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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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Jun 17, 2017

Standard, biblical advice for a healthy marriage encourages the husband to love his wife unconditionally and the wife to respect her husband unconditionally (Ephesians 5:33). But should a husband respect his wife and a wife love her husband? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider this important question.

Jun 17, 2017

“I just don’t feel like I love him anymore.” “The feeling isn’t there.” “I’ve fallen out of love with her.” Sad and unfortunate statements like this happen frequently in marriage counseling sessions the world over. But the problem with words like this is that they reveal a very wrong perspective about love, because whatever you feel or don’t feel about your spouse (or any other person) has very little to do with love. Love is not a feeling. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to take a closer look at the nature of true love.

Jun 17, 2017

A man who has children is a father, but a man who takes responsibility to meet the needs of his children is a good father. So what do children need from a father? They need a provider, encourager, teacher, and spiritual leader. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to take a quick but important look into these important responsibilities of good fathers found in Ephesians 6:4.

May 19, 2017

Are you a spectator in your own church? Church is a group of people, transformed by the gospel, who gather together on a regular basis to serve, not to observe. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider whether or not you are participating with your church the way that God intends.

Apr 18, 2017

Tax Day is no holiday. But Christians need to approach this day in a holy way nonetheless. To do this, we need to know what the Bible teaches about taxes. Now, the simple answer is to pay them. But join me in taking a closer look! A clean conscience before God and man on this point is far more valuable than any money you may gain by not doing so.

Apr 17, 2017

Does Jesus contradict himself after the resurrection? He initially told Mary Magdalene not to touch him (John 20:17), but later seemed to permit Thomas to do so (John 20:27). Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to discover what Jesus probably meant and why it is important.

Apr 11, 2017

Paul teaches that "love is the purpose of the command" (1 Timothy 1:5). What does this mean? You might be surprised! Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to take a quick look at this important and interesting question.

Apr 1, 2017

Is evangelism something reserved for a person called an evangelist, or is it the responsibility of every believer? In the mid-1900's, evangelism strategy in the United States focused heavily on a door-to-door outreach. Is this still a wise strategy? Guest speaker Mike Redick joins Pastor Thomas Overmiller in studio to discuss these questions and more. This conversation will challenge your thinking and stir your heart to be an effective witness for Jesus Christ!

 

Mar 20, 2017

What is the difference between how Holy Spirit interacts believers in the Old and New Testament time periods? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to make some important observations and discover the incredible privilege that we enjoy today in our fellowship with the triune God.

Mar 17, 2017

Did Jesus contradict himself? Should a believer do good things in public or not? Matthew 5:15 seems to say yes, but Matthew 6:1 seems to say no, and both statements appear in the Sermon on the Mount. How can we make sense of this? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to discover exactly what Jesus said, based upon the context of each command.

Mar 17, 2017

As a college student, I preached a sermon from Matthew 5:14-16. But looking back, I now realize that I misused a metaphor! To help you be a better Bible student, I’ll show you what I mean. I’ll let you learn from my mistake, and discover an important teaching of Jesus at the same time. So, what about that bushel basket?

Mar 15, 2017

Some allege that a person may relinquish his salvation through acts of blatant, persistent sin. For evidence, they sometimes point to the Old Testament example of King David when he prayed, in Psalm 51:11, “Do not take your Holy Spirit from me.” Does this reveal that David’s eternal salvation was in jeopardy? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to discover that while David's salvation was not in jeopardy, something else was.

Mar 10, 2017

The current transgender phenomenon is real. Real people are facing real internal struggles. But this fact alone does not mean that popular conclusions about this phenomenon are equally true. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider some biblical thoughts that are helpful in making sense of this.

 

Mar 10, 2017

Churches need leaders, but they also need a biblical understanding of leadership. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller for a helpful study of 1 Corinthians 11:1-2 to learn how to follow leaders and be a leader in the church, the Bible way.

Feb 21, 2017

When another person genuinely offends or hurts you, it is your responsibility to approach that person, mention the offense and seek repentance. But what if that person commits the same offense again? And what if you're not sure they've genuinely repented? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider some helpful Bible principles regarding forgiveness and revenge in our relationships.

Feb 20, 2017

Why do we experience bad results when we make good choices to change in obedience to God's Word? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to learn how Galatians 6:7-9 sheds light on this difficult phenomenon.

Feb 18, 2017

Are any challenges approaching you? Are you quietly, soberly, perhaps fearfully facing the prospects of tomorrow? No matter what assailant is staked out on the hillside against you, there is hope. Pause briefly with Pastor Thomas Overmiller to discover how Psalm 118:15 encourages you to face your challenges with confidence.

Feb 17, 2017

Those who give finances to God and meet the needs of others with the money God gives them, they receive benefits in return. Do you agree? But what are the fruits or benefits of giving money to God and meeting the needs of others? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider five benefits of giving, followed by one warning about having the proper motive.

Feb 17, 2017

Are you ever overwhelmed, feeling that true change in your Christian life is not possible? Take a moment to consider the teaching given to us in Colossians 1:27-29, that Christ is in you. This truth gives confidence that personal change is possible, and that this change is not just personal reform - it is a person, Jesus Christ. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to take a closer look at this encouraging truth.

Jan 23, 2017

What does it mean to make disciples and to mentor Christians? Have you ever been mentored in your Christian life? Are you effectively mentoring others? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller as he asks David Bennett important questions like this. The conversation will stir your heart and equip your mind with practical Bible principles for fruitful ministry.

Dec 22, 2016

Sometimes we need to pray quickly, minus the regular formalities we often associate with prayer. And we need to pray with the right heart attitude. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to learn some quick, important lessons from Psalm 70 for how to pray when we don't have time to be formal, but desperately need to talk with God.

Dec 21, 2016

The pursuit of God and the practice of godly living has nothing to do with a self-centered, “what’s in it for me” attitude. Yet David admits his struggle with this very thing. Do you know this struggle? Do you wrestle with this temptation to think that godly living is useless and ungodly living offers an easier, better way? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller for a fast look at Psalm 73 and helpful thoughts for continuing your pursuit of God.

Dec 20, 2016

At the perfect time in history, God sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to be born of a virgin to save us from our sins (Galatians 4:4). But not everything we say about this crucial moment in history is true. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider six such fast facts (or “un-facts”) about the birth of Christ.

 

Dec 16, 2016

Do you enjoy the blessing of laughter and good humor? Or do you mistake spiritual living with being perpetually somber? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to see what the Bible says in Proverbs 17:22 about the good medicine of a merry heart.

Nov 29, 2016

Buying merchandise is not a sin, and selling merchandise isn’t either. But beware of economic exploitation. What is this and how is it a problem? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider what Revelation 18 has to say about this worldwide, timeless problem that affects us all.

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