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Dec 24, 2017

One Flock

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On a starlit night on a Judean hillside a special star lit the night.  Shepherds heard that wonderful announcement: “For today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord”  (Luke 2:11).  What these shepherds did not grasp was that the Great Shepherd in heaven was

Dec 23, 2017

The Lord Is The Shepherd

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We have all been comforted by Psalm 23.  “The Lord is my shepherd…”  Yahweh is a shepherd to His people.  Jesus’ disciples fully understood the analogy.  But then comes a descendant of David who is also a shepherd.  Hear what He says!  “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for

Dec 22, 2017

Seeking Lost Sheep

By |Dec 22, 2017|Advent, Christ, Compassion, Devotionals, Evangelism, Grace, Mercy|0 Comments

A shepherd gathered his sheep in a small cave for shelter from the dangers of the night.  He counted them just to make sure they were all there.  One was missing.  He counted again to be sure, 97, 98, 99.  Yes, there is one missing.  He barricades the others safely in the cave and goes

Dec 21, 2017

Messing Up The Food

By |Dec 21, 2017|Advent, Christ, Devotionals, Evangelism, Influence, Spiritual Food|2 Comments

We as sheep are fed the best by our Shepherd.  He wants us to share this food with the other sheep.  He does not want us trampling down and messing up what other sheep could eat.  He does not want us muddying their drink as well.  How do we do this?  By our hostility.  By

Dec 20, 2017

Bullying

By |Dec 20, 2017|Advent, Compassion, Devotionals, Father, Judgment, Justice, Kindness|0 Comments

In Matthew 25 the sheep are separated from the goats.  In Ezekiel God judges between sheep and sheep.  He judges the bully sheep who prevent the weak from eating and recklessly spoil food and water for them.  In this analogy of Ezekiel 34 we see a God who is concerned about leaders who bully and

Dec 19, 2017

Our Shepherd-King

By |Dec 19, 2017|Advent, Christ, Christmas, Compassion, Devotionals, Justice|0 Comments

The shepherds (kings) of Israel had failed at compassion and justice so God said that He would intervene and be the people’s Shepherd (Ezekiel 34).  From David, the shepherd-king, would come another Shepherd-King (vv. 23-24) who would feed the people.  In this Advent season, may we remember that the Messiah is our Shepherd.  He will

Dec 18, 2017

The Speaking God

By |Dec 18, 2017|Advent, Christ, Christmas, Devotionals, Idolatry, Incarnation|0 Comments

The God of Israel was often contrasted to idols that could not speak.  Ours is a speaking God.  The highest representation of this is when the Word was made flesh and tabernacled among us (John 1:14).  Look at Jesus and you will see the speaking God.  Watch Him and you will hear what God is

Dec 17, 2017

Israel’s Great Shema

By |Dec 17, 2017|Advent, Christ, Devotionals, Father, Freedom, Spirit|0 Comments

The Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4-5 ) calls us, as it did Israel, to love God with our whole being.  Jesus called this the greatest commandment of all.  Our ability to do this has been hampered by the bondage to sin (Romans 7).  Jesus Christ has come to set us free from that captivity and to bring

Dec 16, 2017

The Icon Of God

By |Dec 16, 2017|Advent, Christ, Christmas, Devotionals, Father, Growth, Incarnation, Life, Truth|0 Comments

In our computer world icons are the short-cuts that get us to apps and software on which we have come to depend.  In the Greek of 2 Corinthians 4:4 we learn that Jesus is the Icon of God.  Jesus, by incarnation, came to us so that we might know the God who is.  He is

Dec 15, 2017

Return From Exile

By |Dec 15, 2017|Advent, Christ, Christmas, Joy|0 Comments

All of Israel did not return from exile, maybe only ten percent.  The land continued to be under foreign domination.  Those who did return came to understand that exile would never be fully over until Messiah came.  Part of the Christmas message is that Jesus has come to bring us back from the far country;