Why did God Allow This?

Reminder: Not everything that happens is God’s will. Since we have been given free will (the power to choose to act in God’s ways or the world’s ways), many things happen that are not God’s will. I say this because often times I will hear people attribute divorces, financial struggles, broken friendships, loneliness, or other […]

Conversations

con·ver·sa·tion: the informal exchange of ideas by spoken words. I watched a “conversation” between Trevor Noah (Daily Show) and Tomi Lauren today. What I saw were two intelligent, informed individuals who had no interest in hearing one another. They only had an interest in hearing a couple words from the other that they could twist […]

Trump Wins! One pastor’s thoughts….

I wake up this morning to the same news you do. Donald Trump is now our president elect. For some of us, the news is exciting and a breath of relief. For others, it brings great anxiety. For most, we fall somewhere in between. I am sure that many will be using their voice to […]

Back to Church 2016

Did you know that most people who have stepped out of church have not lost faith in God? We have found that a physical move, a change in schedules, or being hurt by Christians or a church before have effected many when it comes to being in Christian community. At The Shepherd’s Fellowship, we have a […]

How to Make Decisions Well

“Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.” – Proverbs 15:22 Life can be hard to navigate and it seems to always be changing. What felt right yesterday is now disjointed. The plans we have been holding onto for years shift to new possibilities. Part of living this life is making decisions and […]

If Church Doesn’t Feel like it Used To…

It’s August and this is the time of year that it seems I start hearing people saying they are thinking about leaving their church and going someplace else (from our church and other churches). They say things like “It doesn’t feel the way it used to” or “I don’t feel like I fit in anymore”. […]

The Conversation Pit

Here’s a little look inside my church office…specifically, this is the conversation pit. Many in depth talks have been held here. This is where the church elders study, pray, and meet on church matters. This is where the deacons often meet to work together for the care of those within our church and the community around […]

Are you a gossip (and don’t know it)?

Over my years of ministry, sometimes it seems like there are two types of people. There are those who recognize gossip in themselves and work to grow and there are those who don’t realize they are a gossip and continue in their destructive ways. Gossip is a killer. We may try to write off our own gossip […]

A Father’s Day Thought

The other night, I was sitting and reading through one of my favorite testimonies in the Bible again. The testimony of the life of Moses. As I read through the first few chapters, I covered sections like his birth, deliverance, adoption, upbringing, his stand against oppressors, exile, and more. As I came to one of […]

Knowing God’s Will

As I write this post, I feel a sense of urgency to do so. I’m not sure if it’s because we are coming into spring or if other factors are contributing but so many people around me right now are seeking God’s will on one thing or another. The concern I have is when they […]