“My Kids Are Too Young to Understand About God. They’ll Pick It Up When They’re Ready. Right?”

Wrong. Your kids are never too young to know about God. They are learning other things from you already. Why is it that so many people seem to think it is OK to put off teaching their children about God? Could it be the parents do not have a close relationship with God themselves to know how to teach their children about Him? It is never too early to begin… for them… or you. What does the Bible say about it?

Deuteronomy 6:4-7 (NASB)
4 “Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! 5 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. 7 “You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.

Psalms 78:1-8 (NASB)
1 Listen, O my people, to my instruction; Incline your ears to the words of my mouth. 2 I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, 3 Which we have heard and known, And our fathers have told us. 4 We will not conceal them from their children, But tell to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, And His strength and His wondrous works that He has done. 5 For He established a testimony in Jacob And appointed a law in Israel, Which He commanded our fathers That they should teach them to their children, 6 That the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, That they may arise and tell them to their children, 7 That they should put their confidence in God And not forget the works of God, But keep His commandments, 8 And not be like their fathers, A stubborn and rebellious generation, A generation that did not prepare its heart And whose spirit was not faithful to God.

“Adonai, Allah, Budda, God, Jehova, Jesus, Muhammed, Yahweh; They’re All the Same, Right?”

No, they are not. While the Bible has many names for God, Adonai and Yahweh being but a couple, Allah, Budda, Muhammed, and others are not mentioned at all. One might say, “OK, so they are not mentioned, but are not these names simply another culture’s translation of the God in the Bible, just as Jehova is the English translation of the Hebrew and Adonai?” The answer is still no. These other names may be translations of other languages; but, they are not referring to the God of the Bible. One might still argue that Allah refers to the God of the Bible since the Islamic religion also recognizes Jesus; however, the Jesus they recognize was merely a prophet leading the way to another, more superior prophet, Muhammed, who is the High Priest pointing the way to Allah. Islam’s Jesus is not considered to be the Savior sent by God to redeem mankind. What does the Bible say about it?

Deuteronomy 6:4 (NASB)
4 “Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one!

Matthew 3:16-17 (NASB)
16 After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, 17 and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”

John 14:6 (NASB)
6 Jesus said* to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

The LORD (Jehova) is God, there are no others. His Son is Jesus Christ in whom He is well pleased, not Muhammed. And finally, Jesus clearly states that no one comes to the Father (God), but by Him. Jesus is our Lord and Savior, sent by God, for our eternal redemption with God, no one else.

“Must I Attend Sunday School, Worship Services, and Other Church Events?”

Unless you are providentially hindered, yes, you should try to make every effort to attend and support the events sponsored by your church: Sunday School, Worship Services, Bible Studies, etc. If you do not currently belong to one, you should locate and join a God-fearing, Bible-believing, Bible-preaching church. What does God’s Word say?

Hebrews 10:23-25 (NASB)
23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; 24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

While TV and radio evangelists, as well as peaceful, private meditation, can provide meaningful worship experiences, they are no substitute for worshipping corporately with others.

“It’s My Body, I Can Do Whatever I Want With It, Right?”

This is an all too common opinion voiced by too many people in the world; including unfortunately, many Christians. Invariably, it is used to justify some form of action or behavior, which is questionable. It is also used to dull or supress feelings of guilt when trying to convince oneself that if we are not hurting anyone else, what does it matter? So, what does the Bible say about it?

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NASB)
19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

God’s Word is clear: we are His. If the contemplated action or behavior does not bring honor and glory to God, then we should not do it; even when we are alone in the privacy of our own homes.

Testimony 2003

Introduction

Many people’s testimonies recall their experience when God called them to salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ. As is typically the case, due to the life changing results of their experience, they can readily recall the date, time, and what they were doing. For a long time, this troubled me greatly; because, I had no such recollection.

My family was living in Oscoda, Michigan, and we attended the base chapel at Wurtsmith, AFB, when God called me to salvation at a very young age, in the late 1960s, early 1970s. I was baptized, by immersion, in Lake Huron.

Because I cannot narrow the time down any better than that, I began to think there was something wrong with my testimony. That perhaps I did not have a true salvation experience after all, for if I did, surely I would remember every detail of the event.

Then, in late 1999 – early 2000, God revealed to me that not only was my call to salvation real; but, not everyone’s testimony is about salvation. More importantly, He revealed to me that we do not pick our testimonies, He does. My testimony was to be about restoring Him as the top priority in my life, relying and trusting in Him for everything, and realizing that all I have I owe to Him.

Testimony

As I was growing up, the Lord blessed me in many ways. He gave me a strong sense of right and wrong (although, as my parents will attest, like other kids, I did not always follow that sense). He gave me an almost intuitive understanding of math, science, and computers. And shortly after graduation from high school, placed me in a highly technical position at Electronic Data Systems, even though I had not attended university yet.

My career had an almost meteoric rise to it. I became known as a whiz kid, a computer guru. Everything seemed to always fall in place for me with almost perfect timing.

Everyone is familiar with the old saying, “give him an inch and he will take a mile”; well, Satan does not work that way. Give Satan an inch, and he will take another inch. He moves slowly, taking his time, until one day, you realize you are thousands of miles off course, and you do not know if you will ever make it back to the right road.

That is what happened to me. I began to forget where my blessings were coming from. I started taking credit for every decision, every opportunity, every success. My self reliance and self appreciation began outpacing the successes in my personal and professional life.

The more I began trusting and relying upon myself, the less I trusted and relied upon God. And to my eternal shame, this transfer of trust and reliance continued until I reached a point where I even began questioning God’s existence. I began to think that trusting and relying upon Him was a weakness. Oh how Satan must have been rejoicing.

I still had my strong sense of right and wrong; but, my belief system, my values, had decayed to the following set of rules:

  1. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
  2. You have the right to do anything you want as long as it does not violate rule #1 or prevent others from exercising their same right.
  3. Take responsibility for your own actions.

At first, those rules sound good and Satan would be there patting me on the back saying, “You are a good guy Chris. You are taking other’s feelings into account. What a great set of rules to live by.” Therein lies another of his deceptions. The rules may be good rules; but, there is one very important problem. God has been completely removed from the picture. Again, how Satan must have rejoiced.

As with all things however, God will only put up with disobedience and unrighteousness for so long. Suddenly, my life was turning upside down. My personal and professional life was in flames and burning out from underneath me. No matter what plans I made, what actions I took, everything seemed to fail. I remember saying to my wife, Stefanie, on many occasions, while we were at the height of all this turmoil, that as smart as I was, I was not smart enough to figure it all out.

During this time, my sister, Kathey, said something to me I will never, ever forget. We were standing at the end of her driveway, looking off into the distance, and talking about all that was going on in my life. That is when she turned to me and said, “Sometimes, God has to bring us to our knees to remind us to look up.”

I could not speak. The truth pierced me with an accuracy unmatched by anything any man or woman had ever said to me before. As tears welled up in my eyes, I knew God had just spoken to me through my little sister, the one I used to give advice to.

If it were not for the love God blessed me with through Stefanie, my parents, Kathey, the rest of my family, and the members of Double Springs Baptist Church in Maben, Mississippi, there is no telling how far off track Satan would have continued to lead me. I determined I needed to get right with God again and I began studying my Bible daily.

Some may think that is the end of my story, the end of my testimony; but, it is not. Yes, I studied my Bible. I talked with some of the deacons. I talked with my pastor. I began learning a lot. But, that is Satan’s other great deception: the acquisition of knowledge.

Knowledge vs. Wisdom

Knowledge, by itself, is worthless. It is not until knowledge is put to action that it has value. The difference between knowledge and wisdom is the action. You can know everything there is to know; but, unless you put it into action, unless you apply it everyday, it has no value to you or anyone else. Satan would prefer we know nothing; nonetheless, he is perfectly content for us to know everything as long as we do not do anything with it.

While I was first attending Double Springs Baptist Church, I was reluctant to get involved in anything. I would attend the morning service; but that was all. I did not even participate in the choir although I loved to sing. I was unemployed at the time and although I was concentrating my search efforts to the Maben – Starkville area of Mississippi, I had no idea where I would end up, much less, if it would even be in Mississippi. I thought to myself, what if I am only around another three weeks?

Then, in the midst of my mental struggle, in the midst of my prayers for guidance, God reminded me that yet again, I was still trying to control everything. He had just spent months demonstrating and revealing to me that the control I always thought I had was just an illusion, that He is the one that had always been in control, that all blessings come from Him. Yet, here I was again, trying to take charge instead of putting Him first and trusting in Him.

At that very moment, I rededicated myself to Him, not just in study, but in action. I placed all my trust in Him and believed with all my heart that no matter what happened, He was always in control and because of His love for me, always had my best interests in mind.

Romans 8:28 (NASB)
28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

I decided that I was going to actively participate in the church, in the things God called me to do and trust that even if He saw fit to place me in a different state in three weeks, at least that would be three weeks I was contributing to His kingdom and I would continue those contributions wherever He placed me. That Sunday, I stepped forward at the end of the service and publicly rededicated my life to God and asked for membership in the church.

As with so many things in life, God was waiting for me to put my trust completely in Him and to obey His calling. Once I did that, He immediately made known to me the blessing He had in store for me. The next day, early Monday morning, I received a phone call from a company in Kosciusko, Mississippi. After a brief phone interview, I was scheduled to go to Kosciusko on Wednesday, for a face-to-face interview. Friday, I was asked to return to meet and interview with other executives of the company. At the conclusion of that interview, I was asked to return Monday as their new Information Technology Manager.

God waited for me to prove to Him I would trust and rely upon Him instead of myself. Once I did, He immediately revealed His plan to place me in a Christian company, full of fellow believers, allowing me to remain in the Maben – Starkville community, with my new church family, so that I could continue to learn and grow in Him every day.

I praise Him and glorify His name for teaching me this valuable lesson in the manner He did. I will always remember it and take every opportunity to share it with others so they will hopefully avoid the mistakes I made.

Proverbs 3:5-7 (NASB)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.

Have Faith In God 405:4 (1991 Baptist Hymnal)
Have faith in God, tho’ all else fail about you.
Have faith in God, He provides for His own.
He cannot fail tho’ all kingdoms shall perish.
He rules, He reigns upon His throne.
Have faith in God, He’s on His throne.
Have faith in God, He watches o’er His own.
He cannot fail, He must prevail.
Have faith in God, have faith in God.

Trust, Try, and Prove Me 616:2 (1991 Baptist Hymnal)
When my wav’ring faith in trials falters.
When His guiding hand I cannot see.
Then in wondrous love and tender mercy,
Thro’ His Word He says to me, My child just…
Trust Me, try Me.
Prove Me saith the Lord of hosts and see
If a blessing, unmeasured blessing, I will not pour out on thee.

Only Trust Him 316:3 (1991 Baptist Hymnal)
Yes, Jesus is the truth the way, that leads you into rest.
Believe in Him without delay and you are fully blest.
Only trust Him, only trust Him. Only trust Him now.
He will save you, He will save you. He will save you now.

Matthew 6:25-33 (NASB)
25 “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27 “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? 28 “And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, 29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 30 “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! 31 “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ 32 “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Closing Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for the work You have done and continue to do in my life. Thank You for the opportunity to share this testimony with others that You might be honored and glorified. I pray that through this testimony others may learn, as I have, to keep You first in their life, to trust and rely upon You for everything, to study Your Word and pray for the revelation of Your will in our lives, to understand that wisdom is not the acquisition of knowledge, it is the application of it. Please forgive me of my sins and the many times I have failed You. I ask these things in Your holy name and the precious, holy name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen.

Gospel Invitation

Is the Holy Spirit stirring within your heart? Is He convicting you of the need to make changes in your life and/or calling you to take action? The Bible says:

James 4:17 (NASB)
17 Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.

1 John 5:3 (NASB)
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.

If the Holy Spirit is urging you to take action, it is important to respond with immediate obedience. Delayed obedience is disobedience. Please read the following sections that apply to your current situation and prayerfully consider the suggested course of actions.

I am lost. I need to accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.

John 3:16-18 (NASB)
16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 "He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Action

  • To learn more about Jesus and His gift of redemption, read God's Plan of Salvation. If you are already familiar with the Plan of Savation, skip forward to section How to Become a Christian.
  • If you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, please let us know by filling out the Contact Form below.

I am saved; but, I have sin in my life that I need to confess and repent.

1 John 1:8-9 (NASB)
8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Acts 3:19 (NASB)
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;

Action

  • Fill out the Contact Form below to confidentially confess the sin in your life and your desire to repent. The information you send will not be shared with anyone else. Your privacy will be protected.

I am saved; but, I need to rededicate my life to the Lord.

Praise the Lord.

Action

  • In your own words, pray a prayer similar to the following:

Heavenly Father, I have fallen short of Your glory and have failed to live up to Your expectations for me. Please forgive me. Lord, I rededicate my life to You. Not my will; but, Your will be done. Thank You for being a God of second chances. Use me Lord. Shape me and mold me into the person You would have me to be. I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen.

  • If you just rededicated your life to the Lord, please let us know by filling out the Contact Form below.

I need to discuss my situation confidentially.

James 5:16 (NASB)
16  Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.

Action

  • Fill out the Contact Form below to confidentially discuss the situation in your life that is troubling you. The information you send will not be shared with anyone else. Your privacy will be protected.

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Now That I’m a Christian, What Next?

If you have just prayed to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, praise the Lord! Please let us know! Please participate in our poll located at the top left column of the page and/or Contact Us.

Share with others what Jesus has done for you.

Romans 10:13-15 (NASB)
13 for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? 15 How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!”

Begin to live for God.

Romans 12:1-2,9-18 (NASB)
1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. … 9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; 11 not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, 13 contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.

Publicly profess your faith by being baptized.

Luke 3:21 (NASB)
21 Now when all the people were baptized, Jesus was also baptized, and while He was praying, heaven was opened,

Romans 6:4 (NASB)
4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

Join a local Bible-believing, Bible-preaching church and get to know God better through prayer, Bible study, and fellowship with other Christians.

Romans 15:4-6 (NASB)
4 For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. 5 Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, 6 so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

How To Become a Christian

Admit your sinful ways and desire to turn from them and be delivered from the judgment they bring.

Romans 3:10,23 (NASB)
10 as it is written, “There is none righteous , not even one; … 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Acts 3:19 (NASB)
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;

Acknowledge what Christ did for sinners on the cross, which was confirmed by His resurrection from the dead.

Romans 5:8 (NASB)
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

John 11:25 (NASB)
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies,

Receive Him as the only means of eternal life.

Ephesians 2:8-9 (NASB)
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

John 1:12 (NASB)
12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,

John 6:40 (NASB)
40 “For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”

Appropriate His rightful claim as Lord of your life.

Romans 10:9 (NASB)
9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;

Philippians 2:10-11 (NASB)
10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Pray the Sinner’s Prayer.

Holy God, be merciful to me: a sinner. Please forgive me. I want Jesus to be my Lord and Savior. I believe He lived a sinless life, died upon the cross in payment of my sins, and conquered death so that I could have eternal life. Help me to live for You from this day forward. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Jesus Is the Judge

All who reject Jesus as their Lord and Savior will one day face Him as their Judge: “God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31).

2 Thessalonians 1:7-9 says, “The Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.”

Jesus Is Lord

Contemporary thinking says man is the product of evolution. However, the Bible says we were created by a personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him.

The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything. “All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.” (John 1:3). Therefore, He also owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship.

Romans 10:9 says, “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Confessing Jesus as Lord means humbly submitting to His authority.

Philippians 2:10-11 (NASB)
10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Believing that God has raised Him from the dead involves trusting in the historical fact of His resurrection – the Pinnacle of Christian faith and the way the Father affirmed the deity and authority of the Son.

Romans 1:4 (NASB)
4 who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord,

Acts 17:30-31 (NASB)
30 “Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, 31 because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”

True faith is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is more than simply being sorry for sin. It is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin and pursue holiness (Isaiah 55:7). Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15) and “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine” (John 8:31).

It is not enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they do not love and obey Him. Their faith is not genuine. True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).

Jesus is the sovereign Lord. When you obey Him you are acknowledging His lordship and submitting to His authority. That does not mean your obedience will always be perfect, but that is your goal. There is no area of your life that you withhold from Him.

Jesus Is the Only Acceptable Object of Saving Faith

Some people think it does not matter what you believe as long as you are sincere. However, without a valid object your faith is useless.

If you take poison – thinking it is medicine – all the faith in the world will not restore your life. Similarly, if Jesus is the only source of salvation, and you are trusting in anyone or anything else for your salvation, your faith is useless.

Many people assume there are many paths to God and that each religion represents an aspect of truth. But Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6). He did not claim to be one of many equally legitimate paths to God, or the way to God for His day only. He claimed to be the only way to God – then and forever.