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Psalm 23 Part 2

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November 15, 2020
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  • I'm really enjoying thisopportunity to come to you on
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  • PowerPoint in a differentformat. And we began last week a
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  • series on the Twenty-thirdPsalm. Just kind of you and me
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  • and the Bible... a Bible study.And we want to be able to talk
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  • about this great psalm and thetruths of it. Psalm 23 is a
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  • beloved psalm. No doubt ifyou've been around your Bible...
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  • you've been around the Christianfaith awhile; you love this
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  • psalm. But, you know, we neednot only to belove this psalm,
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  • but we need to believe thispsalm. Not just love it, but
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  • live it! Live the truth, becausethese truths are transforming.
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  • The very idea that the Lord isour Shepherd, that the great God
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  • of heaven, the one who made theuniverse stepped to our planet
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  • and became the Good Shepherd...the Great Shepherd of the sheep,
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  • the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lordis our Savior and our Shepherd.
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  • And that's what we've beentalking about. There's so much
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  • in this little short passage ofscripture. It's a short psalm;
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  • just 6 verses if you will, andthese are short verses, but they
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  • are so power-packed, every wordof it. And you know, one of the
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  • problems we can have withfamiliar scriptures like Psalm
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  • 23 is that we're so familiarwith them... You know, we say
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  • familiarity breeds contempt. Andthings that are familiar we
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  • often... You know if the starsonly came out once a year, we
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  • would all go out to watch thestars. But, you know, maybe we
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  • neglect the stars because we seethem all the time. Well this is
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  • a star-studded passage ofscripture. And maybe we're so
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  • used to it that we forget thebrilliance of it and the beauty
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  • of it. But I... But I can tellyou since I've been knowing this
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  • psalm through these years andknowing the Savior who gave us
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  • this psalm, it gets dearer andsweeter to me as time goes on.
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  • I'm a... I'm a veteran believernow. I've been trekking with the
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  • Lord all my life since I was achild. And in that since I'm a
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  • bit like David who wrote thispsalm... no doubt, in my view...
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  • at the end of his life and he'slooking back and he's reflecting
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  • upon the goodness and thegraciousness of God and how God
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  • carried him through everysituation in his life. And even
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  • the brokenness and the bends inthe road... All those things
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  • that we go through in life,looking back at that. And just
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  • as David was in that position,now I find myself there. I find
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  • myself on the journey home. AndI can say that as I look back on
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  • my life I know, I know that it'strue. It's true that the
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  • Shepherd leads us all the way.His hand of guidance and
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  • blessing has been upon my life.His favor, His faithfulness. I
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  • know that Jesus is walking withme, ahead of me, around me,
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  • beside me, before me. He'severything to me. And this is
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  • what Psalm 23 really is about.That Jesus is our everything.
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  • Our Savior, our Shepherd, is oureverything. Because it says:
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  • "The Lord is my shepherd; and Ishall not want." Which literally
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  • can be translated: He is all Ineed all the time that I need
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  • Him, anywhere, anytime, all thatI need. Jesus provides... He
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  • provides for our needs. He says,"I shall not want." A little
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  • girl was quoting Psalm 23. Shekind of misquoted it but she was
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  • right-on when she said "The Lordis my Shepherd and that's all I
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  • want." And it's true, isn't it?When you know Jesus, He is the
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  • satisfaction of life. Have younoticed how so many people are
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  • unhappy, even miserable,discontent and dissatisfied,
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  • often complaining about theirlives and the situation and
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  • circumstances? You know, Ibelieve that's an insult to God
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  • for a Christian to walk throughlife complaining and grousing
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  • and griping and complaining,when the Lord is our Shepherd.
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  • As Christians we should neverreally complain. Someone said
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  • that life is not about theabundance of things but the
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  • absence of want; it's aboutcontentment. 1) The Lord is my
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  • Shepherd; I shall not want. 2)He makes me to lie down in green
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  • pastures. 3) ... ... He restoresmy soul." Some people are just
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  • never satisfied.
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  • You know, they just livetheir lives without God, without
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  • a Shepherd, without a Savior.And now they... they're still
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  • just grinding it out... I can'tget no satisfaction. And so many
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  • people... Now, again, babyboomers who... you know, people
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  • have gotten older and they'reretired and how sad it is that
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  • they lived their whole life andthere's no satisfaction! There
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  • is satisfaction when we followthe Shepherd and Jesus Himself,
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  • not things... not ourcircumstances, but Jesus Himself
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  • is our satisfaction. He is theone who satisfies the deepest
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  • longings of our heart. It wasAugustine, the philosopher
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  • theologian who said centuriesago, "We were made for Thee, O
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  • God, and our hearts are restlessuntil we find our rest in Thee."
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  • You were made for God. God had apurpose and has a purpose for
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  • your life, a plan. Every life isa plan of God. You're not a
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  • mistake; you're not an accident.Therefore, when you follow His
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  • plan, His purposes for yourlife, that... It's in following
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  • Him that you find yourselffulfilled. And not only
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  • fulfilled here and now, butforever and ever. An unhappy
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  • Christian is ... that's soupside-down! We are happy in the
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  • Lord. He is our satisfaction.All the presence and the power
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  • and the provision of God isours. One of the verses that I
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  • memorized a long time ago... andI've memorized many, many
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  • scriptures and encourage you todo the same, and meditate upon
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  • it. You know, my friend RobertMorgan says, "Meditation is
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  • better than medication." And Ibelieve that's true. [Proverbs
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  • 17:22] "A merry heart does goodlike a medicine." And when you
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  • are thinking on the things ofGod, and scripture becomes a
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  • part of your life and your soul,it's so very good. So memorize
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  • and meditate upon the scripture.But Psalm 37 and verse 4 says,
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  • "Delight yourself in the Lordand He will give you the desires
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  • of your heart." Now that's anincredible promise and principle
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  • to life. When you desire Him...when you delight in Him... when
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  • you find your satisfaction inGod Himself... in the Lord Jesus
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  • Christ, that's when He gives youthe desires of your heart and
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  • your heart is overflowing. Aswe'll learn later in Psalm 23,
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  • your cup will run over. Yes, youbelong to Him! The God who holds
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  • the world in His hands... theGod who holds the planets of the
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  • universes in His hands, He alsoholds you! This is what we love
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  • so much about this psalm. Sovery personal... that God is
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  • with us. I remember a friend ofmine years ago was a part of a
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  • team to put together a newhymnal... a new hymnbook for
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  • Baptist, the Baptist hymnal.Remember those? Well, they were
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  • selecting those songs, decidingwhich ones would go in the
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  • book... in the hymnal and whichones wouldn't. And they came to
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  • that song they werediscussing... These were
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  • theologians and pastors andmusicians. They were looking at
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  • each song and they came to thatsong "In the Garden." It's an
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  • old song and it's not sung thatmuch anymore, but it's a sweet
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  • song. "I go to the garden alonewhile the dew is still on the
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  • meadows." And they were talkingabout this song. And several of
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  • the musicians and theologianswere saying, "You know, that's
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  • song is way too "I" centered."He walks with me and He talks
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  • with me and He tells me I am Hisown. I go to the garden." They
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  • were saying, "It's just... it'stoo self-centered. It's
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  • narcistic; it's not a good hymn;it's not about God, it's about
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  • us. And we shouldn't include "Inthe Garden" in the hymnbook. And
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  • my friend who was quite atheologian himself remembered
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  • God's Word. And he said... juststood up and said, "The Lord is
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  • my Shepherd; I shall not want.He leads me beside the still
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  • waters, He restores my soul."And end of story [chuckles]: In
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  • the Garden made that hymnbookthat day! Because, you know, the
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  • Christian life is wrapped up inHis person pronouns. I think it
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  • was Martin Luther, the greatReformer who said, "The
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  • Christian life is all aboutpersonal pronouns. It's my God
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  • and I. And He does walk with usand He leads His dear children
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  • along. He holds you; He keepsyou. And you can walk at His
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  • pace, you can walk in His peaceand always know His provision.
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  • [Music]
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  • I'm standing by thisbeautiful river in the Colorado
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  • Rockies and reflecting on thegoodness of God. As we are
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  • learning in the 23rd Psalm aboutthe Good Shepherd I hope you
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  • begin to realize in order foryou to truly break free from
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  • fear, anxiety, you must admitsomething that is very humbling
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  • for all of us and that is, weare sheep. You know, if a sheep
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  • were dying of thirst and arrivedat this river it would not even
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  • drink from these pure, beautifulrefreshing rivers due to the
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  • fear of moving water. But if thesheep were in the care of a good
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  • shepherd that shepherd would usehis bare hands or stones, a
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  • crook to divert some of therushing river into a pool of
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  • still waters and this is thelesson for all of us: We're
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  • dying of spiritual and emotionalthirst but if fear, so many
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  • anxieties keep us from drinkingwhat we so desperately need. So,
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  • if you are fearful and thirst,call on the Good Shepherd and He
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  • will quiet your fears and createfor you still waters. Thanks for
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  • the amazing support that yougive us at PowerPoint. It's
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  • generous friends like you thatenable us to boldly broadcast
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  • the gospel on air and online ata time when our world is well,
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  • filled with so much anxiety andfear. There is a solution to the
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  • fears you face and that is thepower of God's word and the Holy
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  • Spirit who comforts us fromwithin. So, today I want to send
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  • you a resource to help youovercome your fears and
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  • anxieties, the things thatyou're facing in your life
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  • today. It's my latest bookcalled "Breaking Free from
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  • Fear." This book is a greatresource to help you live your
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  • life and live out your life withfaith and hope and courage. So
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  • call the number on the screen orvisit us online at
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  • JackGraham.org to donate to ourministry and receive "Breaking
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  • Free from Fear" today.
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  • We are inthe midst of a very tough
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  • year... 2020. And not only havewe had the physical illness...
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  • the virus to deal with, but nowin our country and really around
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  • the world, we not only have amedical health crisis, but we
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  • have a mental health crisis. Thepandemic has pushed us to the
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  • edge, and many people have goneover. They've lost... Some have
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  • lost lives, many have lostlivelihoods, lost family and
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  • friends with isolation; haveexperienced mental anguish and
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  • anxiety and depression. Thestress of this is killing people
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  • because stress is a killer. Andmany think that stress and the
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  • result of physical problems thatcomes as a result of stress will
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  • kill more people than the virus.I don't know. But I do know that
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  • we do have a mental healthcrisis. And we need the help of
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  • our Shepherd in these days. Weneed to know in the middle of
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  • all this emotional strain andstress and struggle that we can
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  • find peace. And so isn't it goodthat God says, I lead my sheep
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  • to still waters? Literally quietstreams, quiet waters. I believe
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  • what God does in times likethese, in turbulent times,
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  • stressful, stormy days, that Godleads us to still waters, and He
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  • makes me to lie down. Have youever felt like in your life and
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  • in your experience that therehave been times when God made
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  • you lie down, just pushed thepause button on your life and
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  • forced you to sit still so thatyou would know that He is God,
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  • so that you could rest yoursoul, relax your mind and feed
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  • and drink of the Spirit? I daresay most all of us have
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  • experienced that. I know I have.That there have been times in
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  • life when I been pushing,pushing, pushing, pressure,
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  • pressure, pressure. And the Lordhas just said, "Jack, it's time
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  • to lie down." And I'm nottalking about taking a nap; I'm
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  • talking about God saying, "I'mgoing to put you on the flat of
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  • your back so that you will lookup to Me." And maybe you're
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  • there today. You could bewatching this from a hospital
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  • room or a nursing care facility.You may be battling an illness,
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  • you may be facing loss andisolation and you're alone, and
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  • life seems to have stopped andyou may seem stuck. But if you
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  • will listen to the GoodShepherd... if you'll look to
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  • Him, it just may be that He hasled you... that He has brought
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  • you to this place of slowingdown, and even stopping, and
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  • putting you on the flat of yourback so that you can look up to
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  • Him and love Him more and morewith your life. That's what
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  • we're talking about here. Thesame psalmist, David wrote the
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  • words of Psalm 34, one of myfavorites. Says: [Psalm
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  • 34:18-19a] "The Lord is near tothe broken hearted, and saves
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  • the crushed in spirit. Many arethe afflictions of the
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  • righteous." Christianity is notimmunity from affliction and
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  • pain and struggle and heartache."Many are the afflictions of the
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  • righteous, but the Lord (ourShepherd) delivers him out of
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  • them all." He may lead you inbut I promise you in His own
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  • time, in his own way, He willlead you out. The Shepherd is
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  • especially near to the broken.Those whose hearts are broken,
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  • those whose homes may be broken,those whose hopes may be broken,
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  • those who are crushed. And thepsalmist here tells us "He
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  • restores my soul." That'sactually a word which describes
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  • the setting of a bone... thesetting of a bone. And can't you
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  • just picture a shepherd. Hefinds one of his little lambs
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  • broken in some way, maybe a legthat is broken. So what does the
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  • good shepherd do? The goodshepherd picks up that little
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  • lamb and puts a splint and setsthe bone, and restores that
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  • animal. Remakes and reshapesthat little lamb. And what a
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  • shepherd will do for a sheep,God will do for you; Jesus will
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  • do for you. He will restore yoursoul. So I'm thinking back
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  • during the quarantine when wewere shut down in so many ways,
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  • we were so ready to get lifeback to normal, get out of the
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  • house, get on with our lives.But in that time... if you took
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  • that time and you didn't wastethat time, it's an
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  • opportunity... has been anopportunity for us to restore
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  • our souls and renew our faith.Isaiah 40, verse 31 says: "They
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  • that wait ... (Did you know thatGod puts a premium on waiting?
  • 00:17:36.434 --> 00:17:40.771
  • The Great Physician has awaiting room?) "They that wait
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  • on the Lord will renew theirstrength... (That means to
  • 00:17:44.742 --> 00:17:46.978
  • exchange weakness for strength)... they shall renew their
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  • strength; (They shall fly likethe eagle) mount up on eagle's
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  • wings, they shall run and not beweary and walk and not faint."
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  • Just keep going. Keeppersevering. Keep pressing on,
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  • looking to Jesus. So if you'vebeen forced to... to slow down,
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  • to lie down, make it a time topray, to seek God, to restore
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  • your soul. Because in this youwill discover "a peace that
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  • passes understanding"; the stillwaters. That just speaks of
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  • serenity, it speaks of sweetpeace. Paul talked about it in
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  • Philippians 4... the power ofprayer to produce peace in our
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  • lives; that we're [Philippians4:6-7] "not to worry about
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  • anything, but to pray abouteverything and then the peace of
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  • God which passes allunderstanding will guard our
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  • hearts and minds through JesusChrist." This peace... it is
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  • indescribable but it alsounmistakable. You know when you
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  • have this peace. You may not beable to define it; you may not
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  • even be able to describe it; butI can't tell you how many
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  • years... how many times as apastor over the years people
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  • have said to me, in the greatestof tragedies and deepest sorrows
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  • have said to me, "Pastor, Idon't understand it; I can't
  • 00:19:13.564 --> 00:19:17.435
  • explain it, but there is just asupernatural peace that I have
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  • from God." And that's thepromise of the Shepherd. Read
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  • God's Word, believe God'spromises, like this one and you
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  • can live in a quiet confidence... That's the way to live! In a
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  • steady, strong quiet confidencethat comes when we rely upon Him
  • 00:19:40.391 --> 00:19:46.731
  • and rest in Him. Jesus said,[Matthew 11:28] "All ye who
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  • labor, are burden, and carryingheavy burdens, come to Me....
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  • Come to Me, all you who laborand I will give you rest." Rest
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  • for your soul. That's what ourShepherd does for us and what He
  • 00:20:02.246 --> 00:20:07.018
  • will do for you. A man had afinancial collapse and he was so
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  • distraught because he felt likehe had just lost everything. He
  • 00:20:12.823 --> 00:20:17.128
  • lost all of his money. He wentto his pastor and he was
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  • weeping. He said, "Pastor, I'velost everything!" And the pastor
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  • who was very wise, a godly man,looked at him and said, "Oh, I'm
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  • so sorry that you lost yourcharacter." The man said, "No,
  • 00:20:32.343 --> 00:20:37.615
  • no, no. I didn't lose mycharacter; my character is
  • 00:20:37.648 --> 00:20:41.018
  • intact. I just ... I just losteverything! My house, my money,
  • 00:20:41.052 --> 00:20:45.489
  • my bank... I lost everything."And then the pastor said, "Oh,
  • 00:20:45.523 --> 00:20:50.394
  • well, I'm so sorry that you lostyour faith." He said, "No, I
  • 00:20:50.428 --> 00:20:54.799
  • haven't lost my faith. I stillbelieve. My faith is intact."
  • 00:20:54.832 --> 00:20:59.303
  • And then the pastor said, "Well,I'm so sorry then that you've
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  • lost your salvation." He said,"No, no, no! I've have not lost
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  • my salvation. I know Jesus; Iknow I'm going to heaven. I just
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  • lost everything! I lost all mymoney!" The pastor looked at him
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  • and he said, "Well, if yourcharacter is intact, and you
  • 00:21:20.858 --> 00:21:24.362
  • still have your faith, and youstill have your salvation, it
  • 00:21:24.395 --> 00:21:29.700
  • appears to me that you haveeverything that you need the
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  • most." That's good, isn't it?You have everything and more
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  • than you need through your GoodShepherd. Clearly this
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  • passage... "The Lord is myShepherd; I shall not want. He
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  • makes me to lie down in greenpastures; he restores my soul."
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  • It's talking about a personalrelationship with Jesus Christ,
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  • the Shepherd. Because somepeople can say I know the psalm,
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  • but they really don't know theShepherd. It's one thing to know
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  • the psalm; it's another thing toknow the Shepherd. In fact,
  • 00:22:11.242 --> 00:22:13.978
  • there's a great old story aboutan actor that returned to his
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  • little home church in Englandsomewhere, and the people had
  • 00:22:17.848 --> 00:22:21.285
  • gathered there. They wanted tohear this famous actor, so they
  • 00:22:21.318 --> 00:22:24.922
  • asked him to give a recitationof the Twenty-third Psalm. So
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  • the actor rose to his feet,stuck out his chest and with the
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  • finest of elocution and beautyof words and language, he quoted
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  • the Twenty-third Psalm.Everybody was wowed. They began
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  • to applaud and cheer after theactor was done. And then the old
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  • pastor of that church. He stoodup and he was bringing the
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  • message that day on theTwenty-third Psalm. And he
  • 00:22:52.917 --> 00:22:57.455
  • quoted the Psalm as well as apart of his message. And when
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  • the pastor, that godly old manwho had been preaching Christ
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  • and the Shepherd all thoseyears... When he got finished,
  • 00:23:05.763 --> 00:23:09.767
  • the people were in tears becausethey were face to face with the
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  • Shepherd of heaven. They laterasked the actor what was the
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  • difference... what was thedifference. For you they
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  • applauded; when the pastorspoke, they cried. He said,
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  • "Well, the only thing I know totell you is I know the psalm but
  • 00:23:30.054 --> 00:23:33.657
  • our pastor knows the Shepherd."So it's not enough to know the
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  • words, it's not enough to saythem, but are you following the
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  • Good Shepherd? Are you trustingJesus? You know, a lot of people
  • 00:23:44.268 --> 00:23:49.206
  • have an idea who God is, theyhave an idea what their church
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  • may think or believe aboutcertain subjects. They would say
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  • they were Christians. If youwere to ask are you a Christian?
  • 00:23:59.483 --> 00:24:02.286
  • "Oh, yes, I'm a Christian." Butthey don't have a personal
  • 00:24:02.319 --> 00:24:07.024
  • relationship with Jesus Christ.That could be you. Do you have
  • 00:24:07.057 --> 00:24:14.465
  • this relationship with Christ?Do you know Him? Because this is
  • 00:24:14.498 --> 00:24:20.471
  • personal and it is eternal. Ifyou know the Shepherd you have a
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  • personal relationship with Godthrough Jesus Christ and you
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  • have an eternal relationshipwith Him. That means the
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  • salvation that we have is asecurity that will... God will
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  • never let us go. Our Shepherdwill count us all into the
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  • heavenly kingdom. He saidthat... Jesus said that in John
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  • chapter 10, the shepherd'spassage, when He said, [John
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  • 10:27.29] "My sheep hear myvoice and I know them." And then
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  • He said, "They are in myFather's hand... the sheep are
  • 00:24:55.839 --> 00:24:58.709
  • in my Father's hand, and no oneshall pluck them from my
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  • Father's hand." If you belong toJesus, you are forever secure.
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  • You are fulfilled and you areforever His. Have you
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  • experienced this in your ownlife? I promise you this: If you
  • 00:25:13.958 --> 00:25:17.828
  • don't know Him, the Shepherd isseeking you. He's looking for
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  • you. He's calling your name. Andif you will believe in the one
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  • who came, who lived and died androse again on the third day, who
  • 00:25:28.973 --> 00:25:32.543
  • now... the heavenly Shepherd isenthroned and one day is coming
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  • to reign and rule upon the earthand forever and ever in the new
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  • heavens and the new earth. ThatShepherd is seeking you. Jesus
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  • told a parable, a story aboutthis. Of a shepherd who had a
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  • hundred sheep... 100. And one ofthem got lost. Maybe you feel
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  • like somewhere along the wayyou've gotten lost. Made bad
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  • decisions, made wrong turns likea sheep, you've wondered off.
  • 00:26:05.342 --> 00:26:09.046
  • [Isaiah 53:6] "All we like sheephave gone astray," the Bible
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  • says. And maybe, just maybe youfind yourself alone and feeling
  • 00:26:12.716 --> 00:26:15.753
  • very lonely and lost. What didJesus say about that one lamb
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  • that got lost? He said, theshepherd... The good shepherd
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  • left the flock, the ninety andnine. He left 99 sheep to go
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  • after that one little lost lamb.At personal risk he went after
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  • the sheep. With his recklesslove, with his enduring love he
  • 00:26:40.878 --> 00:26:48.185
  • went after the sheep and rescuedhis own. What a picture that is
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  • of what our Good Shepherd willdo for each one of us. And
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  • wherever you are in life,wherever you find yourself
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  • today, I assure you the GoodShepherd Jesus is coming after
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  • you. He's coming after you. HisSpirit is speaking to you. His
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  • Word is ministering to you. Andwherever you are and however you
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  • may have fallen or failed, He'swilling to pick you up and
  • 00:27:17.915 --> 00:27:21.852
  • restore your soul and to makeyou brand-new.
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