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If you died tonight, where would you go? Heaven or Hell? If you confess your mouth, JESUS IS LORD & believe in your heart that Jesus died on the cross for our sin & rose from the grave, you will be saved! -Romans 10:9. For all have sinned & fall short of the Glory of God! -Romans 3:23. For the wages of sin is death, but the Gift of God has everlasting life in Christ Jesus our Lord. -Romans 6:23.
|What is truth? Who has it? Let’s face it: In today’s world, it’s hard to know what’s true anymore. How’s your journey going? Has your search for real answers only led you down a dead end? Truth is more than just talk. Real truth is soul bending. It’s deep, profound and life changing. We invite you to find this truth and enter The Passage.|
God created you in His image. He wants you to know Him personally, so you may experience the love, peace and destiny He offers.
GOD’S DESIGN “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:27)
GOD’S LOVE “For God so loved the world, that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
GOD’S PLAN “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” (John 17:3)
What prevents us from experiencing the life of love and destiny God desires for us?
PEOPLE ARE SINFUL. Sin keeps us from knowing God personally and from experiencing His love, peace and destiny. Sin enslaves, blocks and separates us from God.
PEOPLE ARE SINFUL “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
Sin is our innate refusal to go God’s way and instead, to go our own way and do our own thing. God is holy, that is, perfect in who He is and all He does. Our sinful nature and actions offend God’s holy nature and result in a broken relationship and separated from Him.
PEOPLE ARE ENSLAVED “Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin’” (John 8:34).
PEOPLE ARE SEPARATED “For the wages of sin is death…” (spiritual separation) (Romans 6:23)
WAGES = PENALTY
People are sinful and separated from a holy God by a great gap. We may try to cross that gap by living a good life, not harming anyone, attending church or other religious meetings, or by giving money to our favorite charities. All of these efforts fail because the sinful condition of the heart remains unchanged, enslaved to sin.
The third principle (Below) explains the only way to cross the gap…
Jesus Christ came to provide the bridge back to a destiny with God. Jesus Christ alone forgives and removes our sins so we can know God personally, and experience His love, peace and freedom forever.
HE DIED ON THE CROSS IN OUR PLACE “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God…” (1 Peter 3:18). Jesus Christ was able to pay the penalty for our sins not find Him guilty of any wrongdoing.
HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD “Christ died for our sins…He was buried, He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…He appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, He appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers…” (1 Corinthians 15:3-6)
Christ’s resurrection proved that He has the power over death to enable us to live eternally with God.
HE IS THE WAY TO GOD “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’” (John 14:6).
HE SETS US FREE “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36).
|His Son, Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins, in our place. In this way He paid the death penalty that we deserve.|
What would a person need to do in order to change their destiny to know God and experience the love, and freedom from sin that He offers?
We must individually receive Jesus Christ, because only He provides the destiny to God. Only then can we experience His love, and live in freedom for eternity.
WE MUST RECEIVE CHRIST “Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).
WE RECEIVE CHRIST THROUGH FAITH “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 no one should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9, NASB).
Faith = trust, dependence on God
WHEN WE RECEIVE CHRIST, WE HAVE A NEW DESTINY. WE EXPERIENCE HIS LOVE, FREEDOM, AND ETERNAL LIFE. [Jesus speaking] “I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly” (John 10:10 NASB).
To receive Christ:
Knowing intellectually that Jesus Christ is the Son of God is not enough. Having an emotional experience will not change your destiny and allow you to experience His love, peace and freedom.
We receive Jesus Christ by faith, as an act of our will.
Think About It
These two circles represent two kinds of lives or paths that people choose:
|SELF-DIRECTED LIFE Christ is outside the life. The different areas of life represented by the dots are self-directed and not in harmony with God’s desires.||CHRIST-DIRECTED LIFE Christ is in the life. This person has received Christ and His forgive-ness for their sins. Christ directs every area of life, resulting in harmony with God’s desire and plan.|
Which circle represents your life right now?
Which circle do you want to represent you life?
YOU CAN RECEIVE CHRIST RIGHT NOW BY FAITH THROUGH PRAYER. (Prayer is just talking with God)
God is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. You must mean what you pray, for God knows your heart and you cannot deceive Him.
Here is a suggested prayer: Jesus Christ, I need you. I confess that I have sinned against You and have been running my own life. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. Please come into my life and forgive my sins and set me free. Begin directing my life. Change my destiny. Make me into the person you created me to be. Thank you for answering my prayer by coming into my life and giving me eternal life. Amen.
Does this prayer express your heart’s desire? If it does, pray this prayer right now and Christ will come into your life, as He promised.
How to Know…
HOW TO KNOW THAT CHRIST IS IN YOUR LIFE Know He answered your prayer and came into your life? You can know that Christ is in your life because of the 1 John 4:14-15:
“And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in
God and His Word are completely trustworthy.
THE BIBLE PROMISES ETERNAL LIFE TO ALL WHO RECEIVE CHRIST “And the witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life.(1 John 5:11–13, NASB)
Thank God daily that Christ is in your life and He will never leave you (Hebrews 13:5). You can know on the basis of His promise that Christ lives in you and you have eternal life, from the moment you invited Him in. He will not deceive you.)
What if you don’t feel any different?
DO NOT DEPEND ON FEELINGS This train diagram illustrates the relationship between fact (God and His Word), faith (our trust in God and His Word), and feeling (the result of our faith and obedience). Read John 14:21.
The train will run with or without the caboose (feeling). In the same way, we as Christians do not depend on feelings or emotions. We rely on the promises of God’s Word, not our feelings. The Christian lives by faith in God and His Word.
THE MOMENT YOU RECEIVED CHRIST BY FAITH, AS AN ACT OF YOUR WILL, MANY THINGS HAPPENED, INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING:
Being freed and loved by Christ is all good! He changed your destiny. Would you like to thank God in prayer right now for what He has done for you? By thanking God, you demonstrate your faith.
To enjoy your new relationship with God to the fullest…
SUGGESTIONS FOR CHRISTIAN GROWTH Our relationship with Christ grows as we trust God more and more with every detail of our lives. “The righteous will live by faith” (Galatians 3:11). This trust develops as we:
|G||Go to God in prayer daily. (Col 4:2)|
|R||Read God’s Word daily (Acts 17:11). Begin with the Gospel of John|
|O||Obey GOd moment by moment. (John 14:21)|
|W||Witness for Christ by your life and words (Matthew 4:19; John 15:8)|
GET INVOLVED IN A GOOD CHURCH (Bible-based, Christ centered) God’s Word admonishes us not to forsake “the assembling of ourselves together…” (Hebrews 10:25; Acts 2:42–47). Several logs burn brightly together; but put one aside and its fire goes out. So it is with your relationship to other Christians. If you do not belong to a church, do not wait to be invited. Take the first step; call the pastor of a nearby church where Christ is honored and His Word is preached. Start this week and make plans to attend regularly. hear from you!
If you prayed this prayer & meant it. WELCOME to God’s family! Please email us at email@example.com to share the good news & we will help you walk with the Lord and we help find a good church for you. Jesus bless you abundantly! If you want to talk with someone on the phone please call 1-888-NEED-HIM
REDBOX Movie Lovers! Have a free movie night. Terms:http://bit.ly/1IjqPlT Code: JUNE17
Use the code JUNE17 at a Redbox kiosk, at Redbox.com, or on the Redbox mobile app to get a free DVD rental or $2 off a Blu-ray or game rental. This code is good only June 17, 2015.
NEW! Text the code e3 to 727272 to get a free Redbox code valid for a free game rental. This code can be used at Redbox.com and at the kiosk. It expires June 30, 2015.
Text the code WELCOME to 727272 and you’ll get back a unique code that can be used to get a free Redbox rental. This code can only be used when reserving a rental with the Redbox app and it expires June 30, 2015.
Text MOVIE, MOVIENIGHT, MOVIE TIME, or DEAL to 727272 and you’ll get back a unique code that you can use to get a free 1-night DVD rental. This code can also be used for $1.20 off a Blu-ray or game rental. You can use this free Redbox code at the kiosk, at Redbox.com, or through the Redbox mobile app. This code expires 1 week after you’ve received it. Expiration of the offer is unknown.
Note: Some of these codes will state that they are buy one, get one disc free offers but they usually will get you a free rental without having to rent one.
Text APPNOW to 727272 and you’ll get a free Redbox code back that can be redeemed for your first rental through the Redbox mobile app.
Text EMAIL to 727272 for a free 1-day DVD rental and reply back with your email address. The Redbox code will be sent to your email address and it expires two weeks after receiving.
Try these codes next, they’ll work for you at any Redbox kiosk as long as you haven’t used them before. Note: These are no longer working in some cities now.
REDBOX (new customers only)
Text GAMEKIDS to 727272 for a free 1-day video game rental
Here are some other free Redbox codes that seem to work for some and don’t work for others. Give these a try if you’ve already used the ones above and be aware that they may not work for you.
DVDATWAG (good only at Walgreen’s locations)
WALGREENS (good only at Walgreen’s locations)
RDBOXHEB (good only at HEB locations
DVDATWEG (good only at Wegman’s locations)
DVDKROG (Good only at Kroger locations)
DRIVEIN (good only at Sonic locations)
Since it’s Friday and we love Jesus our Lord & Savior and we love, loving on you. Please enjoy some Redbox movies & games for FREE.
Redbox Codes: (updated August 2014)
Free Redbox Codes: BREAKROOM (ongoing).
Free Rental Code: DVDONUS (ongoing).
Free Rental Code: DVDONME (ongoing).
Redbox codes: DVDNIGHT (ongoing).
Redbox codes: GAMETIME (ongoing).
Redbox codes: DVDFREE (new one to try).
Free Redbox Code: RENTONME (ongoing).
Redbox promo code: REDBOX (new customers only).
Free Redbox Code: WALGREENS (ongoing) – only at Walgreen’s locations.
Text SIGNUP to 727272 to get exclusive news & deals.
Please enjoy! May Jesus bless you abundantly!
The other day I was watching a movie called ‘Beyond The Blackboard’ (based on a true story), it was a great uplifting movie. It’s about a housewife/mother who wants to teach and the school she get hired with tells her she needs to teach homeless kids, so yes it’s in the homeless community. Well, during the movie, the film kept showing the teacher’s car, as she drove up each morning and yes I was waiting for her car to be stolen, which it never did. The worst thing that happened was some people stole the TV she was going to use for her class that day.
After I watched this encouraging, uplifting movie. I thought, “Wow! My mind is corrupt from the movies I watch.” And I need to get my mind back on uplifting things. “But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them” (Matthew 15:18.) “For out of the heart come evil thoughts–murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander” (Matthew 15:19.) “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” (Proverbs 4:23.) “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman” (Job 31:1.) “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” (Colossians 3:2)
How do these evil thoughts get inside of us? They don’t just appear, maybe we hang around negative people, watch negative movies, listen to negative music and or play negative video games.
A few years ago, I was in a disciple training program called Master’s Commission. We weren’t allowed to watch Rated R movies, so when I was on vacation to visit my sister we went to the theater and one of the movies that looked at, looked maybe good to watch happen to be Rated R, so we when watch the other movie that was PG-13. A little surprise in the movie was a 3 second clip of nudity. Wow! Why isn’t this rated R?
I found an article, “Little difference between PG-13 and R-rated films, study says” http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865592155/Little-difference-between-PG-13-and-R-rated-films-study-says.html?pg=all
“There is essentially no difference between the most popular movies rated PG-13 for younger viewers and restricted, R-rated films in showing main characters engaged in both violence and alcohol use or violence and sexual behavior,” according to the study. But watching violent material may have an effect on the mind, according to The Los Angeles Times.
So watching PG-13, TV-14, Rated R, TV-MA and even Not Rated movies are corrupt, I don’t even know why some movies are not rated, they should all be.
To my next point, to all those K-LOVE listeners, you may remember month ago or so, K-LOVE had a 30-day Christian music challenge, to only listen to Christian music. I didn’t do this, because it’s not a challenge, since all I listen to is Christian music.
But instead of music, I have started as of yesterday to do a movie challenge. Only watching Christian movies & or PG/G rated only. Yes there are Christian movies rated PG-13 & rated R, but since their Christian based. It’s okay to watch, such as “The Passion of Christ.”
I am doing a 1 year challenge, why 1 year? I don’t watch movies everyday so if I were do the challenge for 30 days and only watch 3 or 4 movies, it’s really not going to impact me a whole lot.
If you have Netflix, to my knowledge, you have to filter what you want to watch. If you have Xbox or PSN, go into “Settings” then “Family” then “Ratings and Content.” Change the movie rating to PG & TV rating to PG. You do have free apps to watch free movies. For other apps like Amazon, Redbox, look to see if you can filter the movies.
I highly encourage you to try this out, as I watched ‘Beyond The Blackboard’, it was on Spirit Clips, it’s like a Netflix but every film is okay to watch! http://www.hallmarkspiritclips.com Spirit Clips is on the Xbox. You can try it out for 1 week for free, but the member is an amazing price. $5 per month or pay $36 for a year which is only $3 per month! You can’t beat that! $36 to help you complete this 1 year challenge. AMEN!
So who’s with me? Step up to the challenge today. “LIKE” this post “SHARE” this post. “FWD” this post.
Want to watch a Christian movie at the theaters. Checkout GOD’S NOT DEAD, also Son of God, also a free movie http://www.noahthemovie.com, Heaven Is For Real comes out April 16.
Jesus bless you abundantly and may He give you the strength to complete this challenge!
We challenge you to share Jesus with many people throughout the month of October! Are you up for the challenge? We are giving away prizes such as a $30 gift card at Gamestop, free movies and game rentals at Redbox, discounts on different stores, including GameFly, Netflix etc.
Giveaway rules are sharing Jesus throughout the month of October (including Halloween.) Submit a video to: firstname.lastname@example.org, showing us how you shared Jesus with others. 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners will be announced the 1st week of November.
Begins October 1st and Ends October 31st
Make the video exciting and unique, maybe get some friends together or simply evangelize on Xbox/your console, like our Youtube evangelism series.
If your not up to making a video, we still challenge you to share your faith in Christ to others more than you usually do.
You can purchase these tracts and pass them out everyday or share this Youtube video that is posted above with other Youtubers/gamers or on Facebook. But once again to enter to win prizes we need your video!
Matthew 9:37 – “Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.”
What do you have to lose? Step up to the challenge! Let’s fall back in love with Christ again!
Who is able to win? You don’t have to be a member of the 116 Boyz. Since we are an all male clan, males only can win. Of course you need to be born-again, come on now, if your not born-again and your sharing Christ to people, that doesn’t make sense. So share this info with your fellow brothers in Christ to join the challenge.
Jesus bless you all!
Just watched this great movie. I found it in the local Redbox, maybe go to Redbox.com to find what Redbox has this movie in it. Go to your local Redbox & use the promo code “DVDNIGHT” to get your free movie!
This movie stars Bruce Marchiano, you may know him from The Encounter, which is found on Netflix. Steve “Sting” Borden, David A.R. White & many other special guests & some from the MMA.
Hope you enjoy the movie as much as I did, Jesus bless you