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REPENT, for the Kingdom of GOD is at Hand

John the Baptist’s ministry in the wilderness focused on “Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” As Jesus began His earthly ministry following His baptism in the river Jordan by John the Baptist and His forty days in the wilderness being tempted by Satan, Jesus message echoed John’s, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” As Jesus called His disciples to follow Him, it is recorded in Scripture, “They straightway left their nets… they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed Him.” Jesus not only called them to become followers of Him, but to repent of their former way of life, leaving all behind, and becoming new creations in Christ through repentance, “to turn from sin… to feel regret or contrition… to change one’s mind” as defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary. (Matthew 3:1-2; 4:17-22; 2 Corinthians 5:17)

A clear picture of repentance is given by the Prophet Jonah in the Old Testament as he finally found his way to the city of Nineveh via a great fish God prepared for him in judgment of Jonah’s clear violation of God’s command to warn the Ninevehites of God’s coming destruction of their wicked city. As Jonah entered Nineveh, “that great city” with its 100 foot high walls compassing sixty miles, Jonah’s message to them from God was, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.” There was no debating, no time to be wasted; the Ninevehites, including the king, “believed God,” threw off their wicked ways, clothed themselves in sackcloth and ashes, proclaimed a fast to be observed not only by the people, but by every beast, herd and flock, and cried mightily unto God. Unlike Jonah who had previously found a boat heading in the opposite direction, seeking to run from God’s presence and His initial command, the people immediately repented, seeking God’s forgiveness and mercy. It was said by the people of Nineveh, “Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from His fierce anger, that we perish not?” (Jonah 3:1-9)

God was pleased with the Ninevehites contrition and turning from sin when presented with their foretold coming death and destruction, “and He did it not.” Throughout God’s Word man is told of God’s coming judgment upon each individual, just as He gave the Ninevehites warning. Because “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God,” and “as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment,” it behooves each individual to repent and be saved, for Jesus said, “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” (Jonah 3:10; Romans 3:23; Hebrews 9:27; Luke 13:3)

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The Gospel

Cross

 

“By one man (Adam) SIN entered the world…

All have SINNED and come short of the Glory of God…

The wages of SIN is death…

But GOD so loved the world He sent His Son…

Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation (payment) through faith in His blood…

To declare HIS Righteousness for the remission of SINS

Not by works of Righteousness which we have done…

But according to His Mercy He saves us…

I declare unto you The Gospel by which you are saved…

Christ died for our SINS

He was Buried

He Rose Again the third day

According to the Scriptures

(John 3:16; Romans 3:23, 25; 5:12; 6:23; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Titus 3:5)

The Coming Rapture

In 1 Thessalonians 4 the Apostle Paul wrote to the Church at Thessalonica in Ancient Greece of a time in the future when Christ, who was seen by His disciples ascending into Heaven by a cloud after His Resurrection, would appear again in the clouds to call those who have placed their faith and trust in Him to join Him in Heaven. The event, known as “the Rapture” from the Greek word for “caught up,” would occur “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.” In the Scriptures we find Jesus’ ascension was not the first, and was not to be the last, for on that yet to be seen “Great Gettin’ Up Morning” when Christ returns in the air “with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God… so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 15:52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

Enoch, the seventh from Adam and father of Methuselah, was the first to ascend into the clouds as he walked with God one day. Moses wrote, “He was not; for God took him.” In the Great Hall of Faith of Hebrews11, it is written, “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” (Genesis 5:21-24; Hebrews 11:5; Jude 1:14)

Some 2,000 years following Enoch’s translation to Heaven from planet Earth, the Prophet Elijah was transported to Heaven almost a decade after his confrontation with the prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel during the reign of King Ahab. Elijah was aware of his impending “rapture” foretold to him by God, for “It came to pass when the LORD would take up Elijah into Heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.” The two men traveled on together to the banks of the Jordan River near Jericho, with “fifty men of the sons of the prophets” watching from afar as Elijah smote the waters, allowing he and Elisha to cross the river on dry ground, just as had occurred with Joshua and the Children of Israel on their way to the Promised Land. As they continued to walk on together, talking as they went, “there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire… and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into Heaven. And Elisha saw it.” (2 Kings 2:1-12)

It was the Apostle Paul who was “caught up to the third Heaven…caught up into Paradise,” and the Apostle John who being “in the Spirit on the Lord’s day” was caught up to Heaven to the very Throne of God, “writing to the seven churches which are in Asia” what he saw with his own eyes. The Apostle John also writes of the two witnesses in Jerusalem during the time of the Great Tribulation who will hear “a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither,” whereupon they will ascend to heaven in a cloud just as Jesus did, as all their enemies look upon them. (2 Corinthians 12:2-4; Revelation 1:1-19; 11:3-12)

The coming Rapture of those who have placed their faith and trust in Christ’s blood alone for salvation is a prophecy yet to be fulfilled at any moment on any given day. Jesus told His disciples before His crucifixion when the end time events described in the Scriptures “…begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your Redemption draweth nigh.” “Surely I come quickly… In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.” (Luke 21:7-28; Revelation 22:20)

“Even so, come, Lord Jesus”

Finding New Life in Christ

It’s the New Year… out with the old; in with the new. Time to assess where one has been and where one wants to go. Resolutions are made, diets are changed, and serious attempts at exercise begin once again. As much as these desires may be well and good as long as they last, and prove beneficial to some, there is a decision each individual who has not done so should make in the New Year that will provide not just temporary benefits, but an eternal benefit that will change one’s life forever.

As life can seem to become mundane and at times even dreary when the resolutions wear off as each New Year progresses, most try to find new ways to liven up their daily existence and keep things exciting, only to find emptiness in all their efforts. Their man-made attempts fall short of what God has revealed in His Word is needed to become a new creation, with old things in man’s present fallen state passing away and all things becoming new. In fact, not only will the old things that hinder one’s life pass away, and all things become new, but the new life God offers every man, woman, and child is an abundant life.

During Jesus’ parable of the Good Shepherd, He spoke of a thief that comes only to steal, kill, and destroy, but then said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly,” (John 10:10). The Apostle Paul, whose life was miraculously changed on the road to Damascus from a life pleasing unto Satan to a life blessed by God, wrote in Ephesians 3:20, “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” In Paul’s earlier letter to the church at Corinth he wrote, “But as it is written,” referring to Isaiah 64:4 in the Old Testament written some 600 years prior, “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him,” (1 Corinthians 2:9).

It is in Paul’s second letter to the church at Corinth, written some thirty years after his Damascus road experience, that he wrote concerning being able to shed the old things and all things becoming new. He wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, “Therefore if any man be IN Christ, he is a new creature,” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Being “in Christ” is having admitted to God you are a sinner, acknowledging the death, burial and bodily resurrection of His Son, Jesus, paid for the sin of all who will call upon His Name, and surrendering one’s life to Him in obedience to His Word. Once one is “in Christ” the showers of His blessings will fall upon one’s life, along with God’s promise of eternal life with Him in Heaven, avoiding the wrath that is to come. (Romans 3:23; 5:8-9; 6:23; 10:9-13; Philippians 4:19)

An Ex-Mormon Finds Salvation in Christ Alone

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to HIS Mercy HE saves us,” (Titus 3:5).

This riveting testimony by a former Mormon who found faith in Christ Alone while on his 2-year LDS missionary commitment gives the full richness of finding new life in Christ as revealed in the pages of God’s Holy Word. Micah Wilder’s efforts to convert others to Mormonism while in Florida found himself being converted to the True Gospel which is found only in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ alone for the forgiveness of sin, The blood of Jesus Christ HIS Son cleanses us from all sin,” (1 John 1:7). Micah now shares his passion for being Christ’s ambassador to “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel,” (Mark 16:15) through the ministry of Adam’s Road Ministry.

The True Source of JOY

Everyone longs for peace and contentment, a life full of joy and happiness. But many are looking in the wrong places for such joy: a bottle, a drug, a relationship, a career. The answer for finding true genuine Joy is only found in the pages of Scripture, for it is there one finds fullness of Joy everlasting (John 15:11).

“Let all those that put their trust in Thee rejoice: let them ever shout for Joy.” (Psalm 5:11a)

“Let them also that love Thy name be Joyful in Thee.” (Psalm 5:11b)

“Be glad in the LORD… shout for Joy, all ye that are upright in heart.” (Psalm 32:11)

“My soul shall be Joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in His Salvation.” (Psalm 35:9)

“My soul shall be satisfied… my mouth shall praise Thee with Joyful lips.” (Psalm 63:5)

“To the counsellors of peace is Joy.” (Proverbs 12:20)

“A man hath Joy by the answer of his mouth.” (Proverbs 15:23)

“It is Joy to the just to do judgment.” (Proverbs 21:15)

“For God giveth to a man that is good in His sight wisdom, and knowledge, and Joy.” (Ecclesiastes 2:26)

“Ask, and ye shall receive, that your Joy may be full.” (John 16:24)

“And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have My Joy fulfilled in themselves.” (John 17:13)

“We also Joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:11)

“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and Joy in the Holy Ghost.” (Romans 14:17)

“Now the God of hope fill you with all Joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” (Romans 15:13)

“Whom having not seen, ye love; in Whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with Joy unspeakable and full of glory.” (1 Peter 1:8)

“And these things write we unto you, that your Joy may be full.” (1 John 1:4)

In Christ Alone

In this testimony Amber Head shares why she left the Church of Christ, a denomination in which her father was the pastor of a local church. Amber explains the denomination’s doctrine concerning their requirement of baptism for salvation and its effect on her growing up in a Church of Christ church until she came to the Truth of Scripture, that it is in Christ Alone for salvation, plus or minus nothing.

What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the Blood of JESUS