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On one of my trips to Israel I once saw a man behind a flock of sheep, driving them down the road by holding out two long sticks, one on either side, in an attempt to force them to stay together in front of him. Puzzled that I had never seen a shepherd lead his sheep like that, I asked my guide, Zvi, "Why is that shepherd driving his sheep that way? I've never seen that before." "Oh," he answered. "That's not a shepherd. That's a butcher. He has bought those sheep and now he has to drive them to the slaughterhouse. They won't follow him, because they don't know him. He can't lead them, so he has to drive them."
Shepherds lead from the front. Butchers drive from behind.

1“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. 2But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
7So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 11I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. 17For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.” John 10:1-18 (ESV)
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If you live anywhere near Lexington, join me Sunday 1/17 for the Annual Vigil for Life. Here is the announcement from Right to Life of Central Kentucky:
ANNUAL VIGIL FOR LIFE
On Jan. 17 the 10th Annual Vigil for Life will be held in
downtown Lexington at the Robert F. Stephens District
Courthouse Plaza. The vigil marks the 43rd anniversary of
the infamous Roe vs. Wade Supreme and Doe vs. Bolton
Supreme Court decisions which legalized abortion on
demand throughout all nine months of pregnancy. The
vigil speaker will be well-known teacher and pastor, Dr.
Hershael York. Vigil time is 2-2:30pm. Seating is available
for those unable to stand. Please dress warmly as the
vigil is held outdoors. In case of severe weather, the vigil
will be held indoors at Saints Peter and Paul
School. Parking for this event is available on surrounding
streets as well as in the courthouse annex garage. The
vigil is free and open to the public. This event is
sponsored by Right to Life of Central Kentucky. For
questions, please contact Diana at 859-797-1934.
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A very personal story about my father-in-law.
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In light of recent events, many Christians feel isolated, persecuted, depressed and disappointed. Here's a word from God for those feeling overwhelmed.
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It's nice to be quoted by Challies.
"Every day Noah was building the ark someone told him he was on the wrong side of history." (Hershael York)
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