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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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As we wrap up the “Mountains” series, we come to talk about the key that moves us from fear of the struggles in this life to enjoying the freedom of Christ!
Each step of the way, we explored the Bible for key points and advice of how to move forward into freedom. However, for many of us, we continue to struggle in the same cycles as before. This is because there is one core truth that opens the door to moving forward that mere “best efforts” for change fall short.
Join us this week as we explore that truth that makes all the difference.

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Pastor Tom returns from his vacation in Alaska and brings some thoughts with him from God’s Word and His creation!

We all face different kinds of challenges in our lives that invite us to worry, stress, and fear. However, in Christ, there is a promise that we can have peace in the midst of the struggles.

Why do we find it so hard to hold on to this kind of peace?
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Many of us are dealing with different struggles and situations that overwhelm us. We try to pull ourselves up by our boot straps and forge on but some days are just tougher than others.

For those of us that are Christians (have accepted Jesus as Leader and Forgiver in our lives by acknowledging with our mouths and believing in our hearts that He is the Son of God who died and rose again for us and have repented of the old life and now following Him), there is some encouragement in those days in some writings of King David.

(If you are not a Christian and want the hope and forgiveness of Christ in your life, touch base with me and we’ll chat more…. 740-382-3500)

King David was not born royalty. In the early days, the rest of the world just considered him a nobody kid who, at best, had good potential as a shepherd. God saw much more and through years of trials and situations, raised David up to be king. As we learn more about David’s story, we know it wasn’t all money and power for him. There were many seasons of pain and persecution from others. There were days that would knock most of down but God saw David through.

It was in such a time that David wrote Psalm 56 and I wanted to show you what David found that might encourage you as well.

Psalm 56: 1-4 says “Be gracious to me, O God, for man tramples on me;all day long an attacker oppresses me;my enemies trample on me all day long,for many attack me proudly.When I am afraid,I put my trust in you.In God, whose word I praise,in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.What can flesh do to me?

At first glance, you might think just how strong David appears to not worry about his struggles. You might even be tempted to think you are so weak for not being like him . Look again.

He starts out with “Be gracious to me, O God”. To me, he’s struggling. It seems that he is saying I am hurting, I am afraid, and I am overwhelmed. I wish I was stronger Lord and I feel like I’m letting you down. Be gracious to me. Don’t be upset with me. I am but a mere mortal. He admits he gets afraid. Maybe you have been there.

But he doesn’t stop there. He goes into stating truths to recenter himself in God. I praise you God in midst of this trouble. I trust in you and what can flesh do to me? He goes from “when I am afraid” to “I shall not be afraid.”

Now that’s enough to make you feel a little encouraged and maybe even give you a second wind. A reminder to claim on to the promises of God and give it another shot. However, David goes on….

All day long they injure my cause;all their thoughts are against me for evil.They stir up strife, they lurk;they watch my steps,as they have waited for my life.For their crime will they escape?In wrath cast down the peoples, O God!

You have kept count of my tossings;put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?Then my enemies will turn backin the day when I call.This I know, that God is for me.In God, whose word I praise,in the Lord, whose word I praise,in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.What can man do to me?” (56: 5-11)

This is not a one time hit where you claim God’s promises and then life is all rainbows and unicorns. The problems did not change. This even hints that after claiming hold of God’s promises that David is struggling still emotionally at times. However, He keeps coming back. He keeps claiming the promises. He is not playing the victim card. He is holding onto the Victor.

If you are going through tough times and sleepless nights, don’t add to your burden by trying to be “Super Christian” and feeling like your failing. Keep coming back to the well for nourishment. Keep coming back to the promises for reassurance. Keep thanking Him for His grace and talk honestly with Him about where you are today.

And what else do you do as you walk through this path with Him?

I must perform my vows to you, O God;I will render thank offerings to you.For you have delivered my soul from death, yes, my feet from falling, that I may walk before Godin the light of life.” Psalm 56: 12-13

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It just seems like there is so much to get done and nothing wants to go in the right direction, doesn’t it?

Life does not move at the pace we wish it would and the list of things we need to get done seems to grow larger all the time. Everyone has expectations above and beyond what seems possible. Sleepless nights and stress headaches seem more numerous than rest and peace moments that we need so badly. How do we experience Jesus in these circumstances?

In this study, we look at a time in Jesus’ life that fits the above description and find that His choices might seem a little odd to the norm. Is it possible that we can learn something from Him and the Word that can change the way we understand patience and peace? Of course we can! Dig into this with us!

This is also a great study for those wanting to know about the “Sabbath” and “Sabbath rest”

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Are you feeling overwhelmed? Things not going the way you thought they would? Wondering if you took a wrong turn someplace? Wondering if anyone even appreciates you?

What gauge are you using for you worth, direction, and happiness? There are many to choose but only one leads to maturity, peace, and power that can sustain you.  This is the focus of this study of John the Baptist as we look at the first area that blocks us from experiencing the fullness of Christ in our lives.

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