Heartbeat Christian News - 1st Quarter 2017 for the Collegedale-Ooltewah-S. Cleveland, TN area. Visit us online at www.theHBCNews.com
From the desk of Todd Abraham Christians remember your first love was to share the gift of salvation God gave to you with everyone who would listen. Let's get back to that. Read this article please! Readers I really want to bring your attention to the article which is on page 6 across from the comic strip. The article is called 'Lost at Sea' and has one very specific purpose. To win lost souls to the Lord. The content in this article is written strictly for those who have never known the Lord. Lost at Sea answers the questions such as “Who is God?”, “Can you prove He exists?”, “If you can prove He exists, why should I care?”, “Is there any evidence of His existence?” and much more. It's a proven fact that a person cannot be saved until they realize they are lost. The only way they can be saved is by the word of God, rightly divided. Remember in John 1:1 we learn “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”. And then John 1:14 explains Who Jesus is “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, ...”. Now I know of a certainty that I am an ordained preacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ with God confirming the word I preach with signs following; according to Mark chapter 16. In addition, I know the Lord put it on my heart to include this article in each issue and gave me the name of it and gives me the content every issue. However, this is where it becomes very important for you the reader to listen to what I am about to say. Sheep reproduce sheep. God has appointed me a shepherd and shepherds don't reproduce sheep; sheep do! My point is that, if you truly love the Lord and desire to bear fruit (the fruit of a Christian being another Christian) then this is your opportunity to do so. How? By sharing this newspaper with lost souls. How do you get them to read it? Tell them there is a really cool comic strip on page 7 which is only found in Heartbeat Christian News and leave them with it. The article Lost at Sea is on the opposite page. And then pray and ask God to prick their heart. In Revelation, Jesus was speaking to the church at Ephesus, He said “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.”. Your first love is sharing what God has done for you and how He saved your soul and cleansed you from all that filthiness. Remember how you couldn't wait to tell everyone you knew. The article Lost at Sea is especially useful for Christians who are new converts, want to witness but are not sure what to say. In closing, I want you to agree with me by faith that God is going to use you and I as vessels to help win souls for His kingdom and glory. And share this paper with as many as you can. Pray and God will impress upon you who to share it with. What if they do read it and don't get saved? It's still fruit on your account because that seed planted can come up somewhere else. God bless you and thank you for your support of Heartbeat Christian News! theHBCNews.com
Repent ... Jesus is coming! Think Beauty Philippians 4:8 King James Version (KJV) Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. I have had some struggles of late with getting caught up in the drama of those around me. I caught myself arguing with quilting friends about things that make no eternal difference. I have been around loved ones who differ in religious or political beliefs and we have sometimes had mean words. I prayed earnestly at the beginning of the year for God to show me what I needed to focus on this year, and the verse quoted above came to mind. When I sew, I think. Some processes in putting a quilt together are those that are what we call “mindless”. So while sewing, we have mental time to focus on other things. We need to not focus on all the problems in the world. We need to focus on wonderful things. This verse can be said to be the root of the common saying “If you cannot say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all.” Then we can say If you can’t think nice things, then don’t think. Focus on beauty instead. While sewing for ourselves or others, we need to think of wonderful loving things. The worse job of quilting I have ever done was while I was going through a bad life experience. I wanted to sew to rest my mind and help with the bad time. I however, focused on the bad time and the project I did was a reflection of that thought. Proof positive that what is in the mind comes out. When we catch ourselves thinking of the bad things we need to correct our focus. We need to change to good and loving and virtue. Just like a focus fabric in a quilt, if it is beautiful, then the whole thing will be beautiful, if the focus fabric is ugly, then the whole finished item will be ugly. Go ye therefore and think on good things.