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One missing letter is all it takes
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Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church

Over the years, I have had a few instances where I attempted to send an email, only to later find out that it never reached its intended destination.

The problem was that I either added a letter or left one off in the email address. I am sure that there was a time or two that I never found out that it didn’t arrive because it doesn’t always come back as undeliverable.

There were times I would have sworn I sent it to the right address, only to find out later about my mistake. There were times when the “lost” emails were important, but they were never a matter of life or death.

There are things in life — that is, spiritual life and death — that if we make mistakes on them, we could be in serious trouble. If we are mistaken on what it is we need to do to prepare to meet God, that’s serious business.

Some are depending on their spiritual heritage, meaning that they think all they need to do is to be raised in church in a Christian family. Others think all they need to do is to be good people, while others think they will be good enough because of good works. And others depend on times when they repeated prayers and or were baptized.

What does the Bible say we need to do in order to be prepared to meet God and get into heaven?

Romans 10:9 says, “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Trusting in Jesus as our only Savior, as well as depending only on what he did for us by dying on the cross for our forgiveness, are the only ways to be ready for heaven.

In John 14:6, Jesus made that plain: “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father accept through me.”

So the big life lesson today is that one missing word is all it takes.

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