“Enter through the narrow gate because the gate and road that lead to destruction are wide. Many enter through the wide gate. But the narrow gate and the road that lead to life are full of trouble. Only a few people find the narrow gate.” (Matthew 7:13-14)

Did you realize that every time you see a STOP sign you can be reminded of the central teachings of the Bible? Here is a way to think of them.

The first letter, S, may be the easiest part to remember. Disobeying God is called “sin.” The second letter, T, is similar looking to the Cross. This can remind us how Jesus our Savior died to pay for all sin. The third letter, O, can help us remember the open door of the tomb from which Jesus rose from death. It can also remind us of the door to Heaven which is now open to all who believe in Jesus. All who believe in Jesus as the Savior from sin are called to tell this news to others. The last letter, P, can refer to words like preach, proclaim, and publish. These are the ways we can tell others about Jesus.

Whenever you see the word “Stop” think of what the Bible says about being saved from sin by Jesus’ death and resurrection. Then think of ways you can help others to know about this important truth.

Stop signs are placed at crossroads where we consider our direction to travel and also watch for others. God’s spiritual stop sign is at the crossroad of life – the broad and narrow ways. The broad way leads to destruction – the narrow way to life.

Every worship service is a time where we stop from life’s busy ways to consider the truths of God and to be empowered to tell others with new zeal. Every Sunday is to remind us of Easter, a reminder of the open tomb and open Heaven – open through the forgiveness of sins by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

Early Christians worshiped faithfully. The Disciples also stopped to consider the meaning of the Bible’s message. They knew that Jesus rose from the dead. When they received the promised Holy Spirit, they went out to tell.

Let us stop and consider the truths of the Bible by faithful Bible study and worship. Let us take time to stop and tell others what the Bible says. All of us even though we are sinners can find forgiveness in Jesus.

– Reverend Joel Holls