HOW TO LIVE VICTORIOUSLY IN THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH
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JESUS CHRIST said, "I am the good shepherd. The good
shepherd gives His life for the sheep" (John 10:11).
Nothing does more to increase your opinion of Christ as "the
good shepherd" than a visit to the Bible Lands. Seeing the land
that was the setting for shepherds makes one all the more
appreciative of a good shepherd.
Knowing your own dry, arid wasteland, those barren badlands of
your own experience, makes you aware of a need for a good
shepherd in your daily affairs. It seems we live in the valley
of the shadow. Life's most ominous shadows loom on our path
causing fear and apprehension. How can we live in such a
Recently I along with a group of friends drove up the old Roman
road from Jericho to Jerusalem. It was the same road traveled by
Christ. Rounding one curve it seems the bottom drops out of the
earth. A breathtaking narrow, craggy, deep valley suddenly
appears. We were awe-struck.
Running along the same route slightly below the road level is an
aqueduct built by Herod the Great. Peering down into the valley
we looked over the rim of the aqueduct. With no forewarning a
small shepherd stepped from behind rocks and walked along the
narrow rim of the aqueduct. To his left the valley dropped off
immediately, the equivalent of a forty or fifty-story building.
The young shepherd glanced up and walked on withoutfear. Though
seated on the bus I leaned as far away from the valley as I
In observing some aspects of the shepherd's life in light of the
Twenty Third Psalm, I have been enab ...
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