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WHO’S YOUR SHEPHERD?
Message 6, Airing Week of 12/3/2018
Turning Your Darkness into Light
Psalm 18:1-3, 24-29
Monday (12/3) – David begins this Psalm with praise for God the Father for physically delivering him from his enemies. His words of praise: “I love you, Lord!” The highest praise spiritually is telling the Lord that you love Him. Isn’t that true in a marriage? Isn’t that true in a family with children? Indeed it is. We illustrate this point humorously and in a very serious way.
Tuesday (12/4) – We tell the story of a 16 year old high school student at church camp telling about getting a new car from her father for her birthday. And yet she could never recall her dad saying three words: “I Love you”. Perhaps you can relate to that story. We continue by talking about what it means that God is our shield, rock, and deliverer”. What those terms mean speaks to what He does and can do in your life!
Wednesday (12/5) – If you have a problem with praising God, you probably don’t understand what God has done in your life! We explain that thought today. There is nothing that you and I do that “gets by” the Lord. He’s never fooled or surprised. We talk about why we need to know that fact! We can actually become an opponent of the Lord through our pride.
Thursday (12/6) – Pride is the most offensive thing to the Lord God Almighty! Does that give you pause? It should. We then move to the verse that says that God turns our darkness into light. God brings light into dark situations all the time! He does that at a funeral, He does that at a hospital. When we share His word of truth; light begins to permeate the darkness. He wants to bring light into your darkness today!
Friday (12/7) – We also bring light into people’s lives or we just create more darkness! Which describes you? We conclude with one powerful story of the power of “light in the darkness” told by an author by the name of John Sutherland Bonnell. It will speak to you in a personal way about his father turning his darkness into light, just by his voice! Have you brought light into anyone’s life this year?
WHO’S YOUR SHEPHERD?
Message 5, Airing Week of 11/26/2018
Integrity: Walking the Talk
This Week – Does the Bible define integrity? Yes, by describing it in Psalm 15. David begins the Psalm by asking two rhetorical questions. 1) “Who may dwell in the sanctuary of the Lord?” 2) “Who may live on the Holy Hill of God?” Both of those questions have to do with being in the presence of the Lord. Who qualifies for that kind of contact? David tells us in just 4 verses!
Monday (11/26) – Through King David, the Lord tells us first that a person whose “walk” is blameless may come into His presence. Integrity in the Old Testament is often described by the word, walk. Your “walk” has to do with personal integrity. It’s described as a person “walks the talk” and “talks the walk”. Their word is their bond. They either speak the truth or they don’t!
Tuesday (11/27) – A man or woman of integrity is someone who “speaks the truth from his or her heart”. (We quote a psychologist of our day who talks about two kinds of liars.) A person of integrity also has no slander on his or her tongue. Slander has a definition that you may never have heard before. Slander is “speech that injures”. Have you injured anyone today?
Wednesday (11/28) – Verse 3 says that a man or woman of integrity does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman. Everyone has neighbors in some venue or another. How do you treat the people that fit that definition in your life? A slur can be a silent rolling of the eyes or a raised eyebrow. Sometimes silence can be a form of lying. Verse 4 says a person of integrity keeps a promise even when it hurts! Do you know anyone who does that today in 2018?
Thursday (11/29) – The next two qualities are not only rare, they maybe something you have never heard of! It is someone who lends money without “usury”, and someone who does not accept bribe against the innocent. Usury (in Biblical times) was charging interest to someone who was borrowing money just to feed his family! Accepting a bribe would refer to what we are willing to do for money. What is the price of our integrity?
Friday (11/30) – We close with a story of a man who committed fraud involving “billions” of dollars, not millions! We quote an author who said that the guilty party hired a lawyer; he said we need a Savior. A man or woman of integrity in 2018 is a person who has a relationship with the One who can give us His integrity and spirit. His name is Jesus! We can’t pass on integrity that we don’t possess!
WHO’S YOUR SHEPHERD?
Message 4, Airing Week of 11/19/2018
Gratitude and Memory
This Week – There’s a connection between gratitude and memory. If you forget what someone has done for you, you’re not real grateful to that person. That’s true in a marriage, a family, and in your relationship with the Living God! But the word “forget” means more than just “ceasing to remember”. It actually has a frightening definition that we discuss this week. It’s a fitting passage for Thanksgiving week.
Monday (11/19) – Psalm 106 says that the people of Israel had forgotten what the Lord had done for them! He delivered them out of slavery, performed one miracle after another, and yet the Psalm writer said they did not remember the many kindnesses and went on to rebel against the Lord! If you’re honest, you can relate to that forgetfulness. So can I!
Tuesday (11/20) – Part of gratitude involves “listening to the Lord”. Listening reminds us to remember and call to mind what the Lord has done. If you have ever taken communion or the Lord’s Supper, the Lord was speaking to you about the cross! Were you listening? If you’ve ever heard a message shared from the Word of God, He was speaking to you! Again, were you listening? We tell a humorous story about listening that you will remember!
Wednesday (11/21) – Today we give the definition of forgetting that some have never heard! Talk to any marriage counselor or psychologist about his or her counseling, and they will tell you that this is one of most serious problems in a marriage. Listen today to hear this definition of forgetting! You may need to hear it for your marriage alone. Your spouse may need to hear it as well.
Thursday (11/22) – We tell a story written by Ben Patterson about two people in his life: an uncle who lived for money and not much else, and his wife’s grandmother who lived for the love of God and family. Ben describes life “whittling their lives down to their essence.” What is left of us is really what we were all along! This is a great thought perhaps for your Thanksgiving dinner today!
Friday (11/23) – Have you ever known someone who has searched for his biological parents? This story that we close with has a “surprise ending”. This man discovered after nine years of searching that he grew up just three blocks from his biological parents! What does that have to do with gratitude? More than you may realize. Gratitude is connected to memory! Your level of gratitude to the Lord is directly related to your memory of what He has done in your life.
WHO’S YOUR SHEPHERD?
Message 3, Airing Week of 11/12/2018
Put Out Your Sign and Stand by It!
This Week – What we believe in life seeps out in conversation, in behavior, and even in people’s perceptions of us. If people are around us enough, they will even pick up some of what we believe spiritually! You’ve picked up impressions of other people just by talking to them. David says in Psalm 14 that God actually is looking for men and women who truly seek the Lord.
Monday (11/12) – We begin with a humorous story of a man selling fish that put a sign in front of his business. His friends told him how to edit his sign to improve it. By the time they all had given him input, his sign was empty! We all have a sign out about our lives. We need to put it out and stand by it! That’s especially true spiritually in what you believe about the Lord God almighty!
Tuesday (11/13) – We actually are looking at one of the top ten verses in all of the Old Testament. Verse 1 of chapter 14 says that “the fool as said in his heart that there is no God!” There are two kinds of atheists in life. There is the “intellectual atheist” and there is the “practical atheist”. We all know both types! You may have been there personally. That’s what we talk about today.
Wednesday (11/14) – The “practical atheist” is a man or woman who has the appearance of a believer, yet in real life lives as if there is no God. We share about a man who said he became an atheist in the same way that a child raised in a Christian home becomes a Christian. It’s very insightful! His parents raised him in an environment that mocked the Lord and His word. It was very natural for him to follow suit!
Thursday (11/15) – Today I share one of most touching stories you may have ever heard about a World War 2 veteran. It’s not only a true story; I knew the man and conducted his funeral. It’s a powerful lesson about God’s hand being on you and me when we trust in Him. It just may speak to you about the God you believe in and His son Jesus Christ. It’s a fitting story to talk about in regards to Psalm 14.
Friday (11/16) – We quote astronomer Carl Sagan and a man by the name of Lincoln who share some of their personal beliefs about the Lord. Although opposite views on the existence of God, both teach us some lessons. Tell me what you “seek after” in life and I’ll tell you what you worship! We worship and adore that which we seek after in the lifespan God given us. What is it that you instinctively seek after in life?
WHO’S YOUR SHEPHERD?
Message 2, Airing Week of 11/5/2018
Overhearing David’s Prayer
This Week – Sometimes we hear more clearly when we “overhear” someone talking who is not speaking to us. It happens all the time. If you have children, they probably overhear more that they hear! We talk about overhearing the prayer of David who was praying his evening prayer, right before retiring for the night. What he prayed just may speak to you in terms of what’s going on in your life right now!
Monday (11/5) – David begins his evening prayer by pleading (not demanding) for the Lord to answer his prayer. Can you remember pleading for the Lord to answer a request or a need? You probably can. He asks the Lord to relieve his distress. We all have distress. It happens in marriage, in raising children, in making a living, and just existing as a human being! Life is distressful in 2018!
Tuesday (11/6) – God responds to our prayer out of His mercy toward us, not because of our track record. I’m grateful for that! We appeal always to the mercy of God; it’s our only basis of appeal. In verse 2, David says that people “love their delusions” and they seek false gods. That describes people in your life; it may describe us to a certain extent. We tell a story that is both humorous and pathetic at the same time to illustrate it.
Wednesday (11/7) – The great delusion of our day is that “man is god”, man is the highest being in the universe. Some of the false gods in our culture includes money, education, and success. What are the false gods in our lives? Verse 4 speaks about anger in your life and mine. We share some thoughts on anger that people said they never heard before. Maybe that will be your response!
Thursday (11/8) – We use an illustration of families, churches, and businesses that are controlled by “mafia- style leadership”. It’s a reference to anger that is used to control, dominate, and manipulate people. According to an author we quote, that’s when mafia- style leadership comes into play. This is the most interesting part of this message in my opinion. Be sure and hear this part of the message!
Friday (11/9) – We close by defining “distress” and the word “relief”. The Bible says that people live all their lives in their fear of death. We tell the true story of two brothers who were tied up with ropes by older boys and left outside in an empty field for hours. They were literally bound in a way there was no release without help! That may describe you and me emotionally or spiritually! God is the God of release and redemption!
WHO’S YOUR SHEPHERD?
Message 1, Airing Week of 10/29/2018
Who’s Your Shepherd?