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Shepherd

In 1025 B.C. David was anointed king of Israel by Samuel. He was just a 15 year old lad at that time and would not assume the throne from Saul until 14 years later. He wrote many of the Psalms but his Psalm 23 is full of confidence and faith. "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul." (Psalm 23:1-2) This has been a hallowed passage for centuries. It has been used at many funerals to bring comfort and in other times to bring rest from worry and the many other pressures of life. There is no way to gauge its impact on the souls of humanity but to say it has been massive. In the coming Tribulation period there will be chaos from sword, famine, and plague. Millions upon millions will die of these causes but millions also will die from persecution. In Revelation 7 John sees the moments in heaven before this future time begins. An angel comes from the east carrying the seal of the living G…

Receiving Honor

Where do you sit at the table when you are invited to dinner? Is it close to the host or way down at the other end of the table? Wise Solomon said that "a man of lowly spirit gains honor." (Proverbs 29:23) To understand Solomon's statement we link it with this meaningful parable of Jesus: "When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, 'Give this man your seat.' Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, 'Friend, move up to a better place.' Then you will be honored in the presence of all your fellow guests. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." (Luke 14:8-11) Here are a few observations on this parable: "A per…

What is Truth?

Pilate posed this questioned in a discussion with Jesus early the morning of his crucifixion after he had been betrayed to the Sanhedrin by Judas. Jesus had said to Pilate, "You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this reason I came into the world, to testify to the truth." (John 18:37) Pilate responded by asking, "What is truth?" Pilate was a politician. He knew he was always spinning the truth, playing with words, protecting his own interest. But more than that, Pilate might have been intimating that truth may not discernible; that life was an illusion, people playing on a stage, so, best to grab what you could while it was going your way because it soon would be over. So, what is truth? Jesus said earlier, "I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father but by me." (John 14:6) Possibly the word truth is better defined as "the reality." When you substitute this word into both Pilate&#…