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"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road
that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate
and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." Matthew
7"13-14 (NIV)


Have you ever been bent out of shape? "

Bent" is an African-American colloquialism that usually refers to persons
who are completely messed up. Sometimes it is alcoholism, drug addiction or
a plethora of other possible maladies. Those who are "bent" are usually
lulled into a denial of their situation and do not accept their position at
all. They are "bent" so bad that straightening up seems out of the question.

There are many today who asleep. They are messed up, tangled up and tied up
into the world so tightly that they cannot get loose. Yet, deep inside they
want to do what is right.

Straightening up is difficult for many people. Straightening up requires
us to wake up and change our direction in life. The late Nat King Cole had a
hit tune that was sung around America.

Nat King Cole's humorous little song had America saying words that
carried very serious implications, we all need to wake up, straighten up and
fly right.
When it comes to our relationship with God, we need to wake up
straighten up and fly right!
When it comes to our relationships with the church, we need to wake up,
straighten up and fly right.
When it comes to our relationship with each other, we need to wake up,
straighten up and fly right.
As Christians, we know that it is essential for us to repent and turn away
from sin, if we intend to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Nat King Cole said it
one way, but Jesus said it in no uncertain terms: if you want to enter the
kingdom, we must be born again.


"There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to
death." Proverbs 14:21

The bottom line of all of this is that without Jesus, there is no hope of
Putting your trust in the human thinking = hell. Don't be fooled. It's the
On the other hand, putting your trust in Jesus = heaven.

So here's the question: where is your hope? What road and what gate are you
trying to use to get to heaven?
If it's not Jesus, then you're on the wrong road, plain and simple.

In His Love & Service,

Pastor Larry E. Campbell
St. Paul A.M.E. Church, San Bernardino, CA

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