Mission Statement

Our Purpose

To promote strong leadership qualities and sound biblical knowledge throughout the entire body of believers of the Lord Jesus Christ; and to equip each members with the skills to effectively and intelligently share their faith.

Our Passion

The empowerment of the part (individual) and the fortification of the whole (body of believers). We strive to teach you practical, applicable skills to help you navigate through life and be the best person you can be.

Within yourself is a wellspring of potential; and we aim to help you unlock it.

Our Promise

To serve with absolute moral, intellectual and financial integrity with open and honest accountability.

To This End

• We aim to provide daily devotions designed to sharpen believers (and non-believers alike) in every area of their lives.

• We aim to provide a prayer forum in hopes of encouraging, advising, and providing prayers for those in need; including non-believers (with a promise to neither judge, criticize, or attempt to hammer in religion).

• Via the Shepherd Shaper program, we aim to provide comprehensive resources and materials designed to develop skills in the believer’s prayer life, leadership, faith, fellowship and discipleship.

• We welcome people from all walks of life. From those looking for a fortified faith, to the uncertain who are searching for grace. We endeavor to engage in respectful discourses of controversial topics and explore conclusions as of yet unconsidered. The goal is to discover truth, not confirm biases.

• We hasten to shepherd and shape the flock with all the urgency one can muster, hoping to embody the beacon of hope God has called us to be in such darkening times.


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Commanding the Storm

“A windstorm arose on the sea, so great that the boat was being swamped by the waves . . . then Jesus got up and rebuked the winds and the sea: and there was a dead calm” (Matthew 8:24, 26)

Jesus’ miracles are an incredible testament to His power and authority over the world. He has power over demonic forces, nature, physical illness, and even physical death. The might of the Lord Jesus is evident in every life He touched, giving credence to the unquestionable divinity which He esteems.

Christ’s capacity for transforming lives is absolutely unparalleled by anyone else in history. There is no other person, or substance, or “life code,” which can boast equal power to the Lord Jesus Christ.

In the midst of a storm – the storms of nature and the storms of life – Jesus maintains control.

The passage tells us that He was so unconcerned that He was fast asleep (v. 24)!

When the disciples came to wake Him, they were afraid, which would be understandable… had they not been in the presence of the Lord Jesus. But they were in the presence of the Lord, and He admonished them for being afraid. More to the point: for lacking faith (v. 26).

At a word, the winds died down and the waves discontinued their uncontrollable swells.

Uncontrollable, that is, to anyone but Jesus.

Friend, whenever you are wading through one of life’s storms – physical, mental, spiritual, or other – remember that the Lord Jesus is in control.

He loves you and will never abandon you. He will not let you down. The situation may be bleak, the circumstances suspect, and the strain too much to bear.

Remember: You were never meant to bear this burden alone. Jesus wants to help, but He will not intrude on your life. He must be invited. Ask the Lord Jesus into your heart and allow Him to weather your storms.

“As you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you; for I am the Lord your God” (Isaiah 43:2)

Amen!

Compassion for the Crowd

“Jesus called to His disciples and said, ‘I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have had nothing to eat; and I do not want to send them away hungry’” (Matthew 15:32)

The key focus in this passage, as well as Jesus feeding 4,000 people, is His compassion.

He had been teaching, preaching, and healing the sick for three straight days. And it seems that His audience was so captivated that they skipped meals and neglected to eat so that they wouldn’t miss a moment of His presence. They were so completely invested in Jesus and the spiritual realm that they forgot about their physical needs.

The crowd became hungry, and Jesus had compassion for them.

If there is one thing we cannot understand, it is how God can forgive us after all of the evil we have committed. In this fallen world, we have become desensitized to sin, rattling off curses, lies, and insults without even thinking; lusting after sensual pleasures at earlier and earlier ages; and treating sin as if it were “no big deal.”

But it is a big deal, because God hates sin – all sin – and “the wages of sin is death.” (Rom 6:23)

There is no such thing as a “big sin” or a “small sin.”

Sin is sin.

We try to justify it so that we don’t feel guilty, and we often don’t even understand why we sin.

Here’s why: It’s in our nature.

This is the human condition. This is our sickness. And this is why God has compassion for us.

He knows that we are slaves to our own devices, and that we literally cannot help ourselves. So He has done for us what we could not do for ourselves.

“What will it take,” Jesus asked the Father, “to save them from themselves?”

With a tear in His eye, the Father replied, “Your life.”

Jesus had compassion.

“Consider it done.” He said, “I will do what I must.”

In this account, Jesus had compassion on 4,000 people and provided them food. The bigger picture, is that Jesus had compassion for all of humanity, and in laying down His life, provided salvation.

Without the grace of God, we would be stuck in an eternal loop of gloom, doom, and failure, without any rhyme or reason as to why.

But because of the grace of God, we can experience His ultimate compassion and begin to break free of our own oppressive habits.

Amen!