December 4, 2015 at 12:16
An important pastor in my past, once described the narrow path as running up the middle of the broad path, in the opposite direction. Walking that path does put us nose-to-nose, and toe-to-toe with Satan on a regular basis….
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December 4, 2015 at 12:39
That is a great illustration! Some preachers just know how to capture a thought, don’t they?
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December 4, 2015 at 12:53
Yes. He was (is I hope) a very good expository preacher. Never boring and always the right illustration to stick the message permanently in the mind. I learned a lot from him.
December 5, 2015 at 06:35
I just might have to borrow that illustration.
December 4, 2015 at 13:21
Reblogged this on FOR THE LOVE OF GOD and commented:
This is from my Brother Wally Fry on his site, Truth In Palmyra! This is so dead-on accurate! It couldn’t be more true if there was a bulls-eye in place. At first I chuckled and then I realized the depth of truth in what I call a simple Illustrative Sermon or Teaching! Please visit his site for more Gems like this!!!
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December 4, 2015 at 13:36
Brother Roland, thank you so much for sharing this.
December 4, 2015 at 23:55
December 5, 2015 at 07:31
I was reading a blog from a gentleman the other day who basically said that all the struggles and temptations of “normal” Christians (those who are not famous ministers such as Billy Graham, Apostle Paul, etc..) are of our own making and the devil has nothing to do with any of it because he is not omnipresent. While I agree that the devil gets far to much credit for much of our stupidity, he certainly does play a major role in trying to make our days hell on earth.
December 5, 2015 at 07:37
Wow. I actually have several thought about what the fellow said.
Aren’t we all “normal” Christians? I smell Gnosticism when some are more special than others.
Yes, we suffer many things that are simply our own doing, I agree 100 percent with that. Sometimes its not the Devil behind the tree but our own stupidity.
No, he is not omnipresent, but 1/3 of the angels did go with him, and we have no clue how many demons that is. Could be millions for all we know. Yes, I believe demons exist.
Yes, some people do see the devil hiding around every corner. He does get far too much credit for far too many things. On the other hand, the opposite end of the spectrum is to ignore him or even deny he exists.
Finally, I’m still mad about the “normal” Christian quote LOL. I don’t think me and that guy would get along too well.
December 5, 2015 at 08:04
Lol…The normal was a “Pat Paraphrase.” I guess I should have excluded the quote marks. I think he used something like everyday Christian (which I interpret to mean normal (everyday) Christian’s). I do agree that satan has some major players dealing with those who have major callings in their lives, as evidenced by Paul’s life. However, as you point out, he has a bunch of demons to help him in his pursuit of misery.
December 5, 2015 at 08:24
Well…ok maybe that guy is ok after all LOL. We Baptists are very sensitive to some Christians being more special than others, ya know LOL.
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