The Narrow Door

Knowing God through His Word ... Day by Day

And someone said to him, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” And he said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’ then he will answer you, ‘I do not know where you come from.’  —Luke 13:23-25

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"The Narrow Door" This photo was taken at the first parish church in Plymoth, MA.  It is the site of the original "pilgrim's church" which migrated from Leiden, Holland to the new world.

We see in these verses a remarkable question asked. We are told that a certain man said to our Lord, “Are there few that be saved?”

We do not know who this enquirer was. He may have been a self-righteous Jew, trained to believe that there was no hope for the uncircumcised, and no salvation for any but the children of Abraham…

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To God Be the Glory

Pursuing Holiness

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Today’s reading is John 7-8.

Sadly, many today think discussions of authority and permission from God through His Word are outdated. Having dubbed God’s Word as nothing more than a love letter, many act like it is permission to act however we want, especially if we are verbally giving God credit. Jesus had a different view. He said, “The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood.” Of course, Jesus is speaking of Himself, but He also conveys a timeless truth for all pursuers of holiness. We can’t pursue holiness by pursuing what is authorized from our think-sos, want-tos, and I-likes. We can only pursue holiness by glorifying God in ways He has authorized. Authority doesn’t matter as a scorecard for  keeping the rules better…

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Breakfast & Bible: Week 4

THE SOUL GARAGE

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All youth (incoming 7th graders – 2016 graduates) are invited to join us at the Soul Garage for week 4 of our summer Breakfast and Bible on Wednesday, August 3rd 9:00AM-11:00AM.  Bring your Bible.  Bring your belly.  Bring your best friends.

We will be finishing our study of Jonah.

This week’s menu will be waffles, sausages, fruit topping and whipped cream and a yogurt bar.

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The Apple Fell- The River Walk

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David said, “I am going to show loyalty to Hanun because his father, Nahash, was always loyal to me.” So David sent messengers to express sympathy to Hanun about his father’s death. But when David’s ambassadors arrived in the land of Ammon, the Ammonite commanders said to Hanun, “Do you really think these men are […]

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The valley of dry bones (Ezekiel 37:11-14)

CO-HEIR WITH CHRIST

11 Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’12 Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel.13 Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them.14 I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.’”

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The Lord Jesus has risen from the dead days before His corpse…

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Mustard seeds, love, and the world reborn

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Matthew 13:31-32
“31 He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. 32 It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”
Mark 12:33-34
“33 And to love him [your neighbor] with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions.”

I’ve never seen a mustard tree, only seen…

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