Thursday, November 29, 2012

Sheep Without A Shepherd

But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.-Matthew 9:36

When Jesus saw the people, He saw them as sheep without a shepherd. This sight caused the heart of Jesus to be moved with compassion. In the deepest place that human emotion could be felt, Jesus hurt for the people. Sheep without a shepherd is a frightening sight. Without a shepherd sheep are in danger of predators. They are not sure what to eat in order to stay healthy. They have trouble finding still waters in order to have there thirst quenched. Without a shepherd sheep will wander without direction. Jesus came to be a shepherd to the to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Later on He instructed His disciples to feed the sheep, to care for them, and to serve them. Today the job of a shepherd has been passed on to pastors. The pastor is called to care for the flock of  God. They are called to teach the flock, and to serve the flock. The sheep do not exist for the pastor, but the pastor exists for the sheep. The Bible also makes a distinction between a hireling and a shepherd. The shepherd loves the sheep, but the hireling does not. A shepherd invests his life into the care of the sheep, whereas the hireling has ulterior motives of his own. I am so thankful for the example of Jesus. He not only cared for the sheep He laid down His life for them. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tis the Season

With Thanksgiving approaching this week, it would seem that the time has arrived, and the Christmas season is upon us. It feels like is came quickly this year.  I pray that as you gather with your friends and family you will be blessed. I encouraged our congregation this weekend that when they sit down to a meal with family and friends that they suggest that everyone share what they are thankful for. And when it comes there time to share, take the opportunity to express how thankful you are for Jesus and what He did for you on the cross. You can mention how he rose again and is coming again. Then give an altar call...well... you get the idea. 
I am thankful for my wife and my kids, and my family. And I am also extremely grateful for my church family and the work that the Lord is doing. May the Lord bless you and keep you this season and you celebrate Jesus!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Worshipping the Lord

Often times within the history of the Nation of Israel the Lord would exhort them to remember the things that He had done for them in the past. Stones of remembrance were set up in key locations as a constant reminder and a memorial of the faithfulness of God. 
At our church last night we were reminded of the faithfulness of God through an amazing evening of worship and the Word with Pastor Chuck Smith and the Tommy Coombs praise band. As our church gathered there was a great anticipation in my heart of a moving of the Holy Spirit. It was also such a joy to have my pastor back here at our church. I don't know that we will have that opportunity again so it was something that was extremely precious. 
As the music began and we all began to sing you could sense the presence of the Lord in such a tangible way. When Pastor Chuck shared from the Book of Habakkuk it was an amazing message of hope in the midst of dark days that we are living in. At one point during the evening Tommy shared a touching story about the song Seek Ye First. Seek Ye First is taken from Matthew 6:33 which happens to be my life verse. As we started to sing that song, the tears began to flow from my eyes as I considered how faithful the Lord has been to me. 
The Lord is the same yesterday today and forever. Although everything around us may be changing, our Lord remains constant. And last night was a marvelous reminder, Praise the LORD.