I want to share the following story with you today: "One day a woman named Louise fell asleep in her bed and dreamed a very fitful dream. She dreamed that someone in Hell wrote her a letter. It was to be delivered to her by a messenger. The messenger passed between the lakes of burning fire and brimstone that occupies Hell and found his way to the door that would lead him to the outside world. Louise dreamed that the messenger walked to her house, came inside, and gently but firmly woke Louise up. He gave her the message, saying only that a friend had written it to her from Hell. Louise, in her dream, with trembling hands took the letter and read:

‘My friend,

I stand in judgment now,

And feel that you’re to blame somehow.

On earth, I walked with you day by day,

And never did you point the way.

You knew the Lord in truth and glory,

But never did you tell the story.

My knowledge then was very dim;

You could have led me safe to Him.

Though we lived together on earth,

You never told me of the second birth.

And now I stand this day condemned,

Because you failed to mention Him.

You taught me many things

It’s true.

I called you "Friend" and trusted you.

But I learn now that it’s too late,

You could have kept me from this fate.

We walked by day and talked by night,

And yet you showed me not the Light.

You let me live, and love, and die,

You knew I’d never live on high.

Yes, I called you a "friend" in life,

And trusted you through joy and strife.

And yet on coming to the end,

I cannot, now, call you "My Friend."

After reading the letter, Louise awoke. The dream was still so real in her mind and sweat dripped from her body in pools, She swore she could still smell the acrid smell of brimstone and smoke from her room. As she contemplated the meaning of her dream, she realized that as a Christian she had failed in her duty to "Go out to all the world and preach the gospel." As she thought of that, she promised herself that the next day, she would call her friend Marsha and invite her to church with her. The next morning she called Marsha and this was the conversation:

"Yes, Bill, is Marsha there? Louise, you don’t know? No, Bill, know what? Marsha was killed last night in a car accident. I thought you knew."

WHAT IF: you go to sleep tonight and wake up and find yourself standing in front of Christ to be judged?

WHAT IF: Jesus came back this very minute and called The Church (Christians) home to be with Him in Heaven?

WHAT IF: you tried to call your Christian friend on the phone and got no answer and found out later they are gone to be with the Lord?

WHAT IF: you were listening to the news and it broadcast that millions of people have disappeared from the face of the earth?

WHAT IF: one day you die and find yourself in the "lake of fire" because you never trusted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?

WHAT IF: your unsaved family member or your friend dies before you can tell them about the love of Jesus and that only He can save them?

WHAT IF: God asks you "why should I let you into my Heaven"? What would you say to Him?

WHAT IF: Jesus came back and you are in the bed with someone else’s husband or wife and not your own?

WHAT IF: Jesus came back and you are staying with someone doing the things you do as though you were married but you are not? You know what I mean!

WHAT IF: you die and then you find out there is life after death and you find out you are not going to be just out there just floating around in space?

WHAT IF: you die and you never believe in Heaven or Hell then you find out you are going to spend eternity in one or the other?

WHAT IF: Jesus would said to God "I’ve changed my mind, I don’t want to die for them, let those sinners suffer and burn in Hell"?

WHAT IF: Adam and Eve would not have eaten from The Tree of Knowledge: Good and Evil?

WHAT IF: Abraham would have said to God "I think I’ll stay around here with my family and friends" and he refused to kill his son, Isaac?

WHAT IF: God said to you when you stand before Him, "I made you a man and not a woman, and I made you a woman and not a man?"

WHAT IF: Mary made up her mind and decided she wanted to have an abortion with Jesus? Just think about that.

Question: Has anyone told you the story about our loving God, Lord, and Savior Jesus Christ? If not, I just want to let you know that He loves you so much. He died on the cross just for us and He wants us in Heaven with Him. I beg you, don’t be like Louise. Get to know Jesus now while you are still alive because once you die, that’s it. He is available for you right now. In Jesus’ name, AMEN. Remember He wants to save you and He will if you ask Him to come into your heart, believe He is God’s Son, believe He died and rose. Now thank Him for saving you.

Contact Marcus at: mchandler2011@hotmail.com or 501-908-9507.