To go to the doctor, you must recognize you
are sick. To go to a bank for a loan, you
must have a need. To discover Jesus Christ
as Savior, you need to realize you need to
One columnist claims he has gone to many
churches and heard the priest say "Don't
try to impress God with your works"
or "Don't attempt to please God with
your merits" or "Don't try to keep
the rules and regulations and thus win your
way." He looked around at slumbering
gatherings of utterly casual Christians and
wondered, "Who's trying anyway?"
An artist painted a picture of a single person
rowing a boat across a vast sea at night.
Off in the distant sky was a single star.
The impression one gets as one looks at the
single person and the lone star is that if
the person in that boat ever loses sight
of that star in the sky, he will be utterly
For those who want to understand, this is
an image of life. If we ever lose sight of
the star then we will be utterly lost. The
star is Jesus Christ.
Why? Because Jesus Christ is the only who
never gives up on us. A young officer, who
had recently been led to the way of God but
was still struggling with his conscience,
asked his confessor if God really accepted
man's repentance so willingly, as they say
He does. "If your cloak happens to get
torn, my son, do you take it off without
hesitation and throw it away because it is
useless?" asked the holy man. "Of
course not," he said. "I sew it
up and mend it, as much as is possible."
"If you pity your clothing and do not
throw it away so easily, how can God not
feel sorry for His creation?" the good
elder said, "Will he not do all he can
to mend you?" The young man was put
Another brother asked the same elder if God
forgave human sins easily. "How is it
possible for him not to forgive, my child?
He taught us long-suffering. Did he not tell
Peter to forgive him who had fallen 'seven
times seven,' which means infinitely?"
the elder replied.
"When you are praying, watch over yourself
so that not only your outward man prays,
but your inward one also. Though you be sinful
beyond measure, still pray. Do not heed the
devil's provocation, craftiness, and despair,
but overcome and conquer his wiles. Remember
the abyss of the Savior's mercy and love
to mankind. The devil will represent the
Lord to you as terrible and unmerciful, rejecting
your prayer and repentance; but remember
the Savior's own words, full of every hope
and boldness for us: "Whoever comes
to me, I will not cast away." (St. John
The world famous evangelist Billy Graham
had these comments about the disease running
rampant in our world: "We are suffering
from only one disease in the world. Our basic
problem is not a race problem. Our basic
problem is not a poverty problem. Our basic
problem is not a war problem. Our basic problem
is a heart problem. We need to get the heart
changed, the heart transformed."
Only He can do that!
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