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Behold…

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Behold,
I am sending you out as sheep
In the midst of wolves,

So, be wise as serpents
And innocent as doves.

Matthew 10:16

The Deer, You, and God – Guest Writer

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The Deer, You and God

One day while my dad was mowing hay, he saw a little fawn in the field! Farm equipment can be very dangerous to baby animals. He stopped and he picked it up! It was a just a couple days old! He put it in the tractor and brought it home for us to see it! It was so cute! We fed it milk every 4-5 times a day! We had it for a month, then we let it go at the same field we where we found it! We felt sad to let it go, because we loved it and had made a bond with it! We saw it a few times at the field, after we let it go!

Do we let God take care of us when we are lost or when we are hungry Spiritually? We need to obey God when he tells us what to do. He will supply your needs and you will be bonded with Him.

Don’t just wander off and do what you want to do. If you would obey him, life would be more pleasant for you and those around you. We need to have a bond with God by walking, talking, and praying with him!

As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, O God. Psalms 42:1.

Karl Burkholder age 13

Encouraging – Guest Writer

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ENCOURAGING

Do you like when people encourage you?
Yes!
Why?

It makes you feel good at what you are doing; because you don’t feel pushed down, not being picked at. When you give them a smile or encourage someone it makes everyone feel good inside! Then the person that you smiled at, will want to smile at everyone they see!

Also by telling them Bible verses that encourages them!
For an example: ” Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord.” –
Psalm 31:24
Here are some more Bible verses!
“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest.” –
Joshua 1:9
“Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, that ye hope in the Lord.” –
1 Corinthians 16:13

There are lots of Bible verses to read about encouraging!
I would encourage you to find and read them all!

Even though you have enemies throughout your lives; I would encourage you to be nice and courteous and give him spiritual food if he does not have any!

Have a good day!

-Karl Burkholder – age 13

Come Unto Me

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III. Jesus calls us to share His yoke (He does not come to carry your yoke)
Does not mean we have nothing to do – in the yoke with Jesus, you will be busy – good busy!
You yoked with Jesus- when He goes, you go, when He stops, you stop. He knows where the water is. When He backs up, you back up. When He turns, you turn.
When He cries, you cry. When He smiles – you smile.
You rejoice when He rejoices. You speak when He speaks. You act when He acts
Ps 55:22. Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he will sustain thee.

Come Unto Me

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II. Jesus calls us to leave our own load and burden
Leave your labor and your heavy load – lay your yoke down
We labor because we are carrying a heavy load –
And learn from me – “He can only know Christ who serves Him in daily life.”Hans Denck
Learn from Scripture but also learn from following Him in life
Easy – it fits you – tailor made for you
Light – He is in the yoke with you – there is still a burden but it is His burden
How? Take up the cause and battle of Jesus, not your agenda.
Fight for the persons Jesus is fighting for, not just fight for your favorites
Encourage the persons God brings into your life –
Teach truth to all who will listen – that is What Jesus did
Mark 6:34 And Jesus saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them,
Because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things.

Come Unto Me!

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I. Jesus calls us to come to Him
Invitation or command or compassion? – not really an “if” clause but a promise
Jesus has the compassion and the power
His call is an exhortation to discipleship with Him – to be His disciple
I – the power of the One making this offer – He has the power to offer and to give
will – not a question – it will be given
give – it is free
you – personally to each person who comes to Him
rest – from what ever weight is burdening you down
Our heart rests between beats

“My Yoke is Easy”

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Come unto Me,
All you who labor and are heavy laden,
And I will give you rest.
Take My yoke upon you
And learn from Me,
For I am meek and lowly in heart,
And you will find rest for your souls.
For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30
Amazing words – how amazing are those words?

Intro
So much struggle and so many heavy hearts.
Guilt, shame, sin, frustration, hopelessness…
What to do?
A yoke can be bondage or it can be a useful tool to accomplish work
A yoke joins two animals in a common cause of moving a heavy load
They are tailor made for specific animals – Jesus’ carpenter shop – ‘we make yokes that fit.’
The metaphorical yoke is the joining of two persons who work together to accomplish a goal.

Are you and Jesus in the yoke together?