The Shepherd’s Nook,


To say I’m not very “high-tech” would probably be an understatement.  I certainly appreciate technology and have become dependent upon it; however, when it malfunctions (not if), I must call for help.  Even minor issues are major for me.  Typically this involves going to one of the younger staffers for help, as was the case several days ago when the computer I use to run the slides for my Wednesday night Bible study froze up.  It is an old laptop, so I decided to put my info on a different laptop.  

Thankfully I had made the call to hook it up early on Tuesday just to verify that everything was now working correctly.  To our dismay,  it was not!  Several staffers tried to fix it but to no avail.  Finally, we called in a computer company. After an eternity, they got it going, but as soon as they left the building, the programming messed up again!  

By that time, school was out, and Marc Lewis had arrived. He suggested we put the material on yet another computer.  Once that was done, we plugged it in, and the same issues were again occurring. Marc then suggested the possibility that the HDMI cord which runs from the computer to the TV might be faulty.  He switched out the chord, and bingo!  Everything clicked just as it should.  The fix was simple once we knew the real problem.  

It’s a reminder that sometimes the root of the problem is not as apparent or even as complicated as we might think.  This is true not only with technology but also with life.  Some well-meaning folks are out there trying to find solutions to our ailing world, who unfortunately never seem to get to the root of the problem.  

                        “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

                                                                        Romans 3:23


I trust you will take advantage of every opportunity to not only point out the problem but also point to the solution:

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gracious gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus.”

                                                Romans 6:23


The heart of the matter,

James Lewis