Scripture reading: Hebrews 13:20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom [be] glory for ever and ever. Amen.
God has likened His people to sheep. Do you like the idea that you and I are sheep? What do we know of sheep? They need to be fenced in, or they need a shepherd, someone that they can follow. The quality of a sheep is that it will follow the shepherd. We are living today in a time when sheep are fenced and sheep are driven by dogs and motorbikes and such like, and the sheep are jostled and pushed about. Or you see them in the big trucks with the legs sticking out, all uncomfortable. The lesson to be learned from sheep is very difficult to pick up today, because we don’t see them with shepherds. But Jesus was giving a story of a shepherd with his sheep as an object lesson for us. Read the rest of this entry
By John Thiel
The hope that we have needs to be enriched and encouraged. As we look at Scripture and seek to feed our souls we see very vividly without the help of the Holy Spirit, the reading of the bible and the Spirit of Prophecy raises many contradictions. Because of these apparent contradictions to our human mind we need the Holy Spirit to correctly appreciate. One of the contradictions we need clarifying on is regarding salvation. On one hand the Scripture says fear not, come unto me and you will find rest, my peace I leave with you, trust and perfect love casteth out all fear. Then on the other hand it says work out your salvation with fear and trembling. Do you see an apparent contradiction there? Read the rest of this entry