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a special letter for you
via's pass it on service

afriend writes:

You probably don't know who this is, but we've spoken a few times and you 
genuinely seem like a nice person. I thought I'd take a moment to pass 
along something to you that has made a world of difference in my life. 
Please read the entire email, believe me, Its worth it...I'll be praying 
for you. See ya soon!


It may sound foolish to some that Jesus Christ who died on a cross and 
rose again 2000 years ago can radically transform your life, yet millions 
of Christians on every continent say that Jesus has transformed their 
lives. Who exactly is Jesus Christ? Jesus is the son of God who was sent 
to earth to save mankind from sin (separation from God) and to offer the 
the gift of eternal life (Heaven) to those who will follow him. Read on, 
and please keep an open mind. 

John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and 
the Word was God." 

John 1:14 "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld 
his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace 
and truth." 

John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, 
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting 

2 Peter 3:9 "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men 
count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any 
should perish, but that all should come to repentance." 

Why does man need to be saved from sin? The Bible teaches us that ALL 
people have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Sin is anything 
that separates God's children from him. Just like a human father, God does 
not want anything to separate us from his love and guidance. God is the 
pure essence of love, holiness, goodness, mercy, and power. Because humans 
are sinful by nature we are simply not worthy to enter the kingdom of 
heaven on our own. 

Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" 

1 Timothy 1:15 "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, 
that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am 

This is where Jesus comes into the picture. Jesus Christ was willing to 
take the punishment for the sins of all mankind by dying on the cross, 
thus making it possible for Christians to enter into heaven. The Bible 
teaches us that there is one way and one way only to gain eternal life in 
heaven and thats by placing your faith in Jesus Christ. A Christian is a 
person who believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who was sent to 
save those who believe and place their faith in him. A Christian is a 
person who repents from their sin and follows Jesus. When a person 
dedicates his or her life to Jesus Christ, Christ in turn grants that 
person eternal life and then Gods Holy Spirit comes to live inside them in 
order to help them live their life according to the teachings of Christ. 

Romans 5:8-10 "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we 
were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified 
by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we 
were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, 
being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life." 

John 10:7-10 "Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto 
you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves 
and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any 
man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find 
pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to 
destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it 
more abundantly." 

John 20:31 "But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the 
Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his 

Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal 
life through Jesus Christ our Lord." 

Acts 2:38 "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of 
you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall 
receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." 

The power of God and his living words found in the Bible, combined with 
the joy of the Holy Spirit has transformed many people with seemingly 
meaningless lives, into renewed and joyful people. Salvation through 
Christ is the meaning of life for Christians. 

Ephesians 6:17 "And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the 
Spirit, which is the word of God" 

John 14:23 "Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will 
keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and 
make our abode (home) with him." 

1 Corinthians 2:9 "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, 
neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath 
prepared for them that love him." 

So what must you then to receive Eternal Life in Heaven? The Bible says 
that you must be born again. This means that you must cast off your old 
self and become born into the family of God as a believer in Christ Jesus. 

John 3:3 "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto 
thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." 

1 Peter 1:23 "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of 
incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever." 

To be a born again Christian you must repent of your sins and place your 
faith in Christ. Repentance comes from the greek word metanoeo which 
means: A change in mind that results in a change in conduct. Repentance is 
not merely sorrow. It involves a complete change of attitude regarding God 
and sin and is often accompanied by a sense of sorrow and a corresponding 
change of conduct. Such repentance does not arise within man himself, but 
is the result of Gods mercy in leading a man to it (Acts 5:31) Thus 
repentance involves the very process whereby men are born again. A person 
can become a Born again Christian because of the grace (unmerited 
kindness) and mercy of God. There is nothing a man or woman can do to save 
him or her self. Salvation only comes by placing your faith in Jesus 
Christ. Because salvation is a gift, it cannot be earned or paid back. 
Just being a good person will not get you into heaven, you must have faith 
in Jesus. 

Ephesians 2:8 "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and 
this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God" 

Luke 13:3 "I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise 

Acts 3:19 "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be 
blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of 
the Lord." 

Romans 2:4 "Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance 
and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to 

What is Faith? Faith is believing in the things we place our hope in even 
though we cannot see or prove them by human standards. The Bible teaches 
us to have faith in Jesus and with good reason. God is so powerful and 
loving that he cannot be fully understood by us as humans. God cannot be 
confined within the logic of the human mind. One has faith when he 
believes in the Word of God. The Bible teaches us that if one has even a 
small amount of faith (comparable to a tiny mustard seed) we have enough 
to move is very powerful. 

Isaiah 55:8-9 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your 
ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, 
so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." 

John 5:24 "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and 
believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come 
into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life." 

Hebrew 11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence 
of things not seen." 

Romans 10:17 "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of 

Matthew 17:20 "And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for 
verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye 
shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall 
remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you." 

Even without seeing God, his work is evident in the lives of millions of 
Christians around the world. God can work in your life too. It doesn't 
matter who you are or what kind of past you've had. Jesus came to heal the 
sick and give life to the poor. He'll come into your life right now if you 
let him. If you believe in Jesus Christ (also known as the Word of God) 
and everything he has just taught you, you can become a born again 
Christian right now. Say the following prayer and you will saved. 

"Dear Jesus, I believe that you are the son of God and that you died on 
the cross in order to save me. Please forgive me of my sins. I ask you to 
come into my heart and give me your gift of eternal life. Help me to love, 
follow, and have faith in you and grow strong in your Word. Show me how to 
put you first in my life and do your will, In Jesus name I pray, Amen." 

If you just prayed that prayer and meant it, let me be the first to 
congratulate you! You've just been reborn as a child of God. If you do not 
own a bible, make it a priority to go out and buy one. I suggest an NIV 
Study bible. The bible is our guide to living a Christian life. Hebrews 
4:12 says "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than 
any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and 
spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts 
and intents of the heart." Just like prayer is our way of communicating 
with God, the Bible is his way of communicating his will in our lives. 
Consider it an instruction manual. Believe the Bible above anything else. 
Use it to filter everything that you are told about God, Jesus, or 
Christianity in general. 

Reasons for turning to God that you might not have considered 

1. God created us. Scientific studies have concluded that the chances of 
life starting spontaneously on earth (by means of a primordial soup) are 1 
over 10 to the 40,000th power. That last number is a 1 followed by 40,000 
zeros. That's comparable to finding a single grain of sand hidden on one 
of the thousands of planets contained within our seemingly infinite 
universe. Furthermore, it doesn't make sense that life could exist on its 
own apart from divine support. Human beings are mainly constructed from 
Carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms, as well as the various other elements 
contained in this world. None of these atoms contain life or are alive. 
All they have is a simple electric charge wich is nothing more than 
electricity. How is it then that when you combine a bunch of nonliving 
atoms together that life appears? Can I add a bunch of zeros together and 
ever get a one? At what point do complex combinations of these atoms give 
us thoughts and feelings such as love, happiness and sadness? Our physical 
bodies are housing for our souls. For a believer, our bodies are temples, 
because God lives and dwells within us. Think about it....True life can 
only come from one who has life within himself. 

Genesis 2:7 "the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and 
breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living 

John 5:26 "For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the 
Son to have life in himself." 

2. The Bible is Trustworthy. Never once has any biblical fact in the Bible 
been proven wrong. Time and time again historical evidence has appeared 
that make the Bible an infallible source of History. Historical scholars 
all over the world look to the bible as an accurate source of historical 
knowledge. The Bible told us thousands of years ago that the earth was 
round. (Isaiah 40:22) It also gave the remedy for stopping the black 
plague in europe during the middle ages; the answer was quarantine found 
in the book of leviticus. Furthermore, there has never been a biblical 
prophesy that has failed to occur. (see the first five chapters of 
Matthew) Hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus, prophets told of his 
coming, the places he would go and the things he would even say. The 
instruction the Bible gives regarding righteous living still remain to 
this day as a source of peace and understanding to those who read, 
practice and follow its teachings. No other book in the history of the 
world has impacted the world more than the Bible. That's because the Bible 
is nothing short of Gods spoken word. If you don't believe that, try 
reading it. No other book exists that contains more wisdom. God Spent 1600 
years inspiring men to write out his word. The forty men who were employed 
in its writing were doctors, farmers, kings, shepherds, old, young, rich, 
poor, learned, and unlearned. Despite the many years, and differences of 
people and culture, the teachings of the bible all precisely fit together 
in perfect unison spelling out Gods intentions in our lives as his 
creation. The Bible is an instruction manual for human beings. 

Matthew 7:24 "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts 
them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock." - 

3. God is all Loving, all Caring, and all Powerful. It is important to 
note that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh. God came to us first. He lived 
as one of us for 30 years at which time he then began to preach his divine 
teachings in order to save us and instruct us. Never in the course of 
history has a human being impacted the world with such powerful testimony 
as Jesus Christ. Many people say that God is not worthy of being followed 
because it appears as if he doesn't care. When Jesus was on earth he spent 
a very large portion of his time healing the sick and injured and 
performing miracles in order so that people might have food and wine to 
drink. If that's not love, I'm not sure what is. While Christ lived in a 
human body, he was still God and thus sinless. He is the pure essence of 
love and purity. Christ's ultimate purpose is to give us salvation by 
accepting the punishment for our sins. He did this by dying on the cross. 
Christ came into this world knowing full well that his own creation would 
kill him. He did it for the sake of those who believe in him and love him, 
so that they might have eternal salvation with him in heaven. Again if 
that's not love, then I don't know what is! After Christ's death on the 
cross, he rose up from the grave 3 days later and defeated death. God 
cannot be destroyed. He forever was and forever is. He has life within 
himself and he has the power to give it to us eternally. Its a free gift, 
gained by simply believing and following him. 

John 6:28-29 "Then they asked him, "What must we do to do the works God 
requires?" Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one 
he has sent." 

Reasons not to reject God or his word 

1. Because others do not follow or the majority of the people you know are 
not Christians. Why follow the crowd? Be yourself and think independently. 
Blaze your own path. There is never a reason to limit yourself by what 
others might think. Christians are often looked down upon because they 
take a stand for what is right and moral and we are firm in what we 
believe. This often times gives us the appearance of a fish swimming 
against the current. So be it. We are out to please God on his standards. 

2. Christians seem hypocritical. I'll be the first to admit that many 
Christians are hypocritical, however, that by no means whatsoever should 
limit others from doing what is right. Christians NEVER claim to be 
perfect, just forgiven. 

3. Because you don't fully understand the concept of God, he doesn't seem 
logical or cannot be proven. God cannot be contained by the limits of 
human reason. thats why he is God to us. There is not a human alive who 
fully understands the concept of God. Don't be one who automatically 
condemns that which they don't fully comprehend. There is not a Christian 
alive to today who didn't take a step of faith in order to accept Jesus as 
their Savior. From faith in God, comes more understanding. 

Isaiah 55:8-9 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your 
ways my ways," declares the LORD. As the heavens are higher than the earth, 
so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." 

1 Corinthians 2:9 "However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has 
heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him" 

4. Because human beings suffer. Many people make the false assumption that 
because there is suffering in this world, God does not care. Jesus (God 
himself) suffered on the cross. Below are four reasons why we suffer as 

A. Our world is controlled by natural laws (put in place by God) that 
govern the way things operate. Example: The law of gravity is necessary to 
keep our feet on the ground and to keep us from floating away. If you lose 
your balance while walking up some stairs, gravity takes hold, you fall 
down and break your arm. Can we blame God for gravity? The same natural 
laws apply to things such as disease and genetic disorders among other 

B. Human ignorance: In most cases it is necessary for humans to undergo a 
struggle in order to overcome ignorance and learn something. Ex: little 
kid touches something hot and gets burned. The child has now suffered but 
is much less likely to get burned again by touching something hot. 
Suffering is necessary to mature. There would be no challenge to life if 
we didn't struggle. 

C. Freedom of choice: God did not create robots, he created humans with 
the ability to act and reason on their own so that we might choose to 
follow him. In all things we make choices. In many circumstances our own 
decisions lead to suffering. Ex: man buys motorcycle, man crashes 
motorcycle, man suffers. Choosing to sin is a big cause of suffering. 
Things like, egotism, selfishness, pride, self-pity are also examples of 
human behavior and if people would exercise their minds before acting in 
such ways, they would probably avoid a lot of suffering. 

D. Togetherness and interdependence of human beings: The Bible says that 
the evil that men do lives on after them. Ex. Hitler decided to take over 
the world. As a result many homes in the US suffered. A lot of suffering 
come from the results of our relationships with others.