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April Fool's?
4/1/2009

April Fools?
    
    The fool says in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good. Psalms 14:1 (NIV)
    
    Weve all grown up with April fools day here in the USA, and it is celebrated in many countries around the world. And even though it is not actually known how it started, it has long been a favorite holiday as pranks are played on hopefully unsuspecting people. It could be sending someone on a fools errand, to look for things that dont actually exist, to attempting to get people to believe ridiculous stories, or tales.
    
    Some believe that the holiday started soon after the introduction of the Gregorian calendar, and the term was to refer to someone who still adhered to the Julian calendar. While others believe it dates back to pre-Christian cultures where May Day was celebrated as the first day of summer, and it signaled the start of the spring planting season. So an April Fool would have been someone who started their planting prematurely.
    
    There are many pranks that have circulated around and have become well told stories such as the time that Burger King ran an ad in the USA Today newspaper stating that they now had Left Handed Whoppers. Its true! In 1998 the company ran an ad featuring these new tasty hamburgers and touted that those left-handed people could now get a Whopper specifically for them. This Whopper would be different in that the condiments were now designed to drip out the right side.
    
    Ridiculous! Right? Not so fast! People not only ordered them, but also some actually came through and asked specifically for the old right-handed burger as well.
    
    But the news and the pranks that have been generated on this first day of April havent always been good. Because of the frequency of April Fools jokes and hoaxes, people have some times not taken the real news as something credible.
    
    The frequency of April Fools' hoaxes have sometimes made people doubt real news stories heard on this day. In 1946 an earthquake hit the Aleutian Islands. The result was a tsunami that spread from Hawaii to Alaska. The reports of it coming were not taken seriously, as many believed it was an April fools prank. The result was that 165 people died that day. In 1949 the pacific Tsunami Warning Center was established because of this. To this day, the Hawaiians refer to this as the April Fools Day Tsunami.
    
    165 people dying in one day because of one event can garner attention and be remembered for generations. But what about the rest of the people who die?
    
    According to the CIA World Factbook, as of July 2005, there were approximately 6,446,131,400 people on the planet. The death rate was approximately 8.78 deaths per 1,000 people a year.
    
    So, that works out to approximately 56,575,000 dying each year. That equates to 155,000 people dying every single day, or 6,458 every hour, 107 every minute, and 1.793 people per second.
    
    So over 6,000 people have died by the time Ive finished writing this, and over a 1,000 more in the time youve taken to read this.
    
    What blows my mind the most though, is that a majority of these people who are dying as we speak; they dont know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior! Jesus tells us this in Matthew 7:13-14.
    
    Only those whose name has been written in the Lambs book of life will be saved. We are placed inside this book once weve made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ and have made Him the Lord of our life. The scriptures here in Revelation tell the story of that day when the books are opened and what will happen to those whose names are in the Book of Life, as well as those whose names are absent.
    
    And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:12-15
    
    I hope that this message makes its way around to many people. Many more than what I sent it out to. It is not a prank, and it is not a joke! It is a message of hope, and of truth.
    
    Jesus Christ died on the Cross of Calvary some 2000-years ago. He did this to pay for the sin of all people. And whoever accepts this free gift and would turn from their sinful life, and believe in Him, and accept Him into their heartthey shall be saved! It is a free giftyou cannot earn it.
    
    For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 (NKJV)
    
    Simply confess with your mouth, and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead; that He resurrected Him, and you will be saved.
    
    That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9-10 (NKJV)
    
    Hey Christian, lets pass on the good news today. Better to be thought of as a fool for God, than to have several thousands of people die fools this April day.
    
    STUDY QUESTION: What happens to those who are not in the Lambs Book of Life according to Revelation 20:12-15?
    
    PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to be a fool for God today?
    
    APPLICATION: Pass this on to someone that the Lord lays upon your heart.
    
    
    Father, Thank You for Your grace and mercy. Thank You for the sacrifice of Your Son Jesus. I accept Him as my Lord and Savior today. Change me and make me more like You Lord. Help me to live my life in the way that You have called me to do. In Jesus precious name, amen&
    
    Be Blessed, Pastor Scott
    
    
    
    
    
    P.S. Here is a link for that April Fools Tsunami in 1946
    
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tsunami_large.jpg
    
    

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