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The Greatest News You'll Ever Hear...

Updated on December 10, 2012

Christ extends His hands to those in need

Salvation is a gift from God...

I have been in the ministry for the past 20 years. Growing up, religion and faith were often looked down upon. People who attended church were viewed as either wanting money or as a bunch of hypocrites. However, when my father finally gave up his courageous battle with cancer, I started looking for something or Someone to fill the void. I tried everything I could think of...alcohol, sex, cigarettes, and a few other misdeeds. I always thought that if I were to come before God, I needed to change. But that theology is far from biblical. In the book of Ephesians 2:8-9, the Apostle Paul writes: For you are saved by grace through faith...not of yourselves lest any man should boast.

Most people overlooked the obvious. They make it more difficult than what it truly is...Notice that Paul says "For you are saved by grace through faith..." What many people have a difficult time digesting is simply this...God has already extended His grace to us...all He asks is that we merely accept it--His grace--by faith. That's it. It's that simple. Faith means to believe in something or someone. Everyone practices faith--yet it becomes so common place they may not realize they are practicing it at all. Everyone has faith that: the sun will rise in the east and set in the west: their favorite team will do better next year than the previous one (you can tell I live near Cleveland); and, yes, there is something more than this life. That's faith--it's a belief.

The question is simply this: can you honestly believe in your heart that God loves you so much that He gave His only begotten Son and that God did not send Him to judge the world, but rather to save it? God desires to have a relationship with you--yes you regardless of who you are and what you have done. Jesus tells us in the Lord's prayer..."Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven...What is God's will? It is for you to accept His gift in Christ.

I Will Carry You by Michael W. Smith

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