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Where from here?

KANSAS CITY, MO. — Four jetliners, three buildings, 19 terrorists, and a death toll of 2,823 are only part of the story of September 11. That day something also happened to the nation’s soul. Americans were forced to re-examine their values and reassess their spiritual convictions.

A year later, angry and fearful, many are still seeking spiritual guidance and meaning. Many have asked, "Where do I go from here?"

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The Bible says Joshua faced a similar question following a tragedy — when the Israelite army was defeated in the city of Ai. Joshua 7:5 says they were "chased … from the city gate" and "the hearts of the people melted and became like water" (NIV).

Upon learning that 36 soldiers were killed in the battle, Joshua was angry and terrified. He realized his army went to war without God’s blessing and protection. Devastated by the defeat, Joshua fell on his face in mourning. He feared the future and didn’t know what to do. So he turned to God for direction.

In response, God urged Joshua and the Israelites to put their trust in Him. Regardless of their past mistakes and self-reliance, He promised to give them a new beginning, to walk before them and protect their way if they would …

• Acknowledge their sins and live in obedience to God.

• Acknowledge their need for God’s guidance.

Where are you going from here? Some Americans have allowed hatred to seize their hearts and fear to terrorize their minds. But others have acknowledged their sin and invited God to walk before them. They have staked a claim to the promise found in Proverbs 2:7,8: "[God] holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones."

If you want God to walk before you, repeat the prayer below. You’ll discover nothing compares to having the God of the universe watching over you.

– Hal Donaldson

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You can receive Christ as your Savior right now, this moment! You don’t have to be in a church or special place, or have the help of a minister or priest. You can pray now, wherever you are. God is listening. Tell Him in your own words that you are sorry for your sins and that you want to receive Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. Ask God to help you change your heart and life. It’s your prayer He wants to hear. You can pray the following prayer, but it is not enough just to say the words. You must mean it from your heart:

“God, I believe you have a purpose and plan for my life. But, I know I have sinned. I believe Your Son, Jesus Christ, died to take the punishment for my sin. I believe Jesus came back to life from death and has the power to forgive my sin and change my life. Forgive me. Come into my life and change me. I want to live for You and follow Your plan for my life, in Jesus’ name.”

God has forgiven you if you prayed this prayer and meant it from your heart. God knew you before you were born. Now you can begin the life He has planned for you. Step by step God will lead you to what He has chosen for you. He will show you the way to live and will teach you each day as you grow spiritually and become the person He planned for you to be.

If you have made a decision to follow Christ, please contact the A/G church nearest you for spiritual help and strength in your new life.

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