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
Bible Readings for This Sunday (November
Sermons for This Sunday (November
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
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. ...
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. ...
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
Recipe: Hot Beef Curry from Malaysia
Try this mouth-watering spicy curry from Malaysia.
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....
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. ...
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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