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IMAGE ©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. USE SUBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED, THE FLORALA NEWS - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 000 On July 3! these women hastily left a weekend retreat in the Colorado Rockies. He reaches out in love to all men and women, offering His forgiveness, peace They had been warned to flee a flash flood which was roaring down the canyon. ..: :~ .... and comfort through Jesus Christ. So there is no reason to fear life or death. They started Gut, but never reached the bottom of the canyon alive. More than 100 Jesus said, am the resurrection, and the life; whoever believes in Me shall others also lost their lives in the Big Thompson Canyon that same night, live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die" A tragedy, people say. It is certain that these seven women who were part of the (John 11:25,26). staff of Campus Crusade for Christ International will be deeply missed by A personal relationship with Jesus Christ doesn't begin at death--but it is family, friends and fellow staff members, available to you now--in life. Twenty-eight other women leaders of Campus But what these women and their families would want you to know is that they Crusade for Christ International left that retreat with these seven. They are still are more alive than ever--in heaven. That they lived a full and wonderful life alive--physically as well as spiritually. on this earth. And that they now are better off in the presence of the loving God But they also have a more keen awareness of the delicate balance between life and and Savior whom they served, death. And more than 5,000 other staff of Campus Crusade for Christ have a If you were to die today, do you know for certain that you would go to heaven? keener awareness of life. For them, life is Christ. For the women who died, Would you spend eternity in heaven with Christ or separated from Him forever. For Christ is life. The message that follows explains what these women want you to those who have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, death's sting has been know--how you can find new life in Jesus Christ. They had committed taken away. God is our refuge and strength. A very present help in trouble, themselves to sharing this message in life or in death. Just as there are physical laws that govern the physical universe, so He Rose from the Dead are there spiritual laws which govern your relationship with God. "Christ died for our sins...He was buried...He was raised on the third day, LAW ONE according to the Scriptures...He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve. GOD LOVES YOU, AND OFFERS A WONDERFUL PLAN FOR YOUR After that He appeared to more than five hundred..." (l Corinthians 15:3-6). LIFE. He Is the Only Way to God (References should be read in context from the Bible wherever possible.) "Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to God's Love the Father, but through Me'" (John 14:6). "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that \ GOD I-'~ / whoever believes in Him Should not perish, but have eternal life" (John 3:16). God's Plan (Christ speaking) "I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly" (that it might be full and meaningful) (John 10:]0). This diagram illustrates that God has bridged the gulf which separates us Why is it that most people are not experiencing the abundant life? from God by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in our place Because... to pay the penalty for our sins. LAW TWO It is not enough just to know these thlee laws... MAN IS SINFUL AND SEPARATED FROM GOD. THEREFORE, HE LAW FOUR CANNOT KNOW AND EXPERIENCE GOD'S LOVE AND PLAN FOR WE MUST INDIVIDUALLY RECEIVE JESUS CHRIST AS SAVIOR HIS LIFE. AND LORD; THEN WE CAN KNOW AND EXPERIENCE GOD'S LOVE Man Is Sinful AND PLAN FOR OUR LIVES. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of GOB" (Romans 3:23). We Must Receive Christ Man was created to have fellowship with God; but, because of his stubborn "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children self-will, he chose to go his own independent way and fellowship with God of God, even to those who believe in His name" (John 1:12). was broken. This self-will, characterized by an attitude of active rebellion or We Receive Christ through Faith passive indifference, is evidence of what the Bible calls sin. "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, Man is Separated it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast" "For the wages of sin is death" (spiritual separation from God) (Romans (Ephesians 2:8,9). 6:23). When We Receive Christ, We.Experience a New Birth. HOLY GOD / (Read John 3:1-8.) ,TTT / SINFUL MAN \ This diagram illustrates that God is holy and man is sinful. A great gulf separates the two. The arrows illustrate that man is continually trying to reach God and the abundant life through his own efforts, such as a good life, philosophy or religion. The third law explains the only way to bridge this gulf... LAW THREE JESUS CHRIST IS GOD'S ONLY PROVISION FOR MAN'S SIN. THROUGH HIM YOU CAN KNOW AND EXPERIENCE GOD'S LOVE AND PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE. He Died in Our Place "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). We Receive Christ by Personal Invitation (Christ is speaking): "Behold, I stand at the door and knock;if any one hears My voice and opens the door, I wilt come in to him" (Revelation 3:20). Receiving Christ involves turning from self to God (repentance and trusting Christ to come into our lives to forgive our sins and to make us the kind of person He wants us to be. Just to agree intellectually that Jesus Christ is the SOn of God and that He died on the cross for our sins is not enough. Nor is it enough to have an emotional experience. We receive Jesus Christ by faith, as an act of the will. These two circles represent two kinds of lives: SELF-DIREcTED LIFE S--Self on the throne t--Christ is outside the life olnterests are directed b,./self, often resulting in discord and frustration CHRISTDIRECTED LIFE t--Christ is in the life and on the throne S--Self is yielding to Christ e--lnterests are directed by Christ, resulting in harmony with God's plan. Which circle best represents your life? Which circle would you like to have represent your life? The following explains how you can receive Christ: YOU CAN RECEIVE CHRIST RIGHT NOW BY PRAYER FAITH THROUGH (Prayer is talking with God) God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. The following is a suggested prayer: "Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. ] open the door of my life and receive You as'my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life, Make me the kind of person You want me to be." Does this prayer express the desire of your heart? If it does, pray this prayer right now, and Christ will come into your life, as He promised. Written by Bdi Bri9ht. Copyright ~ Campus Crusade lot Christ, Inc., 1965 All rights reserved Manulactured in the United States O[ America. If you have come to know Christ personally through the presentation of this good news, write for a free booklet especially written to assist you in your Christian growth. A special Bible study series and an abundance of other helpful materials for Christian growth are also available. For additional information, please complete and mail the following: [] I prayed the prayer and received Christ into my life. Please send additional information on how I can grow in my Christian life. 1"3 This article makes sense to me. Please send me information on how I can know Christ personally. [] | am a Christian. I would like information on how | can share God's love and forgiveness with others. Name Address Telephone City State Zip Send to Campus Crusade for Christ International, Arrowhead Springs, San Bernardino, CA 91414. I understand there is no cost or obligation to me for any of the above information.