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Bring It On-Line: Christ Like Living

Is it to late to ask Christ for forgiveness and is there more to existence after death? "Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 13:3 ... Read Transcript


Terry: WELL, WE HAVE

RECEIVED SOME GREAT E-MAIL

QUESTIONS FROM YOU, AND WE

WANT TO START OUT TODAY WITH

ONE FROM CASEY.

PAT, CASEY SAYS, "I'M 19

YEARS OF AGE, AND I OFTEN

FIND MYSELF WONDERING IF

THERE IS MORE TO LIFE THAN

JUST DYING.

YOUR SHOW GIVES ME HOPE THAT

THERE IS SOMETHING AFTER

DEATH.

I GREW UP IN A FAMILY THAT

NEVER WENT TO CHURCH, AND I

DON'T KNOW THE FIRST STEP TO

GETTING GOD INTO MY LIFE.

I KNOW I'VE SINNED BIG

TIME.

IS IT TOO LATE TO ASK GOD

FOR FORGIVENESS, AND HOW DO

I KNOW THERE IS LIFE AFTER

DEATH?"

Pat: CASEY, THE REASON

YOU KNOW IS BECAUSE JESUS

CHRIST WENT THERE, AND HE

CAME BACK AND TOLD US ABOUT

IT.

HE SAID, BECAUSE I LIVE,

YOU'RE GOING TO LIVE, ALSO.

HE DIED ON THE CROSS.

THERE IS NO QUESTION HE

DIED.

THEY STUCK A SPEAR IN HIS

SIDE, AND HE WAS DEAD.

AND THEN HE ROSE FROM THE

GRAVE.

NOW, WHAT ABOUT SINNING?

HE WAS THERE ON THE CROSS

BETWEEN TWO REALLY BAD

PEOPLE.

AND ONE OF THEM SAID, LORD,

REMEMBER ME WHEN YOU COME

INTO YOUR KINGDOM.

AND JESUS SAID, THIS DAY

YOU'LL BE WITH ME IN

PARADISE.

NOW, THIS GUY HAD LIVED A

LIFE OF EVIL.

AND AT THAT MOMENT WHEN HE

CONFESSED TO JESUS, JESUS

SAID YOU'RE GOING TO BE WITH

ME IN PARADISE.

THAT'S THE THING.

IT IS NOT THE WORKS YOU DO.

IT IS THE FACT THAT JESUS

CHRIST DIED.

IT IS ALL HIM.

IF YOU JUST REMEMBER, THAT'S

WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT.

BY GRACE YOU'RE SAVED

THROUGH FAITH.

IT IS NOT OF YOURSELF.

IT IS A GIFT OF GOD.

Terry: A VIEWER

SAYS, "MATTHEW 13: 3 SAYS:

"ASSUREDLY I SAY TO YOU,

UNLESS YOU ARE CONVERTED AND

BECOME AS LITTLE CHILDREN,

YOU WILL BY NO MEANS ENTER

THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.

WHAT DOES THIS VERSE MEAN?"

Pat: A LITTLE CHILD

ACCEPTS WHAT DADDY TELLS

HIM.

A LITTLE CHILD IS OBEDIENT,

USUALLY.

A LITTLE CHILD IS TRUSTING

AND LOVING.

AND THAT'S WHAT GOD WANTS.

YOU SEE, WE GET SO

SOPHISTICATED.

WE THINK WE KNOW SO MUCH.

AND THE LONGER WE LIVE AND

THE MORE EDUCATION WE GET,

THE MORE SOPHISTICATED WE

ARE.

DON'T TELL ME ABOUT THAT

RELIGION STUFF; I WENT TO

HARVARD.

I KNOW BETTER.

THERE WAS A HARVARD LAW

PROFESSOR -- HONESTLY -- WHO

SAID HE COULD DO BETTER

WRITING THE 10 COMMANDMENTS

THAN MOSES DID.

HE SAID, I CAN IMPROVE ON

THE 10 COMMANDMENTS.

YOU THINK, HOW ARROGANT CAN

YOU GET?

A LITTLE CHILD WOULDN'T DO

THAT.

A LITTLE CHILD WOULD SAY,

OKAY, DADDY TOLD ME THIS IS

WHAT HAPPENS, AND I BELIEVE

HIM.

THAT'S WHAT JESUS IS LOOKING

FOR.

HE IS LOOKING FOR PEOPLE WHO

WILL BELIEVE HIM, TRUST HIM

LIKE A LITTLE CHILD.

AND THAT'S WHEN THE

KINGDOM -- IT OPENS UP ALL

OF THE TREASURES BECAUSE YOU

OPEN UP AND SAY, FATHER, I

BELIEVE YOU.

I KNOW YOU'RE POWERFUL.

AND I BELIEVE YOU AND I

RECEIVE WHAT YOU'VE DONE.

THAT'S THE MIND OF A LITTLE

CHILD.

ALL RIGHT, WHAT ELSE?

Terry: CHRISTINA SAID,

"LAST YEAR I ACCEPTED JESUS

AS MY SAVIOR.

MY QUESTION IS, AM I DOING

IT RIGHT?

I PRAY AND I BELIEVE IN HIM

AND HIS LOVE.

SOMETIMES I'M AFRAID THAT

I'M LACKING SOMETHING.

I WANT TO BE SURE I'M LIVING

MY LIFE IN THE WAY HE

WISHES."

Pat: THE BIBLE SAYS THE

SPIRIT BEARS WITNESS WITH

OUR SPIRIT THAT WE'RE

CHILDREN OF GOD.

YOU'LL HAVE A WITNESS IN

YOUR HEART AND A PEACE.

NOW, IF YOU HAVE UNCONFESSED

SIN IN YOUR LIFE, IS THERE

ANYTHING YOU'RE DOING THAT

YOU KNOW IS WRONG, AND YOU

KEEP ON DOING IT, YOU'RE NOT

GOING TO HAVE PEACE.

BUT IT ISN'T SOME FORMULA.

I WANT TO SAY THIS OVER AND

OVER AGAIN.

GOD IS NOT A COMPUTER.

AND WE DON'T DEAL WITH

FORMULAS.

YOU'VE GOT TO DOT THIS AND

CROSS THAT AND SO FORTH, AND

THAT GETS YOU IN.

THAT'S WHAT ONE GROUP USED

TO BELIEVE, THAT YOU HAD TO

SAY SOME MAGIC WORDS WHEN

YOU GOT, YOU KNOW, EVERY

STEP OF THE WAY.

AND WHEN YOU GOT TO THIS

STEP, YOU HAD TO SAY

SOMETHING IN ORDER TO GET

INTO THE NEXT STEP.

IT DOESN'T WORK THAT WAY.

YOU OPEN YOUR HEART TO THE

LORD AND YOU RECEIVE HIM.

WHEN YOU RECEIVE HIM, BEGIN

TO THANK HIM.

WHEN YOU HAVE UNCONFESSED

SIN IN YOUR LIFE, GET RID OF

IT AND HE'LL FORGIVE YOU.

Terry: CONSTANCE SAYS,

"CAN GOD FORGIVE A BROKEN

VOW.

I BROKE A VOW OF CHASTITY,

AND I SAID IF I BROKE THE

LAW, GOD SHOULD PUNISH ME.

I SAID EVEN IT MEANT I

COULDN'T HAVE CHILDREN.

NOW I'M HAVING TROUBLE

HAVING CHILDREN.

IS THIS RESULT?"

Pat: YOU HAVE PUT A

CURSE ON YOURSELF, BUT IT

HAD NO REASON, NO VALID

VALIDITY, AND YOU DID

SOMETHING AND YOU FEEL

GUILTY.

OKAY.

SO ASK THE LORD TO FORGIVE

YOU AND CLEANSE YOU.

I DEALT WITH SOMEBODY WHO

COULDN'T BE FILLED WITH THE

HOLY SPIRIT BECAUSE SHE

HAD -- WAS IMMORAL, AND HAD

A TRIP TO THE ISLANDS, AND

SHE HAD SEX OUTSIDE OF

MARRIAGE, AND SHE FELT

GUILTY.

WELL, YOU FEEL GUILTY.

YOU MADE A PLEDGE, YOU

DIDN'T MAKE A PLEDGE -- HOW

MANY PEOPLE MAKE NEW YEAR'S

RESOLUTIONS, I'M NOT GOING

TO EAT CHEESECAKE FOR A

YEAR.

AND TWO WEEKS LATER, YOU SEE

A PIECE AND I JUST BROKE MY

VOW.

IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME.

SO FORGIVE YOURSELF, AND

THEN LET GOD FORGIVE YOU.

AND THEN ASK HIM FOR HIS

BLESSING, AND HE'LL GIVE IT

TO YOU.

THANK YOU FOR THOSE

QUESTIONS.

WE REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

AND I HOPE THAT HELPS YOU.

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