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  • An animal shelter worker spotted the sheep last week grazing just feet from traffic on a wooded highway median near Mansfield. How it got there is a mystery but police first received reports of the animal about a year ago at the junction of Interstates 495 and 95. A number of rescue efforts have failed because the animal is afraid of people, and authorities are wary of using tranquilizers because a drugged animal could wander onto the road. North Attleboro shelter volunteer Linda Faber contacted a sanctuary in New York that offered some suggestions for catching the sheep. One idea is to set up a pen with another sheep to take advantage of the flock instinct. "The longer that the sheep is there, the more likely he or she will be too wild to approach, and the most likely problem of course is that the sheep will be injured by a motorist," said Susie Coston, national shelter director for the Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, N.Y. Faber said she has three farms willing to take the sheep if it can be captured. "A sheep doesn't belong in the middle of the highway," she said.

    As I read this article on today, I thought how silly we sheep look when we try to live life in the fast lane. I know we think we are really smart and all, but after all Jesus didn't pick the smartest animal in the world to describe our relationship with Him. No, sheep are not known for their IQ, but they are known for hearing, knowing, and following the voice of their shepherd. And according to Jesus, The Good Shepherd, sheep NEED a shepherd!

  • I heard a catchy phrase in a song today about prayer, “When God’s people pray …. we take the pains of earth to the doors of heaven.” As with many songs today, they sound good on the surface, but they do not line up with God’s Word. That kind of talk is sure to get a tear or a hearty “amen” in most any church services, but will it get your prayer answered?

    I don’t want to present myself as one that never “tells God all about my problems,” but I have to be honest, most times at best the crying usually just makes me feel better, and does nothing to the problem. Now you know, if I made a song like, “Don’t tell God about your problem, but tell him about the solution” it probably wouldn’t make the top 10!

  • Recently, after studying on being established in Righteousness, a phrase from a song was playing in my spirit – "At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore." (Ps 16:11) We talk about the "In His presence is the fullness of joy" part of that scripture, but not much is said about at His right hand!

    God said, "At thy right hand there are pleasures forever more!" Obviously being the peculiar people that we are, we don't take pleasure in the same things that the world does:

    …choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life. Luke 8:14
    … lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. 2 Tim 3:4
    … than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season. Heb 11:25

  • Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Heb. 10:25 

    Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 1 Cor. 1:10

  • Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good! God looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God. But no, all have turned away; all have become corrupt. No one does good, not a single one! Will those who do evil never learn? They eat up my people like bread and wouldn’t think of praying to God. Psalms 53:1-4 NLT