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The Voice of the Good Shepherd; Dedication of the Church

Volume 5 No. 312 November 6, 2015

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Sheep at Cuyahoga Valley National Park, OH. Photo by Dr. Jacob Mathew, Malankara World
Sheep at Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio

Photo by Dr. Jacob Mathew, Malankara World


1. Foreword

Some of the Bible's rural illustrations simply do not transfer easily into modern life. What is a good shepherd" like? What did Jesus mean by the term? ....

I. This Sunday in Church - Dedication of The Church

2. Bible Readings for This Sunday (November 8)

3. Sermons for This Sunday (November 8)

4. Gospel Analysis: Jesus at the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem

"This is the primary mark of a good shepherd. He is willing to die that the sheep might live. That is what the story of the cross is all about."

II. This Week's Featured Articles

5. The Image in the Window - The Good Shepherd

This shepherd serves us best, not by changing life's rules for us, but rather by leading us into and through those painful times and places. What he is saying, I think, is that though our lives encounter pain and suffering as well as joy and happiness that none of these things can separate us from his love and care. Not even death places us beyond our shepherd's reach; He, who has been through death and come out the other side, guides us through as well. ...

6. Our Shepherd's Voice

Jesus speaks to us of the Shepherd's voice today. It is a voice of promise. It is a voice that promises stubborn protection and care. It is the voice the flock hears and knows and follows. It is the voice which is especially precious in times of struggle and pain. And it is one we sometimes have to work harder to hear in better times when other voices especially seem to drown it out. And yet even when those other voices overwhelm; yes even when we don't pause to listen it is always there, inviting and comforting and urging us on.  ...

7. I Shall Not Want

Jesus and the Father are one in their love for the sheep, in their opposition to death and evil, one in their determination to bless the sheep with indestructible life, one in their power to free and enliven. Jesus is the perfect expression of God in our world. Jesus is the word of God, so that whoever has seen or heard Jesus has seen and heard God. Indeed, as Jesus says: "the Father and I are one." ...

III. General Weekly Features

8. Recipe: Hot Beef Curry from Malaysia

Try this mouth-watering spicy curry from Malaysia.

9. Family Special: Seven Words That Will Change Our Marriages

Give your marriage a "check up." There are seven words that, if applied to our marriages, have the power to make this year the best year we have ever experienced as a couple....

10. Fifteen Ways to Boost Your Charisma - and Your Business

Charismatic people have an uncanny natural ability to sell almost anything, including their ideas. They don't follow the usual rules. They smile a lot. They chat a lot. ...

11. Inspirational Story: Unwavering Strength

Here's a simple exercise that ultimately helped me face my worst moments of fear. I would look up at the marquee and then in my mind say the word "courage". Not just once or twice, but a minimum of five times slowly. What I discovered was that I only needed about twenty seconds of courage to get past the initial fear, and I knew I could do anything for twenty seconds. ...

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