He makes me lie down in green pastures. Psalm 23:2 God 'makes me' lie down in green pastures. That sounds like it's done by force against my wishes. It's not like that! The picture is one of a shepherd who gently leads and this corresponds … Continue reading The Shepherd Became The Shepherd
I shall not want. Psalm 23:1b The Christian life is a steep climb. Every plateau is a new level of understanding. The once simple, sing-song recitations of scripture and cliches take on new dimensions that are both stunning and staggering. Such is the case with ‘I shall not want.’ … Continue reading I Shall Not Want For What?
The Lord is my shepherd. Psalm 23:1 In the daytime, sheep are put out to pasture. They graze, nap in the sun, even play. At nighttime, they go back into the sheepfold to sleep in safety. Day after day, and night after night, their way … Continue reading The Rhythm Of A Sheep’s Life
The Lord is my shepherd. Psalm 23:1 Shepherding was a common occupation for those in the Middle East. The Patriarchs were all shepherds, as was Moses and, of course, David. The terrain and geography of the area lent itself to the raising of sheep. Everyone was … Continue reading Why A Shepherd?
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ … Continue reading No Matter Where, No Matter What
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? Romans 8:35 My love for Christ has often been corrupted by tribulation, distress, persecution, danger, and sword. In my spiritual immaturity, love … Continue reading A Love That Is Faithful
Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died – more than that, who was raised – who is at the right hand of God, who indeed in interceding for us. Romans 8:34 These are Paul’s words for any child of God who … Continue reading He Sat Down To Rest
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will be not also with him graciously give us all things? Romans 8:32 Do I believe that God is gracious and that his generosity has no limits whatsoever? While … Continue reading Is God Really Generous?
And those whom he predestined he also called. Romans 8:30a I do believe in predestination but not in limited atonement. Christ’s death on the cross was for everyone. The call is universal and it is sounded out to all men and women. Jesus showed us … Continue reading When God Comes Calling
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are call according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son. Romans 8:28-29 There are … Continue reading The Romans 8:28 Confusion