God wants His children and, particularly, the shepherd leaders influencing His sheep, to grow spiritually ... and that growth often requires a rocky road and a narrow, steep path with unexpected twists and turns.

Green Shoots

Just as a plant needs sunlight, the proper temperature, moisture, air, and nutrients to thrive, we need the same as under-shepherds of our Savior. We need the Son, the Light of the World, along with the air He gives us to breath and the nutrients we find in the milk and the meat of His Word, to shepherd well.

The Lord’s Day

We have much to learn from the Puritans. Their “strength of character and life lay in prayer and meditation,” as Arthur Bennett, editor of The Valley of Vision, has noted. These men and women of God clearly regarded these practices of utmost importance, believing that living prayer is the characteristic of genuine spirituality.
A baby holds flags and clings to his mom as she closes her eyes.

A War-Time Under-Shepherd

This under-shepherd pastor is introducing one Ukrainian at a time to the Good Shepherd. As he hands out packages to those who come to the church, he shares the gospel. Earlier this week, in just a few hours, he handed out 300 packs of dried food and basic hygiene necessities. And then he offered these weary, worn, and frightened souls the Bread of Life.
A little girl runs while wearing a backpack.

A Missed Opportunity

I’m sure the lesson here was much more for me than her. The reminder that unforeseen opportunities are around every corner. We simply need to be ready. Our hearts in tune to the Father’s. So that we can in fact, as under-shepherds – at the drop of a hat or the loss of a backpack – make the most of every opportunity. 
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