October 2001
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A monthly message from


Rev Richard MARTIN - Minister


If I'd Been There . . . !


A US commentator has said:

Never before have we faced this kind of tragedy as a single event.

It gets people asking the eternal questions.

What would have happened to me if I'd been there?

Where would I be now?

You don't have to be a New Yorker or a visitor to the World Trade Centre to ask these questions. We may find it impossible to imagine ourselves in that horrendous situation. Probably, we have no desire to think such thoughts. Yet, they come sneaking into our minds, and even our dreams.

What would have happened to me? Where would I be now?

The startling fact is, had we been caught in that burning, crumbling mass, we would now be making our way through timeless eternity.

What is that like?

A blistering furnace, a bewildering void or a dazzling paradise?

The Bible is pretty severe on this point. Not something that goes down too well when we are looking for solace and comfort. But if it concerns our eternal destiny, we should look at it: . . . man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgement, Hebrews 9.27. The eternity that follows depends on that judgement.

The following verse of Hebrews 9 says: Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people. We need to be there - among those people for whom Jesus Christ died,

That means asking God to forgive our sins -

And to take over the running of our lives.

Whoever you may be,

Whatever your need,

We'd be glad to pray for you.

Wednesday, 3 October 2001                                                                Richard Martin

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