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Friday, June 20, 2008

Dear Gateway friends,

We have a real need for prayer and for physical help.

The aunt of one of the ladies who came to Gateway last night had a traumatic experience on Tuesday.

Her boyfriend (and father of two of her children) was murdered in Newark on June 17th.See the Star Ledger article below.

Lola* (not her real name) is 25. She has a 3 year old and a 7 year old daughter and is 9 weeks pregnant.

Her boyfriend, Marquis, was killed one day before Naomi's 3rd birthday.

Lola is very afraid that those who may have been involved in killing Marquis are after her and her family.

She is staying with a grandmother in Newark (They lived in Irvington).

We've given the kids some toys but they have left the apartment in Irvington with only the clothes on their backs.

Rev. Michael Westbrook (Gateway's Board Chairman) and two staff members from Greater Life in Newark are assisting the family.

What is needed are clothes (preferably new) or financial gifts for us to purchase clothes for the kids.

Below are the names and sizes of the two girls:

Naomi, age 3 (40 pounds) size 4T
Janari, age 7 (65 pounds) size 8

If you can help, please let me know via email or telephone. Thanks, and please pray for this family. We understand that Lola was considering the claims of Christ for the past two months and believes that this incident has opened her to her need for the Lord. We obviously agree.

Thanks,
Dean

Newark man is shot

and killed in central

business district

by Jonathan Schuppe/The Star-Ledger
Wednesday June 18, 2008, 11:50 AM

A 30-year-old Newark man was shot to death last night in the city's central business district.

Marquis Green, was found at the intersection suffering "multiple gunshot wounds" at 9:41 p.m., Essex County Prosecutor's Office spokesman Paul Loriquet said.

Green was pronounced dead at the scene, a couple blocks south of the Rutgers-Newark campus.

Authorities have not released any information about the circumstances of the shooting, or if they have identified any suspects.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

May God comfort you at

this time of grief

God loves you and cares for you very much

Amidst a world of fear and anger, self and rebellion, joy and sorrow -you can have

the joy and peace of knowing Christ in a personal way, and being assured of heaven.

First, know that the God who made YOU, loves you very much.


"I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with loving

kindness. Jeremiah 31:3


The Bible says, "God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that

whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life" John 3:16


God showed His love for us at the Cross: ‘But God demonstrates His own love

toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.’ Romans 5:8


So, everyone is good and seeks after God?

No. That’s why we need to personally

trust Christ to take away our sins and to allow us into heaven.


THE SCRIPTURES SAY: "There is not a single man who is righteous, there is not

one who understands, or who seeks for God. All men have turned away from God,

they have all gone wrong. No one is good, not even one." (Romans 3:10-12)


But can't good works assure me of eternal life? We may give to a charitable cause...

or volunteer at church... These are important and good;

yet they can't get us into heaven...

they are no solution to our problem of sin. They in no way give us

the abundant life Jesus Christ wants us to have. WHY? Because...

WE ARE ALL SINNERS BEFORE GOD: Romans 3:23 tells us

"All men have sinned and are far away from God's saving presence."


THE CONSEQUENCES OF SIN IS SPIRITUAL DEATH: "For the wages of sin is

death (spiritual death), but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ

Jesus our Lord." (Rom. 6:23)


WE CANNOT SAVE OURSELVES: "For by grace have you been saved

(from eternal death) through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift

of God,not as a result of works, that no one should boast." (Eph. 2:8-9)


No one can climb his or her way to heaven. None of us are worthy of obtaining

eternal life.


In John 3:3, we read about a very, very religious person named Nicodemus.

Yet, Jesus said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he can not

see the kingdom of God."


Do you know how to be "born again"? By going to a particular church? Being baptized?

Good works? The Golden Rule? Just feeling sorry? NO!


By acknowledging your sin and rebellion to God, trusting in His finished work on the

cross, and asking Him personally to take over the control of your life, you can be

assured that your sins are forgiven.. and that you have eternal life!


The Bible tells us.. "For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust,

in order that He might bring us to God..." (I Peter 3:18)


The purpose of Christ's coming to earth was to give us the way to obtain eternal life,

through trust in Him.


"If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we say

that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar." (I John 1:8-10) "He that believeth

(trusts) not the Son (as personal Savior) shall not see life; but the wrath of God

abides on him." (John 3:36)


Christ, the Good shepherd, also came "..in order that they (you and I) might have

life, life in all its fullness." (John 10:10)


IF YOU WERE TO DIE TONIGHT, WHERE WOULD

YOU SPEND ETERNITY?


If you are unsure that you have eternal life, pray a prayer similar

to this, and be sure!

You personally can know the peace and comfort of a personal

relationship with Jesus Christ. You no longer need to fear death

and an eternity separated form a loving God.


“Lord, I confess I am a sinner. I recognize that I can do nothing to save

myself form an eternity in hell. Thank you for dying on the cross for my

sins. I now trust in you (Jesus Christ) to be my personal Savior and Lord

of my life, and hereby commit my life to you for all eternity.”

For more information or if you prayed this prayer, let us know:

dean@gateway.org