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NARROW GATE ACCESS DEMANDS

NARROW GATE ACCESS DEMANDS A. Brother ©2010 Narrowgate Publishing

“Watch out!Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Luke 12:15
Oh, brothers, when Jesus delivers a warning, He means it.One of our chief downfalls among God’s people is greed, and here, Jesus gives us clear warning about this sin, and clear examples of what to do and not to do. In Luke 12, Jesus teaches us the new values we will have in the Kingdom of God, and demands that we live by them.These new values are upside down from the way we’ve been living.The world tells us to chase after food, clothing, and shelter—to pursue possessions—and that ‘God helps those who help themselves’. Jesus says we shouldn’t worry about these things, but we should pursue the Kingdom of God and He will give us those Himself. The world says we should amass investments, including land, houses, bank accounts, retirement funds, vehicles, household goods, business assets, and all el…

IT IS GOD, NOT ME

IT IS GOD, NOT ME A. Brother ©2009 Narrowgate Publlishing
“Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.’”--Mark 5:36
“Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!”--Luke 1:45
“I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing.He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to My Father.”--John 14:12
“But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’”--2 Cor. 12:9
It is God’s power that counts, not our ability. It is God’s grace that accomplishes His will in our lives, not our own strength. It is not what the world says that matters, but our faith. It is only when we truly believe in Jesus’ Word to us that we can do what He is doing. The Scriptures have a central theme:It is God, not us. It is God’s work, not ours. Our “work” is to have faith that is True Faith.Saving faith.To count His grace sufficient for us.To believe tha…

MANY WILL FALL AWAY

MANY WILL FALL AWAY A. Brother ©2010 Narrowgate Publishing

“From this time many of His disciples turned back and no longer followed Him.” John 6:66
Because some follow Jesus for the wrong reasons, they fall away.
“For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not  believe and who would betray Him.”John 6:64
Some of us come to Jesus because we believe in the security He brings us.We read His promises all the time.We devour the promises of God—the verses that speak of His provision—the promises of food, clothing, shelter, protection, blessing, peace, contentment—the things that make us feel safe.We may be like the ones who speak with Jesus here, demanding our bread as part of the price we ask of the Lord for following Him.But what happens when God calls us to suffer deprivation, or we lose our security, our earthly blessings, our earthly peace?“I tell you the truth, you are looking for Me…             because you ate the loaves and had your fill.…

AM I A WILLING SEED?

AM I A WILLING SEED? A. Brother ©2010 Narrowgate Publishing

“If only in this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.” 1 Cor. 15:19
Each of us is a seed.Our body, our mind, our heart--everything that makes us into the person we are as we walk around on this earth--is just a small, insignificant kernel of what the future holds.Seeds must die in order to grow into what they are designed to be: a stalk of wheat, an apple tree, a giant redwood.
What is required of us as seeds is the one thing we are afraid to give.We are required to give up the “seed life” and become this new creation, which is far more glorious than just being a seed.Death must come to us in order for us to find our true purpose, in order for us to blossom and grow into the divinely appointed new form in Christ.
There are two deaths.One now—the death of self—and one later—the death of this earthly body.
First, there is the death we are to die when we are called to follow Jesus, and this death is the de…

OUR SPIRITUAL IMMATURITY--Paul's First Letter to Corinth

OUR SPIRITUAL IMMATURITY A. Brother ©2010 Narrowgate Publishing

“We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored!” 1 Cor. 4:10
As I read through Paul’s first letter to the Corinthian believers, my thoughts center on the Christian churches in America in which I’ve spent my entire life.  I think of the situation we are in now, with report after report about the churches detailing the hidden sexual sins of leaders and laity alike, the divisions, the controversies, the immorality, the high divorce rate, the legal problems, the idolatry of money and greed.
Paul’s letter deals with all these things.  The Corinthian church problems and sins parallel what we’re going through today.  So this letter also gives us great light on why we are experiencing this great surge of sin and compromise with the world.
First—Paul identifies the root problem.  This churches were “worldly—mere infants in Christ…you are still worldly.” (3:1-3)  Th…

THE CAUSES OF SPIRITUAL IMMATURITY

NOTE:  T. Austin-Sparks was born in 1888, and carried on an effective ministry until his death in 1971.  His writings are enjoying new prominence, because of his emphasis on the "full message" of the gospel, Christ's preeminence, and his stand against the "errors and omissions" of modern Christian thinking.  His writings are wonderfully enriching in Christ, and I urge everyone to put his name into a search engine and go the website that bears his name.
THE CAUSES OF SPIRITUAL IMMATURITY by T. Austin-Sparks
Hebrews 6:1.

The Apostle is distressed. As he writes this letter it is as though from time to time he meets something that almost pulls him up dead. Three times at least he suspends his main theme and puts in a parenthesis. The section from verse eleven of chapter five to verse three of chapter six is such a digression. What is this thing, that makes his going so difficult and strenuous?
It is not the theme that is difficult!
It is not in the writer himself! It is …

THE CALL TO PREPARE A PEOPLE

THE CALL TO PREPARE A PEOPLE ©2010 A. Brother, Narrowgate Publishing
“Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God. And he will go on…to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” Luke 1:16,17

There are those God is calling as John the Baptist was called.The Spirit of God is searching the hearts of men now, to find those who will obey the Lord God in this call. God’s choices will be startling to many, because these called ones will be lowly and discarded by the world.They will have no earthly pedigree, no outward signs that give an indication why God would choose them.
But these men and women will be branded with the brand marks of Christ, His wounds, His scars, His fullness of the Spirit.They will walk in obscurity, but their cries will be heard by many of God’s lost ones.
God’s chosen vessels will be purified through fire, and be tested beyond their own limits by flood and famine and war.They will know the Lord, and will have His Word written in their hearts.They wil…

DON'T FOLLOW MEN

A. Brother ©2010 Narrowgate Publishing

“The Lord spoke to me with His strong hand upon me, warning me not to follow the way of this people.”--Isaiah 8:11
“I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding His face from the house of Jacob.I will put my trust in Him.”--Isaiah 8:17
“To the law and to the testimony!If they do not speak according to this Word, they have no light of dawn.”--Isaiah 8:20
As Isaiah brought the Word of God, so we must bring it.As the prophets didn’t follow men, but God alone, so we must follow God and the Lord Jesus, no matter whether it means going with the crowd, or not.
We believe and obey the Word of God, not men.The “house of Jacob” represents the churches in our affluent, uncaring, unloving society today.The Lord is hiding His face from our religiosity, our blatant disregard for His Word, our disobedience and apostasy.He can’t stand our constant worship meetings, which reflect none of His glory, because obedience to His Word is absent. If we don’t LIVE the Word of God, an…

CRISIS OF FAITH IN AMERICA

CRISIS OF FAITH A. Brother ©2010 Narrowgate Publishing


Today in America there is a huge crisis among those who call themselves ‘Christians’. This crisis is worse than all the earthquakes, oil spills, and volcano ash crises put together.This crisis is one of the soul, and the heart.It is a crisis of faith. How did this crisis occur?Because the American evangelical churches departed from teaching and preaching the gospel of faith decades ago, and have continued to move further and further away from Jesus Christ’s good news of the Kingdom.This is not some recent move from the Truth, but a slide away that started perhaps as far back as the 19th century, and has gotten progressively worse. Look at our churches.Is there one thing done in our churches today, tomorrow, next week, next month, that requires faith?Does it take faith to go to church today?Does it take faith to gather for Bible Study?Does it take faith to play your Christian music in your car, or faith to read your devotional in the mor…