Proclaiming the News – Good News for September 1

1 09 2010

Luke 4:38-44

After Jesus left the synagogue, he entered the house of Simon. Simon’s mother-in-law was afflicted with a severe fever, and they interceded with him about her. He stood over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up immediately and waited on them.

At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases brought them to him. He laid his hands on each of them and cured them. And demons also came out from many, shouting, “You are the Son of God.” But he rebuked them and did not allow them to speak because they knew that he was the Christ.

At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place. The crowds went looking for him, and when they came to him, they tried to prevent him from leaving them. But he said to them, “To the other towns also I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God, because for this purpose I have been sent.” And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.

The Daily Path: I’m grateful to everyone who has been praying for my return to health. Your petitions have been heard as the pneumonia is now in check. The hard part is following my doctor’s orders to take it slow so the antibiotics can finish the job.

The medications prescribed have led me to sleep a lot. During my slumber I have had some very interesting dreams. If I had to sum them up, there is a recurring theme. We do not make this journey alone. Step back and examine what is happening in your life. You can’t help but see how the Shepherd is at work.

Shepherding – Good News for May 3

3 05 2009

John 10:11-18

Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. A hired man, who is not a shepherd and whose sheep are not his own, sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away, and the wolf catches and scatters them. This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep.

I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, and there will be one flock, one shepherd. This is why the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own. I have power to lay it down, and power to take it up again. This command I have received from my Father.”

The Daily Path: What father wouldn’t lay down his own life for his children to live?