Wednesday, December 26, 2012

December 26, 2012

Today's Photograph . . . . What We Do Now Will Affect Us Later (Jack M)
Bible Study Verse
John 3:36
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on them. (NIV)
There was great anticipation about the upcoming fishing adventure. Everything was carefully planned and they were on the way. On arriving at the border, each person presented his own passport.
One passport was presented, but the officials quickly rejected his request to enter their country. He had charges against him on the record from the past. Though these had been dropped many years earlier, his fishing trip ended there with frustration, and a reminder that past actions may incur present consequences.
(Jack M)
Action Point
First, what we do now will affect us later and usually at an important time. Take care of things now, don't let unsettled debts, obligations and issues stand. Clear the records.
Second, eternal life comes to mind. Many never plan for eternity. The opinion is that they are qualified for eternal life and for Heaven as they are.
What would you say if God said to you, "Why should I let you into my Heaven?" What response would you give? What qualifies you for Heaven and eternal life? Some would say "My church takes care of that. I'm OK because I belong to a church." Others would list good works they have done. Another might say, "My parents were believers, and that makes me a believer." A woman may say, "A good God will never send anyone to Hell."
The fact is that our sin counts against us unless it has been forgiven and wiped clean by the work of Jesus Christ on the Cross. He died, was buried, and rose again that we might be forgiven and live forever with God. Eternal life can begin here and continue into the hereafter!!!
The only answer that gets one into Heaven is, "I believe in the Son of God, Jesus Christ, and He has forgiven me of all my sin. I am qualified for Heaven because God has declared me without sin based on Jesus' death on the Cross." The Bible says in many places, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved."
  • Romans 10:9, "If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved," (NIV).
  • Acts 16:31, "They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved-you and your household," (NIV).
Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Before a trip to another country to hunt or fish make sure the paperwork is done ahead of time and that you qualify for entry into that country. It will be much easier to deal with those things ahead of time than when you are trying to cross into that country or pass customs.