Bernard - Publisher
I sat on my couch, idly looking
through the Travel Section of the Sunday Times a few weeks ago, reading about all the far
flung places offered in complete packages for rates surprisingly affordable. Trips to Australia, France, England, Spain,
Hawaii, London, Italy, just to name a few, are made simple and accessible to all. So many endless choices to take you away for a
week or two where it is easy to lose yourself in the sound of musical languages that hit
the ear and sights to spark your interest.
"WILL this trip include airfare and hotel reservations?" you wonder. "How about transportation to and from the
airport once you get where you are going?" As you read, you find many travel
packages cover not only the flight but include shuttles or limousines to and from your
hotel, and the tours are prearranged and priced. I found myself thinking how great
it all looked in color photographs that showed a whole new way of life. And a trip might just give some respite from a
hectic, everyday pace.
THIS pondering on earthly travel with its wonderful presentations made me
think of the most important travel package each of us should consider. Not an expensive jaunt for two weeks that returns
you home at the end of it to the same rat race you left behind, but something that is
JESUS Christ offers each of us that joy and happiness in a complete deal even
more exciting, for in it He has put together all the essentials of salvation and eternal
life that He paid for over two thousands years ago. We will find the peace we seek,
contentment and pleasure that this life can only give momentarily. God promises to
make the crooked paths of earthly life straight and the injustice, slights, hurts, misery,
pain and suffering will be abolished forever for He promised to make all things right.
HIS eternal package is complimentary to anyone who accepts it. There are no hidden costs and it is the premier of
all proposals for it contains something no one else can offer
longevity. By simple trust and belief in Jesus Christ, we
know that what He promises and paid for will exceed our wildest dreams. If you
accept Him, some of the features include a first class ticket to God's Kingdom with all
sin debts cancelled, timeless peace and harmony, and seeing Jesus and our heavenly Father
face to face in an eternal life.
TOO often we think of God as a far away God Who is inaccessible to us. Know that His all-seeing eyes are on us
every single minute of our lives. If you
could see Him watching you with such compassion and love, you would be overwhelmed by His
majestic and everlasting tenderness. If you
could see how He keenly perceives all your life dramas, your pains, your sorrows, and even
your sins that make Him sad, you would bow your head and be eternally grateful for no one
can come close to how He feels about you. What an
TO bring you close to Him, He sent His son, Jesus Christ, down to earth to
pay for our sins. With an everlasting love, He died and shed His blood on a cross
to redeem a lost and sin-sick world and restore us into God's fellowship. As He was nailed to it, so were all
humanitys sins were nailed there, past, present, and future, and if we believe this,
have faith in Him, and trust, He will someday welcome us into His Father's Kingdom.
prophesies that Jesus would bear
the grief, sorrow, sorrow and sin of the whole human race.
He was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left Gods paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord God laid on Him the sins of us all. He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet He never
said a word. He was led like a lamb to the
slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before
the shearers, He did not open his mouth. Unjustly
condemned, He was led away. No one
cared that He died without descendants, that His life was cut short in midstream. But He was struck down for the rebellion of us all. He had done no wrong and had never deceived
anyone. But he was buried like a criminal; He
was put in a rich mans grave. Jesus
Christ is our advocate and our intercessor to God. His
way is the only way to get to God.
THOUSANDS of years ago, God created a complete package for you. He formed you in His likeness, placed free will
there, for He wanted you to recognize and grow to love Him on your own as He loves you. He promised to give something big and wonderful in
return, beyond all human comprehension. He
promised to make you higher than even His precious angels for He cares that much. He formed and placed within each of us a secret
spot that no man, no physician can see or remove. And
in that secret place He formed a spotless soul, and that sacred soul is a priceless holder
for the Holy Spirit to come and live within you if you ask for it. It rests in each of us who believes in His
glorious Son, Jesus Christ and offers peace, strength, counsel and recognizable joy. If you believe, you will be governed by the Holy Spirit
Who will warn you whenever you move away from the teachings of Christ, Who will sound the
alarm and send pure clarity whenever you stray too far away the voice of God.
10:27 tells us My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow
YES, we can choose not to hear it, and yes, we can stray far, far away for
God gave us that option, but like a loving parent who calls to his child, if you believe,
you must obey that voice. The door remains
open always, and there you will find forgiveness and grace.
Like the prodigal son, He, in His marvelous forgiveness will still have His loving
arms open to welcome you back.
how much does this complete package cost?
Any hidden costs lurking in the background?
No! It is free! You only need a belief and faith in Him and a willingness to
let Christ be the guiding force in your life.
WHAT is the sum total of your life? If
you are serious about God, it is time to make a firm commitment and say "Yes" to
Him. It will not be easy. There will be times that we will want to just go
with the ebb and flow of the crowd and enjoy what comes our way. But, if we follow this path, in the final analysis
we can be sure of our eternal destiny, and it will not be eternity with God.
CALL and make your
reservation today. It costs nothing but faith
and trust. The number to call is 1-800
P-R-A-Y. The lines are open 24/7 and Jesus Himself will always be there to answer your
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