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This is a book on theology and apologetics. If you are a Christian and have never understood or have been intimidated by such things, this is a great book for you. “Beyond Opinion” is not an easy read but it is also not a hard read.

Ravi Zacharias has collected writings from different contributors on topics ranging from challenges to the faith, conversational apologetics, post modernism and more in an “every man’s” type dialogue. For those who want to dig into deeper issues of the faith including how we live in the culture around us without going to seminary or reading Greek and Hebrew….. you will find this book assessable.

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This week, I gave a message on the church as a whole and how important it is that it is living up to the hype that the Bible says we are to be. That as long as the Bible instructs us to be a real community centered in Christ that loves but in action it is no more than a place that more resembles a Sunday morning social club, those who are seeking the Lord will continue to be hurt. That the church is called by God to be a powerful entity for worship, evangelism, and discipleship but is too often falling short of that calling.

In the preparation of the message, I went back to some of my favorite verses concerning what the early church looked like including….

 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2: 42-47

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Welcome to all those who are stopping by because they are checking out the “big” announcement from church yesterday. There’s a decent amount of info involved so I decided to go blog style so here it is….

When we started The Shepherd’s Fellowship, I felt led not to be part of a denomination. There were many benefits to this but also some downfalls including a lack of financial and resource support. However, the toughest part for me was not having the relational support. Not having other pastors and churches around our ministry to work together, have accountability, and to encourage one another. I looked at church networks and pastor coaching possibilities and could not find anything that seemed to be a match to the relational ministry we felt called to. I also looked for years for sister churches and pastors that I felt a close connection to. While I found many that I love and cherish, I found only one church and only a couple of pastors that I felt a partnership with even close to what I was looking for.

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As a small, active church, we are always looking at new ways to fund the adventures God leads us on. One great way you can help support The Shepherd’s Fellowship (even if you don’t have much finances yourself) is through iGive.com.

All you need to do is goto iGive.com, set up an account, choose “The Shepherd’s Fellowship” as your cause, make it your home page, and then start using it!

One way, and the most common way to support us is to stop using yahoo, google, or other search engines and instead use iGive. For every search you do, The Shepherd’s Fellowship gets a penny. I know it doesn’t sound like much but with several of us doing this for all of our searches…. it really adds up!

Then if you shop on-line, there are over 700 stores enrolled in the program. After you set up your account, you can search and shop through their stores (click “All stores”‘ in upper right hand corner of your main page once signed in). iGive will give The Shepherd’s Fellowship a certain percentage of you purchase AND the first time you use it (within 45 days of your registration) they also give us a $5 bonus!

When shopping, make sure you review the store’s coupons and detail information for more savings and to make sure they are participating in certain areas of the program. For instance, I bought a book through Barnes and Noble which I found has many coupons, gave the church 2.4% of my purchase, and will give the church the one time $5 bonus for my first purchase.

This is one of those things were we need everyone in the church, their friends, and their family members to jump in and use often! We would love your support and help as we open doors for God’s provision! Feel free to share this to those you know as we build a base of support under our ministry! Blessings!

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