Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Your Invitation

Dear Friend:

Today, the road may have seemed steep, and you feel alone.
Someone you trust has disappointed you.
God sees your tears...He feels your pain.
He longs to comfort you,
for He is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

 God loves you so much
that He sent His only Son, Jesus, to die in your place.
He will forgive you for every sin you have committed,
if you are willing to leave your sins
and turn from them.

Maybe you feel,
"He won't forgive my sins
for they are too great.
You don't know the sins I've committed,
I strayed too far from His love."

 I understand your thoughts, dear friend.
I, too, felt unworthy and undeserving of His love.
I stood at the foot of the cross pleading for mercy,
but such is the grace of our God.

The Scripture says,
"...I came not to call the righteous, 
but sinners to repentance."
       ~ Mark 2:17b

Friend, that includes you and me.

No matter how far into the pit you have fallen, 
God's grace is greater still.
The dirty, despondent souls, He came to save.
He'll reach down His hand to hold yours.

With every heart bowed,
slip up your hand if you can say with me
" I am a sinner.
I've been a sinner all of my life.
Forgive me, Lord."
Maybe you are a gambler.
You've gambled your family's money away.
You regret the mistakes of your past,
and you want to be forgiven.
God bless you dear soul!
Are there any other sinners here tonight?

Maybe some of you are like that fallen sinner.
She came to Jesus, knowing He was the One who could save her.
With tears streaming down her face,
she began to wash His feet with tears,
and did wipe them with her hair.
He said,"Her sins, which are many, are forgiven..."
Soul, can He say that of you tonight?

Many of you have tears streaming down your face
as you can relate to her.
Maybe you're not a prostitute,
but you've committed adultery
and you want to be forgiven.
Slip up your hand if you can say with me,
"Forgive me for my wrong doings.
It was never intended for evil,
they were friendly thoughts.
Forgive me for the evil I have done."
You're as guilty as she was,
but the same Jesus who's forgiven her
will also forgive you tonight.

One day you will stand before the Lord,
transparent in His presence.
The books of your life will be open to be judged.
Every thought... every word... every motive of your heart
will be revealed in His illuminating light.
What shall you say in His presence?
Slip up your hand if you can say with me,
"I've made a mess out of my life, I want to be forgiven."
God sees your hand, dear soul.
Sure, you made wrong choices, but He still loves you!

Whenever I pass a cemetery, I remember my time will come.
It might be the end of the road for some of you pretty soon.
Maybe you thought about giving your life to Christ,
but put it off for one reason or another.
"Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts."
                         ~ Hebrews 4:7b

The Scripture says,
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."
                        ~ Romans 3:23

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,
and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead,
thou shalt be saved."
                        ~ Romans 10:9

Don't fall asleep without Jesus
until you are assured of a place in heaven.

Tonight, if you would like to receive the gift of eternal life,
first you must believe in the Lord.
You have to ask for your sins to be forgiven
and put your trust in the Lord.
There's only one way to heaven and that's through the Lord Jesus.
That's God's wonderful plan of salvation.

You can begin a personal relationship with Him
by praying from your heart a prayer such as the following:

"O God, I am a sinner.
I am sorry for my sins.
I want to turn from my sin.
I receive Jesus Christ as my Savior;
I confess Him as my Lord.
From now on I want to follow Him.
In Jesus' name, Amen."

If you have received the Lord Jesus as your personal Savior
after reading this invitation, please let us know.
We would love to hear from you. Your first name is sufficient.

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