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Archive for June, 2014

This is not your normal sermon on homosexuality….

Few topics divide the world and the church like homosexuality. For that matter, few things divide the church like the same topic.

The issues within the GLBT community effect our politics, views, and most of all… personal lives. Many have been hurt, driven to anger or just fall away over past hurts and experiences and the divide deepens.

At The Shepherd’s Fellowship, we believe in 100% love and 100% truth. Can this also apply to the conversation of homosexuality? Be part of our study and see what you find as we dig into a hot button but critical study.

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The Bible is the gauge in which we as Christians gauge our life. It is very black and white on many topics that apply to our lives today.

However, what about issues the Bible is not as clear about? How do you find the path to holiness in areas like what entertainment we partake of, political issues, some denominational differences, and the like?

In this study, we dig into the teachings of Paul on this very thought process. We will explore how to find our personal way through topics as well as how to find unity in conversations that begs for division in our worldly selves.

As drinking alcohol (from non-drinkers to social drinkers to those who struggle) is a big topic in many lives, we will be using it as our example of how to make sure our views in all areas are Biblical, honoring to God, and lead to unity and love.

Sound like a conversational minefield? That’s why it’s the perfect focus point for Biblical living.

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As we come together to celebrate Father’s Day (by honoring men who have made a positive difference in our lives), we go deeper by looking at the place of showing honor in our lives today.

Who do we honor? What keeps us from doing so? Is there power in our lives by honoring others? What difference does this mean in our spiritual lives?

There’s a lot of questions that most of us have not even thought of asking. Dig into the Bible with us and see what we find together.

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As we come together to celebrate Father’s Day (by honoring men who have made a positive difference in our lives), we go deeper by looking at the place of showing honor in our lives today.

Who do we honor? What keeps us from doing so? Is there power in our lives by honoring others? What difference does this mean in our spiritual lives?

There’s a lot of questions that most of us have not even thought of asking. Dig into the Bible with us and see what we find together.

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Extravagant Honor

As we come together to celebrate Father’s Day (by honoring men who have made a positive difference in our lives), we go deeper by looking at the place of showing honor in our lives today.

Who do we honor? What keeps us from doing so? Is there power in our lives by honoring others? What difference does this mean in our spiritual lives?

There’s a lot of questions that most of us have not even thought of asking. Dig into the Bible with us and see what we find together.

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It seems that this time of year is when I start hearing people (from within and outside our church) start talking about not feeling like they are still part of their church family which often leads to changing churches or pulling back.

It usually starts with phrases like “It just doesn’t feel the same any more”, “No one really hangs out with me or talks to me anymore.”, or similar statements.

If you are in this boat, let me throw this observation out to you as there seems to be a trend when talking to folks struggling with these thoughts.

The reason I hear it more during this time of year is because it’s late spring/ early summer. There seems to be a snowball effect most of the time I am in these conversations sparked by this.

– We are all coming out of winter into a normal season that puts us in the mood for change.

– We walk into that season by getting more busy with moves, activities, family events, travel, cook outs and the like and for some…. we skip church to do these events. This takes us from a season of being plugged into the church community around us to being more pulled back.

– Often times, this starts a feeling of disconnect and we find ourselves struggling to plug into church community even when there is nothing on the schedule.

– Then we feel like we don’t fit in anymore and start feeling more like an orphan than a family member.

In many cases, this is a subtle plan of the enemy to separate you from the community God called you to. If he can get you to pull back some, the snow ball effect happens naturally.

Let me suggest going against the grain. If you once felt like your church community was a place of love, friendship, and refreshed you and you could contribute…. plug back in! There can be other reasons but for the most part, it should be you making the first step back in to get the community you love back.

I have a friend who almost left our church about three years ago. It was a time of change in our church as well as in her life. After we talked and she prayed about it, she plugged back in. She not only stayed coming to church, she started calling people and inviting them to do things. In a very short time, her relationships were stronger than ever and it had real life changes for her family as well.

Consider this before leaving your church. If God leads you someplace new, that’s awesome! However, if it’s your own discontent, you might have the control to plug back in.

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrew 10: 24-25

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We launch into the Summer of Service together as we dig into Hebrews and the testimonies of the heroes of the faith! We will explore what what see in their lives that can make a HUGE difference in ours today!

Also, Amanda Sivey kicks off our Summer of Service overview and how you can be part of making a difference in the community around us this summer!

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