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The Good Shepherd (The Key to Finding Green Pastures)

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The Good Shepherd  The Key to Finding Green Pastures by S.E. Miller
As I study Psalm 23 and its context this week, I will share some amazing truths.. 

A life changing truth was found in verse two, which says, "You make me to lie down in green pastures"........."In The Way of The Shepherd", author Don Baker notes how Shepherds contend with barren hills in Israel. Baker says, dry barren hills are common in Israel and are due to a lack of rain during the months between May and October. 

The vegetation is dry and scorched by the sun. The lush green pastures the shepherd leads the sheep to is prepared by the shepherd! The Shepherd has to, clear the rocks, plow the soil, plant the seeds, irrigate the land and carefully tend the grasses to be certain the sheep have enough to eat." "The green pastures don’t just happen."
Imagine the difficult task of manually preparing such a soil to produce lush green pastures. Think about that for a moment! If Jesus is our shep…
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Setting Boundaries With Your Adult Children:  Five Ways God Wants You To Parent Your Adult Child  By Karla Downing
Are you wondering about setting boundaries with your adult children? Parenting your adult child sounds like an oxymoron. The two really shouldn't go together, but they often do. There is an epidemic of children eighteen years and older (even much older) that still require involvement from their parents in their lives and want support in the form of a place to live, money, training, and emotional energy. This requires a plan and an understanding of the ways adult children should be parented. Here are five ways God wants you to parent your adult child:
1. Everything you do needs to be with the goal of increasing independence rather than fostering dependence. It isn't easy for most eighteen year olds to move out on their own and be self-supporting as well as pay for educational or vocational training. Parental support can be a good thing, as long as it is working to…

8 Warning Signs Your Teen is Troubled

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Getting Help for Troubled Teens:  When and Where to Go By: Heather Peters
When your teenager starts to get out of hand you have to ask yourself some hard questions. The first step is to honestly evaluate how you think you're doing when communicating with your teen. Do you feel you are sharing valuable information and time? Or do you feel there is a communication gap and he's hiding something?
Look for these warning signs: Low self-esteem Out of touch with reality Sudden personality changes and mood swings Violent behavior Drop in grades and school performance Self destructive actions or language (suicide threats or extreme diet & exercise) Reclusive tendencies Debilitating fears
Any of those behaviors done on a frequent basis can indicate a problem. At this point you should seek outside assistance. Don't be too proud to ask for help.
If you feel your efforts aren't working (or aren't good enough) first enlist the assistance of your extended circle of friends and family. Get …

Love Laughter & Cookies a Jerry Seinfeld Moment

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My son, Jason, recently shared an old Jerry Seinfeld moment with me that made him laugh through the years, probably because he remembers when. According to Seinfeld, his mom never let him have a cookie at times when his heart yearned for just one.  He says he enjoys adulthood now, because if he wants a cookie he eats it, if he wants three, he eats three, if he wants eleven, no big deal! In a standup comedy routine, he shares that one day he called his mom just to tell her he had totally and intentionally, ruined his appetite.   He added, "So what if I ruin it, because as an adult, we understand even if you ruin an appetite with a cookie, there's another appetite coming right behind it.  There is no danger of running out of appetites!  I have millions of them.  I'll ruin them whenever I want!"  I laughed with Jason.  I was reminded of all the appetites I didn't let him ruin as a child.
Do we parents miss the boat sometimes, just because we have the authority to s…

What's Wrong With You This Time?" Children, Teenagers and Depression By Cate Russell-Cole

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For some of us, the haunting misery of depression is a familiar story. Up until two years ago, I spent the majority of my adolescence and adulthood clinically depressed and suicidal - but undiagnosed. When I look back, I see that my problems with depression started much earlier than adulthood or adolescence.For me, the stage was set early in childhood. I was a solitary child, (not by choice) and didn't have many friends or adults around, so no one noticed it was a problem, and nothing was done to help me. My parents abused me for being moody and difficult, and told me to "snap out of it, you've got nothing to be miserable about."
 As a child I had to deal with the loss of my birth mother, the challenges and differences of my disability, a over-protective and possessive mother, and dysfunction in my adoptive family. By the age of eight I was taken through a battery of tests to find out why I had stomach pains all the time. There was no physical cause, I was a lonely,…

The Room (Does God Keep Track of All Our Thoughts?)

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In that place between wakefulness and dreams, I found myself in the room. There were no distinguishing features save for the one wall covered with small index-card files. They were like the ones in libraries that list titles by author or subject in alphabetical order. But these files, which stretched from floor to ceiling and seemingly endlessly in either direction, had very different headings. As I drew near the wall of files, the first to catch my attention was one that read "Girls I Have Liked." I opened it and began flipping through the cards. I quickly shut it, shocked to realize that I recognized the names written on each one. And then without being told, I knew exactly where I was.

 This lifeless room with its small files was a crude catalog system for my life. Here were written the actions of my every moment, big and small, in a detail my memory couldn't match. A sense of wonder and curiosity, coupled with horror, stirred within me as I began randomly opening f…

Do You Believe?

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During a recent conversation, a co-worker said he doesn't believe the bible is true. The disturbing part about his comment is that he has never read or tried to read the bible. Why would an intelligent person say he does not believe the sayings of a book he has not read?
Another co-worker said he can't believe in a God he can't see but he believes in Alien's (although he's never seen one). This proves belief or unbelief in God reflects a condition of the heat and perhaps there is something more going on than not physically seeing God or reading the bible.
There are some who've read the bible but still don't believe it's God word or they used to believe and have stopped believing. Most of the time this comes from pride, or something happened in the person's life that the only way  he or she can accept the event or circumstance is to deny Gods existence or the validity of scripture. And sometimes people don't believe because the bible condemns …

The Test of Friendship

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Elbert Hubbard said, “A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”
God knows all about you and still loves you! Jesus  knew Peter would deny him three times. Not only did Peter deny him but he used four letter words to do so. 

Although Jesus knew Peter would deny Him, He still  chose him to be one of the twelve disciples. He not only chose him to be a disciple but made Peter the rock, upon which He built His church.
He also gave Peter the keys to the kingdom of heaven, saying  whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven (Matthew 16:13-23).

How’s that for friendship, remember a friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you. 
In John 15:13, Jesus said, Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
God knows all about you, yet he still loves you and has committed himself to finish the good work he has started in you. 

He has declared His …