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Devotional - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 150/215

Today's Scripture: "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. " Jn 10:11

5806. We prove what we believe by what we accept. JG

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See it.

No offense intended


Live it.

It's difficult to honestly represent God's word and avoid offending someone. Yesterday the focus Scripture describes the holy place where the ark of the covenant and the mercy seat rested. As the devotional developed and I prayed it asking God to forgive us for making church little more than a membership club with weekly meetings. Understandably, some friends on Facebook took offense and defended "their" church and the accommodations they experience as being all they need and might have proved my point.

In Ephesians 4:11, we learn how God equips those in the family of God. One of those described with responsibility is the pastor. That word in Greek means "shepherd," a term most would consider self-explanatory. But I've heard pastors describe themselves more of a rancher who chooses to be the preacher/teacher first and then manager of those who do the work of the shepherd. That sounds more of an excuse to me, but one thing is certain: I get a personal trainer at a fitness club. He stands by me, encourages me, helps me and holds me accountable to my goals. In church such a person would be a disciple-maker, an absentee in church without leadership apologies. Score: Membership club=1, church=0.

Pray it.

Help me, Gentle Rohi, to use a rod only to beat off parasites devouring Your word.


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Keywords: Shepherd; Love; Discipline

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