Welcome…come and let’s walk together as brothers and sisters in our dear Lord Jesus Christ, along an ever narrowing path toward that most glorious day of His return. Now more than ever, as true believers we need to help each other stay on the narrow path, speaking in truth and love.
If you have not put your trust in Christ for your salvation, I encourage you to watch the following message and to spend some time in the blog archives:
Who am I?
A fellow servant of our Lord Jesus Christ, a redeemed sinner with a love of God’s Holy Scriptures and his precious children.
For more information, please see the doctrinal statement at the bottom of this page.
You can also contact me via the blog’s email at email@example.com.
In Christ’s service
Why this blog?
To help Christians connect the dots and see the bigger picture in relation to urgent and serious issues facing true believers and the wider Christian church today, including:
- False and heretical teachings within the church, across all denominations
- Spiritually dangerous practices
- Lack of biblical church discipline, discernment and testing of spirits
- Unbiblical ecumenism (i.e. unity based on anything except right doctrine)
- New Age doctrine and pagan practices (Oneness Spirituality)
- Contemplative and eastern mysticism
- Interfaith activities
- Which churches are affected, which ones are defending the faith?
- Developing discernment skills, with the help of the Holy Spirit
- Psychology’s dangers
- Creation and evolution…what does the Bible teach?
I regularly witness the insidious and often devastating impact of many of the above influences in churches, both here and abroad. After years of studying the Scriptures and researching these issues, I feel compelled to share what I have learned to help other believers.
I have only included links to the most trustworthy, biblical sites and resources I have found. Whilst many links focus on biblical discernment and apologetic ministries, I have included some sites with outstanding, reliable Bible teaching as well as other specialised sites and helpful research resources. Please use your own discernment when accessing linked sites. I have not read every article or reviewed every link on the sites I have linked to, nor do I necessarily agree with all views expressed on linked sites.
If you have any particular information you are hunting for and can’t find, please let me know as I may be able to direct you to it on this site or elsewhere. Questions and constructive feedback are always welcome.
My prayer for this blog…
I pray for the ongoing guidance of the Holy Spirit, so that the content of this blog might glorify God; and inform, warn, uplift, encourage and support you along the narrow path. I pray that you would experience the wisdom, peace, courage and joy that comes from walking in faith with our Lord Jesus Christ, staying strong in your faith until the very end.
To our Almighty God be all glory, honour and praise!
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The Scripture references given at the end of each section are key passages, but by no means exhaustive: Exodus 20:4-6; Deuteronomy 29:29; Deuteronomy 30:10-14; Psalm 19:7-11; Psalm 119:89, 105 & 130; Isaiah 8:20; Isaiah 55:11; Isaiah 59:21; Matthew 4:4-10; Matthew 5:18; Matthew 15:3 & 6-9; Matthew 22:29-32; Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 1:3-4; Luke 16:29-31; Luke 24:27 & 44; John 5:39 & 46-47; John 6:45; John 10:35; John 17:3; John 20:31; Acts 15:15; Acts 17:11; Acts 28:25; Romans 11:36; Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 1:21; 1 Corinthians 2:1-16; 1 Corinthians 10:11; 1 Corinthians 14:6, 26, 37 & 40; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Galatians 1:8-9; Ephesians 1:18; Colossians 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 1:5; 1 Thessalonians 2:2 & 13; 1 Timothy 3:15; 2 Timothy 3:14-16; Hebrews 1:1-2; Hebrews 2:2-4; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:19-21; 2 Peter 3:16; 1 John 2:20 & 27; 1 John 4:1-6; 1 John 5:9 & 13; Revelation 1:1-3; Revelation 22:18-19.
The Triune God
There is one triune God, eternally existent in the persons of God the Father; God the Son, Jesus Christ; and God the Holy Spirit. These three are one in essence, but distinct in person and function.
Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1-3, 14 & 18; John 10:30; John 15:26; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 2:18; Colossians 1:15; Hebrew 1:2-3.
God the Son, Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Trinity, exists from all eternity, and came to earth as God manifest in the flesh by His birth to a virgin, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit. The incarnate Christ is both fully God and fully man.
Jesus Christ lived a sinless life. By His vicarious and atoning death He made full and final atonement for sin. He rose bodily from the dead. He is now seated at the right hand of God the Father, reigning in power and glory, interceding with the Father on behalf of true believers in Christ, and preparing an eternal dwelling place for them.
Psalm 45:7; Proverbs 30:4; Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 9:6; Isaiah 61:1; Daniel 9:24; Matthew 1:18-21; Matthew 16:16; Matthew 28:18; Luke 1:27, 31 & 35; Luke 4:18; John 1:1-14; John 3:34-36; John 5:22 & 27; John 6:37 & 39; John 10:15-16; John 10:27-28; John 17:2; Acts 2:36; Acts 10:38; Romans 1:3-4; Romans 3:25-26; Romans 4:24-25; Romans 5:19; Romans 9:5; 2 Corinthians 5:18; Galatians 4:4; Ephesians 1:11 & 14; Ephesians 5:2; Philippians 2:6-7; Colossians 1:19-20; Colossians 2:3 & 9; 1 Timothy 2:5; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:8-9; Hebrews 2:14-17; Hebrews 4:15; Hebrews 5:4-5; Hebrews 7:22 & 26; Hebrews 9:12-15; Hebrews 10:14; Hebrews 12:24; 1 John 2:1; 1 John 5:20.
God the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit exists from all eternity. He is the Author of all Scripture. He convicts men of sin. He regenerates those who are dead in trespasses and sins. It is by the work of the Holy Spirit in their hearts that men believe in Jesus Christ for salvation. The Holy Spirit indwells each believer. He illuminates the believer’s spiritual understanding. He witnesses with believers’ spirits that they are the sons of God. He is the Comforter of the believer. And, God the Holy Spirit accomplishes the work of sanctification within each and every believer.
Genesis 1:2, Job 33:4; Psalm 104:30; Psalm 139:7-10; Daniel 5:11; Matthew 1:20; John 3:6; John 6:63; John 14:16-17; John 14:26-27; John 15:26; Acts 5:3-5; Romans 1:4; Romans 8:2; Romans 8:9-14; Romans 8:26; 1 Corinthians 2:11-14; 2 Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 4:30; Philippians 1:19; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 9:14; 1 Peter 1:2 & 11; 2 Peter 1:21.
Satan was created by God and given the most exalted position among God’s created beings. Through pride Satan fell into sin, seeking to exalt himself above God. He was cast down from his exalted position, and led with him a host of angels who likewise fell. In his fallen state Satan is still subject to God, but he is the chief enemy of God, manifesting unremitting hatred toward God, His Word, and the person and work of Christ. Satan is also the chief adversary of mankind, and continually seeks to afflict mankind and seduce men toward every kind of evil. He especially wages war against believers in Christ. Satan’s ultimate defeat was pronounced by God after he deceived our first parents into sin; it was secured at the cross by Christ, and will be consummated when Satan is cast into the Lake of Fire for eternity.
Genesis 3:1-15; Job 1:6-12; Job 2:1-7; Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:12-18; Zechariah 3:1-2; Matthew 4:1-10; Matthew 4:24; Matthew 12:26; Matthew 13:25-28 & 39; Matthew 25:41; Luke 11:18; Luke 22:3; John 8:44; John 12:31; John 13:27; John 16:11; John 17:15; 2 Corinthians 4:4; 2 Corinthians 6:15; 2 Corinthians 11:13-15; Ephesians 2:2; Ephesians 6:11; Colossians 2:15; Hebrews 2:14; 1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 9:11; Revelation 12:3-9; Revelation 20:1-3 & 7-10.
Creation and the Fall
The triune God created the universe out of nothing by His spoken word in six literal, contiguous days. The Scriptures teach the recent creation of all things by the direct acts of God, not through processes involving millions or billions of years of struggle and death.
The original creation was perfect. Man was created in the image of God, without sin, but with a free will. Adam and Eve chose to heed the voice of Satan and disobey God’s commandment, thus plunging the universe into sin and chaos, and themselves and their descendants into physical and spiritual death, and enmity with God.
All of Adam’s descendants inherit a totally depraved nature. They are dead in trespasses and sins, are in bondage to the sin nature, and are under God’s curse. As the descendants of Adam, all human beings are sinners both by nature and by choice. Apart from God’s gracious intervention, they are destined for eternal separation from God in Hell. All human beings are in need of personal salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ.
Genesis 1:1-3:24; Exodus 20:11; Job 33:4; Psalm 8:6-8; Psalm 33:5-6; Psalm 104:24; Proverbs 30:4; Ecclesiastes 7:29; Ecclesiastes 12:7; Jeremiah 10:12; Jeremiah 32:17; Matthew 10:28; Luke 23:43; John 1:1-3; Acts 17:24; Romans 1:20; Romans 2:14-15; Romans 6:23; Romans 11:36; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 1:16; Colossians 3:10; Hebrews 1:1-2; Hebrews 9:27; Hebrews 11:3.
The authentic Christian Gospel is God’s declaration that sinners who are under the curse of God through Adam’s fall are justified by the grace of God alone, through faith in Jesus Christ alone. Justification is the once-for-all judicial act of God at the conversion of the sinner. In this act God graciously declares the sinner to be righteous- that is, not guilty before His judgment bar, where the standard is perfect holiness. Having been justified by faith, believers are saved from the wrath of God through Christ, who has made peace with God on their behalf.
In salvation, a great legal exchange takes place. The sins of the sinner are imputed to Jesus Christ, who has made full and final atonement for them. They are washed away by the blood of Christ, to be remembered against the sinner no more. At the same time, the perfect all-sufficient righteousness of Christ is imputed to the undeserving sinner. The believing sinner now possesses Christ’s righteousness, and need not – indeed cannot – add any saving or keeping righteousness of his own. To attempt to do so would be to deny the sufficiency of Christ.
Scripture declares that faith alone, in Christ alone, is and always has been the instrument of the believer’s justification. Old Testament believers placed their faith in the Redeemer who was to come, just as New Testament believers place their faith in the Redeemer who has come.
Saving faith is absolutely naked faith; it is empty-handed belief in the person and work of Christ to save sinners. This faith is itself the gift of God, and is not of works, so that no one can boast that he added one iota to the righteousness of Christ. This faith is given to the sinner by the gracious act of God the Holy Spirit.The believer’s salvation is therefore absolutely secure.
God through Christ offers salvation freely and legitimately to all men. He says, “Look to Me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth” – “I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die..?” – “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” – “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” – “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” – “Whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely.”
Isaiah 45:21-22; Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Isaiah 55:1-6; Isaiah 61:10; Jeremiah 23:6; Ezekiel 33:11; Daniel 9:24-26; Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 11:28; Mark 10:45; John 1:12; John 3:1-36; John 6:37; John6:44-45 & 65; John 10:28-29;Romans 10:13; John 3:18; Acts 10:43; Acts 13:38-39; Romans 3:22-28; Romans 4:1-8; Romans 5:1-20; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:28-39; 1 Corinthians 1:30-31; 1 Corinthians 15:21-23; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Galatians 3:1-13; Ephesians 1:1-2:10; Ephesians 5:2; Philippians 1:29; Philippians 2:6-9;Philippians 3:9; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 2 Timothy 2:19; Titus 3:5-11; Hebrews 10:10-39; Revelation 19:5-8; Revelation 22:17.
The Life of the Believer
The Scriptures know nothing of a “faith” in Christ that is a mere formula of words and not the result of the regenerating work of God. Genuine saving faith is God-given faith. It is impossible for the natural man to believe the Gospel. Belief does not originate in the sinful heart of man by his own will, but by the work of God.
Therefore, the one who truly believes on Christ is God’s workmanship from beginning to end. The believer has been created in Christ Jesus before the foundation of the world, to do the good works which God prepared beforehand for him to do, after he has been justified by faith alone.
If a sinner has truly believed, exercising God-given faith in Christ and not a counterfeit, then the desire to live a changed life in obedience to God’s commands will follow as surely as day follows night. A changed life is the evidence of saving faith. Believers do not become perfect people, but they do now have the desire, ambition, and motivation to please God, which is brought about by the Holy Spirit who takes up residence within each believer at conversion. The changed life – the believer’s sanctification by the work of the Holy Spirit – does not justify the believer in the sight of God. The sanctification of the believer is the result, not the cause, of his salvation.
John 17:17-19; Romans 6:1-23; Romans 7:13-25; Romans 8:13-14; Romans. 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Galatians 5:16-26; Ephesians 3:16-19; Ephesians 4:15-16; Colossians 1:10-11; Colossians 1:28; Colossians 2:1-10; Colossians 4:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14; 2 Timothy 2:19; Titus 3:5; James 2:17-26; 2 Peter 3:18; 1 John 1:5-10; 1 John 5:1-5.
The Body of Christ
All persons, from the Fall to the Last Day, who have trusted in God’s provision of salvation through Jesus Christ, are one body in Christ, and form His invisible church. God has ordained the local church for the proclamation of the Gospel in the world and the building up of the saints.
Jesus Christ has instituted the ordinance of baptism and the observance of the Lord’s Supper by believers as the regular practice of the church until He comes again. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper signify what Christ alone has done, and do not save or contribute to the salvation of anyone.
Matthew 26:26-28; Matthew 28:18-20; John 10:16; Acts 8:36-38; Acts 11:29-30; Romans 6:4; Romans 12:3-5; Romans 15:7-12; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 1 Corinthians 10:14-22; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Galatians 3:5-9; Galatians 6:10; Ephesians 1:10; Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 2:19-22; Ephesians 3:14-15; Ephesians 4:15-16; Ephesians 5:23-32; Colossians 1:13-18; Colossians 2:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:11-22; Hebrews 10:24-25; 1 Peter 5:1-11; 1 John 1:7; 1 John 3:16-18; Revelation 7:9-10.
The Resurrection and the Return of Christ
At death, men’s bodies return to the earth and experience corruption, but their immortal souls return immediately to God who gave them. The souls of believers in Christ go immediately to be with the Lord in Heaven, awaiting the day when they will be reunited with their resurrected, glorified bodies. The souls of those who do not believe in Christ are immediately cast into Hell, where they remain in darkness and torment awaiting the Last Judgment.
Jesus Christ will return, visibly and bodily, to gather believers to Himself for eternity, and to judge all men. The Scriptures teach the bodily resurrection of all mankind, both the saved and the lost.
Christ the righteous Judge will consign the lost to the Lake of Fire, into which they will be cast bodily to be punished for eternity. Those who are saved will be raised bodily to eternal life, and the Lord will welcome them into eternal glory with Him in the New Heavens and New Earth.
Genesis 3:19; Job 19:25-27; Ecclesiastes 12:7 & 14; Daniel 12:2; Matthew 12:36; Matthew 25:31-46; Mark 9:42-48; Mark 13:35-37; Luke 16:19-31; Luke 12:35-40; Luke 16:23-24; Luke 23:42-43; John 5:22-30; Acts 1:9-11; Acts 3:20-21; Acts 13:36; Acts 17:31; Acts 24:15; Romans 8:17-25; Romans 14:10-12; 1 Corinthians 6:3; 1 Corinthians 15:12-58; 2 Corinthians 5:1-11; Philippians 1:23; Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11; 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12; 2 Timothy 4:6-8; Hebrews 9:27-28; Hebrews 12:22-24; Jude 24-25; Revelation 20:10-22:21.
Reprinted with kind permission from Dr Paul Elliott of Teaching the Word Ministries.
Congratulations Sherryn… this is a great Blog. It takes a lot to keep it up but it is a great way of leading countless people and providing resources… I would encourage or dare you to take it global – i.e. remove the restrictions. God bless and thanks!
Hi sherryn, found the blog, had to go through Craig’s blog to find you. Tried typing in what you gave me & the thing just bounced me everywhere
Anyway, wasn’t the weather beautiful this morning (except for that rotten chemtrail across the sky #%*%)
Lovely web page, well done!!! Great to see the berean call also linked.
Ok, things to do (pumpkin soup to make yum) stay in the light, & continue being the ‘good berean’
Kind regards Shane
The Narrowing Path said:
Welcome! Great to meet you and enjoy a chat in the sunshine (however I did notice about 6 trails in the sky later). Thanks for the heads up about the blog address. I really will have to work out what is going wrong as another friend had similar problems. Enjoy your pumpkin soup making…I am off to make lamb stew. The upside to winter! 🙂
Delight in Truth said:
How do you feel about the election results in Australia? I wanted to ask you since you are familiar with the issues there…
The Narrowing Path said:
When it really comes down to it, what I understand that we can expect to see from Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party is the usual:
* economic ‘belt-tightening’
*less social services and welfare spending
*better deals for businesses/mining
*improved economic conditions overall, with certain groups significantly worse off
*education reform to give greater choice
*greater infrastructure (railways, airports, roads) with a longer term outlook
*Off-shore processing for Asylum seekers
As you may have guessed, our Liberal Party is actually our more conservative party. Go figure. So usually they come in and clean up the spending binge on government funded social services undertaken by the Labor Party (I am not complaining…there are benefits to spending binges). Then they make it easier for people to access private services so they can gut public services, and they close a bunch of schools and hospitals and hike up university fees. But overall, we usually get a much healthier economy from the Liberals, so if you don’t fall into one of the groups they tend to marginalise, you will be fine!
In relation to asylum seekers, I have no issue with where they process them if it is done with compassion…except that it is an outrage that we even do business with countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia, who are highly corrupt, Islamic countries with terrible human rights abuse records. Their laws are incompatible with Australian law, and I fail to see how we can allow them to do anything on our behalf. To have them handling asylum seekers, many of whom are escaping persecution from Islamic countries elsewhere in the world, is mind-boggling. So that does concern me.
I expect to see continue changes in big business and agriculture over the next few years. Liberal governments are fond of deregulating everything and encouraging foreign ownership of Australian assets and resources. So to further the globalization agenda, the Liberals will no doubt continue on this path. That is disappointing, as it would be great to see better support of local ownership and innovative enterprise.
I think Abbott will roll over on the gay marriage issue somehow, perhaps by allowing it to become a state issue. Since the Pope seems heading in that direction, Abbott may simply need some allowance to be made by the Vatican and hey presto!! Plus, he is a liar. So he will lie, and break promises. All Prime Ministers do eventually. As the worldwide push for gay rights to become a human rights issues gathers force, he may just throw up his hands and give in. Who knows. But roll over he will (unless the Lord has other plans, of course!). If he doesn’t, the alternative scenario is that it will provide fodder for Catholics and Christians to be further vilified for their stance against gay marriage. Abbott is not someone you want unbelievers mistaking for a Christian. Believe me!
Abbott has already said he will not remove the Medicare subsidy for the abortion pill. Abortion is already legal here (has been for a long time), and in many instances is covered by our Medicare system. Tony Abbott has given no indication that anything will change there. It appears he is planning to hand back education to the states, which is how it was before Labor launched it’s appalling National Curriculum. Given that Bill Gates regularly lobbies our government on matters pertaining to education, no doubt to ensure our curriculum is going to churn out poorly educated, compliant global citizens (um, economic units of revenue generation, I mean), anything could happen. Either way, I have been preparing for homeschooling for a while now. We do one day a week already.
I think it is very significant that Tony Abbott is not just a garden-variety Catholic but is a Jesuit trained, Rhodes Scholar. Both organizations have a strong, unflinching agenda for global government, global currency and a even globalized military/police force. Tony Abbott is the prime candidate to lead Australia down the road of globalization, through economic and education reform, by building stronger ties to The Vatican and the UN, and may perhaps even pave the way for another referendum in Australia on becoming a republic.
In closing (are you sorry you asked yet?), I didn’t expect much, to be honest. My focus this year has been on gaining a better understanding of US, UK, EU and Middle East socioeconomic and political issues. I have been trying to understand how Australia is engaging with (and impacted by) the issues faced overseas…as well as our role in the rapidly advancing globalization agenda and the growing persecution of Christians, including in the West. It has been interesting to assess the parties and their candidates from these perspectives. I think Abbott has a few surprises up his sleeve for the Australian population, and we may well see some surprising developments in the move towards one government and one currency. Let us watch with great interest and much prayer!
Having said all of the above, I may be wrong about all of it as I… a) have no crystal ball or tarot cards, b) don’t hear God’s voice or get visions from Jesus telling me the future or c) know much about Australian politics, but would argue who can since mostly it’s smoke and mirrors. Just sayin’ 🙂
Delight in Truth said:
Thanks for the insight! Abbott was billed as a conservative Christian with traditional values here in America. I was surprised at first to hear that such a person can win an election of this magnitude… But appearances may be deceiving… Thx for the perspective!
The Narrowing Path said:
In this instance appearances are in fact very, very deceiving! Your initial sense of puzzlement was probably the correct one. Abbott is about as conservative a Christian as Mitt Romney. Conservative, maybe. Given they both are part of false, works-based religions (and I say this with a significant degree of compassion), their conservative values are merely in line with what they see they need to do to get into heaven. Sadly, they will also do whatever they need to to get into (and stay in) power. Hmmm, awkward.
Personally, a Jesuit-trained, Catholic, Rhodes Scholar with bad manners who aspires to be PM may very well fall into the same category as the rich guy straining to get through the eye of the needle. Who knows. He’s right up there in the ‘likely to be Christian’ stakes with the our other main candidate, the supposedly devout, Anglican (whatever that means these days), Bible-hating (as in, won’t obey it) guy who aspires to be PM, and in fact has been…three times, but with only two elections.
It is funny what the media makes of things. I remember in your last election being completely (I mean it!) baffled by why so many conservative ‘Christians’ were saying Mitt Romney was the only person they could vote for since he was a Christian. Um, no he isn’t. He is a Mormon. His god is not Almighty God. And he was for many years an evil henchman to the evil Kaos, um…I mean Monsanto. I thought maybe people just missed that memo. Having said that, I do understand the ability to strike fear in the hearts of people your current president has. I am guessing that was clouding people’s vision?
Thank God, quite literally, that He is sovereign! Let’s swap updates from time to time, as we watch this next stage unfold. I have links to some interesting international independent news and commentary services. I will link a couple more this week. There are so many different versions of history being written as we speak, it gets very tricky to know what is actually going on!
Hi Sherryn…As you were interested in some of the teachings of Stewart Best, as per our discussion, I have left a comment on his site in the comment section for “Are we There yet #22” on Sept. 6, 2013 at:
If you would like to comment to me, feel free to contact me via my email.
The Narrowing Path said:
Thanks Carolyn, I am writing an email to you now!
Hi Sherryn…still waiting for that email…no hurry. But in case you put com instead of ca in the address or some such thing, it would be a simple mistake to make and someone else might be the beneficiary of your comment. 🙂
The Narrowing Path said:
Sorry, it is almost finished. Then surprisingly (or not), I got distracted. Will send it off tonight! 🙂
Thank you for following my blog and for the comments that you have left. I am looking forward to following your blog and with just a quick peek I can see I will be spending a lot of time here. God Bless you and keep being the beacon on the narrow path
Equipping The Saints said:
Thank you for your teachings. They are greatly needed in today’s world. I am now following your blog. Please consider following mine. I am in the USA, and the time is 1418GMT. John 17:3 EB@ETS
Comment moved to Lectio Divina post.
The Narrowing Path said:
Thanks for your question. I have moved your comment over to the Lectio Divina post as it seems to fit well there. I don’t know how to do it properly so have had to place it in a comment under my own name. Feel free to comment further in that post and perhaps others may wish to contribute to answering your question. I will get back to you with an answer as soon as I can.
I have been pottering about your blog, it looks filled to the brim with good stuff to read. Just wondering if there was a reason you included a link to Tony Attwood’s site? I ask because I have a son with Asperger’s Syndrome and thought you might perhaps have some personal experience with it?
The Narrowing Path said:
Hi anitameg! So glad you have found TNP, and pray that it will be a helpful resource. I have really appreciated your contributions at the Churchwatcher blog. I haven’t been commenting much lately as I am moving house, but have been keeping up with the discussions.
Yes, I have included included the Tony Attwood link as my son (10) and other family members have Asperger’s Syndrome. My son was diagnosed two years ago, and it has been such a blessing to better understand his needs and learning challenges. Both my kids (my daughter is 6) also have mild Tourette’s Syndrome and ADHD (the ADHD they got from me, and it certainly seems to share many neurological similarities to Asperger’s). I went to a couple of Tony Attwood workshops and found them very helpful. Tony has a very engaging way of highlighting the challenges, quirks and strengths of those on the autistic spectrum. If only more couples and families understood these things…I have little doubt there would be less divorce, substance abuse and mental health issues (even taking into account our fallen world, and sinful population)!
The insights from Tony Attwood and Edward Hallowell (ADHD specialist, also linked on TNP) were such a genuine blessing to me a couple of years ago. Life makes a lot more sense now! I am aware that they are both unbelievers and both heavily promote mindfulness and meditation techniques for managing stress, so I recommend them with caution. But I remember reading Dr Hallowell’s book “Driven to Distraction” and being so excited that someone had written a book about me. 😉 I realise the ADHD label is controversial, as is the medication. Diagnosis and old-fashioned stimulant medication has made a huge difference in my life, and has really helped the kids too. The best thing is being better able to concentrate during my bible study, and prayer and research time. 🙂 Realising the need for a more quiet and simple life (and having other circumstances make this a necessity) has also been a big part of our journey.
I would love to hear more from you so if you don’t want to post it here, feel free to email me any time at the blog email or firstname.lastname@example.org. It is so wonderful to meet another sister in Christ, and an Aussie one too!
Blessings in Christ, Sherryn
The Narrowing Path said:
Lol, just realised I wrote an essay in my last comment.
Sent you a reply to your email! God bless
Sola Scriptura said:
I love that you post Paul Washer’s talks! He is one of the very few men who understand and teach the critical message that the road to eternity with Jesus Christ is narrow and few find it…and that it takes a work of the heart, not just the mouth to be saved. Also, if one is saved there will be fruit. It flows from the transformation by the spirit. Here in the US, so many say little prayer, then go on to party their lives away, or chase money…not understanding – or even wanting to understand the true message of repentance and counting everything as a loss for the surpassing greatness of knowing Jesus Christ my Lord….(Philippians 3:7-14).
This is my first stop at your blog and I’m happy to have found you! Seeing our church’s website linked here was particularly sweet. Please be encouraged as you continue to speak the truth in love and shine brightly for our Savior Jesus!
The Narrowing Path said:
Welcome sister, and thank you for your kind words of encouragement! Which church are you at? If you don’t want to post it in a comment, feel free to send me a private email via the blog email (email@example.com).
I hope you find the blog resources useful. I am planning to update the blog with a lot more stuff in the next couple of months, but there are lots of great articles and sermons to dig through. May the Lord bless you and keep you in his steadfast love.
In Christ’s service, Sherryn
Joseph Perotta said:
Looks like a really good website, thank you for the time and energy put into this
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The Narrowing Path said:
Thank you for your encouragement Joseph!