Concerning the testing of Papa Alfred Stadem's spiritual bridge to heaven, an anonymously-authored (we trust!) story sent by email illustrates a point about two brothers who had been loving for many years but experienced a falling out. How could they be reconciled, when the rift widened with every new grievance and the growth of unforgiveness in both brothers? See how God's grace and mercy intervened to save two men from a fatal condition that could only get worse.
This poignant story of the bitter falling-out and later, by the act of a Christ-like third party, the reconciliation of two brothers depicts the bridge of forgiveness and God's grace and mercy.
There are many kinds of bridges on this earth, but this particular bridge would effectively end all human conflict and wars between nations and peoples, if it were crossed by all the parties involved.
The good news is: The bridge exists at present, it is fully available, but the sad news is that it is not being used by most people, as we can plainly see, either by looking at our own lives or at the lives of others.
Papa Alfred Stadem crossed this fateful bridge, after suffering much personal loss and turmoil, and he was saved from bondage to a bitter root of unforgiveness and judgmentalism that was near to destroying him and his marriage and family before it was stopped.
How was this bridge created? Specifically, it was constructed by the work of Christ on the Cross a little less than 2,000 years ago. Please turn to the next page for an account of how the shed blood of Jesus Christ erected the bridge that won us, individually, the righteousness of God that saves a person from hell and condemnation and secures for him eternal life, free of the curse of the Law and sin's penalty of eternal punishment.
The concluding part of this account is entited, "If the Blood has not been shed."
Why not take for yourself the freedom from sin won by the precious Blood of Christ today, this moment, especially if you find yourself in the situation of the two brothers, with a creek of bitter words and bitter deeds flowing betwixt you and someone else?
Do not put it off "for a more convenient time." How can you or anyone be guaranteed a more convenient time than the present? It doesn't exist, so don't count on it being there for you later, friend! The creek soon will be a river, and then a raging flood that may carry you and your family away. It has happened so to countless people and nations--but there is a means of escape--a bridge--provided by the master carpenter, Jesus Christ. Turn to Him now, and He will give it to you. If you would like prayer, and need someone to pray with you, there is a link to us directly through the email address provided below. Also, the Praying for You link has the email address for your convenience. God bless you!
Our Righteousness, just as Papa Alfred Stadem found out in mid-life, does not work! The Apostle Paul call his righteousness nothing but filthy rags in comparison to Christ's, yet how many of us know these scriptures that are following, and ignore them and set out to establish our own faulty righteousness that will never be accepted by God in place of His Son's! We would do well to heed Paul's admonition and these scriptures in Romans and avoid that terrible pitfall!
Romans 10: 1-10:
Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness. Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyonewho believes. Moses describes in this way the righteousness that is by the law: "The man who does these things will live by them. But the righteousness that is by faith says: "Do not say in your heart, 'Who will ascend into heaven?' (that is, to bring Christ down) or 'Who will descend into the deep' "(that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? "The word is near you: it is in your mouth and in your heart," that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That 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. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in hm will never be put to shame. For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile--the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
An old man, going a lone highway,
came at the evening,cold and gray,
to a chasm, vast, and deep, and wide,
through which was flowing a sullen tide.
The old man crossed in the twilight dim,
the sullen stream had no fears for him.
Buit he turned, when safe on the other side,
and built a bridge to span the tide.
"Old man," said a fellow pilgrim, near,
"You are wasting strength with building here.
YOUR journey will end with the ending day.
You never again must pass this way.
You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide--
Why build you the bridge at the eventide?"
The builder lifted his old gray head.
"Good friend, in the path I have come," he said,
"There followeth after me today
a youth, whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm, that has been naught to me,
to that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be.
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim.
Good friend, I am building the bridge for HIM."
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