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May the Lord fill your life with the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

If God is not first in your life, then something else is (Deut 6:4-5, Matt 6:24, 33; 10:32-38, Mark 8:34, Luke 11:23, 1 John 5:21).

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Q: Who is Jesus Christ?
A: "For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight" (Colossians 1:16-22).
We are told in scripture that Jesus was a descendant of King David and Abraham (Matthew 1), as well as Adam (Luke 3:23-38), and born of the virgin Mary (Luke 1:26-33). We are told that Christ is the visible image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15). That He is supreme over all creation and existed before anything was created (Genesis 1:26, 3:15; 3:22; 11:7, Isaiah 6:8), making Him the firstborn of all creation (John 1:1-16; 8:58, Romans 8:29, Colossians 1:16-18). We are also told that He is the living cornerstone of God's temple (1 Peter 2:4-8). Above all, we are repeatedly told throughout the NT that we will ONLY enter God's Kingdom through His Son, the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Make no mistake about this important Biblical truth, nor accept any variation!
Jesus was a sinless human brought into this world by the Holy Spirit so that we could be forgiven of our sins. He is the Tree of Life and now we can eat it's fruit! While His physical presence undoubtedly helped us understand what God is like by being able to see, touch, and hear Him, and this certainly made it easier for us to establish a relationship with Him, His divine purpose stretched beyond this fact. It stretches beyond His gifts of teachings, leading by example, and miracles. His ultimate purpose was to face death in the most unimaginable way possible. Through the grace of God, His Son's life was sacrificed for our clemency. Jesus is our one and only "get out of jail" card! His blood purchased our freedom (Ephesians 1:7, Philippians 2:6-8, Colossians 1:19-20, 1 John 2:1-2).
Let me repeat this: He was punished as a human in order to bear the world's sins so that we would be forgiven. He died so we would be cleansed of our sins and become reunited with Him! He was then resurrected so we would have new life. This was all at the will of our Father in Heaven and all part of His perfect plan. I encourage everyone to see the film "The Passion Of The Christ" by Mel Gibson. It is a remarkable film about His bloodshed and what He experienced for us on that one Friday. Unequivocally, there is no other explanation of His death other than God's grace. Nobody would go to such an extent if there was no significant, meaningful purpose. If we could have reached God any other way, Jesus would not have had to die. His VOLUNTARY death on the cross makes this even more compelling.
Terrific websites to explore:, Who is Jesus (by as well as Who Is Jesus? (by Global Media Outreach)

Q: What is the Trinity?
A:The Trinity represents Father, Son & Holy Spirit as one God (Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Ephesians 4:4-6). God is the Father of all His children. He descended down from the Heavens as a person. He left His Spirit as Counselor for those who accept His gift of salvation through His Son. It is very possible to be all these things as one person. If you are married and have kids, then you are (1) yourself, (2) husband/wife and, (3) parent. Moreover, you may also be an architect, musician, cook and housekeeper. How many roles do you have as a single person?

Q: Why was Jesus Christ crucified?
A: His brutal, painful death was necessary for the forgiveness our sins (John 16). He was the perfect Passover sacrifice (John 19:31-33, Exodus 12:46, Numbers 9:12)!
Leviticus 23 outlines the Lord's sacred offering & Appointed Festivals which tie directly with the events around Christ's death, described best by clicking HERE.

Q: Why is the resurrection of Jesus Christ important?
A: This final act sealed the deal. Without it, we would not have been able to receive new life after our repentance and Christianity would be meaningless. It is a witness to God's perfection, power, grace, mercy & salvation for His children (1 Corinthians 15:12-19)! [read the entire Chapter, 1 Cor 15]

Q: Why should a person be baptized?
A: In Isaiah 1:16 we are told to cleanse ourselves so God cannot see our sins and for us to turn away from our evil, wicked lifestyle. In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus tells His followers to go and make disciples everywhere, baptizing and teaching them to obey what He commanded; that is, following His example! In John 1, Jesus was baptized, then found and taught His chosen disciples. Mark 16:16 tells us "Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned." In Acts 2:38, Peter replied, "Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." Also in Acts 22:16 we are told to be baptized and have our sins washed away. We are also reminded of the significance of baptism in John 3:5, Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12, 1 Peter 3:21. In Acts, the new believers were immediately baptized (Acts 8:35–37, 9:17-18, 16:30–33).
I heard a pastor say, "just like you wear a wedding ring as an outward expression of your marraige, baptism is an outward expression of your faith in Christ." While the only requirement for salvation is faith (belief) in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:12-13; 3:16-18; 6:28-29, 1 Corinthians 1:17, Ephesians 2:8-9), baptism is a spiritual experience of cleansing your sins and recognized as a public confession of faith that accompanies one's salvation. The act is an obedient act of outward declaration of your new faith in Jesus Christ so make sure it is not one of peer pressure or emotion. Hence, one should become mature in their faith first but it is not always necessary. Your church will help you make this decision.

Q: Is repentance possible for all types of sins?
A: The Bible tells us several times that the Kingdom of Heaven is for ANYONE who confesses their sins to Him, turns away from their sinful life and return to Him (2 Chronicles 7:14, Isaiah 1:18-20; 55:7, Acts 17:30, 1 John 1:8-9). Repentance is making a u-turn in your life. It is making a 180-degree turn from the way of the world and returning home to your Father (Luke 15)! The Word makes it very clear that whatever you did wrong in your past (drug use, drug dealing, prostitution, sexual promiscuity, infidelity, stealing, lying, murder or any other crime), if you confess them now, today, walk away from where you are now and accept Jesus as your one and only Savior then you will be forgiven of ALL sins and cleansed from EVERY wrong (2 Sam 12:13, Psalm 103:12, Isaiah 38:17, 43:25, Zechariah 3:9, Hebrews 9:26)!
If you just did this, ask the Lord to guide you to a good Bible teaching church. When you are there, and the Pastor asks for those that want to come forward and be forgiven and Born Again, take that step and listen to what they tell you in the prayer room. God bless you for turning your life around TODAY and recognizing that the temptation that leads us to sin is from our own lustful, deceitful, wicked desires (Jeremiah 17:9, James 1:13-15).

Q: Can I be forgiven for all of my sins? What if my sins are too great?
A: God knows everything we do. He does not rank or categorize sins like a weather storm. A sin is a sin, and there is no such thing as karma or luck! He ONLY asks that we ask for forgiveness and seek His truth offered through His Son Jesus Christ (John 11:25-26, Romans 10:9). This can be evidenced by the story of the two thieves crucified next to Christ (Luke 23:39-43).
The important thing to remember about sin is that it is all filth (Isaiah 64:6, Habakkuk 1:13). If you and I cringe at the sight of an open, dirty diaper or fresh vomit on the sidewalk then why would we consider that our Perfect Creator would tolerate filth? We are apart from Him because of the filthy sin in our lives and we need to be reconciled through Christ in order to be clean and worthy of His pure presence. Whether we actually commit the crime or not, we are still guilty of the thought because God judges our hearts. It is entirely inescapable. Let's face it, man is not naturally good. This is why we lock our doors at night, lock our cars in the parking lot and don't leave money lying around.
But, the Good News is that "His unfailing love and mercy has allowed us to be kept from total destruction. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin fresh each day!" (Lamentations 3:22-25)

Q: What does it mean to become "Born Again?"
A: We are all born spiritually dead. Jesus said if we wanted to be His disciples that we would need to first deny ourselves (Matthew 18:3), then pickup our cross and follow Him (Matthew 10:38; 16:24, Mark 8:34, Luke 9:23; 14:27). The expression "Born Again" merely means we have denied ourselves (Romans 8:7-9) and have been given a new spiritual life (Ephesians 4:21-24), a new beginning through Christ (John 5:24;5:40; 10:10; 14:6; Romans 3:2; 6:13; 1 John 3:14). See also John 3:3 & 3:5-7, Romans 7:18, 2 Corinthians 5:17, 1 Peter 1:3, 1 John 3:9.
A synonymous expression is "regeneration" (Matthew 19:28, Titus 3:5). God gives us that chance to cleanse our past; erase our old life and live a new life in Christ through repentance (Acts 17:30). Remember, salvation means that you have been rescued, renewed and restored and being Born Again is part of this transformation. It does not mean that you've become perfect, but rather cleansed (renewed) and once again declared righteous (restored) before the Father. Only one Man was perfect (sinless) in this world. Through His Holy Spirit, you will put your focus on the Lord in all that you think, do and say (Proverbs 31:25, Isaiah 61:10, Romans 12:2;13:13-14, Galatians 5:16-21; 6:7-8, Ephesians 4:24, Colossians 3:12-14, James 4:1-2, 1 Peter 5:5-6, 2 Peter 1:2-10, 1 John 2:16-17).
Continually seek the Lord: "Is what I am thinking, saying or doing pleasing to the Lord?" If the Lord is first in all that you do, obedience becomes much easier (Ephesians 5:1-20). When you find a good Bible teaching church, and you are lead by the Spirit to become Born Again and baptized, I encourage you to enroll in a New Believers class offered through many churches to help you begin your eternal walk with Christ. Something else to remember: "Be born twice and die only once, or be born once and die twice!"
Your Testimony (by Os Hillman)

Q: Does becoming Born Again mean you will never sin again?
A: No, not at all! Romans 5:1 tells us we have been made right again in God's sight by faith. God can now look at us because He has declared us righteous, not made us righteous. It is no different than standing before a judge in traffic court and being declared free. Are we still going to break the law? Yes, probably speeding away from the court in our zealousness. That is, not intentionally but by our nature (Romans 7:14-25).
As a Born Again Christian, you have become a new person in Christ that now understands God's word and your focus becomes one of obedience. Just as children of parents will disobey at times, so will His children. Moreover, just because temptation will pester us does not mean we need to become a slave to it (Romans 6)! When Jesus was tempted in the desert, He showed us how to resist temptation by knowing the word of God (Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13). When you do trip, always remember to ask for God's forgiveness and help to get you back on His track (Isaiah 1:18-20; 55:7, 1 John 1:9). He will allow you to slip, but never fall (Psalm 37:24).
Some non-believers, fence-sitters, and even so-called church "goers" (vs. "doers", James 1:22-25) will make comments towards your mistakes such as, "sure glad you go to church!" Just remember, the enemy tries to divide friends, family and the church. Don't fall prey to his tricks. The journey of perfection is much easier when the burden of the past is off your shoulders (Hebrews 12:1-2). Don't bite back with sarcasm or the like. Forgive them, pray for them and focus on behavior pleasing to the Lord (Matthew 5). Remember to always let your light shine as bright as a burning bush (Luke 8:16-17). Set the example so the non-believer will not be driven away, like Paul speaks of in Acts and not unlike what he wrote to Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:6-12.

Q: What is God's will for us?
A: To obey what He has told us (Deuteronomy 10:12-13). To believe in the one He sent (John 6:28-28); to be holy & turn away from sin (Luke 13:3, Acts 3:19, Romans 10:10); be thankful in ALL circumstances (1 Thessalonians 4:3; 5:18, Ephesians 5:18-20); to live Spirit-filled lives, and have Spirit-guided relationships with one another (Ephesians 5:21, 1 Peter 3:8-12 [Psalm 34:11-16]). This can only be done when we fully surrender ourselves to Him (Proverbs 3:5-6) and not allow ourselves to be conformed to this world (Romans 12:1-2). Remember, it is NOT the will of God that ANY of His children perish (2 Peter 3:9)!

Q: Is it correct to say "Jesus is my buddy?"
A: In John 15:12-17 we are referred to as His friends because He was able to confide in us by telling us everything the Father had told Him. He calls us a friend if we love one another and abide in Him. Moreover, we will be able to ask for anything in His name when we obey what He has commanded. But first Jesus tells us that there is no greater love than to lay down one's life for a friend. Would a buddy do this? Probably not. I have found that most buddy relationships are self-centered, so more than likely a buddy would find a way out and split in order to save their own life.
Another good analogy is the parent-child relationship. Would it be acceptable for a parent to consider their kids their buddy? How about kids referring to their parents as their buddies? It becomes almost absurd when you look at it this way, but unfortunately it seems that today this is exactly how parent-child relationships are perceived. The dire mistake is, this perception completely strips away the authority, discipline and fear. Parents no longer want to be the bad guy so they resort to playing the good guy. The result has been kids that do not respect people older than them, which means they tend not to listen and obey and become insubordinate. Now, Jesus is certainly a friend, but His sovereignty, authority, and deity reaches far beyond a friend. He is our glorious, gracious, loving Savior who reconciled us with our Father. He is our Lord! Calling him our buddy not only minimizes this fact but is downright blasphemy.
Read Chuck Swindoll's "A God Too Small?" again.

Q: Do you believe that Jesus is coming again?
A: Yes, absolutely!!

Would You Like More Spiritual Help & Guidance?
Spiritual Growth, by Billy Graham
Insights For Living, by Chuck Swindoll
Know God, by Jack Abeelen
CARM (Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry), by Matt Slick (another apologetics site) (part of the previouse apologetics site)
Lighthouse Trails Research Project, by David and Deborah Dombrowski
Other resourceful links:
A Christian website that help point out examples of idolatry, false teaching, blasphemy, and down right absurdity (Matthew 7:21, 1 Timothy 4:1, 2 Timothy 3:1–13, 2 Timothy 4:3)



Created Friday, February 29, 2008