Posts tagged with Good Shepherd

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

Pastor's Note | Monday, June 10th

I was sitting in my office while one of our Good Shepherd family was reading John 15.1-8 out loud in preparation for reading it in our worship service at 10:30am yesterday...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

Pastor's Note | Monday, May 20th

The School year is coming to a close and Summer is right around the corner. This means new opportunities for Connecting with God, Growing in Faith, and Serving in Love! It all begins...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

Pastor's Note | Monday, May 13th

On many occasions I've referred to the rear yard re-landscaping project Connie and I undertook five years ago. After demolition of over 70 tons (that is correct, 70 tons) of concrete...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

Pastor's Note | Monday, May 6th

Our world is not what it used to be. In recent years we have seen some astronomical shifts in worldviews and in adherence to the Christian faith in America. Consider the...Read More

Denominational Discernment Update

Greetings Good Shepherd Family, We are continuing in a Season of Discernment regarding the denominational affiliation that best enables us to live out our call to make disciples who...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

Pastor's Note | Monday, April 29th

For the past few weeks we have been engaging the roots of biblical Christianity in a series we're calling Rooted: In the Soil of a Vibrant, Growing Faith. Each week in our sermon...Read More

What Do You Enjoy about The Open Table?

Why do you come to The Open Table Tuesdays at Good Shepherd? When we conceived of this ministry we determined that there were so many reasons why members of Good Shepherd...Read More

40 Days of Prayer for Discernment

Hello Good Shepherd Friend, In recent weeks we have begun a process of discerning the denominational affiliation that would best support the ministry of Good Shepherd...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

Pastor's Note | Monday, April 22nd

It's no surprise that our world is changing rapidly. Among the effects of rapid social change is the fact that the Christian church is no longer widely appreciated, understood, and influential...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

Pastor's Note | Monday, April 15th

I've been reflecting upon the wonder and blessing of Christian community this past week, prompted by all the ways I have been - and continue to be - blessed by the Good Shepherd...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

Pastor's Note | Monday, April 8th

Hi friends, I was so sorry to miss gathering for worship this weekend, especially as we began our new series. I was unable to join you as I am currently in Springfield, Missouri, ...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

Pastor's Note | Monday, March 25th

It's been said that teachers teach what they need to learn. I've come to believe the same is true for preachers' preaching. Or, at least, it is for me. Last weekend we engaged...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

Students Need A Spring Break: Our Annual Mexico Trip

When spring break roll around students around the country are excited about the opportunity to relax, hit the beach, and simply hang out. Who can blame them? High School is a...Read More

Small Group Discernment Opportunity

We will be presenting a series of small group opportunities Friday through Sunday, March 15th-17th, for you to hear more about the issues facing our denomination. These small...Read More

Pastor's Note | Monday, March 4th

We're mid-way through the season of Lent, a time during which we take on new disciplines. For some it is fasting in which we voluntarily do without food or certain foods in order to...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

After Thoughts | "Follow Me"

John Calvin, father of the Reformed tradition, once wrote that "human nature, so to speak, is a perpetual factory of idols." Now, remember, idols are inherently good things that are...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

Congregational Celebration and Business Meeting

The Annual Congregational Celebration and Business Meeting is set for January 29th at 7pm in the Sanctuary of Good Shepherd. I hope you will plan to attend this event to give thanks to God...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

Did You Increase Your Pledge!?

Did you increase your pledge for the 2013 calendar year!? If so, thank you! If you give automatically through your PayPal account on our website, however, changing the amount...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 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 | 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 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

Election Night Communion Gathering

Tuesday, Novmber 6th is election day. It's a day filled with hopes and dreams for the future of our country, a day that presidential candidates and political parties have been...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

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

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