Have you ever logged time on a farm? I have. My grandparents were farmers and many of my childhood summers were spent hanging out and helping out. I walked and worked the fields, swept out corn cribs and chicken coops, milked a cow or two and learned the hard way to never step over an electric fence one leg at a time. One thing I discovered quickly is farms don’t run themselves. In fact behind every really good farm you’ll find a really good farmer. That’s even more true of life!
That’s why I’m excited to tell you about our biggest all church study and campaign of 2018! Our new series is called The Farm: Life Lessons From The Good Shepherd. For the next six weeks we will be looking at The 23rd Psalm and exploring six big benefits that God (our Good Shepherd) wants to give to us (the not always good sheep). In week one we will look at verse one which says that when the Lord is your shepherd you will not always want something else or something more. When God manages our desire to acquire it’s called contentment and it’s wonderful. This Sunday we will learn what true contentment is and isn’t and identify four ways to show it and grow it in our life and relationships.
This is one of the most important life lessons you, your family, your friends or anyone else can learn so be sure to join us and invite a friend along as well. If you’re new to North Ridge feel free to stick around for our Newcomer receptions after the 9:00 AM and 10:45 AM services. We’d love to get to know you, hear your story and tell you a little more about our Good Shepherd and the good flock He has here at North Ridge. Well it’s time for this bird to fly so I’d better let you get back to work. Thanks for taking the time to let me visit with you and I sure hope to see you and your crew at “The Faith Farm” on Sunday. Sure do love you. Have a wonderful weekend.
From One Sheep To Another,
Some Of This Coming Week’s Scripture Passages: (Your One-A-Day Vitamin)
Psalm 23:1-3 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.
Psalm 23:4-5 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.
Psalm 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever
Philippians 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.
James 4:13-15 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
Luke 14:12-14 Then Jesus said to His host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed.
Philippians 4:11b-12 I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.