God is real.
There is life after death.
You are here for a purpose.
Have you been asking questions like:

Why am I here?

What happens when I die?

What's the purpose to life?

Is there a Heaven and a Hell?

Is there really a God?

If so,
where is he?

Can I talk to him?

Will he talk to me?

Does God really care about me?

If you are asking these questions, you're not alone. In every age, in every century, people want to know the answers to life and the existence of God.

And guess what? Questions about why you're here and whether there's a God who cares about you are good... because when you ask, you can begin to find answers.
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Your Life

So, why are we here, anyway?

At some point in life, we all have a wakeup call of some kind. It may be a health scare, or a trip to the hospital, or the death of a loved one, or a financial crisis... But when the crisis hits, we look at our lives and wonder...

What am I doing with my life?
Is this what I'm supposed to be doing?
Isn't there something more out there for me?

The answer is yes-there is something more. There is a spiritual world beyond this one. There is a God who cares about you and has given you a purpose to fulfill on this earth. Your life absolutely matters.
Genesis 1, John 1:1-5, Psalm 139:13

Why Jesus? Aren't there other paths to God?

The world is filled with religions, with spiritual paths, with various philosophies... And many of them share some good ideas.

But Jesus is different.

In all the other religions and philosophies of the world, human beings have to somehow be good enough to get God to like them. They have to work hard, or do good works, or achieve enlightenment in order to earn their way to God.

But like the story above points out, none of us can get to God on our own. You see, our own nature betrays us. No matter how good we try to be, there are always ways that we slip up. No matter how good we are, there's always at least a little "bad" inside us too. And since God is all good (without any bad in him), we can never be good enough on our own to match up to him.

So that's why God has made the move toward us. That's why he sent his only son, Jesus, to us. Because we couldn't come to him, he came to us. Because he loves us.

No other religion or philosophy in the world admits what we know in our hearts... that we fall short of the mark of perfection all the time. And that if we as imperfect creatures want to come into the presence of God, who is perfect, it's going to have to be with his help.

Jesus gave us that help by paying on the cross for our sins, our mistakes, our
imperfections, our tendencies to do the wrong thing... He died for us. He was raised from the dead for us. He's in heaven praying for us and speaking to us and sending his power to us to bring good things into our lives.

That's why Jesus is the only way to God. Because he's the son of God-born of God and having God's nature in him-he's the only one who could bridge the gap between imperfect, sinning people and a perfect, sinless God.
Isaiah 53:6, Romans 3:23, John 14:6, Hebrews 1:1-4, Acts 4:12, 2 Corinthians 5:10-11

What does "salvation" mean? And why does it matter?

Picture yourself taking a walk one day in a lonely place that you've never been to before-perhaps a forest, or a mountainous area, or even a desert place.

You plan to take a short hike, enjoy nature, and then go home. At some point, you wander off the path... And before you know it, you're completely lost. You have no idea where you are, and no idea how to get back to safety.

Not only that... You also have no compass, no map, no one to help you, no food, no water... All you can do is sink to the ground and hope that someone comes to find you and help you get safely back home.

That's what God has done for you and me. We were lost and separated from him because of sin... the wrongdoing that we all do, and which is so foreign to a God who is all light and love and goodness. We had no way of coming back home to him. We were helpless on our own. Even all our best human efforts to be good, do the right thing, and find our way to him fail us. We just can't be "good enough" on our own to get back home to God.

But God loves us. And what we can't do, he can. So he came to us. He came to us in the form of Jesus, His Son, born into a human body so he could connect with us and give his life for us. Jesus is the roadmap that leads us back to God and to heaven, our home.

The only thing we have to do is decide. We choose. Are we going to take the one true roadmap to God? Or are we going to keep wandering around lost in the wilderness, pretending we can get out of it on our own?
Romans 6:23, Romans 5:8, John 3:16-17, John 14:2

So, what do I do now?

Well, if you are seeking God and want him in your life... if you want answers... if you want his help... then it's time to ask.

It really is that simple.

You don't have to say a fancy prayer. You can talk to God just like you talk to your friends. Let him know what you need. If you want him to show you he's real, then ask him to do that. If you have questions, then let him know your questions and ask him to give you the answers, the truth, that you're looking for.

And if you're ready to ask him into your life, you can say this simple prayer from your heart out loud right now:

God, I need you in my life. I want to know who you really are. I want to know my own purpose for being here on earth, and I want to be the person you have created me to be.

Right now, I invite Jesus into my heart to be the one who saves me from all my sin and mistakes and the wrong path I've been on. I invite Jesus into my heart to be the one who rules over my life from now on. Be the center of my life, Jesus.

Teach me what it is to know you and serve you. Help me to be more like you want me to be every day, and teach me how to live life for you... always and all the time. I open my heart to your love and your truth and your power right now.


Romans 10:9-10, Acts 16:30-31, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 1:12-14, 2 Corinthians 5:17