A Top-Down Faith - You Are a Member of God's Own Family! - Holy Trinity Sunday - May 26, 2024
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by Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
3d ago
Romans 8:12-17 Being a member of one family as opposed to another seems like luck of the draw. You might be born with the silver spoon in your mouth. You might be born into abject poverty. Today, on Holy Trinity Sunday, we see that the Triune God himself adopts us into his own family. It's no stroke of luck. By God's grace, we're his children, co-heirs with Christ, empowered by the spirit, and obligated to ourselves to live like it ..read more
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Resurrection Reality - Christ Has Not Left Us Alone! - Pentecost May 19, 2024
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by Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1w ago
John 15:26-27; 16:4b-11 Even before he died, Jesus was busy preparing his disciples for the time when he wouldn't be with them physically. After his ascension, they had to adjust to a new reality–one that today's Christians have known as their entire existence–life in a world without Jesus physically present. Even though Jesus ascended back to heaven in glory, he promised he would not leave his disciples alone. He would send the Holy Spirit as their Advocate, Guide, Counselor, Comforter, and more. On Pentecost, we celebrate the specific and spectacular fulfillment of that promise to the disci ..read more
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Resurrection Reality - Christ's Ascension Means He Is Closer Than Ever! - May 12, 2024
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by Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
2w ago
Ephesians 4:7-16 Goodbyes are hard, and usually not a cause for celebration. The one you love is going to be far away, and you'll miss them, and all the good they bring into your life. When Jesus ascended, it was a serious goodbye. It was the end of his earthly ministry, and never again would his disciples and followers get to see him face to face on this earth. It can seem like he is awfully far away. However, the opposite is true. When we realize what Christ's ascension means, we realize that Jesus is actually closer and more active in our lives than ever ..read more
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Resurrection Reality - Jesus Loves Us As Friends, So We Love Like Jesus! - May 5, 2024
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by Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
3w ago
John 15:9-17 The entirety of God’s Word can be summed up in one word: love. God’s Law is all about love: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart…” and “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37,39). The gospel is all about love: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son…” (John 3:16). From his compassion for the sick and broken, to his sacrificial death on the cross, to the peace he provided after his resurrection, Jesus was the perfect embodiment of love. Love is his business. That means love is our business too. The resurrection real ..read more
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Resurrection Reality - The Living Lord Produces Active Faith - April 28, 2024
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by Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1M ago
John 15:1-8 Our beliefs influence our actions. Believing in a Savior who rose from the dead changes how Christians think, speak, and act. Our faith is more than a simple belief system, though. It's a connection to a deeper power, power that doesn't just inspire our actions, but motivates and drives them ..read more
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Rethinking Religion - We Are Shepherded in Truth - April 21, 2024
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by Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1M ago
1 John 4:1-6 On Good Shepherd Sunday, we celebrate the comforting fact that our Risen Savior is our Good Shepherd. Even though there are countless contradictory voices clamoring for our attention and claiming to have truth from God for us, our Good Shepherd raises up faithful under-shepherds to bring us his gospel in Word and sacrament, and equips us to distinguish between faithful messengers, and those who would lead us astray ..read more
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Resurrection Reality - We Have a Meaningful Message to Share
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by Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1M ago
1 John 1:5-2:2 The world is full of darkness. The ugly truth we have to accept is that we're not just victims of the darkness, we're perpetrators of it too. However, when we face the truth and stop denying, we find wonderful news. God has a solution for us and for all the world! This news is better than any empty platitude or meaningless motto. This news gives lasting hope both now and forever. This news is for us to take to heart and then to share with others. The reality of Jesus' resurrection means we have a meaningful message ..read more
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Resurrection Reality - We Have Proof and Peace - April 7, 2024
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by Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1M ago
John 20:19-31 When things seem too good to be true, they usually are. We have to look for proof to know whether or not good news is worth believing. Jesus' resurrection (for which there is plenty of proof) is the proof that we can believe the unbelievably good news that we have peace with God ..read more
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Resurrection Reality - All Will Be Made Alive - EASTER SUNDAY - March 31, 2024
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by Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
2M ago
Job 19:23-27 The film director Woody Allen once said, "I'm not afraid to die, I just don't want to be there when it happens." Studies have shown that most people fear death to varying degrees. This fear is so common that there is even a field of psychological study called thanatology. It examines human reactions to death and dying. One of the biggest reasons people fear death is its apparent permanency. In our experience, dead is dead. Someone dies, and they're gone. All you have are pictures and memories. That's the way we normally think, but it is far from reality! On Easter, Christ proves ..read more
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Rethinking Religion - Rethinking Real Strength - Passion Sunday - March 24, 2024
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by Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
2M ago
Today we're observing the Sunday of the Passion. It's a Palm Sunday tradition to read the entire account of Jesus' passion from one of the Gospels in preparation for Holy Week. Today, as we read the Gospel of Mark, we'll see real strength displayed in our Savior as he endures suffering for us. Fixing our eyes on Jesus is in turn what gives Christians themselves their strength ..read more
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