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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.