(C) Allen Pearson Photography
The house fire began around noon. I was sitting in my studio writing trying to pull together the final thoughts for my local article for the newspaper. When I am working, I often have classical music playing in the background. Sometimes, maybe even most times, I have my TV and laptop tuned to Virtual Railfan and Railstream so I can watch trains roaring through other areas of the country while I am working. I keep the volume low so it doesn't disturb me while I am writing but high enough that I can hear a train coming and get to watch it.
Sometimes a fire engine or ambulance will go through the town near the cameras which pick up the sirens. Most times, its pretty quick but this time the sirens kept going. It was starting to get a bit annoying so I turned the volume off the TV and laptop. However, the sirens didn't stop. I looked to the left out the windows and there was a fire engine racing up the hill. Then, I saw the smoke. So I quickly went outside to look. A neighbors house, or from where I was standing, appeared to be on fire. As I walked to see what was wrong, more and more fire trucks, rescue squads and the fire chief arrived. Fortunately, it was the garage, not the house, and nobody was hurt. It all happened so fast.
A day or two later, I learned that a friend of mine passed away. I knew my friend had some health struggles but nothing that should have caused him his death. I remember him as being the first and foremost fan of my photography but most importantly, he was a Christian man who was actively involved in his church. He was always there. He had a strong faith in God. This made him quite an exemplary man.
Not more than a day later, I learned about a friend's grandfather's passing. The friend described his grandfather as a great Christian man, a man of God, and was always helping others. I didn't know the man very well but I found it interesting to hear his grandson and several others, even those not related, speak so highly of this man and his Christian faith.
There are a few things each of these events have in common. They happened fast. They happened without any notice or warning. They were unexpected, sudden, and definitely not planned. Whether we like it or not, that's what happens in life- unexpected and unplanned events. It's a part of life. We can plan for these as best we can with life insurance to help pay for those final experiences or fire insurance which protects our property in the event it's damaged by a fire.
However, as simple as it is, there are many people who do not make any plans or preparations for where their soul will go when they die. I have a friend who prepares for everything that could happen including a terrorist attack and he's quite prepared. He's done everything he knows to do. While another friend prepared his will or living trust to take care of his family when he dies. But, again, what about preparing your soul- you for eternal life?
God wants everyone on planet earth to go to heaven when they die. It's the reason He gave His only Son Jesus to die on a cross for our sins.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son,
that whoever believes in him should not perish
but have eternal life." - John 3:16 (ESV)
Admit that you are a sinner, just like everyone else born into this world, until we confess to Jesus Christ and ask His forgiveness:
"(23) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (24) and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,"
-Romans 3:23-24, ESV
"(23) For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." -Romans 6:23, ESV
Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ:
(16) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." -John 3:16, ESV
Confess your sins in a prayer to the Lord Jesus Christ:
(9) "because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord
and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. "
- Romans 10:9, ESV
(13) For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” -Romans 10:13, ESV
"Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner and do not deserve eternal life.
I believe You died and rose from the grave to make me
a new creation and to prepare me to dwell in your presence forever.
Jesus, come into my life and take control,
forgive my sins and save me. I place my trust in You alone
for my salvation and I accept your free gift of eternal life."
Now, you're a Christian - Welcome to the family. So, what's next-
- Find a 100% Bible-believing, teaching, preaching church. Here are a few resources:
- Find believers (Christians) to fellowship with.
- Get baptized.
- Read the Book of John.
- Get in a Bible Study.
- Daily: Pray and read the Bible
- Find a Mentor
- Learn how to Pray
- If you find yourself asking "Why am I not perfect" or "Why am I still doing wrong things?" Be sure to talk with your Pastor, a Christian friend or a mentor.
To learn more, please visit Peace With God.