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1.   Admit that you are a sinner and in need of a Savior.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom 6:23)

2.   Abandon self-effort and realize that you can not be saved by your works or your own efforts.

“They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household.” (Acts 16:31)

3.   Accept freely Christ’s payment for your sins, required of the Father.

“”For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

4.   Acknowledge Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12)



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MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2012


by Gary Wilkerson

Don’t settle for partial victories just because you are weary, frustrated or feeling helpless. God never stops at half a victory. The moment you feel so tired you can’t take one more step is often the moment He is about to give the greatest victory — when the breakthrough is about to come.The church is not meant to be composed of masses and crowds who want comfort, pleasure and everything handed to them on a silver platter. The church is meant to be like “Gideon’s 300,” warriors who say, “God, I know this is going to be a fight. I know it is going to be wearisome and will even cause tears to flow but, God, I’m with You in this battle!”You may feel that you have prayed the last prayer you’re ever going to be able to pray about the need that is pressing you. You are exhausted but you must stay in the fight. Don’t stop praying and don’t give up. Yes, it has been a long day! Nighttime is coming and inside you are saying, “It’s time for me to sleep.” But instead God says, “No, no, the fight is just starting.”

What has happened to the all-night prayer meetings in churches? What has happened to people waiting on God? What has happened to people who fast and pray for a breakthrough?

The church was called into battle. It was not begun just to have good services and a nice building with lights that go off and on during the music. That’s not why we’re here! We are here to do battle against the gates of hell because we have a promise that hell will not prevail (Matthew 16:18). We do not have a promise that it won’t be strenuous or that all we have to do is whisper and the gates of hell will not prevail. No! There is going to be a battle and Satan is not going to give up easily — but we have a promise.

It’s going to take a battle! Are you ready to fight?

Is your name written in the Book of Life?

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This was one of my late grandma’s favorite hymns. Recent events have led me to reflect on this very important question: “Is my name written in the Book of Life?”  

I just realized it’s been three years since she went home to be with the Lord. I miss you Lola Melan. Till we meet again.

Revelation 21:22-27

22I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. 25On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. 26The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. 27Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the LAMB’S BOOK OF LIFE.”


Words: Mary A. Kidder, 1876.

Music: Frank M. Da­vis, Ju­ly 1876, while Da­vis was in Burr Oak, Mi­chi­gan

Lord, I care not for riches, neither silver nor gold;
I would make sure of Heaven, I would enter the fold.
In the book of Thy kingdom, with its pages so fair,
Tell me, Jesus, my Savior, is my name written there?


Is my name written there,
On the page white and fair?
In the book of Thy kingdom,
Is my name written there?

Lord, my sins they are many, like the sands of the sea,
But Thy blood, O my Savior, is sufficient for me;
For Thy promise is written, in bright letters that glow,
“Though your sins be as scarlet, I will make them like snow.”


Oh! that beautiful city, with its mansions of light,
With its glorified beings, in pure garments of white;
Where no evil thing cometh to despoil what is fair;
Where the angels are watching, yes, my name’s written there.


What do we need to do to get to heaven?

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A very famous man passed away recently and his passing is a reminder for us how short life is. I read some wall posts on facebook saying he will surely go to heaven because he was a good man, a deeply religious man.

I do not know what the state of his soul was at the time he died, and I am not one to pass jugdment on anybody’s soul for that matter, especially not on this great man. That is between him and God, just as each one of us will have to face God when our own time comes. I did have the honor of meeting and talking with him way back when I was in freshman college. Back then, he showed himself to be a serious man, far from the quirky and wacky person most of us are all familiar with.

However, I do want to clarify what I believe to be an issue of great importance. The bible tells us that a person does not get to heaven because he is “good,” “religious” or he helped people. The Bible tells us that we “all have sinned[1]” and that “no one is righteous, no, not one.[2]” We are all sinners, and nothing we do will ever be enough to pay for our sins. There is only one penalty for sin — and that is death[3].

We were all headed for hell because we could never ever be as holy as our God — and yet, while we were sinners, God loved us[4]. That is why God sent His only Son Jesus to redeem us from our sins. Jesus paid the penalty for our sins. HE PAID IT IN FULL. He died on the cross so that we may be made worthy to stand before a holy God. For when we confess our sins and believe that Jesus is our Lord and Saviour[5], our sins which before was as red as scarlet are washed away and we are left as white as snow.[6] Jesus is the ONLY way, the truth and the life, and whosoever believeth in Him will not perish, but will have eternal life.[7]

That is the only thing we can present to our holy God when we face Him. That is our only “ticket” (so-to-speak) to heaven. Nothing else. Not how “good” we are or how “nice” we were to people. Not our religious affiliation or how much we influenced and supported others. Not our success or fame or even our sufferings and how we overcame them. Not how much we gave to the poor or how much we sacrificed and endured for goodness’ sake. “For we are saved by grace through faith, not by our works, lest anyone should boast.[8]

Dear friends, I hope and pray we all know this and believe it in our hearts. For life is too short to be mistaken. As the song goes, “Not because of who I am, but because of what You’ve done. Not because of what I’ve done, but because of who You are.[9]

[1] Romans3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

[2] Romans3:10 “There is no one righteous, not even one.”

[3] Romans6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

[4] Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

[5] Romans 10:9-10 “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”

[6] Isaiah1:18 “Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”

[7] John 14:6 “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

[8] Ephesians 2:8-9 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.”

[9] Casting Crowns, “Who am I”