Enter through the narrow gate.

enter through the narrow gate

Beyond religion, there is an encounter with a real and living being who is the son of God that confronts each one of us with this call to leave our old life behind and to enter into His life! Today I'm asking you to leave behind the denial of brokenness and perhaps the fear of non-commitment. This is beyond religion, its beyond church, its beyond Baptist, Catholic, Presbyterian or anything else; this is all about the purpose of Jesus' life! 

Jesus said something very scary in Matthew 7:13-14, and as your Shepard, I am not only obligated to share this with you, but I am praying that you and I would all wake up and hear the seriousness of this warning. If on 9/10, before 9/11, if we could have had the plans of what was going to happen, things would have been very very different! 

Jesus today, is telling us a reality of an impending catastrophe so that each one of us can avoid it. He said, "Enter through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction…" Now, again, this is Jesus Christ speaking, He is telling us that destruction is imminent and that most people are going to experience it. "But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to life and only a few find it." 

Now this is not what Jesus wants to happen, it is what will happen if we don't listen to what He has to say. If we listen to what He has to say, then we can avoid it. Its like when Jonah was preaching to Nineveh, (Jonah 3) he just walked through this city and he said "Forty days and the city will parish!" Well, why would God send Jonah to say that? So that it wouldn't parish; and it didn't! In the same way, Jesus has sent His Word to our hearts and lives so that we can avoid the destruction that is coming in eternity.

You see, receiving Jesus is the starting line of life! It doesn't start when you graduate from high school, it doesn't start when you get married, it doesn't start when you get your first pay check or promotion or more money. The starting line of life is when you make the choice to give up your life and to receive Jesus Christ as your own personal Lord and Savior.
 
It can't be religion, it can't be you in charge, it can't be arrogance or pride, it has to be change! It has to be God literally coming to live inside of us, and rearranging our priorities. It has to be God literally plugging leaks in our heart, and filling us up with Himself! If we want to be saved and have eternal life, then we have to start following Jesus into a changed life! -Dr. Drew Shofner
 
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We all have eyes, but do we really see eachother?

W all have eyes

When you see people, what do you really see? Maybe a better question to start with is, do you really see people? I mean, do you really see the people in your family? Do you hear them when they talk to you or do you kind of have your own mind made up so that you don't really need to listen to them, and why even bother to engage in a real conversation or to find out what they feel because you already know you're right?

When you look around into the faces of people, do you see people who are other than you in terms of the pigment of their skin? Does that make a difference? Do you see people as hispanic? As African American? Do you see people as white? Or do you just see people made in the image of God? (Genesis 1:27)

Do you see people and feel fear because you're afraid of them and afraid they might find out what you really are, and if they knew you, they would reject you? Is that your assumption? When you see people, are they objects of lust that are there for the gratification of your imagination or your desires? When you see people are they tools that you use to get what you want? When you see people do you judge them and sum up who they are and evaluate their worth and label them? When you look in the face of people what do you really see?

Father save us from religion, save us from a life lived so ordinary here on planet earth, that nobody sees Jesus through us or feels the breath of Heaven or catches the scent of your love. God, save us from a life that is self centered and serving self interest. God, I ask in Jesus' name that in the short time that we have here on planet earth, that you would wake us up and stir our hearts to long for something more than most of us are currently pursuing in our lives. God, unleash us into the world to be your hands and feet to love well, live Jesus and believe big in a way that helps people see your face. Father, in Jesus' name, save us! -Dr. Drew Shofner

What good is it to gain the whole world and forfeit our soul?

Gain the world

We began years ago as a church of a couple hundred and we said, no, there are more sons and daughters of God that need to be loved! There are other people who don't yet know that Jesus died for them; we can't stay here!

I was a nobody growing up in the military but somebody noticed a nobody and somebody began to share the story of Jesus with a nobody because they dared to believe that my life mattered. Well, here's the deal, there are no nobody's! Everybody out there is somebody for whom Jesus died and until every man and woman, boy and girl in our region has a growing personal relationship with Jesus, our work isn't finished!

If you were raised up, conscience and alive this morning, then today there is work to do! Today there is a cross to carry. Today there is the story of Jesus to tell and you can't tell the story of Jesus without a cross! In Matthew 16:25-26, with His disciples, Jesus said it's not just me you're going to watch go to a cross. I'm calling you to carry your cross and to live denying everything that you have imagined would fulfill you and make you successful here on planet earth! You've got to die to it all, because if you want to save your life, you're going to lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it! What good will it be for a man if he were to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?

Your heart is not set on what everybody else’s heart is set on. Everybody else’s heart is set on getting the world but Jesus says I have given you My Kingdom, I have given you eternity! I have given you the wealth of Heaven itself! You are free, not to be bound and in love with ‘stuff’ so don’t be owned by anything except for me!

You guys, there is greatness inside of you! If you are a believer in Jesus Christ; there is the Spirit of God inside of you! You have to make a decision in your life, whether you are going to live for what you can scratch out of the dust here on planet earth, or whether you are going to live your life with a longer range scope, with your eye on eternity. You have to decide that what matters in this race is not the first mile or the second; it's the finish line, and in Christ I choose to finish well! -Dr. Drew Shofner

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