Well, believe it or not, on April 15, 2007, I was told to be in that
condition.What a shocking news isn’t it? Here’s the story.
On April 15, 2007, around 3PM, I got this phone call from my old friend
in College. I thought he just wanted to chat with me, since we haven’t
talked for a while. But, since I was in the church, I didn’t answer the
phone. Five minutes after it, there was another phone call from one of
my college friend. Well, I rejected it again. And, there is another one
the next 5 minutes after that. Hmm, I was start worrying something may
happen to my parents. They lived overseas in Indonesia, and I am in
United States now, so my friends could receive some news about them and
they want to tell me about it.
I decided to answer the next phone call within 15 minutes after the last
call. I was shocked by the question that my friend asked me. “You are
fine, aren’t you? Are you still alive? I heard that you got hit by a
drunken driver, go to hospital, in coma condition, no chance to live
anymore since only my heart and lung that are working, and your mom is
here in US already.” I have nothing to answer. I was pause for about
10-15 seconds. I told her, “No. I am fine. I am in San Fransisco now
attending a Bible School. What are you talking about?” She told me
everything about the story that she heard on that day. I was really
surprising me. How could such a bad news be around?
Since then, I received non-stop calls for the next 2 hours. I have to
explain everything, to correct the news. All of my friends from West
Coast to East Coast called me. My greatest fear is that I’m affraid that
my parents knew about this. They would be shocked so bad, so immediately
I called my mom to explain everything. Unfortunately, one of my friends
had called one of the church member where my family goes to. Hearing
such a bad news, they contact my father (he has not known about this
yet) she told all ministers in my church, and pray for me. And that
church member called my dad immediately and tell the story. My father
frantically called me asking, “How are you doing? Are you fine?” – with
anxious voice. Finally, I have explained everything to him, and he was
relieved. (Both my my parents gave me this safety
After further investigation, what happened is that there is a person
called “Steven Santosa” died due to car accident by drunk driver in
Virginia (I am in San Jose, CA). He is not me, and I’m not him, but
people mistakenly thought that it was me. Plus, when they tried to call
me, I did not answer the phone, which ensured them that “Steven was in
an accident” because his cellphone died from the accident. That’s where
all the news start.
I have to clarify this thing through every single call that I received.
Finally, I made things straight, and tell people that I wasn’t in a car
accident, that I’m fine here. Good thing is that it’s over now.
I became a celebrity for one day though.
Thank God that he is GOOD and still letting me alive.
Rm 8 : 28; Is 55 : 8-13
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Plan of Salvation: Rebirth is the Answer to Life’s Most Important Question
Plan of Salvation — We think life’s most important question is “Are you going to heaven when you die?” It is not a question of how good you are, whether you go to church, or how much money you give to charity. God says, in order to go to heaven, you must be born again (John 3:3).
Plan of Salvation: How can we be Born Again?
The plan of salvation is right in the Bible. God gives us His clear plan for being “born again.”
First, we must acknowledge God as the Creator of everything, and accept our humble position in God’s creation. “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.” (Revelation 4:11).
Next, we must realize that we are sinners. “For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
Because we are sinners, we are condemned to death. “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). This includes eternal separation from God.
But God loved each of us so much that He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, to bear our sin and die in our place. “God demonstrates His love toward us, in that, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Although we cannot understand how, God said our sins were laid upon Jesus and He died in our place. Jesus became our substitute.
In the Bible, a jailer asked his prisoners, Paul and Silas: “’Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ So they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.’” (Acts 16:30-31).
It’s very clear in the Bible, believe in Jesus as the one who bore your sins, died in your place, was buried, and whom God resurrected. It’s Christ’s blood and resurrection that assures us of everlasting life when we call on Him as our Lord and Savior. “For whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13). “Whosoever” includes each and every one of us.
Therefore, if you understand that you are a sinner, and you believe that Jesus Christ came as the one and only Redeemer of sin, then you understand the plan of salvation. The question is – are you ready to implement the plan, by receiving God’s gift of His Son, Jesus Christ? If so, believe in Christ, repent of your sins, and commit the rest of your life to Him as Lord:
- “Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”
“Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)
If you decided to receive Jesus today, welcome to God’s family. Now, as a way to grow closer to Him, the Bible tells us to follow up on our commitment.
- Get as commanded by Christ.
- Tell someone else about your new faith in Christ.
- Spend time with God each day. It does not have to be a long period of time. Just develop the daily habit of praying to Him and reading His Word. Ask God to increase your faith and your understanding of the Bible.
- Seek fellowship with other followers of Jesus. Develop a group of believing friends to answer your questions and support you.
- Find a local church where you can worship God.
Taken From: http://www.allaboutgod.com/plan-of-salvation.htm
-- Rm 8 : 28; Is 55 : 8-13