This week's verse is John 10:10. As usual, this verse comes courtesy of ESVBible.org.
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I [Jesus] came that they may have life and have it abundantly."
This famous verse, in addition to being key to this week's High School service sermon, is taken from the middle of a sermon Jesus gave on his role in theology. Jesus is the "Good Shepherd" discussed further in this passage, and the "thief" refers to the Pharisees, who were only interested in their own gain. The sheep ("they") are, of course, we the people, but we'll go into that more later.
This week's sermon had the pastor preaching out of the middle third of Romans 8. The topic was delayed gratification, and how this phenomenon is important to the Christian life. Specifically, the pastor said that the satisfaction gained from following God's commands is a result of delayed gratification, whereas the satisfaction derived from sin is immediate, but all too temporary, leaving sinners unfulfilled in the end. God, however, is just waiting to share all he has with us.
In the High School service, the Jr. High Service pastor's wife addressed us concerning John 10. She discussed how we, the sheep, are useless to God, but he loves us anyway, having sent the Good Shepherd (Jesus) to save our souls. She also said that the "abundant life" promised by Jesus may be free to us, but it certainly wasn't free to him. Furthermore, it is therefore concluded because of these things, God, our father, owns everything, including our bodies. That way, we can go about thinking, "My father owns that high rise!" or "My father owns that bank!"
Also, there is now a new poll up! This month, we'll be looking at which of the following artists you'd like to play at your wedding! I naturally chose Michael Salvatori and Martin O'Donnel, the makers of the Halo series music! I can't even imagine what their music would be like as I went down the aisle!