Against the Grain

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AuthorHouse, Jan 2, 2007 - Religion - 76 pages

While the church is headed for purpose, destiny and dollars, the world is heading for moral collapse. Jesus commanded the church to enter in at the straight gate, for wide is the gate that leadeth to destruction and narrow is the way that leadeth to eternal life. Jesus declared that few be there that find it. He makes it clear that few will actually travel the road against the grain.

This book was written for the sole purpose to encourage believers to keep the faith without compromise. As you turn through the pages of this book you will be challenged to repent, confess and ask God to guide your steps as you travel the road of life. You will also be encouraged to know that God still supports His Holy plan. This book cuts across value systems and the need to be tolerant. So, take your time and meditate through each chapter honestly and allow God to speak to your heart.

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Page viii - And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good ? there is none good but one, that is, God : but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
Page viii - Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honor thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
Page 8 - Enter ye in at the straight gate ; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat : because, straight is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Page 28 - I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
Page 52 - STAND fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Page 5 - Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another...
Page ix - The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up : what lack I yet ? 21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

About the author (2007)

Pastor Gary L. Pleasant has been living “Life Against The Grain” since the tender age of five. At 21, he received Christ in his life by the infilling of the Holy Spirit. In 2001, he became Sr. Pastor and Founder of New Life Christian Church in Florissant, Missouri where God is using him in the 5-fold ministry. He is the founder of Brothers Keepers which is a Men’s Ministry dedicated to helping men develop their place in God ( He has been married for 18 years to his wonderful wife, Karen.

From a friend to Pastor Pleasant .........

If your life could be preached in a sermon, it would say something like this: You are appointed, anointed, sensitive, compassionate, realist, humorous, genuine, thoughtful, considerate, faithful, and true Man of God, for such a time as this!

Pastor David L. Baker (friend for life)

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