Unmerited Favor

Unmerited Favor

Posted by richieg on May 17, 2017
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    Our God brought many across the path of the Cross on the beach again this day.  Many visitors were engaged in conversation and received the ministry gospel tracts and of those who crossed our path God came to meet Heaven (age 16) and her friend Mercedes (age 17).  These girls stopped at the Cross and inquired about the ministry.  After explaining the purpose of the ministry Heaven was asked about her name and she said it was spelled just like God’s heaven.  She was then asked if she stood before God and was asked why she should be admitted into heaven what would she say and she responded by saying: “I have always tried to be a good person, I try to be very good always.”  It was said to Heaven that what she said is not what the Bible teaches about eternal life.  Mercedes then moved closer and said: “I too believe that being a good person would get a person into heaven.”  The girls then wanted to know what the Bible teaches about entry into heaven.  Heaven and Mercedes listened closely as it was said to them that eternal life is a free gift of God and heaven cannot be earned by any good deeds a person does.

The gospel of God’s grace was presented to Heaven and Mercedes and after hearing they were asked if they understood and they both said that they did understand and that they wanted to pray to God and be sure of heaven.  Romans 10:9-10 was shared with the girls and then individually Heaven and Mercedes prayed out loud the salvation prayer which was printed on the gospel tract that they held in their hands.  Both girls were so thankful.  They were encouraged to pray to God when they arrived home and to ask God to help them to take the next step in their Christian faith.  They said that they would do this.  We reminded Heaven and Mercedes that our body of Christ would be praying for them.  When this Holy Spirit encounter came to a close we gave praise, honor, and glory to our God.

You Just Never Know When Or Where God Will Use You!

Posted by richieg on April 09, 2016
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Lindsey, a nurse in a dermatology office, had a discussion with a patient in regards to health and the patient mentioned the fact that the Bible says that it is appointed for man to die once but after this the judgment.

Lindsey was asked about her destiny after this life and if she believed in God and she said:  “Yes, I believe in God.”  She was then asked what she would say to God if she stood before him, on her judgment day, and was asked by God; why she should be admitted into heaven.  Lindsey responded by saying: “I’m not sure what I would say but I always try my best.”

Lindsey was asked if the Bible truth about heaven could be shared with her and she agreed to listen. God’s Word from Ephesians 2:8-9 was shared with Lindsey to address a person trying their best to get to heaven by their own good works, then Lindsey listened as the  the gospel of God’s grace was shard with her.

Lindsey began to cry and as she wiped tears from her eyes she said:  “I feel goose bumps all over after hearing this, I have never known this.”  It was said to Lindsey that what she is feeling is the truth of God’s Word and the power of the Holy Spirit working in her heart.  Lindsey was very thankful for our conversation and she was encouraged to get right with God.

Would you take 30 seconds to pray for Lindsey.
John 20:21

The gospel of God’s grace.

Posted by richieg on December 09, 2015
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                        The gospel of God’s grace
God’s grace means the gift of “unmerited favor” in Jesus Christ
it means God is offering you something you could never
provide for yourself, forgiveness of sins and eternal life.

 For 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

The blood of Jesus atones for sin, His resurrection seals our pardon.
Salvation is an act of God offered freely to all people through faith
in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross.  A person is saved
and receives a new birth by believing in the gospel truth that God’s Son
Jesus Christ, became flesh, went to the cross, shed His blood,
and died for our sins and that God raised Jesus from the dead.

True believers fully understand what Christ has done for them.

Herein is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us,
and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  –  John 4:10

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Jesus saith unto him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life;
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”  John 14:6

Will you decide to believe in Jesus and accept him as your Savior?
If the Spirit of God has awakened your heart to the gospel of God’s grace,
to see your sin for what it is, then you have been enabled by him to repent
of your sin and call out for His mercy and believe in Jesus as your Savior.
If you have never placed your hope in God through faith in His Son, Jesus
Christ, you need to make that decision.  That is where life begins!

                                      Faith in Jesus Christ
“O God, I am a sinner:  I’m sorry for my sin.  I want to turn from
my sin.  I believe Jesus Christ is your Son; I believe He died on the
cross  for my sin and You raised him to life.  So right now, as best
as I know how, I choose to accept Your Son Jesus as my Savior,
trusting only in His shed blood as sufficient to save my soul and
to take me to heaven.  Thank you Lord Jesus for saving my soul.
Amen.”

If you have placed your faith in Jesus Christ for salvation then the most
important thing for you to do is to get to know Him.  The real issue is
knowing Jesus Christ.  Jesus is the One who said, “I am come that they
may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” – John 10:10

Inheritance – Not Salvation – May Be Lost

Posted by richieg on November 12, 2015
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You will ask:  What happens to those who don’t pursue holiness but have trusted in Christ’s blood? I reply: they forfeit their inheritance and will have no reward at the judgment seat of Christ.

The word  inheritance can be used interchangeably with reward, prize, crown (1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Colossians 3:24; 2 Timothey 4:8).  Some New Testament scholars build a case for “justification by works by faith (my paraphrase to describe their teaching) partly because of 2 Corinthians 5:10: “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.”

Some believe that works play a vital role in salvation.  As a consequence they have departed from the gospel.  What these scholars have not apparently seen is that all those who are justified by faith are called to enter into their inheritance; some do, some don’t.  Those who do, have a reward.  The basis for this reward is building a superstructure of gold, silver, and precious gems on the foundation-Christ- as put in 1 Corinthians 3:12.  Those who build a superstructure of wood, hay or straw will “suffer loss (of reward) but yet will be saved, even though only as one escaping through the flames (v. 15; saved “as by fire,” KJV).

There is not a single passage in the New Testament that warns one of losing their salvation; they all refer to losing one’s inheritance or reward.

To summarize:  works necessarily come in where our inheritance is concerned but not whether we go to heaven.  Heaven is a free gift by sheer grace (Ephesians 2:8-9).

A final irony:  those who best understand the gospel are the ones who want to live a holy life.

R. T. Kendall,
It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over

Your Salvation

Posted by richieg on March 02, 2015
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                                          Have you placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ?
If you’re not sure of where you stand before God, you can make a decision right here and now that will change everything.  Bear this in mind:  The Bible teaches that the hope of eternal life rests solely and exclusively upon your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ!  “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.”  –  John 3:36

Faith in Jesus Christ:  “O God, I am a sinner.  I’m sorry for my sin.  I want to turn from my sin.  I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son; I believe He died on the cross for my sin and You raised Him to life.  So right now to choose to accept Your Son Jesus as my Savior, trusting only in His shed blood as sufficient to save my soul and to take me to heaven.  Thank you Lord Jesus for saving my soul. Amen.”

If you have placed your faith in Jesus Christ for salvation then the most important thing for you to do is to get to know Him.  How do you get to know Jesus?  Answer: the same way you get to know anybody, by spending time with them.  The real issue then, is knowing Jesus Christ.  Jesus is the One who said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”  –  John 10:10

Empowering Of The Holy Spirit

Posted by richieg on September 14, 2014
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 The blood of the lamb, the laver, and the anointing oil clearly represent the three baptisms:  

1.  Salvation, when the Holy Spirit baptizes us into the body of Christ.

2.  Water baptism, when we are baptized in water after we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

3.  Spirit baptism, when Jesus baptizes us with power from on high, the Holy Spirit!t.

Ask Jesus for Holy Spirit power from above.  Taking this step is as simple as asking and receiving.  You can do that now, right where you are.  Ask Jesus, our wonderful Lord and Savior, to baptize you in the Holy Spirit right now.

Pastor Robert Morris,
The God I Never Knew

Fruitful Conversations.

Posted by richieg on March 16, 2014
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The Tree Service Man Comes Forth From The Grave.

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Today I called the tree service man to give me an estimate to trim my trees.  After agreeing with him to do the work he said:  “Mr Rich I want to tell you something.  Last year you tell me about Jesus and at home that day I pray to Jesus and since that day my life changed, I go to church now and I stopped all of my drinking and I want to thank you, I have Jesus in my life now.”

Life is given by God’s calling and when the call comes, it finds the sinner dead, it gives him life and he obeys the call of life and lives.  Praise God!

The Lost Key

Posted by richieg on November 06, 2013
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thCAVEY2AH  Have you ever thought, “There must be a key to reaching the lost?” There is – and it’s rusty due to lack of use. Much of the Church still doesn’t even know if it exists. Not only is it biblical, but it can be shown through history that the Church used it to unlock the doors of revival. The problem is that it was lost around the turn of the twentieth century. Keys have a way of getting lost.

Jesus used the key to open up a rich ruler’s heart and saw that he wasn’t ready to let go. Paul used the key to persuade sinners concerning Jesus and Timothy used that same key on all kinds of people. James had that key as well and Stephen used the key when he preached.  The key is used throughout the entire Bible.

Jesus said the lawyers should have been teaching the people about this key because it would have opened up the knowledge for the people to recognize that their most important need was to open up the “Door of Salvation.” Oh, and by the way, Satan will do anything to keep the Church from using the key.

You know, there have been stories even in our time that this key has been found by some people. Not long ago I was standing on the street corner talking with some friends and a stranger stopped by to ask for directions to a church that gives out free food to people in need. This man was asked if he was bringing food to these people and he replied that he was bringing the key to eternal life to anyone who would listen. This person told stories of how people were accepting the invitation of Jesus to follow him and how they were repenting of their sins.  He said the key is God’s law which brings the knowledge of sin and prepares the way for the gospel.

This encounter got me thinking about my own life and the necessity of repentance for sinning against God.   But could I let go, could I change?  Did I really understand God’s grace and was I ready to count the cost of following Christ? To me it was far more than saying a simple prayer, it was a leap in the dark.  I remembered reading in the Bible about the narrow road and that the way of Jesus was hard to follow and there would be pressure and pain. But I knew one thing for sure – I could not continue to live knowing that I was truly a sinner and separated from God.  If I refused to repent of my sins and  live by faith I knew I would miss out on experiencing real life.

The Apostle Paul said the Law was given; “That every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God” (Romans 3:19).  The Law stops every man’s mouth. I can always tell a man who is near the kingdom of God; his mouth is stopped.  This then, is why God gives us the Law, to show us ourselves in our true colors.”  D.L. Moody.

Hell Suddenly Makes Sense

Posted by richieg on October 18, 2013
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thCATOZLCD  As folks gathered on the street corner the conversation of the day settled on those who have been approached by friends and even strangers telling them about the message of the gospel that is found in the Bible.  Some said they have heard this gospel message before and have said the salvation prayer a few times because they figured it might improve their lives.  Others said that there are people out there who are no more than alarmists who are always telling people to repent because the end is near.  And a voice was heard saying that they have had enough catechizing in their life.

It was said that the bottom line is that God will acknowledge the good things people have done and he will separate the good from the bad when all is said and done.  Most had similar ideas about God and believed that God knows that the greatest amount of people try to live good lives and the majority of religions get the story straight and teach that there is a God and people should not let their life get topsy-turvy about religion.  It was mentioned that if God knows all people are good at heart, then why did Jesus die on the cross? As we pondered this query, the sounds of the busy street corner took over with people and traffic moving about and then as if to shout, someone declared “I’m a Christian.”

All took careful notice of this declaration and a voice inquired if this Christian could shed some light into our conversation.  The Christian continued and here is what was said:  “Many years ago someone asked me if I considered myself to be a good person.  I was taken aback but responded in the affirmative about being a good person.  I was then invited to respond to a few more questions to see if I qualified as a good person.  I agreed, and was asked if I ever told a lie, or did I ever steal anything and did I ever have a lustful thought.  Well, at first I didn’t know what to say but then admitted I was guilty of these things.  I was stunned when asked if God were to judge me by the Ten Commandments did I think I would be guilty or innocent and did this concern me.  Suddenly and unexpectedly I realized this warning about breaking God’s law.

I answered that I would have to say I was guilty, and yes, it did concern me.  This encounter opened my eyes allowing me to see my true self, a sinner at heart, who has offended God by violating His Law.  I pictured myself as a guilty criminal before God.  The next question seemed to tumble from above, “Do you think you will go to heaven or hell?”  I was shaken and not sure what to say, but I knew I was in danger of hell.  This person did not offer any kind of salvation prayer, but only encouraged me to get right with God.

thCAZ8LH11  Alone, and on my way home, my focus was not on my happiness on earth, but only my need for forgiveness.  This knowledge of God’s law had prepared the way for me to see that I was not morally good and I needed the Savior.  Arriving back home and at my desk the Cross of Jesus was now clearly understood.  I just talked to God and said I was sorry and repented of my sins and shared with God that I believed that His Son Jesus took the punishment for my sins and died for me and that Jesus rose from the dead.  I submitted to the lordship of Jesus Christ that day.

All who have read this encounter are encouraged to get right with God.

The Two Witnesses: And You & Me!

Posted by richieg on September 21, 2013
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th  The two most colorful characters in Bible history burst onto the scene during the first half of the Tribulation.  God will demonstrate His love, mighty power and existence through these two prophets, they will possess supernatural abilities and dispense astonishing miracles.  They proclaim the Gospel of the Kingdom (the King and the Kingdom is coming) so that there will be one last chance for people to be saved. Out of their powerful preaching, almost immediately, they will have a response by the 144,000 Jewish men that are spoken of in Revelation Chapter Seven.  Their ministry will be to Israel as well as the entire world.

At that time, the age of Grace has ended and the Church is gone.  A person will no longer have the opportunity to join a local congregation.  But rather these 144,000 will be telling the world that the King is coming.  God had prepared the Nation of Israel for the role of being the missionary to all nations but they dropped the ball and God turned to the Gentiles through the Apostle Paul without using the Nation of Israel.  God now lets these 144,000 Jews at least get a taste of what the Nation of Israel missed.  This 144,000 will see a multitude come to a knowledge of salvation through their ministry (Revelation 7:9.)

But how about You and Me?  Did you ever ponder the fact that believers today are colorful characters in Bible history?  When we became Christians we burst onto the scene as person’s filled with God’s Holy Spirit, people who are empowered with supernatural abillities to be witnesses of the gospel of God’s grace.   Believers’ today can be mirror images of those two  witnesses in our culture today.  Out of our life change and our involvement in local and foreign ministries we can make a difference and people at home and around the world can come to the knowledge of the gospel of God’s grace.

Christians today are no different than the two witnesses because we are chosen by God to be a witness for Him in our time and culture today.  When we became Christians we were transformed into powerful, colorful, Spirit filled ambassadors for Christ with enormous opportunity of being soul winners in God’s great harvest in our time!  Let us not drop the ball and repeat that part of history.

       God will raise two prophets from the dead  –  God has already raised believers from the dead.