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I am the Gate, John 10:1-10

The scripture for this sermon is from John 10:1-10.

Jesus said, I am the gate. The gate Jesus has in mind is the gate for an enclosure of sheep. Farmers in Jesus’ day penned their sheep next to the house, with only one entrance into the pen, the gate. We start understanding this metaphor by thinking about what gates do. When I was six someone left our gate open allowing George, a beagle mix, to escape the yard. We didn’t know George was exploring the neighborhood until a neighbor ran to our house to tell us that he had been hit on the next street over. As a family, we ran and picked up George’s body from the street and carried him home, where he died. Gates protect what is inside the fence from what might be outside the fence. Continue reading I am the Gate, John 10:1-10

Psalm 25 Humble me God

The sermon for this text is Psalm 25:1-10

3 Let none who look to you be put to shame; rather let those be put to shame who are treacherous.

I have been reading this text for about two weeks now and this is the line that keeps catching my eye. What David is saying to God, is that if someone has to go down, please make it the jerk over there, because I am one of the good guys. Continue reading Psalm 25 Humble me God