RECEIVE IT; IT’S YOURS!
- The greatest gift from God is LIFE- ETERNAL LIFE. But it’s yours only if you will ACCEPT IT!
‘For God so loved the world, (you and me) that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him (Jesus) should not perish, but have everlasting life.’
To accept your gift, all you need is FAITH in God and BELIEF in Jesus Christ as your Saviour. You can pray your own words or words like the following:
I am a lost sinner and I’m sorry for my sins. Please forgive me of my sins and come into my heart. I accept you now as my Lord and Savior and claim my gift of eternal life. Thank you for dying on the cross for me, for saving my soul and with your help I will live for you. AMEN.’
If you have said this simple prayer I will now have another brother or sister in Christ! YAY!!! And there is REJOICING in heaven over your accepting God’s gift to you!!!
‘. . .likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.’
‘. . .there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.’ (Luke 15:7, 10)
It is imperative to understand ‘Why Jesus Came and Why He Is Coming Again’ Read Part I and Part 2 http://drgoldsite.wordpress.com/category/why-jesus-came-and-why-he-is-coming-again/ Bible teachings by Drgold, my partner in life.
The Reasons For Jesus Coming to Earth
Knowing why Jesus came to earth is of utmost importance to our lives now and hereafter. There is a heaven to gain and a hell to shun, and it all depends upon what we do with this person Jesus that will determine where we will end up. We will look at scriptures on why Jesus came and why He is coming again to earth. It is all about God’s 7000-year plan for mankind as revealed in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. The reason and purpose for Jesus Christ coming to earth are myriad, revelational, and eternal. The Bible states ‘..by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men’ Ro5:12. Jesus was sent by God to save us, by dying on the cross for our sins…
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FEEDING PROGRAMS- BRINGING JESUS TO THE PEOPLE
Many families come to know about the love of God and His gift of salvation that He offers ALL who will come to Him. Jesus said,
“Let the children come to me, and don’t stop them: for the kingdom of God is made up of those with childlike faith.” (Mark 10:14, paraphrased)
We do a lot of singing and action songs and simple craft activities with the children like this paper folding of a cross. One sheet of paper folded like a paper plane and one tear done very carefully, will result in a cross with the scraps that make the word ‘LIFE’. These beautiful Filipino children are so well behaved. In these pictures we worked with 45 or so kids in a tight, confined space and the miracle is that no one lost their tiny paper scraps to complete their activity!
It is truly amazing that with outreach programs like this, hundreds of children and adults are able to be taught about eternal life, the gift of God to all who believe:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him (Jesus) should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
Parents and grandparents who accompany the children to a feeding program event will also be taught the gospel by church workers and missionaries like myself and my husband. Then afterwards, everyone will be served delicious hot ‘sopa’ which is like a light milky macaroni soup with bits of chicken or thin slices of sausage. That is my favorite Filipino comfort food.
At another feeding program in a ‘poorer’ area the folks lined up with their bowls and spoons for plain hot noodles dished out from a huge pot, and they were invited to attend the barangay/community church.
Sometimes special services are held at night and because there will always be a meal served, it seems like a whole barangay will be walking on a road (no lights) toward a church at dusk. Before the service is over, many more people will have arrived and the small country church would be bursting at its seams! Later, meals would be handed to those lined up in several lines for a late dinner and bottled drink. Again, respect and order always prevails. I love the Filipino people! And God loves them even more!
You know, writing this post makes me miss being on the mission field!
http://www.fcmuk.org/freebies/talks/crosfold.htm Paper folding cross. We did a simpler version.
While many of us will remember our fathers this Father’s Day 2012, we need to honor another father, the Father of all fathers, our Father God in heaven. It is God, our Father, who loves us with an Enduring Love. Unlike our earthly fathers, God knew us and loved us from before we were born (Jeremiah 1:5). And when our fathers leave this earth and they can no longer care for us, our Father in heaven will continue to love and care for us. Some children have not had good earthly fathers. Some have had absentee fathers or fathers that they have not had a very good relationship with. This is not the case with our Father God in heaven. It says in 1 Peter 5:7, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Isaiah 59:1 tells us, “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened at all, that it cannot save, nor His ear dull with deafness, that it cannot hear.” And He said, “… I will never leave you, nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). God has plans for each of us, “plans to prosper you & not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).
In the New Testament, Jesus taught us about our Father in heaven when He said to pray, ‘Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name’ (Mt 6:9). Jesus spoke about God many times as ‘your Father which is in heaven’ or ‘your heavenly Father’, using the personal pronoun ‘your’ meaning our Father!
In the Bible , God our Father is revealed as a loving & merciful God.
- Psalm 46:1 states, “God is our refuge & strength, a very present help in trouble.”
- John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
God is our Heavenly Father- if we believe in and accept Jesus as our Saviour. There is a popular song among the youth called ‘One Way’ which emphasizes this fact. There is only one way to have eternal life with God in heaven. It is through Jesus. Jesus said ‘I am the way, the truth, & the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me’ (John14:6). He said “For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, & have believed that I came out from God” (John16:27). The Bible 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.” If you believe in your heart that Jesus was sent from heaven by God to save you from your sins and to show you the way to heaven, then God is your Father, and you are His child. He is your Father God! So on Father’s Day and EVERY day, let us honor God our Father in heaven!