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HERE AT THE CAFE WE DEAL WITH MANY COMPLEX ISSUES THAT CAN TEST THE FAITH OF THOSE FACING A TRYING FUTURE. MANY TIMES WE MUST LOOK TO THE PAST TO SEE THE FUTURE. MY FAVORITE PASTOR IS DR. CHARLES STANLEY OF IN TOUCH MINISTRIES. HE HELPS US HEAL AND GIVES US STRENGTH TO FACE WHAT GOD HAS PREPARED US FOR SERVICE. I WOULD BE REMISS NOT TO SHARE THESE AWESOME SERMONS WITH YOU. COME TO THE MINISTRY CHANNEL TO FIND REST AND SOLACE. YOU WILL LEAVE BETTER AND STRONGER LIKE I DID WHEN I TUNED IN TO DR. STANLEY.

It appears there has been a determined assault on the sermons of Dr. Charles Stanley. Virtually all of the You Tube videos have been removed from the internet. Has Satan as manifested in Google's military industrial complex seperated us from his teachings? I hope this wasn't the request on In Touch Ministries. Christ preached to the poor without charge. So must his followers. There is support to Ministry from those so blessed. The manna of the ministry is the tonic to the souls of God's people. It is good and proper to give to as many people as possible. If this was a money issue from the ministry, I am truly disappointed. We will try to restore some of the links. We will find other pertinent sermons to satiate your soul. Matthew Nolan seems to be on the same page as I. I am a pre-Constantine Christian. If we go back further, Jamesian. 

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  • Finding the Mountain of Moses: The Real ...
    by Conspiracy Cafe on February 6, 2019 at 10:14 AM
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    As seen on Glenn Beck, CBN, and Shabbat Night Live!

    "A game changer for mankind!" - Glenn Beck

    Ryan Mauro's UNPRECEDENTED look at the evidence of Moses, the Exodus and Mount Sinai.

    Welcome to Sinai in Arabia!

    The search for one of the most important sites of the Bible, Torah, and Quran.

    The purpose of this website is to aggregate research about the location of Mount Sinai and the Exodus route to achieve a better understanding of the historicity of the Exodus story.

    The most commonly cited location of Mount Sinai or “Jebel Musa,” meaning the “Mountain of Moses,” is at St. Catherine’s in the southern part of the Sinai Peninsula in modern-day Egypt. While there are prominent proponents of the accuracy of that designation, many others find the evidence to be lacking and have chosen to either dismiss the Exodus account as a myth or to search for other possible locations.

    The ability to make determinations about the historicity of the account and the possible geographic locations of the reported events has been hampered by the absence of a single, comprehensive source for an understanding of the cumulative theories and their associated research and evidences.

    Over a dozen candidates for Mount Sinai in the Middle East have been proposed over time, with the candidates in Egypt offering the greatest access for excavation in search of supporting evidence.

    Among the sites that have been thoroughly examined, the results have been—by most accounts—disappointing.

    The debate over the location of Mount Sinai, including the debate over whether it should be in modern-day Egypt or elsewhere in the Middle East, is oftentimes unnecessarily heated.

    According to the Jewish Encyclopedia, which is considered an authoritative source on Jewish theology and history, religious Jews should not interpret the debate as a suggestion that their beliefs are inaccurate.

    “There is no Jewish tradition of the geographical location of Mt. Sinai; it seems that its location was obscure already in the time of the monarchy,” it reads.[1]

    However, one Rabbi has recently published a book titled "Searching for Sinai." Rabbi Alexander Hool believes that Mount Sinai is in Saudi Arabia, and not at the traditional location in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.

    A great deal of research and theory exists on this topic, and fully understanding it could take a whole lifetime. To facilitate research about the location of Mount Sinai and the reported Exodus events, this website intends to provide a wide-ranging review of some of the theories so that researchers can work from a common set of facts and arguments.

    [1] The Jewish Encyclopedia, Vol. 14, p. 1599.


    https://www.sinaiinarabia.com/


    This is the cradle of civilization the home of God's people scheduled for destruction to a mark of the beast city by the Saudi's. Come home to our roots and sit at the base of the mount where God spoke to Moses. It has been hidden from us on pain of death. This is a deep truth whereupon we may be free. 

  • The Dramatic Story Of Life After Jesus: ...
    by George Freund on February 3, 2019 at 8:34 PM
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    "The story of life after Jesus comes alive in this beautifully filmed re-telling straight from the pages of your Bible. In The Spread of Faith you will witness the spellbinding story of how, despite arrest and prosecution, the disciples travel the ancient world spreading the Word of Jesus" -- description from box. Part 2 of 3.

  • Bible Secrets Revealed EP 2: The Promise...
    by George Freund on February 3, 2019 at 6:44 PM
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    ALTERNATE LINK:

    http://hd.today/watch/xQDWWj8v-bible-secrets-revealed-season-1/episode-2.html

    At its core, History's new series Bible Secrets Revealed could easily be titled 'How Scholars Read the Bible.' This is because the secrets revealed in the series are not secrets to most Bible scholars, professional archaeologists working in Israel and the West Bank, or to those students enrolled in credible graduate seminary programs. The show examines issues pertaining to the Bible that might not be as well known to those who have not attended a seminary or majored in religious studies at a university.

    Summary of Episode 2 by Dr. Robert Cargill


    This episode examines the Land of Canaan, Israel and Palestine as a Biblical “Promised Land.”

    “The Promised Land” Act 1: The Promised Land of Canaan

    Act 1 begins by pointing out that Jerusalem is sacred not only to Jews, but to Christians and Muslims alike. It then asks whether the modern conflict in Israel was predicted in the Hebrew Bible (aka the Christian Old Testament). The episode recounts the story of Abraham and his “call” to what would be the Promised Land of Canaan.

    The opening act also examines the ethically problematic story of the Akedah—the binding and near-human sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham, as commanded by God. The show depicts how the same Mount Moriah upon which Isaac was to be sacrificed came to be associated with Jerusalem in later tradition, so that the Temple Mount came to be identified with Mount Moriah from the past, as well as with the coming of the Messiah in the future.

    The episode also examines the conquest of Canaan and the idea that what would become Israel and Judah must first be purged of all living beings by divine command in order to purify the land. Again, this traditionally touchy ethical subject is problematic because it sees the Promised Land as a place that must first experience a divinely ordained genocide (whether or not we should refer to it as a genocide is another debate altogether), and this has perplexed ethicists for millennia.


    “The Promised Land” Act 2: Moses and the Exodus

    Act 2 begins by asking the question of whether the 40 years wandering in the desert was a death sentence imposed upon Israel for their lack of faith in God. Likewise, the episode offers suggestions as to why Moses never got to enter the Promised Land.

    The show then transitions to the story of the Exodus and of Moses and examines the archaeological record to ask whether the Biblical Exodus should be considered an historical event, or a simply a beautiful literary tale. While scholars point out that there is absolutely no archaeological evidence for a Biblical Exodus (early or late), other scholars suggest that we shouldn’t expect to find archaeological evidence of an Exodus, as the escaping Hebrews would have lived as nomads, whose lifestyle wasted very little and who would have traveled through the desert rather efficiently, leaving behind little evidence of their migration. The Exodus is ultimately held up as the defining moment of the ancient Israelites, where God intervened on behalf of his people and delivered them—a theme we find throughout the Bible.


    Act 2 ends by addressing the issue of cognitive dissonance. I ask, “What do we do when our experience and reality tell us one thing, and our faith tells us another?” It is this issue that has been at the interchange of critical study of the Bible and personal confessions of faith for centuries. Many are hesitant to study the Bible, archaeology, ancient languages, etc., critically because they’re afraid they might discover that what they believe at this present moment, or that what they’ve always been taught, won’t stand up to the evidence. This is an issue that all people of faith face when they enter a Biblical studies program or seminary study. I’ve always felt that if God is what he is claimed to be by the Bible, and if one’s religion is what one believes it to be, then both can handle a few simple questions. And it is at this point—when one looks objectively at the literary, archaeological and historical evidence—that some people decide to rethink how they view God, while others decide to deny facts and reality and cling to what they believe, regardless of the evidence. Any honest student of the Bible has dealt (or will soon deal) with this dilemma of cognitive dissonance; it is how one responds to this intersection of faith and evidence that most point to as a moment of life-changing growth and that often determines the trajectory of one’s worldview for years to come.

    I’ll also take this opportunity to point out that all of the B-roll footage used in the “Promised Land” episode (the background footage of archaeologists digging in Israel) was filmed at our excavation at Tel Azekah. For more, visit azekah.org.

    CONTINUED AT LINK:

    CHARIOTS IN RED SEA: 'IRREFUTABLE EVIDENCE'

    RED SEA CROSSING

    Keepers of the Lost Ark?

  • Bible Secrets Revealed, Episode 1: Lost ...
    by Conspiracy Cafe on January 24, 2019 at 8:44 PM
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    ALTERNATE LINK:

    http://hd.today/watch/JdAM9QdL-bible-secrets-revealed-season-1.html

    At its core, History's new series Bible Secrets Revealed could easily be titled 'How Scholars Read the Bible.' This is because the secrets revealed in the series are not secrets to most Bible scholars, professional archaeologists working in Israel and the West Bank, or to those students enrolled in credible graduate seminary programs. The show examines issues pertaining to the Bible that might not be as well known to those who have not attended a seminary or majored in religious studies at a university.

    “Lost in Translation” Act 1: The Oldest Biblical Text

    Act 1 of the first installment in the series, “Lost in Translation,” begins at Qumran, the site associated with the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The discovery of the scrolls fundamentally transformed the way in which we read the Bible because it offered us copies of the Hebrew Bible (aka Christian Old Testament) that were 1,000 years older than the previously oldest copies of the Bible. Why is this important? Because the text of the Biblical books discovered in the Dead Sea Scrolls (which represent every canonical book in the Hebrew Bible with the exception of Esther) do not always match the text of the “official” Hebrew Bible we have today. In fact, different copies of the same Biblical books from the Dead Sea Scrolls don’t often match, demonstrating that at the time of Jesus, the Hebrew Biblical texts existed in different versions and traditions that were still being sorted out.

    What this means is that it is very difficult to argue that the Bible is the verbatim “Word of God,” especially when all of the ancient manuscripts contain different words. So, people of faith throughout the years have relied on any number of known and unknown scholars and authorities to judge and translate the texts and decide which textual variants would be preserved and which would be discarded. And it is this very messy, often contentious process—evident simply by laying the ancient manuscripts of both Old and New Testament side-by-side and comparing them—that gives us the Bible we have today. But the overarching point should not be missed: for over two millennia, whether they know it or not, people of faith have relied upon scholars to translate and make judgments upon Biblical texts and to interpret them so that those who do not read ancient languages can get an idea of what the ancient scriptures say.

    And it is for this reason that we have a classic saying in Biblical studies: “There is no such thing as translation without interpretation.” Every act of translating requires a judgment to be made regarding what the author of the original text meant to say, and this evaluation is often a theological judgment of the scribe or scholar making the translation. This is how we get such different English translations today.

    Act 1 reveals what scholars have known for centuries: Despite claims that Moses wrote the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible were actually composed by several authors and a number of literary sources. And with regard to the New Testament, the Gospels are all anonymous, with the names Matthew, Mark, Luke and John not being attributed to their respective Gospels until the 2nd century C.E. And so not only do we not always know who wrote the Bible, but many of the meanings of the Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic words often get lost in translation.

    One specific example offered in Act 1 is the translation of the simple Hebrew word םדא, “man.” Of course, this word can be transliterated as “Adam,” but the word can also mean “humankind.” The translator must make a judgment regarding when to translate םדא as “Adam,” as “man” and as “humankind.”

    CONTINUED AT LINK:


  • The Dramatic Story Of Life After Jesus: ...
    by Conspiracy Cafe on January 24, 2019 at 8:36 PM
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    "The story of life after Jesus comes alive in this beautifully filmed re-telling straight from the pages of your Bible... witness the first days after Christ's death as the disciples discover the power of his Word" -- description from box. Part 1 of 3

  • HIDDEN TEACHINGS of the Bible That Expla...
    by Conspiracy Cafe on January 1, 2019 at 11:48 AM
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    Within these teachings from Jesus, it explains manifestation, consciousness and oneness. Religion has their own explanation for leaving these secret sayings out of the bible. However, if this knowledge had been shared early on, our entire history may have changed. The sayings themselves are not the secret of these hidden teachings; the secret lies in their interpretation. Gregg Braden offers powerful information as he discusses what was eliminated from the bible by our western religion and how to use it to manifest what you want.

    We pray in vain according to scripture because we do it the wrong way. We invoke the name of the Sun god Amen and expect the father Yahweh to answer. We do the opposite of Exodus 20. We are not to have altars or steps to the altar. The altar can only be two unhewn stones. There can be no gold or silver idols. God said the earth is his footstool. That is the temple. God is not in a building of brick and stone. He is upon and within the earth. Christ prayed upon the mount.

    Jeremiah 10 King James Version (KJV)

    1 Hear ye the word which the Lord speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:

    2 Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.

    3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.

    4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.

    I'm sure millions had their tree, but the Lord was absent. I refused the tree and prefer the power of the Lord. Choose wisely.

    Gospel of Thomas Commentary

    http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/thomas/index.html

  • The Ark of the Covenant
    by Conspiracy Cafe on December 30, 2018 at 10:11 AM
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    The Ark of the Covenant, the sacred vessel of the ten commandments and the mobile sanctuary of the spirit of God, is frequently alluded to in the old testament. According to scripture, it dried up rivers, destroyed city walls, and killed people en masse. Then, it simply vanished. In this video, we explore the history of the ark, and look at a few theories to account for its disappearance as well as its whereabouts today.

    ** CORRECTION

    A viewer with a much better knowledge of Hebrew than myself point out an error I made at the beginning of this video, where I claim that the Hebrew word for "Ark" is the same word used for "boat" in the language. Below is an excerpt from the viewer's email to me:

    "The Hebrew term ארון (aron) is not used for "boat" in the Hebrew Scriptures, but only for a chest of some sort, and nearly exclusively in the Hebrew Scriptures for the "Ark" of the Covenant. But this Hebrew word is also used for Joseph's coffin, and for a chest for collecting coins. Other than those two other usages, I did not find anything greater than chest size. A different Hebrew term, תיבה (tevah) is used for Noah's ark, and this word is never used for the Ark of the Covenant. However, many generations after the writing of the Hebrew Bible, Jewish writers in Greek translated those two different terms with the Greek term κιβωτός, (kibotos) which would be similar to calling them both an "Ark." But in the original Hebrew, they are not the same word. At the following link go to the paragraph labled "Thayer's Greek Lexicon" for more details.

    OR:

    WHY YEMEN IS THE NEXT WAR FRONT?

    https://www.conspiracy-cafe.com/apps/blog/show/43239435-why-yemen-is-the-next-war-front-

    The God Box is mentioned in petroglyphs in Yemen. Perhaps that's what they're really fighting over.


  • Charles Stanley The Swaying Battle of F...
    by Conspiracy Cafe on December 23, 2018 at 7:42 PM
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    Faith is oftentimes a battle. One moment we feel drawn in the direction of trusting God, and the next we doubt Him. The pendulum of our thinking and our emotions swings back and forth. In this message, we look at the life of King Jehoshaphat to find the key to stabilizing our faith.

    https://www.intouchcanada.org/Listen/All-Channels/featured/the-swaying-battle-of-faith

  • Dr Ravi Zacharias (Nov 13, 2018) - Unive...
    by Conspiracy Cafe on November 25, 2018 at 9:34 AM
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    Have you ever been in a situation where your personal morals are in direct conflict with the code of ethics for your job? Many professionals, especially those in the medical field, are dealing with this moral conflict every day. On today?s Just Thinking, Ravi Zacharias tackles this tough question during a Q&A session at University of Utah.

    PART 2:

    PART 3:

  • Banned from the Bible: Secrets of the Ap...
    by George Freund on November 20, 2018 at 9:39 AM
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    When Jesus was a boy, did he kill another child? Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute or an apostle? Did Cain commit incest? Will there be an apocalypse, or is this God's trick to scare us? The answers to these questions aren't found in the Bible as we know it, but they exist in scriptures banned when powerful leaders deemed them unacceptable for reasons both political and religious. "Banned From The Bible" reveals some of these alternative tales and examines why they were "too hot for Christianity."

    Genesis 1:28 King James Version (KJV)

    28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

    Genesis 1:27 King James Version (KJV)

    27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

    Genesis 3:11-13 King James Version (KJV)

    11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

    12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

    13 And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.


    The teaching of celebacy and the evil of sex is not the word of God. It is the teaching of a man and completely without merit. If we are created in God's image then our sexual organs are perfect and for the use of going forth and multiplying. Who told us we are naked? Satan. Logic dictates that anyone telling us we're naked is of Satan. There can be no other interpretation. God blesses us for multiplying. So the Ascetic movement is unnatural and deceiving us into an ungodly diversion. 

    Many still get seduced by the dark side pretending to be light. They are ascending to what they know not. It is the latest lie from Satan. The truth is the light. The light is not necessarily the truth. Some is deception. I prefer to return from whence we came Eden to the God that truly loves us and provided the Garden paradise. Manifest your way back. As we gain in number the Law of Free Will returns us. Part is breaking the cult like hold of Satan's mind control programs. It is the dark side that wants this Eden. We run the risk of Atlantis by thinking we have God like abilities. Man cannot be trusted to be man. He could never be trusted to be God. We aren't moving into the photon belt. Frequency changes during orgasm.

    The brain becomes alive to amazing levels during orgasm. It is measured. That's how you activate it's abilities. The next question is what do we do with them? Communicate with God?

    That is the Genesis. It can be measured unlike the lies of the new age that say abstain. In Hebrew Jehovah means Adam phallus, Eve womb. Hint. Hint. One of Satan's major lies is to move us away from true frequency changes. We divine lies and not Genesis. Satan promulgates degenerate sex not loving between spiritually joined couples.God never erred in creating our bodies. Everything has a divine purpose. Satan teaches us that is wrong. 

    In the Judeo-Christian scripture called בראשית (Berashith) or Genesis is a statement that is often quoted but rarely understood.

    This is how it has been studied in English for many centuries:

    "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

    So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

    And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply..." - Genesis 1

    Since this verse was originally written in Hebrew, the meaning can be found in the Hebrew words and letters. Let us look at a more accurate translation that preserves several key Hebrew words.

    First, however, it must be understood that the Hebrew scripture does not have the word "God," as written in English. Instead, the entire first chapter of Genesis refers to אלהים Elohim. The Hebrew word Elohim is plural, and is derived from El (God) united with Eloah (Goddess), forming the plural Elohim, which means "God and Goddess" or "Gods and Goddesses." Therefore, Genesis or creation is a work of Gods, male and female, which is only natural, since all other forms of creation are sexual, too.

    "Then אלהים [Elohim] said, “Let Us [God and Goddess] make Adam in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let [Adam] rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Elohim created Adam in their own image, in the image of Elohim [they] created Adam; male and female [in other words, androgynous] Elohim created [Adam]. And Elohim blessed them [the nephesh chaiah], and Elohim said unto them, 'Be fruitful, and multiply [רבה]...'" - Genesis 1:28

    The second important point here is that Adam is created in the image (tselem) of the Elohim: male-female, in other words, as an androgynous being. Only later is Adam divided into two sexes. Thus, the command given in this passage is not for those who are already divided into two sexes (such as you and me).

    Finally, the English translations render רבה as "multiply," but the word itself is actually "Rabbi." Therefore, the command is correctly interpreted as an instruction given to the androgynous Adam—or those who have restored that level of spiritual development in themselves by returning to Eden and solving the mistake made by Adam and Eve—and that command is: "Be fruitful, be a Rabbi (a Master)."

    Thus, you can see quite easily that the actual meaning of this scripture is vastly different from what is taught commonly.

    ----------------------------------------------


    Logic confounds us again because if creation determines a spiritual attainment then we would be extinct. It most likely determines both. We are to strive to spiritual attainment while existing in the Earth where we procreate the species. It has to be that way to ensure existence. We return to the spiritual after we leave the flesh upon the end of our lives. The above is an Gnostic interpretation that says ejaculation of semen is fornication. If Adam was alone and androgynous, that could be true, but we are male and female. So it is necessary. There is no sin in eliminating any other bodily fluids. This should not be an exception. We are not to be licentious, but we are to be in union with the opposite sex. We change frequency and open the spiritual door to communicate with the Lord. We were never taught to do that but to selfishly enjoy pleasure for pleasure's sake. Many women naturally call out naturally during orgasm with the words O God. It is a natural statement of fact I would discern. 

    When you go to the translation link you'll see the many variations. 

    רָבָה פ' קל   to increase, to multiply

    רִבָּה שֵם נ'   jam, jelly

    רַבָּה שֵם נ'  (Reform Judaism) female rabbi

    רַבָּא תואר   (Aramaic) great, large

    רַב תואר   much, great, vast; numerous ; multi- (multipurpose, multilingual) ; important, honorable

    רִבָּה פ' פיעל  (biblical) to increase, to expand ; (talmudic) to include

    רַב שֵם ז'   rabbi ; רבותיו - one's rabbis, one's teachers

    רָב פ' קל  to argue with, to quarrel with

    רֹב שֵם ז'   most ; majority ; (biblical) abundance, much

    I'm not a Hebrew scholar, but the highlighted ones are the most accurate. The Gnostic idea of rabbi is close, but not as accurate. It is not a true interpretation in spite of the claim to great wisdom. We must remember Satan's goal is to turn everything opposite to God, to create strife where he acquires energy and most importantly to seperate us from God's power with counterfeits. 

    Asceticism

  • Dr Charles Stanley 2018 THE PURPOSE
    by George Freund on November 18, 2018 at 1:35 PM
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    Based on Exodus 2:11-15 and 3:1-4, this message examines God's purpose in brokenness: to deal with our independent nature that is bent away from Him in order that we may fulfill God's great purpose for our lives.

    THE PURPOSE - PART 1

    https://www.intouchcanada.org/Listen/All-Channels/featured/the-purpose-part-1

    The Purpose, Part 2

    https://www.oneplace.com/ministries/in-touch/listen/the-purpose-part-2-709059.html

  • Dr Charles Stanley 2018, THE LORD OUR S...
    by George Freund on November 11, 2018 at 2:37 PM
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    THE LORD - OUR SHEPHERD - PART 1

    https://www.intouchcanada.org/Listen/All-Channels/featured/the-lord-our-shepherd-part-1

    https://www.intouchcanada.org/Listen/All-Channels/featured/the-lord-our-shepherd-part-2

    John 10:7-15

    In the ancient world, the man who was given charge of the flocks had a challenging job. He had the responsibility of leading the sheep to new pastures and fresh water, defending them from predators, and finding the lost ones when they strayed. But his was a humble job because it was lonely and dangerous. The shepherd lived among the flock and slept across the doorway of the fold to keep the sheep in and the wolves out. This was hard, constant, and thankless work.

    Yet Christ sat among His followers and said, “I am the good shepherd” (John 10:11; John 10:14). The modern church misses the impact of those words. We have a rustic but rosy view of Jesus as a shepherd. The sovereign God of the universe humbled Himself and got His hands dirty working directly with beings just as errant, willful, and sometimes dumb as sheep.

    Remember you read a moment ago that tending the flock required lying across the doorway of the sheep pen? Well, Jesus did exactly that—He became the door for us (John 10:9). He sacrificed His life for the great flock of humanity so that anyone who chooses to believe in Him may enter God’s fold (John 3:16). And once inside, we are provided for, sought when we wander, and protected from enemies.

    Jesus sees Himself as mankind’s Shepherd. Thankfully, we are more than just a herd to Him. He knows everything about each one of us—our name, character, and flaws—and loves us despite all of our imperfections. What better way to show love in return than to know His voice and follow wherever it leads us?

    Bible in One Year: Acts 5-7



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