The Lamb Was Silent

The Lamb Was Silent

I watched in amazement at how still the sheep had become during a shearing demonstration in Australia.  The sheep sat silent and still as the owner of the ranch talked about sheep and the shearing process. He continued to talk for several minutes explaining what was about to happen as the wool was removed from the sheep.  The animal at his feet did not make a single movement or a single sound. Then in the shearing area, an experienced shearer very carefully and deliberately began removing the wool from the silent sheep. As the shearing proceeded, the sheep made not a sound and …

The Precious Lamb of God

The Precious Lamb of God

John 1: 29 “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!” The Old Testament gives vivid detailed instructions about the offering of a sacrifice in atonement for sin.  Since Jesus was our sacrifice for sin, we do not offer blood sacrifices on this side of the cross and because our culture is so different, we often do not fully understand the significance of the meaning of a sacrifice for sins. Because sin had entered the world through Adam and Eve, God’s plan provided a way for man to come back into the presence of Holy …

All We Like Sheep

All We Like Sheep

Isaiah 53: 6 “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.’   I am admittedly a “city girl”.  I was not raised on a farm and I know little of farm animals of any kind.  I know even less about sheep but since the Bible says so much about these animals, my curiosity peaked. I turned to one of my sources of information, my old friend “Google”.  There I found page after page of things to know about sheep.  The …

The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd

John 10: 11-16 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.  “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life …

Festival of Lights

Festival of Lights

John 8: 12  “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” God never misses a single detail, especially when it concerns Jesus, the Son of God.  In the book of John, Jesus makes several statements proclaiming His Deity.  He said He was God in the flesh.  He reinforces these statements by using the words “I AM”. By Jewish culture and tradition, the words “I AM” was God’s name.  Moses learned the answer to his question when he …

The Coming Messiah

The Coming Messiah

Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus the promised Messiah.  We often get so busy “doing” Christmas that we forget its real purpose and the very reason for the season.  It is not about Christmas trees or buying presents or receiving them.  For Christians, Christmas should be focused on the birth of Jesus.  It should be a joyful expression of what we believe. So what is it that we believe?  Do Christians think more about the commercial aspects of the Christmas season or do we know what, why and in whom we belief?  We don’t really know the …

At the King’s Command: Soul-Where Relationship is Sealed

At the King’s Command: Soul-Where Relationship is Sealed

While young, I wasn’t a fan of fishing.  Probably because of the wiggly worms and the hooks that stuck in my foot more times than in the mouth of fish.  But I loved Daddy, and he liked to fish. My father insisted I bait my own hook. “Can’t catch a fish if you can’t bait your own hook,” he’d tell me.  After several attempts and words of encouragement from him, I’d finally manage to get a few slips of the hook through the worm.  Then, with the pole in hand, I’d head to the water’s edge. A few mishaps taught …

At the Kings Command: Mind-Where Action Is Considered

At the Kings Command: Mind-Where Action Is Considered

One of my grandsons has an uncanny ability to draw you into a conversation and build a visual world inside you that is much different than the one you’re actually in. One day, while in preschool, he went with my husband and me to the barber shop.  It was a small block building that set just off the highway with a cluster of trees behind it.  “There’s a bear in them thar woods,” He said. “There is?” “Yes. And it’s gonna come out to scare us.”   He thrust his chest out and bared his paws.  “And then it’s gonna run …

At the King’s Command: Heart-Where Interests Thrives

At the King’s Command: Heart-Where Interests Thrives

My Texas sisters really know how to throw a party.  It was my birthday and what a surprise! The house was decorated luau style.  There was even a Tiki Bar for the kids in the backyard.  The grill was fired up and the table overflowed with shish kabobs and salads.  The display was a huge cocktail glass shaped cake that one sister had baked. Guests wore leis. They handed me a grass skirt and coconut bra to wear over my regular clothes. The kids wore party hats and coconut bras, too.  They danced throughout the living room as the adults …

At the King’s Command: Strength-Where Force Is Intentional

At the King’s Command: Strength-Where Force Is Intentional

Two of our grandchildren were born thirteen hours apart.  I wasn’t able to make it to both birth celebrations, but my husband did. He scrambled from one hospital to the other, one hundred thirty miles away, showing his sincere desire to welcome them into the world.  The challenge to be with each baby seemed to set a precedent. The two children battle for his attention. Fascinated, we’d watch the babies as one crawler would immediately notice if the other climbed onto Pepa’s lap.   As fast as their little body could move, the youngster would wriggle across the room to claim …

At the King’s Command: Embracing the Edict

At the King’s Command: Embracing the Edict

Picture a lovely bowl sitting on a table, filled with chunks of Gala apples tossed in a crisp Waldorf salad.   Next to it sits a hot Granny apple pie waiting to be sliced.   Rich caramel coated Jonathan apples pierced with a stick and rolled in crushed peanuts line the counter next to the stove where a pan of blended Baldwin and Winesap apples simmers, filling the room with a mouthwatering aroma. Chosen from the harvest for their strong core, seed, flesh, and stem, each different apple variety bursts with flavor and the combined results is a lavish banquet.   Just as …

At the King’s Command-The Edict

At the King’s Command-The Edict

My mother loves the McIntosh variety apple.  She says it’s full of flavor, easy to digest, and bakes well.  When they’re in season, she loads up.  I can be sure she will send some home with me because she knows I agree – they are delicious. What makes it good is everything under its skin.  The fruit thrives with a strong core, seed, flesh, and stem.  Properly grown and harvested, it’s pleasing to the taste buds.  Just as God intended. In similar fashion, everything good about us is under our skin in impalpable life sources created by God; wholly designed …