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The Snooze Button

The alarm clock starts buzzing. You let out a groan, hit the snooze button, and roll back over. And then you might repeat that two or three more times. Sound familiar? And isn’t it the same with our faith sometimes? We want so badly to get up, get focused, and lean...

Blessed by My Community

Small groups are a great way to form relationships and build community with others. Here’s how small groups have blessed Brett, a member of the COS family: Why did you need community? Today's world can often be isolating...we get caught up in our own whirlwind of life...

Sharing Your Faith

“For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes.” Romans 1:16 (NLT) Why should I be prepared to share my faith story? Sometimes people in our lives aren’t interested in God, but they are interested in...

How to Tell Your Faith Story

Talking about our faith can be intimidating. But people want to hear how Jesus has been working in your life so they can relate to your story. Here are some simple steps to help you be prepared to share what Jesus has done in your life with others: Briefly tell what...

Made New

My role as pastor has taken many shapes over the years.  Sharing the Word has looked like being a caregiver, a cook, a youth leader, a Sunday School teacher, a bus driver, a bookkeeper, a planner, a construction manager, and even a janitor.  I was reflecting on this...

Thoughts and Prayers

Our world has fallen victim to an ever-growing list of senseless acts of violence. While many of us offer our thoughts and prayers during these times, others are quick to point out that “thoughts and prayers” are not enough anymore and action must be taken. But is...

Unity

We all have favorites.  Favorite shirts, favorite flavors of ice cream, favorite vacation destinations, just to name a few.  Even though they are already our favorites, it is still possible that there can be a moment when they become even more to us.  That was the...

7 Encouraging Verses for a New School Year

It’s that time of year. Kids across the country are heading back to school–some are in their second week of classes already! Regardless of whether the kids are already back in school or they’re preparing to return soon, they (and their parents!) are probably feeling a...

Building a Great Team

Have you ever heard the phrase “teamwork makes the dream work?” At Church of the Shepherd, we believe that teams play a big role in living out our dream–our vision–of making God’s presence known in every person, community, and throughout the world. We trust each other...

Where is God

As we have watched the news this week, a question has formed in my mind that has caused two differing responses in my heart that call for two different actions.  The question that comes to my mind fits well with our In Focus sermon series. Where is God in this?  The...

The Happiest Place on Earth

A Facebook post recently went viral from a mother on a tirade over childless couples visiting Walt Disney World. She was basically upset because she believed families without children were increasing wait times, which made her child cranky on a recent visit. “Disney...

Faith Lessons from The Lion King: Part 3

One of the summer’s most anticipated movies, the live-action remake of Disney’s The Lion King, is in theaters now, and for many of us, it’s a chance to relive our childhood. For others, it’s a chance to share something special from our youth with our own children. And...

Faith Lessons from The Lion King: Part 2

One of the summer’s most anticipated movies, the live-action remake of Disney’s The Lion King, is in theaters now, and for many of us, it’s a chance to relive our childhood. For others, it’s a chance to share something special from our youth with our own children. And...

Addicted to Busyness

Have you ever had a day so filled with to-do’s that you didn’t know where to start?  Or maybe it was a day that you darted from task to task and at the end of the day, you wondered what you had accomplished or what you had forgotten.  Ruth Haley Barton calls this the...

Faith Lessons from The Lion King: Part 1

One of the summer’s most anticipated movies, the live-action remake of Disney’s The Lion King, is in theaters now, and for many of us, it’s a chance to relive our childhood. For others, it’s a chance to share something special from our youth with our own children. And...

Common Ground

The quickest way to build community is to connect with others who have similar interests. Here’s how one Church of the Shepherd member, Cheryl, found a community of her own through her love of books. “Anyone that knows me knows that I love to read! Over the years I’ve...

Beat the Heat This Summer

Summer is a great time to have fun, connect with friends, and meet new people. The kids are out of school, many people take some extra time off work, and there are a lot of fun activities offered (like the End of Summer Splash happening this Sunday)! But with high...

Four Ways to Encourage Our Children

Everyone could use a little bit of encouragement, especially our children. As they grow up, they are exposed to all kinds of new experiences that help shape the person they will become. Here are 4 ways we can help encourage the children in our lives. 1. Admit your...

Building an Encouraging Community

How can we build an encouraging community in a world that is full of pain, hurt, and negativity? Here are three key ways, inspired by 1 Thessalonians 5:11-24: 1. Turn toward the “others.” (1 Thessalonians 5:14-15) An encouraging community means that we don’t turn...

Asking the Right Questions

Three year olds have wonderful, inquisitive minds that are always on. They are exploring new words and new worlds every day, and they explore their words and worlds through a series of questions. What is this? What does this do? Why? These are just a few of the many...

Embracing a Christ-Centered Community

This weekend, Pastor Danny shared with us how the book of Ephesians describes a Christ-centered community as one that lives together in perfect unity. Here are three ways that we can begin to embrace a community like this: 1. Worship Together A united community...

Reflections on Forgiveness

Forgiveness is different for every single human being that lives it.  It might come suddenly for some, while for others it takes a more deliberate process and requires a great deal of effort.  For some, once it comes it is permanent and known, and for others it ebbs...

The Benefits of Forgiveness

God’s love for us comes with the gift of forgiveness, and we are supposed to offer that gift to others. But forgiving someone who has hurt us can be hard. While it may be easier to hold a grudge, offering forgiveness to someone comes with some benefits. Here are some...

How to Forgive

“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” - Colossians 3:13 It’s amazing to know that we don’t have to do a single thing for God to forgive us. So how do we go about...

Why We Serve

Why do we serve? Because it’s fun? Because it makes us feel good? Because we want to grow into a bigger church? Those are all reasons, but are they the reasons God intended for us to have? St. Theresa of Avilla put it this way: Christ has no body but yours, No hands,...

The Serving Community

My hometown was smaller than Church of the Shepherd. Like COS, it was full of wonderful people with all the skills and talents needed to make a community. As a community, they, all of them, were there to watch over me, encourage me, teach me, provide boundaries for...

How to be Fearless in 6 Steps

We all have fears, and facing them takes practice. Here are six steps to help you learn to be fearless. Name your fear. It all begins with giving a name to your fear. Owning your fear is the first step to getting past it. It won’t be easy, but addressing your fear out...

Building Community in Our Own Backyard

Did you know the playground behind Church of the Shepherd isn’t just for members of the church? When we built the Let’s Play! Community Playground a little over a year ago, we hoped it would be a place where kids of all abilities could have fun together and serve as a...

Finding Faith on the Ice

Cardinal Nation went Blue this week and most of us learned a whole new meaning of the word “Gloria” as the St. Louis Blues brought home the Stanley Cup. People who had never watched a hockey game were cheering as we watched the last place Blues become first place...

Updates from Puerto Rico

The high school mission team arrived in Puerto Rico on Sunday, June 9, and they have already accomplished so much! Here are just a few of the projects they are working on: Building relationships with students at the Boys and Girls Club Playing games and going on field...

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