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About Denny

Hello! Welcome and thank you for stopping by. My name is Denny and if you believe in Jesus Christ and have accepted His gift, you are a sibling of mine! You are especially welcome if you’re not a believer and you are reading this blog. My only hope is that I can plainly tell you the mystery that I searched for, years and years to find out what the gospel really is. I am glad you are here with all your questions and doubts. You have nothing on me because I was a believing unbelief for years. Now that’s a real mess. I am not very good at writing, but it will not stop me from sharing in this format the thing that I’ve been searching for, for a long time. If you read my blogs you will know that I am not a trained theologian or even a great thinker. I’m a plain guy that has discovered some things about Jesus Christ and I am looking for a way to interactively talk about what I found out to the world. If you’re reading this in your part of the world I welcome all your comments, criticisms, corrections, instructions, and any other comments you might have. I would request that you be respectful of how I believe, even if it’s dead wrong, but please do not think I will not listen to your comments or read them. As time allows I hope to get through all of them and well, I think I’m being rather presumptuous that there will be any comments, but I hope there are. I do attend a fellowship of believers that Grace has grabbed hold of them and the fellowship is good. No, not perfect, unfortunately, they are fallen beings also and none of them are perfect. But, if they were perfect and I showed up they would no longer be perfect because of me. So I find this essence of people working through grace and truth a very attractive one and one that I can be a part of. I grew up in Northeast Ohio, had a wonderful family, of course, Yes, it did have flaws and was imperfect. My folks made sure I went to church whether I wanted to or not, and it was good for me. I knew there was something up when I was saved, I was afraid to tell anybody because I really did not understand what happened to me, yet there was a change in me. Then a year or so later I was baptized. I didn’t really understand what baptism was but I knew it was important to be baptized to be identified with Jesus. So I went through with it. Well after drifting around sports and having fun on my own and having church on Sundays I felt more a drift than anchored in my faith. Then at about 24-25 years old I felt really lost, I probably prayed my best prayers ever then, but I felt it was very audacious of me to ask God to make a difference in my life. I actually threatened to leave and not go to church anymore. But God was good. He opened up a class that was especially for my needs, well at least felt needs. For the first time I understood a little bit more about what fellowship was in the church and the people could be connected outside of Sunday. This was a very good awakening. After that part of my life dropped out, I moved on to a mission situation in a new community church. It was those 10 years of my life that were the best of times and the worst of times. I lost a great community and found a mediocre community. Okay toughen up Denny be tough it is a mission situation not an established situation so back off complaining and do what you came to do. So with the best attitude I could muster that’s what I did. I ended up being head usher and head elder and treasurer all at the same time. Learned a lot about church was I ever super Christian! LOL! I was working hard for that salvation that God freely gave to me, but at the time I did not know it. Grace was just something we said at the table. I was living well back then. I didn’t raise a ruckus and lived a pretty tight and secure life. There was not much that someone could say because I was near blameless. Yes I did forget things from time to time and everybody razzed me about it but there were no major breakdowns. I was a pretty good fellow, I was extremely miserable, but a pretty good fellow, even dependable. Then God began crashing in on me, I was never so miserable doing something good in my entire life. Have you ever been there? If you have you know it’s a miserable place to be. Yet I still did not find what I was looking for. So, it was time for another church! Right? I went to a church then that was a lot of fun. Got back to a community that I was a part of and was a part of me. Got active again, not quite as active but was leading a group and enjoying it, yet that hole was still missing what I needed. I had the rhetoric down about how to live for Jesus and make God happy! Except for the fact, I wasn’t excited about serving God, and was still on the search for that something real in Christianity for that fellowship. Funny(and painful) thing how over the years I had taken the advice of Christians on how to be real. Bought a house to become real, and then came new regulations on being real. Then I got married, I still was not real the standard of the real was continually changing and I never could make the grade for the standard. It was always just out of my reach. If I was stupid enough to reach for it I could do it but after all my past failures I did not reach for it anymore I was frustrated. I was also getting older, still playing the church game and hoping that God would understand. I don’t know if I had to go through all those things and failures to finally be soft enough to look at God as my all in all. Evidently I was still hard because then I had to suffer through a divorce. Sorry to all of you who think divorce is the final sin that will not allow me into heaven. Now I’m at peace about it. The Gospel covers it. Try reading Romans 8:1 if you don’t believe me. It was the stark first for me, that I never understood Christianity, because Romans 8 the first verse was so unpracticed in Christianity. Then one of my very liberal Christian friends gave me a book by Timothy Keller. (Prodigal God) For the very first time in my life the thing and I had been searching for was touched. The Gospel was finally spelled out and taught to me for the very first time. The Gospel did not have an absolute rule/ power over me. It did set up a new unbelief in me. I actually thought that the gospel was too good to be true! There was nothing here on this earth that I can compare the Gospel to. I still struggle with how impossibly good the gospel is. To find that Christianity is the only belief system out there, at least once I looked at, that the God who set the impossibly hard standard came lived the standard then took the punishment for all those who could not keep the standard. Then freely gave all the righteousness to His children that Jesus had amassed and took all the deadly sin away for accepting His gift. Simply acknowledging that he is God of you life. You cannot add anything to the Gospel truth without destroying its message. God is good.!! As I live to this truth it changes me every time I think about it. Yes I still struggle with sins, but I have hope that even if I die on a bad day I will be accepted into heaven because of the work that Jesus did. My work has nothing to do with my entrance into heaven but it has everything to do with the work that Jesus did on the cross for my sake and yours. The gospel is about God’s performance and His work on the cross and has nothing to do with my performance. I could never in 1000 lifetimes of just dropping the all the bad that I did and adding just the all good together, I would fail to earn my way into heaven. But God did in the single act of living the cross and resurrection.(yes a single act) And in the act that was finished on the cross a new testament and He did not take away my free will I can still choose to sin or not to sin. This is the story God gave me and the point is to attempt to share it with you. I hope you do not have to suffer as long as I did to find the pureness of the work of the cross and resurrection. The gospel is unimaginable not comparable purest good ever experienced on earth, no wonder I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel demands little and gives all we ever really needed.

Three Line Tales, Week 80

I am the mini van grand father, I was built before my time and not widely appreciated, I was just a little before my time.

Even though many successful mini van copies of me were made by many companies none have the class I command.

Take a good long look at my personality, shiny, restored, loved, sot after, who in the mini van family can compare?

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Welcome to Week 80 of Three Line Tales.

three line tales week 80: a blue old school VW camper van photo by Annie Theby via Unsplash

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page – here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post (& check the link shows up under the weekly post).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • Have fun.

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Three Line Tales, Week 79

Road Trip

We were on the big road when an urge to take a drive though the city suddenly dawned.

We took the exit, GPS yelled at us RECALCULATING! we passed the stadium as we drove on.

The stadium lights were impressive as we took them in, all the people, the game, the fun, and the traffic, TRAFFIC! Yikes, we are gone!

Only 100 Words

Have a look at that – a TLT prompt that goes up on time… So, welcome to Week 79 of Three Line Tales.

three line tales week 79: outside of the MCG; the g photo by Arnaud Mesureur via Unsplash

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page – here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post (& check the link shows up under the weekly post).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • Have fun.

Happy three-lining!

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Three Line Tales, Week 78

Understanding

WOW God! This is how I feel when I try to figure you out so I know what to do in a decision.

Where is the sound mind/peace in this mess? How can I get it right if I can not understand You?

Dear child you are learning faith. Just be unburdened and walk with me, as I walk with you eternally.

Only 100 Words

Welcome to Week 78 of Three Line Tales.

three line tales week 78: someone walks down the stairs at the Guggenheim Museum in NYC photo by Mahdis Mousavi via Unsplash

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page – here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post (& check the link shows up under the weekly post).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • Have fun.

Happy three-lining!

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Three Line Tales, Week 77

Beauty

Natures color of beauty in full brightness glow in wonder for all.

How did you know how to make beauty such as this for all to see?

This happens when you follow God’s design and walking with Him

Only 100 Words

Welcome to Week 77 of Three Line Tales. Apologies for the prompt posting late – I promise I will get the hang of scheduling one of these days…

three line tales week 77: a pink jellyfish photo by Pan Da Chuan via Unsplash

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page – here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post (& check the link shows up under the weekly post).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • Have fun.

Happy three-lining!

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Three Line Tales, Week 76

Free!

I found forgiveness today! It was there all along, I could not see it.

I have never felt so lite on my feet, nor such joy in my heart, how free.

Thank you Jesus for your gift, I dance, celebrate, all praise to Jesus!

Only 100 Words

Welcome to Week 76 of Three Line Tales.

three line tales week 76: a woman dancing on a tennis court photo by Sam Burriss via Unsplash

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page – here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post (& check the link shows up under the weekly post).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • Have fun.

Happy three-lining!

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Life Is Like Riding A Bicycle

Gals out for a ride take a moment to take in the ocean view.

The view proved breath taking, so a Boardwalk water was obtained.

To leave such beauty is the real ?, Linger in the joy or look for more?

Following Him Beside Still Waters

It’s week 75 of Three Line Tales and here is the photo and my response. If you’d like to join in, just click the link! 😉

photo by Meghan Yabsley on Unsplash

Albert Einstein once said, “Life is like a riding bicycle – in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

In addition to his wisdom, life is like a bike in that you can only peddle forward – if you look back for too long, you’ll crash into the future.

Therefore I suggest, as we move forward, we cherish the past, but take in the scenery as we ride onward.

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MY RIGHTS!

That is right!  My and I repeat my rights!  Let me see, what do I have to base my rights on?  Well, I have the constitution of the United States with the Bill of Rights.  While the Constitution and The Bill of Rights does not exactly cover every right that I am thinking of here.

My right to health, my right to do whatever I want to, live where I want, spend/save, work, no work, what I want, now that is what I am talking about, my rights!  Where do they all come from?  Are they like all the lonely people where do they all come from?

Think about your rights.  Do I have the right to respect?  Do I have a right to have a job?  Do I have a right to good health?  Do I have a right to live in the upper middle class or better?  Do I have a right to despicably abuse people?  Do you have a right to talk behind the back of others?  Do I have a right to gossip?  How about a right to love and be loved?

Maybe I should refer to them as civil society rights.  These rights defined by dictionary.com as a moral, ethical, or legal principle considered as an underlying cause of truth, justice, morality, or ethics.  Great definition in all respects dictionary.com.  Just have a few questions I would like ask to clarify before I adopt this idea.

Number one question is who establishes the truth in rights?  Next, who establishes justice?  What is the standard for morality?  What is ethical behavior?  In addition, what is foundational underlying all these principles to hold them up?  And what is morality today then tomorrow?  What is legal today?  I’ll ask one more question.  When all are answered “Says who! “

What exactly do we mean by rights?  Do my rights end the where another person’s rights begin?  A teacher presented this idea when I was in second grade.  At the time, it sounded impressive.  Then it became very subjective and hard to define as I tried to live and discern rights, where they ended and began for each situation.  I found it to be an impossible task.

This idea imprisoned me and freed other people to do as they please.  This way of living is not what I signed up for, groan.  But, no worries, right!  STUFF happens!  The philosophy of Government stated in the United States Constitution requires the majority of its people to be responsible individual people.  As we are finding, our government does not work well any other way.

Whether you have ever been in court or not, we are dependent on lawyers and judges to determine right and wrong.  The legislature legislates, the courts interpret, helping the legislature fill in discrepancies or make changes in the law completely, relegating the law.(divisive?)  The president, well, watches all this events unfold before their office and vetoes some documents and signs other documents into law.

Nevertheless, do these principles cover our basic rights?  If I move into science and evolution, for foundation for rights,  I find a very unsatisfying law of survival of the fittest.  If I am fit I kill you as needed for me and mine to survive, if you are more fit than I am, you kill me, then you and your clan survive.

This is one- method to decrease the surplus population and follow the law of evolution.  No backlash it is natural no worries.  Harsh, but it does follow the law of evolution.

Now, if your reaction was negative toward this thinking of evolutionary law which science has defined for us, what are you appealing your objection to?  Is it natural as the law of nature and instinct?  Nature is a fast food advertisement: Have it your way! Until of course, someone kills/eats you! I hope they kill you first before eating!

There is no other law nature offers no mercy, if you are strong/smart you exert your authority over whomever you desire.  Sometimes we call them dictatorships, emperors, cults, and many other names, in each of these governments’ people give up freedom to be part of the government.

There is not much hope in what I see in these governments.  They tend to lead to rebellions.  The wars sometimes replace tyrants with more evil tyrants.  There is no justice!  Is there another way?

I am not impressed with the answers I get from nature and science.  Is there a hope?  Is there another way?  We have become so civilized in our daily living that we have forgotten how violent the world really is.

How did we become so civil?  We have really forgotten to what we owe the ideas of benevolence, kindness, self-sacrifice, doing unto others as you would have them do unto you.  Where do you find ideas like this in nature or science?  The empirical data for these ideas are not there.

I propose we are looking for something supernatural and outside of nature.  Nature is harsh, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, cold, heat, fire, sickness, and survival of the fittest.  Where is your mind going when it goes to the supernatural?  The supernatural life experience Hollywood/PBS portrays on different documentaries does not seem to be an absolute good.

To whom can we take our case to for our own personal rights?  Where do I go to obtain my rights as a citizen of the planet Earth?  Is there such a place?  There has only been one source for the ideas of a just a government found only in one place.

In a letter sent by the creator of the universe to men and women so that they could know, what God has to say about government.  I chose Isaiah as one excerpt from this love letter which indicates the direction and scope of government and who is responsible for it.

Isaiah 9:6 For a child is born to us, a son is given to us.

The government will rest on his shoulders.  And he will be called:

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

7 His government and its peace will never end.

He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity.

The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!

Amazing, Amen and Amen!

Does this government sound like someone who deeply understands justice?  Would you feel comfortable trying your case for rights in front of this judge?  Whatever you believe in right now takes faith.  Dig deeply into what you believe what is it founded on?  It is kind of like a paper dollar note, which is worthless but someone says is worth something so we spend it as legal tender.

No belief system can withstand the quest for absolute proof; Faith is always an element that finalizes your foundation in what you decide to believe.  Dig deep and test it for yourself.  If you do not allow self-evident ideas to exist there is no absolute proof for any belief system especially Christianity.

In God’s word it says without faith, it is impossible to please God, a self-evident truth.  Therefore, there is no absolute proof there is God because it would set us up for failure to please God.

We are designed predisposed to live in faith because we are image bearers of God.  We understand we are not with God and things are not right.  The real world is on its way, your beliefs that you choose yourself will be bound in heaven unbreakable by even God because he has given you that choice and will not take it away.

If you want to be free unbind yourself from nature, science, and instinct, bind yourself to God who says he has built a mansion for you to live in with Him.  Science has never made that offer.

In fact, I almost get the feeling that God says, come up to heaven all you lightweight partyers, now I will teach you how to party.  I will give you bodies that are going to be able to withstand partying, as you have never dreamed of before.  There will not be a time of wondering when it is going to end or when someone is going to say something wrong to offend, there will be absolute love in this party and no wallflowers!

Everybody will be the life of the party!  Yes, even the drab Christians that we have experienced in life will be vibrant and the life of the party.  Think about it!  I cordially invite you to see this wonderful site with me by calling on Jesus’s name as I have.

If you think, I am wrong that is okay!  However, could you please explain to me why Jesus made the 160 gallons of a very fine wine to celebrate a small wedding in a local town near the end of the celebration?  This miracle is the first and a sign of who God is.  Do we just die and end as nature says?

Do we go to a party that is never-ending for all eternity, a celebration that is totally worthy of all joy and fun and fellowship?  Which sounds more plausible to you? Is there not something more wonderful in you than a thought or a heartbeat?

Are you really that stuck on yourself that we cannot be remade better?  I welcome you to do the adventure of believing in God.  Talk to him on your own and then look for someone or some group to fellowship with in his name.  Not all assemblies really believe and follow him but look deeply into the word of God the 66 books of the Bible for your guide.  Test and compare, the truth is out there!

Good Bible translations would be the new King James, the NIV, the new American Standard, the new Living Translation, and if we want to get crazy and be driven nuts try the amplified Bible and others.  Read more than one let the Spirit guide you to truth.

Do not delay, we are only gifted one lifetime to figure out whether there is a God or not.  There is a God, and you know it deep inside just look and listen as you get quiet it will come out.  If you are an especially downtime there will be a voice of good reason in kindness calling you, humble yourself and follow it.

With rights, I think,

Denny

Three Line Tales, Week 73

My 3 lines…

The Deliberation?

As I stare into the field I I crave to play world football. Yet the

God of light who saved my soul calls me to his field, laborers are few.

How shall I respond, to which field shall I go? To glory or for glory?

Only 100 Words

Welcome to Week 73 of Three Line Tales.

three line tales 73 midsummer photo by Christian Widell via Unsplash

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page – here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post (& check the link shows up under the weekly post).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • Have fun.

Happy three-lining!

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Poetry Six-Word Challenge

Not a poet and know it! LOL   Just have a go and it could be fun!

Poetry = Life’s collage in Words.

The Abundant Heart

Poetry =
whispers
to your heart


Last night I was batting around some ideas for ways to define poetry in six words—okay, essentially four words, since the first two are “Poetry =” (i.e. Poetry equals). I called for backup from my friend Charles Robert Lindholm of The Reluctant Poet, and together this is what we came up with. Then I decided to make this a challenge to see how many different ways we could all come up with to define poetry in four words.

Many thanks to Nicola Aukland, the Sometimes Stellar Storyteller for the second half of my inspiration, based on her six-word story challenge.

To participate:

  1. Write your 6-word definition, beginning with Poetry = and then add four more words to define what poetry means to you. The number of lines does not matter, only the number of words.
  2. Either post it on your blog or…

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Three Line Tales, Week 72!!

Spineless Jelly Fish

I am spineless, I live in unrelenting ocean, after the fall! I have survived

centuries free without worry, I swim with sharks, danger sure. God is Faithful!

Human, invited to redemption, you answered God’s call? Spineless who?

 

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Three Line Tales, Week 69

I am going to try this one time to see what it is like! this is week 69/ lego heads.

Only 100 Words

Welcome to Week 69 of Three Line Tales.

three line tales week 69: Lego heads photo by Carson Arias via Unsplash

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page – here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post (& check the link shows up under the weekly post).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • If you want your post to be included in the round-up, you have until Sunday evening to publish it.
  • Have fun.

Happy three-lining!

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Duality Within

I sincerely hope this finds you well and at peace.  As I write this, I find myself in an age-old struggle deep within me.  I made a in a hurry careless mistake last week.  The mistake did not seem to have a big effect negatively on anything, yet it was a haunting mistake for me.  Because of the mistake, I began to get negative on myself because I did something that was careless.

As this self-inflicted interaction within me was taking place, I found that there was no good coming from it.  In fact, there was collateral damage happening, creating other thoughts to grow that were negative and unhealthy in nature.  Things like anger issues, self-righteousness, negative attitude about life and other thoughts that at one time plagued me all to often.

With good reason, this set me on a spiral down into a deprived place in me.  Even though I am a Christian, I am still a sinner.  Becoming a Christian added something to me, that I do not deserve, called forgiveness a gift from God.  All my imperfection is still intact and working to control me in my Christian forgiveness, doing battle moment by moment.

As I was experiencing this most unsettling time of life a thought occurred to me.  It is something I have told people many times so to do battle with their sin nature.  The principal goes something like this: do not use Satan’s tools to do good!  This whole idea came home to rest on me in a unique way.

What happened was this, what I was trying to pound out and destroy in my own strength, was only serving to spread the seed of discontent, inferiority, and unforgiveness in areas that I was previously overcoming because of God’s forgiveness.  I was using Satan’s tools to do God’s work of sanctification/purification.  (SIGH) What an opportunity to practice what you preach Denny!  Rats!  Found out again!

In being found out by my misconception of God’s grace there was an epiphany moment, sin is extremely subtle influencing us away from God.  Even with experience in living in faith I was fooled.  When I use Satan’s tools to do good I am using a defeated method.  Therefore, whatever I do with Satan’s tools is bound to fail by God’s Victory over sin.  All of Lucifer’s tools are defeated foes.

Now if I applied God’s tools to the same situation of my mistake/sin, (Now I am) tools such as confession, grace, forgiveness, and humility what would have grown out of those God-given tools?  God desires to prosper His children not destroy us.  Each human being is an image bearer of God therefore; Satan has no problem cannibalizing his own followers (unredeemed image bearers) to do his evil, or anyone else who will avail themselves to his power lies and work, even believers in Jesus.

Paul the Apostle prayed three times for a thorn in the flesh/sin to be removed from him.  God answered Paul and said: My grace is sufficient.  Without checks and balances in living it is easy to be duped into a sense of victory when in reality it is God dependent -given victory not self victory.  We say something like: Do not worry God I have got it handled.  I will stamp out sin in my life let me show you how.  God, see how good I am!

Good and perfect gifts come from above and the book of James tells us our own sin nature leads us astray.  It certainly pulled me astray in trying to take care of my own sin.  I am dependent on a merciful God for all the forgiveness I will ever need as I live.

A mixed bag of blessing and failure is how I appear right now to others and me.  However, to my Lord and Savior I am sinless and un-condemned see Romans 8.  I call 8:1 the first three rules of Christianity there is no condemnation, there is no condemnation, there is no condemnation.  It is my choice on how I live, I do not choose to continue to use Satan’s failed tools.  I want to learn to use God’s tools for living well and not be duped into a lesser life.

To be or not to be is not the question!  To live by God’s grace that is wild and wonderful or to have a false sense of control of your life and live by Satan’s rules of pseudo-life is the real question.  God has given each of us one life to figure this out.

Jesus is building a place for you, your choice; do you want fellowship with God forever?  If you answer yes, then ask Jesus in your own words to forgive your sin.  Then start walking with Him, remember you are forgiven, and live like you are thankful for what Jesus did for you.  Yes, salvation can be that simple. (if God has forgiven you, you will see that living in thanks to God is a privilege and joy not a law of any kind) God wants your fellowship so much He died and overcame death to show you the way to overcome sin.

In Christ’s resurrection.

Denny