Road to salvation
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God "
What is sin: Sin is anything we think or do that falls short of God's standard of perfection.
"For the wages of sin is death"
What is the penalty: It's easiest to see sin as committing a crime against God. The penalty for which is death and then the judgement.
Remember a just God must punish sin. It would not be justice to let a criminal go unpunished.
"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while
we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Who pays the price: You do! but there is an alternative- Jesus' death paid for the price of our sins.
that God accepted Jesus' death as the payment for our sins.
"if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your
heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."
How can I be saved from the penalty of my sin: Because of Jesus' death on our behalf,
(He paid the price for our sin, He took our punishment )
All we have to do is believe in
Him, repent for your sins and trust in His death as the payment for those sins - and you will be
Now remember salvation is not a one way street. Jesus gave His life for your salvation, You have been bought with a price,
You are no longer your own. You have entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ
The only way to have a solid relationship with someone is to talk to each other.
Prayer is conversation between you and God. So start praying regularly and read your Bible.
(If you don't have a Bible contact us and we will send you one)
Now find a good Bible believing, Bible preaching church (If you're in the area, this one would be a good place to start)
If you have decided to accept Christ into your life or if you still have questions please contact us !
Christian Movie Reviews
A gorgeous film about Alaska?s brown bears, but the background scenery almost steals the show.
Directed By: Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey
Cast: John C. Reilly
Theatre Release:April 18, 2014 by Disneynature
There are three great reasons to watch Bears, the latest documentary in a series of theatrical releases from Disneynature.
Reason No. 1: The Title Characters
Who doesn't love bears?
This is a beautifully shot film about Alaska's brown bears, particularly focusing on a family of three—a momma bear named Sky and her cubs, Scout and Amber. They're just arbitrary names that the filmmakers assigned to the creatures for the sake of telling a kid-friendly story. The movie follows our ursine friends on a nearly year-long adventure, starting with some how-did-they-do-that footage of the cubs' birth while still in their den.
We see their ridiculously cute first wobbly steps as they emerge from the den at the verge of spring. We see them trying to keep up with Sky as she leads them down the mountain slopes—dodging an avalanche along the way!—to a verdant meadow, where they feed on grass with other bear families. We meet the massive Magnus, a half-ton alpha male who strikes fear into all the other bears, and his rival Chinook, an outcast who apparently won't hesitate to gobble up one of the cubs. (He doesn't, but these films always include perils—some quite real, some concocted—to keep the story moving along. Our protagonists need to face some sense of danger, right?)
We learn that Scout is a rambunctious, fearless rascal who sometimes wanders away and gets himself into trouble. We learn that Amber is more of a momma's girl, staying close to Sky while taking it all in. And we learn that Sky is a mostly competent mom willing to do anything for her children—including fight off intruders who regard them as a potential meal. It's a joy to watch her lead the ...
A solid, though not successful directorial debut with some odd religious overtones.
Directed By: Wally Pfister
Cast: Kate Mara, Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman
Theatre Release:April 17, 2014 by Warner Bros.
As my husband and I trucked up Broadway toward our subway stop after our screening of Transcendence, he said, "The problem is he did what she wanted, but he didn't ask her about it first."
"So this is a movie about communicating better with your wife?" I asked.
"I guess?" he said.
"Did we really need IMAX for that?" I asked him. He shrugged.
That, in a nutshell, is what's wrong with Transcendence, though it doesn't touch what's right about it. (And no, it wasn't a spoiler.)
It's not a bad movie, by a long shot. In fact, it has all the trappings of a good movie: great talent (Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Morgan Freeman, Kate Mara), carefully framed scenes—Wally Pfister, the director, is best known for being Christopher Nolan's cinematographer—and an interesting plot that hits at the core of things we're interested in right now.
After all, this is the second movie in six months in major release that features a human in a close, even intimate relationship with artificial intelligences (the other was Spike Jonze's Her, winner of the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay this year).
It's also got something very strange and interesting going on beneath the surface. More on that anon.
The Thing About Sci-Fi
The thing about science fiction, good science fiction, is that you've got basically two directions in which it can go. One is to go heavy on plot, playing the story as a cautionary tale about the danger of some kind of human activity taken too far (genetic modification, technology, take your pick). Think Ender's Game. Or Metropolis. Or most classic sci-fi literature.
The other is ...
Review: Heaven Is for Real
A toddler?s report that he has visited heaven is met with skepticism from everyone but his father.
Directed By: Randall Wallace
Run Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Cast: Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Connor Corum, Margo Martindale
Theatre Release:April 16, 2014 by For thematic material including some medical situations.
I believe heaven is for real. Allow me to get that out of the way up front. About the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting, I am as confident as I can be regarding any doctrine that is ultimately an article of faith.
But about Heaven is for Real, Todd Burpo's book chronicling his son Colton's emergency appendectomy and subsequent claim that he had visited heaven, I am a skeptic. It's awkward but necessary that I tell you that before I explain the ways in which I thought Randall Wallace's adaptation of Burpo's book improves upon its source material, and where, perhaps, the film may frustrate readers expecting less ambiguity and more vindication.
The film depicts many events from Burpo's book, though it obscures the timeline between Colton's operation and the first time he mentions to his father that he visited heaven. Gradually, under increasingly leading interrogations from his father, Colton reports having sat on Jesus's lap, seeing many animals, having angels sing to him, meeting Todd's grandfather, and, finally, meeting his own unborn sister, of whom he purportedly had no previous knowledge.
This compression is important because regardless of the content of Colton's memory, his level of recall seems contrary to the way most research demonstrates human memory actually operates. (For a good summary of social-science research on memory, see chapter three of Chabris's and Simon's The Invisible Gorilla).
Once Colton begins sharing his experience, the film deviates from the book more in tone than in substance. In his book, any doubts Todd has about the authenticity of Colton's experience are minimized. "By the time we rolled across the South Dakota ...
Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Indestructible and super-human heroes are a bore.
Directed By: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Run Time: 2 hours 16 minutes
Cast: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford
Theatre Release:April 04, 2014 by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
The latest spectacle from the Marvel movie factory—entry #2 in the Captain America franchise—is exactly what you would expect. Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is entertaining, clever, polished, loud. It's a bit better than its predecessor, 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger, and better than most action films in its budget bracket.
But as much as I sat amused (occasionally highly amused) for 136 minutes, I never felt particularly engrossed or even all that thrilled. The stakes were too low. The hero's fate, the fates of his co-heroes, the fates of the villains and the fate of mankind were never much in doubt.
And that's a bit of a problem.
That's not to say the film is not enjoyable. It's a lot of fun to watch Steve Rogers, aka Captain America (Chris Evans), team up with vampy Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), wing-man Falcon (Anthony Mackie), ringleader Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and other agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as they fight to save the world (again). It's also fun to see the various baddies — including chief baddie, the mysterious Winter Soldier himself (Sebastian Stan) — try and fail to vanquish the good guys. The plot takes intriguing twists and turns and (under-)utilizes the formidable talents of Robert Redford.
One of the marks of a great film is how much it makes a palpable, physical, real impact on me as I watch it, whether it be holding my breath in tension, unconsciously welling up with tears, gripping my seat handles, or simply losing any sense of time and place because I'm so lost in the world of the movie.
I felt these things watching last year's Captain Phillips, for example, or the Robert ...