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The Love of Jesus

 John 3: 16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” God’s *“hesed” sent Jesus to the cross so we might have eternal life. John 1:1-3 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” God’s *“hesed” brought us Jesus-God in the flesh. Jesus (the Word) was with the Father and the …

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God’s Hesed

I read a book several years ago  A Sacred Sorrow by Michael Card.  As a result, I learned a new word.  That word was “hesed”.  This Hebrew word describes the indescribable undefinable characteristics of God. It can not be translated into English using just one word. Our English language defines “hesed” as loving-kindness.  But it encompasses so much more.  I suppose it would take a vast number of words to fully describe the true meaning of God’s “hesed” and even then mere words could not completely satisfy the definition.Perhaps the best way to explain “hesed” is to say it is …

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In the Morning Light

Luke 24:5-8 “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:  ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’  Then they remembered His words.”   In the stillness of early morning just before dawn, the whole earth seemed to wait in anticipation for the grand entrance of the sun. Darkness gave way to a rising sun displaying God’s handiwork in shades of pinks, blues …

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The Aroma of Christ

2 Corinthians 2: 14-16 “But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of Him everywhere. For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life…” I am told by someone who has raised sheep that when a lamb is born, the fragrance of birth gives off a sweet aroma unlike any other animal birth.  …

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The Voice of the Shepherd

John 10: 4 “When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.”    Jesus used sheep as illustrations to teach many lessons in the New Testament.  Because of the culture of the day, the people of Israel would have caught the lessons immediately.  I, on the other hand, have never been around sheep to learn their characteristics, so what I know of them is not through experience but through reading, studying or listening to teaching about the subject. Recently, during a Bible Study by Anne …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Creation

      The God I serve is a mighty, awesome, Holy God!  He is the Creator, Sustainer and Redeemer of all creation.  When He designed the earth, moon, sun, stars and all creation, He did it with great detail in mind.  He left nothing to chance and everything He created was good and it pleased Him. If you do not believe in God as the Creator of the universe, I challenge you to look at the great detail in God’s design.  Creation did not just happen. Human beings did not just form by themselves from the garbage of space …

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Human Birth

Psalm 139: 13-16  “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Don’t you love the fact that God created you and knit you together in your …