The tornado was almost a mile
wide and was headed straight for their home,
destroying everything in its path. It was a monster
of a tornado, the worst storm he had ever seen, and
he had minutes to get everyone into the shelter
before it was going to be right on top of them.
First he got his wife and children into the shelter,
then the dogs and one of the cats.
But two of the cats would simply not let him
He tried to catch those two cats right up to
the moment he began to bleed from the storm tossed
gravel that was pelting his body.
Out of time, he ran to the shelter as fast as
he could, practically jumping in and closing the
door behind him.
When they emerged a few
minutes later, there was nothing left but bare earth
and a few stumps where the big oak trees used to be.
The house, the cars, even the fences were
gone, just gone - nowhere to be seen.
There was nothing left – it was all gone.
They could see the twister heading off in the
distance maybe a mile away by now and moving fast.
They looked for the missing cats for days,
but the twister had taken them away, along with
everything else they owned.
All they had left was the dirt they were
standing on and each other, and of course their
Many people say their problem
with Christianity is that they can’t believe in a
God who would send people to hell.
Others say that they feel like God is putting
conditions on them, asking them to jump through
hoops, obey certain commandments they don’t like,
etc. in order to go to heaven and avoid hell.
But the truth is, there is a storm coming,
and God is just trying to get us all in the shelter
before it hits. The storm’s name is death, and it is
going to hit every one of us eventually.
Anyone left outside the shelter will be
God isn’t trying to make us jump through
hoops, He is trying to get us all into the shelter
before it is too late.
Out of His love for us, He is doing
everything He can to get us in to Christ, so that
when the Angel of Death shows up, he will pass over
us instead of taking us.
Jesus said, “I am the
resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me
will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives
and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe
this?” (John 11:25-26)
He also said, “In My Father’s house are many
dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have
told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.
If I go and prepare a place for you, I will
come again and receive you to Myself, that where I
am, there you may be also.”
Heaven and hell is about whether or not you
will live or die when the storm of death hits your
is about a loving Father trying to get everyone into
a safe place so that death will not harm them.
He loves and
cares about all of us, and wants us to be spared the
ravages of the storm of death.
All that is required is faith. Are you
running from God?
Let Him catch you and bring you into the
Let Him bring you into Christ, that you may live.
everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on
them, may be compared to a wise man who
built his house on the rock.
the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds
blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did
not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.
who hears these words of Mine and does not act on
them, will be like a foolish man who built his house
on the sand.
rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew
and slammed against that house; and it fell—and
great was its fall.”
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