth should expect to be persecuted for Jesus’ sake (2 Timothy 3:12). Our godly response to persecution often forms the platform from which we can present the Gospel to others so they too can be saved. Anyone willing to die for his faith deserves a hearing.

   A True Friend. It’s hard to find a true friend who knows about your “dark side” and who still loves you and wants God’s best for you. “A real friend warms you by his presence, trusts you with his secrets, and remembers you in his prayers.” Next to God, if you’re married, your spouse should be your best friend. Mine is. She knows me well and still loves me. God knows everything about me and still loves me. That’s what I call “Amazing Grace.”

  The Best Friend. My father’s favorite hymn and the theme song for his radio broadcast in Japan for 35 years was, “What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer! O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.”

  God’s Friends. Jesus had many disciples (followers). Some were believers while others like Judas weren’t saved. But Jesus called some of those believers “His friends” because of the intimacy He had with them and to whom He would reveal things to come (John 15:15; 16:13).

  What About You? Are you still one of God’s enemies? Are you still trying to make it into heaven by your good works? It can’t be done. If you could do that you’d have cause to boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Our deliverance from hell to heaven is a gift from God that must be received by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone (Acts 16:31). There is no other way and no other name by which we must be saved (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).

  Don’t Delay. This may be your last day on planet earth. “…it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Our lives are like “a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14).

  Now! If you want to be saved today and know for sure that you’ll go to heaven the moment you die, here is what you must do. Acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you can’t save yourself by your good works (Romans 3:10, 23). Then believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (the virgin born, sinless God-man) who died for your sins… and rose again bodily from the grave on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8).

  Assurance. Yes, you can know for sure, even before you die, that you have eternal life as a present possession and that you will go immediately to heaven the moment you die. The Apostle John wrote, “These things I have written to you who believe on the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life [right now]” (1 John 5:13). Why is this true? “God so loved the world [the people caught in the devil’s world system] that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

  Don’t Reject Him. After having read all this, will you still choose to reject Him as your personal Savior? I sincerely hope you won’t make this mistake and end up in hell forever.

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  Perhaps you attended an AWANA club for boys and girls when you were growing up.  It gets its name from the phrase “Approved workmen are not ashamed” found in 2 Timothy 2:15.  Its mission is to help churches and parents raise their children and youth to know, love, and serve Jesus Christ.

  Our own children spent many years learning about God and the Bible in this club.  But sadly, some young people don’t always trust Jesus Christ as their personal Savior or live according to the Bible’s directives.

  Be Diligent!  The Apostle Paul urged Timothy to be diligent in the work that God had given him to do without losing heart along the way.  The highway of life is filled with stalled or disabled lives that need to be fixed so they can run again.  Perhaps you’re such a person.  Do you need a “spiritual mechanic” to help you?

  Spiritual laziness is a great temptation to some people.  They might be hard workers in their secular employment but fail to get involved in the work of the local church.

  Motivation for service is critical.  Some active workers in the church are trying to compensate for their sinful behavior instead of confessing their sins to God.  Without the proper motivation there will be no rewards from the Lord on judgment day.  Why do you do what you do?

  Reservations?  As a Christian, are you afraid to entrust your life to God because He might ask you to do something you don’t want to do?  If He wants you to do a job for Him, He is able to transform your dislikes into likes. 

  An Example.  My own father is a case in point.  At one time in his life he had great animosity toward the Japanese people. But God changed his heart and mind and he ended up serving in Japan as a missionary for over 50 years.  He started churches and preached in Japanese on Japanese radio for 35 years.  He was heard all over Japan.

  Preparation.  Before God sends His children to go do a job for Him He cleanses them and prepares them.  He allows us to be tested in a variety of ways to equip us for service. Each test that we pass helps us pass the final exam on judgment day.

  Judgment day for the Christian is not to determine whether he gets to enter heaven or not but rather to evaluate his works done on earth to see if any of them are worthy of rewards, crowns, and praise from God (1 Corinthians 3:11-14).

  The Great White Throne judgment is for all unbelievers.  Jesus, the righteous Judge, will determine their degree of suffering in an eternal hell (Revelation 20:11-15; John 5:22).  It’s definitely a place to avoid.

  Unashamed.  Those believers who are living in the will of God for their lives need not be ashamed when the Lord comes for them (1 John 2:28).  The imminent return of Christ is a purifying hope (1 John 3:3).  It’s also a happy hope (Titus 2:13) and a comforting hope (1 Thessalonians 4:18).  Do you have the confident hope (expectation) 0of spending eternity with God?

  Interpretation.  How you interpret the Bible is vital to your well being.  When you interpret it normally, historically, and grammatically you come to realize that God has different rules for different people in different times.  The way of salvation is always by God’s grace through faith.  But the different economies (Dispensations) were designed to prove to man that no matter what rules God imposes on some or all of mankind, the natural man always fails the tests when he acts independently of God.  Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

  A Heart Problem.  Our natural hearts are deceitful and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9).  There is none righteous (Romans 3:10).  All of us have come short of God’s glory and standards (Romans 6:23).  Therefore, we deserve to be eternally separated from God in hell (Romans 6:23).

  But the Good News is that while we were sinners Christ died for our sins and rose again (Romans 5:8; 10:9).  Any and all who place their faith in Christ exclusively will be saved from hell and enter heaven (Acts 16:31). 

  Confidence.  Are you certain that you will go to heaven the moment you die?  You can be.  Let us show you from the Scriptures how you can have eternal life as a present possession (1 John 5:13).

  Caution.  There are no good works that you can do to earn your way into heaven.  If you could, you would boast about it (Ephesians 2:8, 9).  But there won’t be any braggers in heaven.

  Help!  If you need additional help, call us at 805-238-3549 or visit our web site.  We have numerous articles on our web logs (Blogs) on a variety of subjects and add new articles on a regular basis.

“Tora, Tora, Tora”

Posted: December 5, 2008 in Japan, Security

  December 7, 1941 was a day of infamy. Without warning the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and sank many of our battleships. Leading the 360 “Kamikaze pilots” was a proud, 39 year old Commander by the name of Mitsuo Fuchida.

  At that time he had no idea that the true and living God was going to spare his life, humble him, and graciously save him after World War II was over.

  If you would like to learn more about how he came to know the Lord and those whom God used, visit

  God has mysterious ways of accomplishing His purposes (Isaiah 55:8, 9). He uses foolish, weak, base, and despised people to bring down the wise, mighty, and noble so that no flesh will boast in His presence (1 Corinthians 1:26-29).

  If you would like to learn more about how you can be assured of going to heaven when you die, call us at 805-238-3549 or visit our web site:

Just before He went to the cross to die for our sins, Jesus met with His disciples in an upper room and told them some wonderful truths that would involve a new way of living for them and for us who live in the dispensation of grace (John 14-16). They were hoping that He would set up His kingdom here on earth soon and deliver them from Rome’s oppressive rule. Jesus was/is the rightful heir to the throne of King David.

But when the leaders of Israel and many of the Jewish people rejected Him as their promised Messiah and King, He redirected, for the time being, His focus from that of being the King of Israel to His becoming the Savior of the whole world (Matthew 16:20, 21).

Note: Even though He died for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2), the full benefits of His death and resurrection are only given to those who believe in Him alone for their salvation (1 Timothy 4:10). Good works won’t save anyone (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

Peter foolishly rebuked the Lord for talking that way. So Jesus turned to him and said, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offence to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men” (Matthew 16:23). WOW! I’m sure glad the Lord didn’t say those words to me and have it preserved in the Scriptures.

Since the disciples were emotionally disturbed at that time, Jesus said to them, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me…I go to prepare a place [one place] for [all of] you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3). If you want to learn more about that place, read Revelation 21:10-27.

Of course Jesus spoke these words about 2,000 years ago. Scoffers mock those of us who believe He’s coming back for us. But the Bible predicted this too (2 Peter 3:3). They forget that a day to God is like a 1,000 years to us (2 Peter 3:8). So don’t panic my fellow pilgrim, He’s coming back. It may be today. Be ready!