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Christmas Rewind – Interview With a Shepherd – Parts 7 & 8

Christmas Rewind – Interview With a Shepherd – Parts 7 & 8

Christmas
Merry Christmas! For the past few Wednesdays we've been reposting a Christmas story called Interview With a Shepherd. Here is the final posting of our little story about Christmas. If you've missed the previous sections the whole story can be read at lambchow.com/2014/11/interview-shepherd/.  Also, be watching for a new Christmas story that will be posted mid-week called The Christmas Bell. Betty and I pray that your Christmas season is filled with love, light, joy, and hope. -The Search- “How is the meat?” Samuel asked. During our meal,  the other shepherds had shared their own experiences and feelings of that special night. I had a thousand questions. How many angels? Why announce to shepherds and magi, why not to the High Priest? Why is this baby special? You get the idea. After th
Who Are You? Sheep

Who Are You? Sheep

Encouragment
Sheep are not always the docile creatures people envision. The popular understanding is that sheep never put up a fuss and just go along with anything. Nope, try sticking a tube down their throats to give them a deworming pill and you’ll see what I mean. They can be gentle and docile as well as stubborn, selfish, pushy, mean, and sometimes, downright ornery. Some will even attack you if you’re not watching, particularly an old ram that is protecting his rights to the harem. Sheep can be rather stupid at times, especially when following along with the flock. The one thing that always gets them in trouble is their appetite. I can recall several occasions when a lamb got its head stuck in the fence because the grass on the other side must have tasted better. And I’m sure that the lost lamb in
They Shall Be Satisfied

They Shall Be Satisfied

Beatitudes, Series
In the grand scheme of life, there are certain must-haves; air and breath, water, food, sleep, proper warmth, and the expulsion of waste. Life ends when any of these are denied for a sufficient length of time. We may think that other things should be added to that list like chocolate, coffee, a new dress, or anything else that we dramatically declare “I’ll die if I don’t get…” As much as we’d like to add to the list of base needs, that list really never changes. So, that should tell us something when Jesus declared “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” (Matthew 5:6, NASB95)   To unpack what Jesus is saying it is necessary to understand righteousness. None of us are righteous before God on our own merits. We cannot satisfy the demands o
Interview With a Shepherd

Interview With a Shepherd

Christmas, Short Stories
Merry Christmas 2017! Interview With a Shepherd was originally published in 2013 as an eight-part serial. It follows a fictional reporter as he discovers the events of Christ's birth. Below is the complete text of the story. Feel free to print and share with others this Christmas season. Immediately below you'll also find a link to the same story in ebook PDF format, just click on the picture.     Interview With A Shepherd Dale Heinold -The Reporter- One morning I was sniffing around the Jerusalem market, not for spoiled artichokes but for a story. Somewhere between Persian spices and dead chickens I ran into Denny, one of my favorite sources.  Denny was just a nickname, one he picked up because of his annoying coin flipping habit.  “Denny, whatcha been up too?”
What Are You Expecting? Disneyland or Denali?

What Are You Expecting? Disneyland or Denali?

Encouragment, Faith
Denali National Park is six million acres of mostly untouched wilderness.  I say mostly untouched because there is one long road, 91 miles in length, that reaches into the park. It is the only road. With the exception of the first 15 miles the only vehicles allowed are tour buses and service vehicles.  When the road is closed in the winter the park is patrolled by dog sled.  While not a part of the National Park program there are companies that offer flightseeing of the park and mountain. On most days it is the only way to really see Mt. McKinley. (The mountain has now been officially renamed to Denali.) Whether flying over or driving through the one thing that comes strikingly home is that Denali National Park is wilderness.  Untouched, unspoiled, unmarred, and wild. Betty and I experi
Big Questions, Important Answers: What Is In Your Hand?

Big Questions, Important Answers: What Is In Your Hand?

Big Questions, Series
The next big question comes at a time of failure.  The story of Moses and the Burning Bush is familiar to most of us.  For our purposes, we are only going to consider a narrow part of the story, when God asks Moses - “What is in your hand?”   “Then Moses said, “What if they will not believe me or listen to what I say? For they may say, ‘The Lord has not appeared to you.’ ” The Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” And he said, “A staff.” Then He said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. But the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand and grasp it by its tail”—so he stretched out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his hand—” (Exodus 4:1–4, NASB95)   In a way, the staff that Moses was holding wa
Interview With a Shepherd – Part 7 – The Search

Interview With a Shepherd – Part 7 – The Search

Archive
“How is the meat?” Samuel asked. During our meal,  the other shepherds had shared their own experiences and feelings of that special night. I had a thousand questions. How many angels? Why announce to shepherds and magi, why not to the High Priest? Why is this baby special? You get the idea. After they had all spoken, I told them about the magi’s visit and the mysterious way they had been led to the baby. The shepherds enjoyed the news and wondered about the star. When I told them about the young family’s hasty departure they became worried and quiet. Desiring to keep the conversation going I asked, “can you tell me about your visit to the stable that night?” Samuel straightened, his thoughts shifting from worry to his remembrance of that night. “We all ran towards Bethlehem, it was fool