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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: thereโ€™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
Photo by Alan Kearns, my brother in Christ from the Kingdom of Fife ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ

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

Psalm 139:5 (NIV)

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Nobody Knew His Secret Ambition

Blogger Beth Alison, from Lessons from a Lab, shared a post yesterday about the Christian’s new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Christ from the dead. A Moment with Our Creator: 1 Peter 1:3 closes with Beth’s request for her readers to share their favorite Easter song.

Musically, Easter brings to mind a favorite tune from back in 1988, Secret Ambition, by Michael W. Smith. The last line of the chorus summarizes the whole song:

๐ŸŽถ Nobody knew His secret ambition was to give His life away.๐ŸŽถ

Michael W. Smith

I grew up Baptist, and the Passion of Christ (the events from the night before his crucifixion until his death on the cross) was not emphasized. Nevertheless, during the Easter season the Holy Spirit draws me to passages, like Isaiah chapter 53, where Jesus is described as our Suffering Servant.

He was arrested and sentenced to death. Then He was taken away. He was cut off from this life. He was punished for the sins of my people. Who among those who were living at that time tried to stop what was happening?

Isaiah 53:8 (NIRV)

Better yet, who alive at that time truly UNDERSTOOD what was happening–before the resurrection and ascension of Christ?

But He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by his wounds were are healed.

Isaiah 53:5 (NIV)

At one Baptist church I attended, we actually held a Good Friday service. The scripture readings, worship music, and a short sermon all focused on the death of Christ. The congregation was then asked to leave in silence, contemplating the significance of the crucifixion.

But our throughly protestant pastor struggled to stick with the plan. During the benediction he remarked, “Brethren, Jesus died for our sins; we must remember His sacrifice. But, praise the Lord, He rose again on Easter!”

Note: If you see a black box where the video should be, please search on YouTube for Michael W. Smith Secret Ambition. It’s the one with 3.4 million views and is worth watching.

Thank you for reading. ๐Ÿ™โค๏ธ prayers and love. Have a blessed Easter!

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Big Dog Watching

Sheep Dog or Collie (Rough), from the Dogs of the World series for Old Judge Cigarettes by Goodwin & Company is licensed under CC-CC0 1.0

The man who does our income taxes lives on a little farm near our town. Yesterday, when I went out there, it looked like a baby farm animal zoo!

In a side pasture next to the house there were several chickens pecking at the half-green grass. Right in the middle of them was a little pot-bellied pig, rooting around and running in all directions. The girls paid him no mind.

Suddenly, the baby pig took off running towards the middle of the pasture. “Where is he going?” Then I saw them, four baby goats grazing contently. They and the pig engaged in a brief stand off, before he scrambled back to his lady chicken friends.

When I picked up our completed taxes, I commented to our accountant’s wife about the unfenced animals. “How do you keep them safe?” I asked. “There are plenty of critters out here who’d like to eat them for dinner.” “Baxter keeps an eye on them,” she said.

Sure enough, as I drove away, I saw a large dog lying next to an out building. He’d positioned himself where he had a commanding view of of the whole scene. The little animals were covered.

Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep. O Lord, you preserve both man and beast.

Psalm 36:5-6 (NIV)

Occasionally, I see posts where fellow believers write as if God has walked away from His creation. Things are getting so bad, they imply, He must no longer be keeping an eye on this world.

Kind reader, this is untrue. As the scripture above says, the Lord’s great love, faithfulness, and righteousness surround us. He has a commanding view of everything. We are covered.

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