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B.I.B.L.E.

The BIBLE:

Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth

Just like an owner’s operating manual is to a new appliance, the Bible is our owner’s operating manual for us during our time here on earth. It provides us with instructions on how to live and how we operate (i.e., our purpose and what we were designed for).

Just like the name of the manufacturer who designed and created the appliance is stated in the owner’s manual, the Bible tells us our designer and creator was God. And just like an appliance is complex with various mechanical and intricate-engineered parts, so are we!

Just like the inventor of the appliance loves and intimately knows his product, the Bible tells us God loves each of us and knows us intimately. God loves us so much that he not only created us uniquely and individually, but also deployed his Son Jesus down from heaven as a sacrifice to cover our sin debt.

Just like the owner’s manual stipulates the necessary power source (e.g., power cord, batteries, etc.) needed to operate the appliance, the Bible tells us that our power source is God (i.e., collectively, God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit). And only when we are plugged-in and connected to God, can we operate effectively, fully, and successfully.

Finally, just like the appliance has a warranty contingent on various actions by the consumer, the Bible provides a warranty (i.e., a ticket to heaven) dependent on whether we ultimately come to know the Bible’s core message about Jesus. Specifically, whether we end up putting our full trust in Jesus and confess him as our personal Lord and Savior.

In summary, it is critically important that you read, understand, and obey God’s instruction manual!

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The $1 Million Dollar Question:

Will you go to Heaven when you die? Here’s a quick test:
Q. Have you ever told a lie?
Q. Have you ever stolen anything?
Q. Have you ever used God’s name in vain?
Q. Have you ever lusted over someone?
Q. Have you ever hated someone?

If you have done these things, God sees you as a liar, a thief, a blasphemer, an adulterer-at-heart, and a murderer-at-heart. And this is only 5 of God’s Ten Commandments (a/k/a “God’s Law”). And the Bible warns that on the Day of Judgment, God will punish you in a terrible place called Hell. But, there is “good news”! God is not willing that any should perish. Sinners broke God’s Law, but Jesus paid their fine by shedding His sinless blood on a cross ~2,000 years ago. This means that God can legally dismiss their case (and yours!): “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) Then Jesus rose from the dead, defeating death. Today, repent (turn away from your sins), put your complete trust in Jesus, and confess Jesus as your Lord & Savior… and God will give you eternal life as a free gift.

The $1 Million Dollar Myth:

Contrary to popular belief, being a “good person”, doing “good deeds”, or being “religious” will not get you a ticket to heaven! Many people are hoping God will dismiss their sins because their good deeds outweigh their bad deeds. They further hope that because God is “good” he will let them go unpunished and enter heaven. However, because God is “good” he must by nature punish sinners (i.e., God would not be a good judge if he let criminals go free). The Bible states: “There is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins.” (Ecclesiastes 7:20) The Bible also states: “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.” (Ephesians 2:8-9) And finally, think about this, if your goodness could save you, Jesus would have died in vain (i.e., for no good reason). The Bible states: “I (Jesus) am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father (God) except through me. (John
14:6) Friends, please don’t “roll-the-dice” and gamble your eternal life on the life-threatening lie that being a “good person” will get you to heaven.

Yes, today I am deciding to follow Jesus:

Here is a prayer you can use to receive Jesus Christ as your personal Lord & Savior. It is a suggested prayer – the key is that you are speaking from your heart.
“Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me turn away from sin going forward. I believe that your Son, Jesus Christ, died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus into my heart and I confess him as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank You for sending your Holy Spirit to help me obey you, and to do your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”

Congratulations! And welcome to God’s family!

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