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Archive for October, 2015

What happens when the joy of life runs out?

Where do you turn when the success you chased after leaves you feeling empty?

How do you move forward from disappointment, grief, or even church hurt that left you feeling drained?

We find there is so much more available to you as we explore the first of Jesus’ miracles where He changes mere water to the best wine ever served. This is not just a little story of Jesus having a moment that changed a wedding reception … this is a relevant lesson of His power that can change your life today!

If you are looking for more out of this life than you are getting so far, we pray you join us for this impactful study!

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(Special thanks to Shamrock Vineyard in Waldo, Ohio for thier help and donation for sermon illustrations for this week.)water

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As the first disciples start to follow Jesus, we find that alot of the questions on their heart are the same as ours today…

“Who is Jesus really?”
“What is God up to?”
“How does this impact my life?”
“What is my purpose?”
“What if things change?”
“Is this worth it?”

Jesus gives the answers to these questions and extends an invitation as well. We invite you to join us to explore how Jesus responds to those seeking as well as how He responds to the skeptic.

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When Jesus was speaking about John the Baptist, He said “I tell you, among those born of women none is greater than John.” (Luke 7:28)

What made John the Baptist so special? Is it simply some extra blessing that God put upon on Him or is it a life that you and I can choose ourselves today? Could it be possible that his choices and outlook are something we can adopt that can lead us to a greater way of living full of purpose and passion?

As we enter week two of our study in the gospel of John, we explore these questions as well as learn more about Jesus Himself …. the LIGHT and LIFE we desire.

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There are many positives to being a relational person and being a pastor. You get to partner with many in life with deeper relationships, and see how God moves in other’s lives.

One of the hardest parts though is when people draw close to you when they need help or are going through hard times but then bolt again once the life of this world gets a little easier. It is heartbreaking when people come for an ounce of hope in a dark season but walk away from a eternal spring of power that’s inviting them in Christ. So many people walk right back into lives of struggle, bad decisions, and/or loneliness (even though they found a boyfriend or girlfriend that they think is going to fix everything only to be dumped a few months later).

While the door is always open for them to come back, it still hurts to watch them go through more struggle they could avoid with Christ and Christian community in their life.

The point of this is if it breaks my heart, I am certain that it breaks our Savior’s heart even more. So many in this world come to Him for a quick fix when things are rough and then walk away again instead of following Him. We see it time and time again in Jesus’ life and far too often in our world today. It breaks His heart when we use Him like a parachute instead of falling into His arms as our salvation.

If this is you, know that He too keeps the door open and would love for you to turn around today. He too would like to give you a new life instead of just patching up a hole and walking back out the door. He is a relational God and He wants to have a relationship with you.

If I can help you in any way with that, feel free to touch base.

Pastor Tom Hypes
tom@theshepherdsfellowship.org

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