How To Be Saved

March 14, 2010

Since I am a Christian who believes with all my heart that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay for our sins, I find a burden on my heart from the Lord to tell those that come across my blog how to be saved. I am not a minister, though I do aspire to become one someday. I am simply a servant of the Lord and must obey His word.

First, ask yourself the question, have I ever stolen, committed adultery, lusted after someone? Have you ever taken God’s name in vain or used it as a curse? What about worshiping something besides God? If you have, you’ve sinned. I’ve sinned. I still do. I sin every day and usually many times a day. Sin is defined as doing what is contrary to what God says is right. The Bible says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 NASB. No one is deserving of God’s grace and we all deserve to be punished for our sins.

If we were to be punished, we would all be going to hell. Hell is a place of torment where we are separated from God’s spirit and subject to eternal flames. And that is where we all deserve to go for violating God’s laws. However, God loves us so much that He doesn’t want anyone to have to experience that torment. The Bible says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 KJV. God loves us so much that He sent His only Son Jesus Christ to pay for our sins. He lived a sinless life as fully human yet fully God. He was born of the virgin Mary. He was baptized by John the Baptist. He was tempted by the devil. But He didn’t sin. He was crucified on a Roman cross for you, and for me and for the whole world.

Roman crucifixion was one of the most brutal ways to die. The victim had his hands and feet nailed to the cross and usually died of suffocation after the Roman soldiers broke the victim’s legs. This made it much harder to push up and ultimately the victim could no longer breathe and died. However, Jesus’ legs were not broken. He voluntarily died and took our sins upon Himself. In this manner we have forgiveness, if we accept Him and His free gift of salvation.

But the glorious truth is that He didn’t remain in the grave. The grave couldn’t hold Him! After three days in the tomb He rose again! “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said.” Matthew 28:5-6 NKJV. Jesus Christ, Son of God, died on a Roman cross, was buried in a borrowed tomb and rose on the third day! And the most glorious truth of all is that His death and resurrection can set us free from our sins if we accept Him.

“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” Romans 5:6 NKJV. Christ died for us. All you need to do is “…confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead…” and “…you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 NKJV. You can have new life. You can have those sins forgiven. You can have peace with God. You can know that if you died right after you read this sentence you will be going to heaven and not hell.

Let me tell you about heaven. Heaven is the antithesis of hell. Heaven is a place of eternal joy, where no sorrow can inhabit and where you are in God’s presence forever. “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Doesn’t heaven sound wonderful? You can know right now that heaven is where you’re going when you die.

All you need to do is pray a simple prayer. It can go something like this: “Lord, I know I’m a sinner. I know I deserve punished for my sins against You. But I confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son and is God and that He died and was resurrected to pay for my sins. I accept His free gift and make Him my Lord and Savior. In the name of Your Son Jesus Christ I pray, Amen.” It can be stated differently. There are no magic words involved. All it takes is a contrite heart and believing in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. He will save you and cleanse you from all your sins if you just accept Him.

If you do, I’d love to hear from you and maybe encourage you on your new journey. Write to me at If you have any questions I’ll try to answer them, but I don’t pretend to know all the answers. Another excellent website to go to is


Merry Christmas To All!

December 24, 2009

On this Holy Night, the night before Christmas, Christmas Eve I will abstain from political attacks or partisan bickering long enough to wish everyone out there a safe, happy, blessed Christmas.

Christmas is a time to spend with family and to enjoy all the wonderful gifts we have been endowed by God with. It is a celebration of the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. Through God’s divine and overarching love, He sent His only begotten Son to a tiny town called Bethlehem to be born as a babe to the Virgin Mary. This Child would be called the Son of the Most High and The Prince of Peace. He was born that, in time, He would take the punishment for humanity’s sins on the cross of Calvary. His birth indicates with what manner we are supposed to give.

I know it is politically incorrect to talk about Christmas and I’m supposed to talk about the ‘holiday season’. While I certainly recognize that there are other holidays out there that compete with Christmas for celebratory time, no other holiday can compete with the sheer importance for every man, woman and child’s immortal soul. We can all celebrate this season with joyful hearts and an assurance that we will meet the reason for the season in heaven. All we need to do is ask Him to come into our hearts and become Lord of our lives and our Savior. All we need to say is “Lord Jesus, I am a sinner. I’ve sinned against You and I want You to come into my heart and cleanse me of all my sins. I want to serve You. I thank You for dying for my sins on Calvary. I want to become a new creation through Your blood. In Your name I pray, Amen.”

If you’ve said that prayer, you can rest assured that God has listened and you have everlasting life in heaven waiting for you when you die. That is what Christmas is all about. If you have questions or would like more information about how to become saved, you can email me at or leave a comment on this post.

Christmas is a joyous season and I wish everyone a blessed, Merry Christmas.

What Thanksgiving Means To Me

November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving is upon us and it is time for all Americans of good will to give thanks for the blessings we have been bestowed with. But instead of giving the history of Thanksgiving, I will list some of the things that I am thankful for, in no particular order.

The first thing I’m thankful for is my family. No matter what happens I know that I can count on my family and they can count on me. We stick together through thick and thin and they are my best friends. I can talk with them about anything and they are always supportive of me. Family is supposed to be like that. In my opinion, if the Pilgrim’s families weren’t like that, America would not exist. Families kept the Pilgrims strong and willing to endure sacrifice to get to their ultimate end, which was a free country where they could practice their religion openly.

The second thing I am thankful for is my God and Savior Jesus Christ. I am thankful that He died for a wretch like me. I am a terrible sinner, deserving justice and punishment for my sins against God. But He, being a loving, merciful God provided a way that we might not need to face judgment. His Son’s death on the cross wiped away my sins and removed them as far from me as the east is from the west. Without Him I am nothing, with Him I can be anything. My past is forgiven, my future is sure. Nothing can happen to me that has not been allowed by Jehovah God, El Shaddai, El Sabaoth, The Lord of Hosts. I can live a justified life, and I will live for Him.

The third thing I am thankful for is the troops that serve night and day, ever vigilant, protecting us and the freedoms that we hold dear. As one once said, “It is not the poet that gives us the ability to enjoy words, but the soldier. It is not the reporter that gives us freedom of press, but the soldier. Everything that we now enjoy came through the blood of the soldier.” That is paraphrased a little, but the truth remains. We can thank God for the brave men and women who are serving our country overseas and here at home.

The third thing I’m thankful for is Ohio State football. Though I’ve never gone to OSU, seen a game from the ‘Shoe, or been anywhere close to Columbus they are my team. Six Big Ten championships, 1 national title in the past nine years, a growing and spectacular athlete in Terrelle Pryor and the ever-dominant defense. Next year we can easily be national contenders and we have a good chance of winning this Rose Bowl, which happens to be the first Rose Bowl Jim Tressel has gone to.

I’m thankful for friends that’ll stand by you. I have some friends that hold me up in my Christian walk and share my political beliefs as well. There’s not much else to say about that. But they are something, and someones that I’m thankful for.

I’m thankful for good health. My family has been healthy most of the fall and that is something I am thankful for. While we have practiced good hygiene such as washing hands frequently, sneezing into a tissue and then washing hands and not coughing into the air, overall our health is from God. Because health is wealth, we must be pretty darn welthy.

I’m also thankful that I live in America. With other countries regularly experiencing rioting, election violence, political prisoners etc. we can be thankful that we don’t have to deal with such things. Even with Obama and big government liberals running the show in D.C. we know that when we all get together we can kick the bums out on their bums.

So, I’ll end this little blog note. There’s pies to bake and turkey to prepare. While I won’t be doing as much of that, I will be doing much reflecting on all the things I have to be thankful for. So God Bless you, God Bless our troops, God Bless our leaders (and help them lead wisely) and God Bless America.