"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count
slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any
should perish, but that all should come to repentance."
2 Peter 3:9
Like many of you, I also have received numerous emails saying: "Where was God on September 11, 2001?"
They alluded to the fact that even though the four planes that crashed could have held as many as
1,000 passengers, and yet only 266 were aboard. Thereby saying that God was trying to discourage people from taking these flights. Also, He was busy trying to create obstacles for employees at the World Trade
Center. After all, only around 20,000 were at the towers when the first jet hit. Since the buildings held over 50,000 workers, this was a miracle in itself. Many of the people who were employed at the World Trade Center told the media that they were late for work or they had traffic delays.
These are examples of what God was or could have been doing on September 11, 2001. And if these statements are indeed
true, then I say "Praise the Lord!".
But then there were the statements made that at the time the buildings fell that GOD had picked up almost 6,000 of his children and carried them home with him.
While God is a God of love, he is also a "just" God, and that He has written in His Word just exactly who will
be received into His Heaven when they die and exactly why they will be among
There were many "good" people who died in this act of terror, and we naturally think that God
would not turn away from those people.
But Titus 3:5 says: "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved
Romans 3:23 tells us that "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of
And that "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
You may ask, "If I can't be good enough to go to Heaven, then how can I get there?"
Well, the good news is that God HAS already provided a way!!! 2000 years ago,
He sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to come into the world to become a man and die in our place to pay the penalty for our sins.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."
John 1:1, 14
"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name." John 1:12
personally done this? Have you personally received His gift of love?
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10: 9, 10, 13
Unlike the many who died instantly when the plane crashed, it is my prayer that many of those who
still perished from this terrorist act did, in fact, call upon the Lord Jesus Christ to save
them or had already done this prior to this time. I just "Praise the Lord" that probably most of these people did have
an opportunity to do this before the collapse of the buildings. And if they did so, God says in His Word that they ARE with Him in Heaven.
Then my thoughts are on those who called upon the Lord to save them and survived this horrible thing. Our President has called upon us to get back to our normal lives. But for those who were saved by the Lord
Jesus that day, their lives are now become anything but "business as usual". For the Bible tells us:
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: Old things are passed away; Behold, all things are become new."
II Corinthians 5:17
Have you experienced God's salvation in your life?
Have you turned from your sin and decided to follow Jesus?
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life;
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
is the only hope for YOU
and the whole world!!!
The ABC's of Salvation
don't wait until it is too late!!
You may not have the extra opportunity of a few minutes to make a decision for
the Lord like many who perished in the attack. Knowing that your sins
are forgiven and that you are ready for heaven is as simple as following these
Admit you have sinned.
"If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us."
1 John 1:8
Believe in Jesus.
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting
Confess and forsake your sin.
"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness"
1 John 1:9
1. You need to be saved. "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of
God." Romans 3:23
2. You cannot save yourself. "For
by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is
the gift of God, Not of works, lest any man should boast."
3. God loves you enough to provide salvation. "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." John 3:16 "But God commendeth His
love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
4. By faith, believe Jesus and accept Him.
"And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be
saved, and thy house." Acts 16:31 "That if thou shalt confess with
thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath
raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." Romans 10:9
Jesus in now! Pray this prayer:
believe that I am a sinner and that I need a Savior.
come into my life.
ask you to forgive my sins and make me a new person.
want to serve you and live for you.
am praying for you to make a decision!!!