Like a Shepherd

“Like a shepherd He will tend His flock,
In His arm He will gather the lambs,
And carry them in His bosom;
He will gently lead the nursing ewes.”

Isaiah 40:11

While shepherds watched their flocks by night,
An angel appeared, and God’s glory shone bright.
The angel told the shepherds to not be afraid
Since a proclamation of great joy was being made!
A Savior for all people was born, who was Christ the Lord!
And then more angels praised God for the Baby adored.
Straightway to Bethlehem the shepherds went
To see this One Whom God had sent.
To everyone they saw, they made known what was told
Of God’s gift, Who was cut from the shepherd’s mold.
He would have a flock–the Good Shepherd He would be-
He would die for that flock, both for you and for me.
To rescue and die for the lambs–no greater love
Could have been sent to us from above.
If you’re not yet His lamb, be aware there is danger–
We have need of the Good Shepherd, once a babe in a manger.
Just receive Him as Savior–then learn of His great care
In shepherding your life as you come to Him in prayer.
At Christ’s birth, we were blessed, and God’s message came then—
Of “peace on earth and good will toward men!”

P. A. Oltrogge

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12

“I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy: I came that they might have life and might have it abundantly. I am the Good Shepherd; the Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” John 10:9-11

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:14 (King James Version)

Enforcing Satan’s Defeat

Our Lord Jesus secured Satan’s defeat,
but it’s up to us to turn up the heat, keeping Satan under our feet.
When he tries to put us through fire,
we can turn it around to our heart’s desire
by using God’s Word as the mighty sword
to put Satan to flight as we come toward.
“It is written,” said our Lord, and so should we
be imitators of Him in proclaiming we’re free.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue,” is God’s sure Word,
so speak life and victory ’til circumstances have heard.
Remember when Jesus and his disciples got into a boat,
“Let’s cross over to the other side,” were the Lord’s words to keep them afloat.
But adverse winds caused them to fear and cry out–
“Teacher, don’t you care that we are perishing?” were their words of doubt.
Jesus rebuked the wind and said to it, “Hush, be still!”
But it was faith He then emphasized and sought to instill.
And, likewise, today winds of adversity are familiar to us all,
but when fear rears its head, we must answer with faith’s call.
So make it your confession, “I’ve crossed over to the other side–
and it’s there, in victory, that I abide!”

P. A. Oltrogge

“And, on that day, when evening had come, He said to them, ‘Let us go over to the other side.’ And leaving the multitude, they took Him along with them, just as He was, in the boat; and other boats were with Him. And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up. And He Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they awoke Him and said to Him, ‘Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?’ And being aroused, He rebuked the wind and said to the sea,’Hush, be still.’ And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. And He said to them, ‘Why are you so timid? How is it that you have no faith?’ And they became very much afraid and said to one another, ‘Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?'”

Mark 4:35-41

A Hard Subject

It’s a hard subject; but the truth is, it’s real.
There is a thief who is out to kill, destroy, and steal–
a being who is fallen because of his pride–
a being whose purpose is to conceal and to hide
the true God in Jesus, the Lord over all–
that’s what Satan does because of his fall.

His ways are deceptive, and he wants you to think
there isn’t heaven or hell beyond this life’s brink.
He’s supportive of “gods” of other names–
or “No God at all” is another one of his claims.
Devotion to a religion or philosophy, he’s approved–
especially those endorsing that Jesus’ Lordship be removed.

He draws those he can to reject Christ’s light,
causing more darkness over any spiritual sight.
We all need to leave old things we’ve been taught
when we realize that, through Christ, our souls have been bought.
It’s simply a gift—but you must take and receive it.
Don’t listen to the naysayer, but simply believe it.

Of all time, the Bible is the best selling book–
if you think it’s inaccurate, then take a deeper look.
Please consider studies by Christians who aren’t slacking
in showing us the evidence that gives it absolute backing.
And to be the all-time best seller of books you can buy,
it must have the backing of Someone very high.

Be sober, be vigilant, the Bible warning is strong–
Jesus is The Way—any other way is wrong.

P. A. Oltrogge,

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.'”  John 14:6

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary, the devil, walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.  Resist him, steadfast in the faith….”  1 Peter 5:8-9 (New King James)

“I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy: I came that they might have life and might have it abundantly.” John 10: 9, 10

On the Porch of the Lord

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A place of refreshment, the porch of the Lord…
Pull up a chair, take in spiritual air.
Jesus always has time, and His is the power–
Receive there His touch in this end-time hour.
Like Mary, take time to sit at His feet;
Come to His porch for relief from life’s heat.
Only one thing is needful and truly can please–
His Word and His presence, felt on each breeze.
He offers living water, quenching everyone’s thirst;
And that’s yours there daily, by seeking Him first.
There’s joy on His porch, with your sisters and brothers,
As you find your needs met while caring about others.
The healing and peace which only Christ can bring
Are found there at all times—an everlasting spring.
Taste there His love, so generously poured;
Your “cup will run over” on the porch of the Lord.

P. A. Oltrogge

“Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, ‘Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.’ And Jesus answered and said to her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things; But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.'” Luke 10:38-42 NKJV

“But one thing is needful…” verse 42, KJV