Power of the Cross Blog

 

A Christian blog with articles, devotionals and videos that will inspire and edify. All content is created from the belief that faith in Christ and Him crucified is how we receive every good thing from God. When our faith is in the correct object, the Holy Spirit can work through us, bringing out the Power of God in our life. 

 
Andrew Jackson

Take The Pardon

Andrew Jackson
In 1829 , a Philadelphia man named George Wilson Robbed the US Mail and killed someone in the process. Wilson was arrested, brought to trial, found guilty and sentenced to be hanged. Some friends intervened and were able to obtain a pardon for him from President Andrew Jackson.
 
But when Wilson was informed of this, he refused the pardon. The Sheriff was unwilling to carry out the execution. How could he when the pardon letter was laying on his desk? An appeal was sent to President Jackson. The President turned to the Supreme Court to decide the case.
 
Chief Justice Marshall ruled the pardon is just a piece of paper. The value of the pardon depends on its acceptance by the person implicated. So, if the pardon was refused by that person, it is then not a pardon.
 
George Wilson was hanged with his pardon laying on the Sheriffs desk. The pardon of Wilson pales in comparison to the greatest pardon ever offered to mankind. The forgiveness that is offered from Cross of Christ is so powerful that every single human can accept the pardon of Jesus in exchange for forgiveness of sins that leads to eternal life.
 
Don’t reject such a great salvation. Ask Jesus to come into your heart today
 


Luis Palua - Argentine Evangelist

God Calls The Most Unwanted

Luis Palua - Argentine Evangelist

Luis Palua, the great Argentine Evangelist told the story of a woman in Peru whose life was radically changed by the Power of the Cross. Rosario was her name. She was a brutal terrorist. This evil woman was an expert in several martial arts which she used to kill more than 12 policeman.  When Luis conducted a crusade in Lima, she learned of it. She became enraged at the message Luis was bringing, Rosario made her way to the stadium to kill the evangelist.

In the Stadium, as Rosario contemplated on how to get to Luis, she began to listen to the message he preached on hell.. She fell under such great conviction and accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior. Ten years later, Luis met this lady for the first time. By then she had assisted in planting 5 churches. Rosario was a vibrant , active witness and worker in the church. She also went on to found an orphanage that housed over one thousand children.



Life After Death

What Happens When You Die?

Life After Death

IS THERE REALLY LIFE AFTER DEATH?

If you have come to this page, it’s likely because you are searching for answers about what happens when you die. Before we get into that however, let’s talk about some important things that everyone should know about the Bible and Jesus Christ.

 

JESUS IS THE WAY TO ETERNAL LIFE.

Jesus is the only way to heaven and eternal life. He said so Himself:

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6)

The apostle Paul also taught this truth emphatically when he said: “For there is no distinction between Jew or Greek; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” (Romans 3:22-23). And again when he explained how we must be saved by Jesus Christ alone if we are going to spend eternity in heaven with God: “For all have sinned”. Everyone will be held accountable in eternity for the decisions made in life.

JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY TO ETERNAL LIFE.

Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6).

In this verse, Jesus is clearly saying that He is the only way to heaven. Notice that He does not say that His followers are on their own way to heaven, but rather that they must walk along with Him in order to get there. The Bible teaches us that all men have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23), therefore no one will ever be good enough to enter Heaven by their own merit alone.

Don’t be fooled by people like Oprah Winfrey (and there are many others making that claim). She said there is more than one way to God. That is a lie.

GOD PROVIDED EVERYONE AN EASY WAY.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” John 3:16-17

Jesus is our way to Heaven! It’s that simple. It all starts with believing. You do not have to understand the Bible and attend church to receive eternal life. Just like in life, you start out by being born. You have to start at the beginning and that beginning is saying YES to Jesus

If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, then I would invite you to do so today. There are no strings attached: no forms to fill out or any other requirements beyond simply asking Him to forgive your sins and receive Him as Lord & Savior (see Romans 10:9-11). We may not understand everything about God’s ways but one thing we know for sure – if you’re not saved from sin then there’s no escape from an eternity in hell separated from God. Christians are called “saints” because they belong exclusively to Jesus Christ; not because of good works they have done. Also, sinners cannot become saints by merely calling themselves by some name other than what God has given them (Matthew 7:21-23).

JESUS PAID THE PRICE FOR THE FREE GIFT

Jesus paid for our sin on the Cross. We can accept His gift of salvation by repenting from our sins and trusting Him as Lord and Savior. It’s important to understand that it’s not enough just to know about Jesus; we need to be born again (John 3:7). THIS YOU MUST KNOW – We accept salvation by confessing our sins and asking Jesus to come into our heart. That’s it and that simple.

HELL IS A REALITY FOR THOSE WHO REJECT JESUS

Hell, as the Bible teaches, is a place of eternal torment and separation from God. The Bible clearly states that those who reject Jesus Christ will be eternally separated from Him in hell (Matthew 25:46; 2 Thessalonians 1:9). Hell is also a place where the wicked are tormented by their own sins for eternity (Revelation 14:10-11). There is no purgatory, there are no “do over” in eternity.

“And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.” Matthew 3:10

The Bible teaches that hell was prepared for Satan, his angels and anyone who rejects Jesus (Matthew 25:41). This means that even though humans are fallen creatures due to Adam’s sin in the Garden of Eden, we have no excuse for rejecting Christ’s offer of salvation. As Paul wrote in Romans 1:18-32: “Their foolish hearts were darkened…they exchanged the truth about God for a lie…they worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised! Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts…They exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones…Women likewise betrayed their natural function into one contrary to nature….In this way too men committed shameless acts with men….”. Many in this generation are being fed the lie they can do anything they want and escape the Judgement of God. Please understand, Hell is a reality for the unsaved.

SALVATION IS FREE, JUDGEMENT IS CERTAIN

Salvation is a free gift from God. “For by grace you have been saved through faith,” Ephesians 2:8 says. Jesus paid our sin debt on the cross, so that we could be forgiven when we believe in Him for salvation. If you’ve believed in Jesus Christ as your Savior, then you are saved! You will go to heaven when you die. Those who reject him will be condemned to hell where there is eternal punishment (Matthew 25:46). The Judgement of God must fall and it will either fall on the Substitute , Jesus , or it will fall on the sinner. The choice is yours.

NOW WHAT?

It has been shown that the Bible teaches that Jesus is the only way to heaven. This means that everyone who rejects Jesus as Savior will spend eternity in Hell. But if you believe in Him and repent from your sins, then God will forgive you and give you eternal life in Heaven! There is nothing to lose and everything to gain!

So what are you waiting for? Accept Jesus Christ as Lord today!

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Frane Salek

Did You Have A Bad Day?

Frane Salek
If you think you have had a bad week, remember the name Frane Salek has the most interesting story of them all.
 
In 1962, Frane was traveling in Croatia by train when the train derailed and plunged into the river below. 17 people died…but Frane survived.
 
In 1963, Frane was thrown from a plane when a malfunctioning door threw him out yet landed into a haystack and survived.
 
In 1966, Frane was aboard a bus that slid off the road and into a river. Again, he survived where 4 others were killed. In 1970, his car caught on fire…Frane survived.
 
In 1973, his car had a faulty fuel line starting a fire but he was rescued before the explosion. In 1995, Frane was hit by a bus. In 1996 he avoided a head on collision, hit the guard rail, was ejected from the car and watched his car plummet 300 feet below.
 
And then in 2003, Frane WON THE LOTTERY for $1 million dollars! He gave most of his fortune away in exchange for a simple life. Through all these experiences, he later said, “I know God was watching over me and no matter what happened or how bad things got, I never gave up hope.”


The devils beatitudes

  • Blessed are they are too tired and too busy to go to Church on Sundays for they are my best workers.
  • Blessed are they that are bored with the ministers’ mannerisms and mistakes for they get nothing out of the sermon.
  • Blessed is the church member who expects to be invited to his own church for he is part of the problem instead of the solution.
  • Blessed are they who gossip for they cause strife and division that please me
  • Blessed are they who are easily offended for they soon get angry and quit.
  • Blessed are they who do not give their offering to carry on God’s work for they are good helpers.
  • Blessed is he who professes to love God but hates his brother and sister for he shall be with me forever.
  • Blessed are the troublemakers for they shall be called the children of the devil.
  • Blessed is he who has no time to pray for he shall be easily defeated.


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Remember the Old Paths (The Bible Is Still Relevant)

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Humanistic psychology is the enabling of a feeble man’s effort to try and heal man spiritually. We don’t need to add to or take away from the work of the Holy Spirit. We’ve seen too many people delivered by the awesome power of God to doubt him now.
 
Where was man’s holy inventions back in Jesus’s Day? How did he appeal to the people? Do we think God was clueless when he ordained all this before the foundation of the world?
 
When he didn’t acquiesce to man’s ways, look what happened. THANK GOD HE DIDN’T BACK DOWN.
 
“Thus says the Lord; Stand in the ways and see, And ask for the old paths, where the good way is, And walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk in it.” (Jeremiah 6:16)
 
“For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. (Malachi 3:6)
 
Pray for The Church. Pray for The Nation.