Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
The Good Shepherd
The Good Shepherd
we hear of tragedies, death and destruction. This week has been no exception. Evil men plot works of terror against good people. - -
And - - Death and Taxes comes to us all. Our church lost two elderly members in death
this week and we believe they are with Jesus.
took notes and digested his sermon as Pastor Jerry spoke of Jeremiah’s
continual warning to return to the true God and avoid bad things happening
is not to say that good people are exempt from misfortune and heartbreak.
we are rebellious and go our own way, we can get into trouble.It is best to follow our good shepherd and
listen to his voice.
began reading in John 10:22-30 It was
the Feast of Dedication and as Jesus was in the temple, the people began to
challenge Him to tell them plainly who he was.
truth was that Jesus was continually telling all who would listen that He was
sent from his Father God and was the Christ, but they did not understand.
They chose to live in the darkness and were
blind to His teachings.
spoke of sheep that would follow the voice of the shepherd. The people
understood sheep for many of them owned a flock of sheep and knew their ways.
listen for familiar sounds and they know their own shepherd when he calls.They are smarter than some think they are and
they also recognize faces, and know one another and who belongs in their flock.
A stranger they will not follow.
am reminded of a friend who purchased four grown sheep.They would not pay attention to the voice of
their new owner, but somehow managed to escape and run off hoping to return to
their former home.Their new owners went
after them and with great difficulty, and the help of their dog, were able to
get them back to safety.Change was not
acceptable to these sheep.
are like sheep and at times have gone astray and turned everyone to our own
way.(But the Lord has laid our iniquity
good shepherd leads us into green pastures, but he also leads us through the
dark valley of death and trouble.His
words are sometimes convicting and not always words of comfort.
people of God are placed in a large pasture, (the world,) where there are many
voices calling us such as:Materialism,
commercialism, entertainment and others.
Come follow me they cry out.
calls his sheep to turn their backs on these other voices and seek Him
only.He will then guide and lead us to
the green pastures, and safely through the valley of death.