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In a day and age where many are sick and tired of “church” as they have known it… it gives new hope when we see Jesus was gets as upset about the same heart and attitudes in the temple in His physical life time.

As we continue the “All In” study series through the gospel of John on the teaching and life of Jesus, we come across a moment where He responds to the temples hyprocirsy, lack of love, and “buisness as usual” attitude in a zealous manner. Join us as we explore why by seeing what the Church is suppose to be verses some of the sickness we have seen around us and in our own lives.

Don’t get us wrong, there’s a lot of beauty in Church as God has designed it but in our humaness, we falter and Jesus is not silent on what we are to be and the beauty and passion when we do go for the “best stuff” as a community.

If “church” has let you down before, come see what possiblities still await you and the choices you can make to have community, purpose, and more!

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Week One – We explored taking Christ out of the manger to experience Him for ourselves.

Week Two – We explored taking Christ out of the manger, experiencing Him, and then sharing Him with them world around us.

Now we dive deeper into Mary’s testimony as we look at the dangerous, messy, complex, and merciful full message of Christ coming out of the manger and impacting the world. It’s not quite as “Christmas card” naive as we tend to lean towards all the time. It’s Christ! The loving yet powerful Emmanuel who changes everything!

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I am blessed that at The Shepherd’s Fellowship we have several outreaches coming up during the Christmas season. These include efforts like a card ministry to many in need, door to door outreach at a local apartment complex, music and visitation to a local nursing home, Christmas 20/10 (more on this later) and more. However, my favorite outreach is a personal one and I invite you to join me.
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I get the opportunity to work with and talk to many in the Marion, Ohio area that are struggling with getting food. It’s one of the reasons we support a local food pantry by volunteering and keeping a small food pantry for individual needs at our church. However, in talking with folks, I am finding a challenge for folks that is understandable but is one to find an answer for.

You see, our area is blessed with several food pantries so whenever I talk to someone in need, that resource comes up. However, I am finding many have a kitchen full of non-perishables from the food pantries but can’t get help in one crucial area…. meat. In other words, “Hamburger Helper” without the hamburger.

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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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This one is from my wife’s blog ….

Baby’s Hug

We were the only family with children in the restaurant. I sat Erik in a high chair and noticed everyone was quietly sitting and talking. Suddenly, Erik squealed with glee and said, ‘Hi.’ He pounded his fat baby hands on the high chair tray, since in the car he used a great car seat which you can find it here. His eyes were crinkled in laughter and his mouth was bared in a toothless grin, as he wriggled and giggled with merriment.

I looked around and saw the source of his merriment. It was a man whose pants were baggy with a zipper at half-mast and his toes poked out of would-be shoes His shirt was dirty and his hair was uncombed and unwashed. His whiskers were too short to be called a beard and his nose was so varicose it looked like a road map.

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