Tragedy strikes once every ten minutes on American highways. Five motorists die each hour amid twisted steel and shattered glass. Automobile accidents snuff out more than 800 lives every week and approximately 42,000 annually.
Jim Wolf spent more than seven years behind bars. But he spent more years than that in the bondage of sin. As a youth, Jim spent much of his time on the street selling drugs, breaking into people’s houses, stealing, lying, cheating. Those years brought a harvest of trouble. Fights. The law. Jail.
“How do you plead?” the judge asked. I swallowed. I hadn’t realized how difficult this would be. “Guilty,” I answered. Guilty. We have all felt guilty at one time or another. More than that, we have all been guilty.
Is this your answer? When I arrive at the pearly gate, I hope I will be good enough. God says, “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).
How can a person know the right way to heaven? Jesus Christ said, “I AM THE WAY, . . . no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” No one can come to the Father any other way. Only through shed blood of Jesus Christ can we be saved. Friend, are you in the right way?
Jesus Christ is coming again. The Bible says so. But why is He coming? What will He do when He comes? Why should His coming be important to me or you? To help answer those questions, let’s review why He came the first time.
Jesus has been under attack in our world for many years. I invite you to consider the first four verses of 1 John. These verses contend that Jesus Christ is the only way to God. Although much of our culture disagrees with this idea and poses clever arguments against it, this passage shows that Jesus
Bitterness is like a leech. It attaches itself to and feeds on you, draining the life from you. Bitterness is rebellion against God. How do you respond to life? Do you let the unpleasant circumstances make you bitter?