The DIFFERENCE Family Makes
You might still have teenagers at home. Sometimes you wonder what it will take for them to take interest in your efforts to show interest in their lives. This is an age-old challenge. Things are changing in the lives of your teens and they don't usually know what to make of it. Being self-centered goes with the territory of growing-up. As a parent, you want to support and assist, but nothing seems to convince the teen that you really care. So, for starters, just "play it by ear" for a while, and use small opportunities to try some of the suggestions in this readable and doable article. Take heart-your teen loves you and will begin to respond to your concern and consideration.
Many people live their lives as they wish with little or no thought of eternal consequences. But when such living seems to be turning against them, they suddenly want another chance to do better. Sometimes people do "get a second chance" in this life. But the same thing cannot be found once earth life is no more. Such false doctrines as "purgatory" or God will overlook ones sins give false hope to such people. Sin matters now, and certainly will matter for eternity. We have only this life to prepare for the next in eternity. This new article, "Second Chance in Eternity?", will help the reader to correctly think about coming eternity.
The Gospel Plan of Salvation
There are still people who are concerned to know how to be saved from their sins, and how that is accomplished. Of course, God is concerned for your soul salvation, and He showed it by sending His Son Jesus Christ as "the Lamb of God that takes away sins". Just how is one saved from their sins?
Hear the Gospel - Matthew 7:24-27
Believe in Jesus Christ - John 8:24
Repent of sins - Luke 13:5
Confess Christ - Matthew 10:32-33
Be Baptized - John 3:5, Mark 16:16
These are what Jesus said is necessary to do to gain God's forgiveness. The first time the Gospel of Christ was preached is recorded in Acts 2. Peter's sermon about Jesus Christ and who He is and what He has done for us is recorded in Acts 2:16-36. The response of some who heard that teaching is recorded in Acts 2:37-47. In this passage you will find that what Jesus taught as being necessary for salvation is the exact response of "about 3000" people on that day of Pentecost. The result for them was the forgiveness of their sins ("for the remission of sins" - v38), and being "added by the Lord to the church" (v47). If a person interested in their own salvation from their sins today does the same as those folks in Jerusalem in Acts 2, they will receive the same forgiveness, salvation and placement in His church by the Lord Jesus Christ. If not, why not? Think about it.