This Is For  Y O U  th  Newsletter

Decision Time . . .

We live in a day where God's people must make a decision. We cannot wait, for if we do it may be too late.

We must decide if we are going to accept Jesus as our Savior and be saved or if we are going to live as the earth does and be destroyed.

If we choose Jesus then we must do the following process.

First we must recognize that we cannot be saved by trying to be good or because we go to church every Wednesday and Sunday and go to all the church activities. Ephesians 2:8, 9 says "For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not for works, lest any man should boast."

Secondly we must confess that we cannot save ourselves. Without Jesus Christ as our Savior we are totally helpless. We must also believe in our heart that without God we can do nothing. If we do and mouth it, we will be saved. Romans 10:9,10 says "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."

Thirdly we must believe that Jesus Christ died for those that were sinners (the ungodly). Romans 5:8 says "But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." We must also believe that He rose and came to save all those who come to Him in faith. Hebrews 7:25 says, "Wherefore He is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them."

Fourth we must call upon the name of Jesus with a sincere heart, and He shall save us. Roman 11:13 says "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."

Finally we must rely on God's promises. By faith we are declared saved by the blood of Jesus, and forgiven of our sins. Therefore, we must openly confess Him as our Lord and Savior. John 3:16 says "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life." Therefore if we choose God and follow the process mentioned we shall be saved, and have everlasting life.       Pam Conner - 17

Our Senior Citizens

"Likewise ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder"  I Peter 5:5a

Today we don't use the word "elder" or "elders" when referring to the elderly people around us. But the word "elder" that Peter uses means "older senior, and elderly."

Back when my parents were growing up, a common and very popular saying was "Respect your elders" or "Mind your elders".

Today when we talk about elders we think of leadership in the church. But the Bible talks of elders as the older people, or the seniors. They are truly our seniors and they are truly a blessing to us, when we take the time to talk and visit with them.

In James 1:27 we read ,"Pure religion and undefiled before God is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." Pure religion being undefiled before who? God and the Father. To visit the fatherless and the widows, to visit these people with the intent to be a blessing to them and to our God is the pure religion. Many today try to do "good things" for elderly people for their own benefit or profit. (money, property, etc.) But we need to know what it says in Hebrews 4:12, "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged 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." The word of God is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. What is our thoughts, our intents toward these precious people we call Senior Citizens? Peter commands us to submit ourselves unto the elders or elderly people. The word submit means to be subject to or to be under obedience.

In many countries today, it is unheard of for families to forsake their beloved elderly people. Yet in this country (USA) many families even Christian families, are too busy, too important, to take time to care for their own father, mother, aunt or anyone else. This way is not the way of God. Peter says to submit to the elder.

As I visit many elders in resthomes in my area, almost none of them are happy with their surroundings. They are hurt or angry or bitter; only a few accept where they are living.

Psalm 71:9 "Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth."

Many of the Senior Citizens feel like they have been cast off, or forsaken. We as God's people need to submit, visit and respect them and what they have to say.

My grandmother lived to be 92 years old. Thanks be to God she never saw a resthome. My mother and aunt made sure of that with their unselfish contributions in taking care of her. I'm not against resthomes, but I am against families forsaking their responsibilities in caring and listening to dad, mom, grandma or whoever.

Psalm 71:18 "Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not' until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come."

Yes, our elderly have much to say to us if we would only listen and take time and fellowship with them.

Psalm 92:12,13 "The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God."

There are elders or Seniors that are bringing forth fruit, the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22.,23) Yes, even in their old age. Take the advice of James in chapter 1 verse 27 - seek out a precious elder, a blessed Senior to fellowship with. There is probably one very near where you live, who would just love to be visited. Be a blessing to our Seniors   Tim Abraham - Elder

Hey YOUth! If you have scriptures or an experience that you would like to share, please write to us; we'd love to hear from you!

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