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One Life, Two Choices
by Cleveland McLeish
04/03/04
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'For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son. That whosoever beleiveth in Him...should not perish, but have everlasting life.'

John 3:16







My Friend,

I spent 17 years of my life as an individual, '...born in sin and shapen in iniquity.' During that time I had grown in the church and was taught Jesus from a very early age. Most of my life, even now, some of the stories in the bible feel like they are nothing but fairy tales or figments of a man's imagination...but they are not. It's hard to believe, I know, but if believing were easy we would not need faith.

I don't know how you see the beginning. I don't know what you believe when you consider our existence, but I am here to tell you The Truth as recorded, through direct inspiration of God's Holy Spirit. You may be tempted to doubt, but believe my friend. These are not your average bedtime stories.

GOD is an eternal being. He doesn't have a beginning nor an end. He has always existed. This alone is a hard fact to accept as there seems to be too many questions that have no answers...but that demonstrates how limited our minds are. This universe alone is too vast...too complicated to fathom much more GOD. GOD is referred to in Revelation as the '...Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end...' Why?...Because before there was, He was! Only He alone knows the future because to Him, everything that will ever happen to us has happened already. He knew when we would be born, the exact time of day, the exact day, the exact month, the exact year and He knows exactly when and how we will die.

DEATH!...Not something we like to think about...not something we can escape in this life. It is said that when a child is born he...'lives to die!' We all have our appointments with death whether we think about it or not...whether we believe or not but DEATH IS NOT THE END. Some will die within the next few minutes; hours; days; weeks; others will be fortunate enough to go on for years, but this time is not given to us to eat, drink and be merry and live like fools who say in their hearts...'There is NO GOD!' God grants us this time as an opportunity to decide our Eternal Destinys. It is not for us to fear Death...but fear the one who holds the keys to both death and hell.

MAN was created as a tri-partite being, meaning we are BODY, SOUL and SPIRIT. The body is what we can see, the soul is our emotions and ability to make decisions and our spirit acts as a direct link to the Spiritual World. There is one important fact I want you to note and that is...'SPIRITS CANNOT DIE!' Therefore MAN was created eternal beings so, believe it or not, eternity does exist for all of us.

In GENESIS, God said, 'Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness. (The word 'US' referred to the God-head, FATHER, SON and HOLY SPIRIT). Jesus said, 'Before Abraham was, I AM." Jesus (the Son of God, word made flesh, the one who took on earthly flesh and walked this earth as man, died, resurrected on the third day and now sits at the right hand of God, making minutely intercession on our behalf) was right there during the six days of creation.

MAN was created in the image of God Himself and He placed a part of Himself in us, which is His spirit. When the body dies, the spirit of those who are saved go back to God while those of the unsaved go to a place called 'HADES' to await judgement. There is a perfect example of this in the bible. St. Luke 16:19-31, 'There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table. Even the dogs came and licked {Lazarus'} sores.

The time came when the beggar died and angels carried him to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried. In hell, where {the rich man} was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side,

RICH MAN: Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.

ABRAHAM: Son, remember that in your lifetime you received good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.

RICH MAN: Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father's house, for I have five brothers. Let {Lazarus} warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.

ABRAHAM: They have Moses and the Prophets, let them listen to them.

RICH MAN: No, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.

ABRAHAM: If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.

Did the rich man go to 'Hades' because he was rich? .....NO....he went to hell because he did not repent and turn his life over to God.

ADAM and EVE were the first human beings to walk this earth. They wore no clothes but were covered by a celestial light by the glory of God. God would come down in the cool of the day and talk with these His precious handmaid, teaching them and assisting them to adjust to their environment. However, they fell from Grace through direct disobedience to God after being seduced by the cunning, yet slick serpent (SATAN). Adam and Eve ate from a tree God had forbidden them to eat from. Instantly, the celestial light left them and that day, man died spiritually.

Allow me to say a little about God and Man's number one enemy, Satan. He was once a beautiful, powerful arch-angel. It is believed that he held the forth rank in Heaven right after God the Father, Jesus the Son and The Holy Spirit. He was given complete responsibility of the earth to watch over it. He was and still is, the 'Prince of this World' because God has not yet strip him of that title. One day, pride entered his heart as he wanted very much to believe that he was just like God and deserved to be worshipped as one, so he caused a great rebellion in the heavenlies and war broke out as Michael and the angels fought against Satan and his rebellious converts. Satan lost that battle and he along with his angels were cast out of heaven. God lost one third of His heavenly creation that day to the sin of pride and rebellion.

Satan knows his destiny as foretold by the book of Revelation, 'And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulphur...they will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.' (Read Revelation 20: 11-15 to see the doom of those who reject Christ). It is for this very reason that we find it hard to believe that it is necessary to serve God. From a child, demons are assigned to keep us away from God and the truth.

If you find yourself doubting all that I've said and you still don't see how mandatory it is to serve God as of today, or maybe you just laugh and wonder what this writer is talking about or you plainly say these are only fables and there is nothing after death, then Satan has done his job well. But I tell you this, if that is what you continue to believe, then you will believe a lie. Hell will expand to hold all its occupants, so don't believe that hell can be full, but the greatest torment will be for those who heard the Truth, and REJECTED IT.

My Friend, if you die outside of Christ, there is no turning back. You will stand to hear the God you rejected say, 'DEPART FROM ME, I KNOW YOU NOT!'

There are only two kingdoms that exist on earth. The Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Satan, THERE IS NO MID-POINT! You are either here or there. You either live by FAITH or by FEAR. Those living by fear consult the horoscope daily because they cannot stand not knowing what the future holds. Those who live by faith put their trust in God believing that, '...all things work together for good to them that love the Lord.'

When God made man He put a part of Himself in us. That part (the spirit) seeks to worship something. If that worship is not given to God, it will be given to something else, be it money, car, man or woman...something you feel you can't live without.

We tend to live by the phrase, 'Seeing is believing.' But I tell you this, what you can see is only a decaying illusion that will eventually die. What we cannot see is a much clearer reflection of the truth. The Only Truth.

God made us to worship Him. Have we given thought to how God must feel when we choose to continue in sin. Imagine us creating something for our own purpose. How would it feel if our own creation choose to do its own thing. That HAS TO HURT! It's hard enough for a mother to witness her own child become a harden criminal.

We no doubt have many unanswered questions. We ask, 'How can there be a God watching over us and so many INNOCENT people perish?' NONE of us are innocent. We violated God's law with the knowledge that God had condemned sin. Sin is only punishable by DEATH. Therefore every man, woman and child (when they reach the age of accountability) is sentenced to Death. God, however, out of His infinite love for us gave His one and only begotten Son, whom we ourselves slaughtered like an animal. He died so we, through faith in Him, could once again be like the first man. Having God come down in the cool of the day to teach us how to adjust to an ever changing world and to prepare us for His final return when Satan, Sin and Death will face eternal punishment....forever.

We also ask, 'How can there be a God who allows little children to be abused and even murdered?' Do we recall when Jesus stood before the High Priest, who ask the people who should be released; Barabbas the thief or Jesus, who no charge could be found to condemn Him. We sent Him to die yelling, 'LET HIS BLOOD BE ON US AND ON OUR CHILDREN.' We are the descendants of those people and we suffer because of that curse our forefathers pronounced upon themselves and us.

Now, I have a Friend to introduce to you. His name is Jesus Christ. Long ago He suffered and died making it possible for us to sit with Him at the right hand of the Father. I believe that there have been occasions where He had spoken to you before now. You need to make a decision. Do you want Him as a Friend? Would you like to take Him up on His offer for everlasting life, joy, peace, love and unity or would you prefer to continue down that road with a so-called Friend who does not even want you to know he exist, so you can share the same fate of Eternal Torment with him. I AM SORRY TO TELL YOU THIS, but these are the only options you have.

This life will end anytime now, but eternity has NO END. Would you prefer to 'enjoy' the remaining hours, or days, or weeks, or months or years of your life here and spend eternity in a Lake of Fire or would you prefer to suffer rejection, ridicule, scorn, even persecutions now and spend eternity rejoicing next to the one who made and fashioned us in His likeness.

We all want to believe that God is too loving to send anyone to hell! He is loving, no mistake about that, but our eternal destination is OUR CHOICE. We used our way to make our own path, but it only leads to destruction. No wonder the Bible says that, 'Man cannot charter his own course.' God has made another path for us through His Son. The path you take is up to you, but remember, 'It is appointed unto man once to die, but after that...THE JUDGEMENT.'

Choose well my friend, and if you have made it to this point, then your blood is no longer on my shoulders.

STEPS TO SALVATION
'Through Jesus Christ'

1. 'REPENT ye therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out...' (Acts 3:19) You must come to a place where you see yourself as a lost sinner deserving nothing but death. Repentance is that change of mind which causes you to turn to God from your sin.

2. BELIEVE - You must accept as fact the truth that Jesus Christ died on the cross in your place to pay the penalty for your sin. To 'Believe on His name...' (John 1:12), means to trust in and rely on all that He did on the cross for you.

3. ASK HIM to save you. God has provided everything needed for your spiritual birth; it is not given to you automatically, you must make it personal by asking. 'For whosoever [everyone who] shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.' (Romans 10:13)

4. RECEIVE Him into your heart. 'As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons [children] of God...' (John 1:12). Remember that a gift is not really yours until you receive it. You are actually Born Again the moment you believe [trust in and rely on] Jesus Christ. 'He that beleiveth on the Son, hath everlasting life...' (John 3:36).






'If thou shalt confess with they mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath [has] raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the hearth man beleiveth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.' (Romans 10:9-10).


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Tele: 983-2447

Sis. Pearline McLeish
Tele: 983-2206

Bro. Cleveland McLeish
Tele: 745-2404


'God Bless You'


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