No/”Know” Jesus?

Stu-best-decisionThere comes a time.
Is this that time?

If you have come to this page, it may well be that more than coincidence brings you here!

God is seeking a relationship with you based on love that will last into eternity.

In the majesty of Creation, we can see the handiwork of God around us.

In the swarm of humanity that surrounds us, we can see the potential for good and bad.

In the inner sanctum of our hearts and minds, our wills and desires, our hopes and dreams, and even our stumbling, our setbacks, and our most shameful thoughts and actions, we come to realize our NEED for something greater than ourselves.

There must be something beyond “me” – even beyond “us”?!

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a love letter to humanity from the God of Creation, the Shepherd of wanderers, and the Healer of spirits, minds, souls, and bodies!  Always, God is seeking relationship with us.  That is such the power of Jesus’ life and ministry – to bring us into a living relationship with the Source of Life, our Blessed Creator.

There is a barrier that separates us from this Life.  It is called “sin”, and we all have it and experience it – no matter how “good” you are!  Sin is simply “falling short” – falling short of the grace of God and falling short of the best your life can be in God.  Some of us fall way short, and it’s obvious!  Others, fall short in more subtle ways that aren’t so apparent.  You may be a very “good” person (as we measure it), but are you ready for heaven and life, forever, with the Holy One?

Through the lessons taught by Jesus and learned by early church leaders we have come to receive some wonderful news – It is possible to be reconciled with the holiness of God, even when we are unholy, ourselves!  Holiness doesn’t mean “holier than thou”; it really means more of “WHOLENESS”, being a whole, complete, healed, empowered person in Christ!

Would you like to be “whole” today?  It is possible to begin a journey that will be the most exciting and purposeful step you will ever take, right now!

Jesus taught …

John 10:8-10 (NRSV)

  • 8 All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

Through his life, suffering, death, and resurrection, Jesus demonstrated the love and power of God and the absolute determination of God to bring each of us into a living relationship with God and with one another.

The Apostle Paul, a mighty church leader who has written much of the New Testament taught …

Ephesians 2:4-8 (NRSV)

  • 4 God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us 5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—

praying-handsWhat about you?  Are you at a place in your life where you are ready to receive the Good News of God’s presence and purpose in your life?  Are you ready to be introduced to Jesus Christ as the One who will guide and Shepherd you through this life and into eternity?

If so, I would like to pray with you as you put your trust forward in Christ to be your Savior and Lord.

Lord of heaven and earth,

You know the heart and soul of this pilgrim who has come to such a moment as this!  Be with (your name) as he/she exercises the faith you have so generously provided for this decision.  “For by grace we  have been saved through faith, and this is not our own doing; it is the gift of God—”  … May your saving health, your Spirit of renewal, your forgiveness of sins, your power to live a redeemed life … may all of these, and all your many blessings, rest upon this soul … bring (your name) into a right relationship with You and make known your purpose for his/her life.

I ask this in the Name that is our blessed hope, the Name of Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Thanks be to God, my brother, my sister!  Please repeat this prayer out loud, a few times even.  Let it soak into your mind, your heart, your flesh and bones!  Let the Good News of Christ begin to work in you, and your life will never be the same – only better!

Please write to me, and let me know of your decision, and any ways that I can pray with you during this important time in your life.

God bless and keep you, always, in the love of Christ who will not give up on you!

Stuart

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