Month: August 2009

CORNERED

CORNERED Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” John 10:23-24 The ESV version reads that … Continue reading CORNERED

NON-EXCLUSIVE OFFER

NON-EXCLUSIVE OFFER  "And I have other sheep that are not of this fold.  I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd."  John 10:16-17     When previously speaking of the sheepfold, the door, and … Continue reading NON-EXCLUSIVE OFFER

SELF-INTEREST OF THE HIRELING

SELF-INTEREST OF THE HIRELING I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.  He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, … Continue reading SELF-INTEREST OF THE HIRELING

MOMENT OF RECOGNITION

MOMENT OF RECOGNITION The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.  John 10:3 In every love story, there is a moment of recognition where one soul sees into the soul of another and finds a place … Continue reading MOMENT OF RECOGNITION

THIEVES IN THE SHEEP PEN

THIEVES IN THE SHEEP PEN "Truly, truly, I say to you, He who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber."  John 10:1 This conversation with the Pharisees took place after … Continue reading THIEVES IN THE SHEEP PEN

SINNING INTENTIONALLY

SINNING INTENTIONALLY Jesus said to them, "If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, 'We see,' your guilt remains.  John 9:41 It's a humbling thing to look back into your past, see the ways you sinned, but then say..."I … Continue reading SINNING INTENTIONALLY

BELIEVING

BELIEVING “And, who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?”  Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you.”  He said, “Lord, I believe.”  And he worshipped him.  John 9:36-38 True believing in Jesus is … Continue reading BELIEVING

WHAT COMES OUT UNDER STRESS

WHAT COMES OUT UNDER STRESS They answered him, “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?”  And they cast him out.  John 9:34 Did the Pharisees really know the implications of what they were saying?  I doubt it.  They were simply indignant … Continue reading WHAT COMES OUT UNDER STRESS

WHAT MAKES AN ELOQUENT TESTIMONY

  WHAT MAKES AN ELOQUENT TESTIMONY?   He (the blind man) answered, "One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see."  John 9:25       Classes that equip the believer to become an eloquent spokesman for the Gospel are great on the one … Continue reading WHAT MAKES AN ELOQUENT TESTIMONY