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Feed My Sheep

Feed My Lambs - James Tissot [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsLast week there were so many fish in that Bible story.

Can we just do that story again this week?

What do you mean, I can go back and read it.

It’s not the same as hearing it.

Besides, I can’t read.

Oh alright, I’ll listen to the next story.

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When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?”

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I bet he really does love Jesus after Jesus helped him catch all that fish.

Well, is there a better reason to love someone besides food?

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“Yes, Lord,” Peter said, ‘you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

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I’ll feed Jesus’ lambs if He helps me catch fish.

I am listening.

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Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me?”

He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

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Jesus has sheep?

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The third time He said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.”

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I think I’d better get my herding type friends to help Peter.

Jesus might have a lot of sheep.

Yes, I’ll listen.

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Jesus said to Peter, “I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.”

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I guess it’s a good thing I don’t have hands.

Nobody can stretch mine out.

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Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then He said to him, “Follow me!”

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Whoa!

If you follow Jesus you get fish, but then you might die for Him?

I have to think about this.

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Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?”

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I guess Peter was thinking about it too.

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Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.”

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I guess that says that.

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Because of this, the rumor spread among the brothers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”

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I don’t think that guy’s dead yet.

I wonder if he has any fish left.

I think I’ll go look for him.

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2014 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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The Lost Sheep

English: Lost sheep on farm track.

English: Lost sheep on farm track. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hey person, you don’t have to tell me a Bible story. I’m still full from that banquet story last week. I think I’ll roll over and take a nap.

What? The next story talks about Jesus eating?

I’m on my way.

I bet if I hung out near him under the table he’d hand me some scraps.

I’m listening now.

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The tax collectors and “sinners” were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

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Do you think Jesus would welcome a perfect dog to eat with him too?

Not some other dog – I mean me!

I am too a perfect dog.

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Then Jesus told them this parable: “Supposed one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them.”

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Lost sheep? I’m on it!

Here I go! The perfect sheep dog to the rescue!

What do you mean, I’m not a sheep dog?

Well, I’ve got some blogging buddies who are. I’m sure they’d come and help me.

Okay, I’ll listen.

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Jesus said, “Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?”

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I could stay and guard those ninety-nine sheep that are left.

I’d be the most perfect guard dog.

What do you mean, I’m not a perfect listener?

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Jesus continued, “And when he finds the lost sheep, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home.”

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Okay, the sheep are all home now. It must be time for a perfect break.

Oooh! That must mean it’s snack time.

I’m listening! I’m listening!

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Jesus went on with the story, “Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’”

“I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”

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Rejoicing in heaven?

That sounds like a real party.

I wonder what kind of treats they serve at parties in heaven.

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2013 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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Not His Sheep

sheepHey person, I’ve been really good all week. I didn’t dig up any seeds, but no trees have grown for me to leave messages on.

Maybe some other dog dug up that mustard seed that Jesus planted when I wasn’t looking.

You’ve got a new story to tell me?

But I’m still waiting for that mustard seed to grow.

Okay, I’ll listen.

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The Feast of Dedication at Jerusalem had come and Jesus was in the temple area walking in Solomon’s Colonnade. The Jews gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”

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They could have just read the Bible to find out.

I am listening.

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Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father’s name speak for me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep.”

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Jesus has sheep? I didn’t know He was a shepherd. I thought He was a carpenter.

I’m listening, but I just want to know where the sheep come in.

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Jesus continued, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”

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Okay, so Jesus’ Father got tired of being a carpenter and became a shepherd and then He gave the sheep to Jesus and went back to being a carpenter. I’m all confused.

What? Jesus had two fathers? I give up.

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The Jews picked up stones to stone Jesus, but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?”

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Oh, now I get it. I think. There’s the miracle Father and the carpenter father. But how come Jesus got so lucky to have two fathers?

If I listen will this make sense?

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“We are not stoning you for any of these,” replied the Jews, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”

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This story is really confusing. First there’s an extra father, and then the Jews want Jesus to tell them something and when He does they want to stone Him.

I don’t think I’d be telling the truth if it meant someone was going to stone me.

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Jesus answered the Jews, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are gods’? If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came – and the Scripture cannot be broken – what about the one whom the Father set apart as His very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’? Do not believe me unless I do what my Father does. But if I do it, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.”

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That’s too many big words for me. I think I’ll just go chase the sheep.

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Again they tried to seize Jesus, but He escaped their grasp.

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Hey Jesus, wait for me! I think I found one of your sheep.

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2013 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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Like a Little Child

Puppy in the grass

Puppy in the grass (Photo credit: justmakeit)

You know that fish Peter found last week with the coin in its mouth?

I’m going to go hang out with Peter and see if he’ll share.

What? What do you mean, Peter’s busy?

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An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest.

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What? The disciples argued? I thought they were perfect.

You’d think anyone that hangs out around Jesus as much as they did would have Jesus rub off on them and they wouldn’t do anything wrong.

Okay. I’ll listen.

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Jesus knew what they were arguing about and He called a little child and had him stand among them.

Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

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Oh. Does that mean I have to be like a puppy again in order to go to heaven?

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Jesus also said, “And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.”

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I would welcome a puppy. Maybe you should go out and get me a puppy, person.

I am too listening.

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“But,” Jesus said, “if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”

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Does teaching a puppy how to do mischief cause that puppy to sin?

On second thought, maybe we shouldn’t get a puppy. I like swimming, but not if I have a weight around my neck that makes me sink to the bottom.

I’m not sure I want to listen anymore.

Okay, I guess I’ll listen. Are you almost done?

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Jesus told a story to show how much He cared about the little ones.

He said, “If a man owns a hundred sheep,…

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Sheep!? What happened to the puppy?

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and one of the sheep wanders away, the man will leave the ninety-nine sheep on the hills and go look for the one that wandered off. And if he finds it, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.” Jesus said, “In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.

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Hey person, I’ll be back in awhile.

I’m going to look for that puppy. I think he got lost.

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2013 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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Competition from the Rez

Brown DogWait a minute! Who is that dog and why is he on my blog?

He’s a what? A church dog? I thought I was the only church dog.

Okay person, what’s up?

I don’t believe this! My person finally told me where she went earlier this week when she left me at home with my younger person. She said that she and my new friend were at a church on the Navajo Reservation, and that church already has a church dog. She told me that that church dog might not like it if I tried to take over. And you know what else? That church dog is also friends with my new friend.

I’m really not liking this at all.

Brown Dog with Bongo's New Friend

You know what my person said she saw while she was there?

She saw sheep and a sheep dog. I really want to go hang out with those sheep and that sheep dog. And she saw a little black lamb right next to the highway and she was sure glad it didn’t run out in front of her vehicle. I bet I could have corralled in that little black lamb.

My person said at night she saw the Milky Way stretching all the way across the sky.

Now I’m getting hungry. That sounds like something good to eat.

Then my person said that along with the Milky Way she saw thousands of stars all over the sky.

That doesn’t make sense. Who wants stars in their food dish?

I really started getting angry because my person left me home and went to a place with all that good stuff – but then she told me one more thing.

She said along with the Milky Way and all those stars she saw lightning flashes on the horizon from a distant storm.

Thunder storm!? Yikes! Hey person, I’m sure glad you left me home.

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2012 in Bongo, dogs, humor

 

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She Lost Them

Can you see them?I knew it! She should have taken me with her. Then she wouldn’t have lost them.

My person left me early this morning. She said she was going a long way away and she had to drive over some long uncrowded highways through a barren landscape and then on some bumpy dirt roads with no road signs to mark her way, till she reached the middle of nowhere. And when she got to the middle of nowhere she would be there.

This middle of nowhere place must be pretty popular because my person and the friends she went with found some more friends there. And a little way from the middle of nowhere they saw a whole bunch of sheep.

But then, you know what happened? My person and her friends were all talking in the middle of nowhere and they looked over where those sheep had been and they were all gone. All of them. Every last one of them.

People can be so irresponsible sometimes. I mean, how can you lose a bunch of sheep in the middle of nowhere? If I had been there I wouldn’t have lost those sheep.

So next time my person gets in the car and looks like she’s about to head to the middle of nowhere, I’m jumping in. Somewhere not too far from the middle of nowhere there’s got to be some sheep, and I’m going to make sure my person and her friends don’t lose them again.

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2012 in Bongo, dogs, humor

 

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No Missing Sheep

Español: Juan Antonio de Frías y Escalante, La...

Hey person, when are you going to tell me the story about those other sheep that David met?

Really? You’re finally going to tell me? So what happened to David’s sheep?

Okay, I’ll listen.

My person says King Saul kept chasing David, so David couldn’t go back home and see his sheep. But he went to a place where there were some other sheep. The sheep belonged to a rich man named Nabal who owned a thousand goats and three thousand sheep.

While David and his men were at this place they kept watch over the shepherds and the sheep and made sure nothing of theirs was missing. Don’t forget the sheep dogs, person. I’m sure they watched the sheep dogs too.

Okay person, I’ll listen. Just don’t forget the sheep dogs next time.

David heard that Nabal was shearing sheep. This was always a festive time and since David and his men had helped Nabal’s shepherds, David sent ten of his men to Nabal to greet and bless him and ask for anything he could spare.

Did Nabal give David a sheep so he wouldn’t miss his own sheep so much? Maybe a sheep dog too?

He was? He did what? Listen to this. My person says Nabal was a mean man and not only did he not give David’s men anything – he insulted David as well. I’d give him what for, person.

All right! My person says that’s exactly what David intended to do. He told his men to put on their swords and go after Nabal and his men. About four hundred men went with David and he left two hundred men with the supplies.

What happened next, person? Did they get him?

No way! My person says that even though Nabal was a mean man he had a wife named Abigail who was beautiful and intelligent. One of the servants told her what had happened and she quickly loaded up a bunch of food onto donkeys and headed out to meet David. When she found him she talked him out of going after Nabal and asked David to leave everything up to the Lord, and David praised the Lord for stopping him from doing what he had planned to do.

When Abigail returned home that mean old Nabal was having a party and had gotten drunk so she waited until the next morning to tell him what had happened. When she told him his heart failed and he became like a stone. About ten days later the Lord struck him and he died. Serves him right.

When David heard that Nabal had died he praised the Lord for doing that and keeping him from doing it himself. Then, you know what David did? He asked Abigail to marry him. And she did.

Hey person, you know sometimes when I get mad at someone and I want to give them what for? Well, even if God gives them what for, I still want to give them what for too.

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2012 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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