“Be A Good Shepherd”

God is waiting to show you the Way.

God is waiting to show you the Way.

11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep. 12 The worker who is paid to keep the sheep is different from the shepherd who owns them. When the worker sees a wolf coming, he runs away and leaves the sheep alone. Then the wolf attacks the sheep and scatters them. 13 The man runs away because he is only a paid worker and does not really care about the sheep. 14 15 “I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep, as the Father knows me. And my sheep know me, as I know the Father. I give my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not in this flock, and I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock and one shepherd.—John 10:11-16 (NCV)
​A good shepherd will not allow any of his sheep to be harmed. Someone who is paid to keep sheep or is just tending the flock for his own benefit might run from the dangers and leave the sheep alone. David was an example of a good shepherd, he fought the bear and the lion and literally took the sheep from their mouth.
34 But David said to Saul, “I, your servant, have been keeping my father’s sheep. When a lion or bear came and took a sheep from the flock, 35 I would chase it. I would attack it and save the sheep from its mouth. When it attacked me, I caught it by its fur and hit it and killed it. –1 Samuel 17:34-3​5​ (NCV)
​Jesus​ is a better shepherd than David. He loved us so much that He gave up His glory in heaven to come to earth so that we could be redeemed. He became human and dwelt among us. He came so that we would know His voice and choose to follow Him. He died to redeem and reconcile us to God. He is still in the reconciliation business. He fights every battle for us and yes, He even pulls some of us from the mouth of hell. Jesus hates the sin but loves the sinner. He expects us to have that same attitude. There are those God has put in our paths that He has chosen for us to shepherd. Be a good shepherd and love them into the fold just as Jesus did for us.
22 Show mercy to some people who have doubts. 23 Take others out of the fire, and save them. Show mercy mixed with fear to others, hating even their clothes which are dirty from sin—Jude 22 (NCV)
Post 01-01-2015

2 thoughts on ““Be A Good Shepherd”

  1. THE MATH BOOK AND THE BIBLE-BY STEVE FINNELL
    It seems odd that people believe the “Math Book” to be inerrant, but question the infallibility of the “Bible” when it does not suit their doctrinal positions.

    MATH BOOK: Chapter 2 page 7 Two plus two equals four.

    Did you ever hear anyone say Ch 2.7 is not included in some versions of the Math Book, therefore; two plus two does not equal four? No, everyone trusts the Math Book.

    BIBLE: Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.

    Some believers say this verse is not included in some translations of the Bible; therefore water baptism has nothing to do with your salvation. Leading some to believe the Bible cannot be trusted.

    MATH BOOK: Chapter 2 page 7 Two plus two equals four.

    What if a math teacher said, “In my opinion two plus two equals seven?” Would you believe that? No, you would believe the Math Book.

    BIBLE: 1 Peter 3:21 Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

    Some preachers say baptism has nothing to do with salvation. I guess the Bible is in error once again.

    MATH BOOK: Chapter 2 page 7 Two plus two equals four.

    If you looked in the Math Book commentary and it said that two plus two equals four is a mistake; because in the original language it means two alone equals four and the other two was mistranslated. Would you believe the commentary? No, you would believe the Math Book.

    BIBLE: Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    Some men say that “for” has been mistranslated and should be translated as “because of.” Should you trust what some men say or trust the Bible?

    Believers and nonbelievers alike never question that Hannibal crossed the Alps on elephants. No one doubts that George Washington was the first president of the U.S.A. We understand that Christopher Columbus crossed the Atlantic in three small boats, no question about. The only proof we have confirming these historical facts are books. We trust history books written by men, however,we doubt the facts recorded in the Bible.

    THE MATH BOOK: We trust to be infallible!
    THE BIBLE: Many believers say it has been mistranslated; therefore, we can adjust the facts to comply with our doctrinal view.

    1 Peter 1:25 But the word of the Lord endures forever….

    Can anyone find God’s truth if they believe they are searching for truth in a FUZZY Bible?

    (All Scripture quotes from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)

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    • Steve, I am trying to determine if you are adding baptism to the requirement to be saved. If you are, then what do you do with the following statement by Jesus: Luke 23:42-44 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
      42 And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!” 43 And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”
      I agree that baptism is a one of the two ordinances that the Bible teaches, the other being observing the Lord’s supper. But if one does not have the opportunity to be baptized or to observe the Lord’s supper, does this mean they are not saved? If that is your point, then I would respectfully disagree with you. If, on the other hand, you are just pointing out differences in translations, then yes, you have a point. The Bible when read with the assistance of the Holy Spirit, is its own best translator. Everything in the Bible is God-breathed and is true.
      2 + 2 does equal 4 or so we have been taught by every math book. But if you use that same measuring stick for history books, you might have a big problem. For instance, you should read some of the current American history books being taught in our high schools.

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