May 12, 2017

From the Desk of: Geoff Madison, Pastor of Family Ministry

The Power During the Hour That You Do Not See! As the familiar strains of “Joyful Joyful” fill the Sanctuary signaling the start of Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller, the power of God’s Holy Spirit is also at work in other places on the campus of Shepherd’s Grove. In our Sprouts Children’s Ministry, our nursery and preschool are learning about “The Giant Picnic” – the feeding of the 5000 – through music, video, puppet shows and crafts.  They are in a lesson series called “All About Jesus”. Our kindergarten through 5th-grade children just finished a great, two-week Easter Eggstravaganza and now are in the middle of Zooplosion – an eight-week series of lessons where animals are a part of the Bible story.  Kids have fun in our pre-session room and then head into the Zooplosion Theater for music and learning programs.  Then, they finish up in their small group

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This Week on Hour of Power

Pastor Bobby begins a new message series called: “I Am –Knowing God by Name.” In this series, Bobby will teach on what it means to carry the name of the Lord and what the different Old Testament names for Yahweh mean for you.  Today’s message: “Yahweh Bore: I Am Your Creator. You Are My Sons and Daughters.” We are so happy to have Natasha Bure with us, a highly recognizable face on social media with an amazing vocal talent to back it up. Natasha has kept very busy with competing on “The Voice,” designing jewelry, modeling, blogging, and has somehow found time to write a book entitled, Let’s Be Real. Natasha’s book is available wherever books are sold. Today, Natasha performs, “You’re Beautiful” (comp: Phil Wickham). She is accompanied by the Hour of Power Orchestra. Directed by Michael Skidgel, the Hour of Power Choir performs “Unclouded Day” (comp: Rev. J.K.

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Do Scary Things

 “But Jesus immediately said to them: ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.’”  – Matthew 14:27 Being a disciple means having courage. It doesn’t mean you’re fearless; it just means you’re going to be scared a lot while you choose to go in the direction of the thing that scares you. God will call you to do scary things, but you will be brave and have the victory. Courage begins with a single step. Being courageous in a scary world is the only way to live. However, society gives you the opposite message. Society wants you to be safe all the time. Society is constantly telling you to be afraid of this, be afraid of the news, politicians, your next door neighbor, or some folks at church. This is not the way to live. Yes, we want to be safe sometimes, and we always want to be wise, but

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