Keeping Sheep ““I am the good shepherd. I know My own sheep, and they know Me,” (John 10:14, HCSB) My family and I keep cows on our ranch in Missouri. The name of the ranch is Bar-Bar-A, named after my mother. Like many other cow ranchers, we keep track of our cows by branding them. The reason for this is because many times, when a rancher handles hundreds of cows, a couple of cows will get lost. Or perhaps… Read more

God Loves Because He Loves The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the LORD loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt…. Read more

Enjoying Life Together with your Spouse Ecclesiastes 9:9 Live joyfully with the wife whom you love all the days of your vain life which He has given you under the sun, all your days of vanity; for that is your portion in life, and in the labor which you perform under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 9:9 NKJV) The Bible encourages us to enjoy life together. One of the purposes of marriages is to live life together. Life is meant to be… Read more

Growing in Faith to Pray Making the Impossible a Reality – Part 1 Deuteronomy 7:6-14 Faith, Funny: PRAYERS FOR RAIN There had been a severe drought, and the members of a rural congregation were deeply concerned that their crops would be ruined. One Sunday, therefore, the minister said to his congregation, “Brothers and sisters, I understand your deep concern about the harvest. There is nothing that will save us, except a special service of prayer for rain. The Lord promises… Read more

God’s Weather Warning System We have seen weather do lots of damage this year. From the tsunami in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia to Hurricane Katrina in the United States just last month, we have discovered that weather storms can wreck with lifestyles. Houses become blown away, and crops become destroyed. Infrastructure that we take for granted such as electricity, road systems, and oil production distribution get disrupted. Luxuries that we depend on to survive (such as oil) become unaffordable…. Read more

Spirit of Prostitution – A Tale of Two Sisters (Ezekiel 23:1-21) Son of man, once there were two sisters who were daughters of the same mother. (Ezekiel 23:2 NLT) Oholah is Samaria Oholibah is Jerusalem We have here a tale of two sisters. Here were two women who learned in their family inappropriate sexual conduct. The prophet Ezekiel concentrates on the fact that they abandoned God (Samaria and Jerusalem as the people of God left Him). At the same time… Read more

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