Love = Self-Sacrifice

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“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” John 15:13, NKJV

This is a wonderful moral statement about self-sacrificing love. It is also a prophecy about the day that Christ would lay down his life for His friends. Christ gave his ALL to grant us the gift of eternal life. The least we can do for Him is accept His hand of friendship.

This memorial day let us remember the lives that were lost in war. But let us also remember the blood that was shed on Calvary. The blood that Jesus shed allows us to claim victory over the darkness of this evil world. We now have the hope of eternal life in a place where there is no sin, suffering, or death.

“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4

Jesus wants to be your friend. He died for you. He now sits at the right hand of God waiting for the day when all of His friends will be seated next to Him on the eternal throne of love.

Jesus laid down His life for you. What will you do for Him?

~Stephen Beagles

The Bible: A Message from God

the_fantacy_bible_by_natspearl13-d3l1xn0I have spent the last 40 years of my life learning the Bible. My mother used to hold me in her lap and sing Bible songs when I was a baby. Today, I still love the word of God. If you want to know the truth about life, death, and eternal life then read the Holy Scriptures.

The Bible is your authority for all things spiritual.

If you are a new Christian and find it hard to understand the Bible then the first thing you must know is why it was written. The purpose of the Holy Scriptures–both Old and New Testaments–is to teach you how to get eternal life in heaven. Each individual book is designed to give you the factual history of God’s interaction with human beings. But the spiritual reality that ties it all together is the love of God for sinful people who trust in His mercy and justice for the forgiveness of sins.

1. “For 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. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son” (John 3:16-18, NIV).

2. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

3. “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” (Romans 10:9).

Jesus offers you the gift of salvation that was paid for by His precious blood. Give your heart to Christ and claim the assurance of eternal life.

That is the primary message of God’s word.

~Stephen Beagles

Stop Making Excuses

stop__just_stop_by_alrine21xe-d4yasv9Remember what it says: “Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled.” Hebrews 3:15, NLT

Honestly, I love talking to people about the word of God. But for some reason, I don’t feel the need to pester people who have yet to give their heart to Christ. This may be the wrong attitude, but I believe that unless someone is open to the Holy Spirit then they will not hear the word of God.

“But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.” 1 Corinthians 2:14, NLT

There is no excuse for anyone to reject the word of God, especially in America where there is a church on almost every street corner; most people already have enough information to make up their minds about what they believe about Jesus. There is simply NO WAY for me to convince someone to give their heart to Christ unless they are convicted by the Holy Spirit.

I think that some people like to strike up conversations with Christians to embarrass or humiliate them by refusing to listen to hard evidence and to promote their own militant agendas. They think it is a contest to see who can get the last word. Well, I have no desire to play games with God’s word. It is not my job to make sure that they get into heaven. I KNOW I am right with God, and I know that one day they will wish they had listened.

~Stephen Beagles