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    He shall feed his flock like a shepherd....
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  1. No, But we will adopt them
  2. My son likes these. http://www.bluechippick.net/ . I use a Golden Gate when playing fast rhythm or flat picking. Those triangle picks aren't very good for that IMO. The best picks IMO, are made from tortoise shell but they're hard to find and probably illegal But I also like to finger-pick, with bare fingers, like here at the 2:30 mark
  3. almost exactly Almost the same menu we had. We also had giblet gravy, English peas, chocolate cake, lemon squares, cranberry sauce, but no sweet taters.
  4. I understand perfectly about anyone of faith being "children of Abraham". But Abraham is the father, the ancestor, of ALL of the Jews, living or dead. That includes all those Jewish Hollywood actors too, politicians like Henry Kissinger and "Anthony Weiner" and anyone else you can name. We have a personal injury lawyer around here named Ed Walborsky; he's one too.. You can do what you want to, friend, but I'm not going to curse a single one, simply out of respect for the Word of God. It's not hard to do. My Bible says that Jesus is going to stand upon the Mount of Olives, and come through the East Gate one day, and that ain't in New Jersey. "Replacement" theology is hogwash to put it mildly.
  5. Hebrews 10 22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 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. 26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. I believe this passage is exhorting "brethren" aka "his people" to do these things and not do the other. Why the exhortation if it isn't possible for them to fail? Have you ever sinned willfully since you were saved? I have. This passage is exhorting SAVED people. God has and will judge me for willful sin as he will everyone reading this. If these things were not true, there would be no verses about the "chastening of the Lord" and "the Lord chasteneth and scourgeth" his sons and about "giving one over to Satan for the destruction of the body that the spirit might be saved" and so on. Those, however who "draw back to perdition" aren't saved because they are unbelievers..
  6. :I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that the "rod" represents the Word of God and the "staff" represents the Holy Spirit. The Word of God corrects, chastises us and keeps us on the right path comforting us with the Truth, while the Spirit leads us, enables for us fellowship with the Father, provides discernment, and power to do God's will and gives the peace which passes all understanding. Both give us comfort like no other. Here are some verses. Psalm 119:50, Psalm 119:165, and John 14:26 But I could be wrong.
  7. I also occasionally use the crook of my staff to catch a ewe by the neck or to hook a big ram by the horn as he tries to run by me. It doesn't work to grab a sheep by the leg, I've tried. My staff also can throw a small lamb off-balance long enough to catch it for marking, but I've found that a big dip-net works much better.
  8. http://www.dictionary.com/browse/staff?s=t staff1 [staf, stahf] 6.something that sustains or supports: bread is the staff of life. This meaning is found in the Word of God. Psalm 105:16 Moreover he called for a famine upon the land: he brake the whole staff of bread. H Hebrews 11:21 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.
  9. A rod is used to chasten and punish, or as a symbol thereof, consistently throughout the Word of God. 1 Samuel 714, Job 9:34, Psalm 2:9, Psalm 89:32, Proverbs 10:13, Proverbs 13:24, Proverbs 22:15, Proverbs 23:13, 14, Proverbs 26:3, Revelation 2:27, Revelation 12:5, Revelation 19:15
  10. A rod could be a deadly weapon Exo 21:20 ΒΆ And if a man smite his servant, or his maid, with a rod, and he die under his hand; he shall be surely punished.
  11. Another thing, the word "staff" is often associated with "support". While a "rod", in the Bible, is usually associated with "power" and "punishment". Does that help any?
  12. I'm sure the jury is still out, but I would say that a "staff" would normally be a "comfort" for the shepherd. He would lean on it, steady himself over rough, rocky terrain (like the Middle East). A rod or staff is a must for diverting sheep out of the shepherd's way and both are likewise vital for self protection...from the rams. But for protecting the sheep? I would say not normally. David did that but we must understand this was a miracle. God was in on that one. Around here, coyotes sometimes come outside the perimeter fence at night, but they are so wary you never see them. A wild wolf or coyote is NOT going to let a man get near enough to hit it with a stick. A sling "slung at a hair's breadth" might be a different story but not a stick unless ther shepherd could run about 40 mph which is highly doubtful. My opinion, on Psalm 23, is that at least some of these metaphors are OPPOSITES. The Lord, the Good Shepherd of Psalm 23 "giveth His life for the sheep" whereas an earthly shepherd always sacrifices the lives of sheep for himself. So, instead of the "rod and staff" benefiting the shepherd, the Lord's "rod and staff" benefit us. I have sold lambs to Palestinian Arabs who took the lamb, held it down, and slit the sheep's throat killing it by exanguination (sp). This is no doubt the way David, or one of the Levites would kill a sheep during the time of Psalm 23: it gave it's life for the shepherd. So an Old Testament Jewish shepherd, reading this Psalm, should have been awed by the holy and gracious words. Jesus gave His life for the sheep and Jesus' "rod and staff" are for us: not for Himself.
  13. Another important use of either a rod or staff, most any stout stick will do, is for defense of the shepherd. A ram can really ruin your day, especially during the rut. Any experienced shepherd with good sense will tell you "never, ever turn your back on a ram". But I've witnessed many times that a ram WILL respect you with a stick in your hand. This is one of our rams, "Big Man" .
  14. Another vital use I have found for my staff, is to literally save myself from tripping over these girls, especially Sissy, when simply trying to walk across the pasture. Sissy, will walk back and forth in front of me with my knees constantly bumping her. But with a staff, I can gently nudge her out of my way.
  15. Rosie, I know just a little bit but am still learning. Let me first say that these are Barbado sheep. They are colored differently than the stereotypical white fluffy ones but they are 100% sheep behave essentially like any other breed from my observations. This is "Sissy", "Honeybun" and "Molly" enjoying a head scratch on my staff. Understand that Sissy and Honeybun are much more socialized than my other 100 sheep and Molly is usually a bit standoffish. (I believe we have 102 at the moment) . As you can see, a staff is naturally convenient for leaning on too. See Hebrews 11:21