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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 come to the close of the “Home for the Holidays (even when you are homeless)” study, we come to a truth that is passionate and full of life through three testimonies.

As the lives of Mary, Joseph, Simeon, and Anna converge with a meeting with the Christ child, we see three different paths that reflect the same truth available today to us all.

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Many people ask, “How can I know what God’s will is?”

Many people have taken “leaps of faith” just to have things fall short.

Many people are using the wrong gauge to find where God is leading them.

In this study, we look deeper at how to not only chase after God’s dreams for your life but how to best find confirmation that you and God are on the same page.

Enjoy the Christmas narrative and the testimony of the shepherds in a little bit of a different vantage point that will help you have a more firm foundation in your walk with God.

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If you were holding $100 in counterfeit twenties, you probably wouldn’t know it. The best counterfeits look most like the real thing so it would be easy to be tricked until it came time to try to cash it in.

If you had this counterfeit money, wouldn’t you want someone to tell you? Wouldn’t you want schooled in how to spot the fake thing instead of investing in something that would be worthless in the end?

This week, we dive into 1 John 2: 15- 27 to expose counterfeit love and counterfeit versions of Jesus Christ. So many people in our world are investing in false versions of both and without the proper understanding of them, you could be one of them.

Join us and walk out knowing how to spot the fake, how to find the true, and how to live in the fullness of love and relationship with God.

No more substitutes!

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A new friend of mine asked recently me “How can I know God’s will in my life?” This is a common question that I get asked and one of my favorites to answer. Since it comes up often, I thought I would put my response here for others who may be wondering the same……

“To answer your question, my favorite Bible verse on this topic is from Romans 12: 2….

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

This has been an important verse to Jenni and me and this is the bullet points we pull from it….

– Get the “world’s wisdom” and ways and put it to the side

– Let me wants and vision be transformed into God’s vision and wanting His will

– Then it doesn’t say that I will know God’s will then but it does say I can test and approve God’s will…. meaning then I can start sampling the options with a prayerful and submissive attitude and God will show me which way to go.

This can happen different ways…. I do believe sometimes He speaks things to you… usually in a way where it feels so impressed on your heart, it almost feels like you heard Him (I do believe that at times it can be audible but in my experience, it’s not the most common)

Sometimes, it a nagging feeling that just wont go away. Usually it’s one that is against your normal grain that you try to shake but it’s a burden God won’t release.

Sometimes, it’s the words and wisdom of a friend who God put it on their heart and as they speak to you, you just feel it inside that God’s saying…. “Listen, this is for you.”

The main problem many have is they want God to speak to them but they don’t do the parts of putting the wordly way or their own way to the side.

I find that being in the Word, talking to Him through prayers, and being in Christian community with others where I can have open and intimate relationships within the Body help in huge ways…..

I have also found that the more you practice this, the easier and quicker it becomes. It’s an awesome way to live but again, not always the easiest as it entails submission to Him over our own wants….. Always a tad of a challenge =)”

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