Jamison Terbrack | The Michigan Catholic
My family saves lives. I am proud to know how sacred life is. Life is a gift and we should all do our part to make the most of ours and help others. My grandma was a foster mother along with having nine kids of her own, my parents are foster parents, and we have adopted a foster kid, too.
My grandma, Marguerite Terbrack, was a great woman. She knew how important life was and believed that everyone deserved a fair life. My grandma took care of one-hundred seventy-one kids in her life. Nine were her own and one-hundred sixty-two were foster children, and she loved them all equally! Although I am sad that she has passed away, I am glad to know that she is 100% a saint in Heaven with God.
My family is a foster family, and we also have helped raise foster babies. My mom and dad have had five children of their own, taken care of five foster kids, and adopted one child of God. Although sometimes my foster brothers and sisters could be annoying, they are and always will be part of my family. We may fight, but that is expected with siblings. My sister, Charlotte, is a gift and I am glad to know that we have her in our big loving family. Permanently.
Charlotte was adopted. At first I had no idea what adoption was, because I was about six when we adopted her. I love her though and am glad we have her. She has two sisters, who we also helped raise, before they were adopted by other loving people. My sister is still very much in touch with them though and I think that is huge. Sometimes I may tease Charlotte, because of her wild and crazy hair, she knows that I love her and she loves me too. We get along and we all love our sister as if she was born to our family.
I am glad to know how valuable life is. Life is a gift and we should all live life as if it is. God made us in his image and we need to know and act like he wanted. I think more people should be foster parents, because it shows how you value someone in a huge way. I am proud of my family and hope one day I can save many kid’s lives like my grandma did.
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God’s Greatest Gift
God’s greatest gift to man is eternal life—also known as salvation, being saved, or being born again. You receive this gift the instant you believe that Jesus Christ is God’s Son, and accept Him into your life.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”1
None of us are perfect. We’re all sinners by nature, and our sins separate us from God.2 The only way we can be reconciled with God is if our sins are atoned for; and only Jesus, who was Himself perfect, could do that. Jesus left heaven to come to earth and live as we do, to experience the things we experience, to feel joy and pain as we do, and to show us the ultimate proof of God’s love by dying in our place, that we might live. He gave His own life “a ransom for many.”3 He died so everyone could obtain forgiveness and be reconciled with God.
Jesus died so all could have eternal life, but He would have done it for you alone! God loves you so much that He gave His only Son to die in your place. And Jesus loves you so much that He did that, willingly.
That’s the truth, plain and simple. God meant for salvation to be simple—so simple, in fact, that even a child could understand and receive it.
You can accept salvation by simply saying yes to God’s offer. Then, through further study of what God has to say about it in His Word and the marvelous changes it brings to your life, you will find out for yourself just how real and valuable this gift is.
Would you like to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jesus Christ really is the Son of God and the way to salvation? Just try Him! If you haven’t yet received Jesus as your Savior, you can do it right now by praying a simple prayer like the following:
Dear Jesus, thank You for dying for me. I now open the door of my heart and I ask You, Jesus, to please come into my life and give me Your free gift of eternal life. Amen.
If you prayed to receive Jesus, you can be assured that He heard and answered. “As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.”4 You have the gift of sal- vation. “Whoever believes in the Son [of God] has eternal life.”5 Congratulations! You’ve taken your first step into a wonderful new life of love that will never end—ever!
God alone can satisfy your deepest yearning for total love and complete understanding
Do you sometimes feel lonely, empty, dissatisfied? Are you longing for love you have never known before—true love, sincere love, genuine love, the truly great love of your life, love that will never leave? The answer is waiting for you if you’re willing to receive it.
There is something more than the physical you. There is the spirit—the real you that lives inside—and it will never be satisfied with the things of earth. It must have the things of the spirit; it must have God. Within each heart, God has created a vacuum that can only be filled spiritually. Only God and His true love can ever fill that aching spiritual void of your heart, which He created for Himself alone.
He can give you everything you’ve always longed for, including forgiveness of sins, faith in God, love in Christ, peace of mind, health of body, and joy and happiness and love and laughter for- ever after. He’ll meet all your needs and solve all your problems. He’s just that wonderful and it’s all just that simple!—D.B.B.
Jesus suffered so we wouldn’t have to
Christ suffered far more than physical agony when He was crucified. He also suffered the spiritual agony of the lost sinner, dying without salvation, without God—only in His case He wasn’t dying for His own sins, He was dying for the sins of the world—for all the sins of everyone who has ever lived.6 He did that so that you and I won’t have to go through that horror of dying a sinner’s lonely death. Those who reject Christ’s atonement have to suffer for their own sins, but those who receive Jesus now are completely forgiven and completely relieved from the punishment of sin. “The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin.”7—D.B.B.
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1. John 3:16
2. Isaiah 59:2
3. Matthew 20:2
4. John 1:12
5. John 3:36 NIV
6. John 1:29
7. 1 John 1:7