Flourishing Category

Words Create Worlds

It’s been said that “words create worlds.” And it’s difficult to argue with that statement. Think, for instance, of the outset of the Scriptures, where God declares “Let there be light.” And, sure enough, there’s light! The next day God creates the sky. The next day...Read More

Deeper Into Community, Further Out in Faith

Erwin Rommel was a genius, no doubt about it. The problem was that he put his efforts to use working for the Nazi regime. And yet, despite his evil intent, we can learn something from Rommel to be put to use for God’s mission in the world. And in our church....Read More

Catman Returns!

It's been a year, now, since our two Flame Point Siamese kittens--Wallace and Gromit--joined our family. You'll recall, perhaps, that I am not a "pet person" by nature, and was somewhat uneasy about adding these felines to our household....Read More

Let's Do It Again!

Here are some unofficial statistics from our Church Family Picnic, last Sunday: People attended: 157 In-n-out burgers consumed: 196 Water balloons tossed: 98 Bounces in the bounce house: 2,742 Kids laughing: 52 Seniors laughing: 53...Read More

Picnics and Cartoons

Like many children I enjoyed watching the Hanna-Barbera cartoons: Scooby-Doo, Tom & Jerry, The Jetsons, The Flintstones...they were all Saturday morning favorites. (They're still rather fun to watch today, especially Tom & Jerry.)...Read More

Lessons From Roseto

In 1882, ten men began the arduous journey from Roseto, Italy to the New World. In Roseto, they had toiled day in and day out in a stone quarry, which prepared them for similar work when they arrived near Bangor, Pennsylvania. The next year, fifteen more...Read More

The Season of Lent

Southern California doesn't really have seasons, per se. And most of us probably like it that way. It's a bit colder in the winter months, but nothing worth bundling up for. Where I grew up in the Central Valley, seasons were more pronounced. August afternoons were...Read More

Leadership Development

If you attended our Annual Congregational Meeting or have had a chance to read this excerpt from the report, you already know that Good Shepherd's leaders began 2017 with a number of initiatives we are working toward. We have begun specifically...Read More

Firing At the Wrong Target

At the Athens Olympics in 2004, sport shooter Matt Emmons was just one trigger pull away from winning a second gold medal. He was so far ahead of second place in the fifty-meter three-position rifle competition that all he had to do was hit the target...Read More

He Took Them With Him and They Withdrew

A strange thing happens in Luke 9. We learn at the outset of the chapter that after Jesus called his disciples, he gave them power and authority to drive out all
demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and...Read More

"How's the Running Going?"

"How's the running going, Curtis?" It was a simple question. And it deserved a simple answer. "Great!" I could've said, responding succinctly. Or, "Really well, actually, I'm running five days a week, three miles each day," if I wanted to give more details....Read More

Why Go On A Women's Retreat?

I’ve told my friends, I don’t really go to retreats to get sleep - although some manage to. Mostly, it’s a much needed break from the usual routine, a time to gain a sense of renewal - renewing old friendships, finding new ones, and recharging our intimacy...Read More

Growing Together

My son, Moses - our firstborn - begins kindergarten this week. And I'm a wreck of emotions! I can remember the day he was born like it was yesterday. What they say really is true: They grow up too fast! And yet, in the 5 1/2 years since he was born, he’s not...Read More

Catman!

“Time spent with cats is never wasted.” --Sigmund Freud “In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods. They have not forgotten this.” --Terry Pratchet “As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat.” --Ellen Perry Berkeley ...Read More

The "E Word"

My firstborn child is now five years old - where the years have gone, I do not know! One of my and Cassie’s recent parenting challenges is responding to some of the new vocabulary our son has picked up at preschool. Nothing too bad, of course (it’s a Christian...Read More

High Trust, Low Control

I hope you apprecated learning more about the ECO National Gathering from members of our staff these past few weeks. If you missed any of their posts, click on any of the following names to read feedback from this great event: Paul White...Read More

Greetings Families!

Greetings Families! My name is Michelle Heath and I am the Interim Director of Children’s Ministry at Good Shepherd. I’ve been a member for nine years and have served in Children’s Ministry for over eight years. I love working at our church!...Read More

8th Grade Confirmation

The 2015 Confirmation Adventure began as we entered the tunnel on Highway 41, entering the top of Yosemite Valley. In the darkness, playing through the speakers were the words of Genesis read by the Apollo 8 crew as they circled the earth in 1968. We came...Read More

Children's Winter Camp 2015

Did you know that a group of our 3rd-5th graders just got back from our annual winter camp at Forest Home, this Sunday? If you didn’t know, let me tell you, it was an AWESOME weekend. It is always a huge joy to watch the kids grow in faith and also, to see how...Read More

Promotion Sunday!

Parents of Graduating Students, Greetings from Children’s Ministries! I can’t believe how fast this year went! I’m sure it is equally hard to believe how fast your little one is growing! I’m writing...Read More

Study Guide | Matthew 6:19-34

This Sunday we look at the third Resolutions You Might Not Have Thought Of and turn to the resolution to "Keep the Weight Off." "But," you say, "that sounds like a common resolution...Read More

Study Guide and An Important Denominational Update

Greetings Good Shepherd Friends, Here's the study guide (Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat) for the coming Sunday’s scripture passages. I hope you find it helpful as we continue to...Read More

Study Guide | Luke 4.14-21

Hello Good Shepherd Friends, The study guide based on Luke 4.14-21 (our passage for this Sunday) is here. We will be looking closely at what it means to be disciples who Serve in Love...Read More

Study Guide | Ephesians 3.16-21

Hi friends, This weekend, we continue a discussion of our mission statement: Good Shepherd exists to make disciples of Jesus Christ who connect with God, grow in faith and serve...Read More

Study Guide | Isaiah 6.1-8

Hi friends, This week we kick off our fall series, “Gospel in Life.” We read a lot about the gospel, we hear a lot about the gospel, we may even talk a lot about the gospel, but what is...Read More

Study Guide | 1st John 5.13-21

Hello Friends, Here is the study guide for this week’s sermon as we conclude our “Summer of Love” journey through 1st John. This is the first of the month which means we celebrate...Read More

Study Guide | 1st John 5.5-12

Hello Good Shepherd Family and Friends, Here’s the study guide for 1 John 5.5-12. We are nearing the end of our “Summer of Love” study of 1 John and I am impressed how John circles...Read More

Study Guide | 1st John 4.13-5.4

Hi friends, As we look to the conclusion of our Summer of Love series in the Letter of First John, we turn our attention to something we can all relate to: fear. When was the last time you...Read More

Study Guide | 1st John 4.7-12

Greetings, The Apostle John continues to point his readers to the central point of God’s divine love. He seems to be drilling down to this foundational “bedrock” of our faith and of our being....Read More

Study Guide | 1st John 4.1-6

"This is a test. This station is conducting a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. This is only a test." Do those words sound familiar? They always seem to pop up right in...Read More

Study Guide | 1st John 3.19-24

Hi friends, This weekend we continue the Summer of Love, our series in the Letter of First John. We have heard John’s chorus, time and time again, the command that we love one another...Read More

Study Guide | 1st John 3.11-18

Have you ever been asked a loaded question? You know, that's when the person asking already has a perceived answer in mind? This week, as we continue our Summer of Love...Read More

Study Guide | 1st John 3.4-10

Greetings Good Shepherd Family, The study guide on 1st John 3.4-10 is attached. This weekend we will be looking at this passage in which we find more of the identity of followers...Read More

Study Guide | 1st John 2.28-3.3

Hi friends, I hope you had a fun and safe 4th of July! Have you ever heard the expression "Like father, like son"? It's said pretty regularly at my house, as my wife is convinced that...Read More

Study Guide | 1st John 2.18-27

Hello Friends, Here is the study guide for the passage we’ll be looking at this Saturday and Sunday, 1st John 2.18-27. Hope to see you in worship this weekend - the “sermon” is going to be...Read More

Study Guide | 1st John 2.12-17

Greetings, Here's the Study Guide for our passage this week 1st John 2.12-17, along with a reminder and a note. The reminder is regarding the Town Hall meetings scheduled for this evening...Read More

Study Guide | 1st John 2.7-11

Hi friends, This weekend we're studing 1st John 2.7-11. In this passage, John engages what the church is supposed to look like, as it reflects Jesus not only to the outside world...Read More

Study Guide | 1st John 2.3-6

Hi friends, I hope this finds you well. We continue our Summer of Love series this weekend in 1st John 2.3-6, thinking together about abiding, remaining, and living in Christ, as well as...Read More

Study Guide | 1st John 1.5-2.2

Greetings, We are entering into the Summer of Love - that’s the name of the series of teaching and messages drawn from the Letter of 1st John that began last weekend. With great...Read More

Study Guide | 1st John 1.1-4

Hi friends, In all three worship gatherings this weekend we're kicking off a brand new series we're calling the Summer of Love! No, we're not discussing social phenomenon of 1967...Read More

Study Guide | Luke 2.41-52

Greetings, Here’s the study guide for this weekend. Our focus is on growing in faith - rooted in the community of faith in which we find encouragement and mentors who help us...Read More

Children's Promotion Weekend | June 8th & 9th

Parents of Graduating Students, Greetings from the Children’s Ministry! I can’t believe how fast this year went! I’m sure it is equally hard to believe how fast your little one is growing!...Read More

Study Guide | Rooted in Church

Hi friends, This is week six of our series Rooted: In the Soil of a Vibrant, Growing Faith, which may strike you as odd, since there are only five solas. What, then, are we going to talk...Read More

Study Guide | Rooted in God's Glory

Hi friends, We continue our Rooted series in this week's study guide and at all three worship gatherings this weekend. Glory to God Alone, or Soli Deo Gloria, as the Reformers would have...Read More

Study Guide | Rooted in Faith

Greetings, This week we continue engaging the central doctrines of the Protestant Reformation in a series we're calling Rooted: In the Soil of a Vibrant, Growing Faith. As we have...Read More

Presbytery Men's Annual Breakfast

The 2013 Annual Spring Gathering of the Presbyterian Men of Los Ranchos will be a breakfast featuring Emad Samir as the speaker. Emad is a noted Egyptologist and Scholar...Read More

Study Guide | Rooted in Grace

This week we continue engaging the central doctrines of the Protestant Reformation in a series we're calling Rooted: In the Soil of a Vibrant, Growing Faith. Thus far in our quest...Read More

Sticky Faith!

Lasting faith for our children! Research shows that almost half of graduating high school seniors struggle deeply with their faith. Recognizing the ramifications of that statistic...Read More

Study Guide | Rooted in Jesus

The 20th century theologian Karl Barth was once asked what was the greatest theological statement he'd ever heard. His response was Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible...Read More

Study Guide | Rooted in Scripture

Hi Friends, We start a new series this weekend, Rooted: In the Soil of a Vibrant and Growing Faith. This six-week series will take a look at the theological essentials that emerged from...Read More

Study Guide | Matthew 28.1-20

Hi friends, A blessed holy week to you and yours. It was an honor to join with many of you who were able to attend our Maundy Thursday gathering this evening. This weekend...Read More

Study Guide | Matthew 19.16-22

Hello, I don’t know about you, but this series entitled not a fan has been extremely challenging and life-changing to me. We have to understand that Jesus does not want fans...Read More

Study Guide | Matthew 9.9-13

Hi friends, This weekend - on Saturday at 5pm and Sunday morning at 8:45 & 10:30am - we continue our Lenten series Not A Fan: Becoming Completely Committed Followers...Read More

Study Guide | Matthew 23.1-7, 23-28

Greetings, Here’s the study guide for our weekend focus on Matthew 23.1-12. We will see that Jesus is very harsh with those who opt to rely on external appearances and religiosity...Read More

Study Guide | Luke 14.25-35

Hello Fellow Sheep! As we continue our Lenten series, Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus, yours truly has the preaching duties this weekend, so that...Read More

Study Guide | Luke 7.36-50

Hi friends, Grace and Peace be with you. I write from the Serra Retreat Center in Malibu, where I - alongside Pastors Jim and Paul - am attending a retreat of the Los Ranchos...Read More

Study Guide | John 6

This week we began the season of Lent, journeying toward Holy Week. If you were unable to be at our gathering for Ash Wednesday and would like to think through the beginning...Read More

Study Guide | Colossians 3.12-25

Greetings, Here is our study guide on Colossians 3.12-15 for the final message in our series on work, Every Good Endeavor. Also, let me remind you of the Town Hall Meeting this Sunday...Read More

Study Guide | Isaiah 28.23-29

Hi friends, Greetings from Orlando! Pastor Paul and I are currently attending the Fellowship of Presbyterians and Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians national gathering...Read More

Study Guide | Genesis 11.1-9

Hi friends, Have you ever heard the phrase "Make a name for yourself"? How was it used? Positively or negatively? This week, we continue our series Every Good Endeavor...Read More

Study Guide | Genesis 3.1-19

The past two weeks we have been discussing God's good creation - and His call on us to continuing tilling, working, and cultivating the garden He created in our series, Every Good Endeavor...Read More

Study Guide | Genesis 2.8-20

As we continue in our study of work entitled Every Good Endeavor we take a look at God’s invitation given to Adam, and to all human beings, to take on a role as co-creators...Read More

Let Your Life Speak

This past weekend we kicked off a brand new series for a brand new year we're calling Every Good Endeavor, a title we've borrowed from Pastor Timothy Keller's book of the same name...Read More

Winter Camp Videos!

This past weekend, January 4th-6th, our Junior and Middle School students travelled up the hill to Forset Home for a weekend of fun and learning about God! Here's a sneak peek of what...Read More

Study Guide | Genesis 1.26-2.3

Hi friends, Happy New Year! I hope and pray your holiday season allowed time to celebrate with family and friends. And yet, after the holidays, it's back to work! It's been estimated...Read More

Study Guide | Luke 2.22-35

This weekend Pastor Paul will help us conclude our Christmas series "Singing the Songs of the Season" with one final rousing chorus from a righteous man who was waiting for...Read More

Study Guide | Luke 2.1-20

Hi Good Shepherd friends, This weekend we continue our Advent series, Singing the Songs of the Season. We have been “singin’ in the reign” with Isaiah, delighting in Mary’s song...Read More

Study Guide | Luke 1.57-80

Hi friends, This weekend we continue our Advent series, Singing the Songs of the Season, humming along with Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, in Luke 1.57-80. Last week...Read More

Study Guide | Luke 1.39-56

Hi friends, This weekend we continue our Advent series, Singing the Songs of the Season, at each of our three worship gatherings: Saturday at 5pm, and Sunday at 8:45 & 10:30am....Read More

Study Guide | Isaiah 9.1-7

Greetings Good Shepherd Friends, Here's the study guide for our first message in the Advent Season. We are Singing the Songs of the Season sung buy those to whom God revealed...Read More

Study Guide | Philippians 4.10-23

Hi friends, Grace and Peace be with you this busy and hectic Thanksgiving / Black Friday weekend! It's rather fitting that we conclude our series Joy on the Journey...Read More

Study Guide | Philippians 4.2-9

Hi friends, We continue in our study of Paul's letter to the Philippians this weekend, looking specifically at 4.2-9. As we will see in worship this weekend and in our study guide with our...Read More

Study Guide | Philippians 3.17-4.1

Greetings, What an appropriate week to be looking at a passage that says “our citizenship is in heaven” not in the kingdoms of this world! We continue through the book of Philippians...Read More

Study Guide | Philippians 3.12-16

Hi friends, Despite what your favorite coffee shop says, it's not yet the Christmas season (though I'm sure their holiday blend is delicious!). We continue in our study of Philippians...Read More

Study Guide | Philippians 3.1-11

Here's this week's study guide on Philippians 3.1-11. In this passage, Paul discusses the good things upon which he used to hang his hat, declaring that he now considers them...Read More

Junior Winter Camp 2013

Looking for a place where your kids can have a WILD time AND learn more about Jesus?! Well, January 4th-6th, 2013, we will be taking all 4th-5th graders to Forest Home again...Read More

Study Guide | Philippians 2.19-30

Greetings, As we continue our teaching from Paul's letter to the Philippians we turn to chapter 2, verses 19-30. Here is the study guide. We are introduced to two significant...Read More

Study Guide | Philippians 2.12-18

Here is this week's study guide on Philippians 2.12-18. In it Paul, the great Apostle to the Gentiles, reveals the profound calling of disciples of Jesus Christ: That we not retreat into a...Read More

Study Guide | Philippians 2.1-11

Greetings, Attached is the study guide for Philippians 2.1-11, a significant passage on an important character quality - humility. God bless you in your study. May you...Read More

Study Guide | Philippians 1.27-30

Wednesday Greetings, This week we’re looking at only three verses - but what great content in just three verses. I was challenged to whittle it down. May God continue to give us the...Read More

Study Guide | Philippians 1.18-26

Hi friends, This week we continue in our Joy on the Journey fall series on Paul's letter to the Philippians. Last week we addressed Paul's chains and critics; this week, his crisis...Read More

Study Guide | Philippians 1.12-18

Hi friends, In the Spirit of the Apostle Paul's letter to the Philippians, Grace and Peace! This week we continue our fall series, Joy on the Journey, engaging Paul's Letter...Read More

Grow in Faith This Fall!

Greetings Friends, You have heard us talk about Connecting with God, Growing in Faith, and Serving in love here at Good Shepherd. One of my main areas of responsibility...Read More

Study Guide | Philippians 1.1-11

Greetings, We are kicking off a new series of messages and accompanying study guides on the Letter to the Philippians, a series we are calling Joy on the Journey. This study...Read More

Study Guide | Matthew 7.21-29

Hi friends, This weekend we conclude our summer series Build Your House on That, by engaging Matthew 7.21-29! After 11 weeks, we encounter the inspiration behind...Read More

Study Guide | Matthew 7.13-20 (and a Note)

Greetings, As we continue through our “Summer on the Mount" we turn to a series of warnings issued by Jesus. Last week we focused on his warning about being discerning...Read More

Study Guide | Matthew 7.1-12

Greetings friends, In Matthew 7.1-12, this week's passage, and study guide, we engage the difficult tension between judging (a necessary part of life) and being judgmental...Read More

Study Guide | Matthew 6.19-34

Greetings friends, Here's this week's study guide, on Matthew 6.19-34. In this passage, Jesus speaks boldly of God's providential care over us, inviting us to live lives free of anxiety...Read More

Study Guide | Matthew 6.7-15

Here's this week's study guide on Matthew 6.7-15. In it, we engage the Lord's Prayer - or better yet, the Disciple's Prayer - since in it, we are instructed how to pray! It comes right...Read More

Study Guide | Matthew 6.1-6, 16-18

Greetings, What an amazing four weeks of rest, recreation, renewal, and refreshment! Our vacation was sheer delight and Connie and I are grateful to have had such a great...Read More

Off the Shelf | Date Your Wife

Last weekend, Pastor Paul taught on Matthew 5.31-37 in our summer Sermon on the Mount series Build Your House on That! In his message, Beyond the Syllabus, Paul engaged...Read More

Study Guide | Matthew 5.38-48

Hi friends, Here's this week's study guide on Matthew 5.38-48. In these verses we engage some of the most radical, countercultural teachings of Jesus. Teachings that inspired...Read More

Study Guide | Matthew 5.31-37

Hi friends, Here's this week's sermon based study guide on Matthew 5.31-37. Our apologies that it's only now being sent out and posted: We had some difficulty with our e-mail system...Read More

Study Guide | Matthew 5.21-30

Hi friends, Here's this week's study guide on Matthew 5.21-30. These verses contain the first two of six "antitheses" within Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. I hope and pray it helps us...Read More

Study Guide | Matthew 5.17-20

Hi friends, Here's this week's sermon based study guide on Matthew 5.17-20. In this passage we see Jesus' commitment to fulfill God's commandments - and his encouragement...Read More

Study Guide | Matthew 5.13-16

Hi friends, Here's this week's study guide on Matthew 5.13-16. I'm looking forward to digging into this passage this weekend, together uncovering Jesus' encouragement to be salt...Read More

3rd-5th Grade Summer Camp!

Don't let your 3rd-5th grader miss out on camp this summer at Forest Home's The Village! The Village is an intentional camp center where 3rd, 4th and 5th graders encounter Jesus...Read More

Study Guide | Matthew 5.1-12

Greetings Good Shepherd Friends, Here is the study guide that beings our series on the Sermon on the Mount. We are entitling the series "Build Your House on THAT!"...Read More

Study Guide | Jonah 4.5-11

Hi friends, This week we conclude our study of the Book of Jonah, examining chapter 4, verses 5-11. This passage contains God's "thirty-nine word" response to his wayward...Read More

Study Guide | Jonah 4.1-4

Hi friends, Here's the sermon based study guide for this weekend's text, Jonah 4.1-4. We've journeyed with Jonah away from God's call on his life, which has taken us down to Joppa...Read More

Study Guide | Jonah 3.6-10

Hello Friends, Here is the study guide for Jonah 3.6-10. This week's passage is about an anonymous king but, as so often happens with Scripture, it's a passage about us, as well....Read More

After Thoughts | Jonah 3.1-5

This past weekend we engaged Jonah 3.1-4, in a message entitled, "The Real Me." These questions, from the study guide, will help you respond to the message (feel free to...Read More

Study Guide | Jonah 3.1-5

Greetings, Here is the study guide for Jonah 3.1-5, the passage for our teaching this coming weekend. I am looking forward to speaking about this text and pressing us to consider...Read More

After Thoughts | Jonah 2.1-10

This weekend we engaged Jonah's prayer from inside the belly of the giant fish. Here are some questions from the week's study guide to help you further engage with and respond...Read More

The Weekly | Sunday, May 13th

Good Shepherd's Children's Choir is excited to present "Good Neighbor Sam," a children's musical, on Sunday, May 20th at 2pm. This retelling of the story of the...Read More

Study Guide | Jonah 2.1-10

Hi friends, We continue our journey with Jonah, Israel's wayward prophet, this weekend. We've travelled with him from his call to preach to the Ninevites, down to the city...Read More

Women of Faith "One Day" Event

Women of Good Shepherd, don't miss out! On Saturday, June 9th, plan to attend the Women of Faith event "One Day" at the Terrace Theater in Long Beach. You will be blessed...Read More

Study Guide | Jonah 1.11-17

Hi friends, We continue our study of the Book of Jonah this weekend at each of our three gatherings: Saturday evening at 5pm as well as Sunday morning at 8:45 & 10:30am....Read More

After Thoughts | Jonah 1.7-10

Reflect on the ways you might tend to blame others for your own "calamities" in life. Can you be honest with God about your need for forgiveness? For inner healing? For humility?...Read More

Women's Spring Luncheon | Saturday, May 5th

Join us for an afternoon of women's fellowship while supporting GSPC's world and local missions! Tickets are now on sale for the Women's Spring Luncheon, scheduled...Read More

Study Guide | Jonah 1.7-10

Here's the study guide for Jonah 1.7-10. This coming weekend we will be focused on this passage and the question "Who Are You?" It's the question asked of Jonah by the crew of the...Read More

Study Guide | Jonah 1.4-6

Hi friends, Last weekend we kicked off a number of new opportunities in the life of our community, including a new teaching series through the Book of Jonah, which we'll continue...Read More

Presbyterian Men of Los Ranchos Breakfast

The Presbyterian Men of Los Ranchos will hold their 24th annual spring breakfast on May 12th at Good Shepherd with guest speaker Rev. David Dolan....Read More

Study Guide | Jonah 1.1-3

Hi friends, This weekend we kick off a number of new opportunities for our congregation and community: the Foundations course, SHIFT, and a brand new 5pm Saturday evening...Read More

He Is Risen... And He Is Here!

The women who went to the tomb to properly treat Jesus' body for burial, went with heavy hearts, dashed hopes, and the dread that comes from the death of a loved one. They arrived...Read More

Study Guide | Luke 24

Greetings, I am looking forward to the celebration of Jesus' resurrection. I also have to let you know how meaningful, Luke 24, the passage for Sunday - and this study guide...Read More

Study Guide | Luke 19.28-44

Greetings, It's hard for me to grasp that we are entering the month of April! It's that time for income taxes to be filed and property taxes to be paid. It's also the beginning of a special...Read More

FLIPT March Movie Madness!

Ok, ok... so who loves movies?? How about Sno Cones?? Don't the two sound so AWESOME together?!?!?!....the answer is YES!!! If you think so, come March 28th at 6:30pm to FLIPT...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 13.17-25

Greetings, We have come to the end of our study of the Book of Hebrews. I have to admit that this has been a challenging text - challenging because of its richness and the...Read More

Foundations: Old Testament Introduction

Foundations is a weekly Sunday morning class designed to build and strengthen Christian faith. Over a two-year period a series of core topics will be presented and discussed. Like the...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 13.9-16

Greetings, The study guide for Hebrews 13.9-16 our text for this Sunday, March 18th is here. As we make our way through this season of Lent we are nearing Holy Week...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 13.1-8

Greetings, We have come to chapter 13 of Hebrews and are nearing our completion date of March 25th. It has been quite a journey through the panorama of God's amazing provision...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 12.25-29

Greetings, As we approach the second Sunday in Lent we are also nearing the end of our study in Hebrews. It has been both encouraging and challenging to go through...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 12.18-24

Greetings, This week's study focuses on the promise of being citizens of "the city of the living God" that is, heaven. The passage describes the sharp contrast between the experience...Read More

Balancing Life's Demands

Are you busy, tired, stressed out, and stretched to the limit? Does life seem a little out of control? Are you running long on "to do's" and short on time? If so, join us for this 10-week series...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 12.12-17

Greetings, Here is the Study Guide on Hebrews 12.12-17 for Sunday, February 19th. You will find the author striving to encourage the weary Hebrew Christians to run the race of faith...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 12.4-11

Hello Good Shepherd Friend, Here's our study guide for February 12th on Hebrews 12.4-11. What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word "discipline?" The passage...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 12.1-3

Greetings Good Shepherd friends, Here is the study guide for this Sunday, February 5th. It is based on Hebrews 12.1-3, a particularly encouraging (and exhortative) passage...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 11.32-40

Greetings Good Shepherd family and friends, Here is the study guide for Hebrews 11.32-40, our passage for January 29th. With it comes this reminder: Our annual celebration and...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 11.23-31

Greetings, I am grieved to announce the passing of one of our senior adults, Fran Carlson, on January 14th. Fran has been part of the Good Shepherd family for a number...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 11.13-22

Greetings Good Shepherd friends, Here's the study guide for the coming Sunday's text, Hebrews 11.13-22. The passage continues to develop the nature of faith and to highlight...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 11.7-12

Greetings and Happy New Year! We have turned our attention once again to the Letter to the Hebrews for our weekend teaching. Pastors Paul and Curtis did a tremendous job of directing...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 11.1-6

Hi friends, After taking a break for our Advent series Simply Christmas, this Sunday, January 1st we return to our study of the Letter to the Hebrews in all three worship...Read More

e-Bulletin | Sunday, December 25th

Hi friends, Merry Christmas! On this day we recall the words to that famous hymn: "Joy to the World, the Lord is come! Let earth recieve her King!" Here's this week's e-Bulletin. Please note...Read More

Study Guide | Simply Christmas: John 1.1-14

As we near Christmas day I am looking forward to our times of celebrating the birth of Jesus. Christmas Eve gatherings for worship are at 4, 7 and 8:30pm. The early service is child...Read More

Study Guide | Simply Christmas: Luke 1.57-80

Greetings Good Shepherd Friends, We are approaching December 18th - the fourth Sunday in Advent! Here is the sermon-based study guide on Luke 1.57-80. Also, don't forget the Christmas...Read More

Junior Winter Camp | January 13th-15th

4th-5th grade students (and parents)! Don't miss this year's Winter Camp at Forest Home where we'll be learning all about how BIG God is! Check out the promo video below then...Read More

Study Guide | Simply Christmas: Luke 1.39-56

Hi friends, Here's Pastor Jim's weekly study guide for this Sunday's text, Luke 1.39-56, third Sunday in our Advent series Simply Christmas. May it be a blessing to you....Read More

Middle School Winter Camp | January 6th-8th

6th-8th grade students! Don't miss this year's Winter Camp at Forest Home learning how to Be Light! Check out the promo video below then click onto these registration forms to save...Read More

Study Guide | Simply Christmas: Luke 1.26-38

Greetings, We are already in the second week of Advent and our walking through what we are calling "Simply Christmas" continues. Here's the study guide for this Sunday's text...Read More

Study Guide | Simply Christmas: Luke 1.5-25

Greetings! Here's the sermon-based study guide for Luke 1.5-25, the text for this first week in our Advent series, Simply Christmas. With it comes a request for all of you who worship...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 10.32-39

Greetings, I am always amazed by the swift passing of the weeks - here we are looking at November 20th, just a few days before Thanksgiving Day. I'm getting a head start on...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 10.26-31

Hi friends, Here's Pastor Jim's weekly sermon based study guide for this Sunday's text, Hebrews 10.26-31, a difficult passage wherein the author to the Hebrews reminds us to hold fast to Him...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 10.19-25

Greetings, Here is this week's Sermon-Based Study Guide for Hebrews 10.19-25, the text for this Sunday, November 6th. May it guide us individually and as a community...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 10.11-18

Greetings, The Hebrews author is ensuring that we understand a significant fact - in Jesus Christ you and I are forgiven. This theme continues in Hebrews 10.11-18, the passage...Read More

Delayed Answers to Prayer

Jesus promises that when we pray, His Father hears and answers our prayers. Why, then, do we not always see our prayers answered according to our expectations? Does God...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 10.1-10

Greetings Good Shepherd Family and Friends, Here's the Sermon-based Bible Study Guide for Hebrews 10.1-10, the text for this Sunday, October 23rd. It is an encouraging...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 9.23-28

Hi friends, Here's Pastor Jim's study guide for this Sunday's text, Hebrews 9.23-28. If you think of it, keep Jim in prayer as he is away this week on study leave, reading and praying...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 9.15-22

Greetings, Here is the study guide for Hebrews 9.15-22, our passage for October 9th. The author continues to drill down deeply into the significance of Jesus' death, resurrection...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 9.11-14

Greetings Good Shepherd Friends, This Sunday is World Communion Sunday and I can't imagine a more appropriate passage to be focused upon than Hebrews 9.11-14, the passage...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 9.1-10

Hello Good Shepherd Family, Do you ever find yourself longing for a real, clear, and delight-filled connection with God? Not a busy frenzy of religious activity or an intellectualized discussion...Read More

One Month to Live

What if you only had one month to live? How would you make every day really matter? What would you start, or stop, doing? How would you relate to others? One Month to Live empowers...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 8.7-13

Greetings, God's mercy and forgiveness might seem commonplace and familiar. That's why I'm glad our study for this week on Hebrews 8.7-13 enables us to consider once again the real...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 8.1-6

Greetings, Can you believe we are nearing the 10th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001? It was a day that changed our world and brought far-reaching consequences...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 7.20-28

Hi friends, Here's Pastor Jim's study guide for this Sunday's text, Hebrews 7.20-28, in which our author continues to elaborate on the good news that Jesus has become our Great High Priest....Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 7.11-19

Hi friends, Greetings from the Student Ministries' water ski retreat! Here is Pastor Jim's study guide on Hebrews 7.11-19, our text for this Sunday. After preparing this study for us...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 7.1-10

Hi friends, Here's Pastor Jim's study guide for this week's text, Hebrews 7.1-10, a truly fascinating passage in which we learn about our great high priest Jesus by engaging with a...Read More

Top 10 Reasons You Need to Go to the Women's Retreat

It's not too late to sign up for the 2011 women's retreat, Finding Freedom in God's Love! This year's retreat will be September 30th to October 2nd at Hilton Garden in beautiful Carlsbad!...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 6.13-20

Good day to you, Here is the study guide on Hebrews 6.13-20 that focuses on the sure hope we have in Jesus and the significance of God's unchangeable promises made to Abraham...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 6.9-13

Greetings, Here's the study guide on Hebrews 6.9-12 for this Sunday, August 7th. Please remember to pray for the Vacation Bible School this week... over 130 kids! Blessings,...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 6.1-8

Greetings Everyone, Here is the study guide based on Hebrews 6.1-8, our text for Sunday, July 31. The author continues to urge his congregation to not turn back but to move forward to...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 5.11-14

Hi folks, Here's the study guide for Hebrews 5.11-14. The writer of the book is beginning to record some very stern exhortations so watch out... they apply to you and me all too well....Read More

Biblical Perspectives on Human Sexuality

Sexuality is a significant dimension of being human. Still, we cannot ignore the confusion that we experience with it. A three-week study led by Pastor Jim on August 3rd, 10th and 17th...Read More

Men's Breakfast

Men young and old are invited on the third Saturday of each month to join together for good grub, rich fellowship and a short teaching. The first one kicks off Saturday, July 16th! Breakfast starts...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 5.1-10

Greetings, Here's the study guide based on Hebrews 5.4-10 (it also includes verses 1-3). The author of Hebrews introduces the theme of Jesus being the ultimate high priest - a role of...Read More

A Pixelated Life

Yesterday afternoon our Student Ministries Director Werner Ramirez, Student Ministries Intern Nicole Eggers and a number of high school students traveled up the hill to Summer Camp...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 4.14-5.3

Greetings GSPC participant and Bible student, It is always a challenge to prepare a study guide, but I find it to be a good way of digging into the text and helping you to discover the...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 4.11-13

Hi friends, Here's this week's Study Guide on Hebrews 4.11-13, a passage commonly referred to when discussing the authority of the Bible. But is that really what's going on?!...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 4.1-10

Hello, Here is the Study Guide for Hebrews 4.1-10, the focus of our teaching Sunday June 26th. It points us to God's rest given to us through Jesus Christ and the wonderful reality of heaven...Read More

Vacation Bible School Registration

Yep, you heard right! Starting this year, you can register your child for Vacation Bible School AND pay for the registration fee, ALL online via Eventbrite! Why leave the comforts of your home...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 3.14-19

Greetings, Here is the Sermon-Based Study Guide for Sunday, June 19th on Hebrews 3.14-19. It is a poignant reminder and call to be people who not only share in Christ - God's household...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 3.7-13

Greetings, Here is the study guide for this Sunday's text, Hebrews 3.7-13. This passage calls us to perseverance as followers of Jesus and to continue to listen to the voice of God's Spirit...Read More

Love Wins (Or Does It?)

Hi friends, You may have already heard about a new book entitled Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived. It's causing quite a stir, with some...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 3.1-6

Hi friends, Pastor Jim and Connie are on vacation this week, enjoying some time with family in Northern California. Please pray for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation! Before he left, Jim prepared...Read More

Strengthening Your Marriage

Married couples! I want to invite you to participate in a 4-week class that Good Shepherd is hosting this summer called “Strengthening Your Marriage." No matter how healthy our marriages...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 2.10-18

Greetings, The study guide for May 29th is attached. With it I would like to comment about the buzz around the recent prediction by Harold Camping that Jesus would return last Saturday...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 2.5-9

Hi! The sermon-based study guide for May 22 is on Hebrews 2.5-9. This is an amazing - but challenging - passage in which the author exposits the meaning of Psalm 8, applies it to human...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 2.1-4

Greetings, Here's the study guide for Hebrew 2.1-4, for this Sunday, May 15th. We find an emphasis here on the power of God's Spirit - a very interesting and short section of Hebrews. I trust it...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 1.6-14

Hi friends, Here is Pastor Jim's weekly study guide on this Sunday's passage, Hebrews 1.6-14. Keep Jim in your prayers this week as he attends the West Coast Presbyterian Pastor's...Read More

Study Guide | The Letter to the Hebrews 1.1-5

Greetings... Sunday at our morning worship services we had a wonderful time of celebration of Jesus' resurrection. We also finished our in-depth study of the Gospel according to Mark....Read More

Study Guide | The Gospel of Mark 16.1-8

Greetings, Here is this week's study guide on Mark 16.1-8. As we enter into Holy Week let me encourage you to focus on the events of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus and be...Read More

Study Guide | The Gospel of Mark 15.40-47

Greetings, Here is the study guide for Mark 15.40-47, which focuses on the events around the burial of Jesus which is our passage for April 17th. This will be Palm Sunday, the beginning of a...Read More

In the Hands of the Potter

The Women’s Ministry spring luncheon, “In the Hands of the Potter” on Saturday, May 7th will feature guest speaker Carole Wolaver, The Pottery Lady. She will instruct and in inspire us to be...Read More

Study Guide | The Gospel of Mark 15.33-39

Greetings, We continue to journey through the Passion Week in our study of the Gospel of Mark. The passage for this week is Mark 15.33-39 in which Mark describes Jesus' experience on...Read More

Study Guide | The Gospel of Mark 15.16-32

Greetings, I have just finished the sermon-based study guide for this coming Sunday and have been moved by the amazing love of Jesus Christ - the event of his crucifixion, his willingness to...Read More

Vacation Bible School 2011

Cowabunga Dudes and Dudettes!!! Can you believe it's almost that time of year again!? It's almost time for our annual Vacation Bible School! This year we'll be cruising on down to a SonSurf...Read More

Study Guide | The Gospel of Mark 15.1-15

Greetings, I am always so amazed by how quickly the weeks pass - we're already to the end of March. The sermon-based Bible study is available here. It covers Jesus' trial before Pilate from...Read More

Study Guide | The Gospel of Mark 14.66-72

Hi friends, Here is Pastor Jim's study guide for this Sunday, March 20th. We continue our journey through Mark, this week in 14.66-72. May it be a blessing to you as you seek to follow Jesus...Read More

Study Guide | The Gospel of Mark 14.53-65

Greetings, Tomorrow begins the season of Lent, a special time to devote ourselves to drawing near to God and focusing on the events of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. Our Ash...Read More

Confirmation

It was about 10 years ago that I, as a student, walked from the Student Ministries room into the Sanctuary one Sunday morning to join the rest of the church family in celebration our...Read More

Study Guide | The Gospel of Mark 14.26-52

Hi friends, We continue in the Gospel of Mark this Sunday at each of our gatherings, studying Mark 14.26-52, a difficult passage where Jesus is betrayed by one of his own and seized by a...Read More

Study Guide | The Gospel of Mark 14.12-25

Hi friends, Here's this week's study guide on Mark 14.12-25 for our continued study of the earliest written gospel account. This Sunday we will study Jesus' first celebration of communion with...Read More

KidCheck Update

Dear Parents of Good Shepherd Children, At Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, nothing is more important to us than the safety and security of your children. That’s why we’ve chosen...Read More

Study Guide | The Gospel of Mark 14.1-11

Hi friends, Here is the study guide for Mark 14.1-11. It's a significant passage in which Jesus makes it clear that he has come to Jerusalem... to die. I hope you will find the time to look...Read More

Healing Prayer Seminar

Hi friends, I wanted to give you a heads up about a great opportunity coming up on Saturday, February 26th, from 9am to Noon in the Fireside Room. A healing prayer seminar will be led...Read More

Study Guide | The Gospel of Mark 13.28-37

Greetings, As we continue to strive to be a church that makes disciples of Jesus Christ who Connect with God, Grow in Faith, and Serve in love, the study of the Bible is an important...Read More

Study Guide | The Gospel of Mark 13.14-27

Greetings, The passage for February 6th is very interesting as Jesus continues to lay out events that will unfold in the near future and how they will affect a significant change in God's provision...Read More

Study Guide | The Gospel of Mark 13.1-13

Greetings, We get into some very challenging material in our text this week as Jesus begins to talk about "the end" - Mark 13:1-13. My hope is that this study guide will enable you to get into...Read More

Study Guide | The Gospel of Mark 12.35-44

Greetings, As we move into 2011 consider this: It is 11 years since Y2K... remember that? It is soon to be 10 years since the events of 9/11/01. And, we are here as a church to help others...Read More

Study Guide | The Gospel of Mark 12.28-34

Hi friends, How goes it? I hope and pray this finds you well. We continue our journey through the Gospel of Mark this Sunday, seeing a fairly familiar exchange between Jesus and another...Read More

Study Guide | The Gospel of Mark 12.18-27

Happy New Year! I am enthused to be getting back to our in-depth study of the gospel according to Mark. Here is the study guide for Mark 12.18-27, our passage for this Sunday, January...Read More

Study Guide | The Gospel of Mark 12.13-17

Hi friends, I hope and pray this finds you well. This week we return to our study of the Gospel of Mark, picking up on a fascinating passage wherein Jesus discusses our allegiance to earthly...Read More

Study Guide | When the Messiah Arrives: Isaiah 63.7-9

Hi friends, Here's Pastor Jim's study guide for our final Advent text for this Sunday, December 26th: Isaiah 63.7-9. Hope that it helps you grow in faith this Advent season! Grace and Peace....Read More

Study Guide | When the Messiah Arrives: Isaiah 7.10-16

Greetings, Have you ever wondered about the prophetic words of Isaiah 7.14: "The virgin shall conceive and bear a son and will name him Immanuel?" That's in the text for this study guide...Read More

FLIPT Christmas Potluck

Hey kids! Want to get in the Christmas spirit?? Come join us December 15th at 6:30! FLIPT will be having its first Potluck Christmas party! We have a FULL fun night planned out...Read More

New Growth Opportunities

In January 2011, three new opportunities to Grow in Faith will be available. N.T. Wright's Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, beginning January 18th in...Read More

Study Guide | When the Messiah Arrives: Isaiah 35.1-10

Greetings, Here is our study guide for this week's passage, Isaiah 35.1-10. I have come to enjoy the challenge of preparing these study guides and hope you are finding them useful. One thing...Read More

Study Guide | When the Messiah Arrives: Isaiah 11.1-10

Greetings, Here is the study guide based on Isaiah 11.1-10, Matthew 3.1-12 and Ephesians 1.13-14, our texts for December 5th, the Second Sunday in Advent. With gratitude for you....Read More

Family Advent Night

This Saturday, November 27th at 4pm is our annual Family Advent Night! All are welcome to this opportunity to share a soup dinner, sing Christmas carols led by Peggy Duquesnel Malbon...Read More

Study Guide | When the Messiah Arrives: Isaiah 2.1-5

Hi friends, Here is the study guide for November 28th. This text, Isaiah 2.1-5, is the first in a series of studies and sermons for Advent. This Advent Season is a special time for us to look...Read More

Study Guide | The Gospel of Mark 12.1-12

Hello, November 21 already? Where has 2010 gone? Here is the study guide for Mark 12.1-12. We continue through the final week of Jesus' ministry and the conflict with the religious...Read More

Study Guide | The Gospel of Mark 11.27-33

Hi GSPC Friend, Here is the sermon-based study guide on Mark 11.27-33, the passage we will be teaching from on Sunday, November 14th. I am so grateful to be able to prepare...Read More

Study Guide | The Gospel of Mark 11.12-25

Greetings friends, Here is the study guide for Mark 11:12-25. This is an amazing passage in which we see the passion of Jesus for God's honor and for all nations of the world to know God's...Read More

Date Night

Next Saturday, November 6th, Family ministries is hosting a date night for parents! Childcare will be provided for your children - which includes pizza, games and movies - for only $15 per...Read More

Study Guide | The Gospel of Mark 11.1-11

Hi friends, I hope and pray this finds you well. Here is Pastor Jim's study guide on the passage for this Sunday's three gatherings. Usually referred to as Palm Sunday or the Triumphal...Read More

Study Guide | The Gospel of Mark 10.46-52

Hello GSPC friend, I hope you are doing well and experiencing the presence of the living Christ. Can you believe we are already nearing the end of October? Here's the study guide based on...Read More

FLIPT

I’m constantly being asked, “What exactly does FLIPT stand for or mean?” Well, I hate to disappoint all of you creative thinkers out there, but FLIPT isn’t some acronym with a really...Read More

All Church Camp Out

Can you believe it... our All Church Camp Out starts tomorrow! We're looking forward to a great weekend of enjoying God's good creation with one another at the Canyon RV Park. And if you...Read More

Study Guide | The Gospel of Mark 10.32-45

Greetings friends, Here is the sermon-based study guide for Sunday, October 17th for Mark 10.32-45. I am away this week attending a highly-recommended conference called "Preaching with...Read More

From Forgiveness to Blessing

Have you been hurt by someone? Does bitterness or anger at that person eat away at you? Jesus said we should love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. In the Lord’s Prayer...Read More

Study Guide | The Gospel of Mark 10.17-31

Another week... another guide! Our text this week, Mark 10.17-31, is a familiar account of a wealthy young man and Jesus' loving invitation for him to embrace the Kingdom. I think - and pray...Read More

Honky Tonk Perfume

Good Shepherd's monthly Senior Adult luncheon was held today in Zirbel Hall. And if you think you know what goes on at these sort of events, you have no idea. Today, the special guest was...Read More

What On Earth Am I Here For?

The Purpose Driven Life seeks to answer that question. Beginning Monday October 11th, you are invited to join a 7-week study in Good Shepherd’s Fireside Room. The group will meet at 7pm...Read More

Study Guide | The Gospel of Mark 10.1-16

Here is the study guide for the passage we are studying this week, Mark 10.1-16. In it, we learn about the gift of marriage and address the difficulty of divorce. If the study raises questions or...Read More