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Remember: You Are a Beloved Lamb

A Word from the Lord “Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23:6 A Word of Encouragement Who are you: shepherd of the flock? Leader and teacher in the church? Remember today… Read More

“For You Are with Me!”

A Word from the Lord “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4 A Word of Encouragement Does the Lord seem distant? In the wonder of… Read More

Little Lambs and their Shepherd

A Word from the Lord “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.” Psalm 23:1 A Word of Encouragement David was placed in the position of highest authority, but always remembered his rightful place as an under-shepherd of the Lord, a critically important tension to keep in… Read More

Double Honor: Teaching and Learning

A Word from the Lord “The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.” 1 Timothy 5:17 A Word of Encouragement Maybe it’s a triple honor: teaching the Word of God, receiving the honor of the… Read More

You Deserve Good Things from God

A Word from the Lord “Anyone who receives instruction in the Word must share all good things with his instructor.” Galatians 6:6 A Word of Encouragement Those who called you to teach them the Word of the Lord promised at your installation to provide for your wellbeing. Welcome their generosity… Read More

Mutual Respect Fosters Peace

A Word from the Lord “Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.” 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13… Read More

Our Common Faith is Our Joy

A Word from the Lord “To Titus, my true son in our common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.” Titus 1:4 A Word of Encouragement Those we mentor and those who are mentored are united as one in the grace and peace we… Read More

An example to appreciate

A Word from the Lord “Remember your leaders who spoke the Word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.” Hebrews 13:7 A Word of Encouragement Living as an example is a heavy burden, but so greatly appreciated. When you humbly welcome… Read More

Appreciation of leaders and followers

A Word from the Lord “Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.” Hebrews 13:17 A… Read More

Lesson One: Ministry Is Great, But Hard!

Planned that way “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, anyone could do it. It’s the hard that makes it great!” That’s what Jimmy Duggan (Tom Hanks) told Dottie Hinson (Genna Davis) in A League of Their Own, when she was about to quit the baseball team. It… Read More

Pastor? Person? Shepherd? Sheep? Which are you?

My Little Buddy Jake “Jake” At first glance, he looks a little confused, but I think he’s not. Yes, he’s a shepherd, but first and foremost, he’s a sheep. My friend Jake sits prominently next to my desk. He’s a shepherd. Maybe someone calls him “Pastor.” But he seems… Read More

Gifted to share their blessings

A Word from the Lord “When Lydia and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. ‘If you consider me a believer in the Lord,’ she said, ‘come and stay at my house.’ And she persuaded us.” Acts 16:15 A Word of Encouragement God gives… Read More