Joshua Stephen Hackelman, 18, of Indianapolis, went to be with Jesus in heaven October 2nd, 2019 at 5:45 p.m. He leaves behind his parents, Eli and Angela Hackelman; siblings, Megan Jacob and Thea; his nieces, Mckenzie and Ella; his nephews, Kevin, Calvin and Kingston; and his beloved fiancé, Heidi Homan. Joshua was a member of Lighthouse Baptist Church of Indianapolis and was a graduate of Beech Grove High School. Joshua was attending Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and was studying to be a pastor. Joshua loved the Lord with all of his heart and wanted to serve him every day of his life and he did. Joshua impacted so many people in his life and even in his passing he still continues to have a godly influence. He taught his loved ones and friends to always have faith no matter the circumstances; he lived hs life teaching people the love of Jesus and reminding people of these words, "you are beautiful and one of a kind." Josh last penned in his journal a quote from his college pastor, Pastor Jason Gaddis, a good reminder to us all "God does not call us to be under standers, He calls us to be Believers."
Are you sure about your eternity?
My friend, whether you realize it or not, this is the most important question you will ever answer — Are you sure about your eternity? Up until this point you may not have given it much thought, but one day you will stand before the Lord and give an answer to this question whether you are ready or not. Will it be too late?
If you would like to know how to become a Christian:
1. REALIZE THAT EVERYONE IS A SINNER
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
No one is good enough to go to Heaven on his own merit. No matter how much good we have done the Bible tells us that in the eyes of God “all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.”Even at my best I am unworthy of Heaven.
2. REALIZE THE PENALTY FOR SIN
For the wages of sin is death… (Romans 6:23)
When we go to our places of employment we earn a paycheck for the work that we have done. God says that because of my sin I have earned spiritual death, which is eternal separation from God. This separation will take place in Hell, which Revelation tells us is a “lake of fire.” You might say, “How can a loving God send anyone to such a place?” While God does not want anyone to go to Hell, He cannot allow our sin to go unpunished. However, He does love you and that is why He has made a way for your sins to be forgiven.
3. BELIEVE CHRIST DIED FOR YOU
But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
In spite of our sin, God loved us so much that he sent His only son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins. What a relief to know that we don’t have to bear our sin debt alone. Jesus Christ can do for us what we are unable to do for ourselves — He can forgive our sin and grant us an eternal home in Heaven.
4. TRUST CHRIST ALONE AS YOUR SAVIOR
But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:13)
Everlasting life was purchased by Jesus Christ on the cross and He offers salvation as a free gift to all those who call upon him by faith.
5. NOW PRAY AND ASK JESUS TO BE YOUR SAVIOR
Confess that you are a sinner, and ask God to forgive you of your sins. Believe that Jesus died and rose from the grave on the third day, and receive God’s free gift of salvation.
If you have any questions or would like to talk to someone concerning this important matter of salvation please Contact Us.
We would love to help you answer the question, “Are you sure?”
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6950 E. Raymond St., Indianapolis IN 46239