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The Term The Spirit of Christmas is an old saying.... What does it really mean? My video will explain what The Spirit of Christmas is. Christmas and New Year's celebrations are unique to families. Individual families have their own sacred traditions that they follow on Christmas and on New Year's. Many times these traditions have been passed down from generation to generation. Christmas is different from household to household. People have very strong Christmas traditions that many times divide them. Some people don't believe Christmas is even Christian. What does Christmas mean to you? How do you celebrate Christmas? I explain what the Bible says about Jesus birth. Merry Christmas everyone. I wish everyone the best Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Here is a list of 10 things we can all be thankful for. Things God has given to all of us:
1. His love that “endures forever” (Psalm 107:1).
2. His grace, freely “given you in Christ Jesus” (1 Corinthians 1:4).
3. Continuous victory “through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).
4. “Righteous laws” to guide us (Psalm 119:62).
5. Fellow believers to sustain and cheer us: “I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers” (Philemon 1:4).
We are to be thankful for what God has done:
6. He has “answered me...[and] become my salvation” (Psalm 118:21).
7. He has redeemed us. “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
8. He has qualified us “to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light” (Colossians 1:12).
We are to be thankful for who God is:
9. “He is good” (1 Chronicles 16:34).
10. He is “faithful and just” (1 John 1:9).

Christian perspectives on Halloween are strongly divided. Some feel complete freedom to observe the holiday, while others run and hide from it. Many choose to boycott or ignore it, while a number celebrate it through positive and imaginative observances. Some even take advantage of Halloween's evangelistic opportunities. Halloween has pagan roots stemming from the ancient Celtic festival, Samhain. This harvest festival of the Druids ushered in the New Year, beginning on the evening of October 31 with the lighting of bonfires and offering of sacrifices. As the Druids danced around the fires, they celebrated the end of the summer and beginning of the season of darkness. It was believed that at this time of year the invisible "gates" between the natural world and the spirit world would open, allowing free movement between the two worlds.
During the 8th century in the diocese of Rome, Pope Gregory III moved All Saints Day to November 1, officially making October 31 "All Hallows Eve," some say, as a way of claiming the celebration for Catholics. However, this feast commemorating the martyrdom of the saints had already been celebrated by Catholics for many centuries before this time. Pope Gregory IV broadened the feast to include the entire Church. Pagan practices associated with the season persisted and have mixed into modern celebrations of Halloween. No matter what you think of halloween, know that it is the very highest satanic holy day. As a Christian, you should not be observing it in any way, especially IN your church. The catholic church is responsible for this day to be placed in the church. Halloween has never been a Christian holiday, and it has no place in the life of a born again Believer in JESUS CHRIST. In fact, it is an abomination to God, and we should take our stand firmly against it. As we look at its history, we find that its roots go deep into heathenism, paganism, satanism and the occult; and its modern expression is no better.

July 4th USA's Independence Day represents Freedom. Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of assembly, Freedom to bear arms.... Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness are the core values of the United States of America. The difference between America and other Nations is the people who founded the USA valued Freedom, individual God granted rights. The framers of the US Constitution realized they needed to have a Bill of Rights in the Constitution because these rights: Unalienable rights are those which God gave to man at the Creation, once and for all. By definition, since God granted such rights, governments could not take them away. In America, this fundamental truth is recognized and enshrined in our nation's birth certificate, the Declaration of Independence:
"All men are created equal...[and] are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
It is important to understand that the very premise of our nation is the fact that these rights, based on Natural Law, are "God-given." If they are not given to us by an Authority higher than human government, then any government action to abolish those rights would be against God's will. Rights that are subject to government restriction or license are called a privilege rather than a right. The Founding Fathers understood this principle and created a revolution in political theory by enacting, for the first time in history, a government specifically established to protect the rights that had been given to man by God.
"That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."
The strength of America is and always has been our people. We have Freedom's Granted to us by God and we will fight for our Freedoms this is why we had the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812... We fight to protect our Freedoms our way of Life. No Nation on Earth can match the Love of Freedom American Citizens have. Millions of Armed US Citizens will fight if it ever becomes necessary to over throw any corrupt Government that tries to disarm us, or tries to take away any of our rights which are clearly written in the Bill of Rights.

Small Towns are the Heartland because they are the life blood of the Nation. Across the USA children are raised in Small Towns and many leave home to populate all the Cites in America. They take with them the lessons learned from life in a Small Town. Small Towns share an intimacy that big cities don't/can't share. I grew up in Newton Falls Ohio 44444 the Tigers Orange and Black. We have a historic Covered Bridge, our beautiful water falls... a tight nit community. If you went to school in Newton Falls, were part of the Community somehow you couldn't go anywhere without seeing friends. Stop for gas meet friends, shop meet friends, go out to eat meet friends. This is what it is like to live in a small town anywhere you go you are among friends. Around people who know you and care about you. Stereotypes (Negative, not a reflection of the truth) of Jocks, Cheerleaders, Nerds, Pot heads, etc..., don't hold true at NFHS. Our Cheerleaders are Jocks, Football players don't run the halls chasing Nerds... Being a kid is the hardest job in the world. Kids have to learn how to interact with others, become who they are. At Newton Falls I was accepted for all my flaws I was accepted. I Love Newton Falls everyone I know/knew. Newton Falls is not perfect, no place is perfect. What makes Newton Falls great is how people treat each other. How everyone deals with tragedy. All Communities have to deal with tragic events. What separates them is how they respond when the worst happens. In Newton Falls people come together in a crisis. This video is about all the people past and present in and from Newton Falls a Tribute to the entire Community. Pictures/Music are an instant time machine bringing you back to people and events that made a deep impact on you. Friends you will always have in your heart and mind. I hope you enjoy this video. Scott Torok class of 1984.

God Bless Everyone Who Has and All who are wearing a US Uniform, All in the Military, All LEOs, All Firefighters, All EMTs..... Thank You. We are free because of them and please remember all who have died wearing a US uniform.
Outrage: DOD Pays NFL Owners to “Honor Heroes”
Soldier criticizes ‘greedy’ billionaire owners for taking payments
He spoke out after it was revealed NJ National Guard paid Jets $377,000
A US soldier has spoken out against ‘shameful’ NFL teams cashing in on patriotic troop displays at sports games. Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Waiters criticized the franchises after it was revealed the US Defense Department paid 14 NFL teams $5.4million to honor the military. The army medic, who served on two tours of duty in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, blamed ‘greed’ of club owners. ‘I think it’s pretty shameful that millionaires and billionaires take money from the service,’ he told the Daily News. He spoke out after it was revealed the Department of Defense and the New Jersey National Guard paid $377,000 to the Jets over the last four seasons to honor military members at MetLife Stadium games. It was just one of a number of clubs that payments had been made to since 2011. Payments: Military personnel salute before NFL game in what was seen as patriotic display before it was revealed the Department of Defense and National Guard paid clubs to appear. The outcry followed a news report by NJ.com which detailed payments made by the military in return for patriotic events and displays at live games.
VFW Post 2743 in Norwalk won’t televise NFL games anymore.
“The players and owners of the NFL have confused Politics with Patriotism.” The post went on to say that the players could “express their concerns on what they feel are injustices within our society without displaying disrespect to our Veterans, our Country and all it stands for.”

Memorial Day, is one of the most important holidays in the American calendar. Observed annually on the last Monday of the month of May, it honors the men and women who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Though the tradition is believed to have been started by local communities in the late 1800’s, the first official Memorial Day celebration is credited to Waterloo, New York. On May 5, 1866, the town’s residents organized a community-wide event to pay respects to perished soldiers by decorating their graves with flowers and flags.
Two years later, on May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan decided to combine the various celebrations by declaring a national day of remembrance later that month, on May 30. Logan, the then Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, called it Decoration Day and hoped it would help unite the residents of the Northern and Southern States who were still recovering from the aftermath of the American Civil War (1861-1865). The occasion was celebrated by placing small American flags and flowers on the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried at the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. By 1890, Decoration Day had become an official holiday in all the Northern States. The Southern States, however, continued to honor their dead on different days. They only began celebrating Decoration Day after World War I, when the holiday was extended to honor all soldiers who had sacrificed their lives for the country's freedom. Many, however, continue to honor perished Confederate soldiers with a second holiday dubbed Confederate Heroes Day. The date of the celebration ranges from January 19 (Texas) to the final Monday in April (Alabama and Mississippi) to June 3 (Louisiana).
The tradition of wearing artificial red poppies began in 1918 when American professor Moina Michael sold a few to her friends and co-workers to raise money for service persons. Madam Guerin, a French woman visiting the US, loved the idea so much that she adopted it in her home country to raise money for war orphaned children and widowed women. In 1921, Guerin joined forces with the Franco-American Children's League and the poppy fundraising project went national in France and America. Unfortunately, the alliance lasted only a year. Not one to give up, Guerin convinced the US-based Veterans of Foreign Affairs (VFW) to take up the cause. Today, VFW "Buddy Poppies," as they are now called, are assembled by disabled, needy, and aging veterans, helping them earn a living. In 1968, the US Congress declared Decoration or Memorial Day as it was now called, a federal holiday and moved the date to the last Monday of May so that Americans could enjoy a three-day weekend. The change, which went into effect in 1971, has resulted in the holiday losing some of its significance. Kids think of it as the beginning of summer or the day when swimming pools open, while adults view it as an opportunity to host barbecue parties and shop for bargains.
Concerned that people were starting to reason behind the holiday, in December 2000, former US President Bill Clinton signed “The National Moment of Remembrance Act.” The law urges Americans to observe a minute of silence at 3:00 pm (local time) to honor the heroes who have sacrificed their lives for the safety and freedom of our country. So, this weekend please set aside those burgers and root beer floats for a few minutes and reflect on all the brave men and women who are no longer around to enjoy the three-day weekend with their families.
Happy Memorial Day!

Esther – Esther 1-8
In the book of Esther, Esther was a Jewish woman who was selected by the Persian King Ahasuerus to be his wife. He had banished his former wife and chose Esther through a contest. However, the king did not know she was a Jew.
When the king’s right-hand man, Haman, devised a plan to kill the Jews, Ether’s uncle Mordecai found out. He went to Esther and asked her to go before the king and ask that the family of Israel be spared. Though Esther was the queen she did not have the right to lay her case before the king without an invitation. King Ahasuerus had not called for her presence in over a month. She knew that going before him uninvited could mean death.
Mordecai convinced Esther that she may have been brought to the position she was in by God for the purpose of saving her own people. She agreed to go before the king without an invitation even if it meant death.
By inviting the king and wicked Haman to her house for a meal Esther planned a way to tell the king of Haman’s plot to destroy her family. She won the king’s favor and invited he and Haman to her house the next day. Between the two meals Haman grew more angry with Mordecai and the Jews. When Esther revealed to the king that Haman planned to kill her family the king had Haman hung on the gallows that were built for Modecai.

Did you know that the idea for Mother's Day was born in a small Methodist church in Grafton, West Virginia? It was 1876 and the nation still mourned the Civil War dead. While teaching a Memorial Day lesson, Mrs. Anna Reeves Jarvis thought of mothers who had lost their sons. She prayed that one day there could be a "Memorial Day" for mothers. The prayer made a deep impression on one of Mrs. Jarvis's eleven children. Young Anna had seen her mother's efforts to hold the war-split community and church together. As she grew into adulthood, the younger woman kept Mrs. Jarvis's dream in her heart. On the day of her mother's death, Anna was determined to establish Mother's Day in her honor.
On May 12, 1907, a local observance was held which later spread to Philadelphia. By 1910, Mother's Day was celebrated in forty-five states, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Canada, and Mexico. Elated, Miss Jarvis told a friend, "Where it will end must be left for the future to tell. That it will circle the globe now seems certain."
On May 8, 1914, President Wilson designated the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day "for displaying the American flag and for the public expression of love and reverence for the mothers of the country."
God Bless all Mothers. I feel Mothers should be honored everyday..., I think we should Love and respect our Mother's, Grandmothers.... daughters, sisters daily. Please everyone tell your Mother how much you Love her and are thankful for her. Honor your Mother....

The recent alleged chemical attack near Damascus was a “false flag” operation by the US and its allies to launch an attack against the Syrian government and prolong the wars in the Middle East, a geo-political expert in London says. John Bolton, Trump's national security advisor, is lying about Syria, just as he lied about Iraq.
José Bustani was the first director-general of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)
John Bolton threatened Bustani, telling him: "we know where your kids are".
Bustani made it clear that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction.
Bolton got Bustani sacked.
Bustani says that Bolton physically threatened members of his family if he did not immediately resign.
Bolton reportedly said: "If you don't resign there will be consequences, there will be retaliation – we know where your kids are."

When most Americans hear about child marriage, the news is typically related to kids living in far away places like Thailand, India and Niger. But a series of new public reports released in February of this year reinvigorated an old call to action related to helping the girls and women who have fallen victim to child marriage in the United States. A place where many don’t even know the horrific act actually exists at “alarming” rates.

Sources estimate that roughly a quarter million children are forced to marry without their consent. And individual reports state that forced marriage has long been a problem in the United States due to government loopholes that allow parents to marry off their children at any age, according to Good magazine.

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An investigation done and presented by the Tahirih Justice Center cited that both Virginia and New York have children in the thousands being married off.

In the state of Virginia, almost 5,000 kids aged 13 and up were married between 2004 and 2014. And in New York almost 4,000 children were married between 2000 and 2010. The non-profit Unchained At Last has been following forced marriages among children and have reported that kids as young as 12 years of age are getting married to partners significantly older.

The organization has also spent time trying to stop child marriage in America and profiling stories of women and girls who have survived and/or escaped it.

Children and teenage girls are being forced into marriage! This is nothing short of Pedophilia!! Yet the practice is shockingly prevalent: One out of nine girls in developing countries will be married by age 15, according to the United Nations. A false stat that is much much much worse. Many parents sell their daughter off into marriages at shocking ages 6 years old is very common and younger. An estimated 14.2 million girls a year will become child brides by 2020 if nothing changes. These young children do not want to be married. They want normal lives. They want to play with their friends, they want to be educated, and they want to have a full adolescence. These marriages rob many girls of their innocence, many times before puberty, and this is something that as a global society we cannot tolerate. The bottom line is that child marriage isn't just harmful to the girls involved. It's at the root of so many other societal ills: poverty, disease, maternal mortality, infant mortality, violence against women. All of those are symptoms connected to the same problem. If you solve the child marriage problem, these other issues benefit as well. And as the speaker at last week's CSW event put it: Let's be honest, when an eight-year-old has sex with a 20-something-year old, that's rape. It is child rape. It's something we cannot be okay with. This is legalized Pedophilia. Child Rape....

Dr. Peter S. Ruckman was the Lord's "junk yard dog," a sentinel placed at the doors of the Authorized Version of the Holy Bible to take the seat of the out of "godly" scavengers who used the Book to make a living with when they didn't believe it. May you enjoy partaking of "The Full Cup" that God poured out for one very small, very base, very insignificant sinner, between 1921 and 2016. Dr; Peter S. Ruckman lived between November 19th 1921 and April 21st 2016.

Dr Ruckman wrote an honest account of his life he details his life from birth, his childhood....adulthood and his life in the ministry. It is very much an account of
how God saved a man who was self destructive and on a sure path to an early grave, and bestowed on him such amazing grace, mercy....

Dr Ruckman wrote an honest account of his life he details his life from birth, his childhood....adulthood and his life in the ministry. It is very much an account of
how God saved a man who was self destructive and on a sure path to an early grave, and bestowed on him such amazing grace, mercy....

Dr Ruckman wrote an honest account of his life he details his life from birth, his childhood....adulthood and his life in the ministry. It is very much an account of
how God saved a man who was self destructive and on a sure path to an early grave, and bestowed on him such amazing grace, mercy....

Dr Ruckman wrote an honest account of his life he details his life from birth, his childhood....adulthood and his life in the ministry. It is very much an account of
how God saved a man who was self destructive and on a sure path to an early grave, and bestowed on him such amazing grace, mercy....

Dr Ruckman wrote an honest account of his life he details his life from birth, his childhood....adulthood and his life in the ministry. It is very much an account of
how God saved a man who was self destructive and on a sure path to an early grave, and bestowed on him such amazing grace, mercy....

Dr Ruckman wrote an honest account of his life he details his life from birth, his childhood....adulthood and his life in the ministry. It is very much an account of
how God saved a man who was self destructive and on a sure path to an early grave, and bestowed on him such amazing grace, mercy....

Is the resurrection of Jesus Christ a historical event that really happened, or is it only a myth, as many atheists claim? While no one witnessed the actual resurrection, many people swore they saw the risen Christ after his death, and their lives were never the same.

Archaeological discoveries continue to support the Bible's historical accuracy. We tend to forget that the Gospels and book of Acts are eyewitness accounts of the life and death of Jesus.

Further nonbiblical evidence for Jesus' existence comes from the writings of Flavius Josephus, Cornelius Tacitus, Lucian of Samosata, and the Jewish Sanhedrin. The following seven proofs of the resurrection show that Christ did, indeed, rise from the dead.

Proof of the Resurrection #1: The Empty Tomb of Jesus
The empty tomb may be the strongest proof Jesus Christ rose from the dead. Two major theories have been advanced by unbelievers: someone stole Jesus' body or the women and disciples went to the wrong tomb. The Jews and Romans had no motive to steal the body. Christ's apostles were too cowardly and would have had to overcome the Roman guards. The women who found the tomb empty had earlier watched Jesus being laid away; they knew where the correct tomb was. Even if they had gone to the wrong tomb, the Sanhedrin could have produced the body from the right tomb to stop the resurrection stories.

Jesus' burial cloths were left neatly folded inside, hardly the act of hurrying grave robbers. Angels said Jesus had risen from the dead.

Proof of the Resurrection #2: The Holy Women Eyewitnesses
The holy women eyewitnesses are further proof that the Gospels are accurate historical records. If the accounts had been made up, no ancient author would have used women for witnesses to Christ's resurrection.

Women were second class citizens in Bible times; their testimony was not even allowed in court. Yet the Bible says the risen Christ first appeared to Mary Magdalene and other holy women. Even the apostles did not believe Mary when she told them the tomb was empty. Jesus, who always had special respect for these women, honored them as the first eyewitnesses to his resurrection. The male Gospel writers had no choice but to report this embarrassing act of God's favor, because that was how it happened.

Proof of the Resurrection #3: Jesus' Apostles' New-Found Courage
After the crucifixion, Jesus' apostles hid behind locked doors, terrified they would be executed next. But something changed them from cowards to bold preachers. Anyone who understands human character knows people do not change that much without some major influence. That influence was seeing their Master, bodily risen from the dead. Christ appeared to them in the locked room, on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, and on the Mount of Olives. After seeing Jesus alive, Peter and the others left the locked room and preached the risen Christ, unafraid of what would happen to them. They quit hiding because they knew the truth. They finally understood that Jesus is God incarnate, who saves people from sin.

Proof of the Resurrection #4: Changed Lives of James and Others
Changed lives are yet another proof of the resurrection. James, the brother of Jesus, was openly skeptical that Jesus was the Messiah. Later James became a courageous leader of the Jerusalem church, even being stoned to death for his faith. Why? The Bible says the risen Christ appeared to him. What a shock to see your own brother, alive again, after you knew he was dead. James and the apostles were effective missionaries because people could tell these men had touched and seen the risen Christ. With such zealous eyewitnesses, the early church exploded in growth, spreading west from Jerusalem to Rome and beyond. For 2,000 years, encounters with the resurrected Jesus have changed lives.

Proof of the Resurrection #5: Large Crowd of Eyewitnesses
A large crowd of more than 500 eyewitnesses saw the risen Jesus Christ at the same time.

The Apostle Paul records this event in 1 Corinthians 15:6. He states that most of these men and women were still alive when he wrote this letter, about 55 A.D. Undoubtedly they told others about this miracle. Today, psychologists say it would be impossible for a large crowd of people to have had the same hallucination at once. Smaller groups also saw the risen Christ, such as the apostles, and Cleopas and his companion. They all saw the same thing, and in the case of the apostles, they touched Jesus and watched him eat food. The hallucination theory is further debunked because after the ascension of Jesus into heaven, sightings of him stopped.

Proof of the Resurrection #6: Conversion of Paul
The conversion of Paul records the most drastically changed life in the Bible. As Saul of Tarsus, he was an aggressive persecutor of the early church. When the risen Christ appeared to Paul on the Damascus Road, Paul became Christianity's most determined missionary.

1 Corinthians 6:20-You were bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
The Apostle Paul reminds us that we were bought with a price. Yes, it cost God something to redeem us.
"We were bought" means that our redemption was not free for God, even thought it was freely given to us.
The price that was paid to redeem us, set us free from the wrath and penalty of sin and reconcile us back to God was the cost of "Blood" which was shed by God's own Son, Jesus Christ at Calvary while we were yet sinners who were separated from God because of our sins.
But thanks be to God, that even while we were in our wretched condition, God loved us enough to put on flesh, come to earth to dwell among us through the person of Jesus Christ and shed His blood for us.
Yes, it was a bloody Cross on a hill called "Golgotha", Calvary hill where the price of sin was paid for you and I.

Hebrews 9:12-14 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:

14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

All the penalty and punishment that you and I deserved was placed upon Jesus on that cross. Yes, He redeemed us from the curse of the law at Calvary that day over 2k years ago, therefore, we are no longer a slave to sin, but a slave to God. We do not belong to ourselves, but to God.

The Apostle Paul describes himself this way in Romans 1:1-Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, chosen by God to be an apostle and sent out to preach His Good News.

Paul knows that he was once a slave to sin, but after his redemptive experience on the road to Damascus, He boldly confess to no longer be a slave to sin, but to God and Jesus Christ. GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1 Corinthians 7:22 When the Lord chooses slaves, they become his free people. And when he chooses free people, they become slaves of Christ.

We don’t belong to ourselves because we belong to God. He created us, He sustains us and most of all, He bought us with His blood.

Because of what Christ has done for you and I, are you giving your all to Him? Does He own your mind, soul, body and Spirit?

If you have been redeemed by the blood of Christ, here is what scripture says concerning you in 1 Corinthians 6:19- Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God, and that you are not your own?

Our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit. We should use them to glorify God in spirit and in truth for it is He that hath redeemed us from His wrath and penalties for our sin.

Just like the slave who is bought by His master is the sole property of that Masters, so it is with us who have been bought with the price of Christ shed blood at Calvary are not own, but we belong to God.

Have you accepted God's payment for your redemption? If not, I exhort or plea with you on today to make Jesus your choice. He is calling you to trust Him with your future and your life now and in eternity.

When God purchased you and I from the slave market of sin, His goal for us is to conform us into the likeness of His Son Jesus.

We were purchased with Christ blood and God now owns us. We are forever His for the price was paid once and for all.

Why should we obey God in our body and in our spirit? Why should we do right concerning Him? We should do it because we were bought with a price that cannot be numbered.

When we live the life of one who is redeemed, our God is honored.

When we live the life of one who is redeemed, the world sees God and what true redemption looks like.

If you have not been doing so, let today be a day of new beginnings for you.

A day that you have purposed in your heart to live the life of one that has been redeemed so that the world would know what "God's redeemed" looks like.

Remember, you and I are not our own for we were bought with a price!

Our redemption was paid with blood, therefore, we rejoice and be glad in it.

God bless and I love you all.

What The Bible Says About Salvation

1. That salvation is found in Jesus and Him alone. We have already stated His claim that no one can come to the Father except through Him. The Bible constantly confirms this by saying:

Acts 4:12 'And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.'
1 John 5:11-12 'And the witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.'

2. That salvation cannot come by performing good works but through faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for your behalf.

Eph 2:8 'For 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.'
Romans 3:20 '...by the works of the Law no one will be justified in His sight.'

3. God now offers salvation as a gift to those who will believe.

Romans 3:21-24 'But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known... This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified as a gift by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
Romans 6:23 'For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.'

4. You need to act to receive the gift of salvation.

John 1:11-12 'He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.'
Romans 10:9-10 For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.
Act 3:19 "Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.'

What The Bible Says About Salvation

1. That salvation is found in Jesus and Him alone. We have already stated His claim that no one can come to the Father except through Him. The Bible constantly confirms this by saying:

Acts 4:12 'And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.'
1 John 5:11-12 'And the witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.'

2. That salvation cannot come by performing good works but through faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for your behalf.

Eph 2:8 'For 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.'
Romans 3:20 '...by the works of the Law no one will be justified in His sight.'

3. God now offers salvation as a gift to those who will believe.

Romans 3:21-24 'But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known... This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified as a gift by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
Romans 6:23 'For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.'

4. You need to act to receive the gift of salvation.

John 1:11-12 'He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.'
Romans 10:9-10 For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.
Act 3:19 "Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.'

What The Bible Says About Salvation

1. That salvation is found in Jesus and Him alone. We have already stated His claim that no one can come to the Father except through Him. The Bible constantly confirms this by saying:

Acts 4:12 'And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.'
1 John 5:11-12 'And the witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.'

2. That salvation cannot come by performing good works but through faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for your behalf.

Eph 2:8 'For 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.'
Romans 3:20 '...by the works of the Law no one will be justified in His sight.'

3. God now offers salvation as a gift to those who will believe.

Romans 3:21-24 'But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known... This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified as a gift by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
Romans 6:23 'For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.'

4. You need to act to receive the gift of salvation.

John 1:11-12 'He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.'
Romans 10:9-10 For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.
Act 3:19 "Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.'

God’s Solution

God is not only perfect holiness (whose holy character we can never attain to on our own or by our works of righteousness) but He is also perfect love and full of grace and mercy. Because of His love and grace, He has not left us without hope and a solution.

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

This is the good news of the Bible, the message of the gospel. It’s the message of the gift of God’s own Son who became man (the God-man), lived a sinless life, died on the cross for our sin, and was raised from the grave proving both the fact He is God’s Son and the value of His death for us as our substitute.

Romans 1:4 who was appointed the Son-of-God-in-power according to the Holy Spirit by the resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 4:25 He was given over because of our transgressions and was raised for the sake of our justification.

2 Corinthians 5:21 God made the one who knew no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we would become the right-eousness of God.

1 Peter 3:18 Because Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, to bring you to God, by being put to death in the flesh but by being made alive in the spirit.

How Do We Receive God’s Son?

Because of what Jesus Christ accomplished for us on the cross, the Bible states “He that has the Son has life.” We can receive the Son, Jesus Christ, as our Savior by personal faith, by trusting in the person of Christ and His death for our sins.

John 1:12 But to all who have received him--those who believe in his name--he has given the right to become God's children

John 3:16-18 For this is the way God loved the world: he gave his one and only Son that everyone who believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through him. 18 The one who believes in Him is not condemned. The one who does not believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.

This means we must each come to God the same way: (1) as a sinner who recognizes his sinfulness, (2) realizes no human works can result in salvation, and (3) relies totally on Christ alone by faith alone for our salvation.

If you would like to receive and trust Christ as your personal Savior, you may want to express your faith in Christ by a simple prayer acknowledging your sinfulness, accepting His forgiveness and putting your faith in Christ for your salvation.

1 John 5:11-12 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. The one who has the Son has this eternal life; the one who does not have the Son of God does not have this eternal life.

Man’s Problem
SEPARATION FROM GOD
Isaiah 59:2 But your sinful acts have alienated you from your God; your sins have caused him to reject you and not listen to your prayers.

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

According to Romans 5:8, God demonstrated His love for us through the death of His Son. Why did Christ have to die for us? Because Scripture declares all men to be sinful. To “sin” means to miss the mark. The Bible declares “all have sinned and fall short of the glory (the perfect holiness) of God” (Rom. 3:23). In other words, our sin separates us from God who is perfect holiness (righteousness and justice) and God must therefore judge sinful man.

Habakkuk 1:13a You are too just to tolerate evil; you are unable to condone wrongdoing.

God's Plan of Salvation

THE FUTILITY OF OUR WORKS
Scripture also teaches that no amount of human goodness, human works, human morality, or religious activity can gain acceptance with God or get anyone into heaven. The moral man, the religious man, and the immoral and non-religious are all in the same boat. They all fall short of God’s perfect righteousness. After discussing the immoral man, the moral man, and the religious man in Romans 1:18-3:8, the Apostle Paul declares that both Jews and Greeks are under sin, that “there is no one righteous, not even one” (Rom. 3:9-10). Added to this are the declarations of the following verses of Scripture:

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 it is not of works, so that no one can boast.

Titus 3:5-7 he saved us, not by works of righteousness that we have done but on the basis of his mercy, through the washing of the new birth and the renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us in full measure through Jesus Christ our Savior. 7 And so, since we have been justified by his grace, we become heirs with the confident expectation of eternal life.

Romans 4:1-5 What then shall we say that Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh, has discovered regarding this matter? 2 For if Abraham was declared righteous by the works of the law, he has something to boast about (but not before God). 3 For what does the scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” 4 Now to the one who works, his pay is not credited due to grace but due to obligation. 5 But to the one who does not work, but believes in the one who declares the ungodly righteous, his faith is credited as righteousness.

God's Plan of Salvation

No amount of human goodness is as good as God. God is perfect righteousness. Because of this, Habakkuk 1:13 tells us God cannot have fellowship with anyone who does not have perfect righteousness. In order to be accepted by God, we must be as good as God is. Before God, we all stand naked, helpless, and hopeless in ourselves. No amount of good living will get us to heaven or give us eternal life. What then is the solution?

God’s Solution
God is not only perfect holiness (whose holy character we can never attain to on our own or by our works of righteousness) but He is also perfect love and full of grace and mercy. Because of His love and grace, He has not left us without hope and a solution.

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

This is the good news of the Bible, the message of the gospel. It’s the message of the gift of God’s own Son who became man (the God-man), lived a sinless life, died on the cross for our sin, and was raised from the grave proving both the fact He is God’s Son and the value of His death for us as our substitute.

Romans 1:4 who was appointed the Son-of-God-in-power according to the Holy Spirit by the resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 4:25 He was given over because of our transgressions and was raised for the sake of our justification.

2 Corinthians 5:21 God made the one who knew no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we would become the right-eousness of God.

1 Peter 3:18 Because Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, to bring you to God, by being put to death in the flesh but by being made alive in the spirit.

How Do We Receive God’s Son?
Because of what Jesus Christ accomplished for us on the cross, the Bible states “He that has the Son has life.” We can receive the Son, Jesus Christ, as our Savior by personal faith, by trusting in Jesus.

Four reasons why God favors no one over you:

1. God’s Son shed his last drop of blood for you. God loves you with his whole heart. He loves you with every speck of his enormous love. That means no matter how much he loves others, he couldn’t possibly love anyone else more than he loves you.

A woman wrote about the above paragraph:

I had wanted to say, “God loves me with his whole heart? Come off it! It’s a wonder he loves me at all! You exaggerate too much!” But the Lord silenced me with John 17:23:

I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (Emphasis mine.)

When praying for all his followers, including those who would believe later (verse 20) Jesus declared that God loves them (me!) just as passionately as God the Father loves his perfect, eternal Son!
I can’t get round it; I can’t burrow under it or climb over it. So the only thing I can do is go through it, absorbing it as I go. God has put it in black and white and sealed it with the blood of his only Son that Christ is in me – and God loves me as much as he loves Christ. And no way can God’s love for Christ be half-hearted. I drifted to sleep last night snuggling into that verse.

Scripture makes no promise that you will always feel loved, nor that circumstances will always make it obvious that you are loved. God simply promises that you are loved. No suffering or tragedy will ever separate you from God’s love (Romans 8:35-39). A snap-shot in time proves nothing. Only eternity’s movies can adequately portray the infinitude of God’s love for you.

The more you love someone the more important that person is to you. So the fact that God loves you with his whole heart means you are more important to God than you could ever imagine.

2. Before God forgave us we were all spiritually dead. Scripture affirms that every person on this planet was dead in their sin. You can’t get any deader than dead. God couldn’t say, I prefer her because she’s a little less dead than him.

But through Christ we can be forgiven. When God looks at a forgiven person, he can’t find one sin. When you are forgiven, God can’t find a person on the entire planet, more forgiven than you.

So without Christ we were all equally dead in our sin and in Christ we are all equally forgiven.

3. God is all-powerful. That means he doesn’t need some people more than others.

If God could only use young people, or strong people, or rich people, or famous people, or educated people, then God must be so weak that he needs human strength; so poor that he needs us to give him a few dollars; so foolish that he needs human education.

4. The Lord loves using small and seemingly unimportant things. 1 Corinthians 1:26 says, ‘Look at what you were before God called you. Not many of you were wise by human standards. Not many of you had great influence. Not many of you came from important families. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and he chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose what this world thinks is unimportant and what this world looks down on and thinks is nothing in order to bring to nothing what the world thinks is important. God did this,’ the Bible continues, ‘so that no one could boast in his presence.’

In the Bible, the book of Jonah seems small and insignificant. It’s only 2-3 pages long. I often feel like that: small and insignificant. I have often felt so useless that I would have committed suicide if I wasn’t worried about having to face God afterwards. But the Bible would be very much poorer without this tiny book. And the Kingdom of God would be much poorer without you. In this tiny book we see God using a storm, a whale, a heartless, rebellious, moody man, a plant, and a grub. Are you less gifted than a grub? Then God can do mighty things through you. If God could use a storm and a plant and a grub, God is smart enough to use you. God is so powerful he can use anything to do his work.

No Christian is too old, too poor, too uneducated, too stupid, too sick to be gloriously used of God. We can’t explore this in depth here. For just one aspect of this, see Never too old for God.

Do you believe there is nothing God cannot do? Do you believe God could bring a dead person back to life? Do you believe God could bring a dead person back to life through your prayers? Those words ‘through your prayers’ don’t suddenly make God weak. Do you believe God can save thousands of souls? Then you must also believe God can save thousands of souls through you.

Either God can do the impossible through you, or he isn’t God.

Keep telling yourself, ‘There is nothing God cannot do through me.’

Heaven stands on tip toe waiting to see the astounding things you will achieve for the glory of God.

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I am a Retired Disabled US Military Veteran. I served 20 plus Years in the Navy and in the Army. I asked Jesus to be my Lord and Savior when I was 8. I joined the Navy at 16. I have been in Christian Ministry since I enlisted in the Navy. I have served in many different roles from Janitor, Children Sunday School Teacher, Adult Sunday School Teacher, Assistant Pastor, Missions, Preacher, Military Ministry, Nursing Home Ministry, Homeless Ministry... etc.

I Love God. I am now full time in the Christian Ministry. I produce videos and want to bring the Gospel to as many people as possible. I make a variety of different videos as I feel lead by Jesus.