The hidden half of domestic violence
How to have eternal life
Most of us, when we have driven down the
road, come to crossroads.
Often we have to make a decision on what road to travel on. The
places we see along one way promise so much. We see promises of
instant gratification, instant entertainment, anything to satisfy
our every wish, but when we look straight ahead, we see a rough
bumpy road that appears to be under construction. We can see that
often, it is one lane. We also notice that there are few if any
businesses along this road. There is a small church just up the
way. Every so often there are rest stops and places to refuel but
often they can only be seen when we get to them. There are few fancy
signs along this road.
We have come to a "CROSSROAD" Everything along the road to the right
or to the left seem so tempting, so promising. The road ahead looks
so rough, so uninviting.
We look at the map again, and see a note that the path ahead does
have all necessary services on it.
If we chose to go down the lonely road ahead, we will often come to
other crossroads with the same enticing businesses evident to the
left or the right. The road ahead will still appear the same,
isolated, desolate and barren. It will again be tempting to turn off
this lonely road.
Oh, if we do turn, we will find every pleasure imaginable. There
will be many signs on every business, "no money needed now, charge
it" Others signs tell us we can have it all "RIGHT NOW", there is
no need to wait to get what we want.
There will even be a lot of "churches" along this wide road to make
us feel good about the path we have chosen. There will be fancy
cathedrals, programs, and promises that God will give us our every
desire and all we have to do is ask. These churches will tell us
that all we have to do is believe that God exists because a loving
God would never punish His children. They will also tell you that
everyone without exception is God's child.
Many of us have traveled this road; we have stopped at these
businesses. We have often found out when it was too late, that the
fancy building was simply a façade….like a Hollywood movie set. It
looked fancy from the road, but there was nothing there. Still, we
have had to pay an exorbinate price and get nothing in return other
then a moment's pleasure. The only recourse is to get back on the
road and go on.
Many of us have also stopped at the churches mentioned above and we
have left just as empty, just as burdened as when we went in.
Every once in a while, we may see a run down building sitting
silently among these fancy ones. They do not look as nice as these
others that promise to meet our every desire, but somehow the
contrast between the two may spark our interest once in a while. We
may even stop to watch as some go in, their faces ragged with the
journey as they go in, but many come out with a glow. We wonder what
happened in there.
Once in a while, we may see a sign telling us to get directions
here. Other signs appear to warning us of a danger ahead, but how
can that be? There are so many wonderful places on each side of
this road and so many are traveling it. Surly if there were danger
ahead, the signs would be everywhere and the road would be closed.
Let us look at the builder of these two vastly different roads.
The wide road, the road that is filled with promises of instant
gratification has been build by the god of this world. It is
intended to entice us down the wrong path, the road to destruction
The other road, the narrow, often rough road was designed by the
Master of the Universe, the Lord of Lord's to takes us to our final
home, The paradise that He has made for us. We all know that often
the fancy packages hold cheap gifts. This is what we find in the
facades, the false fronts all along this wide, smooth highway. The
builder of this narrow road even told us there would be many bumps,
ruts and potholes along the way:
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy
to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Look what we are told about these two roads:
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is
the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in
thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which
leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Oh yes, often this wide road will give a life time of pleasure…but
what is the final cost for this pleasure?
For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and
lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
When one gives into the promise of gaining the world, it is not just
his soul that is at risk. Often others will and do follow the same
path they have taken, only to find out too late that there are no
If you are reading this, you may be at a crossroad right now. The
path you chose may also determine the path others chose.
Mom, Dad….the path you chose might well be the path your children
Will you stay on this wide road, the road with the Hollywood movie
sets which will promise you everything and give you nothing? Or
will you turn to the narrow path, the path to eternal happiness?
You see, at the end of both of these roads, we will come to a great
gulf. On the broad road, it dead-ends in destruction. On the
narrow road, we will find a bridge that was build by the ONLY
person that was able to change the course of history by HIS
STORY. Jesus Christ came to put a bridge across this great gulf to
get us safely home….a home He has made for us when we place our
trust in HIM. This bridge is only at the end of the narrow way, the
way that although seems so rough will meet our every need along the
The wide road does not always satisfy here either. Often there will
be breakdowns with no place to turn to, no one to help. The narrow
way will provide comfort along the way, others to care, to share and
to show we are on the right path.
My friend, are YOU at this CROSSROAD now?
You can change the road you are on right now.
How to have Eternal Life:
The Hidden Cost for Sin
The Pleasure of Sin
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