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Shepherd Thoughts Podcast

The Shepherd Thoughts Podcast is an audio resource for Christians that encourages biblical thinking for biblical living as you follow the Lord Jesus Christ, your Good Shepherd. For more helpful resources online, visit www.shepherdthoughts.com. "Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." (Philippians 4:8)
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Dec 6, 2017

Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider six ways that you should allow the doctrine of the Trinity to impact your relationship with God, your approach to life, and your mission to the world.

Dec 6, 2017

Having considered that God is one and that there are three distinct persons within the Godhead, join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to discover where Scripture presents the members of the Godhead as sharing in the divine nature equally, meaning that one is not somehow more divine than another and underscoring that all three members are fully and equally one-and-the-same God.

Dec 6, 2017

Having recognized the equally divine and eternal nature of each member of the Godhead, join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to learn how Scripture also portrays them as persons, each having the attributes of a personal being and not merely an abstract force or emanation of some kind.

Dec 6, 2017

Having established the three-in-oneness of God, join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to learn how Scripture also teaches that each member of the Godhead is equally and eternally God, no more and no less than the others. 

Dec 6, 2017

While Scriptures clearly teach that there is one God, they also intimate that somehow there is a plurality within the Godhead. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to discover what this means and where the Bible teaches this idea.

Dec 6, 2017

To understand the Trinity properly, it is necessary to observe that the Bible reveals one God and not three. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to discover what the Bible teaches about the oneness of God.

Nov 28, 2017

Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to learn a basic definition of the Trinity as taught by the Bible. Memorizing this definition will be an excellent way to strengthen your faith and to grow in your knowledge of God and your relationship with him. In this episode, you will also learn two misconceptions to avoid when explaining the doctrine of the Trinity, and you will learn how this doctrine upholds the divine origin of Scripture and the truth of the Christian faith.

Nov 28, 2017

Does the word trinity appear in Scripture? Did the Catholic Church invent the doctrine of the Trinity? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to discover the answers to these questions and more.

Nov 28, 2017

Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider how other religions either misunderstand or misrepresent the Christian doctrine of the Trinity. This episode will reference the perspective of Jehovah Witnesses, Muslims, and some pantheistic religions, like Buddhism, Hinduism, and Christian Scientism.

Nov 22, 2017

Bad things happen in the world, don’t they? But you should still be grateful to God for all that he does, for all that he gives, for all that he allows into your life, and - most of all - for all that he is. God is completely and continually good. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider what James 1:16-17 teaches about the goodness of God so that you may be more grateful.

Nov 17, 2017

Promotional emails and full-color mailers for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and other holiday sales are coming your way, and so are the urges to buy more things, a lot more things. But tune in to this special episode with Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider some valuable wisdom from Proverbs that will enable you to navigate the snowstorm of materialism that is blowing your way.

Nov 8, 2017

How should a Christian respond to news of terror and violence? Should you be afraid? Should you change your plans for service to God? Should you worry that something terrible will happen to you soon, also? In his second letter to Timothy, Paul provides an excellent reminder of how a believer should respond to the feelings of dread and cowardly fear. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider these encouraging words from 2 Timothy 1:7.

Sep 30, 2017

When you choose to follow Jesus, you may find yourself in the middle of a difficult family situation. Unbelieving relatives, especially immediate family members, may place intense pressure on you to withdraw from your faith entirely or to diminish your church involvement and obedience to Christ. Did you know that Jesus also experienced this dilemma? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to learn what Jesus experienced and taught about this difficult trial.

Sep 30, 2017

The only place in Scripture that provides insight into appointing new deacons is Acts 6:1-6. Since no subsequent teaching in Acts or the NT epistles alters or annuls this example, it is fitting to view this scenario as a biblical case study for appointing deacons in a church. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to examine this example of harmonious cooperation between the pastoral leadership and the congregation.

Sep 30, 2017

How does the Bible portray the responsibilities of deacons in a church? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to discover biblical insights into what kind of needs deacons should meet.

Sep 29, 2017

Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider some necessary clarifications for appointing deacons in a church. Though Scripture does provide detailed qualifications for this role, there are some things that it does not requires and they are important to understand.

Sep 29, 2017

Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to learn what specific qualities the Bible requires, in 1 Timothy, for a man to serve as a deacon in the church.

Sep 29, 2017

Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to learn what general qualities the Bible requires, in Acts, for a man to serve as a deacon in the church.

Sep 29, 2017

Deacons play an important role in a growing, biblical church. Therefore, it is necessary to understand and practice what the Bible teaches about this office. Doing so will strengthen any church and prepare it for new growth and expansion. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller for a basic introduction to Bible teaching on the office of a deacon.

Sep 16, 2017

Are you experiencing difficult trials that seem to have no end in sight? Do you struggle to know how to pray to God when you face trials like this? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller in looking at Psalm 13 for an example of how to pray through your trials in a candid, biblical way.

Aug 30, 2017

Don't miss this very special episode, because a very special guest joins us in the studio - my father! As an experienced husband and father, auto and diesel mechanic and United States Marine Corps veteran, and pastor, church planter and missionary, he has a lot of practical wisdom to share. So join me in this episode as I ask him to give biblical advice for being a godly, faithful Christian man at any stage of life.

Aug 14, 2017

The Gospel of John wraps up the public ministry of Jesus in an unexpected way, by returning to the memory of John the Baptist. What can we learn from this and how can it shape our perspective on sharing with others the truth about Jesus today? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller in looking at the background of these verses and gleaning some important spiritual lessons.

Aug 14, 2017

Salvation is eternally secure for every person who believes the truth about Jesus. Some people teach, though, that those who believe the truth about Jesus may have salvation for a while, but may lose it along the way. How do we know that this is false? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider nine reasons from John 10 for knowing that salvation is eternally secure.

Aug 12, 2017

Sometimes we draw the wrong lessons from Old Testament historical accounts, like David and Goliath for instance (1 Samuel 17). Who hasn’t heard a sermon or a song about killing your giants? But is it really true that this story provides a fool-proof guide for how to overcome gigantuous obstacles in life as a Christian? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to learn how to read this story in a responsible, faith-building way, even if a giant kills you.

Jun 30, 2017

What role does music play in your daily life? How does music find its way into your habits, thoughts, and ways of doing things? How can a believer use music in his or her daily quiet time with God? How can a Christian better prepare him or herself for Lord’s Day worship with their church? Tune in to a conversation with Bro. David Ledgerwood, a lifetime Christian musician, to hear answers to these questions and more!

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