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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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Nov 28, 2016

The New Testament clearly presents the doctrine of the resurrection. But do you know any clear references to the doctrine of resurrection in the Old Testament? Take a quick glance with Pastor Thomas Overmiller at some intriguing references, Feel free to contribute others as a comment!

A shout out to Pastor Frank Jones for adding Psalm 2:7 as a comment here, yet another profound reference to the resurrection of Jesus in the Old Testament. He blogs here. Also, another shout out to Levi Schooley, a friend, Shepherd Thoughts podcast listener and International Children's Ministries Assistant for International Partnership Ministries.

Nov 28, 2016

If you had a special ability to know in advance how people will respond to your kindness, would this stop you from doing kind things for the people who will respond unfavorably? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider a special moment from the life of Jesus that teaches us how to show kindness, even when they do not respond well.

Nov 23, 2016

This time every year, we all feel the need to be thankful. (In Twitter speak, we feel #grateful and #blessed.) Thankful for freedom. Thankful for family. Thankful for employment. Thankful for home. Thankful for special opportunities. Thankful for so many things. But thankful to whom? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider the answer to this very important question.

Nov 22, 2016

If you are a born again Christian, you should have a ravenous appetite for the Word of God. But sometimes the things God says are not easy to digest. So, how you respond to the Word of God? All of it? Even the difficult parts that are hard to digest? Together with Pastor Thomas Overmiller, take a quick look at Jeremiah 15:16 to learn what the Bible says about eating the Word of God.

Nov 22, 2016

What is the history behind Thanksgiving Day? Why is this a special day for born again Christians in the United States, who conscientiously live according to the Bible? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller for a quick response to these questions.

Nov 1, 2016

Are you neglecting this important part of parenting? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to discover an important aspect of raising children who are capable and confident in fulfilling their responsibilities in life. It's never too late to begin!

Nov 1, 2016

Contrary to popular opinion, the sky is not falling. And even if it was, that would still be no cause for worry or alarm. If you find yourself caught up in the relentless cycle (or cyclone) of news headlines and social opinion, you may easily forget that God is in control. Yes, God continues to work out all things together for the ultimate good, even in a wicked world that appears to be spinning out of control sometimes. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider some very important and encouraging thoughts from the Old Testament book of Habakkuk for facing confusing and chaotic times.

 

Oct 26, 2016

Is physical exercise a good thing? Should a Christian abandon physical exercise? Is there a connection between physical and spiritual exercise? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider these important questions, taking a quick look at 1 Timothy 4:7-8 and 1 Corinthians 9:27.

Oct 21, 2016

Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller in the first ever Shepherd Thoughts Conversations episode! This marks the first in a series of upcoming episodes featuring conversations with podcast studio guests.

In this episode, listen in on a conversation with pastor and author Tim Richmond as he shares thoughts about his recent Bible study book called Loving: Biblical Principles for Developing & Maintaining Loving Relationships. Want to become more effective and biblical in the relationships of your life? Then this episode is for you!

To order the book in print, click here and request your copy by email. To order the book in Kindle format, click here. I highly recommend it!

Sep 21, 2016

Perhaps we underestimate the potential for a child’s walk with God. A child can develop a vibrant relationship with God, read, learn from and obey the Bible, worship God, pray and receive answers, know the will of God and do it, and he can serve others. But how can we encourage our children to pursue a walk with God? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider six key ways to encourage our children to walk with God.

Sep 21, 2016

It is very appropriate for children to participate in the worship service of a church, singing the songs, hearing the preaching and responding to God with the rest of us. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider what the Bible teaches about this important topic.

Sep 21, 2016

Since every Christian is a teacher, every Christian should learn to teach Bible truth effectively (Matt. 28:19-20). And since Jesus was a teacher from God (John 3:2), we should give serious attention to His teaching methods, as well as His message. We find a good example of this in John 3:1-21, when Jesus taught Nicodemus. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to learn how Jesus taught others, and how you can teach others as well.

Sep 6, 2016

Should you kneel when you pray? Can you stand? Can you sit? Have you ever wondered what the Bible teaches about posture in prayer? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider what the Bible does and doesn't teach about posture in prayer.

Sep 6, 2016

If you were mentoring a man to be a pastor, giving him advice for church leadership priorities, what would you tell him to focus on “first of all”? Is preaching the most important thing for a church? What deserves the primary attention? Thankfully, we have an answer. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to learn what 2 Timothy 2:1 teaches is the most important priority for a church.

Aug 31, 2016

Here's a quick thought from my personal Bible study, and if you want to be an effective teacher that God can use, you really need to hear this. Join me in looking quickly at Proverbs 30:2 to learn a life-changing truth.

Aug 31, 2016

Do you know what it means to "lay up treasure in heaven"? Do you know what the Bible teaches about crowns and how this may affect your future service for God? And did you know that you can lose your eternal reward, even though your salvation in Christ will never change? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to learn what the Bible teaches about these important questions.

Aug 30, 2016

Do you fight big battles and seem to win, but fail in the little things? That’s what Bobby Leach did as a stuntman. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller in remembering this ironic and tragic story, and consider how we can learn a biblical insight that can prevent big problems in your future.

Aug 30, 2016

Are you deeply thankful when another person corrects you or points out a potential problem in your life? Or do you respond the opposite way? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to learn the right way to respond to correction.

Aug 30, 2016

Are you easily offended? Thin-skinned? Hypersensitive? Touchy? Do you lose spiritual focus when a stranger slings a rude comment your way? A friend misses a planned appointment? A preacher mentions your pet sin? Relatives forget your birthday? A church member asks why you were absent from a service? Your spouse asks you about anything? If any of this is true about you, I won't tell anyone. And guess what, you’re not alone. Many Christians share your struggle, but they don’t have to! Join me in looking at a very special and helpful thought from Psalm 119:165 that will show you how to never be offended.

Aug 30, 2016

Should a Christian seek out opportunities for community service, apart from family and church venues and apart from job responsibilities? Every Christian should seek out opportunities for service. It is the Christian thing to do (Mark 10:44-45). But what service and in what venues? Opportunities to serve blanket the world as trees in a jungle. What should you do? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider helpful Bible principles to evaluate service opportunities as a Christian.

Jul 29, 2016

American society uses words like “family,” “family planning” and “family values” loosely. The plain fact is that unless God’s values constitute your family values, your family values are worthless and futile. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider some important thoughts about family values from Psalm 127.

Jul 29, 2016

Why do true, Bible churches continues to exist and thrive since the first century? What are the "gates of hell" and how can they affect the church today? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider some very encouraging thoughts from Matthew 16:18 regarding what God is doing in our world today.

Jul 23, 2016

We are facing a modern worship epidemic. Do you know what it is? We're distracted, and that's a serious problem. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider thoughts from John 2 that will challenge your approach to God in times of worship, and consider whether you are giving God your undistracted, wholehearted devotion.

Jul 23, 2016

Much is made of Nicodemus "coming to Jesus by night" in John 3:2. But why did Nicodemus do this? Was it really because he was afraid of what his Jewish peers would think of him? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider several possible reasons for why Nicodemus met with Jesus at night, what you can know for sure and why it is important.

 

Jul 22, 2016

Why did the magi approach King Herod? After all, doing so provoked him to slaughter the boys in Bethlehem, 2 yrs. and younger. If they hadn't gone to Herod, wouldn't that have prevented this unnecessary carnage? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to learn what the Bible teaches about the wise men who followed a star to worship Jesus. You will learn some surprising lessons!

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