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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?

Our Refusal

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)
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…

The Message

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?

Our Respect

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:

  1. Recognize and admit you need to be forgiven of your sins.
  2. Admit you can do nothing on your own to free yourself from your sins.
  3. Turn away from your sins (repentance) and place your trust in Jesus Christ alone.
  4. When you trust Christ, you receive His complete forgiveness and an eternal relationship with God.

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?

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.

Enjoying God

  1. Christ came into your life (1 Corinthians 6:17; Colossians 1:27).
  2. Christ set you free from your sins and forgave you (Romans 8:1-2; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:1; Colossians 1:14).
  3. You became a child of God (John 1:12).
  4. God lavished His love on you (Romans 8:35–39; 1 John 3:1).
  5. You received eternal life (John 5:24).
  6. You began the new and satisfying life for which God created you (John 10:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:18).

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!

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A Commitment to Positive Speech and Action will Bring Healing to our Relationships

Image        “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver” (Proverbs 25:11). Helpful, encouraging words bring inner joy, strength, and hope to those who hear. Those kinds of words are a testimony to God, a tribute to His work in the lives of His children. We also need to cooperate with God in His work of transforming us into the image of Christ through our actions. What you do when you are certain you will not get caught reveals your integrity. What television program will you watch when no one is around? What magazine will you read if you know no one will know? Do you always tell the truth? Are you honest in all your dealings? How you handle all these and other issues in life determines your level of personal integrity.

Offer praise to the Lord who wants you to be pure as He is pure: “O LORD, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all. The earth is full of Your possessions… I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. May my meditation be sweet to Him; I will be glad in the LORD” (Psalm 104:24, 33-34).

Pray this confession to the Lord to keep your life free from sin and in fellowship with Him: “O Lord, I am too ashamed and humiliated to lift up my face to You, my God; for my iniquities have risen higher than my head, and my guilt has grown up to the heavens (personalized from Ezra 9:6).

Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind. As you agree with God’s will, voice will affirmation of His Word: “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word… It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes… I know, O LORD, that Your judgements are right, and that in faithfulness You have afflicted me (Psalm 119:67, 71, 75).

As you make your requests know to the Lord, include:

  • Greater love for the lost,
  • Integrity in your daily life,
  • The work of missions in Africa.

Offer this closing prayer to the Lord: “May we with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (personalized from Romans 15:6).

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver” (Proverbs 25:11). “With God nothing will be impossible” (Luke 1:37).

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Thoughtless or Careless Speech Hurts Others and Brings Ruin to the Speaker

Image      Speech is a powerful tool, and it can serve to support or to destroy. We can all remember cutting remarks that have been diredted at us in the past. They hurt. When we allow the tongue to run without the mind in gear, we are in for trouble; we embarrass ourselves and hurt others. Proverbs 13:3 says: “He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.” It is difficult to think before every utterance. Yet if we trust Christ to perfect that one discipline in us, then sarcasm, irritability, unkindness, and selfishness could be held in check. By trusting Christ to express Himself through us, we would be much more like what God our Father intends for us to be.

As we yield to Him, the Lord will shape us into His image, and for this we praise Him: “The LORD made the heavens. Honor and majesty are befoe Him; strength and beauty are in His sanctuary. Give to the LORD, O families of the peoples. Give to the LORD glory and strength. Give to the LORD the glory due His name” (Psalm 96:5-8).

Pause for personal praise and thanksgiving. Pray for confession to the Lord as you seek to keep your life free from sin: “If I sin, I have an Advocate with You, Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for my sins, and not for mine only but also for the whole world” (personalized from 1 John 2:1-2).

Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mnd. Now pause to pray this affirmation to the Lord: “To me, to live in Chirst, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21).

As you make your requests know to the Lord, pray for:

  • Forgiveness of sins,
  • Faithfulness with your time,
  • National affairs.

Offer this closing prayer to the Lord: “Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days!” (Psalm 90:14).

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love,which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:12-17).

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We Must Learn to Control Anger and Keep It from Poisoning Our Speech

Image   By nature, we are slow to hear, swift to speak, and quick to get angry. An angry tongue is a toxin that can poison our relationships with others and damage our ability to function well in the world. The reasons for our anger may be understandable. We may not feel well; we may be fatigued. Perhaps a right has been violated or an injury inflicted. Or we may just be angry people who have not reached a point of contentment in our lives. But we do not have the right to lash out at others. No amount of personal pain can justify inflicting our pain on others.

Praise God for He can renew our minds and give us a peaceful, clean heart for Him: “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, to the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever (Psalm 30:11-12).

Pray to the Lord to keep your life free from sin and in close fellowship with Him: “Praise is awaiting You, O God, in Zion; and to You the vow shall be performed, O You who hear prayer to You all flesh will come… Blessed is the man You choose, and cause to approach You, that he may dwell in Your courts. We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, of Your holy temple (Psalm 65:1-2, 4).

Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind and voice your affirmation of His Word: “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness (Proverbs 15:1-2).

As you bring your requests to the Lord today, remember:

  • The terminally ill,
  • Children of alcoholics,
  • Missionaries in your area.

Pray to our loving Father: “You are my portion, O LORD; I have said that I would keep Your words… Be merciful to me according to Your word (Psalm 119:57-58).

“My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires” (James 1:19-20).

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Our Speech should Reflect His Love and Holiness

It seems that the world condones the use of expletives. The television program or movie that does not contain profanity is rare. Some even suggest that profanity is necessary at all times to communicate the seriousness of a matter. The Scriptures reveal a different standard in one of the Ten Commandments: “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain” (Exodus 20:7). Nor are we to speak crudely or engage in coarse joking (see Ephesians 5:4). This kind of talk is not compatible with our life in Christ. A pure heart that generates pure speech is a superb manifestation of God’s blessing in our lives and of our contentment as we walk with Him.

Praise the Lord for the beautiful words He speaks to His children: “It is good to give thanks to the LORD, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; to declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, and Your faithfulness every night (Psalm 92:1-2).

Pray this confession to the Lord to keep your life free from sin and in fellowship with Him: “I return to You, O LORD my God, for I have stumbled because of my iniquity… I return to You, LORD, I say to You, “Take away all iniquity; receive me graciously; for I will offer the sacrifices of my lips”” (personalized from Hosea 14:1-2).

Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind. As you agree with His will, repent and voice your affirmation of His Word: “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent (John 17:3).


With faith make your requests known to God, including:

  • Pure speech,
  • Greater love for your family,
  • Strength for world leaders.

Thanking Him for accepting us through His Son: “Oh come, let us sing to the LORD! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation (Psalm 95:1).

“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving” (Ephesians 5:1-4). 

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