Jesus' references here to a good shepherd and shepherding are pointed barbs at these hypocritical, self-serving figures. In this section, Jesus actually creates three separate metaphors; these are not meant to be understood as a single analogy. The first comes in verses 1 through 6, the second in verses 7 through 9, and the third… Continue reading The Gospel of John – The Good Shepherd
The beginning of wisdom "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For through wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life. If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will… Continue reading Fear of the Lord
The life of Jesus is unique because he was fully God and fully man. We affirm he is God but never at the expense of affirming he is also man. Only because Jesus shared wholly in our humanity is he able to be our perfect priest (one who mediates between God and man) and our… Continue reading Jesus Lives!
What are your Christian beliefs? The answers to the following three questions will you understand what you believe:What do I believe and why does it matter?How can I put my faith into action?Am I becoming the person God wants me to be? One simple truth will become undeniably clear: what you believe drives everything. God's… Continue reading What you believe drives everything!
Obey the Lord! Are sins weighted as small and inconsequential while other sins are seen as huge and far reaching in the damage they cause? Christians tend to categorise sins like this. The reality is that no one sins in isolation. Each time we sin, we show disobedience to God – it affects not only… Continue reading Sin and it’s consequences!
The veil over our hearts is removed! 7 Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? 9 If the ministry… Continue reading The Greater Glory of the New Covenant!
Your weakness will turn to winning! But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 There are days when you feel… Continue reading The struggle is real, but not permanent!
Follow the Great Shepherd! I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. John 10:16 Heavenly Father, bring us together as one. Give us your Spirit so that we may know You,… Continue reading Daily Prayer – The Great Shepherd
Life by the Spirit Life by the Spirit "13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch… Continue reading Are you trapped by religion?
My Dad! 4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4 Heavenly Father, how I bless and thank You for placing me in my family and for the blessing of my dear father, who gave me life. Thank You for the joy and… Continue reading Daily Prayer – For my earthly Father