I have often made this statement from the pulpit: “You decide this side of death’s door where you will spend eternity. You choose heaven by receiving the free gift of salvation provided by Jesus Christ, or you choose hell by rejecting the free gift of salvation offered by Jesus Christ.”
As I contemplate changes I have observed over the past few years of my life, I find there are way too many people seeking peace, contentment and fulfillment in all the wrong places. Although I believe we should take care of our bodies, there seems to be an unusually high emphasis on the physical endeavors of our young people instead of spiritual growth and fulfillment. It is always thought provoking when we conduct our VBS, Sunday School classes or Good News clubs and find that many of the kids who attend have very little or no knowledge of the Bible characters such as Noah, Moses, David, and others.
Our desire and burden here at CIBC is to not only reach the young people of our community, but to reach the parents also who are the ones that should have the greatest influence in the lives of their children. Of course the first step that will help parents make right choices is for them to have a personal relationship with the “light of this world,” Jesus Christ.
John 8:12 – Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
The greatest Book of wisdom, the Bible, certainly helps those who rely on it for guidance through this world.
Psalm 119:105 – Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
King Solomon tried living for his own pleasure, yet at the end of his life he concluded that the only worthwhile life is one of honor and obedience to God.
13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.