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Big Gate but No Fence

I’ve watched with curiosity as a property, on my way to work, has taken shape these past two years.

First, the owner built a house. Then, he built another one. Finally, he added a large garage in between them.

This was just the beginning. Next, the creative fellow added lots of landscaping, a large fountain, and two lion sculptures–to guard the main entrance.

But, it’s his latest addition that leaves me pondering a biblical application. The man erected two huge brick columns, one behind each lion, and mounted a metal arch over the top. It’s quite the fancy gate. But here’s the thing: there’s no fence connected to either side.

Go through the narrow gate, because the gate to hell is wide and the road that leads to it is easy, and there are many who travel it. But the gate to life is narrow and the way that leads to it is hard, and there are few people who find it.

Matthew 7:13-14 (GNT)

Kind reader, the broad boulevard that leads to destruction is all too easy to find and entices many a traveler. Yet there is no security surrounding it. On the other hand, the narrow gate comes with 360 degree protection.

You are all around me on every side; you protect me with your power.

Psalm 139:5
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You hem me in–behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.

Psalm 139:5 (NIV)

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God Doesn’t Break Toys

The young boy in my music class pounded the tambourine on the floor. This was after I’d demonstrated to everyone how to properly play our classroom instruments.

Visibly frustrated, I confiscated the instrument and commented (in jest): “If you break this tambourine, I’m coming to your house and breaking one of your toys.” The offender gazed at me blankly. However, another little boy spoke up matter of factly.

“God doesn’t do bad things. He doesn’t break toys.”

Five Year Old Super Sage

My little friend had me there. I sheepishly admitted to everyone that he was right and I was wrong.


Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.

Psalm 89:14 (NIV)

God is indeed right and fair and loving and faithful, yet we are prone to blame Him when bad things happen in this world.

For example, I know someone who lost faith in God after her father died during a routine medical procedure. She feels her dad’s life was taken; how could a loving God allow this?

Truly, this is a tragic situation. But is God really to blame? Perhaps it makes more sense for my friend not to believe in doctors.

So, where is God when terrible, evil, and incomprehensible things happen? He’s in the same place He was when His only son’s life was taken: on the throne.

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Portions of this post are from an earlier offering, back in May 2020.

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In Case of Emergency

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Every spring my wife and I prepare ourselves: we clean out our storm shelter, prepare an emergency bag, and pay close attention to the weather. Here in the south-central United States, also called Tornado Alley, it’s important to have a severe weather plan.

Our “hidey-hole,” as folks say around here.

In case of emergency (ICE), it’s even a contact option on cell phones these days. I’m my wife’s ICE, and vice-versa.

Question: do you have a spiritual emergency plan? Sooner or later, we’re all going to die, and afterwards comes God’s judgment (Hebrews 9:28).

In Christ alone (ICA), this is our only hope.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus.

Romans 6:23 (NIV)

I realize this is not new information for many of you. Yet I’m reminded of the following line from the classic hymn I Love to Tell the Story:

🎶I love to tell the story, for those who know it best seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.🎶

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️ prayers and love.