The Second Shepherd

Who is the second shepherd? To answer that question, let’s turn the page of history back to Ezekiel 34. In this chapter, God rebukes the negligence and grave irresponsibility of the leaders of Israel. They have neglected to care for His people, feeding themselves instead of their flocks. God prophesies that, one day, He will gather His people and bring them back to Israel. This points to the millennial kingdom. However, in verses 23-24, we discover a puzzling prophecy. God promises, 

“And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd. And I the Lord will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the Lord have spoken it.” 

Israel’s second king, David, was a shepherd in his youth. As a king, he cared for his people and led them in right paths. But how could David become their shepherd when, by this time, he had lain in his grave for over three centuries? Who was this second Shepherd?

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Will God Give You More than You Can Handle?

At the most unexpected of times, life has a habit of taking a hammer to our nice little routine. Our comfortable world is broken by heartbreak or illness or tragedy. The people of our church in Sydney Mines have faced these trials. At other times, the burden of responsibility threatens to overwhelm us with stress and fatigue. Often, people try to encourage us by saying, “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” Is this statement consistent with Scripture? Will God give you more than you can handle? Let’s discover the answer in Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians. 

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Why You Need the Oil of Joy: Part Two

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Last week, we learned that Jesus came not only to save us, but also to give with the oil of joy. Why does God compare joy to oil? Just as oil gives us physical energy, joy gives us the strength we need to be faithful. Just as oil is necessary for beauty, joy gives beauty to the one who wears it. Real joy attracts others to us and, through us, to Jesus. But joy also blesses us in other amazing ways.Today, we will discover the final two reasons you need the oil of joy.

3) Like oil, joy lubricates and smooths the rough patches in the road. 

In many industries, oil is used to lubricate machinery. This prevents friction and maintains moving parts in good condition. Read more…