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Friends in Christ Weekly Message
April 28, 2007

     They were celebrating Hanukkah just then in Jerusalem. It was winter. Jesus was strolling in the Temple across Solomon's Porch. The Jews, circling him, said, “How long are you going to keep us guessing? If you're the Messiah, tell us straight out.”
     Jesus answered, “I told you, but you don't believe. Everything I have done has been authorized by my Father, actions that speak louder than words. You don't believe because you're not my sheep. My sheep recognize my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them real and eternal life. They are protected from the Destroyer for good. No one can steal them from out of my hand. The Father who put them under my care is so much greater than the Destroyer and Thief. No one could ever get them away from him. I and the Father are one heart and mind.”

John 10:22-30 (Message*)

Jesus' actions spoke louder than words. That is true for all of us. Jesus' actions confirmed his status as Messiah. Do your actions confirm the faith you profess? If you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you in a fair trial?

Jesus indicated his followers (his “sheep”) recognized his voice, because they know him. Do you know Jesus and recognize his voice?

Bill Samuel

* The Message version ©2002 by Eugene H. Peterson.

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