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The piano music attached to this slideshow is called The Value of Life and was written and played by Chuck Brown Slideshow by Margaret Lepke ~ Click slides to forward at your own leisure – Enjoy!
The world is a stage And every soul Must play its part… Elvis once said:
Every life makes a journey From the cradle to the grave. And beyond… The Grave
My name is Margaret This is my journey…
I was born, christened and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith
I experienced… A great childhood No big traumas Only two different schools A few friends Wonderful parents And a little brother who loved me to bits
But then… That sweet child rebelled!
But the Bible says: The HEART is deceitful above all things - who can know it? [Jer.17:9-10] There is someone who knows us completely – better than we do – and that someone is God. He searches our hearts and tests our minds – and there is absolutely nothing we can hide from HIM. I wanted MY WAY and used the theory of evolution to defend it. After all, if we evolved at random, we had no higher power to be responsible to – and no one who had the right to dictate any moral standards…
I married my husband after knowing him for 2 short months And the ceremony was held in a Lutheran Church I WAS STILL REBELLIOUS – BUT GOD HAD A PLAN…
Just one year later we signed out of the Lutheran faith, a religion you are ‘born’ into through infant baptism, not faith in Jesus Christ. We left all things ‘religious’ far behind us.
And after yet another year we moved to I love it here
12 years later I had Two gorgeous children
And a flourishing Naturopathic Practice I was also getting deeper Into New Age philosophies
Until one day… God brought along a client called Jan, And that meeting changed my life!
How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace… Because Faith comes By hearing The word of God. Rom.10:15,17 Jan had beautiful feet!
During the consultation I asked her what she believed in (I knew she came from the New Tribes Mission campus), and Jan talked quite freely about her Christian faith. Afterward we talked a little more in the waiting room, and finally she asked if she could read me something from the Bible. Being polite, I agreed. To my amazement she pulled a small Bible out of her handbag, and this is the verse she read to me…
God so loved the world That He gave His only Son John 3:16 That whosoever believes In Him Will not perish but have eternal life. What Amazing Grace!
I could cope with a loving God. But then Jan went on to read a passage about sin (indicating that I, too, was a sinner) And I did NOT like that!!! This is what she read…
There is no one who is righteous, There is no one who is righteous, no, not even one… no, not even one… For all have sinned and fall For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God Rom.3:10,23 All Are Sinners
GUILTY ALL ALL are
I did not like this at all! Surely, I wasn’t a sinner? I tried to be a good person! A good wife and mother… A good naturopath, helping people… And so I strongly objected, but Jan was patient and wise. She didn’t argue. She simply turned to the Old Testament and began reading once again…
SinMy Own Way Sin is My Own Way We all like sheep have gone astray Every one of us has turned to HIS OWN WAY And GOD has laid on His Son Jesus Christ the sin of us all. Isaiah 53:6
And – bang – all of a sudden I felt terribly convicted. I could identify with going MY WAY… I had never wanted to give an account to anyone, let alone an almighty God. But I realized that if ‘MY WAY’ was self-will and therefore the basis of sin, then I was most certainly guilty!
Had I known at that time that the word ‘sin’ is actually a marksman’s term, a word for missing the bull’s eye, i.e. missing the mark of perfection, it might have been easier for me to recognize sin for what it actually is.
My idea of a sinner had been someone who had committed TERRIBLE things like robbery or murder. But certainly not me! I had only taken a few small things (which ‘everyone does!’) and told a few ‘little’ lies. I would have realized that even one ‘little white lie’ meant missing the mark. And anything short of God’s perfection (even missing the bulls eye by just 0.1 of a millimeter) would still be sin.
“NO!” and saying To Jesus Christ Sin SELF-REIGN Sin is also SELF-REIGN
Jesus said: Jesus said: “Do not fear those “Do not fear those who can kill the who can kill the body but cannot body but cannot kill the soul. kill the soul. But rather But rather FEAR HIM [GOD] FEAR HIM [GOD] who is able to who is able to destroy both soul destroy both soul and body in hell.” and body in hell.” Matt.10:28
I didn’t want to hear these things! I could not say good-bye to Jan quickly enough. I was polite, of course, but I was glad when she was gone. But then I kept feeling convicted all afternoon. What if this biblical God really existed and the Bible was truly His inspired Word to us? Then I would be guilty – I knew it deep in my heart. So what was I to do???
I decided to simply talk to this God. After all, if He was there He would be able to hear me and, hopefully, answer my call. I asked Him if He was true and if the Bible was true. How would He answer? Handwriting on the wall? I wasn’t sure. And God did answer, but not quite as I had expected. He simply increased my conviction of sin until it was so strong that I finally gave in. That night…
When everyone was asleep, I knelt down in my waiting room and poured out my heart. I told God that I believed Jesus died for my sins, and that I needed Him in my life. I confessed all the sins that came to mind and asked Jesus to forgive me. I realized that He had suffered for ME!!! It got very personal… I shed tears of sorrow for the pain He had suffered for me, and tears of happiness for being forgiven and cleansed.
I had found my path to life!
FAITH + TRUST in Christ brought me PARDON + PEACE But where to from here? ?
I had Two gorgeous children who didn’t know God And a loving but Unbelieving husband
I started reading the Bible, And God led me to a Bible Study on family life where I learnt how a Christian wife and mother should behave – and love…
A woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him. (1 Corinthians 7:13) For how do you know, oh wife, whether you will save your husband? (1 Corinthians 7:16) Wives, submit to your own husbands as to the Lord. (Ephesians 5:22)
This was hard! I had been quite a feminist, and now I should SUBMIT to my husband? But I figured that if God said this was best for our marriage, it would be true. And so I put God’s instructions to the test. Many sighs and tears later I did manage to become a helper to my husband rather than leading my own life, and it didn’t take long to see the fruits…
My husband and children witnessed the change in me and saw the fruit…
I trusted in Jesus to save me and in God’s Word to guide me. Within less than a year my husband and my children came to know God as well. It was pure joy!
However, the Christian life is not a bed of roses without thorns… For instance, one year our house and shed were surrounded by fire (but miraculously survived). And over the years we went through various other trials, heartaches and disappointments. The Apostle Peter said: Do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial that is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice… 1 Pet.4:12
Trust in the LORD with all your heart And lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways Acknowledge Him And He shall direct Your paths. Prov.3:5-6 It is still our favorite Bible verse! We trusted… And God delivered… This verse became our reality…
And now Christ’s love constrains us to tell others about God’s Rescue Plan…
I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. Jesus said:
What will YOU do with JESUS? Will He be your Judge or your Saviour?
Will you receive an eternal inheritance from God?
Will Jesus say to you, “Well done, my good and faithful servant?” Because one day you will stand before Him!
Or will you reject His offer of salvation and spend eternity in a place where there is no love (because God is not there)?
Where YOU spend Will depend on… How you respond to Jesus Christ - YOUR SAVIOUR - while you are still on PLANET EARTH! Eternity
As for me … I am growing older now, and I am eagerly waiting for the return of my Savior. But while I am waiting…
Each morning when I wake, I say, “I place my hand in God’s today.” With faith and trust that by my side He’ll walk with me my steps to guide. He leads me on with tender care, When paths are dark and I despair. No need for me to understand If I hold fast to His great hand. 1
My hand in His – no surer way To walk in safety through each day. By His great bounty I am fed, Warmed by His love and comforted. When at day’s end I seek my rest, And realise how much I’m blest, My thanks pour out to Him – and then I place my hand in God’s again. 2
Margaret Lepke ~ And PLEASE… If you feel convicted of sin and realize that you need a Savior, Don’t put it off! Talk to Jesus right now and ask His forgiveness. There is no time like ‘today’ for you do not know what tomorrow holds. For watching!