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God is quite clear about what He considers true religion.
James 1:26-27
Stand firm in your faith in hard times, encouraging one another.
1 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Those in Christ are encouraged to talk to God about anything and everything, anytime. That's how to get peace in stressful times.
Philippians 4:6-7
"Come here! Stop working so hard. Take a break. Let Me refresh you. Hook up with Me. Learn how I work. Let Me do the heavy lifting."
Matthew 11:28-30
Evangelizing is vital, but don't forget to disciple!
1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:5
The two greatest commandments, Love God and Love Your Neighbor; yet the world despises God and opposes men.
1 Thessalonians 2:13-16
If God has entrusted you with the Truth of His Gospel, then speak it boldly and live like you are His.
1 Thessalonians 2:1-12
As we await Jesus' return, we must work to serve God by serving others, sharing the Truth with confidence.
Serve God as You Wait for Jesus
When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart's delight..Jeremiah 15:16 NIV
Psalms 1:1-3
Only our best will do for God....and those we minister to.
Titus 3:12-15
Those whose faith, no matter how small, is in God will find their faith tested so it can grow.
James 1:2-8
God cleans us up, gives us a new beginning, and sees us in our "Sunday best."
Titus 3:1-8
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Jesus, my Shepherd, Fills to Overflowing.
Psalm 23
God knew His lost little lambs would need a special Shepherd. He sent His Son to guide and provide.
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Published June 29th, 2016
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Life has been overwhelming me lately. So many situations have come up that I have absolutely no power, strength or resources to handle. I found myself becoming depressed, feeling frustrated at times, alone, helpless and defenseless. This little sheep was lost and in desperate need of a Shepherd. This Psalm, so familiar for so many years, is speaking words of encouragement and comfort to this lost little lamb. The lamb has a shepherd--and not just any old run-of-the-mill shepherd but a Good Shepherd. In fact, He is the Great Shepherd. And He is my very own personal Shepherd. Because of this one fact alone, I will never, ever find myself in a situation where I need something but don't have it. He has promised that I will at all times in all circumstances have everything I need. (It may not always seem that way to me, because I have a tendency to WANT some things that aren't necessarily needed!). My Shepherd is a Constant Presence. He is always with me, and He is in control of every situation. He provides for me. He protects me. He guides me. He knows when I need to move on and when I just need to chill out and relax. He goes with me everywhere I go---even into the dark recesses, into the scary places, into the uncertain-to-me places. These facts by themselves cause me to want to shout and sing and lift my hands in Praise. What a Good Shepherd! What a Loving Savior! But He doesn't stop there. He not only makes sure that I am filled...but He pours into my life until my cup of blessings overflows. He doesn't just provide, He provides abundantly. He doesn't just stretch 5 loaves and 2 fishes to satisfy my hunger. No, He makes sure I have enough to stuff myself and then take home leftovers!!! (Matthew 14:13-21). He listens as I pour out my heart and then provides exceedingly more than I would ever dare dream, let alone ask for. (Ephesians 3:20) What, then, is there to fear? Poverty? Sickness? Being homeless? Death? These are all things in the enemy's domain. My undaunted ( not intimidated or discouraged by difficulty, danger, or disappointment) Savior laughs in the face of such things. In fact, He sets the banquet table filled with His blessings---right in the enemy's face. He makes it known that I am His. Whatever I am facing on this journey called life is but the preparation, stepping stones to the day when I live fully in His Presence forever. Hallelujah!!!!!
Main point summary
The Good Shepherd is always Present; therefore, we need not fear anything for we lack nothing. He fills to overflowing.
Main point summary
The Good Shepherd is always Present; therefore, we need not fear anything for we lack nothing. He fills to overflowing.
Jesus My Shepherd
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Psalms 23:1-6
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The Lord is my d shepherd;
Jesus is my ruler, provider, protector.
I shall not e want.
Therefore , I will always have all I need.
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He makes me lie down in green f pastures.
(1) He continually provides my daily food.
He leads me beside still waters. 1
(2) He also continually goes ahead of me, facing the unknown first until He brings me to rest and relax by quiet, peaceful waters.
He g restores my soul.
(3) and He shows me life from His perspective as I regroup.
He h leads me in i paths of righteousness 1 for his j name’s sake.
(4) Also , He goes ahead of me, blazing trails for me to follow to bring the most glory to Him.
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Even though I k walk through the valley of l the shadow of death, 1
Even though I have to face low points in life, all sorts of troubles, including death,
I will m fear no evil,
I am not afraid of anything coming my way
for n you are with me;
because Jesus (my Shepherd) is a constant Presence,
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your o rod and your staff, they comfort me.
that is , Jesus is always there both to defend me and to correct me.
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You p prepare a table before me in q the presence of my enemies;
You set me up in a place of honor right in the face of those who wish me ill;
you r anoint my head with oil;
then You pour oil on my head to mark me as one of Your especially loved children;
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my s cup overflows.
so that I have much more than I need.
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Surely 1 goodness and mercy 2 shall follow me all the days of my life,
Jesus goes before me, walks me beside and follows me every step of the way on my journey.
and I shall t dwell 3 in the house of the Lord u forever. 4
and then, as a result , I have full assurance that I will live with Him forever.
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