Where Will You Be?

Where will you be, 20 years from now? How about 50 years from now? Where will you be 200 years from now? Or, how about 5000 years? 20,000 years? In 20,000 years from now, you will be somewhere. You will be in one of two places, according to the Bible.

The Bible tells us that our days are numbered. A person may be born and live only a few days. A person could be born and live to be over 100! We just don’t know when our last day on earth will be.

According to the Bible, every person has an appointment with death. In Hebrews 9:27, it tells us that after we die, we face Judgment. This is serious.

Because God is holy, no sin will ever be allowed in His presence. When we die, our sins will be with us, unless we have them removed. But what is sin, and how do we deal with it?

Sin is breaking God’s law. It is a violation against Him. We are all born with a sinful heart, because of the sin of the first two people God created. When God finished His creation, He declared it to be ‘good’. God had a relationship with Adam in the Garden. He told Adam that Adam and Eve could eat any fruit from any  tree in the Garden. But they were not allowed to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. One day, the devil tempted Eve to eat from this forbidden tree, and she chose to listen to the devil, even though she knew what God told them about the tree. She broke God’s law and Adam joined her in her disobedience. They were both punished. The devil was punished. The earth was now under a curse. But God promised to send Someone, someday, to redeem Adam and Eve and their offspring.

Now the world was ugly with sin. Adam and Eve’s children were sinning. Their grandchildren were sinning. Their great grandchildren were sinners. Was there ever going to be any hope? The sin of Adam and Eve has reached all the way to our generation of people and will continue until the end of the world. After Adam and Eve sinned, God killed animals and clothed them with animal skins.

From the time of Adam and Eve, and throughout History, God instructed people to offer animal sacrifices. The lamb was used in particular, to cover over sin (see the Passover story in Exodus 12). But God did something spectacular. Probably around 4,000 years from the time of Adam and Eve, God provided the Ultimate Sacrifice to be made for people’s sins. No longer would people have to offer lambs to atone for their sins. The Lamb of God had come to earth to provide the sacrifice needed for us.

2,000 years ago, God came to earth! He was going to be the sacrifice! God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, who lived in Nazareth, to live a perfect life. He was the only person who never sinned! He was the only person who could qualify to pay for our sins, because He had no sin of His own. One day, God’s Son, was in court, not because He did anything wrong, but because something had to die for sin. He was falsely accused of terrible things He did not do. Then He died a terrible, horrible death, but it was because of the sins of mankind. As He was dying, God put all of our sins on Jesus. It was a horrific experience, but it had to happen if we were to be able to be free from our sins. After Jesus died this horrible death, in our place, He was placed in a tomb and the tomb was sealed and guarded. But three days later, He arose from the dead! And He is alive today, and will come back to earth to gather His people and judge the world.

Is your sin atoned for? If so, you will have Robes of Righteousness to wear before a holy God. If not, you will have nothing to cover yourself with, but your sins. Every person will either die in their sins, or they will die with their sins atoned for. Have you repented (turned away from) of your sins and trusted in Christ? You can turn to God right now. You do not have to live for yourself any longer. When a person comes to Christ, God gives them a new heart. It is a heart that will love God. Our selfish hearts do not love God. We can only love ourselves and the things that make us happy (and keep us selfish!). When we trust in Jesus as our Savior, we are born into God’s family. You can talk to God and tell Him that you want to turn away from your sins and trust in Jesus as your Savior. If you have any questions on this, please send an email to: RUgood@mail.com, or send a comment in the comment box.

So, where will you be in 20,000 years from now? Either you will be worshiping God in Heaven, or you will be paying for your sins in hell. It is up to you. God will not force you to respond to Him. But He promises to save you if you come to Him. Please consider this before it is too late.

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If Good and Bad People Are Sent to Hell, Then Who Goes to Heaven?

Jesus taught the people around him a story about a rich man who was very selfish, and a poor man who suffered much and didn’t receive help and care from those who were able to provide.

Luke 16:19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:

20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, who was laid at his gate, full of sores,

21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.

22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that you in thy lifetime received good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and you are tormented.

26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from here to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from there.

27 Then he said, I pray to you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house:

28 For I have five brothers; that he may testify to them, lest they also come into this place of torment.

29 Abraham said to him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.

30 And he said, No, father Abraham: but if one went to them from the dead, they will repent.

31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. 

What were the commandments that the rich man broke? God was not the most important thing to him. This rich man loved himself more than God. The great command tells us to love God with all our hearts, souls, minds and strength. We are to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. This man did not love Lazarus. He was well able to feed him and give him clothing and medical care. The rich man used his own money on his luxuries. He himself was well fed. He was so short-sighted that he didn’t see Lazarus who needed attention. He could have easily shared what he had with Lazarus, but he didn’t. 

  We know that bad people will be in hell, but good people will be there too. The reason is simple. Both good people and bad people have sinful hearts. It’s just that it is easier to see the sin in a person’s life if he or she is bad. But if a person has some good qualities, he or she still has sin in the heart. 

   Sin is breaking the Commandments. God must punish all sin in hell forever. Like the story above, once a person is in hell, he will never be able to get out. In just the same way, once a person is in heaven, he or she will never have to worry about being in hell. There is no way to get from one place to the other. 

  You might be asking, if good people and bad people both go to hell, how would anyone ever be able to go to heaven? There is only one person who has ever lived that has actually been truly ‘good’. The Bible tells us that Jesus never sinned. Not even one time. Every person born on this earth, except for Jesus, has sinned. We sin by being selfish. We sin by ignoring God. We sin by being angry. We sin when we lie or cheat. We sin when we hate someone. We sin when we slander. We sin when we are proud. We sin when we think we are more important than someone else. If we die in our sins, we will be punished forever.

   The word Gospel means ‘good news’. The reason it is good news is because God made a way for us to escape the punishment for our sins. 2,000 years ago, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to live a perfect life, and to show people what God was like. He did the most tremendous thing ever done. He took the place for us, and died for our sins. He took all the punishment for your sins and my sins. After He died, he was buried in a tomb. Three days later, He arose from the dead. He instructed His followers for several weeks, then he ascended up into heaven. He will come back to earth one day, and will gather all the people who know Him and are cleansed from their sins. You can be cleansed from your sins too. The blood He shed on the Cross can wash your sins away. You can be ready to meet God because of what Jesus did for you. Your response needs to be one of repentance, or turning away from your self-centered life, and trusting in what Jesus did for you on the Cross. You can turn to God right now. You can pray to Him and ask Him to cleanse you from all your unrighteousness. Would you like to be cleansed from your sins? God will give you a new heart that will be able to love Him and other people. You don’t have to be like the rich man in the story above. You can love God and other people because of the power of the Gospel in your life. You can talk to God and tell Him something like this; God in Heaven, I realize my sin is evil in Your eyes. Please forgive me of my sin. Please cleanse my heart from sin. Give me a new heart and a new desire to live my life for your glory. Thank you for sending Jesus to die for me on the Cross. I trust in you to save me from my sin. Create in me a clean heart, and a heart that will love You and other people. I want to have a healthy, growing relationship with you and want to know You more. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

    Please let me know if you are responding to God and turning to Him. Send an email to RUgood@mail.com

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Only Sinners Can Be Saved

From the book of Luke, chapter 7

  And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to the meal.

   And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table to eat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,

   And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.

  Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spoke within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what kind of woman this is that is touching him: for she is a sinner.

 And Jesus answering said to him, Simon, I have something to say to you. And he said, Master, say on. 

 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.

   And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?

   Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And He said to him, You have rightly judged.

   And He turned to the woman, and said to Simon,Do you see this woman? I entered into your house, you gave me no water for my feet: but she washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.

 You gave me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in has not ceased to kiss my feet.

My head with oil you did not anoint: but this woman has anointed my feet with ointment.

 Wherefore I tell you, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.

And He said to her, your sins are forgiven.

 And those who sat with Him to eat began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgives sins also?

 And He said to the woman, your faith hath saved you; go in peace.

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Are you a Sinner or a Righteous Person? Here’s how you can tell: Have you always kept the 10 Commandments perfectly 24/7 all your life? If not, you are a Sinner. Here’s the Good News; Only Sinners can be saved. People who are righteous cannot be saved. Jesus died for Sinners, so that went they repent of their sin and turn to God and trust in what Jesus did for them on the Cross 2000 years ago, they can be saved. Only a saved person can go to heaven. So, if you are a righteous person and have never broken the Commandments (or you think you haven’t) that would be bad news, wouldn’t it? Only Sinners go to heaven. Only Sinners can receive a new heart from God. Only Sinners can be delivered and set free from their sins. Only Sinners can have a relationship with God. Sin doesn’t bring us to God. God has to punish sin in hell for eternity. But Jesus died for Sinners only. He came to call Sinners to repentance. Repentance is a gift from God to Sinners. Repentance makes it so Sinners can be set free from sin. So, do you want to be saved from sin? Repent and trust in Jesus. If you have more questions on this look at: www.thegospelconversation.blogspot.com   or send an email to: RUgood@mail.com  I will be glad to help you.

 
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All Have Sinned – Why Does It Matter?

A verse in the Bible tells us that we have all sinned. What is sin? Am I affected by sin? What does God do about sin? Is sin ok to God?

Let’s look at the Bible verse. It says ‘…For all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory’. Romans 3:23. In Romans 3:10 we also read, ‘There is none righteous, no not one.’ You can look at your own heart and see if you have sinned by examining the 10 Commandments. The 10 Commandments are found in the Old Testament of the Bible, in Exodus 20. Simply speaking they are:

1. (God speaking) ‘You shall have no other gods before Me’

2. (God speaking) ‘You shall not make any graven image.’ (Only worship God. Nothing else)

3. ‘You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain’

4. ‘Remember to keep the Sabbath Day holy’

5. ‘Honor your father and mother’

6. ‘You shall not kill (murder)’

7. ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ (Adultery means wanting to be married to someone else)

8. ‘You shall not steal’

9. ‘You shall not lie’

10. ‘You shall not covet’ (want what others have)

You might think of sin as something real bad like robbing a bank or shooting some people. Those are serious sin, indeed. But, from God’s perspective, ALL SIN IS SERIOUS. Do you think you have never murdered someone? If you have been angry with someone, it can be the sin of murder. The Bible says that if you hate someone, that is murder, and no murderer has eternal life in him (or her). Abortion is murder. People think that a baby inside of its mother is a piece of tissue. Well, yes that is true. Just like you are a piece of tissue and I am too. The Bible tells us that God forms us in the womb. He considers an unborn baby as a human being. So, abortion is murder as well.

What about committing adultery? Having an affair with someone you are not married to is committing adultery. But I bet you would be surprised to find out that a person who is not married is able to commit adultery too! Jesus said, “Whoever looks at a woman to lust after her has committed adultery in his heart.” Guys used to go to the beach in order to ‘watch the girls’. There is even a song called, “I’m a Girl Watcher”. What is this all about? It’s about looking at girls and lusting after them. It is a form of ‘committing adultery’. Let me put in something here though. I need to tell you this before you give up. Many men, and I’m sure some women, are into pornography, and are trapped. They don’t see a way out of it and feel it is bigger than they are. Yes, pornography is a snare and impossible to get out of, without help from above. God wants to help you get out of it. It will destroy you and keep you from coming to God. Please, get help. Don’t be embarrassed. There are ministries like http://www.ccef.org (CCEF) that can help you find a good Biblical counselor. We start out thinking that sin is not really hurting anybody, but that is a lie. If you are a person who is starting to get involved in pornography, please get out of it, and get help. God can help.

So far we have looked at being angry and lust. There are many variations of sins that are based on the 10 Commandments. Lying is one of them. The Bible has a lot to say about being deceptive. Are you honest in everything you do all the time? Cheating on tests, game playing, and income taxes are forms of dishonesty. Just as exaggeration and telling half-truths. How about being misleading?

We have covered three of the 10 Commandments. Think about this; Let’s say that someone put a microchip in your brain. They take it out a week later. Everything you thought about throughout the week could be put up on a projector screen. How would you feel about that? How would you go about that week knowing that at the end of the week all of your thoughts would be in full view for everyone to see?

For more help on this subject, please send an email to RUgood@mail.com

You can also look at the other web sites that have the Gospel message: http://www.thegospelconversation.blogspot.com                                  www.thecolorfulstory.blogspot.com     Please don’t ignore this anymore. Everyone has sinned and everyone needs the Gospel. That includes you. I care about your soul and don’t want you to have to be punished for your sins eternally. Please consider this.

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Commandment Number 5

The Bible says in Exodus 20:12 “Honor your father and your mother: that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God gives to you.”

  When I ask people if they have kept this Commandment, they usually say ‘yes’. I have to assume that they are probably thinking that if they are generally getting along with their parents that means that they are honoring them. True, if we are honoring our parents, then we will make an effort to get along with them. But this verse is telling us to honor them. What does that mean? How do we honor people? What if the person that is supposed to receive honor isn’t worthy of receiving honor? 

   This verse has more to do with just obeying mom and dad, as important as that is. It is possible to obey someone without necessarily honoring them. We are to hold in high honor, the place of parenthood in our lives. We thank our parents for being our parents and respect their role as parents. We don’t try to buck their authority. We don’t belittle them, even just in our thinking. God has given us parents for our good. He gave them to us to set boundaries for us. Because we are selfish, we rebel against that. We don’t like rules. We think they are unfair. We are irritated because someone gets to tell us what to do. We can’t do whatever we want. That’s a good thing. Parents are there to help us learn the difference between right and wrong.

   How do you respond to rules? Do they make you angry? Are you ok with the fact that you were placed in a family, either a biological one or an adoptive one? Are you grateful for their authority? 

   I understand that parents are not perfect either. They make mistakes. We know that is true because no one is perfect. God knows that too. But He still commands us to honor them, in spite of their imperfections. 

  So, what is your attitude when Mom or Dad says, “No, you can’t do that now” or “Be home by 11:00”? What about when they want you to make your bed or clean your room up? Think about how you have treated (or not treated) your parents, especially throughout your childhood, while you lived with them. 

  Remember, when you have failed, God can forgive you. You can look at your sin and ask God to change your heart. God can not only forgive you, but He gives you a new heart that doesn’t want to sin. He also gives His Holy Spirit to give you the power to overcome sin. He can do all this because of what Jesus did on the Cross, around 2,000 years ago. When Jesus was dying, God the Father put all your sins on His Son. Not only the sin of not honoring your parents, but anytime we break a Commandment, that is sin. That is why Jesus died, and rose again. Turn from your selfish ways and turn to God. Trust in what Jesus did on the cross to pay for all your sins. When that happens, the Bible says that the person who repents and trusts in Christ is saved. It also says that he or she is ‘born again’. The person who is saved is born into God’s family now. He or she becomes a new creature in Christ. And that is the best of news (Good News = Gospel). For more info, send an email to: RUgood@mail.com

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¿ Cua´n Bueno Eres?

¿ Co´mo Calificarías tu Bondad

En una escala del 1-10?

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Generalmente las personas se califican con un seis o un siete. Piensan ” No soy tan bueno como algunas personas (no soy la Madre Teresa) ¡pero por lo menos nunca mate´ a nadie! Dios sabe que soy una persona bastante buena y por eso me aceptara´ en el cielo.”

This is taken from the booklet ‘¿ Cua´n  Bueno Eres?’ put out bywww.howgoodareyou.com

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Can Good Works Save Us? What Does The Bible Say?

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost…. Titus 3:5

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.  Ephesians 2: 8,9

What do these two verses have in common? They both tell us that we can’t be saved by our good works. Remember that if we break one Commandment, it is like breaking them all. “For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” James 2:10

We are not saved by our good works, and we should be punished for our sins. What is the answer then? God showed us mercy. He provided the forgiveness of our sins, by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins. On the Cross, Jesus paid for your sins. Jesus did keep the whole law and lived a perfect life. Only a person who lived a perfect life could die in the place of another who did not live a perfect life. It is called, ‘The Great Exchange”. Have you turned away from your sins, and trusted in Jesus Christ as your only provision for forgiveness of your sins? You can talk to God right now and ask Him to cleanse you for your sins. He will cleanse you from every sin that you ever committed. And He will also give you the power to be able to say ‘no’ to sin, when you are tempted. Trust in Him now. Please send me an email if you have questions on this. I will be glad to pray for you. If this is your first time of trusting Christ, please let me know also. Send emails to RUgood@mail.com

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