Shepherd Thoughts


Are You Filled With The Spirit?

Thomas Overmiller, one of our guest contributors, has recently started a podcast. Listen to the following episode for a simple, clear explanation on the filling of the Holy Spirit. Shepherd Thoughts Podcast, Episode 4: Are you filled with the Spirit? Here’s how you can follow the podcast and get new episodes. iTunes PlayerFM – free . . .
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Searching for Facts vs. Fiction - Magnifying Glass

The Danger of Misinformation

“Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole . . .
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Divine Healing

In our community I often meet people who have physical needs. For example, one man got a palsy that made one of his eyes close. Another had a condition with his stomach. Another man had a foot problem. I have made it a point to let them know that I am praying for their healing . . .
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The Invisible Presence of God

We serve and worship an invisible God. He is a Spirit (Jn. 4:24). And no human being has ever viewed God with his eyes (Jn. 1:18). The nation of Israel struggled with this reality. For a period of 400  years (nearly twice the age of the United States of America), they lived immersed in Egyptian . . .
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Answered Prayer

“Ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it on your lusts” (James 4:2-3). With childlike faith my grandmother saw many answers to prayer. She knew God and simply trusted Him. She asked—and received. Our text indicates that God wants us to regularly . . .
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Praying for Rain: A New Year’s Greeting

The Lord has challenged me afresh with His challenge in Zechariah 10:1: “Ask ye of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; so the LORD shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain.” For me personally this is going to be my theme verse for 2015. Merry Christmas to all . . .
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Jonathan Beazley

Meet Evangelist Jonathan Beazley!

Every so often a pastor will ask me, “What evangelists could you recommend that preach on the Christ-life?” Among the ones I could mention, I would like to suggest Evangelist Jonathan Beazley. He and I got connected some years ago through both being a part of the Neighborhood Bible Time training with Larry Koontz. I love his passion to understand and . . .
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Announcing New Venue

For the past three years the Lord has burdened my heart deeply about the coming millennial kingdom and our need to prepare for it as believers.  I believe the church of Jesus Christ has grown lax and flippant because of not correctly understanding what lies ahead at the Judgment Seat and how our verdict there . . .
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Christ Life Clinic Photo Gallery and Summary

If you were at the Christ Life Clinic this year, you already know what I’m going say—the Lord met with us in a wonderful way! The daytime sessions delved deeply into spiritual truths, the evening sessions spurred us forward, and the one-on-one counseling sessions and Q&A times put the pieces together for ongoing growth and . . .
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We Have a New Look!

Welcome to the newly-redesigned Revival Focus Forum, or you can simply call us Revival Forum. As we approach our second anniversary (Sept. 1, 2014), we listened to your input and broadened our layout & design from the former blog format (Friends of Revival Blog) to the new Revival Forum format, which allows greater flexibility in . . .
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