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From the Overcoming Obstacles series…

This is a season that reminds us that obstacles are a part of everyone’s life and can be very challenging. With this in mind, TSF will be spending some time in the book of Joshua learning key principles on how to overcome obstacles in a way that brings a stronger foundation for you to stand on.

Each study can be enjoyed as a stand alone message but also build on each other for a fuller study. We recommend having a journal (online or in book form) during this study as we will be asking questions for you to explore and to put into action.

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During this period of being called to stay at home, many are finding their life looking very different compared to last month at this time. This has some negative implications and some positive ones.

There are many areas that this time will give us an opportunity to reset in our lives from finances to schedules to our priorities.

One of these areas are relationships. When we are able to be together again in our community, work places, churches and more … what should your relationships look like?

In this study, we are going to explore the three main types of relationships Jesus had and what this means to you. By redesigning the purposes behind your relationships as a Christ follower, we will see how it will increase the impact of these connections.

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This study is part of a series but can also be a stand alone message about Easter.

We spent Holy Week (the last week of Jesus’ life before the crucifixion) looking at how He dealt with His worst week. By doing so, we were able to discover many tangible things we could choose to have in our life to help us during our worst times.

In this final study, we not only celebrate the victory and power of the resurrection but we discuss how we receive it to have that victory and power in our own lives!

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According to the news, this upcoming week is suppose to be the worst when it comes to complications from the COVID-19 virus. That leaves many afraid, anxious, and struggling.

At the same time, next week is Holy Week. The last week in the life of Christ. The worst week in the life of Christ.

Are there things in His life that He tapped into that can encourage us in a very real way during this time with the virus? Is there things He tapped into that can help us with a struggling marriage, financial lost, or any number of “worst week” issues many of us are dealing with?

The answer is YES! Join us for this study while we look at six things Jesus did that you can do now to help you through overwhelming situations.

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Sadly, we often hear about how people have pulled away from church due to hurtful experiences in their past. Whenever you have community, rather a church or motorcycle club, it gets messy sometimes.

But what about when it’s the pastor or one of the church leaders that are hurting people? In this study, we will be looking at the problem of bad pastors, bad leaders, what the Bible has to say about it, and how to address it.

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A lot of questions come up when it comes to what the Church and Christians should be doing and not doing during the Coronavirus pandemic. In this study, we look at the Bible to find support for the positions being offered, expose tome false views being pushed around on social media, and ask ourselves certain question so we can be ambassadors for Christ during this time. tsflife.com

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While this video podcast serves as a wrap up for our mental health series; it also is a great study for anyone going through any struggle (including navigating the coronavirus situation in our world today). tsflife.com

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Should Christians pass around the posts about self proclaimed psychic Sylvia Browne “predicting” the coronavirus in 2020?
 
I have been seeing several Christians (many close friends whom I love) sharing this post. Can I ask you to reconsider?
 
First, the prediction is vague on purpose and doesn’t really match up to the coronavirus. It did not appear suddenly. It followed the normal timelines of a virus. It didn’t (at least yet) disappear suddenly. It’s not a severe pneumonia like illness. 80% of those who get it will have more mild symptoms and will recover (though it can lead to pneumonia in some).
 
That all said, even if the numbers I looked up were wrong, she’s still a psychic. She’s not a prophet. Many…. many… of her predictions are wrong. Even if she got this 100% right, as I have said in other places… even a blind dog finds a bone every once in awhile. God’s revelation does not have error so what’s is the source of these predictions?
 
But here’s the main reason we should not share this around. We (as Christians) need to be pushing out light, hope, and love through Jesus Christ during this time of panic. That doesn’t mean everything you post has to have a Bible verse on it but it shouldn’t go against the Bible either.
 
For example….
 
“Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.” Leviticus 19: 31
 
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” 1 John 4: 1
 
Some random thoughts to consider.
 
Pastor Tom Hypes
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The Shepherd’s Fellowship is spending eight weeks in a sermon series on mental health challenges. We desire to be a community where people don’t have to wear masks in any area of struggle and be loved and encouraged by others who are really doing life with us.

In this edition, we explore what it’s like to live with depression. This includes teaching from Pastor Tom Hypes and Monica Whaley.

This study also includes a 13 minute documentary video from Silent Images including testimonies from people living with PTSD. We thank them for their permission to use their video series in our podcasts.

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The Shepherd’s Fellowship is spending eight weeks in a sermon series on mental health challenges. We desire to be a community where people don’t have to wear masks in any area of struggle and be loved and encouraged by others who are really doing life with us.

In this edition, we explore what it’s like to live with PTSD.

This study also includes a 25 minute documentary video from Silent Images including testimonies from people living with PTSD. We thank them for their permission to use their video series in our podcasts.

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