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          It is my goal that the viewer of these photos of mine will sense the true meaning of the verse in the Bible that says,
          "Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD."
          Psalm 150:6

    Tue, Nov 28th - 2:01AM

    The Shepherd's Psalm~Part iii



     

     

    WALKING IN THE OLD PATHS
    Jeremiah 6:16

    The Shepherd's Psalm Part (iii)

    The Lord is my shepherd;
    I shall not want.
    He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
    He leads me beside the still waters.
    He restores my soul;
    He leads me in the paths of righteousness
    For His name's sake.

    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no evil;
    For You are with me;
    Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

    You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
    You anoint my head with oil;
    My cup runs over.
    Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
    All the days of my life;
    And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
    Forever.

    Perhaps you can imagine the scene. In the far distance, the sun shines over the misty blue mountains. Below them lie the upland moors covered with deep rich purple heather and golden yellow gorse. Immediately in front of us, and just beyond the field gate on which you and I are leaning, is a beautiful verdant pasture.

    The grass is lush and wild flowers grow in colorful array. If we stand quietly, we can hear above the soft rustle of the wind, the musical drone of the honey bees as they gather nectar from delicate blooms.

    About five hundred yards away, the cool, clear waters of a river flow serenely and silently towards the distant sea.

    A little flock of sheep, some with lambs, lie peacefully undisturbed near the river's edge. If we were to look at them through our binoculars, we would see them gently chewing their cud as they draw nourishment from the abundant provision of fresh food. They surely are the picture of contentment and tranquillity. This is something like the picture that Psalm 23 calls to my mind.

    "He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters." (Psalm 23:2) Why are the sheep in our little scene so peaceful, so content, so unruffled as they enjoy the warmth of the afternoon sun?

    I think my shepherd friend, Johnny Crawford, would tell us that a flock such as we have described are free from fear, have enough to eat and are not plagued with parasites. If we remove any one of these conditions the sheep will not be at peace.

    Has not God given us a lovely picture in Psalm 23 of the condition of His believing people? In Psalm 95:7, we read "For He is our God; and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand." Every good shepherd will care for his flock, removing the sheep from danger, providing medical treatment to prevent parasites and ensure sufficient food to keep them strong and healthy.

    Our "Good Shepherd" has done so much more for His flock than the best of earthly shepherds. To start with He says to us in John 10:11, "I am the Good Shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep". He paid the ultimate price to purchase His flock and to deliver them from the fear of eternal death. "What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" (Romans 8:32).

    In Christ our shepherd we have all we need for eternity. When we realize that "I am His and He is mine", fears quickly diminish and should fade away. When the Shepherd is present the wolf will seek some other prey. We need not fear man or devil, even if they kill us we shall live with Him.

    If we are aware of His divine presence we will find food abundant for our souls and our spirits will rejoice in the Bread of Life, for He feeds us with food sufficient for our requirements. This He does as we seek to feed on His word and to find Him there. We can, with the Shulamite maiden experience the bounty of His hand. Listen to her words, "He brought me into the banqueting house, and His banner over me was love." (Song of Solomon 2:4) My friends let us feat on the good things of His word as we bask in the sunshine of His love.

    "He leadeth me beside the still waters." Sheep like human beings need more than food to live; both need water if they are to survive. In Revelation 21:6, we read, "And He said to me, 'It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts'."

    What is the water of life? The Lord Jesus when speaking to the woman of Samaria told her of "living water" which if a person drank he or she would never thirst again. "But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life." (John 4:14).

    The Old Testament prophet Isaiah talks about that water in Isaiah 12:2,3 "Many people shall come and say, 'Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths." And the Lord Jesus Christ explains its meaning for us in John 7:37-39, "On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, 'If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.' But this He spoke concerning the Spirit whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified."

    We see then that the water is the Holy Spirit whom we receive by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ the Great Shepherd. The Holy Spirit is needed to give life to those who are dead in sin. He is God's agent in the new birth as we are told in John 3:8 "The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit". And it is His presence that sustains eternal life in all those who come by faith to the Lord Jesus for Salvation. It is He who enables us to become true disciples of the one who loved us unto death; the good shepherd who gave His life for the sheep.

    If you and I are truly united by faith to the great Shepherd we can enjoy peace greater and more beautiful than any earthly scene. No matter what our material blessings or lack of them we have a peace that passes all understanding, food that nourishes for eternity and water that quenches the thirst for satisfaction in a way the broken cisterns of earth cannot satisfy.

    To know this Shepherd is to love Him, and to love Him is to know Him in a way that can only be experienced by His flock. We will close this part of our studies with His gracious invitation as it is found in Isaiah 55:1-3a "Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance. Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live."

    Can you afford to reject this lovely overture of love and mercy? If you are one of His sheep, does not the knowledge of His love thrill your heart and cheer your spirit?




    Jack Scott loved his Lord! He passed away on January 10, 2001 after a lengthy illness.
    He is missed greatly by his family.



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    Mon, Nov 27th - 10:54PM

    O Holy Night



     

     


     





    O Holy Night
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    O Holy night, the stars are brightly shining
    It is the night of our dear Savior's birth
    Long lay the world in sin and error pining
    Til He appeared and the soul felt it's worth
    A thrill of hope the weary world rejoyces
    For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn
    Fall on your knees

    O hear the angel voices
    O night divine!
    O night when Christ was born
    O night divine!
    O night, O night divine!

    And in His Name, all oppression shall cease
    Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we
    Let all within us praise his holy name
    Christ is the Lord!
    Their name forever praise we

    Noel, Noel
    O night, O night Divine
    Noel, Noel
    O night, O night Divine
    Noel, Noel
    O night, O holy Divine





     



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    Sat, Nov 25th - 8:29PM

    Silent Night



     



     




     

    Silent Night, Holy Night
    (Click to hear music)

    There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby,
    keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord
    appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them.
    Luke 2:8-9


    Words: Josef Mohr, circa 1816-1818.
    Stanzas 1 & 3 translated from German to English by John F. Young, 1863;
    translator of stanzas 2 & 4: anonymous

    Music: Franz X. Gruber, circa 1820




    Silent night, holy night,
    All is calm, all is bright
    Round yon virgin mother and Child.
    Holy Infant, so tender and mild,
    Sleep in heavenly peace,
    Sleep in heavenly peace.


    Silent night, holy night,
    Shepherds quake at the sight;
    Glories stream from heaven afar,
    Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
    Christ the Savior is born,
    Christ the Savior is born!


    Silent night, holy night,
    Son of God, love?s pure light;
    Radiant beams from Thy holy face
    With the dawn of redeeming grace,
    Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth,
    Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.


    Silent night, holy night
    Wondrous star, lend thy light;
    With the angels let us sing,
    Alleluia to our King;
    Christ the Savior is born,
    Christ the Savior is born!




     


     



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    Mon, Nov 20th - 11:39AM

    He's the Lily of the Valley



     

     



    The Lily of the Valley

     




     

    Lily of the Valley
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    I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys.
    Song of Solomon 2:1



    Words: Charles W. Fry, 1881; first appeared in the Salvation Army's The War Cry, December 29, 1881.
    Fry wrote the lyrics in Lincoln, England, while working with the Salvation Army there.

    Music: William S. Hays; adapted by Charles W. Fry



     

    I have found a friend in Jesus, He's everything to me,
    He's the fairest of ten thousand to my soul;
    The Lily of the Valley, in Him alone I see
    All I need to cleanse and make me fully whole.
    In sorrow He's my comfort, in trouble He's my stay;
    He tells me every care on Him to roll.


    Refrain
    He's the Lily of the Valley,
    the Bright and Morning Star,
    He's  the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.



    He all my grief has taken, and all my sorrows borne;
    In temptation He's my strong and mighty tower;
    I have all for Him forsaken, and all my idols torn
    From my heart and now He keeps me by His power.
    Though all the world forsake me, and Satan tempt me sore,
    Through Jesus I shall safely reach the goal.


    Refrain


    He will never, never leave me, nor yet forsake me here,
    While I live by faith and do His blessed will;
    A wall of fire about me, I've nothing now to fear,
    From His manna He my hungry soul shall fill.
    Then sweeping up to glory to see His blessed face,
    Where the rivers of delight shall ever roll.


    Refrain

     





     


     



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    Thu, Nov 16th - 12:02AM

    Further Along



     

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    FARTHER ALONG
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    W. B. Stevens


    Tempted and tried we're oft made to wonder
    Why it should be thus all the day long.
    While there are others living about us,
    Never molested though in the wrong.
    Farther along we'll know all about it,
    Farther along we'll understand why;
    Cheer up, my brother, live in the sunshine,
    We'll understand it all by and by.


    When death has come and taken our loved ones,
    It leaves our home so lonely and drear;
    Then do we wonder why others prosper,
    Living so wicked year after year.
    Farther along we'll know all about it,
    Farther along we'll understand why;
    Cheer up, my brother, live in the sunshine,
    We'll understand it all by and by.


    Faithful till death said our loving Master.
    A few more days to labor and wait;
    Toils of the road will then seem as nothing
    As we sweep through the beautiful gate.
    Farther along we'll know all about it,
    Farther along we'll understand why;
    Cheer up, my brother, live in the sunshine,
    We'll understand it all by and by.


    When we see Jesus coming in glory,
    When He comes from His home in the sky;
    Then we shall meet Him in that bright mansion
    We'll understand it all by and by.
    Farther along we'll know all about it,
    Farther along we'll understand why;
    Cheer up, my brother, live in the sunshine,
    We'll understand it all by and by.



    Used by permission of Stamps-Baxter Music & Printing Co.





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    Wed, Nov 15th - 12:12AM

    The Shepherd's Psalm Part 2



    Waiting For His Master

     

    This is a favourite place for Geordie to lie on at the head of Jack's grave. He seems to know that his master was laid to rest there and he just stares and stares....and then he sees a squirrel or some other little animal or big bird to chase and off he goes. But this is a spot he goes to each time we visit or just right on top of the grave itself..

     

     

    WALKING IN THE OLD PATHS
    Jeremiah 6:16

    The Shepherd Psalm--Part (ii)

    The Lord is my shepherd;
    I shall not want.
    He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
    He restores my soul;
    He leads me beside the still waters.
    He restores my soul;
    He leads me in the paths of righteousness
    For His name's sake.

    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no evil;
    For You are with me;
    Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

    You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
    You anoint my head with oil;
    My cup runs over.
    Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
    All the days of my life;
    And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
    Forever.

    In Part (i) of our studies on the wonderful Shepherd Psalm, we looked a little at the character and saving work of the One to whom David referred as "My Shepherd". Before we proceed to examine some of the amazing benefits of being one of His sheep, we shall consider the marks which the sheep carry upon them.

    Phillip Kellar, writing in his book, "A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23", tells how upon purchasing his first little flock of thirty-five ewes, the former owner handed him a large sharp killing knife and remarked, "Well, Phillip, they're yours. Now you'll have to put your mark upon them." This would be a painful experience for each sheep, for it meant parting with a chunk of its ear, cut with Kellar's own chosen design. This peculiar cut would thereafter mark each individual member of the flock out as the shepherd's own property.

    The person who hears the voice of the Good Shepherd and trustingly follows Him must forever bear the Master's Mark. This mark is described for us in Romans 6. We really should read the whole chapter, but for the sake of space, we will quote only a few verses.

    "Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin. Now, if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all: but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:6-12)

    Death to self is demanded and can be a very painful process but it is very necessary. You see the Devil has his own flock, which bares his mark of rebellion and sin. When Christ redeems us He expects to mark us out with His own characteristics of love, obedience and holiness. As we read in II Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new." As someone has said, "We are not saved by our works, but if we are truly saved our works will declare our new relationship to the Lord Jesus Christ."

    We must realize the kind of sheep we once were and remember the flock to which we belonged; "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all." (Isaiah 53:6.). If we also understand the tremendous price He paid for us, then we will not wonder that he demands that we bare his likeness.

    Despite what we were, guilty and lost, wandering on the desolate crags of Satan's domain, He redeemed us, called, us, and made us the sheep of His pasture if we are His by faith. In all His own he takes delight and tends them with loving care. Even in the midst of their trials and difficulties, the Good Shepherd leads His lambs with gentleness and grace. We may sometimes feel that He no longer watches over us, but if we wait upon Him the dark clouds of doubt will dissipate to reveal the sunshine of His tender love.

    Before we begin looking at the blessings of Psalm 23, let us emphasize the Shepherd's mark upon us. In Ephesians 2:8 & 9, we learn that salvation is by grace (unmerited favour) accepted by faith. It is God's gift to us and it is "Not of works lest any man should boast". But that is not the end of the saga, because in verse 10, we read, "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them."

    As James tells us in James 2:26, "For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also."

    What kind of faith do I have? What kind of faith do you have? If nothing has changed since we first professed faith in Christ, a thorough self examination is called for. There are those who believe, or at least appear to believe, that we can trust in the Saviour and continue to live unrepentant lives. The Word of God emphatically teaches otherwise.

    Friend, do you and I have the Shepherd's mark engraved on our hearts? If we can honestly say, "Yes, I have trusted Him and I love Him and seek to follow Him", then we can also truly say, "The Lord is my Shepherd" and from our hearts we can sing:

    The King of love my Shepherd is,
    Whose goodness faileth never;
    I nothing lack if I am His
    And He is mine forever.

    Where streams of living water flow
    My ransomed soul He leadeth,
    And, where the verdant pastures grow,
    With food celestial feedeth.

    Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,
    But yet in love He sought me,
    And on His shoulder gently laid,
    And home rejoicing brought me.

    In death's dark vale I fear no ill
    With Thee, dear Lord, beside me;
    Thy rod and staff my comfort still,
    Thy cross before to guide me.

    And so through all the length of day
    Thy goodness faileth never;
    Good Shepherd, may I sing Thy praise
    Within Thy house for ever.

    "The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want" (Psalm 23:1). "I shall not want". Reassuring words but what do they mean? David had known poverty, heartache and rebellion in his own family. He had been a fugitive and a refugee. Warfare was fairly constant throughout his reign. Friends and loved ones had been unfaithful on more than one occasion. Few if any of us have experienced more difficulty and more troublesome times than David the sweet singer of Israel. Yet he could confidently declare, "The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want".

    If David's eyes had focused only on the things of time, he could have found no solace, no place of rest, no shady green pastures for his soul. David had found that place, where none but the redeemed of God can enter. The place of His presence, the place of peace. "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress. My God; in Him will I trust." (Psalm 91:1, 2).

    If we are dwelling in the secret place of His presence, then we can experience the comforting words of the Psalmist "I shall not want." Perhaps one who is experiencing a difficult situation is asking, "Where is this place of His presence and how can I find it?"

    The answer is not tedious or difficult , "that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height--to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God." (Ephesians 3:17-19).

    If we, by faith, are conscious of the presence of Christ abiding within our hearts we will soon begin to realize the immensity and the immutability of His love for us. Spiritually we need nothing more, and since Christ in us is our hope of glory (See Colossians 1:27), we can truly say, "I shall not want."

    I shall not want peace and joy if I realize His inward presence. If I lose my peace and joy, even in the midst of tribulations it is because, for the moment I have ceased to abide in Him and forgotten His abiding presence in me.

    Although the blessings of the Psalm are relevant to our spiritual state and our spiritual pilgrimage, it is also true that He meets our physical needs as well.

    Our daily provision for food, health and shelter are from His bountiful hand. He may not always give us what we desire, but in grace He meets our needs.

    What a gracious Shepherd He is!

    "Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen." (Hebrews 13:20,21).




    Jack Scott loved his Lord! He passed away on January 10, 2001 after a lengthy illness.
    He is missed greatly by his family.

     

     




     

    The Lord's My Shepherd, I'll Not Want
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    Psalm 23


    The Lord's my shepherd, I'll not want;
    He makes me down to lie
    In pastures green; he leadeth me
    The quiet waters by.


    My soul he doth restore again,
    And me to walk doth make
    Within the paths of righteousness,
    E'en for his own name's sake.


    Yea, though I walk in death's dark vale,
    Yet will I fear no ill:
    For thou art with me, and thy rod
    And staff me comfort still.


    My table thou hast furnished
    In prsence of my foes;
    My head thou dost with oil anoint
    And my cup overflows.


    Goodness and mercy all my life
    Shall surely follow me;
    And in God's house for evermore
    My dwelling-place shall be.




     

     




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    Mon, Nov 13th - 2:28PM

    Victory in Jesus!



     

    THE ROSE

    Here's the URL to see the rose larger if you wish:

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    I'm on my way to Mississauga, (near Toronto) to listen to one of my favourite photographers speak this evening so just posting a photo and a hymn for you all today!

    Enjoy!  This was one of Jack's favourites and we sang it at his "Promotion to Glory" service!

     

     



     




     

    Victory in Jesus
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    Words and Music by Eugene. M. Bartlett



    I heard an old, old story, How a Saviour came from glory,
    How He gave His life on Calvary To save a wretch like me;
    I heard about His groaning, Of His precious blood's atoning,
    Then I repented of my sins And won the victory.


    Chorus:
    O victory in Jesus, My Saviour, forever,
    He sought me and bought me With His redeeming blood;
    He loved me ere I knew Him And all my love is due Him,
    He plunged me to victory, Beneath the cleansing flood.


    I heard about His healing, Of His cleansing pow'r revealing,
    How He made the lame to walk again And caused the blind to see;
    And then I cried "Dear Jesus, Come and heal my broken spirit,"
    And somehow Jesus came and bro't To me the victory.


    Chorus:
    O victory in Jesus, My Saviour, forever,
    He sought me and bought me With His redeeming blood;
    He loved me ere I knew Him And all my love is due Him,
    He plunged me to victory, Beneath the cleansing flood.


    I heard about a mansion He has built for me in glory,
    And I heard about the streets of gold Beyond the crystal sea;
    About the angels singing, And the old, redemption story,
    And some sweet day I'll sing up there The song of victory.


    Chorus:
    O victory in Jesus, My Saviour, forever,
    He sought me and bought me With His redeeming blood;
    He loved me ere I knew Him And all my love is due Him,
    He plunged me to victory, Beneath the cleansing flood.




     


     



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    Sun, Nov 12th - 11:53PM

    God is so good!



     

    Just a simple little song but the words speak volumes!

     

     




     




     

    GOD IS SO GOOD
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    God is so good,
    God is so good,
    God is so good,
    He’s so good to me!

    He cares for me,
    He cares for me,
    He cares for me,
    He’s so good to me!

    I love Him so,
    I love Him so,
    I love Him so,
    He’s so good to me!

    I praise His Name,
    I praise His Name,
    I praise His Name,
    He’s so good to me!




     




     



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    Sat, Nov 11th - 11:49PM

    Psalm 23~Part 1



     

    WILD WALES

     


     

     

     

     

    WALKING IN THE OLD PATHS
    Jeremiah 6:16

    The Shepherd Psalm--Part (i)

    What do you think is the most loved portion of Holy Scripture? It may well be that great Gospel verse "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16). Thousands of children over the centuries have learned it at their mother�s knee. I know I did and so did my children. What a wonderful statement it is. Many people down through the ages, since the Lord Jesus spoke these words, have received the peace and joy of eternal life through realizing their truth.

    Perhaps one day I shall write an article on this grand old theme. But not today. Instead I want us to focus our attention on another great passage of scripture, almost as well loved, and dear to many since David, the shepherd king, was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write its lovely words. The portion of the scripture to which I refer is, as you will probably have guessed from my title, the twenty-third Psalm:

    "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."

    A jewel is best appreciated in all its sparkling beauty when it is viewed against the setting chosen for it by a skilled artisan. This brilliant gem is no different in this respect although more precious than all the world�s lovely stones. What then is the setting chosen for this rare and beautiful rock of divine comfort? Well on the one side we have a prophetic picture of the Shepherd on the cross. See for example, Psalm 22:16-18. This is indeed an example of crucifixion written long before the awful death of crucifixion was invented by wicked minds. On the other side in Psalm 24, we are given a view of our Lord Jesus Christ Our Great Shepherd in His present glory and coming kingdom.

    An old Irish preacher, James Irvine of Newcastle, Co. Down, used to explain it this way... "In Psalm 22, we see the Shepherd on the cross dying for His sheep. In Psalm 23, we have the Shepherd with His crook in his hand defending His sheep while in Psalm 24 we have the Shepherd with the crown on His head ruling His kingdom."

    There is one who died for His people and now lives to reign eternally on the throne of the universe and I can call Him "My Shepherd". Is there anything more lovely, more comforting, more reassuring than this? If we bear this in mind as we study the depths and delights of the "beloved Psalm", its intrinsic value will be appreciated more and more.

    Let us first look at the Person of the Shepherd.
    Who is He, what is His character and what are His attributes? This world and the universe of which it forms a part had a beginning somewhere in the ancient past. This Shepherd of whom the Psalm speaks, entered this world of beginnings, yet He had no beginning. John�s gospel, chapter 1 tells us that in the beginning was the Word. That is, when everything that had a beginning, began, He already existed. He goes on to inform us that the Word was God and was with God and then, Oh glorious truth, we learn that "the Word became flesh and dwelt among us."
    (John 1:14).

    Mary was given the inestimable privilege of becoming the virgin mother of the humanity of our Lord, but in His eternal being as deity, He had no mother, no birth, no beginning. He always was and is the second person of the Godhead. He is also "My Shepherd." He is and always has been absolute in holiness, unlimited in knowledge, power and glory. Yet if we are of His flock, we can say with full confidence, "The Lord is My Shepherd."

    When our Lord walked upon the green hills of Israel in the days of His flesh, He said, "I am the good Shepherd: the good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheep." (John 10:14). This is why it is so appropriate that the Shepherd Psalm is placed directly after a Psalm which prophesied the awful events of Mount Calvary.

    You see, my dear friends, we cannot claim the wonderful blessings of the Shepherd Psalm unless, we have trusted Him in His life-giving death and are thereby counted among His sheep. The words of the Lord Jesus Christ as recorded in John�s Gospel, 10:26-30 are very important.

    "But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father's hand. I and My Father are one."

    Have you believed in Him as your personal Saviour and Lord? He does not call on us to place our faith in anyone other than Himself. He does not tell us to hope in the apostles or any other persons, no matter how holy, blessed and exalted they may be. It is He who has loved us unto death. It is He who has borne our sins and carried our sorrows. It is only He who saves us from sin and to such as trust the good Shepherd, He gives eternal life, and they shall never perish.

    Even if there were no other blessing to be found in Christ, this by itself would be wonderful news for sinners. Yet there are a multitude of blessings in store for all who come to Him for salvation from the penalty and the power of sin.

    Many years ago, Thomas Kelly wrote a fine hymn which very nicely expresses the wonderful work that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished in His role as "The Good Shepherd."

    We'll sing of the Shepherd that died,
    That died for the sake of the flock;
    His love to the utmost was tried,
    But firmly endured as a rock.

    When blood from a victim must flow,
    This Shepherd, by pity, was led
    To stand between us and the foe,
    And willingly die in our stead.

    Our song then for ever should be
    Of the Shepherd who gave Himself thus;
    No subjects so glorious as He,
    No themes so affecting to us.

    We'll sing of such subjects alone,
    None other our tongues shall employ,
    Till fully His love becomes known
    In yonder bright regions of joy.

    Can you honestly say, "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want" for time and for eternity?

    God willing we will continue our study in Psalm 23 next week as we examine some of the blessings we can experience in Him on life's path.

    If you are not sure of your eternal future, please feel free to email me your surface mail address and I shall send you a helpful booklet without charge or obligation of any kind.




    Jack Scott loved his Lord! He passed away on January 10, 2001 after a lengthy illness.
    He is missed greatly by his family.

     

     




     

    The Lord's My Shepherd, I'll Not Want
    (Click to hear music)

    Psalm 23


    The Lord's my shepherd, I'll not want;
    He makes me down to lie
    In pastures green; he leadeth me
    The quiet waters by.


    My soul he doth restore again,
    And me to walk doth make
    Within the paths of righteousness,
    E'en for his own name's sake.


    Yea, though I walk in death's dark vale,
    Yet will I fear no ill:
    For thou art with me, and thy rod
    And staff me comfort still.


    My table thou hast furnished
    In prsence of my foes;
    My head thou dost with oil anoint
    And my cup overflows.


    Goodness and mercy all my life
    Shall surely follow me;
    And in God's house for evermore
    My dwelling-place shall be.




     

     

    Sheep on the Mountainside in North Wales


     


     



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    Fri, Nov 10th - 8:03PM

    Jesus Loves Me This I Know (and our grandchildren)!



     

     


     




     

    Jesus Loves Me
    (Click to hear music)

    I pray that you…may have power…to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.
    Ephesians 3:17-18


    Words: Anna B. Warner and David Rutherford McGuire.
    Music: William B. Bradbury



    Jesus loves me! This I know,
    For the Bible tells me so.
    Little ones to Him belong;
    They are weak, but He is strong.

    Refrain
    Yes, Jesus loves me!
    Yes, Jesus loves me!
    Yes, Jesus loves me!
    The Bible tells me so.


    Jesus loves me! This I know,
    As He loved so long ago,
    Taking children on His knee,
    Saying, "Let them come to Me."


    Refrain

    Jesus loves me still today,
    Walking with me on my way,
    Wanting as a friend to give
    Light and love to all who live.

    Refrain

    Jesus loves me! He who died
    Heaven’s gate to open wide;
    He will wash away my sin,
    Let His little child come in.

    Refrain

    Jesus loves me! He will stay
    Close beside me all the way;
    Thou hast bled and died for me,
    I will henceforth live for Thee.

    Refrain


    Jesus loves me when I'm good,
    When I do the things I should,
    Jesus loves me when I'm bad,
    Even though it makes him sad.


    Refrain

     



     

     

    Today, I thought I'd just share with you a photo of my little grandson.  He's the biggest tease of his grandma.  He's always trying to figure out a way to tease me.  Here's one of those situations, dirty face and all.  Click on the link below the photo and you'll see him probably a little larger than life! 

     

    Click this URL to see larger:

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    Here's what he was up to.

    Geordie, my border collie love to go and see him but this night, he was getting dressed and Geordie stopped him short when he tried putting snow boots on him.

     

    PAT, RESCUE ME!

     

    Please pray with me that this lovely little grandson of mine will grow up to know the Lord Jesus as his personal Saviour. 

     



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    Thu, Nov 9th - 9:26PM

    Let us Remember...



     




     

    At the eleventh hour of the
    eleventh day of the eleventh month...




     

    A Pittance of Time
    by Terry Kelly

    (Click to download video
    Will take time as it's large)



     

    They fought and some died for their homeland
    They fought and some died now it's our land
    Look at his little child, there's no fear in her eyes
    Could he not show respect for other dads who have died?

    Take two minutes, would you mind?
    It's a pittance of time
    For the boys and the girls who went over
    In peace may they rest, may we never forget why they died.
    It's a pittance of time

    God forgive me for wanting to strike him
    Give me strength so as not to be like him
    My heart pounds in my breast, fingers pressed to my lips
    My throat wants to bawl out, my tongue barely resists

    But two minutes I will bide
    It's a pittance of time
    For the boys and the girls who went over
    In peace may they rest, may we never forget why they died.
    It's a pittance of time

    Read the letters and poems of the heroes at home
    They have casualties, battles, and fears of their own
    There's a price to be paid if you go, if you stay
    Peace is fought for and won in numerous ways

    Take two minutes would you mind?
    It's a pittance of time
    For the boys and the girls all over
    May we never forget our young become vets
    At the end of the line it's a pittance of time

    It takes courage to fight in your own war
    It takes courage to fight someone else's war
    Our peacekeepers tell of their own living hell
    They bring hope to foreign lands that the hatemongers can't kill.

    Take two minutes, would you mind?
    It's a pittance of time
    For the boys and the girls who go over
    In peacetime our best still don battle dress
    And lay their lives on the line.
    It's a pittance of time

    In Peace may they rest,
    lest we forget why they died.
    Take a pittance of time



    2001 All rights reserved
     
     
     

     



    Do you have anyone who is special to you either in your past or at the present time that you'd like to remember on November 11?

    Or do you have family members or friends who are still serving their country and absent from the family circle?

    Share your thoughts and memories.

    And let's remember to have our two minutes of silence this year, in whatever country we reside in, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.  It's just a 'pittance of time'.









     

    In Flanders Fields
    by John McCrae, May 1915

    In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the Crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up your quarrel with the foe;
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep,
    though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.
     




     



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    Thu, Nov 9th - 8:45PM

    Let us Remember...



     




     

    At the eleventh hour of the
    eleventh day of the eleventh month...




     

    A Pittance of Time
    by Terry Kelly

    (Click to download video
    Will take time as it's large)



     

    They fought and some died for their homeland
    They fought and some died now it's our land
    Look at his little child, there's no fear in her eyes
    Could he not show respect for other dads who have died?

    Take two minutes, would you mind?
    It's a pittance of time
    For the boys and the girls who went over
    In peace may they rest, may we never forget why they died.
    It's a pittance of time

    God forgive me for wanting to strike him
    Give me strength so as not to be like him
    My heart pounds in my breast, fingers pressed to my lips
    My throat wants to bawl out, my tongue barely resists

    But two minutes I will bide
    It's a pittance of time
    For the boys and the girls who went over
    In peace may they rest, may we never forget why they died.
    It's a pittance of time

    Read the letters and poems of the heroes at home
    They have casualties, battles, and fears of their own
    There's a price to be paid if you go, if you stay
    Peace is fought for and won in numerous ways

    Take two minutes would you mind?
    It's a pittance of time
    For the boys and the girls all over
    May we never forget our young become vets
    At the end of the line it's a pittance of time

    It takes courage to fight in your own war
    It takes courage to fight someone else's war
    Our peacekeepers tell of their own living hell
    They bring hope to foreign lands that the hatemongers can't kill.

    Take two minutes, would you mind?
    It's a pittance of time
    For the boys and the girls who go over
    In peacetime our best still don battle dress
    And lay their lives on the line.
    It's a pittance of time

    In Peace may they rest,
    lest we forget why they died.
    Take a pittance of time



    2001 All rights reserved
     
     
     

     



    Do you have anyone who is special to you either in your past or at the present time that you'd like to remember on November 11?

    Or do you have family members or friends who are still serving their country and absent from the family circle?

    Share your thoughts and memories.

    And let's remember to have our two minutes of silence this year, in whatever country we reside in, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.  It's just a 'pittance of time'.









     

    In Flanders Fields
    by John McCrae, May 1915

    In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the Crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up your quarrel with the foe;
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep,
    though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.
     




     



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    Wed, Nov 8th - 6:36PM

    The Rose



     

    THE ROSE

    See this photo larger if you wish:

    http://www.photography-cafe.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10002/DSCN3465b.jpg

     


     




     

    WHAT A FRIEND
    (Click to hear music)
    Tune: The Rose

    Traditional Tune: Charles C. Converse, 1832-1918

     


    What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
    What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
    O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
    All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.



    Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
    We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.
    Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?
    Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.



    Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?
    Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer.
    Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer!
    In His arms He?ll take and shield you; you will find a solace there.



    Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised Thou wilt all our burdens bear
    May we ever, Lord, be bringing all to Thee in earnest prayer.
    Soon in glory bright unclouded there will be no need for prayer
    Rapture, praise and endless worship will be our sweet portion there.




     



     



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    Mon, Nov 6th - 12:23AM

    All Hail King Jesus!



     

     



     




     

    All hail King Jesus
    (Click to hear music)



    "Let them praise
    thy great and terrible name;
    for it is holy."

    Psalm 99:3



    All hail King Jesus,
    All hail Emmanuel
    King of Kings,
    Lord of Lords,
    Bright Morning Star.
    And throughout eternity,
    I'll sing Your Praises,
    And I'll reign with You
    throughout eternity.


    (repeat 2 times)




     



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