Where were you on Sept. 11th?

by Joe

 
Words fail to describe the unbelievable tragedy--the devastation--of that fateful day. little did anyone know 2 planes hijacked by terrorists would crash into the world trade center obliterating everything in their path. The ones that didn't know included the ones that were killed. In just a matter of moments--before anyone really understood what was going on, thousands of lives had been lost. The question that is now being asked quite often is "where were you on Sept. 11th? For thousands of people at the World Trade Center and in the Pentagon, the answer would have been simple: "at work."
It had begun like any other ordinary day. Men and women, parents and grandparents, office workers, visitors and tourists--they were all simply going about their everyday lives, riding in elevators, sitting at their desks, chatting across the hallway to a co-worker, or talking on the phone. never in their wildest dreams could they have imagined that a commercial jet would crash through their office windows and that their next breath would be their last. within a split second, these people were ushered into eternity. most of us don't like to think about death and often feel invincible , as if the things we see in the news couldn't possibly happen to us. we get caught up in the dailiness of living with work to do, bills to pay, errands to run, giving eternity hardly a thought.
The fact remains that Sooner or later, we will all one day experience death. most people believe there is a God, or at least some higher intelligence. Heaven is where God is and the Bible is His love letter to us. it is how He comunicates with human beings. The Bible says, that "we're all destined to die once, and after that face judgment" (Heb. 9:27). it is important to realize too, that no matter how good of a life we've had on this earth, however much money or other things we own, none of it can be taken with us when we die. Also None of us know for sure how or when death will come about. However there is good news!! we can know for sure if we're going to heaven! most people will argue, well, God would never send anyone to hell. True, He doesn't. but It is a choice WE must make. the Bible shows us how to get there, and it is up to us to receive this wonderful gift!
Romans 6:23 says, "for the wages of sin is death (Hell), but the gift of God is eternal life" Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for us, and then rose again. If we believe in Him and receive His forgiveness, then our sins have already been paid for and we can face the judgment without fear. Jesus explained in John 11:25-26, "I am the resurrection and the life. he who believes in me will live (eternal life), even though he dies (Physical death); and whoever lives and believes in me will never die (eternal damnation)"
if we put our faith in Christ, we don't have to live in fear of death. We can rejoice, knowing that God has prepared a heavenly home for us and that one day we will live there with Him forever We can rest in assurance that we are ready for whatever comes our way. So the way to get to heaven is simple--trust in Jesus as your personal savior.
On Sept. 11th, thousands enterned eternity in a heartbeat. some of them were ready, some of them were not. the question is, are you ready? If not, please receive this gift of eternal life right now! If you haven't already received Christ as your Savior, don't put it off another day! Take time now to invite jesus into your life. Confess your sins. Receive His forgiveness and gift of eternal life.
Romans 10:9-10
"That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved."



Is there anything keeping you from accepting Christ as your personal Savior? If not, say aloud the following prayer and mean it with all sincerity in your heart.


Dear Jesus,
I know that I am a sinner and in need of a Savior. I believe you died for my sins and rose again from the dead. I thank you for this and I Thank you for giving me eternal life. please forgive me of my sins. help me to live my life in a way that pleases you, for whatever time you give me here on earth. Right now I trust you as my personal Savior and I look forward to living forever in Heaven with you.


There may be those of you that might not know who may not know where to go from here. If you have any questions, or would like guidance You can do the following:

1. email me at: freeinChrist_2001@hotmail.com
and I am more than willing to give you any help you may need in getting to know Jesus.

2. find a local church and meet with the pastor to tell him of your decision. He would be more than helpful to give you literature or aid you in your new Christian walk.

3. find Christian friends--those that have been a Christian for years will be able to help you along.

4. If you have access to a Bible (NIV might be best to understand), I strongly recommend reading John chapter 4 and the story of the woman at the well who was in a serious struggle with relationships. Also Isaiah 53 will help you get to know this person who loved you so much, He gave His life for you.

5 . check the following websites for more info:

http://www.gospelcom.net/guidance/gospel/z.shtml

http://www.711.net/john316/
http://www.fathersloveletter.com/fllpreviewlarge.html
(strongly reccomend this one)

http://www.crusade.org/fourlaws/newfaith.html
(a good site containing info for new Christians)
http://www.victorious.org/convert.htm

http://www.sw-mins.org
(for those seeking recovery from emotional problems, depression, effects of abuse or addictions)
http://www.settingcaptivesfree.com

(for those seeking deliverance from Pornography and other addictions)

sites for more of an understanding of eternal life and accepting Jesus:

http://www.adhim.com/
http://www.wuzupgod.com/main.htm
http://www.klink.net/~rcklueg/faq.html
http://www.angelfire.com/biz/cityofpeace/



Posted on Feb 23, 2002, 3:20 PM

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