Newsletter, September 2013

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Dear Friends,

 

As I prayed and asked the Lord for direction on what to share in this newsletter, I was first led to encouraging Scriptures. Then, as I searched the verses’ cross references, I encountered truths that are not so pleasant.

 

My study started off well.

 And your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left. (Isaiah 30:21)

 

Who is the man who fears the Lord? He will instruct him in the way he should choose.

(Psalm 25:12)

 

In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.  (Proverbs 3:6)

 

The cross references led me into Revelations and the first ones were positive.

And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, “Write, ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!’” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them.”  (Revelation 14:3)

 

Blessed and Holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection, over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years. (Revelation 20:6)

Then the scriptures got into the more difficult areas.

And death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire.  This is the second death, the lake of fire.  And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.  (Revelations 20:14-15)

 

“He who has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.  He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.

(Revelation 2:11)

 

There are people who say, “If God is a loving God, He wouldn’t send anyone to hell.” Others just say that hell simply does not exist or that it is reserved for Satan and the fallen angels.

 

The truth is God does not send anyone to hell; people choose hell by not accepting the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

 

God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.  (John 3:16)

 

Why was it necessary for Christ to give His life on the cross?

 

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  (Romans 3:23) We cannot earn our way into heaven.  For by grace  you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works that  anyone should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)The Lord . . .  not wishing for any to perish, but for all to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)

 

God could have rescued Jesus from the cross at any time, but He didn’t because of His deep love for us.  If God would provide a way that was not only painful beyond belief for Jesus but also for God the Father to endure, then there had to be a very big reason why Jesus became a sacrifice in our place.

 

It breaks my heart and the heart of God that people do not choose eternal life in heaven by receiving Jesus Christ as their savior.

 

My father was not a believer when he had a stroke at the age of 64.  As I visited him in the hospital, a doctor came in and said there was nothing they could do for him.   When I had opportunity to be alone with him I said, “Dad, you may live a long time and you may not, but Jesus died for you so that you could live for eternity.”  We had a deep discussion and then I followed it up with a letter so that I could address some of his concerns and objections. A month later I visited him and he had arranged to be baptized while I was there.  Though the doctors gave him little hope, God blessed him with 17 more years.

 

It is not necessary to always talk about hell with unbelievers, but your understanding of hell makes a difference in your burden for lost souls.  There may be times when you do need to bring hell into the discussion..  If you are wanting to believe that no one goes to hell, please check out what Jesus said in Matthew 5:22, 10:28,  18:8-9, 23:15, Luke 12:5, and Mark 9:47.                   

 

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Praise and Prayer

 

Pray for the Lord’s blessing and guidance on the one day retreat coming up October 19th.

 

Please pray for the radio programs - that they will touch lives and bring people to Christ.

 

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In His bonds,

Norma Bonds

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