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The Many Names For God
Forgiveness
By Selwyn Duke

“Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us . . .”

Few topics are as misunderstood as forgiveness. Bits and pieces about it are imbibed during sermons as wandering minds vacillate between spiritual prescriptions and worldly concerns, but such cogitations are usually left at the church-house door. It is one of those quaint virtues that are only practicable in moderation, it is felt, as their preeminence cannot possibly extend past the walls of a few seminaries to the rough-hewn world beyond.

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The Many Names For God
God's Many Names
Reveal Much About Him


The Bible calls Him "the Ancient of Days" and "the Most High." He is revealed as our Creator, our Father, our Provider, our Lord, our King, our Healer, our Redeemer and our Savior.His name is "I AM WHO I AM" or, perhaps even more accurately, "I

WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE."

The Bible tells us that the name Yahweh designates "the Everlasting God" (Genesis 21:33). In meaning it is similar to "Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last" in the Greek language (Revelation 22:13). It can be translated into English as "the Eternal.
The Bible tells us what to seek first:
Mat 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

The Bible promises results for our seeking efforts (also in Luk 11:9-10):

Mat 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you;
seek, and ye shall find;
knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

Mat 7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and
to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
God created mankind to seek:

Act 17:27
That they [all nations of men] should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: In the Bible's Old Testament, the encouragement continues:

Deu 4:29
But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

And again in:
Jer 29:12
Then shall ye call upon me [the Lord], and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.

Jer 29:13
And ye shall seek me [the Lord], and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Finally, Jesus Christ
invites us to open the door to Him:


Rev 3:20
" Behold [Here I am!], I [Jesus Christ] stand at the door, and knock: if any man [anyone] hear[s] my voice, and open[s] the door, I will come in to him, and will sup [eat] with him, and he with me.

Accept Jesus Christ Accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Lord & Saviour, and from this day forward, you are a born again Christian, destined for eternity eternity in Heaven, bypassing bypassing the white throne judgment of God (Rev 20:6, 11).

To accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour, thereby accepting God's free gift of everlasting life and salvation through Jesus, God's only begotten Son, go to:

How to Spend Eternity in Heaven.

How to become a Christian
Are you ready to turn your life over to Jesus Christ? It is the greatest thing that you will ever do! The following is a simple step-by-step plan of how to accept Christ as your Lord and Savior.

God Loves You!

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16

God has a wonderful plan for your life!

"I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." John 10:10b

Because of our sin, we are separated from God.
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23

The Penalty for our sin is death.

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23

The penalty for our sin was paid by Jesus Christ!

"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8
If we repent of our sin, then confess and trust Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we will be saved from our sins!
"For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:13

"...if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." Romans 10:9,10

Now that you are a "new creation" in Jesus Christ, the road ahead will be full of life changing experiences.

Growing in knowledge and understanding of the Bible and your Christian walk with God is essential for your spiritual growth. Here are some ways that you can grow as a Christian

Be baptized.
Baptism identifies you with Christ
Acts 8:35-40

Study the Bible
.
The Bible will guide you through life and answer life's questions.

"Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." Psalm 119:105

"Be diligent to present yourself to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:153.

Share your faith with others.

"Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord." 2 Timothy 1:8

"Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven." Matthew 10:32

"But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witness to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria,and to the end of the earth." Acts 1:8

Be part of a local church.

Fellowship with other Christians.
"And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works; not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching." Hebrews 10:24,25

God desires to meet your needs!
Make prayer a part of your daily life.
Luke 11:2-4

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Sings of Christ's Coming Again Soon

War

Matthew 2: 16 "and you will hear of wars and rumors of wars."
Fact: There are currently 38 around conflicts being fought in 28 countries.


Hostility

 

Luke 21:10 " Nation shall rise against nations, and kingdom against kingdom."

Fact: United Nation membership has grown from 51 in 1946 to 192 today, and everyone of them are party to a territorial, trade, or other international dispute.
CIA World fact book, United Nation

Famine

Matthew 24:7" and there will be famine."

Fact: Despite massive efforts in the last 30 years to reduce poverty and hunger, today 850 million people around the world is malnourished. 1 in 7 alive today suffers hunger.
World Hunger

Diseases

Matthew 24:7 " and there shall be pestilences."

Pedestrians in Beijing wear masks in attempt to protect themselves from infection during the SARS outbreak in 2003, SARS or Severe Acute Repertory Syndrome is a previously unknown disease that struck Asia hardest.

Fact: Hospital deaths due to infections from drug resistant bacteria has increased 7- fold in the past 12 years.
National Institute of allergies and Infectious Diseases

Earthquakes

Luke 21:11 "and there will be great earthquakes in various places."

A boy looks through the rubble of Zarand, Iran, after a 6.4 earthquake hit the region. The quake flattened villages, killing over 400 and leaving thousands homeless.
Fact: Since 1990, the total number of earthquakes registered by scientists around the world have steadily trended upward, despite capabilities during this time period. There were almost twice as many earthquakes in 2004 than 1990.

Crime

Matthew 24:12 " and because of lawlessness will abound the love of many will grow cold."

A man is taken into custody after convicted on his way to joining the growing prison population in the United States.


Fact: Despite claims of decreasing crime rates, the U.S. jail population grows by nearly 1,000 inmates every day.
U.S. Dept of Justice


Floods

Luke 21:25 " Nations will be in anguishes and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea."

Six weeks after the tsunami hit Bonda Aceh on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia, it was still difficult to tell where the sea stopped and the island began.

Fact: Scientists have recorded 1,096 tsunamis since 1990. The Indian Ocean devastation was more than the previous 1,095 tsunamis combined
National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration

Terror

Luke 21: 26 " Man will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world."

Smoke fills the air after a car bomb was detonated in the parking lot of an Iraqi police station gate after the Green Zone near the Al-Rasheed Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq,on Dec. 4, 2004

Fact: The number of serious international terrorists incidences more than tripled last year, with 655 significant attracts in 2004, up from a 175 in 2003.
The Washington Post Newspaper


Hatred

Matthew 24:12 " and because of lawlessness will abound the love of many will grow cold."

A Sikh man was assaulted by a group of attackers, who used 9/11 as a reference.

Fact: In 2001, ethnic hate crimes in the U.S. nearly tripled from the previous year.
The Washington Post Newspaper

Destruction

Revelation 11:18 "The time has come for destroying those who will destroy the earth."

Satellite images of Iranian nuclear facility, showing continued despite talks by international community its discontinue of nuclear program.

Fact: The eight combined countries with known nuclear weapon warheads are 30,000. This staggering number is enough to totally destroy the earth and all human life 50 tines over in less than one hour.
Center for Defense Information
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Drawing Close Website believes the second coming of Christ is the blessed hope of the church, the grand climax of the gospel. The Saviour's coming will be literal, personal, visible, and worldwide. When He returns, the righteous dead will be resurrected, and together with the righteous living will be glorified and taken to heaven, but the unrighteous will die. The almost complete fulfillment of most lines of prophecy, together with the present condition of the world, indicates that Christ's coming is imminent. The time of that event has not been revealed, and we are therefore exhorted to be ready at all times.

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We believe that there is only one name under the sun that man can be saved
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”—Acts 4:12

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The Bible tells us what to seek first: Mat 6:33 " But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

The Bible promises results for our seeking efforts (also in Luk 11:9-19 ) Mat 7:7 " Ask, and it shall be given you."seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
Mat 7 :8 "For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened."God created mankind to seek: Act 17:27 "That they [all nations of men] should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:"In the Bible's Old Testament, the encouragement continues: Deu 4:29 "But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul."And again in: Jer 29:12 "Then shall ye call upon me [the Lord], and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. " Jer 19:13 "And ye shall seek me [the Lord], and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."Finally, Jesus Christ invites us to open the door to Him: Rev 3:20 " Behold [Here I am!], I [Jesus Christ] stand at the door, and knock: if any man [anyone] hear[s] my voice, and open[s] the door, I will come in to him, and will sup [eat] with him, and he with me. Accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Lord & Saviour, and from this day forward, you are a born again Christian, destined for eternity in Heaven, bypassing the white throne judgment of God ( Rev 20:6-11) To accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour, thereby accepting God's free gift of everlasting life and salvation through Jesus, God's only begotten Son.:

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DANIEL UNGER: MY CHRISTIAN TESTIMONY
I was saved when I was three years old.

My dad is a pastor and he and mom took me to church all the time. They were always involved in ministry and I always went with them. We had a Bible study every night at our home and I was learning about sin and how to get saved. I knew that sin was the bad things I did and I wanted Jesus to forgive me.

I was lying down on my parents’ bed with my dad. I asked him how to be saved. He asked me questions so I could be sure that I understood. I told him I wanted to trust in Jesus and we prayed together. I prayed that God would forgive my sins and I asked Jesus into my heart. I told him I wanted to live for Him. Now I know that God has forgiven all my sins and that I am going to heaven.

I have seen lots of people get saved. I have shared my faith in Christ with four of my friends who have trusted in Him. I have helped with many others.

I liked working as an assistant to the altar counselors at Franklin Graham Festival ’97. It was fun seeing how many people were there and how many were getting saved. I have fun being our church’s sound technician and enjoy being the disk jockey and our church and association’s Youth Rallies. God has used me to help in another church’s two-week Music Camp and I also help with youth groups.

I have shared my faith with Sequoia Baptist Association’s Pre-Teen Camp as a Camp Master. I have participated in many evangelistic Karate demonstrations with my dad in churches, schools, Cal Baptist University and as a platform guest with Champions For Life (formerly Bill Glass Evangelistic Association) in Fresno Juvenile Hall (4X), Caruthers Boot Camp (4X), Valley Teen Ranch (2X), Fresno Main Jail (1X), Santa Rita Jail (1X) and three prisons in Wichita, KS. I’ve also done evangelistic Karate demos at Visalia Juvenile Boot Camp (10X).

During these times, I have been able to share my faith with thousands of inmates and pray with many of them as they too have come to trust in Jesus Christ. I sense God’s call on my life concerning the preaching of His Word and in the last two years before my call-up for Army duty I have had the privilege of preaching about once a month. As I continue my military service to my country, I am looking forward to more preaching and hands-on ministry.

Second Coming of Jesus

Jesus promised His disciples He would come again. It's in the Bible, John 14:1-3, TLB. "Let not your heart be troubled. You are trusting God, now trust in Me. There are many homes up there where my Father lives, and I am going to prepare them for your coming. When everything is ready, then I will come and get you, so that you can always be with Me where I am. If this weren't so, I would tell you plainly. And you know where I am going and how to get there."

The angels promised Jesus would come again. It's in the Bible, Acts 1:10-11, TLB. "It was not long afterwards that He rose into the sky and disappeared into a cloud, leaving them staring after Him. As they were straining their eyes for another glimpse, suddenly two white-robed men were standing there among them, and said, 'Men of Galilee, why are you standing here staring at the sky? Jesus has gone away to heaven, and some day, just as He went, He will return!'"

How will Jesus come again? It's in the Bible, Luke 21:27, NIV. "At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory."

How many will see Him when He comes? It's in the Bible, Revelation 1:7, NIV. "Look, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of Him."

What will we see and hear when He comes? It's in the Bible , I Thessalonians 4:16-17, NIV. "For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air."

How visible is His coming to be? It's in the Bible, Matthew 24:27, NIV. "For as the lightening comes from the east and flashes to the west, so will be the coming of the Son of man."

What warning has Christ given so we won't be fooled about the second coming? It's in the Bible, Matthew 24:23-26, NIV. "At that time if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or 'There He is!' do not believe it. For false Christ's and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect--if that were possible. See, I have told you ahead of time. So if anyone tells you, 'There He is, out in the desert,' do not go out; or, 'Here He is, in the inner rooms,' do not believe it."

Does anyone know the exact time of Christ's coming? It's in the Bible, Matthew 24:36, NIV. "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."

Knowing how human it is to procrastinate, what does Christ tell us to do? It's in the Bible, Matthew 24:42, NIV. "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come."

What warning has Christ given that we might not be taken by surprise by this great event? It's in the Bible, Luke 21:34-36, TLB. "Watch out! Don't let My sudden coming catch you unawares; don't let Me find you living in careless ease, carousing and drinking, and occupied with the problems of this life, like all the rest of the world. Keep a constant watch."

Why is Jesus second coming taking so long? It's in the Bible, II Peter 3:8-9, TLB. "But don't forget this, dear friends, that a day or a thousand years from now is like tomorrow to the Lord. He isn't really being slow about His promised return, even though it sometimes seems that way. But He is waiting, for the good reason that He is not willing that any should perish, and He is giving more time for sinners to repent."

While we wait for Jesus, how should we live? It's in the Bible, Titus 2:11-14, NIV. "For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say 'No' to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope--the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good."

What will the world be like when Jesus comes? It's in the Bible, Matthew 24:37-39, NIV. "As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man."

Will Christ's coming be a time of reward? It's in the Bible, Matthew 16:27 and Revelation 22:12, NIV. "For the Son of Man is going to come in His Father's glory with His angels, and then He will reward each person according to what he has done." "Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with Me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done."

Why is Jesus coming back? It's in the Bible, Hebrews 9:28, TLB. "So also Christ died only once as an offering for the sins of many people; and He will come again, but not to deal again with our sins. This time He will come bringing salvation to all those who are eagerly and patiently waiting for Him."

At Jesus' second coming, we will fully experience the reality of our salvation. It's in the Bible, I Corinthians 1:7-8, TLB. "Now you have every grace and blessing; every spiritual gift and power for doing His will are yours during this time of waiting for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. And He guarantees right up to the end that you will be counted free from all sin and guilt on that day when He returns."

God will not allow man to destroy the earth. God alone will do this at his own time.  The time is drawing close.

Revelation 11:18   "The time has come for destroying those who will destroy the earth."

 

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