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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 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!

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.

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