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  • Death

    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)

  • Burial

    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)

  • Resurrection

    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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The Keys of Heaven Ministries, by Gary and Vicky Westgerdes
The Keys of Heaven Ministries, by Gary and Vicky Westgerdes
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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

 

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Mail: The Keys of Heaven Ministries, Gary Westgerdes,

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The 3 Keys
When Jesus first came, God the Father bear witness of him, not so for the "Marian" apparitions. Read the following to see what "Mary of Fatima" and Jesus say about themselves and decide who you want to serve and follow.MARY OF FATIMA & JESUS; a tract/pamphlet by Gary Westgerdes. Read also in the following, Gary’s tract on JESUS’s 2nd Coming.JESUS the Saviour: “I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Matt. 9:13) “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword, (his word, the one true gospel). For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother-in-law.” (Matt. 10:34–35) “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden [burdened with religious rules and laws, whether Jewish or Gentile], and I will give you rest. Take my yoke [turn from sin, love God and neighbor, practice forgiveness, have an attitude of serving others, preach the word—the message of the cross] upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls [salvation and forgiveness through faith in Jesus].” (Matt. 11:28–29) “And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.” (Luke 5:20)“All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: And, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matt. 28:18–20)“Behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: And behold a voice (God the Father) out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son (Jesus), in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.” (Matt. 17:5) JESUS: “If they hear not Moses and the prophets (God’s word/scriptures), Neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.” (Luke 16:31) *****************************************************************The Catholic Mary, From: The Catholic Telegraph191st year | issue 3 | March 2022THE BLESSED MOTHER, PRAY THE ROSARY Every day for peace in the world.The following is from an interior postcard Ad, America Needs Fatima www.ANF.org “The Blessed Mother knows you and understands your sufferings even more than you do. She is full of compassion, love, and hope. She offers a remedy for every problem and hope for every affliction. She is the Mother of God and yours, so beautifully represented by this miraculous Pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima.www.holyart.com/special-occasions/our-lady-of-fatima/our-lady-of-fatima-statues?gclid=EAIaIQobChM... “At Fatima, Portugal, in 1917, The Blessed Mother gave a saving message to the world. She gave us the solution for America’s moral decline, the coming chastisement, which will end in a glorious era of hope, peace, and the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. “She requested that we pray one rosary of five decades every day. ‘Pray the rosary every day to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war,’ She told the three young shepherds on May 13, 1917. “In each of the six apparitions, she insisted on the necessity of the daily rosary.If you see a friend or family member sinking in vice, turn to our Blessed Mother for help.“She is truly the guiding star of the way to Our Lord, Jesus Christ.”[Since the Council of Trent the local bishop must bear witness to the validity of Marian Apparitions. (Code of Canon Law 212, 753: www.vatican.va/archive/cod-iuris-canonici/eng/documents/cic_lib2-cann208-329_en.html ) Westgerdes—not God the Father as he did for Jesus.]“May 13 is the feast of Our Lady of Fatima.“She is a powerful intercessor and model, especially in a time where sins of the flesh and sins against humanity dominate the culture.“Our Lady of Fatima appeared six times to the three shepherd children (Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco) from May 13, 2017 – Oct. 13, 1917.“Throughout her apparitions, she stressed prayer, fasting and sacrifice to obtain peace for the world and the conversion of sinners. She particularly encouraged daily devotion to the rosary.”“Here’s seven powerful quotes from Our Lady of Fatima’s Apparitions:“1) Our Lady: “Do you wish to offer yourselves to God to endure all the sufferings that He may be pleased to send you, as both an act of reparation for the sins with which He is offended and an act of supplication for the conversion of sinners? Lucia: Yes, we do. Our Lady: Well then, you will have much to suffer. But the grace of God will be your comfort.” (First Apparition–05/13/1917)2) “Pray the rosary every day to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war.” (First Apparition–05/13/ 1917)3) “[Jesus] wishes to establish devotion to my Immaculate Heart in the world. I promise salvation to those who embrace it; and these souls will be beloved of God like flowers arranged by me to adorn His throne.” (Second Apparition—06/13/1917)4) “…Pray the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary, in order to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war, for she alone can be of any avail.” (Third Apparition—07/13/19175) “Sacrifice yourselves for sinners and say many times, especially when you make a sacrifice, ‘O Jesus, this is for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.'” (Third Apparition–07/13/1917)6) “Pray, pray much, and sacrifice for sinners, for many souls go to hell because there is no one to sacrifice and pray for them.” (Fourth Apparition–August 19, 1917)7) “I wish to tell you that I want a chapel built here in my honor. I am the Lady of the Rosary. Continue to pray the rosary every day. The war is going to end, and the soldiers will soon return to their homes.”www.churchpop.com/.../7-powerful-messages-our.../ *******************************************************************Westgerdes—The Real Mary said, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word—And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.” (Luke 1:38, 46–47)The Catholic Hail Mary Prayer, “Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.” A Hail Jesus, not a real prayer, by Gary Westgerdes, “Hail, the forgiving Savior Jesus, born full of grace and truth, God his Father is with him! Blessed is the fruit of thy empty tomb Jesus, sinners made saints through the only name that saves us. Holy Jesus, Son of God, strengthen the redeemed to love, may they walk like thee, forgiving others with strength from above. Holy Spirit, third person of God, thank you for praying to the Father the righteous desires of my heart and for the joy awaiting me at the hour of my death! Amen.” bigthink.com/strange-maps/world-map-marian-apparitions/?fbclid=IwAR3J-Zy-eCL2R3NgRgkRwwcYdZbEu8yc... www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/151113-virgin-mary-sightings-map?fbclid=IwAR0Njn90hEyt... www.catholic.com/search?q=marian%20apparitions – Catholic AnswersJESUS: “I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.” (John 5:43)“I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12) “I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me.” (John 8:16)“I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.” (John 8:18)“I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.” (John 8:24) “When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.” (John 8:28)“I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” (John 11:25) “If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.” (John 12:26) “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.” (John 12:46)“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I AM, there ye may be also.” (John 14:3)*******************************************************************JESUS 2nd Coming“For as the lightning cometh out of the east and shineth even unto the west; so, shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matt. 24:27)“For there shall arise FALSE CHRISTS, and FALSE PROPHETS, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect—Immediately, after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man COMING in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” (Matt. 24:24, 29–30)Jesus is speaking to the Apostles before he ascends into heaven to sit at God the Father’s right hand.“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in WHITE apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same JESUS, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:8–11)Apostle John is now speaking to us about Jesus’s second coming as Jesus descends from heaven.“And I saw heaven opened and behold a WHITE horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war ... And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon WHITE horses, clothed in fine linen, WHITE and clean—And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations ... And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” (Rev. 19:11, 14–16)“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as WHITE as SNOW; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isa. 1:18)The believer’s righteousness is equal to and described as the same as Jesus’s.“I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days (Jesus) did sit, whose garment was WHITE as SNOW, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.” (Daniel 7:9–10)“And I saw the dead, small, and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works—And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Rev. 20:12, 15)“He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in WHITE raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.” (Rev. 3:5)“His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow. (Matt. 28:3)“His raiment became shining, exceeding WHITE as snow; so, as no fuller on earth can WHITE them.” (Mark 9:3) JESUS, “Behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are WHITE already to harvest.” (John 4:35) “Lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with WHITE robes—And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb (Jesus). What are these which are arrayed in WHITE robes? and whence came they? These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them WHITE in the blood of the Lamb.” (Rev. 7:9–10, 13–14)JESUS, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning, and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” (Rev. 1:8)“And the Spirit and the bride say, COME. And let him that heareth say, COME. And let him that is athirst COME. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” (Rev. 22:17)“He which testifieth these things saith, SURELY, I COME quickly. Amen. Even so, COME, Lord Jesus.” (Rev. 22:20)Westgerdes: The Tribulation Period is the Seven Year Period preceding Jesus’s Second Coming. After Jesus’s return he will establish his reign upon the earth for a Thousand Years during which Satan shall be chained in the bottomless pit. (Rev. 20:1–2)After the Thousand Years Satan will be released and he will gather his followers in the final great battle to defeat Jesus, Jesus will destroy Satan and his followers in this final Victory. This Victory will be followed by Jesus’s destruction of the current heavens and earth and the creation of a NEW EARTH and a NEW HEAVEN in which righteousness will reign. (Rev. 20–22)About the RAPTURE, what is it? It is when Jesus calls up his saints, both dead and alive, to join him in the air. In relation to the Seven Year Tribulation period. There are three views, the rapture will be:Before—to escape God’s wrath* (1 Thess. 4:13–5:11). Middle—When the Anti-Christ sets himself up to be worshiped in the newly rebuilt Jewish Temple. After—at Jesus’s 2nd Coming. A video/videos concerning the Rapture by Amir Tsarfati:www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PE1XMLlniE www.google.com/search?q=Amir+Tsarfati+the+rapture&oq=amir+&aqs=chrome.0.69i59j46i512j69i57j69i65l... Catholic views on the Rapture by/on Catholic Answers:www.catholic.com/search?q=catholic%20view%20on%20rapture About the Millennial views concerning Jesus’s thousand-year reign. “AMILLENNIALISTS see it as a spiritual reign in heaven—we are currently in the millennium. Amillennialism is not new—by the time of Augustine, it had become the dominant view of the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Roman Catholic Church, and many Protestants. And it was the view of the reformers, including Calvin and Luther.”—Ed Jarrett,www.christianity.com/wiki/christian-terms/what-is-amillennialism.html Westgerdes, this is significant because those, or some, who believe this view are looking for Christ return as the world gets more peaceful and united thus, they may be deceived into accepting a false Christ, and ultimately, the Anti-Christ. (1 Thess. 5:3 “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.”)Catholic info on the Millennial views:www.catholic.com/search?q=Catholic%20view%20on%20the%20Millennial%20views Amir Tsarfati videos/teachings on the millennium: www.google.com/search?q=amir+tsarfati+millennial+views&oq=amir+tsarfati+millennial+views&aqs=chro... CONCERNING JESUS’S 2ND COMING “Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many.“And unto them that look for him shall he appear the SECOND TIME without sin unto salvation.” (Heb. 9:28)“For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus [Westgerdes—those who died after they believed in and surrendered their life to Jesus] will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the LORD HIMSELF shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air:“And so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thess. 4:14–18)JESUS: “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: [Westgerdes—Jesus isn’t waiting for us to prepare the earth for his return.]“If it were not so, I would have told you.“I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:“No man cometh unto the Father, but by me—If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:1–6, 15)JESUS: “And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting (consuming to much), and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. WATCH ye therefore, AND PRAY always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” (Luke 21:34–36)JESUS: “Watch therefore:“For ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.“But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore, be ye also ready:“For in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” (Matt. 24:42–44)“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that BLESSED HOPE, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” (Titus 2:11–14)JESUS: “And, behold, I COME QUICKLY.“And my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning, and the end, the first and the last.Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the TREE OF LIFE and may enter in through the gates into the city.” (Rev. 22:12–14)“His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant—enter thou into the JOY of thy lord—The redeemed of the LORD shall return and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting JOY shall be upon their head—and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.” (Matt. 25:21; Isa. 51:11) Amen! What a wonderful day! Eternal Joy & LoveJESUS, “I AM the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit:” (JESUS) “For without me ye can do nothing.” (John 15:5)www.catholic.com/video/how-to-respond-to-the-claim-that-marian-apparitions-are-demonic -- Catholic AnswersISAIAH, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” (Isa. 14:12–14)“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” (2 Cor. 11:14) Westgerdes, The Blessed Mother, Mary’s apparitions are really Satan in disguise? The Mary who says in #6 “There is no one to sacrifice and pray for them (sinners).” I thought Jesus did that? “Wherefore he (Jesus) is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them—Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.” (Heb. 7:25, 27) JESUS is talking to Saul (the Apostle Paul), “I send you to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.” (Acts 26:17–18) FOLLOW & SERVE JESUS ONLY.********************************************************************Catholic Answers: shop.catholic.com/pillar-of-fire-pillar-of-truth-the-catholic-church-and-gods-plan-for-you/ CHRISTIANITY VS CATHOLICISM, Gary’s book, available in Paperback, Hardback and e-Book on major vendors. Download original book pdf. View, read, share, and translate website and linked online book from English to 104 languages for free at: www.thekeysofheaven.com/online-book/ View Gary’s testimony, 2009: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLw_CglZZ6E ... See MoreSee Less
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The differences: CHRISTIANITY vs CATHOLICISM check out: www.diffen.com/difference/Catholicism_vs_Christianity which seems to be biased towards Catholicism. Then check out my website and book: "We Agree! The Tomb Is Open, CHRISTIANITY vs CATHOLICISM" by Gary Westgerdes, it is biased towards Christianity, Biblical Christianity.My book compares Catholic teachings with the scriptures and will confirm the major Biblical doctrinal positions of the Christian faith, the scriptures shared will strengthen your knowledge of why and how believers have assurance of their salvation and the gift of everlasting life. Some simple comparisons:Catholicism - Jesus's death & resurrection opened the doors of heaven (CCC-1026). Now the Catholic Church will guide you to heaven. The Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. “In the forgiveness of sin both PRIESTS and SACRAMENTS are instruments which our Lord Jesus Christ—wills to use in order to efface our sins and give us the grace of justification” (CCC-976-987). “The LITURGY is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; it is also the font from which all her power flows” (CCC-1070-74, 1069). Christianity - Jesus is the door to heaven believing in the Keys of Heaven, Jesus's death, burial and resurrection, for the forgiveness of your sins will result in receiving the gift of everlasting life, "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" (John 3:16). "But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Galatians 6:14). Christians do not glory in the Mass, Eucharist, or Sacraments.Catholicism - Celebrates the Mass, the Eucharistic sacrifice for sin, through her Priesthood acting in place of Christ (CCC-1327).Christianity - By God’s grace you have been saved through faith, sacramental grace is not necessary. “For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” (Heb. 10:14)The Mass, a re-offering of the sacrifice of the Cross in an un-bloody manner, is not necessary. “For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands—Nor yet that he should offer himself often—For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. (Heb. 9:24–26)The Catholic Priesthood is not necessary. The Christian Priesthood is a spiritual Priesthood.PETER, “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” (1 Pet. 2:5) PAUL, “Let us offer the Sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. But to do good and to communicate (be giving) forget not: for with such Sacrifices God is well pleased.” (Heb. 13:14–16)A FACEBOOK POST: TIM STAPLES • 1/14/2022“Even if nothing else was said in Scripture implying infant baptism, we could conclude it to be necessary just from this simple fact: “Babies need to have original sin removed from their souls. But there is more.”Revolt Against Reality by Gary Michuta“St. Paul, being a Jew, as well as all of the apostles, understood the idea that true religion is a family affair. A Jew became a Jew when he was circumcised on the eighth day after his birth. “They did not have to first ‘accept Moses as their personal prophet’ before they could be circumcised.” [GW—Ha, Ha, funny! However, Christians teach that a sinner who is of age, knowing right from wrong, upon hearing God’s word and conviction from the Holy Spirit must first, “accept Jesus as their personal Saviour,” using their own free will. Simultaneously with faith and accepting Jesus, comes the reception of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, which is called being born again. Included in being born again, is the joy, the lifting away of the burden of sin and guilt. This Salvation is followed by believer’s water baptism, and unlike Catholic baptism it is not necessary for salvation.]GARY WESTGERDESTrue (Pure) religion, and undefiled is to, “Visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” (James 1:27). Believer’s baptism proclaims Jesus’s death, burial and resurrection. Paul did not preach baptism. Paul, “For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the CROSS of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God—it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe — WE PREACH CHRIST CRUCIFIED” (1 Cor. 1:17–18, 21, 23). Not Christ Consumed.WESTGERDES—Concerning circumcision. God rebuked the Jews, he wanted them to have their hearts circumcised and in the same sense now in “Christendom” baptism of the flesh means nothing if it is not backed up with faith. The only baptism that is going to Cleanse away your sin is the Holy Spirit’s. He is the one that knows your faith in Jesus and your heart’s desire for forgiveness and cleansing, he knows if you really mean it. View, read, share & translate from English to 104 languages Gary’s linked online book for free at:www.thekeysofheaven.com/online-book/We Agree! The Tomb Is Open, CHRISTIANITY vs CATHOLICISM, by GARY WESTGERDES Pub. July 2020, Prices Vary–1/26/2022On Walmart PB $21.60. Amazon PB $21.63. Thrift books PB $21.99. Book Depository PB $22.42.Christian Books PB $22.49. Barnes & Noble PB $24.99. Abe Books PB USED $5-20May God Bless,Gary Westgerdes www.thekeysofheaven.com My testimony www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLw_CglZZ6E ... See MoreSee Less
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“Dear Friend … How long since you last met a killer? Give me three minutes and I’ll introduce you.” “His name is Sivini, and for years, hatred was his business. Hatred is a commodity among the tribes of Papua New Guinea (PNG). One tribe attacks another; people die. Then the other tribe seeks revenge. Sivini was in charge of revenge. Among the Usarufa people, in the eastern highlands of PNG, he was the legendary fight commander from the village of Moife. Time and time again, he led his team into neighboring areas to carry out revenge killings.” “You’ve probably never met a man with so much blood on his hands. Somehow, in his many years of fighting, he escaped the slightest injury. His people, young and old, revered him for his almost magical longevity. “But today we know God wasn’t sparing Sivini for the sake of more dying … He was sparing Sivini for a whole new life — life, and more abundantly — an extraordinary new assignment — that would bring the life-giving Word of God to the Usarufa people and beyond, it happened like this. The people of Moife grow wheat; for decades they have threshed their wheat by hand. A threshing machine would speed things up. So Sivini traveled from Moife to the city of Ukarumpa to arrange transport of the new contraption. But Ukarumpa is also a major Bible translation hub — with 275 translators working out of this center to meet needs throughout the country … one of the biggest operations of its kind in the world. By God’s perfect timing, a Translators’ Training Course (TTC) was under way that same day. With such urgent demand among the people of PNG for the Scriptures in their many languages, every course is filled to capacity. But at the last minute, one man learned he would be unable to attend; someone would have to go in his place. A friend of Sivini’s knew he was in town — grabbed him — told him he could get in — it would be interesting, he promised — and a blood-thirsty tribal leader found himself learning how to translate the Bible into Usarufa! “Then, as the group made their way through the tragedy of Cain murdering Abel, translating Genesis 4, “Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in process of time, it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: (Abel offered the innocent life and blood of the lamb) But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. (Cain offered a bloodless sacrifice without a death.) And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper? And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground. And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy. hand.” (Gen. 4:2–11)Sivini was stunned. ‘Abel’s blood calling out to God from the ground,’ he remembers — 'the words pierced my heart.’ He could almost hear the blood of his many victims calling out to God from the earth where he had so brutally slain them. In that defining moment, Sivini began to feel something he had never felt before: the possibility of cleansing. “The very next Sunday, he walked to the front of the local Christian church to publicly repent of his past. He asked for prayer — he surrendered his life to Jesus Christ — and in that moment, the God of forgiveness and peace lifted Sivini’s burden of guilt. “Everything about Sivini is different now. Hatred has turned to love, by the miraculous power of God’s Word! ‘Even my looks have changed since I accepted Jesus, Sivini says joyfully, ‘because now I no longer carry the weight of the guilt of my past. Who but Jesus could do such a wonderful thing?’ “Today Sivini is committed to the Usarufa Bible translation, ‘turning God’s talk into the Usarufa language so that my people can know the Lord. I want them to find peace, freedom, and forgiveness of sin, just like I have.’” --Wycliffe Associates every verse, every tongue, every task. (Solicitation letter 2008) “You’ve probably never met a man with so much blood on his hands. Somehow, in his many years of fighting, he escaped the slightest injury. His people, young and old, revered him for his almost magical longevity. “But today we know God wasn’t sparing Sivini for the sake of more dying … He was sparing Sivini for a whole new life — life, and more abundantly — an extraordinary new assignment — that would bring the life-giving Word of God to the Usarufa people and beyond, it happened like this. The people of Moife grow wheat; for decades they have threshed their wheat by hand. A threshing machine would speed things up. So Sivini traveled from Moife to the city of Ukarumpa to arrange transport of the new contraption. But Ukarumpa is also a major Bible translation hub — with 275 translators working out of this center to meet needs throughout the country … one of the biggest operations of its kind in the world. By God’s perfect timing, a Translators’ Training Course (TTC) was under way that same day. With such urgent demand among the people of PNG for the Scriptures in their many languages, every course is filled to capacity. But at the last minute, one man learned he would be unable to attend; someone would have to go in his place. A friend of Sivini’s knew he was in town — grabbed him — told him he could get in — it would be interesting, he promised — and a blood-thirsty tribal leader found himself learning how to translate the Bible into Usarufa! “Then, as the group made their way through the tragedy of Cain murdering Abel, translating Genesis 4. “Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in process of time, it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: (Abel offered the innocent life and blood of the lamb) But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. (Cain offered a bloodless sacrifice without a death.) And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper? And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground. And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy. hand.” (Gen. 4:2–11) Sivini was stunned. ‘Abel’s blood calling out to God from the ground,’ he remembers — 'the words pierced my heart.’ He could almost hear the blood of his many victims calling out to God from the earth where he had so brutally slain them. In that defining moment, Sivini began to feel something he had never felt before: the possibility of cleansing. “The very next Sunday, he walked to the front of the local Christian church to publicly repent of his past. He asked for prayer — he surrendered his life to Jesus Christ — and in that moment, the God of forgiveness and peace lifted Sivini’s burden of guilt. “Everything about Sivini is different now. Hatred has turned to love, by the miraculous power of God’s Word! ‘Even my looks have changed since I accepted Jesus, Sivini says joyfully, ‘because now I no longer carry the weight of the guilt of my past. Who but Jesus could do such a wonderful thing?’ “Today Sivini is committed to the Usarufa Bible translation, ‘turning God’s talk into the Usarufa language so that my people can know the Lord. I want them to find peace, freedom, and forgiveness of sin, just like I have.’” Wycliffe Associates every verse, every tongue, every task. (Solicitation letter 2008) “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” (Rom. 5: 8–9) “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God—the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” (Rom. 3:24–26)Looking unto Jesusthe author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the CROSS, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Heb. 12:2)Gary’s website and linked online book are translatable from English into 104 languages. Read view and share the online book for free: www.thekeysofheaven.com/online-book/ Gary’s book is also in print: We Agree! The Tomb Is Open,CHRISTIANITY VS CATHOLICISMIt is available on Pub. Xulon Press, Barnes & Noble, & Buxton Village Books-PB $24.99, HB $35.99. Prices *Vary: 12/30/21 *Book Depository: PB $22.09, HB $31.55*Waterstones UK: *Thriftbooks: $21.99 *Amazon: PB $24.99, HB $28.82, eBook $9.99 *Walmart: PB $21.48, HB $28.82Picture from PNG, but not of Sivini.www.thekeysofheaven.com ... See MoreSee Less
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Here is my Christian Testimony, how God worked in my life and why I am following and proclaiming Jesus Christ as my Lord God and eternal Savior! He has blessed me with the gift of everlasting life and the assurance to go with it! I have been born again, not through water baptism but by the baptism of the Holy Spirit! ... See MoreSee Less
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An update of my book was completed May 2021. The front and back covers were edited to better reflect the purpose and content of the book. A Topical Index was added to aid in searching for specific areas of interest. A Christian testimony was added concerning Sivini who formerly carried out revenge killings. A P. S. was added at the end of chapter 15 concerning Jesus's 2nd Coming.The book is available on Buxton Village Books, Book Depository, Barnes & Noble, and the publisher Xulon Press. The hardback is selling for 35.99 and the paperback for 24.99. That sounds high to even me but Catholic books on doctrine are selling for a similar cost, a three pack of teenage books are selling for $30. A 20-40 book series from Catholic Answers on apologetics are going for $2 a piece marked down from 3.95, that is $40+. With my book you get both the Christian/Scriptural view and the Catholic view.The more notable book vendors/sites, Amazon, Walmart etc. may not yet be fully updated, and the old version of the book is available at a very reduced price, you may pick one up and read the new updates in my linked online book for free at: www.thekeysofheaven.com/online-book/.You may share the linked online book with others or share it to yourself for future study, research and evangelism. The website is equipped with google translate which enables the use of 104 languages in translating the online book where ever it may be shared. God Bless. ... See MoreSee Less
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An update of my book was completed May 2021. The front and back covers were edited to better reflect the purpose and content of the book. A Topical Index was added to aid in searching for specific areas of interest. A Christian testimony was added concerning Sivini who formerly carried out revenge killings. A P. S. was added at the end of chapter 15 concerning Jesus's 2nd Coming.The book is available on the publisher Xulon Press website. The hardback is selling for 35.99 and the paperback for 24.99. That sounds high to even me but Catholic books on doctrine are selling for a similar cost, a three pack of teenage books are selling for $30. A 20 book series from Catholic Answers on apologetics are going for $2 a piece marked down from 3.95, that is $40. With my book you get both the Christian/Scriptural view and the Catholic view.The more notable book vendors/sites, Amazon, Walmart etc. may not yet be fully updated, and the old version of the book is available at a reduced price, you may pick one up and read the new updates in my linked online book for free at: www.thekeysofheaven.com/online-book/.You may share the linked online book with others or share it to yourself for future study, research and evangelism. The website is equipped with google translate which enables the use of 104 languages in translating the site as well as the online book where ever it may be shared. God Bless. ... See MoreSee Less
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Here is an earlier comment. For more answers to your questions about Catholic practices check out my book on Amazon and Walmart: “We Agree! The Tomb Is Open. Christianity Vs. Catholicism." You may view it on my website: www.thekeysofheaven.com/online-book/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Former Catholic interviewed by Pastor in 2009. www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLw_CglZZ6E Click for Gary’s TestimonyPlease check out the website www.thekeysofheaven.com/resources/book/ for my book published/released July 2020 in paperback, hardback, and eBook to achieve the goal mentioned at the end of the video. The book is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Walmart, Christian Book and the publisher Xulon Press prices may vary. The book is an excellent truthful comparison and Reference between Christianity and Catholicism, you will know the difference when you finish; also, a good source for Christian discipleship, encouragement, and a refresher for your Christian faith/doctrine. The page/tab www.thekeysofheaven.com/online-book/ has a download of the PDF of the full book with pictures which you may view/read for free. There is also a copy of the book's text on the page which will enable the book to be translated into one of 104 languages by clicking the translate button and one of the flags. (I'm not sure how good google translate is, my apologies.)____________________Christianity: Jesus died once, sacrificed on the cross shedding his blood for the forgiveness of the world's sins. Your sin debt is paid in full.Catholicism: Jesus is offered daily many times throughout the world in an unbloddy manner during the sacrifice of the Mass, you’re suffering, and good works may be added to complete the offering for the sins of the world this is pictured by the pouring of water into the chalice of wine. The final cleansing before heaven, if necessary, will take place in purgatory.Christianity: Jesus is the door to heaven his sheep hear and follow his voice.Catholicism: Jesus's death and resurrection opened the door to heaven; Catholics follow the voice of the Church for guidance to achieve heaven. Christianity: Jesus offers assurance of eternal life through his word and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.Catholicism: There is no assurance of eternal life because you may decide to reject Christ/Church even up until your last breath.Christianity: Written final proof of what we believe is in the Bible/Scriptures.Catholicism: Written final proof of what we believe is in the Catechism © 1994.Christianity: "But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ." (Gal. 6:14a)Catholicism: "In brief, the Eucharist is the sum and summary of our faith: 'Our way of thinking is attuned to the Eucharist, and the Eucharist in turn confirms our way of thinking.'" (CCC-1327)1 Corinthians 2: 9 "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 10a. But God hath revealed them to us by his Spirit." Read Revelation chapters 21-22.www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLw_CglZZ6E Click for Gary’s TestimonyIf you like the post/website, please click like!The pictures are from Larry Tomczak's book: Clap Your Hands! A Young Catholic Encounters Christ! ... See MoreSee Less
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I have been working on and updating the website, one project is placing the book and other articles on the page itself, this allows the google translate setup to translate most if not all of the website into the language of your choice. Currently there are a 104 choices. I have the book setup through the end of the first chapter under the Online Book tab. You can check it out and read what is there for free! More to come, sorry no pictures for now. ... See MoreSee Less
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Former Catholic interviewed by Pastor in 2009. Please check out the website www.thekeysofheaven.com/resources/book/ for my book published/released July 2020 in paperback, hardback and ebook to achieve the goal mentioned at the end of the video. The book is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Walmart, Christian Book and the publisher Xulon Press prices have been reduced and do vary. Amazon list paperback for $10.30 and hardback for 25.07. You may view a PDF of the book on my website for free.The book is an excellent truthfull comparison and Reference between Christianity and Catholicism, you will know the difference when you finish; also a good source for Christian discipleship, encouragement and a refesher for your Christian faith/doctrine. The page/tab www.thekeysofheaven.com/online-book/ has a download of the PDF of the full book with pictures and also a copy of the book's text on the page which will enable the book to be translated into one of 104 languages by clicking the translate button and one of the flags.__________________________________________________________Christianity: Jesus died once, sacrificed on the cross shedding his blood for the forgiveness of the world's sins. Your sin debt is paid in full.Catholicism: Jesus is offered daily many times throughout the world in an unbloddy manner during the sacrifice of the Mass, your suffering and good works may be added to complete the offering for the sins of the world this is pictured by the pouring of water into the chalice of wine. The final cleansing before heaven, if necessary, will take place in purgatory.Christianity: Jesus is the door to heaven, his sheep hear and follow his voice.Catholicism: Jesus's death and resurrection opened the door to heaven, Catholics follow the voice of the Church for guidance to achieve heaven. Christianity: Jesus offers assurance of eternal life through his word and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.Catholicism: There is no assurance of eternal life because you may decide to reject Christ/Church even up until your last breath.Christianity: Written final proof of what we believe is in the Bible/Scriptures.Catholicism: Written final proof of what we believe is in the Catechism (c) 1994.Christianity: "But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ." (Gal. 6:14a)Catholicism: "In brief, the Eucharist is the sum and summary of our faith: 'Our way of thinking is attuned to the Eucharist, and the Eucharist in turn confirms our way of thinking.'" (CCC-1327)"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 10a. But God hath revealed them to us by his Spirit." (1 Corinthians 2:9-10a) Read Revelation chapters 21-22.www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLw_CglZZ6E Please click to view Gary's testimony videoIf you like the post/website please click like and or comment! ... See MoreSee Less
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Former Catholic interviewed by Pastor in 2009. Please check out the website https:www.thekeysofheaven.com/resources/book/ for my recent book published to achieve the goal mentioned at the end of the video. The book is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Walmart, it compares the differences between Biblical Christianity and Catholicism.B.C. Jesus died once, sacrificed on the cross shedding his blood for the forgiveness of the world's sins. Your sin debt is paid in full.Cath. Jesus is offered daily many times throughout the world in an unbloddy manner during the sacrifice of the Mass, your suffering and good works may be added to complete the offering for the sins of the world this is pictured by the puring of water into the chalice of wine. The final cleansing before heaven, if necessary, will take place in purgatory.B.C. Jesus is the door to heaven, his sheep hear and follow his voice.Cath. Jesus's death and resurrection opened the door to heaven, Catholics follow the voice of the Church for guidance to achieve heaven. B.C. Jesus offers assurance of eternal life through his word and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.Cath. There is no assurance of eternal life because you may decide to reject Christ/Church even up until your last breath.B.C. Written, final proof of what we believe is in the Bible/Scriptures.Cath. Written, final proof of what we believe is in the Catechism.B. C. Gal. 6:14 "But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ..."Cath. CCC-1327 "In brief, the Eucharist is the sum and summary of our faith: 'Our way of thinking is attuned to the Eucharist, and the Eucharist in turn confirms our way of thinking.'" ... See MoreSee Less
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Compare the Two Gospels - Brochure Responses

Brad Heckman

Sep. 3, 2017

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 ).

Kathy Brown

Sep. 22, 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

12/2017

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

12/2017

“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.

Liberated Iraq

4-29-03

Dear Gary,

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!

S. H.

Dear Gary,

     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.

D. H.

January 30, 2005

Dear Gary,

     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.

USMC

27 July 2003, Kuwait City International Airport

Dear Gary,

    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

Kuwait

Dear Gary.

     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.

S.S.

28 Jan 2005

Hello Gary,

     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.

Brochure Distribution

Total residents or businesses reached to date with brochures:

27,000+

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)

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