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God's Loving Care As The Good Shepherd

Sheep often need refreshment, but they draw back from water.

After a long day in the wilderness, sheep are tired and thirsty. They need refreshment.

They may come to a river that has fresh cool water.

PURPOSE: To help listeners appreciate that the things we fear most are often used by the shepherd to refresh us.

I. Sheep often need refreshment, but they draw back from water.

How The Good Shepherd Leads His Sheep

The person who wrote the nursery rhyme "Little Bo-Peep" didn’t know much about sheep.

Little Bo-Peep has lost her sheep
And doesn't know where to find them.
Leave them alone and they’ll come home,
Dragging their tails behind them.

PURPOSE: To help listeners understand that God will do anything to bring us back to Himself and to help them understand the nature of the shepherd’s guidance.

The person who wrote the nursery rhyme "Little Bo-Peep" didn’t know much about sheep.

Trusting The Shepherd

Early in the year the shepherd leads his flock in the lowlands. But when the snows melt, he leads them to higher ground.

To get there, he often has to take them through a threatening ravine with dangers on every side.

PURPOSE: To help listeners understand that God sometimes leads us into difficult and dangerous places.

I. There is a comparison and a contrast between verse 3 and verse 4.

Follow God's Leading And Find His Security Along The Way Part 2

Have you ever moved to a new location? Did you find it difficult or challenging? Moving from a familiar job to a new job is stressful. We wonder if we will fail in the new position.

Insight For Hard Times Part 25

In the midst of trials, we often reminisce on the “good ol’ days” and wish we were there again. But dwelling on the past keeps us from embracing the future. Abraham followed God’s leading by putting the past behind him . . . and that’s a good lesson for us today.

God Often Places Challenges In Our Path To Bring Us Closer To Him Part 30

Change is difficult. It usually involves leaving our comfort zone and moving into uncharted territory. At times God calls us to leave our secure environment so that we learn to place our security in Him.

God Wants To Know Each Of Us Personally Part 32

Take a moment to think about your closest friend. How did you meet? What mutual interests drew you together? A look at our interactions with family and friends can act as a springboard to defining our relationship with God.

When We Trust God's Plan, We Find Hope To Carry Us Through Life Part 44

Jeremiah 29:11 states “ ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘. . . plans to give you a hope and a future.’ ” This is not an idle promise.

 

Reconciling Our Humanness To Our Being Made New In Christ Part 46

When we become a part of God’s family, we have a new allegiance . . . a new outlook on life. How do we deal with the dilemma that although we are made new in Christ, we are still human and make mistakes?

The Difficulties In Following God's Call Part 47

Being called by God to make a change in our lives isn’t always easy. Usually it requires us to move out of our comfort zone and into the unknown. It’s a challenge we all face as followers of Christ.

God Will Faithfully Stand By His People Part 49

Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, in the business world, or working at a church, God has called you to minister to those around you. It’s not an easy calling . . . you will run into plenty of opposition along the way.

Stories Of Courageous Men And Women Of Faith Part 50

When you hear the word courage, what comes to mind? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines courage as “mental or moral strength to persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.” Sometimes the call to faith is one that takes tenacity.

When We Follow God's Lead, We End Up In Places Greater Than We Ever Imagined Part 51

Following Christ is an adventure! When your journey with Christ begins, you don’t always know where He will take you. God often reveals His plan only one step at a time.

Are You Wiling To Step Into The Unknown With God? Part 52

Some call it a crisis of faith. Others call it a crossroads. But at some point in our lives each of us will choose whether to follow God or take another path.

Let's Discuss The Long-range Point Of View Christian Need To Take Part 53

There are times when we’re walking down the road and can’t see what’s beyond the horizon. We can’t see the outcome God has in store for us. We don’t always get a preview of the grand finale God has prepared for our lives.