What Are the Keys of Heaven? JESUS's
Jesus's DEATH: Isaiah 53:5 “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.”
(See also: Romans 5:6, 8; John 3:14-17)
Jesus's BURIAL: Isaiah 53:9 “And He made His grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death; because He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth.”
(See also: Matthew 27:57-60; Psalm 103:1-5, 8, 10-12)
Jesus's RESURRECTION: Psalm 16:10 “For thou wilt not leave My soul in hell; neither wilt Thou suffer Thine Holy One to see corruption.”
(See also: Isaiah 53:10-12; Psalm 49:15; Mark 16:6-7)
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Hello, and welcome to the website! The Keys of Heaven Ministries was founded by Gary Westgerdes, located in Celina, Ohio.
"As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us." (Psalm 103:12)
Hi, my name is Gary Westgerdes, the founder of The Keys of Heaven Ministries. I was born and raised in a Catholic family in a mostly Catholic community, in Ohio. At age seven a religion class that I was in was being taught about heaven and hell; God was convicting me of my sin and I was worried about going to hell. A week or so later, the class teacher, I don't know why, read John 3:16 and upon hearing God's word I was born again as I trusted in Jesus for the forgiveness of my sins, “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." After wandering from God my Father this prodigal son returned home at age 23 for forgiveness. I celebrated my 57th year as a Child of God the summer of 2020. View my testimony to hear more.
My wife Victoria and I have been blessed with five wonderful children and nine beautiful grandchildren. Read More
E-mail> [email protected]
Mail: The Keys of Heaven Ministries, Gary Westgerdes,
313 E Wayne St, Celina, OH 45822-1520
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Compare the Two Gospels - Brochure Responses
Sep. 3, 2017, 5:13 AM: "Hello, my name is Brad Heckman ... I had just read your pamphlet that I received in the mail and timing could not be more perfect. I recently had my eyes opened by reading the Bible and doing careful research online. I have questions and seek fellowship. I would love to meet with you sometime. I work second shift. Thank you for your time" (We met on Saturday Sep. 9, 2017 ).
Sep. 22, 2017, 10:13 PM Kathy Brown: "I want to Thank You for sending me the brochure. I am a 78 year old widow being widowed now 9 years ... I have take(n) God into my heart as my Lord and my Savior and I feel that my life and my future are in His hands ... I make quilts for the terminally ill children and refurbish cabbage patch dolls for the needy kids. I would rather give and help than receive. I would appreciate your prayers for me ... Thank you for praying for me and God Bless you both. Regards, (Kathy Brown)
Non-Christian Jewish Friend
A Paraphrase of about 10 – 15 minutes; “I really liked your pamphlet, it was very well written. I liked the way you just presented the facts and didn’t really bash anybody. You just laid it out for them to decide. It was very good.”
Text Message from: Christian Pastor, Steve Clayton
“Bro Gary, I just wanted to congratulate you on the terrific Gospel Tract you have been distributing recently. It is excellent and a real blessing. Great to know others are working to get out the true Gospel. God Bless ... We will be praying for you and the power of God upon that tract. May many souls be added to Christ Kingdom.”
What Would I Say - Brochure Responses
CPL R. J.
Thanks for the letter & pamphlets. I gave them away – hopefully they made a difference. How awesome that God used you to minister to us over here!
Thank you for the teaching on salvation. To answer the question “if tonight God asked you: Why should I let you into heaven? Why Should I give you eternal life” … the only way is through Jesus Christ and what He has done for me!! Praise God!!
Thanks for your mail evangelism. What a good idea! I will pass the brochure along to others.
January 30, 2005
Thank you so much for your kind words and inspirational correspondence. Yes, I find all of the literature very helpful. Although I won’t be deploying back to Iraq with my unit due to my retirement, I’ve taken the liberty of duplicating the information and passing it out to my comrades who are deploying. If there is one thing that helped me through some very rough and trying times, while I was deployed in Iraq, was the assurance that God was with me always … watching over me and my soldiers.
Well, Gary, I guess I’ll sign off for now. Again, thank you for your letter and literature. I hope to meet you upon my return home.
LCPL J. R.
27 July 2003, Kuwait City International Airport
Thank you for the scripture pamphlets you sent me while I was in Iraq. I am amazed at how many letters I and others in my platoon have gotten from people who don’t even know us personally. It’s really great to know about all the support and prayers from back home.
Thank you for keeping us in your prayers and for all of your support.
John SPC Martin
How are you doing? I’m doing great, well as great as the desert allows. It’s a different kind of living, but we are getting by rather well. Thank you for the literature you’ve been sending, it is very enlightening. Sorry for the long time before responding, we are really busy. Hopefully, we will be home soon. See you soon. Thanks again.
28 Jan 2005
I wanted to thank you for the note of thanks you sent my husband J. S. It was very thoughtful and touched our hearts greatly.
We have been retired from the U.S. Navy for 3 ½ years. We were involved during the Gulf War.
Your support and letters do so much for so many in need.
Thanks for the tracts you sent. I put them in my bible and perhaps I’ll be able to pass them on to someone else.
Many thanks again for your prayers and support for all our service men and women.
Total residents or businesses reached to date with brochures:
Reached 15,000 in Mercer Country, Ohio, 5,000 in Washington D.C., 7,000 in Chicago
... One day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise ... but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:8,9)