Can God do anything? Can God make a rock so big that He cannot lift it? Most of us have been asked these kinds of questions over the years. Skeptics, agnostics, and atheists thrive on the these kinds of questions.
Science, engineering and technology have come a long way during the last hundred years. The first television that I ever saw was a little black and white 12 inch set. The picture was so blurred that it was hard to see the detail. That was during my early college years.
The week before Easter we sing one kind of hymn in church. Old hymns like, "On a hill far away, stood an old rugged cross." or "When I survey the wondrous cross," or "Jesus paid it all" that are appropriate.
Easter is a day of joy. Our Lord, our Redeemer, our church founder is alive. Christmas is a time of joy. Maundy Thursday and Good Friday are days of deep devotion, but only Easter brings to focus the resurrection power of our Lord, our God and our King.
When it rains, it pours. We have all had times in life when it seemed like bad things would never quit happening. A young college student can have one thing after another go wrong with the car. There is little or no money to keep it running. The student must drive to get to work.
The word shepherd can bring different ideas to different people. Three settings come to my mind. The first is the twenty-third Psalm. David who had been a shepherd boy himself called the Lord his good shepherd.
We could, and probably should, each make a list of disasters or simply bad things that might happen to us. Remember the tornadoes in Coon Rapids, Roseville, St. Peter and Hugo? Then there was the gas leak fire in Highland Park a few weeks ago.
Recently a friend told me that they had four funerals in their church in one week. They were all older people. He said it goes in cycles, weeks or even months without a funeral and then four in one week. That particular church is fairly large with plenty of senior citizens in it.