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Today marks 25 years since Jesus Christ saved my life!

25 Years 2

 

Today marks 25 years since Jesus Christ saved my life!

 

Incarcerated in jail in Cyprus, my life hit rock bottom.  It was here through the visits of a missionary called Michael Wright where I was introduced to the reality and life-changing power of Jesus Christ. On the night of the 3rd May 1991, through repentance and faith, I surrendered my life to God, and my life has never been the same. Two treasured Bible verses that had great impact on my life record our Lord Jesus Christ saying:

 

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

 

“Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son (Jesus Christ) sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:34-36

 

Though the prison walls held me captive, I found myself experiencing true freedom!

 

We read about freedom, dream about freedom, rejoice in the notion of freedom, teach, advocate, and hope for freedom, but what do we mean by freedom? Freedom means many things to many people.  We can view freedom politically, as having the opportunity to vote for particular ideas, people, or parties which best represent our views.  Closely tied to this is the notion of freedom of speech, where one has the liberty to voice their personal opinion or perspective. Others understand freedom in a financial context, where people seek to free themselves of financial debt, outstanding credit, and burdensome loans.

 

In our postmodern world, freedom to change is a treasured commodity. It goes hand in hand with individual rights. We see freedom as the liberty to follow our preferences, the ability to do whatever we want. No constraints. No rules.

 

Sounds good?

 

The Bible reveals that this is not real freedom. In John 8:34, Jesus asserts, “Everyone who sins is a slave of sin.” In other words, leading a self-centred life – to do our own will, to follow our wilful desires and preferences – will lead to bondage to sin. Not freedom. But if we remain faithful to God’s teaching, then we “…will know the truth, and the truth will set us free” (John 8:32).

 

Satan has switched the price tags in the world. He makes the priceless stuff that brings eternal joy look worthless, while the junk that leads to addiction and enslavement he presents in attractive packaging. We desperately need God’s truth – truth that enables us to see things in their true perspective.

The apostle John, in chapter 8 of his gospel, presents an interesting cause-and-effect pattern. To experience freedom, we must first know the truth. To know the truth, we must first obey God’s Word. The initial step to freedom begins with obedience.

 

Counterintuitive? Yes. But the fact remains that true freedom is only possible when we live under God’s loving authority.

 

It has been such an honour to minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the last 25 years, and I shall continue to do so until the Lord calls me home. The Gospel simply put is the Good News about the gift Jesus has made available to every human being.  To view this short message about this good news in other languages, choose one of the links below:

 

 

God bless you and keep on keeping on…

 

Tony Anthony

Romania Mission 2014

The Romania Mission Team been ministering in a different prison each day, and it has been a real joy to see men give their lives to Jesus at every meeting – praise God.     It was a real honour to share the Gospel with the inmates at PENITENCIARUL BRĂILA , and quite a large… Continue Reading

End of Mission to the region of Calabria in Southern Italy

Mario Lamboglia of L’Eco provided the media coverage to the regions of Basilicata, Calabria and Campania on the overall mission through a televised interview and regional newspaper article: http://www.ecodibasilicata.it/2014/chiesa-cristiana-evangelica-invita-tony-anthony/ Interview with Tony Anthony & Salvatore Arabia   Interview with Pastor Giuseppe Liaso   Interview with Pastor Petrone Cataldo Please pray for an extensive amount of… Continue Reading

TV Ministry with PAROLE DI VITA in Silla di Sassano

  Salvatore and I have been serving for the last two days alongside Pastor Cataldo Petrone who heads up a wide reaching National Television Ministry that broadcast across Italy, called PAROLE DI VITA (http://www.paroledivita.org). Their broadcasting coverage is able to reach 35 million viewers across the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days of the… Continue Reading

Meeting in Montescaglioso

The team has stopped in Montescaglioso to minister the Gospel over the next two days in partnership with a local evangelical fellowship that meet in the area.  Yesterday evenings meeting gave the opportunity to share the Gospel message and the vast majority of people responded to the invitation to receive Jesus into their hearts.  Our… Continue Reading

Tony Anthony’s Evangelistic Mission to Calabria

Please pray for the evangelistic meetings taking place across Calabria and the surrounding areas over the next 12 days (10th to 22nd October 2014).   Friday, 10th October: Arrival at Lamezia Airport / Transfer to Crotone Saturday, 11th: Rossano Sunday, 12th: Lamezia Sunday, 12th: Vibo Valentia Monday, 13th: Crotone Tuesday, 14th: Montescaglioso Wednesday, 15th: Montescaglioso… Continue Reading

Singapore Visit 2014

  The last leg of my mission trip to South East Asia has brought me to Singapore, where I have had the chance to work alongside a number of churches and ministries to help further the spread and proclamation of the Gospel.   It has been a great blessing to speak and share at the… Continue Reading