If I were to write you a letter and share the most important thing I could ever tell you, it would be this. Accept God’s Son, Jesus Christ, as your Savior today. You have heard how He came to earth as a baby and grew up to be a man teaching others about God the Father’s love for each one of us. Jesus even gave His life at the age of 33 for us on the cross for our sins, because He loves you and me. He is the sinless Son of God. But He arose victoriously 3 days later on Easter morn proving He was the Son of God. He promises to always be with us through the power of the Holy Spirit. When we die, we can know for sure that we will go to heaven and be with Jesus and those folks who have accepted Christ through the years.
So, my dear friend, I truly love you and care about you. I know this letter is something to think about, but don’t put it off. Today is the day of salvation. Believe and put your faith in Jesus Christ.
Your Friend in Christ,
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The cross is the symbol of our Christian Faith. Without what Jesus did by dying on the cross for our sins we would not have eternal life. Being a good person or giving a large sum of money to help others or trying to live a moral life are fine things to do, but nothing you can do will be enough to assure you a place in heaven. We have all sinned. God sent His only son that whosoever believes in Him will have life forever. God did not send His only son, Jesus, into the world to condemn the world but that through Him, we might be saved. (from John 3:16,17) All those good deeds are fine and we will want to do them when we believe. Most importantly, we want others to see their need to know Jesus and believe in Him as their Savior.
Have you thought you could get to heaven without the CROSS? My friend, you are mistaken. Come to Jesus. His love is there for you. Life is not perfect. Ask Him to help you along this way in life and He will. You have to believe in Him. Please sincerely have faith in Him.
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Your friends at St. Petrie Lutheran
~An Encouraging Word
The Hearer & The Doer September, 2019
James 1: 22-24 says: But be doers of the word (Bible), and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if one is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.”
I forget to be a “doer” when my prayer and Bible reading time with Jesus are neglected and I try to do something in my own strength. I get lazy or too self-sufficient. I have forgotten Ephesians 2:8,9 where I am saved by grace and it’s a free gift of God and not of works lest any man should boast. Jesus reminds me to look in the mirror of His image and be filled with His Holy Spirit to be a truly effective “doer.”
Verse 25 of James 1 completes the focus on Jesus whose death and resurrection for my sins personally gives me that eternal hope of heaven.
“But the one who looks into the perfect law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.”
September is the time for school to begin. May it be your time to begin anew to “do” His will and learn to lean on Him for everything.
~An Encouraging Word