There’s is nothing more disheartening than when you finally feel you are making some headway in life and then something comes that brings it all crashing down again. It seems that whenever we start to get some momentum, the rug flies out from underneath us again.

This week, we will be diving into Nehemiah to see what it takes to persevere through these times in a way that leads to victory!



con·ver·sa·tion: the informal exchange of ideas by spoken words.
I watched a “conversation” between Trevor Noah (Daily Show) and Tomi Lauren today. What I saw were two intelligent, informed individuals who had no interest in hearing one another. They only had an interest in hearing a couple words from the other that they could twist to win a point for their side. All while being cheered on by an audience who couldn’t get enough.

This is not uncommon in our society today. Many do not converse to learn, be challenged, and to grow. We look for things around us to tell us we are right and the other side is wrong. This only leads to division and not unity.

The other common problem in conversation today is a lack of them. When we only want others to agree with us, many simply will deny conversations from happening that might challenge them or make them think outside what they are comfortable with. Often times, they chose to have side conversations with others to drum up support and understanding while not talking to other side that can bring healing or conclusion. This only leads to division and not unity.

Maturity and community leads to people who are willing to converse and listen.


Pastor Tom Hypes
The Shepherd’s Fellowship


“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.” James 1:19-21


“Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene.” 2 Timothy 2: 14-17a

Stop for a moment.

How’s your life? How are things going? What have you learned to be comfortable with but you wish were so much better than what they are today?

As we enter into the Christmas season together, The Shepherd’s Fellowship will exploring the story of a heroic man named Nehemiah who moved out of the ordinary and led restoration into thousands of lives to something greater than what they had learned to live with.

Through his story, we find how we too can move forward into new freedom, passion, and purpose. The very life that the baby Jesus came to usher in a path for you to embrace to have a life that is meaningful.

We pray you join us for this season of life revival!

Revisiting Vision

“Where there is no vision, the people perish…” Proverbs 29: 18

Far too many people are wandering this world feeling like they are wasting their days. Our very souls cry out that there has to be more than what we are living now. We ask “How do we know God’s will for us?”. We get tired of struggle instead of freedom.

This week, we will be looking at a moment in Jesus’ days where he modeled for us how to find vision for our lives. He was in a moment that could have been a shortcut to a limited existence but shows us how we can find God’s view and go above the normal way of thinking that falls short.

Moving to Meaningful

As we move from the “I Want More” season to a new season of having the “Meaningful” life, we explore a very uncomfortable dinner party that Jesus attended. As he took the religious leaders of his day to task due to their hypocrisy, we can also be challenged that we don’t fall into the same traps they did.

We invite you to join us as we take our first step into this new conversation.

Joy: Philippians 4b

Have you ever watched a movie about someone who did something great with their life that touched your heart? Mr. Holland’s Opus? Schindler’s List? Saving Private Ryan?

It’s in all of us that we want to do something great with our time in this world. However, one of the greatest “joy stealers” in this world is when it seems like we will never get there. Many of us have submitted to a feeling of “getting by” with only movies like these awakening that desire in us for a brief moment.

As we dive into the second part of Philippians 4, we awaken the dream, see it lived out in testimonies of ordinary people, and learn how we can have that dream become a reality in our lives as soon as today!

Joy: Philippians 4a

How can you have joy when life hands you a plate of anxiety?

All of us struggle with anxiety at one time or another. For some of us, it can be a moment when a challenge presents itself. For others, it can last for a season when things are out of control. Still for others, it can be a way of life, as we constantly feel overwhelmed.

In this study, we will look at anxiety, how it steals our joy, and what we can do about it. This is not a study about a quick fix. Nor is it a study that says all anxiety is due to lack of faith or a sin. It’s a study on what the Bible tells us we can do when anxiety hits, how it leads to joy, and how even Jesus modeled this life changing truth on the road to the cross.

The Shepherd’s Fellowship is a casual and relational church in Marion, Ohio.