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AN OPEN LETTER TO THOSE WHO HAVE FALLEN

Dear Friend:

You’re not alone. The Bible is filled with stories of people who fell away from God, but ultimately found His forgiveness and favor. They became trophies of God’s grace and mercy rather than symbols of human frailty.

Deep inside, you also want to come back to God, but you don’t know what steps to take. You find it difficult to believe He can forgive you because you can’t forgive yourself.

You’ve been hurt by Christians who withheld their friendship and cast verbal stones after you made some poor choices. Some have even decided you’re beyond reach. But they need to remember that God’s gift of forgiveness is more powerful than your sin. And God is more concerned with your future possibilities than He is your past failures.

You think you’re unworthy to sit in a sanctuary on Sunday morning, so you’ve stayed away from church. But please understand that churches are not filled with perfect people; they’re filled with forgiven people.

God wants to give you another chance. He wants to return you to the body of Christ and restore you to spiritual wholeness. He says so in His Word:

• “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrigh-teousness” (1 John 1:9, NIV).

• “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more” (Jeremiah 31:34).

• The blood of Jesus cleanses “our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!” (Hebrews 9:14).

Today is your opportunity to become one of God’s trophies of grace. Don’t procrastinate. Don’t let anyone or anything stand in your way. Return to God and receive His gift of forgiveness. Follow the ABCs of Salvation.

God is waiting right now to hear you say, “Help me, forgive me and give me a new start.” And, rest assured, He will answer your prayer.

Hal Donaldson

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