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“All sin is rooted in the failure of love.” -Thomas Merton; Quotationary, Leonard Loyd Frank
The Bible is clear. Sin is our natural orientation. It’s not just that we do bad things. It’s far worse. We are bad by nature. We don’t start off innocent and break bad. We begin bad and stay that way… the only fix is the gospel (good news) of Jesus Christ! -Colson Center
Jesus accepts everyone just as they are, but He loves you too much to let you stay that way. Allow Jesus to transform your heart and mind! “If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” -Genesis 4:7
It is written: Today is the day of [your] Salvation! (Luke 19:9) You who are reading this right now, do not allow yourself any longer to be “auctioned cheap” (taken away, carried away) to a thankless, unloving world. Your life is worth everything to a Living and Loving God who formed you in your mother’s womb! God continues to pursue you (us) with His unfailing love!
“I was dependent on you from birth; from my mother’s womb you have been my God.” -Psalm 22:10
Jesus: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” -Matthew 11:28-29
“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
“In reply Jesus declared, ‘I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.’ ‘How can a man be born when he is old?’ Nicodemus asked. ‘Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he be born of water and Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying , ‘You must be born again.'” -John 3:3-7
“For I was born a sinner— yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.” -Psalm 51:5 NLT
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” -Acts 2:38
“Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign Lord. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?” -Ezekiel 18:23 (>>> Sin <<<this is critical that you understand!) A loving warning: Hell is real for those who do not repent.
Redeeming Eden Ministry “The Devil is a liar.” Addiction recovery. “Declare Jesus to the ends of the Earth.”
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” -2 Corinthians 5:17
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” –Romans 8:37-39
There are two types of people in the world today: those that are followers of the True God, with Him as their guide, and those that are not followers of God, and are living for themselves.
Sin (<<<this is super critical that you understand!) destroys your daily integrity and keeps you from abundant life. There isn’t one single human being that doesn’t have some kind of a tainted past, so you are not alone in this being born anew process. Whatever your sin is, it doesn’t matter at all to Jesus because He came to save people from their sin; all is removed permanently! Only Jesus, the Son of God, who forgives us our sin is perfect for all eternity.
To be born anew is to live in a new and more positive way. This life change occurs when the eternal message of Jesus, found in the Holy Bible, is embraced willingly and enthusiastically.
“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” -Romans 12:10
“Christ’s love extends to my opponents and my friends. And so must ours. We have an opportunity to show empathy and kindness without compromising the truth. This is the very thing for which our hurting world is longing.” -ADF General Counsel Kristen Waggoner
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“Good and evil cannot be combined for they have absolutely nothing in common! Christianity is exclusively a culture of love and peace! Jesus killed none. The hallmark, distinguishing character, of Jesus’ disciples was (and still is) martyrdom.” -Thomas H. Millington
Greetings precious ones! Jesus Christ, the author of life, who is eternal (even has power over death), who is King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Col. 1:15-18, Heb.13:8), is able and willing to give you new life starting immediately. No human being will He reject regardless of your past or present failures or sins, nor will He ever leave you or forsake you (Heb.13:5). Now that’s LOVE!!!
“Lives once defined by crime are now defined by Christ!” –Chuck Colson
“All sin is rooted in the failure of love.” –Thomas Merton; Quotationary, Leonard Loyd Frank
“but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” -Isaiah 40:31
“May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you [Father God] sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” –John 17:23
In prayer express your need for Jesus, and receive Him as Lord (enthrone Him as authority for decision making and understanding in your life). Ask God for His free gift of eternal life in your heart, soul, and mind (John 1:12). Admit that you are a sinner apart from Him and that these sins are what have separated you from relationship with Him, family, and local community. Confess your sins out loud in humility to God and ask Him to forgive you (1 John 1:9). This is God’s only way (through the shed Blood of Christ Jesus) of cleansing you for His presence in Heaven (John 14:6). Ask Jesus to help you have a trusting relationship with Him (Revelation 3:20).
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” -Romans 8:1
After your prayer, put your absolute trust and faith in Jesus for the rest of your earthly days. Pray to Jesus often. Do not return to your former way of life! Insanity (mental illness) is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. It is essential that you grow as a Christian in love of God and fellow man, so fellowship daily with other Believers. Those whom Jesus loves he rebukes (expresses disapproval) and disciplines (makes conform)- so be earnest and repent (Revelation 3:19). Study His Living Word daily and practice them always. (James 1:22). Be eternally blessed in Jesus Name! Sincerely, Brother “Believing” Thomas
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade- kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.” -1 Peter 1:3-5
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” -Romans 8:37-39
One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; one belonged to him, and the other to the LORD.
When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life.
This really bothered him and he questioned the LORD about it. “LORD, you said that once I decided to follow you, you’d walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why when I needed you the most you would leave me.”
The LORD replied, “My precious, precious child, I love you and would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.” -Diane Viera