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Jeff Allred

SOUTHLAKE, TX

Welcome to FREE-GIFT-FOR-LIFE.

Thank you for taking just a couple of minutes to read a very small part of God's story- a story that we are all a part of- a story that changed my life forever. 

Nick Shaffer was a young pastor from Canton, Pennsylvania who visited our home in Texas one hot August night in 1994...unannounced. He invited me to church but I was not interested in "organized religion". So he asked me to join the church softball team. I told him I would ...as long as I didn't have to go to church!

So a few weeks later we were warming up before a game and he asked,

"Riv, are you saved?"

(Riv is my nickname he gave me since I sell rivets)

"From what?" I replied. I truly had no idea what he was talking about.

"Do you know for SURE you are going to Heaven when you die?"

"Suppose you died today and God asked Why should I let you into My Heaven?

What would you say?"

"Of course I'm sure because I'm a GOOD person..." then began to justify my answer by listing all the "good" deeds I'd done.

His reply shattered my world view..

"Being a "good person" will NEVER get you into Heaven...because there is NO ONE that is good- not even one." (Romans 3:10)

...REWIND...

Being a "GOOD PERSON" will NEVER get you into Heaven because none of us are "good"… and he walked away and let that statement soak in for a moment.

Why not? Because we "think" we are 'good' compared to "our" standards or compared to our next door neighbor or the bad guy on the TV news, but how about when we compare our deeds to God's standards, which is perfection?

NONE of us are perfect therefore we are ALL in need of forgiveness, grace and mercy.

"Grace is something we deserve the least but need the most."- John Durham

THE BAD NEWS....

TAKE-THE-TEST and see how YOU do:

1) Have you EVER lied? IF so, what does that make you? _________ (starts with “L”)

The Bible says in Revelation 21:8 ".... ALL LIARS shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”  

Who does ALL include?

2) Have you EVER stolen anything, regardless of the value or how long ago? Time doesn't excuse sin. _____Yes _____Never

1 Corinthians 6:10 says "...nor THIEVES, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God."

3) Have you EVER taken God's name in vain? _____Yes _____Never

"You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain." Exodus 20:7

4) Jesus said "You've heard it said in the days of old 'you shall not commit adultery'. I say if you have ever looked at another and lusted, you have committed adultery already in your heart". Have you EVER looked at another person with lust? ___Yes ___Never

5) Have you EVER hated someone? The Bible says "He who hates his brother is a murderer.”  1 John 3:15    ______Yes ______Never

And that's just half of the 10 Commandments...

So...How did you do? If you are like most people on the planet, you said "Yes" to most or all of these questions, and IF so, then God sees you as a lying thief, blasphemer, an adulterer at heart and a murderer at heart and YOU must face Him and give an account on Judgment Day whether you believe that or not.

What can you possibly say for yourself?

"I'm sorry- I'll try and do better?"  

Try that with a judge in a court of law and let me know how that works out for you :-)

Are you in BIG trouble? I sure was! Will you be found innocent or guilty? I'll help you- you will be found guilty.  We ALL will.

Now the judgment: Heaven or hell?  The alarming truth is that if you said yes to any of the 5 questions above, you are guilty and the wages of sin is death (eternal death the Bible calls "hell"). We sugar coat it and call it "a Christless eternity" or "eternity separated from God". The Bible calls it "hell".

Be honest. Listen to your conscience. Don't suppress or get mad at your conscience. It's doing its job right now like a smoke alarm going off warning you of immediate danger. If you take the battery out (i.e. harden your heart or ignore the warning), you will surely die.

Does that get your attention yet? Friend, it got mine REAL fast! It's like a doctor saying,

"I've examined your test results- there are 10 clear warning signs you have a terrible disease and you are going to die a horrific death."

You start to sweat...but then he says "BUT there IS a cure. Are you interested?"

A wise person would be. Likewise, the 10 Commandments act as a mirror to allow us to be honest and judge ourselves, to see ourselves as God sees us. The disease is sin. We have ALL sinned.

So what IS the cure? Is there ANY hope? YES!!  

THE GOOD NEWS..

Here comes the GREATEST NEWS you have EVER heard:

HEAVEN IS A FREE GIFT.  

You don't deserve it, you cannot earn it. Heaven is received, it is NOT achieved.

Here's the Bible in a nutshell: We broke God's Law- Jesus paid our fine on the cross. Jesus is the infinite God-Man- 100% God 100% Man- He was born of a virgin, lived the perfect life and was nailed to the cross NOT because He was just a prophet, but because He claimed to be God.

Why did He willingly go to the cross? Jesus is the only one qualified to pay your and my sin debt IN FULL with His life's blood.  The last word He spoke from the cross was translated into English as "it is finished" but the actual Greek word was Tetelestai- an accounting term that means "PAID IN FULL"(Google " Tetelestai ").

3 days later He defeated death proving He is God, He rose from the grave and had NUMEROUS eye witnesses bearing this fact and offers Heaven as a FREE GIFT.

In other words, Jesus can legally dismiss your case IF you will repent of your sin (turn away from sin and turn to Him) and put your faith and trust in Him alone- like you would trust a parachute jumping out of a plane 10,000 feet up.

WHY did He do all this? Simple. He LOVES you like you cannot believe. If God has a refrigerator, YOUR picture is on it! His love for YOU is higher than the heavens. He paid the debt you could never pay so that you can spend all eternity with Him.

There is a colossal difference in believing THAT Jesus exisited (intellectual assent) and believing (trusting) IN Him.

Scripture says "You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believethis, and they tremble in terror." James 2:19

I realized by His grace of all my sin against Him- I realized there was NOTHING I could do to save myself by being a "good person" for I had lied, stolen, hated, blashemed etc more than I care to recall therefore I surrendered my life to Christ and accepted His FREE GIFT of eternal life (Romans 6:23)- (Click WATCH MOVIE above).  

By faith, I urge you to to call on the name of Jesus to save YOU... NOW!  

Faith is trusting completely in God in advance that He has your best interest in mind. ThanksGIVING is looking back at the footsteps of His faithfulness. 

Tomorrow is guaranteed to no one! (9/11, Aurora CO, Newtown CT, Columbine High School, FT. Hood, VA Tech, Paris, Orlando, San bernardino, Dallas, Las Vegas - what do all these have in common? NO ONE that died knew or thought that would be their last day on earth).

"For by GRACE you have been saved through faith, and this is NOT of yourselves, it is the GIFT of God, NOT of works, so that no one can boast." Ephesians 2:8-9.

My prayer for you is to PLEASE put on the parachute (Jesus) because there IS a jump to come (Judgment Day).

A Christian is not someone who is better than someone else. A Christian is someone who is better off than they would have been if Christ hadn't come into their life. That’s it.

So if YOU died right now, where would YOU spend eternity? If you are still in your sins, it will be hell. I sent you to this website because I CARE ABOUT YOU..Exponentially more, God LOVES YOU!  God sends no one to hell. They have to step over the blood stained cross of Christ and say “I am not interested in Your grace and paying for my sin on my behalf...I'll pay it myself for all eternity” to get there. It’s a choice. It's YOUR choice. Choose wisely.

YOUR RESPONSE...

If you have never heard the greatest story ever told about the greatest gift ever offered, you may be asking “What must I do to receive this gift?

I plead with you to accept God's appeal and commit your life to Christ RIGHT NOW and pray something like this:

"Dear God, Today for the first time I realized that I have sinned against You- I know I am a sinner and do not deserve eternal life. I believe You died & rose from the grave to purchase a place in Heaven for me. Lord Jesus, take control of my life; Forgive my sins and save me. I repent of my sins and the best I know how, I now place my trust in You for my salvation. I gratefully accept Your free gift of eternal life. Thank You in Jesus’ name- AMEN!"

If this prayer is the sincere desire of your heart, look at what Jesus promises to those who believe in Him.

"Most assuredly, I say to you., he who believes in Me HAS everlasting life."John 6:47

Where do you go from here?  Share your decision with me - I will be happy to help you in your new walk with God. Read your Bible daily and do what it says.

Obey God and leave the consequences to Him.

Thanks for listening! Share YOUR testimony on this site and be an encouragement to others!

Don't miss the NEW video at www.WhatStandard.com  

Helpful websites to learn more:

LISTEN TO THE BIBLE (FREE) https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/mclean/niv/Gen.1 

www.GotQuestions.org

www.intouch.org    How to grow your faith

www.CrossExamined.org  Apologetics (I Don't Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist)

www.equip.org  How Christianity differs from World Religions and Cults

Watch The Record Book Illustration at www.johnmeador.com/can-we-talk/ 

If you or someone you know is abortion minded, please watch www.180movie.com

Grace and peace Jeff "Riv" Allred  

Would love to hear from you - write me at  riv63@att.net 


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