Are You Going To Heaven?
This is the most important question of your life. Are you saved? It is not a
question of how good you are or if you go to church. If you died today, where
would you spend eternity?
In order to go to heaven, God says you must be born again. In John 3:7, Jesus
said to Nicodemus "Ye must be born again."
In the bible, God gives us a simple plan for salvation. How?
First, you must realize that you are a sinner. "For
all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." (Romans
Second, you must believe that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and was resurrected
after 3 days in the tomb.
Third, you must asked Jesus to forgive you of your sins, save you from an
eternity in hell, and be your Lord and savior.
Just believe on Him as the one who bore your sins, died in your place, was
buried and then resurrected.
"God, I know I
am a sinner and cannot enter Heaven without your forgiveness. I Believe
with all of my heart that Jesus is your son and that he died for my sins
but I also believe that he was risen from the grave. I ask that you
forgive me of my sins and become my Lord and Savior."
If you prayed this simple prayer and truly meant it, you need to find a
church that teaches from the bible and make a public profession of faith.
"For what shall it profit a man to gain the
whole world, and lose his own soul?" (Mark 8:36)
and the Outdoors
Being and avid hunter and
fisherman, I have an opportunity to associate with a lot of people with a love
for the outdoor lifestyle. One interesting trait that I have observed is that a
lot of these people, including myself, are devout believers in God.
If you stop to think about it, it
should really come as no surprise that religious people gravitate to the natural
world. After all, God created all of it, and he created it for our enjoyment.
Nothing that man has made or will ever make can come close to the beauty that
God has created in the mountains, deserts, streams, plants and animals. I also
believe that he not only create all of this beauty for our pleasure, but also as
a witness to his very existence.
How can anyone who has seen a
sunset bursting with colors that cannot be justly duplicated by the even the
best photographer not believe that a higher being must have created it? How can
anyone who has seen the ocean, teaming with countless species of fish and
animals, each with their own purpose and responsibility in the chain of life,
even remotely consider the theory that all life evolved from an organism that
crawled from the mud billions of years ago?
How can anyone who has seen Geese
flying south for the winter, returning to the same spot hundreds of miles away
every year, think that God can not possibly exist? How can anyone who has seen
Salmon returning to spawn in the same stream in which they were born consider
anything other than creation as an explanation of its existence.
Can anyone use the Big Bang theory
to tell us how or why all the life on this planet is so perfectly intertwined
and dependant on each other?
I have often heard people try to
explain why they don’t believe in God by using the excuse of “I can’t
believe in something that I can not see.” That is precisely why God made the
earth such a fascinating and wonderful place. So that we could see his creation
and realize that it could only have happened by his magnificent power.
We might not be able to see him in
the flesh, but one only need look to nature to prove his existence. When I see
the natural wonders of the earth, whether during a simple early morning walk
through the woods, or an extended visit to a pristine wilderness area like we
experienced last week, I can not help but be even more convinced that a higher
being must have created all of this indescribable beauty, and I try to fathom
how much magnificence and wonder is ahead of us in Heaven.
I often feel sorry for people that
spend their whole lives whole pursuing material wealth and belongings and not
being able to take time out of their lives to enjoy the outdoors.
They seem to measure the success
of their lives by how many “things” they can accumulate. My most treasured
possessions are not cars, homes, gold or silver. They are the memories of my
youth in Illinois. I can honestly say that I had either a fishing pole or
shotgun in my hand almost everyday of my life when I was a kid.
That makes for a lot precious
memories that seem like they happened just yesterday; almost all of them having
some connection to the outdoor way of life. I believe that people who spend a
lot of time outdoors, tend to have fonder memories and enjoy telling others
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