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As you come to worship with us, you will see our unity, and be affected by our faith, which shows itself in our joy and excitement. We have a great deal of confidence as we look to the future because of Jesus Christ. I pray that you come and join us at Shepherd of the Sierra. It IS a place to come and meet Jesus! We believe the Father is our Creator and gave us life, and called us His own in Baptism as His children.
We believe the Son came down to earth and lived as true man and suffered, died, and rose victorious over sin, death, and Satan. By His willingness to take our place, He paid the price for our sin. We believe the Holy Spirit walks with us and helps us grow and mature into the person God wants us to be. Heaven is where God Almighty reigns for eternity.
As the Bible says, it is a beautiful place of gold, crystal, and emerald. It is filled with the eternal presence of God. After death, heaven is the eternal home to all who believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. Upon completion of these Shepherd Bags, we gathered again in circle prayer asking for anointing on all bags.
We prayed that every boy and girl receiving each bag would accept Jesus as their Savior! We also prayed for all the adults that would witness and hear the Gospel through the Shepherd Bag ministry to also accept Salvation.
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What a "JOY" to witness and hand out shepherds bags Jesus used this parable to illustrate that he was the shepherd who took care of the sheep at night; he was the protector and guardian of the flock and no man could come into the fold without knowing the gospel and knowing his relationship to his Father in Heaven. Through the analogy of the sheep and the shepherd, the Savior also explained that his followers would recognize his voice.
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They would know that he was the true shepherd who would find them and call them out of the world. When I was in Israel I saw a little boy who could whistle and call his sheep as we call dogs.
My son-in-law, who spent two years there, told me that these shepherds are so close to their sheep that they literally call the sheep by name and the sheep come out of the flock. Jesus, understanding the nature of sheep, referred to them in characterizing the Pharisees and others who did not belong to his fold and did not recognize who he was. They did not come out and follow him as he called. In this manner, he clearly pointed out the difference between the true followers and their shepherd and the hypocrites and their counterfeit shepherd.
In the ninth chapter of John, we read that the Pharisees asked the Savior why he had healed a blind man on the Sabbath. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. The Savior was pointing out that the blind man, who had been excommunicated unjustly by the Pharisees, had now found refuge in the flock of the Good Shepherd.
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In some ways, the Pharisees were like goats. But sheep and goats are very different and do not graze very well together. Shepherds usually prefer the sheep, since goats get into all sorts of trouble. They climb steep, hazardous slopes and often browse while standing on tree branches.
Sheep are gentle, walk slowly, and usually obey.
This is not so with wandering goats. References to sheep are also used by the Savior to explain his deep concern for the worth of every soul. Sheep turned out into the mountains to graze without the care of a shepherd are subject to all kinds of difficulties. Although most sheep follow the flock, wandering aimlessly and exposing themselves to predators, some sheep are taught to follow the shepherd, who leads them in safe paths. In either case, if there is no one to care for the sheep, the predators will come and the sheep will be scattered in the mountains and be killed or go astray.