Tag: shepherd

  • To the Fearful (How to Overcome Being Afraid)

    Life is scary at times. We know this; GOD knows this. Remember how many times Jesus told His disciples not to be afraid. Continuing the train of thought that I introduced in the post entitled “In Pursuit of Safety,” today I examine how we can overcome any fears we may have over where following Jesus…

  • Christian Fundamentals Series – Lesson 4 Questions

    Answer the following questions with Scripture. (Download a PDF version of these questions here.) Church Organization 1. What roles did Jesus establish within the church?   2. Why did Jesus setup these roles?   3. Are shepherds, pastors, bishops, presbyters, overseers, and elders the same or different roles?   4. What can we learn about…

  • November 5 – Jesus: the Light, the Gate, and the Good Shepherd

    Reading John 8:12-10:21 Devotional In today’s reading, Jesus describes Himself in three special ways: the light of the world; the gate for the sheep; and the good shepherd. Consider the words of Jesus: 12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never…

  • October 31 – Jesus Promises Conflict

    Reading Matt. 9:35-38 Matt. 10:1-15; Mark 6:7 Matt. 10:16-42 Matt. 11:1; Luke 9:6 Mark 6:14-16; Luke 9:7-9 Matt. 14:3-12a; Mark 6:17-29 Mark 6:30-33; Luke 9:10-11a; John 6:1 Devotional As Jesus traveled throughout the towns and villages He was moved with compassion because the people were harassed and helpless, like sheep with no shepherd to lead…

  • September 1 – Bad Shepherds and The Good Shepherd

    Reading Eze. 33:21-33; 34:1-31; 35:1-15; 36:1-38 Devotional Throughout the Bible GOD frequently compares older men to shepherds and everyone else to sheep. In GOD’s design, older men should be wise and very experienced because they have lived a long time. They’ve seen a lot, learned from past mistakes and the mistakes of others, and therefore…

  • August 23 – Prosperity Will Return for Israel

    Reading Jer. 33:10-13; 30:1-24; 31:1-26 Devotional The heart of GOD can be clearly seen during today’s reading. GOD is in the middle of a severe punishment of His people because of their sins. Nebuchadnezzar is attacking the city and GOD has promised numerous times to give it over to him. Those who remain in the…

  • July 14 – Cyrus, GOD’s Future Instrument

    Reading Isa. 43:8-45:13 Devotional In today’s reading, GOD imparts some especially insightful wisdom for the Israelites of Isaiah’s day (and us as well). Among the most interesting “nuggets” is that a king by the name of Cyrus will be used as GOD’s instrument to rebuild Jerusalem and restore Israel to glory. More on this later.…

  • June 26 – Micah’s Prophecy to Judah (Part 2)

    Reading Mic. 3:1-5:15 Devotional In part 2 of 3 of Micah’s prophecy to Judah, Micah begins by rebuking the leaders of the people for their sins, followed by the false prophets. Then he discusses several details regarding future events, including the Messiah. 1 In the last days the mountain of the LORD’s temple will be…

  • June 20 – Amos: Prepare to Meet Your GOD, O Israel

    Reading Amos 1:1-4:13 Devotional In the days of Uzziah, king of Judah, and Jeroboam II, king of Israel, GOD called a shepherd named Amos from Tekoah, near Bethlehem, to prophesy. Not surprisingly, GOD is very displeased at the situation among the nations with all of the idolatry and violence, and He begins His message through…

  • May 26 – The Beauty of True Love

    Reading Psalm 127 Song of Solomon Devotional Song of Solomon is a song that focuses entirely upon the subject of love. The song is a series of thoughts and conversations between a young Israelite shepherd man, a young Shulammite woman, the woman’s friends, and Solomon the king. This is likely the least-referred to book in…