I hear a lot of great stuff where I go to church, and the idea of sharing it thrills me.
Then I get nervous.
Maybe you wouldn’t like it as I do. Maybe you would resent it. Maybe you would click off. Maybe you would unsubscribe.
But then I back away and realize some of it really is excellent and who knows but that you might just love it as I do.
So here goes: something I heard a year ago, posted once, but just wanted to share again. Enjoy.
The Arkansas Gospel
Let me make this clear.
You don’t go to Heaven because God loves you, nor because you love Him.
You don’t go to Heaven because you amend your sinful ways or clean up your act.
Turning over a new leaf is rehabilitation, but it is not salvation.
Education is not the answer.
Reformation is not the answer.
Legislation is not the answer.
Jesus is the answer.
We go to Heaven because Jesus saves us through His work on the Cross.
Don’t be separated from God any longer.
Give your sinful life to Jesus at the Cross, bury it in baptism, and be born again of the Spirit of God.
That is how you enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
That reminded me of a story I heard once:
“He IS Out to Get You!”
A woman was driving alone, one night, on a long trip. Having just left a convenience store and taken the on ramp back to the Interstate, she felt not so lonely because some guy had held the door for her as he’d left the store. She noticed he also on-ramped when she did—a friendly face for the journey.
As she traveled, though, she thought she noticed his car following her too close. When she increased her speed a bit to make some distance, his car also increased its speed.
Tensing, and persuading herself it was coincidence, she began weaving through traffic, checking her rear view mirror.
That car followed her every move.
She upped her speed to 80, which she usually never did, and the car was still right behind her.
She could think of nothing to do but exit again, where there was civilization, and force that driver to change plans.
It was a long five miles to the exit.
Carefully, she scooted through traffic into the right lane at the last minute, without signaling, almost missed the exit, and looked up to realize that car loomed closer than ever.
There was no choice, now, but to tear into a gas station parking area, laying on the horn, screech to a stop, throw open the door, and, in desperation, flee into the building, sobbing.
Simultaneously, the driver of the other car also slammed on his brakes, and threw open his door with an angry grimace, running directly to her car, tore open the back door, and grabbed a ski-masked man from the floorboard, beating him until he collapsed.
And you don’t know it, but you’ve got trouble in your back seat.
And God is following you.
And He will never give up, so you might as well.