04 May Colossians 3:1; 1 Peter 1:3-9

Colossians 3:1
Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

1 Peter 1:3-9
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.

Man-made religion kills, where Christianity raises up. Some extreme cults spread their religion by brain washing. Scientology, the unification church, hare Krishna, will all die, too bad they take so many with them. The invitation for Christianity is to come and die…to sin, with Christ, and you will be raised up again. There is no hope in cults, we have a living hope. There is only fatalism or nihilism with cults, but we will live eternally and reign forever with my Savior and Lord. Why does knowing where you are going after you die take away fear and bring hope? Are you growing in your faith? Are you confident, willing, and ready to come to the end of this life?