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To continue the imagery of the gate, the latch on the gate keeps it shut. Pull as hard as we wish, we can't open the gate. But as we'll see, God is willing to reach down and unlatch the gate for us, so we can walk through. John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."
Ephesians 4:29 says, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (NIV). Could Paul actually mean that? Are we really never to gossip or slander or judge another person? If so, then why is this one of the most rarely obeyed verses in the Bible?
If you knew you would die at the end of this month, would you live differently? There are always things of secondary importance that we have to deal with, but if we knew we were going to die soon, perhaps tonight, what would we do differently? What do you want the people standing around your grave to say, and how does that image effect how you live today?
The central truth of Genesis 1 is that God is the sole Creator of everything. That God and God alone has the power and the wisdom to create and God and God alone is sovereign over everything that He has made. How big is your God? We invite you to read an excerpt from Dr. Bill Mounce's lecture on Creation and God from 52 Major Stories of the Bible.