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A TALE OF 2 CITIES 
OR  HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN
By Dr. Gene Howard copyright 1978
visit my web page at www.genehoward.com

There once was two cities.  One city was on fire and everyone in the city would  soon be destroyed.  The other was a beautiful city and there wasn't any destruction there.

The good King of the beautiful city saw the plight of the people in the burning city and had compassion on them and built a great bridge from the city of destruction to His beautiful city.

One person trying to escape from the flames came to the bridge and said.  "Mmmm someone has built a bridge so that I can escape from the flames, but I don't know if I trust that bridge or not.  It might not hold me up.  Besides that I am the kind of person that likes to do it himself, and I am a pretty good runner and jumper, I will just get a good run and jump across all by myself".     

Well he ran and jumped, but fell short of making it to the beautiful city and his efforts did not save him and he was destroyed.

Another person running from the flames came to the bridge and said, "  Wow! Someone has built a bridge that I might escape from these flames" He did not wait for one minute, but ran across the bridge as fast as his legs could carry him and was saved from the flames and lived happily ever after.

This story is a lot like what the Holy Bible says about man's need for salvation.   The gap between the cities is like what is said in Isaiah 59:2  But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, any your sins have hid His face from you, that he will not hear.  

The city on fire is like what the bible talks about when it says in Romans 6:23 "The wages of sin is DEATH   

And the rest of that verse talks about the BEAUTIFUL CITY , but the gift of God is ETERNAL LIFE  through Jesus Christ our Lord."   

And of course the BRIDGE is mentioned in many places in the Bible, John 5:24, "Verily, verily I say unto you, He that hears my word and believes on Him that sent me has everlasting life and shall not be condemned, but is passed from death unto life." And my favorite John 3:16  "For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

The person that tries to do it himself fails because Jesus says in John14:6, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." and in Ephesians 2:8-9  we find this verse, For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves:  It is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.  And in Romans 3:23 we find "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God."  We cannot be good enough to earn our way to heaven.

When Jesus died on the cross and shed his perfect, sinless blood he made that bridge to Heaven for you.  To cross this bridge you simply claim the promises of God.  In Romans 10: 9-10 we are told: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  and in verse 13.  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Becoming a real Christian never occurs accidentally. It is something you must decide on purpose for yourself. It is the most important decision you have to make in life. If you agree that you are a sinner and realize that Jesus has paid the "full penalty" for your sins, then you now must receive Him as your personal Savior and Lord.  You can do this by sincerely praying the following prayer of salvation: 

Heavenly Father, I confess that I am a sinner. I thank you for sending Your Son to pay the full penalty for my sin. I do now by faith, receive the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Savior. Cleanse me with His blood, make me Your child and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. 

Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer, --- In Jesus' name...Amen

Dr. Gene Howard copyright 1978
visit my web page at http://www.genehoward.com/

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 2.  PLEASE KEEP THE TITLE AND COPYRIGHT  ON ANY COPIES THAT YOU MAKE OR SEND TO OTHERS.  IT WILL KEEP ANYONE FROM MAKING ANY MONEY OFF THIS GOSPEL PRESENTATION. 

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  if you link to this page from your web site please let me know, as it would be a blessing to know The Gospel is getting out.

Thanks,
Dr. Gene Howard

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