Fall Creek Friends
11345 Karnes Rd.
Hillsboro, Ohio 45133

Pastor's Pen
       I am the door; by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in
and out, and find pasture.  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill,
and to destroy:  I am come that they might have life, and that they might have
it more abundantly. - John 10:9-10

When I think about other people and what is going on in their lives I know what I would
want for them.  I want them to have a good life that things would go well for them.  That
their life would have little problems and that they would have good health even in their
old age.  I would wish for them to have wisdom to handle the challenges life brings.  
Looking at things God’s point of view means that there are a lot of things that I have
not considered.  There is another passage where Jesus also speaks of life and the
abundance of it.  “And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for
a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.” –
Luke 12:15 in this passage Jesus is dealing with two brothers who are arguing over
their inheritance.  Jesus tells the parable of the rich man who is more concerned about
his material wealth than his spiritual condition.  It is a cautionary story about keeping
one’s priorities straight.  In the first passage in the gospel of John Jesus is speaking
about being the Good Shepherd and how he cares and tends for the sheep.  The
gospel of John presents Jesus as the Son of God in the first four chapters and from
chapters five through twelve he is shown dealing with confrontations with the Son of
God.  In chapter ten verse ten Jesus uses the same words life and abundance that he
uses in Luke chapter twelve.  The word abundance means more than, overflowing, in
large measure above what is normal or expected.  The word life is Zoe; it is one of
three Greek words that are translated into English as life.  The other two words for life
are bios, which is the period or duration of life as in earthly life, and the third is
psuche.  This word psuche is the individual life or the soul of a person.  The first word
Zoe is a life that comes from God, which he has in himself.  It is the eternal life that is
God and to which man had before the fall into sin in the garden.  It is the life, which is
restored to an individual upon being saved, and accepting Christ as Savior and Lord.  
As the Shepherd of our souls Jesus came to give us this life and to live it out in such a
way as to demonstrate its worthiness and its reality.  As fallen sinners who are lost and
have no hope Jesus is the only one who can give us this type of life and the hope we
need to live it out everyday.  When I reflect back on what I want for people and what
God’s plan is for our lives His is the better way.

H. Scott Latimer