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LETTER: The last word

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Shelby Tyler Smith always had to have the last word in any conversation that he was involved in.  He was a compassionate, caring, loving young man whose whole entire life revolved around serving the Lord.
He touched the lives and hearts of many and we will miss him very much until the day we are reunited with him in the kingdom of heaven.  If Shelby could have one conversation with the people that he had never met, I believe with all my heart that it would start with one question, “Have you asked Jesus Christ into your heart?”
It is the only decision that a person can make in their lifetime upon this earth that has any real and genuine value; everything else is futile.  It is a free gift; it costs us nothing to receive, but it was paid for us with the ultimate sacrifice.
That sacrifice was made on a cross many years ago by God’s only son, Jesus Christ; we ourselves crucified the only flawless man to ever walk the face of the earth. He loved us so much that he was willing to give it all, and he did by laying down his life for us on that cross so that by the shedding of his blood our sins would be forgiven. Through his death and resurrection, victorious, we now have the free gift of eternal salvation though him.
To receive it we only need to pray a simple prayer such as, “I believe that Jesus is the Christ, the son of the living Lord, and my personal savior.  I believe that he died and rose again. I ask that you forgive me of my sins and now come into my heart and be the Lord of my life.”
For any and all who read this, I pray that our Lord God Almighty pours his blessings upon you.  If you didn’t know Jesus and you prayed this simple prayer, may the Lord keep you on the path of righteousness.
I feel that these words truly would be close to the last words of Shelby Tyler.
Keith King
Taylorsville