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Shearing Sheep

I shear our sheep with the old manual type shears. There is a sermon a day in raising sheep. First of all, sheep need a shepherd. They are defensless animals.They must be shorn regularly. Sheep have an unusual trait in which they give up if immobilized. When I begin shearing, they may struggle, but soon stop.   The shepherd needs to know what is underneath when he is cutting. The wool is so thick, he must dig down in places and can catch the skin easily.  Just for an example, here are some sermons that I could learn from the underlined topics:
Sheep Need a shepherd– We need a shepherd. All we, like sheep have gone astray. We need the guidance of the “Good Shepherd”.
They must be shorn– We must cast off every work of darkness and put on righteousness.
Giving up-We must be encouraged to not grow weary in welldoing. It is natural for us to quit. Nature is what we are put here to overcome.
Know what’s Underneath-If you are going to deal with someone’s problems, you cannot just start cutting. You will probably do more harm than good. Find out what is underneath.
Below is a slide show on Paul shearing one of our sheep in July of 2004.  Takes a minute to load but very interesting!
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Philippians 3:13-14 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

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2 Responses to "Shearing Sheep"

  1. Karen Green says:

    Hello! My husband and I were wondering what kind of hand shears you are using for your sheep? We just bought a flock of 10 tunis sheep that the owner didn’t shear this year.My husband decided to shear them by hand. This way we don’t have to worry about getting the blades on a electric clipper sharpened or nuy new ones all the time. Thank you for your help.
    God’s Blessings,
    Karen Green

    1. paul paul says:

      Karen-if you have a Tractor Supply store in your area they have a nice pair for around $15. I bought those as a backup pair to keep if my original pair got dull in the middle of shearing. My other pair came from Lehmans. Learn to sharpen them as they will need it after 10 sheep.

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