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November 8, 2020
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Dr. Jack Graham's mission is to glorify God by introducing Jesus Christ to as Lord to all people.

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  • Hello everyone, and thisis a very special edition of
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  • PowerPoint. Typically, ofcourse, we in our pulpit at our
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  • wonderful worship center inPlano, Texas. But we thought we
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  • would take a few weeks to juststudy the great Twenty-third
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  • Psalm. And I wanted to lookright into this camera and right
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  • into your living room or yourhand-held device... however
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  • you're watching this, and justspeak with you and bring you
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  • messages from... well, theTwenty-third Psalm which, of
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  • course, is the classic psalm ofthe Bible. Most of us know the
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  • Twenty-third Psalm very well. Welearned it as children. I know I
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  • did; I'm sure you did as well.It's been quoted on
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  • battlefields; it has been sharedat funerals; talked about at
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  • weddings; and of course, at theend of life many people rely on
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  • the Twenty-third Psalm andespecially when we "walk through
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  • the valley of the shadow ofdeath". But what a great psalm
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  • this is! Six verses, and we'regoing to take them one by one
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  • over the next several weeks. Andit's been described as six
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  • strings on a harp. Of course,the psalms are songs. They're
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  • songs of the people; they'resongs that God has delivered to
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  • us, and particularly through thepen and the penmanship and the
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  • inspiration of the Holy Spiritthrough David. David who was
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  • himself a shepherd, grew up inthe shepherd fields outside of
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  • Bethlehem. He ultimately as ashepherd became a singer. I've
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  • often thought as to how Davidcomposed so many of these
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  • psalms... songs that are writtenin God's Word. No doubt as a
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  • young boy... as a shepherd boy,he looked out in the starlit
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  • nights on Bethlehem's hillsidesand he contemplated the
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  • greatness of God. He would saythings like [Psalm 8:4] "O God,
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  • what is man? What am I? Who am Ithat you are mindful of us?"
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  • And, of course, on and on... heexpressed his emotions and his
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  • fears, his anxieties, as well ashis hopes and his aspirations,
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  • and it's all worship. No wonderDavid is called "[1 Samuel
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  • 13:14] "a man after God's ownheart." He wasn't a perfect man
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  • by any means, and he sinned andsinned greatly, but he was also
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  • forgiven in a great way by thegrace of God. But ultimately
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  • David the shepherd, the singer,became the sovereign, the
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  • shepherd king of Israel. He wasalso a soldier, fighting the
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  • great giant Goliath and, ofcourse, leading armies
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  • throughout battlefields in theMiddle East. And so David!
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  • What... what a man was this man.So when you consider his own
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  • heart for God... when youconsider how he contemplated who
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  • God is and he often did this inScripture, but ultimately he
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  • reflects on God as the Shepherd.And that's why Psalm 23, verse 1
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  • says: 1) The Lord is myshepherd; I shall not want...
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  • The Lord is my shepherd; I shallnot want. David, whom I believe
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  • was looking back as olderveteran now, believer, as he had
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  • followed the Lord, the heavenlyShepherd all of his life, and
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  • he's looking back. There's justno question in my mind that this
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  • was not written early in David'scareer. It's not even at
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  • mid-life, but looking back. Anexperienced, a mature man now, a
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  • great man. He's thinking aboutwho is God and what is God like.
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  • And of all the experiences oflife and the many trails that I
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  • have trekked with Him, who isHe? "The Lord is my Shepherd."
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  • And he said, "I shall not want."Amazing, isn't it? When
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  • God wanted to communicate thisbeautiful testimony of His care
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  • for us, He made it simple, Hemade it sweet, He made it short.
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  • Again, a harp with six strings.We need peace, protection,
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  • security, stability... We'vejust come out of a rough and
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  • tumble political campaign, anelection. The division... Of
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  • course, we've been going throughthis pandemic through these
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  • (this) year. People areconcerned about their future and
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  • the chaos that's going on allaround us. And if there was ever
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  • a time we needed some simplicityand some serenity, it is right
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  • now. So what... what animportant time to study Psalm
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  • 23. Of course, we turn to Psalm23 when life is difficult, when
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  • life is hard. And we all knowthat life can be hard. We live
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  • in these chaotic times when itseems that everything is
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  • changing, but I... I'll tell youwhat hasn't changed; I'll tell
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  • you who hasn't changed, and thatis the One who is our Shepherd.
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  • And our Shepherd, according toJesus Himself, is the Lord our
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  • Shepherd, Jesus our Savior.Jesus our Savior is Jesus our
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  • Shepherd. And that is Good News!The Shepherd has not changed.
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  • This psalm was written 3000years ago! But it is as fresh as
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  • this morning. And our Shepherd,our Savior, according to Hebrews
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  • 13, verse 8, "is the sameyesterday, today and forever."
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  • And what the Savior/Shepherd didfor David the king, He will do
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  • for you and me. "The Lord is myShepherd." He is again, looking
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  • back and remembering thefaithfulness of God, and the
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  • blessing of God. It's all aboutabundance; how God abundantly
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  • provides for us. Especially toknow that we can simply trust in
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  • a very simple way, a simplefaith. "Simply trusting" the old
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  • song goes... "Simply trustingevery day." I was thinking, it's
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  • sort of like floating in a pool.If you want to float in a
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  • pool... Remember when youlearned how to float in a pool?
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  • The way you float in a pool isjust to relax and let... and let
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  • the weight of the water carryyou. If you fight... if you
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  • resist... If you say, well, theway to float in a pool is to try
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  • really, really hard... That's noway to float! The way to float
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  • in a pool is to simply relaxyour body and let the water
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  • carry you. And you rest there.And to me that's a lot like
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  • trusting God. It's not justtrying. So many people think the
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  • Christian life is trying harderand harder and harder, and
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  • resisting and working harder.No, it's letting the weight of
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  • Christ hold you up; it's lettingthe Good Shepherd carry you
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  • through. Trusting is likefloating and it's just giving up
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  • and giving in. I'm talking aboutsurrendering and yielding our
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  • lives to the Lord who is ourgood and great Shepherd. Many
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  • say the Lord is my Savior; Ihope you can say that. At the
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  • close of this message I'm goingto give you an opportunity to
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  • put your trust and faith in theSavior. I hope there's been a
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  • time and a place in your lifewhen you've opened your heart to
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  • say "Jesus, be my Savior and bemy Lord." But this psalm is not
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  • so much about Jesus the Savior,but about Jesus the Shepherd,
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  • and how the Savior Jesus carriesall of us along, and leads us
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  • and guides us and guards us andprotects us and provides for us.
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  • All the things that we're goingto discover in this little
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  • study, this meditation of Psalm23. And one thing I would
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  • encourage you to do and that isto meditate on these words and
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  • also to memorize. Perhaps you'dwant to put them on your iPhone
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  • or your hand-held device andjust put the words there and
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  • look at them, or maybe writethem on cards, write them
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  • somewhere where you can seethem. If you haven't memorized
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  • these words or if maybe you'velet them slide and you're not
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  • remembering them all these days,I want to encourage you to
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  • meditate upon God's Word, and wedo that by memorizing and then
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  • turning it over and over andpersonalizing the Scripture and
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  • making it our own. "The Lord ismy Shepherd." And that reminds
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  • me to tell you that this is sovery, very personal. "The Lord
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  • is my Shepherd." Not a shepherd,not the shepherd, but my
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  • Shepherd. And you cannot say theLord is my Shepherd until you
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  • first say the Lord is my Savior.Then when Jesus is your Savior,
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  • He begins shepherding youthrough life. Now when you look
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  • at the very first verse, it says"The Lord is my shepherd" and
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  • you may note in your translationof the Bible that all the
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  • letters in LORD are capitalized.And that is because... and this
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  • is true in most authorizedversions of Scripture that the
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  • word LORD is capitalized becausethis is referencing the personal
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  • and covenant name of God, thesacred name of God, the eternal
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  • name of God. It was the name ofGod that was revealed to Moses
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  • at the burning bush, When Moseswas there in the very presence
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  • of God. And what did God saywhen Moses asked, "When I go
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  • before Pharaoh who shall I saysent me?" And God said to him,
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  • "Tell him, I AM sent me." Andthere it is... the I AM! That's
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  • the covenant name of God, that'sthe word which means eternal
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  • God, eternal Lord and Savior.That name is so sacred that
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  • orthodox Jewish people would noteven say it out loud except in
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  • particular times of the year. Ifthey wrote it in transcribing
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  • the Scripture... if they wrotethe name Yahweh or you may know
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  • it as Jehovah. I AM. They wouldthen throw away the writing
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  • instrument because they hadwritten the sacred name of God.
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  • It is precious, it is pure andit is powerful. I AM... It
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  • speaks of the eternal presenceof God. So when it says "The
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  • Lord is my Shepherd", the Lordis the Eternal One, the Ever
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  • present One, [Hebrews 13:8] "thesame yesterday, today and
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  • forever." And therefore, thisLord... the God of heaven... He
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  • is the one who provides for ourevery need, and shepherds us
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  • through life's wilderness andthrough life's mountain peaks as
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  • well. "The Lord is my Shepherd."The Lord is... and that just
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  • kind of says it all rightthere... The Lord is. He exists;
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  • He's eternal. There was a greatpreacher by the name S. M.
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  • Lockridge. His full name isShadrach Meshach Lockridge. A
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  • great name. He was a Baptistpastor out in the San Diego area
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  • and I heard him preach a messageone time. An incredible
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  • preacher, orator, great contentto what he said. But he preached
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  • a message just on three wordsright out of this passage. The
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  • Lord is... And then he saidthis. He said, "You know, the
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  • Lord is. He always is is; Healways has been is; and He
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  • always will be is." And then Hesaid, "You know that's not
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  • necessarily good grammar but youcan't worry about the grammar
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  • when you're talking about theLord." Ha, it's true! The Lord
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  • is I AM. And in one way, youknow, the idea of I AM ... and
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  • Jesus took the great I AM namefor Himself many, many times.
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  • This is what got Him in bigtrouble with the religious crowd
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  • in Jerusalem because when Hewould say I AM the Good Shepherd
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  • as He did... when He said I AMthe Bread of heaven... when He
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  • would say I AM the True Vine,when He would say I AM the Water
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  • of life. Again, and again, Heascribed to Himself this
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  • covenant name of God. This iswhy He was accused of blasphemy.
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  • The Lord is the great I AM. Andin one way it is a kind of fill
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  • in the blank. When Jesus waswalking on the... on the water
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  • and He came to them walking onthe water in the middle of that
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  • storm. You remember that storyif you know your Bible. Jesus is
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  • walking on the water and He saidto them, "Do not be afraid; I
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  • AM!" In the midst of the stormsJesus says "I AM." I AM what? He
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  • is totally God; He is God who isforever God. But He's also
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  • saying fill in the blank. Iam... whatever your need may be.
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  • You fill in the blank. I amstrength for your weakness and I
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  • am health for your sickness andI am... I am grace for your sin,
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  • I am love for hate. All thegreatness of God, the glory of
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  • God is in this little phrase.The Lord is ... the Lord is. And
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  • so therefore, we can know thatwhen He is our Shepherd, He is
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  • with us forever as we trust inHim. This is very, very personal
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  • as I was saying. And you need tobe able to say I know that I
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  • know that the Lord is myShepherd.
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  • [Music]
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  • I'm standing
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  • by this beautiful river in theColorado Rockies and reflecting
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  • on the goodness of God. As weare learning in the 23rd Psalm
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  • about the Good Shepherd I hopeyou begin to realize in order
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  • for you to truly break free fromfear, anxiety, you must admit
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  • something that is very humblingfor all of us and that is, we
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  • are sheep. You know, if a sheepwere dying of thirst and arrived
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  • at this river it would not evendrink from these pure, beautiful
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  • refreshing rivers due to thefear of moving water. But if the
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  • sheep were in the care of a goodshepherd that shepherd would use
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  • his bare hands or stones, acrook to divert some of the
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  • rushing river into a pool ofstill waters and this is the
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  • lesson for all of us: We'redying of spiritual and emotional
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  • thirst but our fear, so manyanxieties keep us from drinking
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  • what we so desperately need. So,if you are fearful and thirst,
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  • call on the Good Shepherd and Hewill quiet your fears and create
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  • for you still waters. Thanks forthe amazing support that you
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  • give us at PowerPoint. It'sgenerous friends like you that
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  • enable us to boldly broadcastthe gospel on air and online at
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  • a time when our world is well,filled with so much anxiety and
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  • fear. There is a solution to thefears you face and that is the
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  • power of God's word and the HolySpirit who comforts us from
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  • within. So, today I want to sendyou a resource to help you
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  • Now
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  • here's an interesting thingabout Psalm 23. It's actually a
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  • part of a trilogy... threepsalms, back to back to back,
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  • 22, 23, 24. And each one ofthese three psalms connected in
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  • the psalter, the psalms had todo with the work of the Lord,
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  • the work of Jesus Christ. Whenyou read Psalm 22, it is as
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  • though the writer is standing atthe foot of the cross because
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  • he's speaking... It even begins"My God, my God, why have You
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  • forsaken me?" And, of course,these are words that Jesus spoke
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  • from the cross. And when youread Psalm 22 it's clearly a
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  • portrait of the cross and aprophecy of the Savior's, the
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  • Shepherd's cross and Hissuffering on the cross for us.
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  • When you flip over to Psalm 24,that's all about the Shepherd's
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  • crown, the Savior's crownbecause it's speaking of the
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  • Lord's return and the Lord'sreign and how Jesus is
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  • sovereign. How Jesus suffers inPsalm 22 and how Jesus
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  • sovereignly reigns in Psalm 24.But right in the middle between
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  • the past... what Jesus did forus on the cross... and the
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  • future... what will happen whenJesus returns again and His
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  • throne is established. "Yourthrone forever and ever." In the
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  • middle of that is life, isn'tit? In the middle of this is the
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  • wilderness in which we walk.Like sheep we need a shepherd,
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  • and so this is the Lord. Someonedescribed it as the Lord's
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  • cross, the Lord's crook... theShepherd's crook, and the Lord's
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  • crown. So that's a very powerfultruth. When David says of the
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  • Shepherd, the Lord, that'stalking about Jesus because
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  • Jesus is the Lord. He claimedthis in John chapter 10. He
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  • said, "I am the Good Shepherdwho gives His life for the
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  • sheep." So when you're talkingabout God... when you're talking
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  • about the Lord, you're talkingabout Jesus right here and right
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  • now. [I] Know there's a lot ofGod talk sometimes. We hear it
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  • from people on the street.Sometimes we hear it from
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  • politicians. There's a lot oftalk, even God talk, and there's
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  • been debate about who said Godenough in certain conventions...
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  • political conventions and so on.And I'm always grateful for the
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  • name of God to be honored and tobe spoken publicly. I really am.
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  • I'm so glad that in the motto ofthis country it says: In God we
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  • trust. And in our Pledge ofAllegiance it tells us that we
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  • are "one nation under God, underGod." Because if we become one
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  • nation without God, we will nolonger be a great nation. We
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  • need to be a nation under God.So the name of God. I like
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  • [chuckle] the name of God, ofcourse. But really sometimes I'm
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  • not all that impressed whenpeople bounce around the name of
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  • God in a flippant way, or evenin a political way, and they
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  • never mention the name of Jesus.I tell what impresses me is when
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  • someone talks about Jesusbecause they're identifying
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  • their own personal faith inJesus Christ... their
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  • relationship with God throughJesus Christ. So if you're
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  • talking about God, if you'retalking about the Lord right
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  • here, the Shepherd, you'retalking about Jesus. David the
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  • sweet singer of Israel, ispraising God, our loving and
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  • living Lord, who supplies all ofour needs. As Philippians 4:19
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  • says, "according to His richesin glory in Jesus Christ." I
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  • really am glad that He said thatGod supplies our needs according
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  • to His riches in glory in JesusChrist, not out of but according
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  • to. You say, "well, what's thedifference?" Well, it's a big
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  • difference. If you asked me forsome money, a loan and I said to
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  • you, "Okay, I'll give you aloan" and I reach in to my
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  • pocket and I find a dollar billand I hand you a dollar bill,
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  • and say, "Okay, be blessed."That would be giving out of my
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  • riches because I got more moneythan that. Not a lot of money
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  • but I got more money than adollar. But if I was really
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  • going to give you according tomy riches, maybe I'd give you my
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  • debit card or a credit card andsay... We used to say a blank
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  • check, we don't write manychecks these days, do we? But I
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  • could just give you my debitcard and say simply, you know,
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  • "Here it is; whatever you wantis yours." Now that would
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  • generous giving; that would beover the top giving; that would
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  • be giving according to myriches, not just out of my
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  • riches. And God didn't just tipus a little bit when He promised
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  • to meet our needs. He said, "Allthat I am is yours. And all that
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  • I have belongs to you." When Iwas a kid at youth camp, we
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  • learned a song that said, "Ibelong to the God of the
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  • mountain; I belong to the God ofthe sea; I belong to the God of
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  • the universe, and He belongs tome." That personal note in that
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  • song is the personal note inthis great Shepherd song. The
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  • Lord belongs to us and we belongto Him. We are the sheep of His
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  • pasture. And He promises to meetour every need. "The Lord is my
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  • Shepherd; I shall not want." TheGod who created us and made us
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  • is our Shepherd and leads us inall the days of our lives, from
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  • the womb to the tomb. The Godwho made you, who created you,
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  • who formed you in your mother'swomb. Life is sacred. Life
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  • begins in the womb. And the Godwho made you there will be with
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  • you all the days of your lifefrom the womb all the way to the
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  • tomb when you follow Jesus theShepherd. The God who made you,
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  • loves you. The God who came tothis world, the Savior who so
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  • loved the world that He gave hisown life on the cross for us.
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  • [John 15:13] "No greater lovethan this: that a man would lay
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  • down his life for His friends."The same Savior-Shepherd who
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  • rose again on the third day andone day will return as King of
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  • kings and Lord of lords. That isthe Shepherd we're talking
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  • about. How do you know if you'refollowing the Shepherd? Well,
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  • you may want to take your Biblesand just turn with me to John
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  • 10:27... John 10 and verse 27.And here Jesus is referencing
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  • Himself as the Shepherd. Andhere's what He says about the
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  • security and, yes, the serenityand the peace and the promise
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  • that comes from following Him.He says, "My sheep hear My
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  • voice, and I know them, and theyfollow Me." How do you know if
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  • you're a Christian? How do youknow if you are a believer in
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  • the Lord Jesus Christ? Jesustells us right here. "My sheep
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  • hear My voice." In other words,the Spirit of God through God's
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  • Word (the Scriptures) speaks tous and we listen. If you are one
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  • of God's sheep, you listen toyour Shepherd. And He is
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  • speaking and He is talking toyou. And He says, "I know them."
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  • A lot of people may say, "Oh, Iknow Jesus. I know God." But
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  • they really know about God; theydon't really know Jesus, because
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  • Jesus says, "I know My sheep." Ican tell you... I can try to
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  • impress you with celebrities Iknow. You know, famous people I
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  • know. I know such and such. Idon't really know them. The
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  • question is: Does that personknow me? I can say, well, you
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  • know, I... I know GeorgeWashington. Well, I don't really
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  • know George Washington; I knowabout George Washington. George
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  • Washington certainly didn't knowme. But I say that to say Jesus
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  • said if you're a Christian Iknow you... I know your name
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  • because you listen to Me, andhere's the key word: He said
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  • they follow Me. Believers followJesus. Follow the Good
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  • Shepherd, the Great Shepherd,the Gracious Shepherd.
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  • So who is yourshepherd? Who do you follow? Do
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  • you follow your partner... yourhusband, your wife? Do you
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  • follow your psychologist? Do youfollow a professor... what
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  • someone is teaching you? Do youfollow your parents? Do you
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  • follow your priest? Do youfollow your pastor? The question
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  • is: Do you follow Jesus? It'sgood to have the input and the
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  • influence of others who arebelievers in our lives, but we
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  • don't follow anyone but Jesus.Do you listen and follow your
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  • friends? So many people justlisten to the culture. What's
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  • the culture say? How am I tolive? And we've got all these
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  • trends and so-called truths ofevery generation. Are you
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  • following the latest trend? Thelatest truth that comes along?
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  • Or are you following Jesus? Areyou following what people say or
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  • listening to what God says?Psalm 23 reminds us at the very
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  • outset that the only one worthyour life... the only one worth
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  • following is Jesus the Savior,the Shepherd. "The Lord is my
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  • Shepherd." Can you say that? Canyou trust Him? Will you trust
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  • Him right now?
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