Robert Belanger (9 Sep 2011)
"Re: Lynn"

Dear Lynn,

Thanks you for your kind words of appreciation and compassion for Tony and his desire his wife be saved soon. Let us remember the words of Christ recorded in the Gospel of John. John 14:12-14 "Verily, verily. I say unto you, he that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto the Father, and whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it." The old testament prophet Jeremiah said: Jer. 33:3 "Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not."

Clearly, these words from God indicate that we have an interested and capable God who hears our requests and can and will do something to answer our prayers. He will do things and show us things, great and mighty things that we do not even know about. In my favorite verses in Proverbs we read Prov. 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."  As a result of keeping God in our mind, focused on the needs we bring to him in prayer he promises to give us peace. Isa. 26:3 "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee."

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Regarding the ship RMS  Titanic and the passenger, Rev. John Harper, I have and can recommend a small paperback book called The Titanic's Last Hero by Moody Adams (Moody Adams Evangelistic Assoc., 11715 Bricksome Ave. B-3, Baton Rouge, LA 70816, ISBN 0-937422-39-8 Published by The Olive Press, a division of Midnight Call Ministries, West Columbia, South Carolina 29170 USA,1997).

The opening paragraph of this book says "As the dark, freezing waters of the Atlantic crept slowly up the decks of the Titanic, John Harper shouted, 'Let the women, children and the unsaved into the lifeboats.' Harper took his life jacket--the final hope of survival--and gave it to another man. After the ship disappeared beneath the dark water, leaving Harper floundering in the icy waters, he was heard urging those about him to put their faith in Jesus Christ." God bless Rev. Harper!

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As you stated, we need to be praying whenever we can for the salvation of those who have not accepted Jesus as saviour. There are so many who are in the world and are indifferent to, hostile to, or ignorant of the need to accept Jesus as saviour. It is the most important thing anyone can do, and yet many remain indifferent and unmoved to take any action, even to learning more about what it means and what Jesus said about those who refused His offer of salvation. He did not mince words, He said they would perish and not receive eternal life in heaven. John 15:6 "If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned."

John, in Revelation, expresses similar statements. We read Rev 21:8 "But the fearful and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolators, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone; which is the second death." I wish we could get people who are in need of salvation to understand how very important it is to accept Jesus offer of salvation. The new birth that comes with this sincere acceptance is so very real and is known by all who have accepted His offer.

I again thank you for your words and thoughts. It surely is a blessing to have believers to write to via the Internet and John Tng's wonderful web site. God bless you, and John!

YBIC,
Robert