I’m excited to serve as the conference speaker at Horn Creek Christian Camp this winter.
I’ll be teaching on the life of Joseph as it relates to “Waiting on God,” the title of my upcoming book. I would love for you to bring in the New Year with my family in beautiful Colorado!
See more info here.
Jesus said, “I am the gate.” In using this metaphor, the Lord drew upon a practice shepherds did that they still do today.
Using either a rock wall or a cave, the shepherd leads his sheep into the pen with a narrow opening of rocks for passage. The pen offers shelter and security for his flock. By staying in the narrow gap, the shepherd serves as the “gate”—the only way in or out of pen.
I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. —John 10:9–10
Jesus also drew upon the occasion to show that once a person is saved, he or she can never lose that salvation:
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one. —John 10:27–30
What a comforting promise from one who is no less than God!
The mustard plant in Israel grows to a height of 10-12 feet, but it has one of the smallest seeds.
Jesus compared the mustard seed to God’s coming kingdom:
The kingdom of God . . . is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the soil, though it is smaller than all the seeds that are upon the soil, yet when it is sown, grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants. —Mark 4:30-32
Compared to the large weeds in our daily world, God’s program seems like a mustard seed—small, insignificant, and ineffective.
But God’s plan is progressing in spite of its seeming insignificance now.
When we feel discouraged at the slowness and secrecy of God’s plan, remember the truth Jesus revealed. What seems small and insignificant now will become the largest of all kingdoms one day.
Keep going. Don’t give up. We have a future with God. (Tweet that.)
The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever. —Revelation 11:15
Video from SourceFlix.com.
Take a devotional break for a moment and watch the beautiful words of King David’s Psalm 23 come to life.
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. —Psalm 23:1–3
Sometimes I think God created particular creatures simply to provide potent metaphors He could use to teach us with. Picture yourself as one of these sheep—and the Lord as your shepherd.
Video from SourceFlix.com
If your faith doesn’t correspond with reality, it isn’t real.
This compelling fact is supported in this video by SourceFlix.com. It is well worth watching as it compares the Bible and the Book of Mormon with regard to Jerusalem’s archaeology.
Faith must correspond with history. Think about it:
This great video by SourceFlix.com flies over 9 key sites the Bible mentions, giving a high-def birds-eye view of these significant places and their excavations.
I have listed below the sites this video shows, along with links to my posts about these places.
It’s amazing how the good folks at SourceFlix.com continue to release quality videos that enhance our understanding of the biblical world. Hats off to them!
Flying over the Old City of Jerusalem isn’t allowed, but the father/son team from SourceFlix.com strapped a camera on a remote control helicopter and got special permission to film.
It’s a SLOW video . . . but it’s smooth and gives you time to see the details of this most important piece of real estate in history.
On a layover to Israel, we spent several hours in Philadelphia—the birthplace of our nation. We visited the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall and saw Ben Franklin’s grave. Wonderful day.
While there, I got to check off one item from my bucket list:
- Run the Rocky steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art!
Yeah, I know . . . kinda nuts. But a lot of fun!
Rocky music in video from here.
Sometimes seeing a metaphor about God’s sovereignty in our lives goes a long way in helping us grasp what otherwise would make less sense. God as the Potter is one of the most powerful of those images.
Sourceflix recently released this short video, which does a nice job illustrating the metaphor God used in describing His relationship to us.
If You Want to Change the World . . .
I recently watched this powerful commencement address given by Naval Adm. William H. McRaven, ninth commander of U.S. Special Operations Command.
I urge you to watch his moving speech. From his experience as a Navy Seal, he offers these 10 steps to change the world.
- Start off by making your bed. (Begin each day with a task completed.)
- Find someone to help you paddle. (Don’t go it alone.)
- Measure a person by the size of their heart, not the size of their flippers. (Respect everyone.)
- Get over being a “sugar cookie” and keep moving forward. (Accept that life is not fair.)
- Don’t be afraid of the circuses. (You will fail often.)
- Slide down the obstacle head first. (Take risks.)
- Don’t back down from the sharks. (Face the bullies.)
- Be your very best in the darkest moments. (Step up when times are the toughest.)
- Start singing when you’re up to your neck in mud. (Give hope to others.)
- Don’t ever, ever ring the bell. (Never give up.)