The Narrow Gate: A Grain of Wheat

John 12:20-26 “Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, “The hour has …

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Hatin’ Life: Inhabited, Not Inhibited

Image via author, Emigrant Wilderness, Sierra Nevada In the previous post entitled, "I'm Hatin' Life Right Now," I posed this question: "What would bring people to “hate this life,” meaning to forsake all to be inhabited fully by His life?" And the answer was love. "When one gives oneself over to loving our God above …

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Notable and Quotable

Image via author, unnamed lake, Wallowa Mountains, Oregon Alexander MacLaren (1826-1910), an English non-conformist minister who was born in Scotland. “Love is the foundation of all obedience.” “You have nothing to do but to receive the things that are freely given to you of God—the forgiveness, the cleansing, the life, that come from Christ by …

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I’m Hatin’ Life Right Now

Image via author, Bighorn Range, Wyoming Among my wilderness partners of years gone by were several people who had this interesting response to the question, “How is it going?”  If things were not going well, the answer was a kind of code that let you know times were difficult.  I heard it most often when …

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The Narrow Gate – Hearing God Speak

Isaiah also records the promise of our God to speak to His true followers.  We find this in Isaiah 55, “Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?  Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich …

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The Narrow Gate – God Speaks

Image via Author, Bighorn Range, Wyoming. That our God speaks to His people, to those who hearts are fully committed to Him, is a theme that runs through the scriptures.  Adam and Eve, Cain, Enoch, and Noah are notable examples in the ancient times recorded early in Genesis.  These are not people who occasionally heard …

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The Narrow Gate – When God Speaks

Image via Author, Bighorn Range, Wyoming Our God intends to have conversational communion with us in which He will reveal important things to us.  In this conversational communion we can speak to our God about lives and daily living in simple, easy language, and Jesus will also speak to us.  It is truly a two-way …

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The Narrow Gate – Conversations With God

If you asked the average Christian what the features of a disciple of Christ are, you would most likely hear answers like these (hat tip to Gene Edwards for this list): Go to church.Read and study the BiblePray Hang out with other ChristiansDepending on what stripe, tell others about Jesus, work for peace and justice, speak …

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The Narrow Gate – Magnificent Obsession

In the last content post I wrote about how the Apostle Paul had made knowing His God deeply and intimately his "magnificent obsession. And so it should be for each one of us. How can we join in the pursuit of this magnificent obsession of knowing our God intimately? Hosea the prophet talks of this …

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