Coach Samson Dubina 2016 US National Team Coach 2015 USATT Coach of the Year
 

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The Good News of Jesus Christ

The Gospel
Are you good enough to go to heaven?

In this blog posting, I’ll be sharing with you both bad news and good news! 
Are you good enough to go to heaven?  You are probably thinking to yourself… “Yes, I’m good enough!  I haven’t killed anyone, haven’t robbed any banks, and I don’t do illegal drugs.  I’m much better than many other people.”
 
Now let’s look at God’s standard (God’s moral law) called the 10 commandments.  If God judges you by His standard (seen below) would you make it to heaven?
 
Exodus 20:1-17
And God spoke all these words, saying:“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
 “You shall have no other gods before Me.
“You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;  you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,  but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.  For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lordyour God is giving you.
 “You shall not murder.
“You shall not commit adultery.
 “You shall not steal.
 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”
 
Have you ever lied?  Have you ever stolen (the value doesn’t matter)?  Jesus said that if we look with lust we commit adultery in the heart and if we hate we commit murder in the heart.  Have you always loved God as you should?
 
God will judge you by his holy and righteous standard.  So what is the point of this blog?  Why did I have you read the 10 commandment?  The answer lies in this next Bible verse…
Romans 3:19-20 says…  Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.  Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
 
Once we have a clear understanding of God’s moral law (the 10 commandments) and we understand that we are guilty before God, then the GOOD NEWS of Jesus Christ makes sense.  We understand that we have sinned against a holy God and our sin needs to be paid for.
 
1 Peter 3:18a For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God
 
Our sin has separated us from God.  Through repenting of your sins and trusting in Jesus as your only means to be saved, you can be brought near to God and spend eternity in heaven.
 
Don’t delay.  Over 100,000 people die every day.  Where will you spend eternity?
 
If you have a question, please feel free to e-mail me anytime tt@samsondubina.com
 
 
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Throughout my blog postings, I plan to post helpful table tennis articles as well as truths that I have been learning from the Bible. 
Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
The Gospel influences every area of my life - personal, table tennis, family, hobbies.  With God's help, I want to live each moment for Him.
 

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