A Shepherd’s Life in Bible Times

Shepherding is one of man’s oldest occupations, second only to gardening and farming. Abel was the first in the Bible to keep sheep. But the first mention of a nomadic herdsman came later in Genesis chapter 4 with Jabal: the father of those who live in tents and have lifestock. Afterward, nomadic stock keeping quickly became a common occupation.

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Italy’s Four Most Famous and Unusual Medieval Festivals [Video]

There’s a feeling of magic in the air! Italy’s Medieval fest season is upon us, like a fairy tale come alive!  Knights, damsels, and court jesters. Feasting, with music and drummers. Medieval games, horse races, and parades with flags and torches. And it’s easy to imagine yourself the velvet clad Lord, or Lady in silk, off to dine with the king in his castle!

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Our Good Shepherd Knows the Path

Though I love fluffy, wooly sheep, I don’t know much about them. Except that they eat a lot and can pick a pasture clean in short order. So a good shepherd knows that he must keep them on the go, always looking for greener pastures. And knowing that defenseless sheep also need protection, he looks ahead, seeking shelter where his weary flock can safely rest. 

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Success in God’s “Right-Side-Up” Kingdom

Modern society is success oriented. But toward a success which is measurable, provable, and usually enviable. Successful businesses earn more money. Successful parents turn out children who become professionals, who in turn climb to the top of their profession. And successful writers publish best sellers. 

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A Christian Response to Muslim Immigration in a Time of Fear {Casper ten Boom}

Feeling fearful, terrified even, at what’s going on in the world? We live in evil, scary times. But in the midst of it all, God trusts us to show that his perfect love casts out fear. He waits to see us reach out with love, not draw away in fear. And to give and keep on giving, no matter the cost.

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Fear Not, Good Samaritan: Perfect Love Defeats Fear

In Christ’s time, the world seemed a smaller place. With an average day’s travel covering only 20 miles (32 km), people knew their neighbors and met few strangers. Caring for everyone should have been easy. And yet, in the story of the Good Samaritan, Christ had to teach them who their neighbors were.

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