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bible5.gif (4796 bytes)January - February 2000 - Pastor Jim West

ONCE TO DIE

The 95th Psalm

1 O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. 3 For the LORD [is] a great God, and a great King above all gods. 4 In his hand [are] the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills [is] his also. 5 The sea [is] his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry [land]. 6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. 7 For he [is] our God; and we [are] the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice, 8 Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, [and] as [in] the day of temptation in the wilderness: 9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work. 10 Forty years long was I grieved with [this] generation, and said, It [is] a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways: 11 Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.

There are two states man can be in: Two conditions. And there are ONLY two. A person can be a believer in Jesus Christ or he can be an unbeliever. He can be "lost" or he can be "saved."
He can be a "Christian" or he can be an "Pagan."

There are many things in this life that we have NO choice about.
Black/White.       Tall/short       Rich/Poor
Who our parents are. American/Indian/Chinese.
We don't have any choice about these things.
BUT GOD HAS GIVEN US A CHOICE ABOUT WHERE WE WILL SPEND ETERNITY.

Hebrews 9:11-12
11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
12 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].

And you are the ONLY ONE who can make that decision.
Some decisions are only temporary: Where to go for dinner. What color socks to wear. Whether or not to come in out of the rain,

And some are more permanent: Which person to marry. Which city to build a home in.

But THIS decision determines WHERE you will spend ETERNITY!
And eternity is a LONG time!
No one has to tell you if you are separated from God.
Some of you may have known God at one time in your life.
Some may have never even heard the RIGHT way.
And some of you may have been saved all your life.
But deep down in your heart, you KNOW how you stand with God! AND JESUS KNOWS.

Hebrews 9:12 shows us two sides of the same coin. A description of the "eternally UN-REDEEMED" and the "eternally REDEEMED" and either state is ETERNAL. The choice is yours.

But about ONE thing we will have NO choice.

Because Hebrews 9:27, says,
27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

After death will be too late!
But Jesus has "born ALL our sins and iniquities!"
He has come to set the captives free!
His blood cleans us from all unrighteousness!
He has come to seek and to save that which was lost!
You don't have to be lost anymore!
You don't have to be without God anymore!
You don't have to be a slave to sin anymore!
You don't have to be alone and lonely anymore!
All you have to do is make Jesus Christ the Lord of Your life and He'll
Free you from the world!
He'll set you FREE!
If you ask Him! If you make the quality decision.

If you're man enough to admit you need a Savior, then He's God enough to save you!