Thursday, December 31, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 12/31/15

          As we are about to leave the old year and begin new, Moses’ plea to Jethro, his father-in-law, seems a fitting word for us to begin the new year. “And he said to him. If thy presence go not with us. carry us not hence.” Exodus 33,15 They are in the desert, Jethro knows the water holes and the best direction for travel, and Moses seeks direction. Good thinking for this leader, and so he does the right thing, he asks the one who knows the best route.

          That’s a good word for us as we begin new year, and the best advice is from our God in His Word. We best do it.

GPD 12/31/15

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 12/30/15

          We are but human, and so our knowledge is always limited. We do not know everything. But our Lord, Who is all-knowing, does. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Neither are you ways, My ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are Higher then the earth, So are My way higher Than your ways, and My thoughts than Your thoughts.” Isaiah 55,8.9.

          So our loving Father kindly assures us that He has everything under His control, and since He loves us as Hs children, we are safe. Surely a calming thought to come near year’s end, isn’t it?

GPD 12/30/15

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 12/29/15

          At Christmas 2015 “How silently, how silently, the wondrous gift is giv’n So God imparts to human hearts. The blessings of His heaven. No ear may hear His coming; But in this world of sin, Where meek souls will receive Him still, The dear Lord enters in.” LSB 361.3.

GPD 12/29/15

Monday, December 28, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 12/28/15

          When the wise men came to Jerusalem and alerted king Herod to the birth of a new king, Herod reacted like a mad man. “Then Herod, when he saw That he had been tricked By the wise men, Became furious, And he sent and killed All the male children In Bethlehem and In all that region who Were two years old.” Matthew 2,16

          So the birth of Jesus brought on the mass slaying of children up to the age of two. A major task of murder, leaving behind grieving parents. But Herod didn’t care because he was regarded by history as nearly insane.

          Such insanity goes on today, and the Church celebrates this day as ‘Holy Innocents” day to observe the day. And never forget such insanity.

GPD 12/28/15

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 12/27/15

Shade Tree Wisdom 12/27/15 And how does it continue, this Christmas story? Quite simply. “and Jesus increased In wisdom and in stature, And in favor With God and man.” Luke 2,52. Since His birth, He was also human, so he did what humans do, he grew, and the record said He increased in wisdom and in favor with both His Father, God, and man, His fellow human beings. GPD 12/27/15

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 12/26/15

          “And they went with haste, And found Mary and Joseph, And the Babe, Lying in a manger” Luke 2,16

          ”Silent night, holy night, All is calm, all is bright, Round yon virgin, mother and child. Holy infant so tender and mild, Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace.” LSB 363,1

          Blessed Blessed.

GPD 12/26/15

Friday, December 25, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 12/25/15

          Christmas Day 2015 “And the angel said to thee,. Fear not, for behold’ I bring you good news Of great joy that will Be for all the people. For unto you is born this day, In the city of David a Savior, Who is Christ, the Lord.” Luke 2, 10.11.

          So to all, I wish you a most blessed Christmas.

GPD 12/25/15

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 12/24/15

          John, the forerunner of Christ, sees Him and cries out: “and he looked at Jesus As He walked by And said, ’Behold, The Lamb of God’ John 1,30 So John, who was born to be first, identifies Jesus as the Lamb of God, born as a man to die in our stead, pay for our sins, and give us eternal life.

          The best possible message during these days of Advent.

GPD 12/24/15

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 12/22/15

          Oh, what blessing comes from the birth of this baby. Isaiah mentions the chief one when he tells: “Fear not, for I have Redeemed you; I have called you By name, You are mine” Isaiah 43,1

          So, in one simple half verse, Isaiah tells us whose we are. We belong to God, no doubt about that, hence we are His children, and because of this Babe whose birth we celebrate, we belong to God’s family, shriven. Safe and holy.

GPD 12/22/15

Monday, December 21, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 12/21/15

          A bit of real words of wisdom in this verse from Scripture. “Cease to hear Instruction, my son, And you will stray From the words Of knowledge” Proverbs 19,27.

          Such simple words, really. Still, especially in this age of ever-expanding knowledge, wise words.

          If you need to grow, you need to keep on learning. So, when we leave as a college graduate, we haven’t reached the end, we’ve just learned how to learn.

GPD 12/21/15

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 12/19/15

          This Psalm is simply loaded with deep comfort. Especially when we feel forgotten. “As far as the east is to the west, So for does He remove Our transgressions From us.” Psalm 103,12.

          The Psalmist had already told us that ‘He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.( v.10). It is wonderfully comforting to remember in those moments when we lie there sleepless and worried about our lives.

GPD 12/19/15

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom (2) 12/16/15

          Luther’s evening prayer:
               I thank You, my heavenly Father,
               through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son,
               that You have graciously kept me this day;
               and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins 
               where I have done wrong,
               and graciously keep me this night.
               For into Your hands I commend myself, 
               my body and soul and all things.
               Let Your holy angel be with me.
              That the evil foe may have no power over me.

GPD 12/16/15

ShadeTree Wisdom (1) 12/16/15

          Luther’s morning prayer:
               I thank you, my heavenly Father,
               through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that you
               have kept me this night from all harm and danger.
               And I pray that You would keep me this day 
               also from sin and from every evil.
               That all my doings and life would please You.
               For into Your hands I commend myself 
               my body and soul, and all things.
               Let Your holy angels be with me,
               that the evil foe may have no power over me,

GPS 12/16/15

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 12/15/15

          Sometimes we get the feeling, ‘why, it’s good to be here’.

          That’s the kind of feeling our Lord evokes with this Psalm. He says: “For a day in Your Courts is better than A thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a Doorkeeper in the house Of My God, than dwell In the tents of wickedness.” Psalm 84,10

          Here the psalmist is making a choice. A doorkeeper was a lowly position. It’s maybe like a child embarrassed because his mom is a cleaning lady, or some such. Like some of us not going to church because it’s not built of brick.

          In sum, the best possible place I could be is in ‘the house of My God’, learning more about Jesus, My Savior.

GPD 12/15/15

Monday, December 14, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 12/14/15

          Just what are we so afraid of? As children maybe the school yard bully. Then come the teen years and all that brings their own set of problems, marriage, the workplace, all have their set of different fears and doubts. For all which the bible offers us such verses as these: “Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is nothing on earth that I desire beside you. My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart. And my portion forever.” Psalm 73,25.26

          So there is the truth of it, believe it, live by it, and fear less.

GPD 12/14/15

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 12/13/15

          During the early morning hours we had a power outage, just for a moment, you have experienced them. But it affected the computer, and I needed to restart mine, Easy, just push a button and the computer does the rest, Takes a few moments, and then we’re back in business.

          But here is a promise it will never happen here. “Oh give thanks to the Lord, For He is good, For His steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 107,1

          Yes , God’s promise is always sure. My Word is Truth. So Count on it, always.

GPD 12/13/15

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 12/12/15

          This is a verse from the Proverbs that has often been a puzzle for me. How does it strike you? “A wise man’s heart Inclines him to The right, but A fool’s heart To the left. Proverbs l0,2.

          How does that strike you? Is your first thought political? If so, why?

          Is it maybe because we live in a land where right now our thoughts are very much on the political scene, or is it because we seem inclined to feel a bit above the whole business?

          Think about the verse. Why does God include the thought at all?

GPD 12/12/15

Friday, December 11, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 12/11/15

          Here is some wise counsel for the gift-giving days just ahead, from the best possible source, God Himself. “Give me neither poverty Nor riches, feed me with the Food that is needful For me, lest I be full And deny You and Say, “who is the Lord?” or lest I be poor and steal, And profane the name Of my God”. Proverbs 30, 8.9

          Here, in a few well chosen words ,we face the real danger of either too much or too little, and what that would mean in our days of celebration. Just enough, must always be the watchword for us.

GPD 12/11/15

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 12/10/15

          The best advice for your life, or any life, is from God Himself. He placed it into the very center of the Bible, and it is this: “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.” Psalm 118,8. 

          Really. We show how smart we are when we take Him at His Word and follow it as well as we are able. For when we do that, we are using the very best, and by doing so our lives will be enriched and blessed. Rest assured of that.

GPD 12/10/15

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 12/9/15

          In his letter to the Church at Rome, St. Paul give this bit of sage advice. “For while we were still weak, at the right time, Christ died for us.” Romans 5,6

          So, he says this death by Jesus Christ came at just the right time, while we were still weak, needy sinners. It was then that St. Paul tells us He died.

          Right time indeed. For we were utterly helpless, sinners born that way. Wonderful news indeed.

GPD 12/9/15

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 12/8/15

          St. Paul is speaking to the church about God’s promises. They’ re not ‘ yes and no’, nothing wishy washy about them at all. No, he writes:
“All the promises
Of God find their
Yes in Him.”
2 Corinthians 1,20.

          I get warm feeling from those words. I ve got you in my care. I see what you’re up to, I love you and so make promises I will keep. That allows me to rest at ease, knowing God never fails.

GPD 12/8/15

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 12/5/15

          Here is one verse, among many others, that always brings ease to my soul. It is this:
“As far as the east
Is from the west, so
Far does He remove
Our transgression
From us.”
Psalm 103,12

          Elsewhere He speaks about drowning our sins in the depth of the sea, to remember them no more. It speaks about forgetting, and that is what we humans find hard to do. “I’ll forgive him, but I won’t forget.” is often what we say in our anger. Now think of that? Are we really forgiving if we don’t also forget, put it out of our mind altogether. 

          Now see how comforting it is to have the Lord assure us our sins are drowned in the depths of the sea. I’ll leave you with this thought.

GPD 12/5/15

Friday, December 4, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 12/4/15

          Psalm 119,105 speaks a sublime truth, Maybe you learned this somewhere along the line,. It’s one of God’s gems for us.
“Your Word is a
Lamp unto my feet,
And a light unto
My path.”

          Here is one Go’s eternal truths . I really don’t know a better way to describe the Word as I often stumble in the way. It’s a searchlight to show the blocks that lie along the way I must go.

GPD 12/4/15

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 12/3/15

          The very middle verse of our Bible speaks this truth for all ears to hear and follow:
“It is better to take
Refuge in the Lord,
Than to trust
In man.”
Psalm 118,8

          Now tell me, have we ever been given better advice than that? Really? To trust in God, the One who is ever trustworthy and true. What better truth can we learn and follow than this? Just try it. Better yet, do it.

GPD 12/3/15

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 12/2/15

          The very first verse of Psalm 25 so well expresses our need, a place to trust.
“To you, O Lord,, I
    Lift up soul;
O My God, in You I trust;
    Let me not be put
To shame.”
Psalm 25,1

          It seems to me this verse speaks a truth that I need to rely on, someone I simply trust fully and completely. Each of us has a need for such a reliable One, to trust so completely that we are perfectly at ease under His care. And that, my friend, surely is our God. Who promises and always, always keeps His promises to us.

GPD 12/2/15


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 12/1/15

          We enter the Advent season, a time the Church prepares for the coming of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Babe of Bethlehem. Isaiah had predicted His coming, remember his prophecy?
“The people who sat in
Darkness have seen
A great light; those who
Dwelt in deep darkness,
On them hath
The light shined.”
Isaiah 9,2

          The season of Advent is then a time in which this light grows brighter till the Christ is born. Advent is meant as a time the church prepares its heart again for this birth. It’s a wonderful time, if properly used by us.

GPD 12/1/15

Monday, November 30, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 11/30/15

          At His transfiguration they heard a voice from the cloud. This was the message:
“This is My Beloved Son,
With Whom I am well pleased,
Listen to Him.”

          What better words do we need as we are about to begin a fresh month than this, listen to the WORD which brings us the news if our salvation.

GPD 11/30/15


Sunday, November 29, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 111/29/15

          Evidently some people had a false opinion of how salvation worked. They felt they had some input needed. So St. Paul writes this letter to set them straight about salvation. He says it is not by their own effort at all. Not at all. It is a Gift of God. Not by any means depending on their own efforts. No, indeed, It is a GIFT. Not of works, he writes, that no one can boast.
“For by grace you have been saved
Through faith,
It is not your own doing,
It is a Gift of God,
Not the result of works,
So that no one may boast.”
Ephesians 2,8

GPD 11/29/15


Saturday, November 28, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 11/28/15

          During this week of thanksgiving I have been looking at some the church’s treasure of hymns used though the centuries. I feel it is fitting to end the week with a modern poet. This hymn was written by Jaroslov Vajda, a seminary classmate. He suffered all his life with asthma, yet his talents would not remain  hidden. He wrote, among many hymns, this.
“Now the silence, now the peace
Now the empty hands uplifted.
Now the kneeling, now the plea,
Now the Fathers arms in welcome.
Now the body. Now the blood,
Now the joyful celebration.
Now the wedding, now the songs,
Now the heart forgiven, leaping.
Now the Spirit’s visitation,
Now the Son’s epiphany,
Now the Father’s blessing. Now.
LSB 910,1

GPD 11/28/15


Friday, November 27, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 11/27/15

          Another thanksgiving hymn.
“Now thank we all our God,
With hearts and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done,
In Whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers arms,
Has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love
And still is ours today”
LSB 895,1.

GPD 11/27/15

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 11/26/15

The hymn that speaks Thanksgiving to me is this one, written by Henry Alford,
“Come, ye thankful people, come;
Raise the song of harvest home.
all is safely gathered in,
Ere the winter storms begin;
God, Our Maker, doth provide
For our wants to be supplied.
Come to God’s own temple, come;
raise the song of harvest home.”

      And sing with gusto.

GPD 11/26/15  Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 11/25/15

Come, ye thankful people, come, raise the song of harvest home;
All is safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin.
God our Maker doth provide for our wants to be supplied;
Come to God’s own temple, come, raise the song of harvest home.
All the world is God’s own field, fruit unto His praise to yield;
Wheat and tares together sown unto joy or sorrow grown.
First the blade and then the ear, then the full corn shall appear;
Lord of harvest, grant that we wholesome grain and pure may be.
For the Lord our God shall come, and shall take His harvest home;
From His field shall in that day all offenses purge away,
Giving angels charge at last in the fire the tares to cast;
But the fruitful ears to store in His garner evermore.
Even so, Lord, quickly come, bring Thy final harvest home;
Gather Thou Thy people in, free from sorrow, free from sin,
There, forever purified, in Thy garner to abide;
Come, with all Thine angels come, raise the glorious harvest home.

Shade Tree Wisdom (2) 11/24/15

          Another hymn to give thought to
“O all embracing Mercy
O ever open Door,
What should we do without you
When heart and eye run o’er?
When all things seem against us,
To drive us to despair,
we know one gate is open,
One ear will hear our prayer.”
LSB 915,4

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 11/24/15

        For this thanksgiving week several hymn verses that speak of it nicely.
“O keep me watchful then, and humble,
Permit me nevermore to stray.
Uphold me when my feet would stumble,
\and keep on the narrow way.
Fill all my nature with Thy light,
O Radiance, strong and bright”
LSB 694,4

         And give thanks.

GPD 11/24/15


Monday, November 23, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 11/23/15

          St. James is teaching about prayer to his listeners, and he says,
The prayer of a
Righteous person has
Has great power
As it is working.”
James 5,16b

          So he is encouraging us to pray, even when we feel God doesn’t
 hear us.  For God does hear, and He is answering at the right time and in the right way. And we may be sure it is always the right way, and at the right time for all concerned. Keep that truth in mind for your daily prayer life.

GPD 11/23/15

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 11/22/15

          Here is an old Gospel hymn, often sung at revivals of the faithful, and carrying a truth for our living today.
“Beneath the cross of Jesus,
I fain would take my stand
The shadow of a mighty Rock,
Within a weary land;
A home within the wilderness,
A rest upon the way,
From the burning of the noontide heat,
And the burden of the day”.

          Think of it for that moment when you rest, wearied from toilsome cares of life, for a moment to refresh the weary one.

GPD 11/22/15

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 11/21/15

Shade Tree Wisdom 11/21/15
          This text is from Gregory J. Wismer, expressing a truth we need to think about in our daily life.
“These holy conversations
 begin in childlike ways
          We  bring our supplications
In words of thanks and praise.
With care our Father listens.
To every thought expressed,
Then answers our petitions,
In ways He knows are best.”
LSB 772,2
          Our prayers, admit it now, often are rather selfish. It is more often what I want, need, or long for. So the truth of this verse speaks to that and admits that “The Father knows is best”.

GPD 11/21/15

Friday, November 20, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 11/20/15

Shade Tree Wisdom 11/20/15
          In Hiss final words before leaving Jesus promised:
“And behold,
I am with you always,
to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28,20
          In those words Jesus brings rich comfort and quiet peace to a heart that is often trouble and anxious. What more do we need, what else can lift up the spirit, as that promise of a gracious and loving Savior.
          The word, “I am with you” what else do we realy need to hear and know?
GPD 11/20/15

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 11/19/15

Shade Tree Wisdom 11/19/15
          Jesus spoke a truth to His own that brings deep comfort every
time I think of that truth.
“but because you are
 not of the world, but I choose
you out of the world,
the world hates you.”
John 15,19
Like most truths, this one is simply stated, so is easily understood. It is marvelous that the Lord brings deep trust and satisfaction in such a few words. Yet simply stated, such truth stands out best, does it not?
GPD 11/19/15


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 11/18/15

Shade Tree Wisdom 11/18/15
          Today I shall give a sort of resume of my 95th birthday.
The girls and Gene were here and placed a cupcake, a box of worthy candy, and a small bag with more candy with a slip attached reading’ thank you for helping me celebrate my 95th birthday, Pastor D.’
They placed such a gift at each place setting in the dining room for lunch. The gang sang Happy Birthday, and then ate their lunch, satisfied, they returned to their rooms.
          After lunch my family came back to my room and gave me some gifts, books and sleep and sweater wear, and then drove home in  rain.

GPD 11/18/15

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 11/17/15

Shade Tree Wisdom 11/17/15
          What other choice for today. November 17, my birthday, than the 90th?
“The years of our of life
Are seventy, or even if by reason of strength
Eighty; yet their span is but
Toil and trouble;
They are soon gone,
And we fly away.”
Psalm 90.10
          In one verse our gracious God sort of ums up my life. So much experienced, from WWI to the present, and much has indeed been toil and trouble, but there also have been many sun-filled and happy days, so I just thank God for His mercy and allowing so many of them, now to 95. All I can say is, “I thank God for His mercy”.
GPD 111/17/15

Monday, November 16, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 11/16/15

Shade Tree Wisdom 11/16/15
          Here is a truth we Christians ought never to forget expressed
In poetical form, like  so many truths are.
“In all the strife of mortal life
Our feet will stand securely;
Temptation’s hour
Will lose its power,
For You will guard us surely.
O God, renew  
with heavenly dew,
Our body, soul, and spirit
Until we stand
At Your right hand
Through Jesus’ saving merit.”
LSB 714,3
One wonders, will the turmoil in Paris and several eastern states, and among football teams on Missouri’s campus and elsewhere be the beginning of those ‘end times’ we often hear about. In any event, the times call for fervent prayer, do they not? And I trust we are doing that often.
GPD 11/16/15

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 11/15/15

Shade Tree Wisdom 11/15/15
          In these days when the world hears anxiously about the terrible happening in Paris, our thought go to them, and we wonder, is this the beginning of those end times we hear about, the beginning the end of days? It is time, I believe, for us to hear again the truths expressed by poet Herman Steumpfle. His poem is “Be Still my soul”.
It follows:
“Be still, my soul. Before the Lord
For God is always near.
Before your mind is moved to pray,
God listens and will hear.

Wait then, in quiet confidence,
Your anxious  thought at rest.
God knows your needs before you ask,
And works for what is best.

The poet’s final verse ends with the promise, “God’s help will not be late”.  Remember that, His Help is always right on time.
GPD 11/15/15

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 11/14/1/5

Shade Tree Wisdom 11/14/15

          One of the best known verses in the Bible is written b St. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians where St. Paul writes, chapter 2, v. 8,9
“For by grace
You have been saved
Through faith, and
This is not your
Own doing;
It is the gift of God,
Not the result
Of works,
So that no
One may boast.”
Ephesians 2, 8.9.
          These two short verses tell the story of salvation in brief. Every child in confirmation classes learned them as one of the first pieces for memory. And, once learned, they stand ready to steady us when we are assaulted by the devil and all manner of evil that seems daily around us in this world. But here we stand secure by God’s promise, and daily we are grateful for His presence in our daily affairs. Bless the Lord for His grace and constant care
GPD 11/14/15

Friday, November 13, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 11/13/15

Shade Tree Wisdom 11/13/15
          Once when Jesus was coming into the city of Jericho He saw Zacchaeus,  a small man who had climbed a tree in order to see Jesus
Better, and said to Zacchaeus,
“hurry and come down,
for I must stay at your house today. . .      for the Son of Man came to seek the lost.”
Luke 19, 9.10
           In that incident Jesus shows us the very reason why He came into this word It was to save us sinners, of who, as St, Paul said,”I am chief.”
And so am I,  and all f us, he4nce our everlasting thanks to our Savior.
GPD 11/13/15


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 11/11/15

Shade Tree Wisdom 10/11/15
          Today, November 11th, is veterans day, established by congressional vote The verse I propose here deals with a different life-giving, but it does keep in mind the many sacrifices made for all of us to keep our world free. Jesus said to His disciples:    
“Greater love has no
Man than this,
That someone
Lays down His life
For His friends.
John 15,13
In those few words Jesus explains His sacrifice for us all. Of course, His sacrifice led to paying for the wins of everyone. The sacrifice of so many veterans simply meant they set us free to live in safety and contentment. For that we honor and thank them. But the sacrifice Jesus made paid for ms sins and gives me eternal life. God’s greatest gift for sinners. That is the news we gladly share with others.
GPD 11/11/15


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 10/`10/15

Shade Tree Wisdom 10/10/15
Jesus is speaking to His followers, and He tells them:
“My sheep hear Shade Tree Wisdom 10/10/15
My voice, and I
Know them, and they
Follow Me.
I give them eternal life,
And they will never perish,
And no one will
Snatch them out
Of My hand.”
\John 10,27.28
          That is truly a comforting truth, to be called ‘my sheep’ by the divine Shepherd. Why? It just means He recognizes us as His own, We become so when we are baptized and given the Holy Spirit to dwell in us. We are changed into “My Sheep”

Monday, November 9, 2015

Shade Tree Wisdom 11/9/15

Shade Tree Wisdom 11/9/15
          In St. John chapter 4 Jesus teaches a truth meant for our ears as well, when He spoke about harvest and said:
“Do not say,
‘There are yet four months,
Then comes the harvest’?
Look I tell you,
Lift up your eyes, and see that the
Fields are white for harvest.”
John 4,35.
          Jesus is talking about the harvest of souls, leading lost people to believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior. That is the task for every Christian .Pray for success.
GPD 11/9/15

Sunday, November 8, 2015

ShadeTree Wisdom 11/8/15

Shade Tree Wisdom 11/8/15
“But when I think that God
His Son not sparing,
Sent Him to die,
I scarce can take it in –
That  on the cross
My burden gladly bearing
He bled and died
To take away my sin;
Then sings soul,
My Savior God to Thee,
How great Thou art,
801,3Ow great Thu arty.”
LSB 801,2LSB 801,3

          You may remember George Beverly Shea sang this hundreds of times at every Billy Graham crusade. It was composed by Carl Gustaf Boberg after a sudden rain shower when he saw a rainbow in the sky.

GPD 11/8/15