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Dear Friends,

I was reading through the Gospel of Luke in response to my son’s curiosity for more information about the war that took place in heaven as a result of Satan’s rebellion. We had previously read about Satan’s failed attempt to oust God (Rev. 12:7-9) and he wanted to know more about it. So I took him to Luke chapter ten and proceeded to read how Jesus sent out the seventy others to various cities to preach and heal and prepare the people for His coming. They joyfully returned in verse 17 saying, “Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.” But Jesus wasn’t surprised by their remarks because He had seen Satan fall from heaven and He gave them power to overcome anything and everything. However, Jesus wasn’t through and told them not to rejoice that they had power over the enemy but that their “names are written in heaven.” I shared with my son the importance about having his name written in the Book of Life and took him to the Book of Revelation and the final judgment at the Great White Throne (Rev. 20:11-15).

Everyone that stands before God will have a book about their actions and thoughts but the most important one is the Book of Life. Your name can be added any time while you’re here on earth but it’s too late once you die. There will be many who will plead with God to give them a second chance but the problem is that they never read the B.I.B.L.E. (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth). It tells us the Book of Life is the most important book in the entire universe. That might seem blasphemous at first but the Bible is only a map that points us to God and the Book of Life. Whatever you may do on this earth, the only thing that will really matter is if your name is recorded in the Book of Life. It’s that simple. Jesus said, “Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see: For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.” (Luke 10:23-24)

After explaining this to my son, I asked him if he wanted to be born again (John 3:3-8) and have his name written in the Book of Life. I could see this big decision made him apprehensive and he said that he wanted to wait until the next day. So I asked him what would happen if he died the next day? He knew it would be too late and I reminded him that today is the day of salvation (Heb.3:7-13). I am happy to say that my son made the decision to serve God and have his name written in the Book of Life. Glory to God! The salvation plan is so simple but few find and embrace it (Matt.7:13-14). God is rich in mercy and will take anyone who calls out to Him. He just needs faithful people using the Bible to help point the way for the lost. (Rom. 10:8-17) Let’s remember the words of Jesus, “Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” (John 4:35)

May God richly bless you today,

Charles Thorell


Volume 15, 2010