Action Hero with Life-Changing Message

A descendent of Cherokee grandparents, Carlos lived in Miami, Arizona for a period of time as a young boy, not far from the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation. Carlos faced some difficult challenges. With an often-absent alcoholic father and a mother working hard to pay the bills and put food on the table, Carlos realized that life can be tough. The care for his younger brother in the late hours of the night often fell to him. Schoolwork did not come easy and to make things worse a bully in the school began to torment him. His first response was to run, but Carlos eventually he came to the realization that you cannot run from problems. They must be faced. Only when Carlos stopped running and faced the bully was the problem solved and eventually the two became friends. Facing and overcoming challenges became a pattern in Carlos' life and he went on to become the six-time world martial arts champion. Today, Chuck Norris is known world-wide as an accomplished athlete, martial artist, actor, and an advocate of helping youth through martial arts through his Kick Start Foundation. As a Christian, he is not ashamed of his relationship with Jesus Christ and is quick to give God the credit for his accomplishments. Chuck Norris shares his heart's desire on the Christian Resource Page of his website:

Chuck Norris, world champion martial artist, born-again believer, and follower of Jesus Christ.

"Chuck's greatest desire is for people to come to know God personally. The simple truth is that there is a God who created you and loves you very much. He gave us life and deserves our gratitude and love. (Genesis 1:1)

We, however, have chosen to disobey Him and sin against Him; all of us have done wrong and failed to do what is right. (Romans 3:23) We may not be more sinful than our neighbor, or we may be far worse than anyone we know, it does not matter. Either way, we are guilty before God. (1 John 1:8)

God is perfect, completely good, always right and fair. He cannot tolerate sin. He cannot simply overlook the fact that we have chosen to disobey Him. The Bible says "the wages of sin is death." (Romans 6:23) This means that the fair payment for our rebellion against God is death. It is the punishment that we deserve.

Jesus, the one and only Son of God, came to earth and lived a perfect sinless life. He was crucified even though He was completely innocent. He received the punishment that we deserved. He was the perfect sacrifice, He was put into our place and took on Himself the sentence of death that should have been ours. (Romans 5:8)

Jesus did not, however, remain dead. After three days, He rose from the grave and later ascended into heaven. He will return for all those who are trusting in Him as their Savior.

Jesus died for you. You can be saved by asking Him for forgiveness from your sins. If you are willing to repent of your sin, He is waiting to forgive you. It doesn't matter what you have done in the past, if you cry out to Jesus for forgiveness, He will not reject you. The word "repent" literally means "to turn away from." You need to look at your life, admit that you are a sinner, genuinely desire to turn your back on that sin, and ask Him to forgive you. If you do this, He promises to forgive you.

True Christianity is not about attending a particular church, or how your parents raised you, or what country you were born in. Being a Christian means that you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, that He is your Savior. It's not good enough that your priest, pastor, mother, or aunt knows Jesus, you must know Him for yourself. They cannot believe in Him for you, you must believe for yourself. They cannot repent for you, you must repent for yourself.

Jesus is everywhere all the time. He can hear you now if you ask Him for forgiveness. Please turn your life over to Him NOW. Time slips by so quickly, don't miss this opportunity. If you want to pray and ask Jesus to be your Savior, you can say a prayer something like this (make it personal):

"Jesus, I know that I have sinned against you. I know the truth is that I have sinned by my own choice, and I am the one responsible for it. I know that I have earned punishment from You, and that the fair punishment would be death. Jesus, I believe that You died in my place. Forgive me for my sin. I cannot cover or take my sin away, I am relying totally and only on You. You are the only one who can save me. I reject my sin, I turn away from it, I repent. Come into my life, take away my sin, and show me how to live my life in a way that is right and pleasing to You."

If you have prayed this, YOU ARE SAVED! You are now completely forgiven, a new creation, innocent in the eyes of God. Welcome to the family of God!

It is important for you to start to grow in your relationship with Jesus. Just like any relationship, you need to spend time with someone if you want to know them well. The way to know God is through the Bible. We have a few different Bible studies here that will help you get going. It's also important to find a church you can attend where they teach the Bible. This will allow you to talk with a pastor who will help explain questions you might have, and it will give you a chance to spend time with other Christians who can encourage you."

This is truthful and life-changing counsel. We need Christian role models with such honesty and courage in the native community who will point our youth to Jesus Christ and then, by example, practically apply biblical values in everyday life. Chuck Norris shares twelve points that he has chosen to guide his life:

  1. I will develop myself to the maximum of my potential in all ways.

  2. I will forget the mistakes of the past and press on to greater achievements.

  3. I will always be in a positive frame of mind and convey this feeling to every person that I meet.

  4. I will continually work at developing love, happiness and loyalty in my family and acknowledge that no other success can compensate for failure in the home.

  5. I will look for the good in all people and make them feel worthwhile.

  6. If I have nothing good to say about a person, I will say nothing.

  7. I will give so much time to the improvement of myself that I will have no time to criticize others.

  8. I will always be as enthusiastic about the success of others as I am about my own.

  9. I will maintain an attitude of open-mindedness toward another person's viewpoint while still holding fast to that which I know to be true and honest.

  10. I will maintain respect for those in authority and demonstrate this respect at all times.

  11. I will always remain loyal to God, my country, family and my friends.

  12. I will remain highly goal-oriented throughout my life because that positive attitude helps my family, my country, and myself.

    (Chuck Norris website)

Your success throughout life will be a reflection of making wise personal choices and then taking responsibility for them. If you can identify with the hard times like young Carlos experienced, remember that your circumstances and your environment do not prevent you from being all that God wants you to be in His wonderful plan for your life. You can be tempted to quit because of hard times or you can choose to grow and improve. Have you come to know God personally? It begins with a decision that you can make right now. No one can make this decision for you. I hope that you will place your trust in Jesus as your Savior and begin your new life in Him.

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