We Can Trust The Shepherd
White Wing Messenger|November 2019
Carl Corser is an ordained bishop, serves as president of the Gideons Cleveland North Camp, board of directors and chaplain of the Peach State Tractor Club, and owner of Carser Enterprises.
Carl Corser

PSALM 23

The most-read passage of Scripture is Psalm 23. It is the earliest psalm written in first-person language. God moved on David’s heart with very familiar terms. David was an experienced shepherd. David knew the character and behavior of sheep. David knew sheep are instinctively more reliant upon a leader than any other animal in the world. Sheep feel very secure in groups of five, six, or more because being in a group discourages predators. Sheep will drink from standing water or shallow water much more often than fast-running water. The noise from fast-running water disturbs them. Also, unfamiliar water sources are not a risk they are willing to take. Still water appeals to their quiet nature. If an unsheared sheep falls in or wades out too deep while drinking, his wool will take on water. That will pull him under and drown him. Sheep are very wise animals. They generally will follow only a shepherd who provides, guides, and protects them. They will know and follow his voice. How much more personally could God have touched David’s life than to inspire him to pen the words in Psalm 23?

VERSE 1: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” I understand I need to be completely dependent upon the Lord for all my provision. He sees ahead of me in every circumstance I encounter. His wisdom and understanding are perfect and is as precious as rubies. He has the power and authority to provide, guide, and protect me as a completely helpless sheep being stalked by a predator. What do I have to fear? I do not need to fear what man or Satan can do to me if my trust is completely in the Shepherd and His provision. Nothing can separate me from Him or His presence; absolutely nothing.

VERSE 2: “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters.” The valley the shepherd chooses for his sheep is filled with peace. It’s shady; vegetation grows freely. The tender, green grass leads to the creek. It looks so inviting. A good shepherd’s sheep are happy and healthy from grazing on quality grass. In the valley, pure water collects from the snows which run down the mountainsides. The shepherd knows valleys are the last areas to be affected during a dry season. How about the dry and rough times in our lives? If we lie down where our Shepherd leads us, it will be very comfortable. We can calmly allow God to refresh and renew us before we travel on. What a difference it makes in our lives! My Great Shepherd understands me and knows how to furnish me with life-sustaining water so peacefully. He’s able to protect me from drowning in the cares of life. How peaceful and soothing is the soft running water in the brook He chooses.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM WHITE WING MESSENGERView All

NEW JERSEY FOR JESUS CHRIST

Jonathan Olavarria serves as pastor of The Hub Church in Jersey City, New Jersey, a ministry of the Church of God of Prophecy since 2016. Jonathan has served in various ministry roles including summer camps, youth, children, Christian education, pastoral care, and evangelism. Pastor Jonathan is also a vice principal with Newark Public Schools. He and his wife, Noemi, have been married since 2012 and have been blessed with two sons, Adrian and Benjamin.

4 mins read
White Wing Messenger
August 2021

First to Join Pioneers and Planters

Michael Edwards is pastor of Orange Grove Church in Charleston, South Carolina. A fourth-generation bishop, he is the grandson of former General Overseer M. A. Tomlinson and great grandson of A. J. Tomlinson. Bishop Edwards is a graduate of Tomlinson College (1979). He and his wife, Cindy, have been married more than 45 years.

6 mins read
White Wing Messenger
August 2021

Celebrating God's MIRACULOUS PROVISION

We are always excited to share the testimonies from the nations of the miraculous provisions of God. Rejoice with our family as they celebrate.

4 mins read
White Wing Messenger
August 2021

CARING FOR KIDS IN CRISIS Children and Depression

Depression is a common and serious medical illness. It is real, it happens, and it is treatable. Society has put a stigma on mental illness, and as the salt and light of the world we must put an end to that stigma.

4 mins read
White Wing Messenger
August 2021

The Significance of Planting Churches on New Ground

Bishop Chin Kang Mon is the national overseer of Myanmar. Bishop Chin has planted numerous churches throughout the country. One of our newer nations, Bishop Chin has 35 churches, 3 missions, and 1,550 members under his care as well as three orphanages. One of his greatest accomplishments is the establishment of South East Asia Mission College. Bishop Chin writes, The ultimate objective of this college is to prepare, equip, and train his people to be effective workers of God in Myanmar and beyond. Its vision is to adequately produce and multiply planters, evangelists, missionaries, and cell-leaders. SEAMC graduates and students are enthusiastic in different fields of ministry in Myanmar. There have been 425 graduates from SEAMC and 75 percent of graduates have been serving the Lord as missionaries, evangelists, pastors, and association/church key leaders in Myanmar. Fifty percent of the graduates have been serving the Lord in new mission fields among unreached people groups.

5 mins read
White Wing Messenger
August 2021

HOW PENTECOST CAME TO ANEGADA

Bishop Adrian L. Varlack, Sr. became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 14 in an island-wide revival in his native Anegada, British Virgin Islands. He has been an ordained bishop since 1972 and has spent 48 years in international missions promotions, church administration, preaching, teaching, and writing for the Church of God of Prophecy, including three years as overseer of Canada, where he supervised 40 pastors. He has traveled and ministered in over 90 nations and territories. September 1999, Varlack joined International Leadership Development and Discipleship Ministries as a member of the faculty of the Center for Biblical Leadership and served as an instructor for 19 years. At the 2006 International Assembly, he was also appointed church historian, and in September 2018, consultant to the general overseer. He lives in Cleveland, Tennessee, with his wife of 54 years, Janice Smith Varlack, also of the British Virgin Islands. They have seven children, 25 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

5 mins read
White Wing Messenger
August 2021

FACING FORWARD

Pioneers and Planters in Central and South America

2 mins read
White Wing Messenger
August 2021

Our Leaders on Mission

Marsha Robinson is the Communications department publications coordinator for the Church of God of Prophecy International Offices. She is the managing editor of the White Wing Messenger, Mensajero Ala Blanca, and Le Messager a L'Aile Blanche. She is an ordained Church of God of Prophecy minister and actively works as a community chaplain.

5 mins read
White Wing Messenger
August 2021

The Will to Serve

Wilson J. Rodríguez is from Nicaragua. He is a 22-year-old member of the COGOP in Nueva Guinea, a city in southeast Nicaragua. Under the leadership of his national supervisor, Bishop Jorge Marrero, and his local pastor, Uriel Mejia, Brother Wilson serves the church in youth, children's, and discipleship ministries as secretary and assistant treasurer. He also has his own ministry collecting food to distribute to those in need.

2 mins read
White Wing Messenger
August 2021

Time in the Bank

You might think that money is the most valuable currency in the world. All of society seems to run by cash or card. However, it’s not the change in your pocket that’s your most valuable possession. It’s something even more sacred— and I guarantee you, you’re rich in it!

2 mins read
White Wing Messenger
August 2021
RELATED STORIES

RESCUE DOG RETURNS THE FAVOR!

THE FAVOR! Pulls owner to safety after devastating stroke

2 mins read
National Enquirer
March 29, 2021

Sonic Blue Persuasion

LONGTIME STRAT ADDICT KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD UNVEILS HIS NEW SIGNATURE OFFERING FROM FENDER — AND A NEW LIVE DVD/ALBUM

4 mins read
Guitar World
March 2021

SPACE STATION MARKING 20 YEARS OF PEOPLE LIVING IN ORBIT

The International Space Station was a cramped, humid, puny three rooms when the first crew moved in. Twenty years and 241 visitors later, the complex has a lookout tower, three toilets, six sleeping compartments and 12 rooms, depending on how you count.

4 mins read
Techlife News
November 07, 2020

Ricky:After Life goes on...for a bit longer

SUPRISE HIT BLACK (COMEDY BACK FOR THIRD SERIES BUT THAT'S IT...

2 mins read
Daily Star
January 11, 2022

Attention to detail: the key to broiler production

Poultry production has significant challenges, with high input costs and narrow margins being near the top of the list. However, Dale Shepherd, owner of Plaston Chicken Farms in Mpumalanga, has found that meticulous management and keeping a close eye on finances can bring business success. Lindi Botha reports.

8 mins read
Farmer's Weekly
December 03, 2021

Shepherd Neame CEO: ‘Beer and pubs still core to British life'

BRITAIN’S oldest brewer struck an upbeat tone today even as it warned that inflation and supply chain problems will continue to plague its business into next year.

1 min read
Evening Standard
November 09, 2021

A LIFE'S WORK

Since qualifying as a doctor in 1977, Richard Shepherd has seen more trauma than most. He tells James Rampton about his career, and the importance of having a sense of humour

10 mins read
The Independent
October 05, 2021

Broadcast media

Behind the scenes of Ghosts, an FMV-based game that can only be played once per day

5 mins read
Edge
July 2021

Conflicto en San Felipe, Baja California La amenaza estadunidense de un embargo pesquero

Detrás del conflicto entre los pescadores de San Felipe, Baja California, y la organización ambientalista Sea Shepherd –uno de cuyos navíos embistió una panga a principios de mes con resultado de un tripulante muerto y otro en coma– se encuentra un convenio del gobierno federal que permite a esa ONG hacer lo que corresponde a las autoridades mexicanas: vigilar la zona reservada a vaquitas marinas y totoabas en el Mar de Cortés. Y ese convenio se mantiene debido a la “amenaza” estadunidense de imponer “aranceles y bloqueos si no hay control sobre la pesca en el golfo”, reconoció en una “mañanera” el presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

10+ mins read
Revista Proceso
January 31, 2021

Rocking the blues Soloing masterclass

Kenny on how to weave classic blues influences into your soloing and unlock the fretboard.

1 min read
Guitar Techniques
February 2020