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Hell No !

January 22, 2012

Greetings,

We just finished having some totally sweet fellowship here this afternoon.  My place was packed and we had some great participation.  We ate shredded Italian beef, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cheesecake and snickerdoodles.  That sure beats a wafer and a thimble full of grape juice any day in my book.  We sang original songs and were blessed with 3 guitars and 4 guitarists.  It was awesome.

During our free and open conversation we touched on several topics including God’s unlimited patience with us, the difference between the wide and narrow gates and a bit on heaven and hell.  I shared about how heaven and hell have never been a big part of my personal theology.  Jesus spoke to me when I was a child and that was a topic I don’t remember ever coming up much.  I am not a follower of Jesus because I am afraid of hell or lured by heaven.  I follow Him simply because He is True and He loves me.  The Lord has used me numerous times to help lead others to Him, but I am happy to report that I have never used the threat of hell as leverage to win a convert.  The promise of heaven is not something I use to coerce others towards the faith either.  All I do is speak is speak the truth in love and allow The Spirit to do His work.

I follow Jesus because He is real and He has proven Himself to me over and over again in this life.  However, I do tell people of His grace and mercy and of the numerous times He has brought healing to me in many forms.  He was with me as a child holding me and comforting me as my earthly father raped and abused me.  As an adult He has helped through a maze of emotions these past 13 years dealing with the PTSD caused by the childhood abuse.  When I was 24 He literally raised me from my deathbed completely healing me of degenerative kidney disease.  I know Him because I have experienced Him in a real and authentic way.  My faith has come from hearing Him and for this I am extremely thankful.

Please take time to ask yourself a simple question…. Why do I follow Jesus?  Spend some time on that and see what you come up with.  The answer might just surprise you.  Spend some quality time with Him and ask Him ANY questions that you can think of.  Have a conversation with Him and just see what happens.  I know that some Christians rarely approach Him in this manner, but I have been conversing with Jesus in this simple way for 45 years now and I have NEVER been disappointed with His answers.

Love and…..

Kirk Out !

 

 

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2 Comments
  1. How about bread and wine? Aren’t those 2 elements actually commanded by the Lord Jesus (“do this in remembrance of Me”)? We have meals, too- and every Sunday we eat bread and drink wine. Methinks thou dost protest too much… (o:

    Hell? Yes- it’s part of the Gospel, too.

  2. Hell? Not sure what I believe about Hell — I don’t think it’s as cut-and-dried as some people say, and I’m very sure that no set of human beings, whatever their theology, are the ones who get to decide who’s in and who’s out.

    For me it’s very simple — jesus is the one who loved me when nobody else did, and he’s going to be there for me forever. not even death can separate us …

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