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Have you ever found a baby bird that had fallen from it’s nest and tried to nurse it to a healthy life? It’s possible but not easy.

Once the baby bird has lost it’s way, often times the mother bird abandons it to the elements, leaves it unprotected from predators, and suffers it to starve for provision.

It reminds me of a proverb in the Bible. Proverbs is a collection of sayings from King Solomon who had asked God for wisdom which is displayed in these eternal truths.

As I skimmed through Proverbs 27, I came across verse 8 that says….

“Like a bird that strays from it’s nest is a man who strays from his home.”

Often times, people find themselves feeling like they have fallen out of the nest. They are lost, exposed, and hurting with similar feelings to the baby bird fallen to the ground.

As I did a quick study of some of the reasons birds stray from their nest, it struck me that it’s similar of how people stray from home (a life with Christ).

Weather – Storms and unexpected wind currents often times will knock a young bird right out of it’s home in the same way the storms of this life can do to us. A move, job loss, family member passing, addiction and other challenges leave us feeling lost and beaten.

Inexperience – Juvenile birds making their first migration without the lead of a mature bird often times undershoot or overshoot their destinations. Sometimes, we too head boldly on a path without instruction, mentorship, or God’s map to find where He was leading us all along.

Wanderers – Some types of birds have been known to simply be wanderers and undertake destinations that are not within their normal environments. In the same way, we sometimes look for places that are not ours but it just seems the “grass is greener on the other side”. These situations can show up as marital affairs, shortcuts that lead to failure in the work place, or going against God’s ways to obtain something we want in the moment.

Whatever the reason, falling out of the “nest” leaves us feeling just as hungry, lonely, and abandoned as the infant robin alone on the ground. However, the good news is God does not abandon us there like a mama bird does to her young. He is just a whisper away willing to offer you forgiveness, direction and provision when you lean back into Him to find mercy and grace abounds!

In Matthew 23: 37, Jesus refers to himself as a mother hen who longs to gather her chicks (you and me) under her wings (for protection, love, and care) but that often times, we are unwilling.

Will you choose to not “stray” but “stay” with the Lord? Trust me, it’s much better in the nest.

Pastor Tom Hypes
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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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Some people claim to speak what Jesus stood for but don’t match up to His words. Some people claim to say what Jesus believed but then find their Jesus is quite different than the Jesus of the Bible. Some people have walked away from Jesus based on what they have seen or experienced by others but never really got to know Jesus of Nazareth for who He really is.
Maybe it’s time to stop assuming you know Jesus and spend some time hearing His words and seeing His actions.

The Shepherd’s Fellowship is starting a new study this week through the gospel of John. John was one of Jesus’ best friends and an apostle. The reason he wrote this book is so that “you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.” John 20: 30-31

John knew he was writing to people who either knew little about the real Jesus and/or where leery of His claims. This time together will give you a chance to get a first hand account of the One who many worship, many deny, and many still seek.

As we start our study, John lays out the deeper purpose of his gospel as well as the two main themes we will see repeated time and again. We will explore three errors that the world thinks of Jesus and refocus ourselves into the truths taught as we dig into John together.

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When we started the “Mountains” series, we explored how beautiful the life God has for us is but as we travel the path, the fear of the cliffs around us can keep us seeing God’s glories in our life. As a community, we identified different “cliffs” we are dealing with and are going to tackle them one by one through study and practical life application.

The first one we will be addressing is our physical health. We know many have challenges due to being out of shape, struggling with illness, fighting addictions and more. For this reason, we will explore God’s ways and instructions that gives us the keys to moving forward into life and freedom!

If you have been struggling at all in the area of physical health or know someone that is, we invite you to join in and be part of a morning of worship, fellowship, encouragement and study.

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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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Why does it seem that so many people who claim to be Christians have lives that are stressed out, hypercritical, and look nothing different than most anyone else? They claim to follow Jesus but instead continue in a cycle of actions are not of God and end up in places of regret and bondage.

If you believe in God, believe in Jesus and/or just think God wants you to a good person and that’s it…… this study is for you.

In this study, we will explore the disconnect between faith and actions. We may not be able to fix the world by ourselves but we can make new steps in changing the worlds around us.

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If you are wanting closer to God, eternal life in heaven, or a more powerful life over all… this one if for you.

If you feel Christians think they are right and everyone else is wrong … this one is for you.

If you feel overwhelmed, alone, and unloved… this one is for you.

Some of Jesus’ last words before He takes the cross are very telling of why He came from Heaven to Earth and why He sacrificed Himself. In one small conversation, He shares three important truths of the results of the Easter celebration and we explore them together and what they mean for you today.

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