Our Shepherd

The Lord Is My Sheperd, Vickie at Vickea.com

Vickie's Book Nook and Meditation Corner

Most people are familiar with the 23rd Psalm, even if they know nothing else about the Bible. But have you really thought about what it means for God to be our Shepherd? Have you ever spent any time around sheep? They are really dumb animals, according to all who have raised them. They follow the lead sheep and may even follow it into danger if the shepherd or keeper isn’t there to stop them. They graze until the pastureland is desolate and won’t move until the shepherd moves them. Wait! Is that really dumb or is it obedient and cautious? After pondering the scriptures about God being our shepherd, I have decided that I want to be more like a sheep. I don’t want to go my own way or follow a wrong leader over a cliff that represents danger and bad times ahead for me. I want to depend…

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Honor, Worship, and Praise

Lord, you are my shield is a declarative statement. We need a shield (more like a protective cylinder) to protect us from all evil. Knowing we are protected gives us the stamina to keep our heads high, our backs strong, and our minds clear.

God’s glory, His promises to us, keeps us centered and peaceful through trials, dismay, depression, and uncertainty. As Christians, we know our home is in heaven and the things of this earth are temporal. We do not fall prey to Satan’s wiles placing all hope in the things of this earth, our hope is in our Savior.

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You Lord, Are My Shield

Lord, you are my shield, is a declarative statement. We need a shield (more like a protective cylinder) to protect us from all evil. Knowing we are protected gives us the stamina to keep our heads high, our backs strong, and our minds clear.

God’s glory, His promises to us, keep us centered and peaceful through trials, dismay, depression, and uncertainty. As Christians, we know our home is in heaven and the things of this earth are temporal. We do not fall prey to Satan’s wiles placing all hope in the things of this earth, our hope is in our Savior.

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Faith Without The Works of God Is Dead

Don’t believe those who utter works are dead. God expects us to live out His Word in actions and deeds. In short – actions and deeds are works. This is a good article clarifying this truth.

Biblical Proof

God was easy to prove in the days of the prophets. God revealed himself in a physical way. If Israel sinned, God punished them until they repented. If Israel did well, God rewarded them. God was to Israel a reality more than a work of faith. Their faith was basically by sight. However, today, faith is the substance of things unseen (Heb 11:1). Man sins and God does not correct him. If man does well he is not rewarded for it (2 Tim 3:12). Thus, faith in God’s existence is to believe that the Holy Bible was totally inspired of God (2 Tim 3:16,17). If mankind believes the bible proceeded from God, then God verily exists. If they don’t believe the Bible emanated from God, then God is no more than a fairy tale created by a group of men.

Faith Is Essential

The Hebrew writer expressed it: “But without…

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Called To Stand Out

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Our lives reflect an open book. The book is the Bible. The scriptures are our lessons about living a Christ-like life, and how we invest in sharing the Word through our actions and deeds. Works will not pay entrance into heaven, there are no works that great, but works are expected of all followers.

How can we spread the Word if we do not demonstrate what it is saying to nonbelievers and believers alike?

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ReBlog – “The Blessing of A Smile”, by Stephen C. Weber

Message summary: It can be a gloomy world with so much distressing news and for those going through hard times. What a blessing we can be to one another when our facial expressions are accentuated with a smile. Truth is, we’d much rather be surrounded by those who frequently smile, than those who rarely see anything to smile about!

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