It's a true statement that sometimes, in order to protect his flock, the shepherd must employ force to ward off the predators - at least I think that's where Brandon was going with this:
Not a pastor (but close), Paul Harvey often said: "Self Government won't work without self discipline." (A similar quote is also attributed to Alan Keyes). We frequently speak of "unlocking our potential", but we engage in activities that act as roadblocks to our success. If we change our thinking from God being the cosmic killjoy, and instead come to understand that as our Shepherd, His guidance, and following in his design for us, we will have the abundant life we desire.
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