Our wedding day. On 8/14/93.
Howard house built in 1930.
THE WAY TO HEAVEN
Will you go to Heaven when you die? Here’s a quick test: Have you ever lied, stolen, or used God’s name in vain? Jesus said, “Whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
If you have done these things, God sees you as a lying, thieving, blasphemous, adulterer at heart, and the Bible warns that one day God will punish you in a terrible place called Hell.
But God is not willing that any should perish. Sinners broke God’s Law and Jesus paid their fine. This means that God can legally dismiss their case: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Then Jesus rose from the dead, defeating death.
Today, repent and trust Jesus, and God will give you eternal life as a free gift. Then read the Bible daily and obey it. God will never fail you.
Please read below for Bible verses on Salvation through Jesus Christ!
What is the greatest question in life? The greatest question is, "Where will you spend eternity?" Has anyone ever explained to you God's simple plan of salvation, as given in the Bible? On whose terms would you want to meet God? -- Your church, or your family, or your own, or the Bible?
Man's ways are not God's ways!! Proverbs 16:25 says, "There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
" Isaiah 55:8 says, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord." Our problem is that sin separates us from God. God is holy, pure, righteous and sinless. Ecclesiastes 7:20 says, "For there is not a just man upon the earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not." Romans 3:23 says, "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God."
What are the wages of sin? Romans 6:23 says, "The wages of sin is death." Since all have sinned, then where will all go to get their wages? The answer? Hell! Do you fear hell? Jesus says we should! Matthew 10:28 says, "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." Do you know why Jesus warned us to fear hell? He knew how bad it is, that its consequences are fearful, and that it is eternal! God's word shows a preview of hell! (Luke 16:23-31) The man in hell was in torment! The man in hell prayed, but too late! The man in hell was eternally separated from God by "a great gulf fixed". But all men will not go to hell!
While there is the broad way that leads to destruction (Matthew 7:13), there is also the narrow way (Christ, John 14:6) that leads to life eternal (Matthew 7:14). Which way are you going? Extra, Extra!! Good news!! God loves us!! Christ died for us!! John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Read also 1 Peter 2:24 & 2 Corinthians 5:21.
Jesus Christ is the only bridge from this world to the world to come. He said in John 14:6, "I am the way." Salvation is not of works. Ephesians 2:8&9 says, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." Read also, Romans 4:5,6 & Titus 3:5. Salvation is a gift from God to us!! Revelation 22:17 says, "Whosoever will, let him take---."
What two actions can we take when offered a gift? We can receive, or refuse. John 1:12 says, "As many as received Him, to them gave He power (authority) to become the sons of God even to them that believe on His name." Christ said in John 10:9, "I am the door." And in John 6:37 He said, "Him that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out." Why wait? God said in Genesis 6:3, "My spirit shall not always strive with man."
How much time have you to live? 2 Corinthians 6:2 says, "Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation."
Here is a prayer of acceptance: "Lord Jesus, I am a sinner! I repent of my sins. I deserve to go to Hell! But I believe you; Jesus Christ died for me and rose from the dead on the third day, and I now receive you; Lord as my personal Lord and Savior!" in Jesus' name, Amen
I crashed my car head on into a brick wall drunk out of my mind at 55 MPH & my best friend was killed. My dad died on November 29, 1982, while I was away at college in Kansas on a running scholarship.
I started drinking to cope with the loss of my dad! My Coach kicked me off the track team for drinking too many beers, and getting out of control. I was close to hitting bottom and I didnt even realize it.
This is what the Bible has to say about living a sinful life: Galatians 6:7,8: "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit will reap eternal life."
In March of 1984 I was partying with some friends in the parking lot of the United Artist's Cinemas in Santa Ana, California where I worked. At the end of the evening I was driving home drunk out of my mind, and a friend of mine named Brett Southard was a passenger in the car. I lost control of the car and crashed into a brick wall. I lived but my friend Brett died.
This was a wake up call to me! Jesus Christ pulled me out of a pit! My sins are forgiven and I have eternal life through Jesus Christ! Pastor Chuck Smith preached at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, California & my eyes were opened! Jesus saved my soul on April 17, 1984. My mother & father were drunkards. Their fathers were also! Jesus broke the curse in my life.
I coached cross country & track at my Alma Mater Costa Mesa High School 1987 through 2001. I spoke to the drivers education classes on the dangers of drunk driving. All the glory belongs to our Lord & savior Jesus Christ!
God bless you richly,
John 14:6 Jesus answered, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. Only Jesus Saves!
Mark in the harvest field of the Lord in Thailand.
Missionaries Mark & Kirsten Howard atop The World Trade Center 7/26/01
Mark in the Philippines serving the Lord as a missionary.
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Coach Mark Howard on the left coached Cross Country & Track at Costa Mesa High School, CA 1987 through 2001.