The Narrow Road

I am determined to do better with my Bible reading. Several things have brought this to mind of late.

  1. A posting at Radical Congruency about stagnation in one's faith. I could relate to Justin's nagging feeling that I should do more reading. Justin and I made a brief attempt last year at reading accountability.
  2. A discussion in our new Sunday School with folks sharing about their shortcomings in the Bible reading. Most everyone there shared how they longed for more and they all were doing significantly more than I.
  3. Douglas Jacoby starting a new feature of posting a weekly Bible Study tips on his site each Wednesday.
  4. Lastly, I just plain have decided that it is finally time for me to become serious about learning about God. I need and want to know Him, and a consistent Bible study habit is one of the best ways to achieve that. It was clear that the "when I felt like it" method wasn't cutting it.
I'm not deceived into thinking that I will suddenly feel like it more, but I am more serious about it than I have been in a long time. So I'm committing to a goal of getting into my Bible at least 3 times a week. Perhaps it doesn't seem like much of a goal, then you need to check my pattern over the last few months. Twice a month is what I've managed. I invite and welcome all of you to monitor my progress here and hold me acountable to this goal. I will need help.

John 10:22-42, Luke 13:22-35

John 10:22-30 - Jesus is not afraid to offend. Here he plainly tells them, at their request, that they are not of Him, and He's one with God, so therefore they are not with God. In our society, it is very rude to tell someone they aren't right with God. Of course,we are not Jesus and cannot say such a thing with the kind of certainty that he can (after all, He is the judge.) We can, and should if we love each other, point out where we don't measure up to what God expects. Jesus said that many - many - will thing they are right with God and be surprise don the last day (Luke 13:22-30). What a shame if we are too polite to tell folks around us that they are not what they think they are.

John 10:33 - They ignored the truth - that Jesus was God - because of their preconceived notion that it was impossible for a mere man to actually be God. It's been my experience that it's when I am absolutely confident that I am in the greatest danger of being deceived.

Luke 13:22-30 - This is perhaps one of the scariest passages in all of the Bible. Imagine the feeling of the over-confident as they watch people stream in and they are excluded. I once was one of the over-confident.

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It's wild to me how close we are to being in the same place. Luke 13 is a scary scripture. My ultimate nightmare is to not be loving God the way he wants me too. Yes, I have a fear and respect for his wrath. I have the highest hope that I will never recieve what I deserve justly. For I am a rebelleous (sp?) sinner, who left to his own devices will join the fallen angels. But for the grace of God, expressed through Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Jesu bar Jehovah. The First and the Last. I fear that my devotion, sacrafice, prayers, servitude, and worship is not pleasing to God. The second reason I would hate for my biggest nightmare be realized, is because of the pain it would cause my Father. The price he paid for me to be able to love Him back, is/was far greater than anything comprehendible. If I am alive the day that my daughter dies, it will be my last. For her existance is the only reason I fight not to join the Father. My daughter is the greatest motivator that I have to stay alive. It is sufferage to live, but life to my daughter even more. Outside of Jesus himself, Emily is the greatest joy of my life. To loose her would be death. Then, yea, tis by our fair Saviour Father God to give the life of His only child, for wretched sinning evil to the core people like myself. Murder, drunkeness, fornication, greed, corruption, violence, war, rage, lust for all things before me,and totally insatiable appetites was my basic discription. At my worst I was selling crack to fourteen year old girls trying to sleep with them, while back stabbing my roomates out of their drugs, adn steeling and lieing to get any and everything. Cursing and mocking God, using the mighty name of his disregarded son. It was then that he alowed His son to die on my behalf.

The only thing I could think of, to my small scale of putting things, would to have a man come into our house while we were all sleeping, and grab Emily, and walk to my wife and him ask me to choose. One dies quick, one dies slow, and it's my choice which one does what. If I don't choose, then they both die slow. I would give my own life to die nomatter how slow, just to save them. It wouldn't be hard. But for them to whatch me die, or they me, is unbearable. How I would hate for my Father in Heaven go though that with me. For his son to die for me, and then for me not to love him back. Then another one ofhis children dead. It would be tragic. Your post has inspired me to revitalize my efforts to bring my family to heaven with me. To raize a woman of God in my daughter, adn encourage a woman of God in my wife. Which dictates that I must be a man of God myself. I need to fight hard for my faith, health, and spiritual mind set.

I would like to Apologize for my really bad late night spelling and grammar yuckyness. Oh, I also apologize for the vainity it took to apologize for my grammar and spelling. Yikes what a mess!



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