By:  Bill 

All of a sudden . . . A boy felt a warmth in his heart.  He felt new.  He felt loved and accepted.  He was changed forever.  To find out how, read on...

In a time not so long ago, a boy was born.  This boy was born a dirty, filthy kid.  He grew up this way, filthy and dirty.  As he grew up, he was never one of the popular kids in school.  Kids would pick on him because he was big and overweight.  He never felt accepted.

One day, this boy got a drum set.  He played the drums every chance he could.  He loved his drums.  He got a little older, a little thinner, and better at his drums.  But he still was not happy.  He really hated himself.  He felt like there was something missing in his life, so he tried to fill the gap.

One day, the boy was playing the drums and a bunch of people who hated him before, heard him playing.  They said to the kid, 'Hey, you're not too bad.  You're pretty cool.'  Finally, he was accepted.  Or so he thought.  See, now that he was with the 'in' crowd, he had to act like the 'in' crowd acted.  He had to talk and walk like them because he was afraid they would not like him if he didn't.

He started going to parties and drinking and having a good time.  But he still was not happy.  He looked big and tough on the outside, but there was something missing in his heart.  He started to change.  He began to have a dark attitude towards everything.  To him, life was just a party with friends and music, because that was all he knew.

To top things off, he started sleeping with a girl he knew.  But he still was not happy.  He was depressed, and there were times he wanted to kill himself.  He would ponder to himself, 'I wonder if it would hurt?'

This kid should be given an award for acting, because on the outside he was doing good.  He had his parents and family fooled into thinking that he was fine.  But on the inside, there was nothing but pain. 

By this time, the boy had become a young man.  This young man's friend invited him to go to church.  He went, but nothing changed.  Not even religion could fill the void in this young man's heart.

Then on one Easter Sunday, he went to church.  Towards the end of the church service, he was at the altar and on his knees crying.  He closed his eyes and saw a bright white light.  In the light, he saw a cross, and on the cross was a man.  The man was nailed there, and he was bleeding from his hands and feet.  On this man's head was a crown of thorns, and there was blood all over his face.  He knew who this man was.  It was Jesus Christ.  And all this kid could do was tell Jesus how sorry he was for the things he had done.  He asked Jesus to come into his life and make him clean.  And Jesus did just that!  All of a sudden, the boy felt a warmth in his heart.  He felt new.  He felt loved and accepted.  He was changed forever.

You might be saying to yourself, 'How do you know all this?'  'If you knew this boy, why didn't you help him?'  Well, I do know this kid.  The reason I never helped him is that the boy I am talking about is me.  You see, when I was born, I was born with a sin stained soul, just like you.  Dirty and filthy.  And the only thing that can clean you is the cleansing power of Jesus Christ.

The sin in our lives makes us unacceptable to God.  But God loves us too much to be away from us.  So He sent His only son Jesus Christ to die for our sins.  He took our place on the cross that day when it should have been me and you.  He loved us so much, He gave up His life so we could live.  They took His body off the cross that day and buried Him in a tomb.  He was in there for three days and nights.  But early Sunday morning, He arose for you and me!  He's alive!!  Not even the grave can hold Jesus.  He is bigger than death.  And now, He sits at the right hand of the Father in Heaven.  He would do it all again if He had too.  Even if you were the only person on earth, He still would have come and died for you.  But He does not have to come and do it again because He paid for the sin of all mankind.  He loves you that much!

Maybe you have done some of the things I have.  Maybe you have done worse or maybe nothing at all.  The fact of the matter is, without Jesus to cleanse you of the sin you were born with, you're not going to make it.  Maybe you feel as if what you have done in the past is too big for God to forgive.  But Jesus died for all of your sins, no matter what they are. 

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Dear Reader - are you at peace with God?  If not, you can be.  Do you know what awaits you when you die?  You can have the assurance from God that heaven will be your home, if you would like to be certain.  Either Jesus Christ died for yours sins, or He didn't (He did!).  Are you prepared to stand before God on the Judgment Day and tell Him that you didn't need the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross to have your sins forgiven and get in right-standing with God?  We plead with you ... please don't make such a tragic mistake.

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