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NOT LOOKING FOR RELIGION? THAT'S OK!

Because they don't like church, or "churchy" people, many have decided that they don't want religion. Guess what? Religion isn't what anyone has ever needed, and it is not what we are telling you to seek. Religion has never gotten anyone into heaven or closer to God. The living God who created the universe is not sitting up in heaven hoping that you find religion. He is waiting for you to find Him.

In the beginning, the human race was created to be in a relationship with God. With love he crafted each person, desiring to walk with them in a close relationship. That is true of you also. He knows you better than you know yourself, and He still wants to be close to you. He wants to walk with you through this life, talk you through the difficult moments that come your way, and direct you to the paths that are going to provide protection, fulfillment, and purpose. Although God longs for a relationship with everyone, not all walk with Him closely. To have an intimate relationship, you must first recognize that you need Him.

Religion has never gotten anyone into heaven. Some might have a hard time with that concept. Some might even want to argue that they aren't that bad. However, unless you are perfect (according to God's standards), then you have sinned. We all have sinned and fallen short of God's glory. There is only one who has been perfect.

God has an enemy, and this enemy attacked what God loved the most. He ambushed the human race trying to destroy their connection with God. When that happened, it changed the make-up of us all. When evil connected with the first humans, it became part of our nature. We are all sinners. As loving as God is, His nature also demands justice. The price of sin is death. Because His heart would have broken if He were to put to death His "friends", God chose to provide a substitute. A little over 2,000 years ago, God's only son Jesus was sent from heaven to earth to be the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all humanity.

So, now a relationship with God and His son is possible; and actually much easier than you would expect. All a person must do to enter into relationship with God who loves you perfectly and will never turn his back on you is invite Him to be a part of your life. This decision is sealed in your heart when you recognize that God loves you, that you need Him to overcome your sin, and when you surrender your heart to Him. When you make this decision, you realize that you are giving up your ways, dreams, and plans for the even greater ones that He had in mind when He created you.

The benefits are irresistible. In return for this decision, you receive the promise of heaven. You don't have to be afraid of death, because you now are guaranteed eternity with God himself. However, there are so many other promises that are yours as well. He will offer forgiveness for your sins and mistakes. You are promised peace, help, and hope as you walk through life. And, you are guaranteed that God will always be right there with you. Are you ready to begin a relationship with the God who created you? It is actually very simple. All you have to do is pray a simple prayer like this:

"God, thank You for loving me. Even though I don't deserve Your love, I can't ignore it. I recognize that I am a sinner and I need Jesus. Without His substitute, I would have to pay for my own sins. God, I choose You. I want a relationship with You. Would You please come and be a part of my life? I surrender everything that I am to You. Forgive me of my sins, and change me from the inside out. Help me as I begin this new relationship with You. Teach me as I go. I love You. Thank You for loving me. Amen"

IF YOU PRAYED THIS,
WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU.

Did you pray that prayer from your heart? If so, would you fill out the form below? By completing it, you will be assured that we will be praying for you by name. Also, we will contact you in the next week, just to encourage you and give you an opportunity to ask questions about your new relationship with Jesus.