Monday, November 14, 2005

When you're young ...

Welcome to the Campus Connection weblog (with its companion newsletter in PDF format). These weblog and newsletter are dedicated to the proposition that life’s greatest meaning and significance can only be found in a personal relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ.

The decision to enter into such a relationship isn’t something you can or should postpone when you’re older, or have graduated from college, or even when you are old and retired. Take it from King Solomon; he had it all, and yet nothing satisfied him. The verses below from his book known as “Ecclesiastes” are some of the most memorable in the Bible, or in world literature for that matter. Take time to read and meditate on these words. (It might interest you to know that in the 1960’s a group known as “The Yardbirds,” with Eric Clapton playing lead guitar, turned chapter 3 of Ecclesiastes into a hit song entitled “Turn, Turn.”)

Ecclesiastes 12

1. Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;
2. While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain:
3. In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened,
4. And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low;
5. Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:
6. Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.
7. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
8. Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.
9. And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.
10. The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth.
11. The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.
12. And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
13. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
14. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good or whether it be evil.

God’s plan of salvation

Accept that you are a sinner and that nobody can save you. "As it is written, there is no one righteous, no, not one." Romans 3:10; "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ that He alone can save you. "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."Romans 6:23; "For whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:13; "And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." Acts 16:31

Confess and repent of your sins. "Except if you repent, you shall all likewise perish.”Luke 13:3; "Come now and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."Isaiah 1:18

Delay not in receiving Jesus into your heart as your Saviour. Do it and do it now! "... Now is the accepted time; now is the day of salvation." 2 Corinthians 6: 2; "Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth."Proverbs 27:1

Pray and ask the Lord to save you now: “Dear LORD, I believe that Christ died and shed His precious blood to save my soul. Be merciful to me a sinner, forgive my sins and save me in Jesus' name. Lord Jesus, I now accept you as my Saviour. Amen.”

Recommended websites

The Story of Jesus, by the Bible Heritage Foundation Inc.

Probe Ministries, (written mostly by Dallas Theological Seminary graduates, has lots of articles espousing the Christian worldview)

Spiritual Counterfeits Project (in-depth analysis from Christian perspective of near-death experiences, virtual reality and New Age practices)

Got Questions Ministries (44,760 and counting Bible questions answered)

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