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A Word to the Shorn

One of the most significant experiences in the life of a sheep is in springtime when they need to be shorn. A word of encouragement to those enduring a long season of shearing. We look at a sheep shearing festival in the life of of King David. I Samuel 25:7

A Word to the Shorn I & II

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i Call You Friends
I Call You Friends


John 15. A paradigm shift, when something radically happens in your view…Jesus call us "friends.


The Beauty of Safety

All of our lives are a search for safety in people, places and things. We have legitimate needs. Sometimes we meet them in illegitimate ways, but all of our hungers are reducible to safety. Psalm 61:1, 3.

2 part series:
The Beauty of Safety


The Barren Womb – Needs Met by Single Instances of Grace

The Barren Womb – Needs Met by Single Instances of Grace

Some needs require only one answer.  The barren womb represents just such longings.  In the case of the barren womb, a child would be a full and complete answer. Think of the last time God brought one complete answer in response to a prayer.  What you experienced was a single instance of grace!

The Dry Earth – Needs Met Only by a Continual Outpouring of Specified Provision

 Some needs are so deep that they require an inundation of blessing.  The dry earth speaks to us of needs which can also be met, yet which require more than single instances of grace.  Like thirsty ground, some needs require an inundation over extended periods of time.  If we confuse these types of need with those met by single instances of grace, great confusion and frustration will be the result.



Fire – Needs That Are Met Only Through Abstinence

Some needs can only be met by not engaging them at all.  The imagery of fire is unique in all of the above types of need.  Fire singes all that comes near it, consuming all combustibles in its path.  Fire I take to be the universal symbol of  lust: the fire, which is never put out but is only enlarged through indulgence.  The fires of lust, in any form, can only be conquered by never engaging them to begin with, i.e. total abstinence!

For instance, the heroin addict with ten years sobriety can never again be a ‘recreational’ heroin user.  To touch such a powerful drug would be to feed the flames of lust all over again!  The only way to beat such an opponent is to never get into the ring with him at all.

Is your present need able to be met only in the world to come?  If so, then this is a grave need. 

Can your present need be met by a single instance of Grace?  If so, then this is a barren womb need.

Does your current need require an Inundation of many instances of Grace?  If so, then yours is a dry earth need.

Is your most current longing demanding some form of addictive indulgence? If so this is a fire need.

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