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Deuteronomy 4:1-49

Moses was a Sheppard, it must have been hard for him to watch but not be permitted to accompany his flock as they finally cross over into the Promise Land. Imagine the responsibility of managing such a huge number of people, a people that are so prone to wander off in different directions. Got me to thinking about the way God sometimes uses Sheppard’s as leaders. The theme of Deuteronomy is love and obedience, the same agenda the good Sheppard has for his flock. The good Sheppard wants to take us out of the bondage of our own territory and lead us into the green pastures of the Promise Land.

The good Sheppard is willing to lay his life down for his sheep; he leads the sheep with love but at times the Sheppard must be harsh on the sheep when they wander. The Sheppard does not enjoy being harsh, he is only harsh because he knows the great danger facing the sheep that wander, realizing those that stray could permanently be separated from the flock forever.

Moses as a good Sheppard pleads with his flock to hearken to the word of the Lord by giving them reason after reason to obey God so that it will go well with them. Deuteronomy expresses the magnitude of God, His love for us and His awesome power as a God of consuming fire and a God of love.

In the words of my Pastor, “Yes, He's a consuming fire and those enemies of God shall be destroyed by that consuming fire. Consuming is just a qualifying word and that is a word that qualifies really the enemies of God; that which the fire will do to enemies of God. But that same fire transmits us into permanency because from us it consumes the dross and the impurities of our life. It's the refining fire of God burning within our hearts, consuming dross transmitting into permanency”.

Mike are you kidding me? Feeling guilty for singin aloud and praising your Father? You can't do that enough! First God wants us to have a spirt of thankfulness. Continually. How better than to,praise him in song! It keeps us from dwelling on the negative and keeps satan away! Keep singing!

Sometimes I feel God's presence the most when singing worship to him.

Listening to Christian music helps keeps me focused during the day! I've tried the teaching/preaching channels but then I'm bombarded by so much that it's hard to focus/meditate/work on the few things that the Lord has brought to me for that particular day! I love the "What Now" book that goes along with our readings and that right there is enough to munch on for me during the day!!

A Gaither song I really like and sing usually in the car "Because He lives I can face Tomorrow"
Thanks Mike for leading us.
Doug

Mike and everyone,
This passage stands out to me, Luke 7:3-7
3 And when the centurion heard of Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to Him, requesting Him to come and make his bond servant well.
4 And when they reached Jesus, they begged Him earnestly, saying, He is worthy that You should do this for him,
5 For he loves our nation and he built us our synagogue [at his own expense].
6 And Jesus went with them. But when He was not far from the house, the centurion sent [some] friends to Him, saying, Lord, do not trouble [Yourself], for I am not sufficiently worthy to have You come under my roof;
7 Neither did I consider myself worthy to come to You... (Amplified Bible)
I admire the centurion's humble faith. Though others praised him for what he had done, he saw himself as not worthy of Jesus.
We also are not worthy of Jesus. It is by His grace and mercy that He comes to us, and heals us!

Blessings,
Joyce

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