Question On Bi-Annual Report To State.
March 22nd, 2016
I have received questions concerning our bi-annual incorporation report to the State. Various Shepherd Leaders thought we file it this year. It is filed every odd year. Our next renewal will be on January 2017. I am sorry if there was some confusion there, Now any By Law changes, or officer changes we do update on the Nebraska Secretary of State Website each year. I hope that takes care of any questions on the matter.
Blessings to all the family.
Founding Pastor, Patrick Vossen
A New Way Of Living
Joshua 5:9-12 ( A New Way, A Renewal Of Covenant Of Love )
9 The Lord then said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the disgrace of Egypt from you.” Therefore, that place is called Gilgal a to this day. b 10 While the Israelites camped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho, they kept the *Passover on the evening of the fourteenth day of the month. c d 11 The day after Passover they ate unleavened bread and roasted grain from the produce of the land. e 12 And the day after they ate from the produce of the land, the manna ceased. f Since there was no more manna for the Israelites, they ate from the crops of the land of Canaan that year.
2 Corinthians 5:16-21 ( A New Way, New Covenant Revealed In Us )
16 From now on, then, we do not know f anyone in a purely human way. gEven if we have known h Christ in a purely human way, i yet now we no longer know j Him in this way. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; kold things have passed away, and look, l new things m have come. n 18 Everything is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: o 19 That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world pto Himself, q not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors r for Christ, certain that God is appealing through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf, s“Be reconciled to God.” 21 He made the One who did not know sin t to be sin u for us, v so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Luke 15:17-21 ( A New Way, Grace Personified )
17 When he came to his senses, a he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired hands have more than enough food, and here I am dying of hunger! b 18 I’ll get up, go to my father, and say to him, Father, I have sinned c against heaven d and in your sight. 19 I’m no longer worthy e to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired hands.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father. But while the son was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion. f He ran, threw his arms around his neck, g and kissed h him. 21 The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight. I’m no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 “But the father told his * slaves, ‘Quick! Bring out the best robe i and put it on him; put a ring j on his finger k and sandals l on his feet. 23 Then bring the fattened calf m and slaughter it, and let’s celebrate with a feast, 24 because this son of mine was dead and is alive again; n he was lost and is found!’ So they began to celebrate.
The Lost Son
Feasting On the Word: Preaching The Revised Common Lectionary Year C
The very familiar parable of the Prodigal Son is the last in a series of three parables that portray God as seeking out that which is lost. The two others are the parables of the Lost Sheep (15:4–7) and the Lost Coin (15:8–10). The beginning of chapter 15 states that Jesus told these three stories in response to a complaint raised by the Pharisees and scribes concerning Jesus’ penchant of associating with people known to be sinners. The parables attempt to show that Jesus had no other choice than to seek the lost.
Personal Story: " Adam And A Trip To Walmart "
Our Battle With Conscience.
R.C. Sproul, " How I Should Live In This World "
The function of the conscience in ethical decision making tends to complicate matters for us. The commandments of God are eternal, but in order to obey them we must first appropriate them internally. The “organ” of such internalization has been classically called the conscience. Some describe this nebulous inner voice as the voice of God within. The conscience is a mysterious part of man’s inner being. Within the conscience, in a secret hidden recess, lies the personality, so hidden that at times it functions without our being immediately aware of it. When Sigmund Freud brought hypnosis into the place of respectable scientific inquiry, men began to explore the subconscious and examine those intimate caverns of the personality. Encountering the conscience can be an awesome experience. The uncovering of the inner voice can be, as one psychiatrist notes, like “looking into hell itself.”
Yet we tend to think of the conscience as a heavenly thing, a point of contact with God, rather than a hellish organ. We think of the cartoon character faced with an ethical decision while an angel is perched on one shoulder and a devil on the other, playing tug-of-war with the poor man’s head. The conscience can be a voice from heaven or hell; it can lie as well as press us to truth. It can speak out of both sides of its mouth, having the capacity either to accuse or to excuse.
This new day you give to me
From your great eternity
This new day now enfold
Me in your loving hold
You are the star of the morn
You are the day newly born
You are the light of our night
You are the Saviour by your might
God be in me this day
God ever with me stay
God be in the night
Keep us by thy light
God be in my heart
God abide, never depart.
There will be some news on various Shepherd Groups forthcoming that will become its own entity or church in the months ahead. It has been determined after much prayer that God wants to allow a separating of the branches in order for growth and revival. With certain ministers and their groups needing to stay together and flourish.
We usually limit our Shepherd Groups to no more than 30 people. At which time we look within time to start and train others for leadership and discern in prayer a new group to be initiated. That part of our usual pattern has been broken from time to time, and that time is now for some. Amen. Sometimes you have to let go in order to see things grow and blossom, or see God's new direction. That is what the Shepherd Leaders have determined after much prayer, and our founding pastor ( Bishop Vossen ) has been more than supportive of this.
It is truly harvestime and we love seeing God do extraordinary things with extraordinary people.
I know it seems in the past year as Bishop Vossen has let go of the reigns of the fellowship and let us all stretch our leadership skills, that his apparent invisibility has been awkward. Yet, he has been there in an advisory role, but has never told or directed us in the past year on what to do. His trust and confidence in this Shepherd Leadership team he has trained for over 8 years is more than appreciated. Thank God for the enabling power of the Lord.
In His Grace,
Skip, Mary, David, Laurie and all the SL Team
Reverend Patrick Vossen,