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Who Is Jesus Christ?

Updated on August 19, 2012

Is Jesus Christ a Liar, a Lunatic or Lord?

This is the 50th lens that I've created, and it's the most important one I will ever create. I am a born-again Christian who loves God. Jesus died for my sins over 2000 years ago, and without His grace, mercy and forgiveness, I would have no hope.

As I have heard somewhere recently, "I have no hope except that I believe Christ died for my sins. I expect to swing out into eternity on that!"

You, too, can have the relationship with God you were created to have.

Interested? Keep reading...

The Beginning: Who do you say that I am?

Let's start at the beginning. You must be able to answer the age-old question about Jesus:


Who do you say that I am?






World-renowned Author and Christian Apologist, C.S. Lewis, wrote in his book, Mere Christianity, one of the most well-known responses to this question, known as the Trilemma:

"I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: "I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God." That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic-on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg-or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to."

How to Know God Personally

What does it take to begin a relationship with God? Devote yourself to unselfish religious deeds? Become a better person so that God will accept you?

You may be surprised that none of those things will work. But God has made it very clear in the Bible how we can know Him.

The following principles will explain how you can personally begin a relationship with God, right now, through Jesus Christ...

Principle 1

God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life.

God's Love

"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."

God's Plan

[Christ speaking] "I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly" [that it might be full and meaningful].

Why is it that most people are not experiencing the abundant life? Because...

Principle 2

All of us sin and our sin has separated us from God.

We Are Sinful

"All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."

We were created to have fellowship with God; but, because of our stubborn self-will, we chose to go our own independent way, and fellowship with God was broken. This self-will, characterized by an attitude of active rebellion or passive indifference, is evidence of what the Bible calls sin.

We Are Separated

"The wages of sin is death" [spiritual separation from God].

This diagram illustrates that God is holy and people are sinful. A great gulf separates us. The arrows illustrate that we are continually trying to reach God and the abundant life through our own efforts, such as a good life, philosophy, or religion -- but we inevitably fail.

The third law explains the only way to bridge this gulf...

Principle 3

Jesus Christ is God's only provision for our sin. Through Him we can know and experience God's love and plan for our life.

He Died in Our Place

"God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

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, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred..."

He Is the Only Way to God

"Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.'"

This diagram illustrates that God has bridged the gulf which separates us from Him by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in our place to pay the penalty for our sins.

It is not enough just to know these three principles...

Principle 4

We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know and experience God's love and plan for our lives.

We Must Receive Christ

"As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name."

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."

When We Receive Christ, We Experience a New Birth

We Receive Christ by Personal Invitation

[Christ speaking] "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him."

Receiving Christ involves turning to God from self (repentance) and trusting Christ to come into our lives to forgive our sins and to make us what He wants us to be. Just to agree intellectually that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for your sins is not enough. Nor is it enough to have an emotional experience. You receive Jesus Christ by faith, as an act of the will.

These two circles represent two kinds of lives:

Which circle best describes your life?

Which circle would you like to have represent your life?

How You Can Receive Christ

You can receive Christ right now by faith through prayer

Prayer is talking to God. God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. The following is a suggested prayer:

"Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be."

If this prayer expresses the desire of your heart, then you can pray this prayer right now and Christ will come into your life, as He promised.

Does this prayer express the desire of your heart?

The Gospel - John Piper

Loving You From a Distance

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The Passion of the Christ focuses on the last twelve hours of Jesus of Nazareth's life. The film begins in the Garden of Olives where Jesus has gone to pray after the Last Supper. Jesus must resist the temptations of Satan. Betrayed by Judas Iscariot, Jesus is then arrested and taken within the city walls of Jerusalem where leaders of the Pharisees confront him with accusations of blasphemy and his trial results in a condemnation to death.

 

The Gospel of John

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An epic in the spirit of THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST, this widely acclaimed motion picture is a meticulous recreation of the turbulent era of Jesus and the events that changed the course of history! Narrated by Golden Globe nominee Christopher Plummer (Best Supporting Actor, AMERICAN TRAGEDY, 2000), it’s the bold and powerful story of Jesus as told by his disciple John. The best-loved but least understood of the gospels, John presents a uniquely human portrait of courage and passion encompassing Jesus' entire three-year ministry, the final years of his life. Intimate and reflective, THE GOSPEL OF JOHN offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience the incomparable life and times of Jesus Christ.

 

How to Know That Christ Is in Your Life

Now That You Have Received Christ

Did you receive Christ into your life by sincerely praying the suggested prayer? According to His promise in Revelation 3:20, where is Christ right now in relation to you? Christ said that He would come into your life. Would He mislead you? On what authority do you know that God has answered your prayer?

The Bible Promises Eternal Life

"The witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have 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).

Thank God often that Christ is in your life and that He will never leave you (Hebrews 13:5). You can know on the basis of His promise that Christ lives in you and that you have eternal life from the very moment you invite Him in. He will not deceive you.

An important reminder...

Do Not Depend on Feelings

The promise of God's Word, the Bible - not our feelings - is our authority. The Christian lives by faith (trust) in the trustworthiness of God Himself and His Word. This train diagram illustrates the relationship among fact (God and His Word), faith (our trust in God and His Word), and feeling (the result of our faith and obedience) (John 14:21).

The train will run with or without a caboose. However, it would be useless to attempt to pull the train by the caboose. In the same way, as Christians we do not depend on feelings or emotions, but we place our faith (trust) in the trustworthiness of God and the promises of His Word.

Now That You Have Received Christ

The moment that you received Christ by faith, as an act of the will, many things happened, including the following:

  1. Christ came into your life (Revelation 3:20 ; Colossians 1:27).
  2. Your sins were forgiven (Colossians 1:14).
  3. You became a child of God (John 1:12).
  4. You received eternal life (John 5:24).
  5. You began the great adventure for which God created you (John 10:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:18).

Can you think of anything more wonderful that could happen to you than receiving Christ? 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 life to the fullest...

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Suggestions for Christian Growth

Spiritual growth results from trusting Jesus Christ. "The righteous man shall live by faith" (Galatians 3:11). A life of faith will enable you to trust God increasingly with every detail of your life, and to practice the following:

  • Go to God in prayer daily (John 15:7).
  • Read God's Word daily (Acts 17:11); begin with the Gospel of John.
  • Obey God moment by moment (John 14:21).
  • Witness for Christ by your life and words (Matthew 4:19; John 15:8).
  • Trust God for every detail of your life (1 Peter 5:7).
  • Holy Spirit - allow Him to control and empower your daily life and witness (Galatians 5:16,17; Acts 1:8).

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Fellowship in a Good Church

God's Word instructs us not to forsake "the assembling of ourselves together" (Hebrews 10:25). Several logs burn brightly together; but put one aside on the cold hearth and the fire goes out. So it is with your relationship with other Christians.

If you do not belong to a church, do not wait to be invited. Take the initiative; 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.

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Turn to the Life Application Study Bible. Its wealth of study aids helps you translate scriptural truths into practical action. You’ll find hundreds of application notes filled with insights for godly living. Character sketches help you learn from the strengths and accomplishments, weaknesses and mistakes of key Bible characters from Aaron to Zerubbabel. A dictionary-concordance enables you to research important words and concepts. Thorough book introductions and timelines offer an overview of key concepts and help you put the biblical narrative into perspective.

 

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      This is a great lens, an excellent introduction to the Savior and Creator for those who would like to know more about Him.

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      blestman lm 4 years ago

      Great lens. I like the idea that God really is out to love us-- not out to get us

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      Pat Goltz 4 years ago

      I don't think I wrote before. Overall, this is excellent. One difference of opinion: we cannot choose God. He must first enable us. Praying a prayer requires a followup of fellowship and discipleship. In my church, we never ask people to pray a prayer that God will come into that person's heart. If that person wants God in his heart, God is already there.

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      WinWriter 4 years ago

      I'm so glad you wrote this lens. I hope more people get a chance to read it. * Blessed *

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      LornsA178 5 years ago

      Great lens on salvation. Thanks for sharing.

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      waldenthreenet 5 years ago

      Congrads on your Squidoo level. I am also exploring this topic for Bible Scholars and Diggers perspective. New evidence to understand First Century Judea culture and individuals. Conversation helps. Thanks.

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      MrWidemouth 6 years ago

      Nice lens, I have done a similar one called Jesus Son of God, we have similar diagrams which I found quite interesting. I drew my own which I think you will like if you have time. Thumbs up!

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      spritequeen lm 6 years ago

      Absolutely beautiful lens!! Thanks for sharing! Lensrolled to my Power Of Prayer lens and Angel Blessed.

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      Annamadagan 6 years ago

      GREAT lens. I really like it. And I like that you are willing to make a lens about Christ. I did too. I couldn't wait til now; a Squid Angel! Now I am going to bless this lens. Blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      rockycha 6 years ago

      Yay! Love your witness! Lensrolled to my letter lens.

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      River88 6 years ago

      I think this may just be the BEST lens I've read yet! (including my own!) You did a wonderful job of explaining the steps clearly and what can be expected as a result. I would also like to mention that if someone is homebound, they can worship with a good T.V. show such as The 700 Club or gather friends, family and neighbors and start their own Bible study, discussion and worship group. THANK YOU for this lens and God bless!

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      Annamadagan 6 years ago

      @teamlane: If I were a squidangel, I would DEFINATLY bless this lens!

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      AppalachianCoun 8 years ago

      Your lens is wonderful. God Bless You for all your hard work.

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      Annamadagan 6 years ago

      @dustytoes: I am going to lensroll it too.

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      Annamadagan 6 years ago

      @LizMac60: yes same with me. We should not be ashamed to be in the family of Christ. He loves us!

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      Annamadagan 6 years ago

      @Wbisbill LM: Yes. I hope it will.

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      Annamadagan 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes, I agree. squidoo has some bad things but you can also give them the good.

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      Annamadagan 6 years ago

      @pylemountain1: Yes, the world is getting sad. Thanks to the Lord that He loves us.

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      Annamadagan 6 years ago

      I love this lens. I sometimes just like lenses for the points, but; even if I didn't get the points I love this lens. I liked it, favorited it, and I am going to join your fanclub. Thanks so much. "Aproved workmen are not ashamed..." I am glad someone knows the truth. I always go to God first, but, I still sometimes lose hope. I look at the world and can't help but just... pray! Thanks! God Bless You.

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      blue22d 6 years ago

      Excellent lens about accepting the Lord's gift of salvation and leading a life as a Christian.

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      pylemountain1 6 years ago

      Great lens! Simple, easy to follow and not bogged down in "religious doctrine". We Christians need to be more united and less divided now more than ever. The world is becoming more and more hostile every day. I've often wondered if God becomes sad when he sees all the division in The Church today....

      Your lens is a down to Earth, back to basics, focus on the most important aspect of Christianity - knowing Jesus. Ironically, that's something that's been sort of forgotten - even in the Church.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Absolutely beautiful!! Bless you for getting Gods Word available here for everyone to see!

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      Barbara Isbill 6 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      a Truly great lens. I prayed while reading that God would use it to reach 1000's.

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      VBright 6 years ago

      This is beautiful, thank you. Also, very appropriate. I just found out I won a purple star and was thanking everyone on FB and twitter. I came across THIS lens. Thank You, Lord!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      A Spirit-led, God inspired lens! â¥

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      WhitU4ever 7 years ago

      A lot of work has gone into this lens. The result is a clear message of the gospel, presented with heart, soul and mind, and embellished with best reading suggestions for believers, new or old. These basics are the foundation of every commitment to Jesus Christ. One could camp here for a long time and learn much, enriching a strong relationship with God. This one deserves a Purple Star!

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      Squidoo_girl 8 years ago

      Wow, I love how clearly you bring across the message of Christ. This blog is awesome! God bless you lots as you keep doing your part in spreading the Word to the world :)

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      ideadesigns 8 years ago

      Jesus is LORD!! God bless you and 5 stars. He loves each of us so much.

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      marlene3 8 years ago

      You have a wonderful lens. (5 stars- lensroll & favorite).

      Faith is so important, please visit my lens here and comment

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      James43302 8 years ago

      Hi Jeff, very nice lens! I love finding others sharing the word of Jesus Christ like I am. I also love to help when I can. I gave you lens five stars, a favorite, and lensrolled on five spiritual lenses. I would love to have you as part of my ministry. God bless! :)

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      Saachi LM 8 years ago

      Oh, what a blessing and surprise ! I visited here accidentally...Thank you so much for creating such a lens that would be so blessing to all who visit here. I rated at wonderful 5*. God bless you! Saachi :-)

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      Liz Mackay 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      you believe what I believe brother. That's great.

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      likeapenguin 8 years ago

      Great lens :) I'm so glad you took the time to make this lens. I'm a fan now!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I believe in the word of God. In fact, if it isn't in the Bible, I don't believe it.

      Bible = Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth!

      I dislike it when people don't believe in Jesus Christ. I don't like smirk or smug comments from individuals who think they know it all. If they did know it all they would know that Jesus was more than a special person. Aye Aye Aye....

      Jesus was treated as we deserve to be, so that we can be treated the way He deserves. He was condemned for our sins, which He has nothing to do with. This was so we can be saved by His righteous goodness, which we have nothing to do with. He suffered our death, so we can be given His life. "We are healed because of His wounds." (Isaiah 53:5)

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      dustytoes 8 years ago

      Great lens...I love it. Lensrolling to my Christian lens.

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      [in reply to poddys] Hi Poddys,

      I believe the real question that needs to be asked is, "Who is Jesus?" If He is God, then trust him. If He is not God, then He is a liar...or a lunatic. And let's drop the nonsense that He didn't exist. There's too much historical evidence that He did exist. This only comes from ignorance (whether passive or active).

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      president32 8 years ago

      wow i am inspired by your article. every day i get over it. I want to tell our friends that knowing God is also Learning how to grow spiritually

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      Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Very good lens. 5*****. The question people have to ask is "do you believe what is written in the Bible literally, or do you believe that this is a historical record?", and also to what extent have historical events been manipulated to enhance the doctrines of the leaders of the church? There is no doubt however in my mind that Jesus was a very special kind of person.

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      Barbara Isbill 8 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      Great Lens. I discovered this lens in making a new lens on "A Study on Biblical Grace". Five stars from a new fan!

      I am featuring your lens on mine!

      https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/a-study-o

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      davyjones lm 8 years ago

      great lens! thanks for sharing your faith in this way.

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      Blessed by a Squid Angel...

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      Sarunas 8 years ago

      Awesome lens : )

      Good job. 5 stars from me.

      Keep it up.

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      HZ4EVER 8 years ago

      Thus is a great lens and a inspiration to me! GOD BLESS YOU!

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      ssuthep 8 years ago

      Blessed by another Squid Angel today.:) This is a shining example of a great lens. Wonderful content and very well presented. Passionate.

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      teamlane 8 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel today (again)!

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      rwsneed 8 years ago

      I like to see more about our LORD JESUS, keep up the good work GOD bless you for it.

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      Senora M 8 years ago

      Awesome lens! 5*s and a lensroll!

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      tandemonimom lm 8 years ago

      (Actually, making it a Featured Lens!)

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      tandemonimom lm 8 years ago

      This is a beautiful expression of faith. Thank you for your boldness for Christ. Lensrolling to Modern Noah's Ark.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great lens, we need God now more then ever! Have rated and favorited too. Will follow on Twitter.

      Visit my lens and comment please.

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      PCLeveare 8 years ago

      I love to see this kind of lens. The new birth is certainly a reality and it cannot be proclaimed to much or to boldly. The work that Jesus Christ accomplished on the cross of Calvary brought an end to everything we inherited from the fall of man and brought us into a brand new resurrected and ascended life at the right hand of God the Father. Keep on telling the truth!

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      Daninaband 8 years ago

      Great lens, I'm loving this. Hope I get time to read through some more here soon.

      May God bless you.

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      aande 8 years ago

      Nice job. Thank you for promoting the Jesus of the Bible!

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Interesting lens. You may want to join my Christianity group.

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      dahlia369 8 years ago

      Thank you for joining my Squidoo group!

      "Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful."

      -- Buddha

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      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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      onewhocares lm 8 years ago

      Good lens, it is becoming more evident that we are at the end of the age, looking at world events. Increasing terrorism, natural disasters, lack of morality by government leaders, and corporate leaders, talk of implanting microchips into the hands or foreheads of people to prevent identity theft, global warming, ect.

      I think more & more people will be comming to Christ after reading lenses such as yours. Thanks

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      ChristiannaGarrett-Martin 8 years ago

      Excellent Lens thankyou : )

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      WhitU4ever 8 years ago

      Fantastic lens... on the most important topic there is and ever was!

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      LucyVet 8 years ago

      Great lens, very well done. Congrats on your 50th lens!

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      James20 8 years ago

      Great work brother. Oh our dependents on Christ is fundamental. Our reliance on one another IS secondary. To all new believers, rest all your faith in Jesus Christ. Other believers can and at time do the wrong thing. Do not be shaken by that, stay firm in Jesus and His teachings even if you are the last one to follow Him! Some have left Christ because of what others have done or have done to them. Do not be afraid, for you are in His hands and He hears your prayers.

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      Susanna Duffy 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Nice layout, clean images, good use of different elements

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      Jenysie 8 years ago

      Wonderful lens, very inspiring!! Great Job!! I am already saved, I became a believer 6 years ago. God's Grace is the only way I make it through every day!!

      Thanks for creating this lens to share with the world! You've done a fantastic job!!

      Sincerely,

      Jenysie

      5* favorite(d)

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      A nicely put together, well written lens.

      Brenda

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      MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

      Very well put together lens. 5*

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      A remarkable lens Jeffrey! Very inspirational. Well done.

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      WhitU4ever 8 years ago

      Great lens!