The Good Shepherd (May 18)

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May 18
The Good Shepherd

Today’s Scripture Readings: Psalm 70:1-5 | 1 Samuel 22:1-23:29 | John 10:1-21 | Proverbs 15:18-19

Today’s Scripture Focus: John 10:1-21

“The sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.” (John 10:3b-4 TNIV)

Welcome to the sheep pen. You have heard the voice of the Shepherd and have entered through the gate to life lived to the full.

The good shepherd, Jesus, knows your name. He knows you intimately and fully. He loves you completely—so much so that he laid down his life so that you can live. He calls you by name to follow him into life as it was meant to be: life in green pastures; life lived to the full.

Get to know the shepherd. Learn to know his voice. You don’t want to follow the thief. He comes to steal, kill and destroy. You don’t want to follow a careless hired hand. Listen for the voice of the good shepherd. You can trust him. He leads you in and out to the best pastures. He gently cares for you, always knowing exactly what you need.

He knows your name. He cares for you lovingly. He guides you into the best that life has to offer. Don’t go back to wandering aimlessly—going your own way. Learn to hear and trust the voice of the Good Shepherd.

Good Shepherd, thank you for guiding me, caring for me, protecting me, and watching over my way. You are always loving, gentle, and kind. Speak now, I long to hear your voice and follow your direction. I wait upon you now. . .

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About pastorjeffsneighborhood

Born and raised in Minnesota, I have served in churches in Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon and California. I am a graduate of Crown College (MN) and George Fox Evangelical Seminary (OR). I have also done additional graduate studies in New Testament Studies at the Center for Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary (CA). I am also a graduate of the College of Prayer. Having served as the Academic Dean and Program Director at Horizon Institute of Los Angeles for several years, I have returned to the pastorate and serve as Pastor of Big Trees Community Bible Church in Arnold, CA.
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