“Highway to Heaven”
You won’t find it on a map, but a highway to heaven does exist. “The Roman Road” is explained in the Book of Romans in the Bible, and it tells how to go to heaven.
The road begins at Romans 1:16: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes.” God is the source for our journey to heaven. He gives power for salvation to all who believe.
We need God’s power because we have a problem with sin. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) “Sin” means missing the mark or missing God’s intended destination for us. None of us can reach that destination on his or her own because everyone is a sinner.
When we work, we earn money. Sin earns wages as well - wages of death. Because God loves all sinners, He has provided another route: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
The highway to heaven is found in Romans 10:9: “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” We need to confess our sin and ask God for forgiveness. To confess Jesus as Lord involves agreeing with God about your sin and your need for salvation. You must repent of your sin, turning away from the direction in life in which you are going. To “believe in your heart” is to place your faith in Jesus, trusting that He died on the cross to pay for your sins. “But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
It was my privilege to share God’s plan of salvation with the children at Vacation Bible School this past week. I told them that if they would like to have salvation in Jesus Christ, they should sincerely pray a prayer like this one: “Dear God, I confess to You my sin and need for salvation. I turn away from my sin and place my faith in Jesus as my Savior and Lord. Amen.” I encouraged them to share their faith in Jesus with their pastor, their parents, and those around them.
Becoming a Christian is the first step on the lifelong road of spiritual
growth and service God has for you. Calvin Rittmeier, one of Immanuel’s
children, is a new believer in Christ and has chosen the highway to heaven.
This past Sunday morning Calvin followed Christ in believer’s baptism.
Each of us can travel the highway to heaven by following God’s simple plan.
Then, in turn, we can use scripture taken from the Book of Romans and lead
others to a saving knowledge of Christ Jesus.
SUNDAY, JULY 10
Each year on Anniversary Sunday, the members of Immanuel enjoy a day of celebration as we reflect on how God has blessed His people throughout all these years.
The following is the schedule for the day’s activities:
8:45 a.m.: Contemporary Worship Service
10:00 a.m.: Sunday School
11:00 a.m.: Traditional Worship Service
12:00 noon: Covered Dish Luncheon
No Evening Activities
Invite your family and friends
AND REMEMBER THESE IMPORTANT
Sunday, June 26
Monday, June 27 - Friday, July 1
Wednesday, June 29, July 6
Sunday, July 3
Monday, July 4
Sunday, July 10
Tuesday, July 12
This year’s Vacation Bible School was a great success with a total enrollment of 82. Susan Thornton did an outstanding job again this year as VBS Director. Thank you, Susan, for all your many hours (weeks and weeks) of hard work! Thanks to Pastor Willie and Bill Dixon for leading the VBS Rally. Also thanks to Ruth Southerland, Kevin Danner, Jim Allen, Delaine Martin, Jan Dillenbeck, Stewart Danner, Jonathan Danner, Jamie Ivey, Maggie Thornton, and Bubba Thornton for helping in so many areas. Thanks to Sue Lynch, Staci Rittmeier, Cathy Burkhalter, Kathy Ward, Sarah Dillenbeck, Brandon Grove, Chip Culbertson, Tracey Cash, Cheryl Stubbs, Bill Stubbs, Ali Stubbs, Cindy Powell, Laurie Lynch, Jan DeTemple, Roberta Thornton, Ruth Thompson, Maxine Watford, Uldine King, Dottie Lane, Jackie Moody, Rosey Rogers, Lori Clark, Glenda Corpuz, Sydney Corpuz, Ellen Ross, Kristen Seabolt, Karen Stubbs, Lauren Thornton, Michael Griffin, Michael Norman, Joyce Hall, Viva Gamble, Judy Thompson, Bernie Thornton, Jessie Eaddy, Jessie Stokes, Annie Day, Genie Edwards, and Lanny Gregory. Thanks to those who contributed food for Family Night and money toward the child’s bike. The Family Night Committee was led by Bill Dixon and consisted of Becky Dixon, Derrell and Margaret Altman, and Myra Allen. Above all, thanks to everyone for your prayers for the workers and the children.
YOUTH “LIFECHANGERS” WEEK
SEESALT YOUTH CONFERENCE
“It is impossible to rightly govern
BIRTHDAY TO YOU