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Sunday Stillness – John 10:16

Sunday Stillness – John 10:16

John-10-16

Watercolour by Janis Cox December 2013

I heard strange words a while back. I heard, “There are other ways to God.” I know this is untrue and I keep hearing even more Scripture pointing me to the truth.

Today’s Scripture is powerful for me:

I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd (John 10:16, NIV).

I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd (John 10:16, NASB)

Every version that I looked it says: ONE – Shepherd. Yes ONE.

Could that be any clearer?

Christmas is around the corner.

Our Shepherd came as a Babe;
Stayed with us for a short time;
Left us to return to the Father; 
Sent the Holy Spirit to live in us;

Thanks be to God.

Prayer:

Father, as we approach Christmas let our eyes focus on You, Jesus. Let our hearts fill with joy at Your coming to earth. Thank You. In Your Name. AMEN.

Christmas.

Be Still today

Blessings,

Janis

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WEDNESDAY’S WORD – Shepherd

Wednesday’s Word – Shepherd

Sheep

Thanks to www.sanghafarm.com

I had many Words from God this week. It became hard to decide what to write on today. Then on Sunday, our first Sunday back in our hometown, our minister preached on two of my life changing Scriptures:

1. John 21:15-19, NLT:

In a conference many years ago this Scripture became my life’s focus.

“Feed my sheep.”

We each had a slip of paper left on our chairs while we were at break. I read my Scripture when I returned to my seat. It was as though God spoke to me that day – clearly. He didn’t have to say it three times. Once was enough.

2. 1 Peter 5:7, NIV:

“Cast all your anxiety on him because He cares for you.”

This has become the name of my blog. I know that God cares for us. I have seen it in His promises, in His gifts, in the wonder of this world, in my family, my friends, the God-incidents each day.

Our minister compared our caring for each other like the saying: “It takes a village to raise a child”.

But he said:

“It takes a flock of sheep to raise a lamb.” (Tweet this)

Really this makes a lot of sense. We are God’s sheep and we need to care for one another and the little lambs among us. Sometimes I feel like a lamb; sometimes like a sheep; and sometimes like a shepherd.

How can we show love to one another? Our minister reminded me of Gary Chapman’s Five Love Languages and how we can use these languages to reach everyone.

Words – I write every Wednesday about the Words of God. And I wrote at Family and Faith Matters about how words can affect our lives.

Quality time – I spend quality time with God every day. What I receive from Him I am able to pass on to others.

Gifts – Giving of our time and our money blesses us as much as others.

Service – I like to do many things to be of help to others.

Touch – Oh did I love those hugs I received this weekend on my return to my home church.

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