- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Christian Focus (July 20, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1845501535
- ISBN-13: 978-1845501532
- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,179,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"No one...": When Jesus Says It, He Means It Paperback – July 20, 2006
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"No One..."is unapologetically true; unabashedly simple and straightforward; undeniably sympathetic and heartfelt. ...exactly what will make it impacting in...a world desperate for solid truth.
JD has written a book that gives a solid foundation of truths on which to build your life. How to personally know God, how to walk with Him, and how to view all of life in the light of this - what more important issues can be considered? I highly recommend this book! (Frank M. Barker Jr. ~ Pastor Emeritus, Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, Alabama)
Once again JD Wetterling has opened a door that I was afraid to open. For forty years I kept the door closed on the Vietnam event-two tours, 500 hours of air combat, medals and all that. I wanted to forget it and just get on with my life. But JD opened that door in Son of Thunder so I could deal with the reality of war and accept myself again. Now, in "No One...," he has opened another door, the courage to speak publicly about my faith. This little book will always be my companion when I travel to world mission fields. I am frequently asked to speak extemporaneously and now I have a ready text with a message for all peoples and all occasions. (Terry Kennedy ~ Executive Director of SERVE)
This is a short book but a powerful book showing the reality of the gospel and also the power of the gospel. You will do well to read it and also to pass along to others. It will strengthen the faith of believers and lead others to consider the claims of Christ in a very real and practical way. (Paul Kooistra ~ President, Erskine College and Seminary, Due West, South Carolina)
"No one is a more convincing advocate of the Gospel than a man deeply in love with the Savior, his Word and his world. JD Wetterling writes with a passion for each that no one can miss, nor should." (Bryan Chapell ~ Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Peoria, Illinois)
"You, like me, probably are often casting about for a readable book to put into the hands of a thoughtful, unconverted acquaintance. I plan on keeping copies with me, as I travel, to give to people who show an interest in talking about the gospel of Jesus Christ." (Joseph A. Pipa, Jr. ~ President, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Greenville, South Carolina)
"JD Wetterling clearly explains six key verses from the gospel of John that all Christians should take to heart. He emphasizes God's sovereignty and the assurance that deepens among all those who fully trust in Him." (Marvin Olasky, editor-in-chief of World magazine and author)
"JD Wetterling has given us nothing less than the gospel in all its simplicity, beauty and glory. If this message is news to you, read this book and let God speak to your soul. If this is news you have heard a thousand times, allow yourself to hear it again, and let your faith be strengthened and renewed." (Tim Challies ~ Blogger at www.challies.com)
"When life is shaken down to its most essential properties, when we are confronted with life and death choices, what becomes most important? In his forceful book, 'No one...', JD Wetterling touches on the essential issues and questions that challenge us to make sense of life for the present as well as for eternity. JD writes like he lives: straight and honest, with a spirit of concern for everyone's eternal destiny. He flew many missions as a combat pilot, but none were as important to him as the one he has set out in this book. Now he is fighting for the souls of men and women to know the certainty of life, which is true and eternal. And he does this by pointing us all to Jesus Christ, the only Savior who can and does secure eternal life for all who believe." (Dominic Aquila, President, New Geneva Theological Seminary, Colorado Springs, Colorado)
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The world will never forget the tragedy of September 11, 2001, when 2,800 innocent people died in the twin towering infernos of the World Trade Center, my former home office in New York City. The visual images are so horrifying the human mind does not want to remember, let alone contemplate them. Yet one picture, of the many indelibly imprinted on my gray matter, refuses to recede from my conscious mind. It is a still photo of a man falling from one of the burning towers. He is just one of about seventy people who chose to jump to their death rather than be consumed by the fire. Just trying to imagine the thought process of that decision, in the chaos and terror of the moment, is so painful the mind refuses to process it.
The man in the photo, unlike the others that I saw, was not tumbling as he fell. I witnessed his fall real time and in the videotape as it was replayed that day. He was falling headfirst, straight down with perfect posture, arms at his sides with one knee bent as if he was about to take a step. That is not a normal way for the human body to fall. In my adventurous youth when I was learning to skydive, my body was all somersaulting ankles and elbows until I learned to fall in a controlled manner, and it was not straight down headfirst. The profile view of the man was not close enough to see his face, but there is a strong sense of serenity exuded by his body language just seconds before his instantaneous death. And that is what consumes me. Did he know his eternal destiny? Did he have the blessed assurance of his salvation? Were millions of us witnessing the death of a saint?
If so, it was the second time for me. My saintly mother, who was my mentor in all the important lessons of living and dying, breathed her last with a serenity that was an overwhelming witness to her faith for her assembled family. She was wired up and kept alive by the machinery of modern medicine and could not sing, but she mouthed all her favorite hymns we sang at her bedside. Her last whispered words to me were, "I am almost there." I wonder if the falling man knew he was "almost there" and was in fact taking his first step into eternity with the Lord God Almighty, even as he fell.
Another thing about this tragedy I've pondered at length: many of those 2,800 people who were not instantly killed were trapped in the top floors of the towers. They had from thirty minutes to an hour in which imminent death was a certainty. We know from phone calls to loved ones that was so. We also know that there were a number of godly people among them who perhaps witnessed to them. As a novel writer I spend a lot of time trying to put myself inside the head of other people and inject myself into scenes I can only imagine. I wonder how many of them were spiritually born again in the last hour of their life. I want to believe many of them were. Hopefully those desperate men and women, knowing no other options remained, fought off the mental paralysis of fear and fell on their knees even as they felt the heat of the flames, the shuddering of the building and finally the floor giving way beneath them. I hope and pray they asked for forgiveness for their sins, begged a merciful God to admit them into paradise that day as they claimed the covering blood of Christ. In my experience as a combat fighter pilot I learned the wonderfully focusing effect that imminent death has on the mind. We can be sure those who prayed in their final hour had no problems with wandering minds, insincerity in their pleas for mercy or lack of intensity in their cries for salvation. God most likely gathered a number of his children in the last moments of the World Trade Center's existence.
By God's mercy, believers and unbelievers alike died with a minimum of pain, unlike the millions of people who suffer for long periods of time with the diseases that ravage humankind. But their greatest blessing was that they had the opportunity to get right with their Maker and Savior before they died. How many people today are banking on seeing death coming and getting prepared at the last minute? How many think they want to enjoy their life of sin and selfishness, have a deathbed conversion, then spend eternity in paradise? Dear reader, such depravity plays Russian roulette with your eternal soul. Many, both the damned and the redeemed, died instantly when the airliners hit the World Trade Center, but the wail of the damned will sound forever as they are eternally consumed in "the fiery furnace" (Matt. 13:42).
As a child I believed in Santa Claus, the tooth fairy and Jesus Christ. Fifty years of life experiences, Bible reading, comparative religion studies including evolution theories, and I still believe in Jesus, now with an informed conviction - head knowledge and heart knowledge.
Some folks have never known him except as a common curse word. For others he disappeared from their worldview soon after Santa and the tooth fairy. If the polls are correct, a majority of people who call themselves Christian think Jesus has no more relevance than Santa. They are lost and oblivious to their "lostness."
The latter category I call casual Christians. They know what is needed for salvation but just procrastinate when it comes to acting on it. Next Sunday I will go to church. ... As soon as I get past this big project at the office I will find time for daily devotions. ... I suspect the majority of souls in hell fall into this category. They simply put off asking God to change their hearts one day too long. A significant number of those who perished in the top stories of the north tower of the World Trade Center died not knowing what hit them. Those who die from terrorist bombings around the world do not see it coming. People die suddenly every day. In 2001, 41,730 Americans died in auto accidents, 93,000 in other accidents, 15,000 were murdered, 160,000 died from strokes, 700,000 died from heart disease, many of them instantly.
Life is uncertain, as the terrorist attack of 9/11 so graphically demonstrated. "No man knows when his hour will come" (Eccl. 9:12a) - the hour that God determined before we were born. The Psalmist says, "All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be" (Ps. 139:16b). That same Holy Writ contains the only certainty there is in an uncertain world. In spite of so much evil, so much hatred and so little love for the God who made us all, there are some unshakable certainties we can cling to in this unstable powder keg called planet Earth.
This little book is an effort on the part of a sinner saved by grace to witness to the power of a handful of the most important of them. They are unshakable certainties that can, God willing, open your eyes to his truth, fill you with the peace that transcends all understanding, and show you the way to the unimaginable joy of life, both now and forever, with him.
One of my favorite newspaper columnists, the late Mike Royko, wrote, on the sudden death of his wife, "If there is someone you love and have not said it lately, do it now. Always, always, do it now." In the same manner, if you have not asked God to change your heart, do it now. Always, always do it now. God willing, the following words of Jesus who saves can save you too.
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