My Good Shepherd

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.” –Psalms 23:1-6 KJV

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“He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.” –Isaiah 40:11 KJV

“For thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. … I will feed them with good pasture, and on the mountain heights of Israel shall be their grazing land. There they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on rich pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel. I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord GOD. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them in justice.” –Ezekiel 34:11-12, 14-16 ESV

“I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.” –John 10:11-15 KJV

“For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.” –1 Peter 2:25 KJV

“And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.” –1 Peter 5:4 KJV

Epiphanies on Life!

As I begin this article, it is late-November, in West Tennessee where I live. That means the temperatures are getting cooler and the leaves on the trees are changing from their summer green to the beautiful gold, orange, and red colors that I enjoy so much during this season. It’s not long after changing colors that the leaves begin to do something else that only happens during this time of year. Not only do they turn colors, they also turn loose! And when they do, somebody has to rake those beautiful leaves up after they fall Continue reading “Epiphanies on Life!”

The Presence of God

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” –Isaiah 43:2 ESV

“But you have upheld me because of my integrity, and set me in your presence forever.” –Psalms 41:12 ESV Continue reading “The Presence of God”

Victory!

“He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it. And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.” –Isaiah 25:8-9 KJV

“O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.” –Psalms 98:1 KJV Continue reading “Victory!”

We Will Keep Believing!

“And the apostles said unto the Lord, ‘Increase our faith.'” –Luke 17:5 KJV

God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” –1 Corinthians 1:9 NKJV

“And the LORD said to Moses, ‘Has the LORD’s arm been shortened? Now you shall see whether what I say will happen to you or not.'” –Numbers 11:23 NKJV Continue reading “We Will Keep Believing!”