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Thursday, November 30, 2006

A Challenge for Dallas



My son, "Sir Dallas James Rutherford," had a tough day today. He is a junior at Campbell Hall High School in Studio City, and he's been having some problems with his left knee. After getting some x-rays and an MRI, the doctor informed us that he has a fractured patella. He will be out of basketball for six to eight weeks.

Now for a young man who loves to play basketball, this was NOT good news. He will basically be missing most of his junior year, but hopefully he'll be able to make it back towards the end of the season. I checked my phone during a break in the middle of my jury trial and it was heart wrenching listening to my son give me this news. Dallas is a fish out of water if he's not on the court playing a little basketball.

We are doing our best to let him know that God has a plan and that there are a lot of good things that could come of this.

Please keep Dallas in your prayers. He is struggling to discern what God wants for his life. He has been trying his best to honor the Lord recently. God often shapes us through some difficult times and I'm praying that God would do just that. I've watched Dallas play basketball many, many times and you can see the joy in him as he runs and competes. I sometimes think of the OLD movie, Chariots of Fire, where God used Eric Liddell to compete in the 1924 Olympic games to honor God. There is such a memorable quote in that movie from Eric. He said, "I believe that God made me for a purpose, but He also made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure." I'm not sure Dallas has ever totally figured this out, but I do believe he's at least thinking about it. So hopefully, this will be a time where he can reflect on how to honor God with his life.
I want to thank, in advance, those of you who will keep him in your prayers. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The Rat, The Race, and the Cage


I am going to TRY to review and promote one great book a month. I receive sooooooo many books and I try to read as many as possible, and although I don't get to read all of them I want to try to pass on to you some of the good ones that don't normally get a lot of press.
My first choice to share with you was a book I just recently received and YES I've been reading this on breaks while I've been doing jury duty. :)

A good friend of mine named Thomas Ellsworth who has been very successful at getting start up companies off the ground and was one of the key principles in helping a company named JAMDAT. Any games that are put on your cell phone probably was designed by Jamdat. If you ever drive down the 405 freeway you'll see a big office building that has the name JAMDAT on top. That's the company Tom helped make a success.
Although Tom has moved on to help another company he continues to be the best at what he does and is often sought after for advice and wisdom within the business community.


Tom recently wrote a book titled The Rat, The Race, and the Cage. Written to help anyone who is contemplating a career move. So often, people struggle with being fulfilled in their current position or company and spend many sleepless nights trying to discern if they should move on to another company or remain in the same job they have now.
From the insight and experience that Tom has gleaned over the years he came up with a very simple yet profound illustration of the rat, the race and his cage.
He uses this analogy to help one in making wise career changes. His underlying purpose as stated is to provide "A SIMPLE WAY TO GUARANTEE JOB SATISFACTION AND SUCCESS".


I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is wondering if they are in the right career or not. I would recommend this book to anyone who is contemplating making a serious career path change. Included in this 79 page book are some questions and charts that will help you decipher your "own career compass".


For anyone interested in ordering this book you can do so at http://www.winepressbooks.com/
Thanks Tom for this very unique and helpful book.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

CallonJesus.com goes GLOBAL

Someone sent me this note and I thought that you might be blessed by it. Obviously it was a blessing to me. We are actually in the process of updating and creating a new look for our www.callonjesus.com website. It will have many of the same functions but I just wanted to remind you that anyone in the world with internet access can view our sermons on line.

Here is the letter I recieved.

Dear Pastor Dudley,

I wanted to tell you about somthing my wife and I started only by accident. We have some close friends that Live in Stockport, England. We visited them for the first time last year. During our visit we had showed them the church site and www.callonjesus.com....

To make a long story short , by us showing them the site, they are now faithful viewers of our church services @ www.callonjesus.com, and it doesn't stop there.

Their home has now become somewhat of a gathering place on Sunday afternoon at 4:30 (8:30am PST) and the number of people has grown just through word of mouth sometimes and many at 10 or 12.

I am writing you to let you know how important the Streaming Video of our services has become to Gaynor Mayers, her family Tanya, Tasha and Dakota and friends that consider Shepherd their church family.

Thank you and God bless,


Isn't that a great note? It thrills me to see how God works and moves all around the world. How about YOU???? Is there anything YOU can do to help lead others to a closer walk with Jesus? Why not start TODAY!

Merry Kerri

Somebody noticed my daughter Kerri just because she was on my blog. That made me smile. It made me want to put another picture of her on this blog. Kerri, who is a whopping 10 years old, has her daddy wrapped around her little finger. This is one of my favorite pictures of her. God has a plan for this girl. I'm thinking she's going to run the church one day... I just wish my children wouldn't grow up so fast. I just want to PRAISE GOD that she loves the Lord and that it's IN HER HEART to please the LORD. She serves as an example for all of us.

Monday, November 27, 2006

The Pastor is in Trouble.....

I don't know how this happened but I was selected to the jury today on a case that could last two to three weeks. Now don't get me wrong... I am excited about serving and feel like it's a privilege. Our judicial system has worked for several hundred years and it's part of what makes our country great. It is my civic duty and it is an honor to serve in this manner.

HOWEVER... my schedule, especially during the Holiday season is so hectic that I'm sitting here this evening wondering how I can do this. With 10 to 12,000 members and with all the church responsibilities and commitments that I have each day.... I AM STRESSED. I do NOT normally feel stress about anything but at this moment.... I am feeling it BIG TIME. It's almost a sick feeling. Some of you may not understand this but I can NOT JUST TURN OFF my church responsibilities. They exist 24/7.

Now don't get me wrong... I know that the Lord will see me through this and I know that the Lord has me there for a purpose. I have NO DOUBTS about that. My concern is for YOU... that you understand what I am doing and why I am doing this. And I want you to pray with me that God would allow me to somehow fulfill my duties as a jurist and yet still find the time to prepare sermons and fulfill my duties as a Pastor .

I honestly do NOT know HOW I'm going to be able to do this... Please keep me in your prayers....

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Kids of the Kingdom ROCK


Today on the Westside Campus the Kids of the Kingdom helped lead worship and then they sang a special number for us. I want to thank all the children for using their gifts to serve and honor the Lord. They were such a blessing!

For anyone interested in attending, their performances are on December 7th, 8th and 9th. Please look at http://www.theshepherd.org/ for more information.

I want to thank Christine Miller for leading worship at the Porter Ranch Campus and I was so blessed by the attendance on both campuses. The Spirit was evident and hopefully all of us will "by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving" present our request to God.

ONE LAST NOTE... Yours truly has JURY DUTY. I have no idea what is going to happen this week. Keep me in your prayers and I'll let you know if I get to serve as a jurist. Can YOU IMAGINE?????

Saturday, November 25, 2006

OKLAHOMA ROLLS




Today was a good day of football because the University of Oklahoma beat in state rival Oklahoma State and set up a chance to be the BIG 12 conference champions if they can beat long time rival Nebraska on December 2nd. Yes... I know what some of you are thinking... You thought I was a Bruin. Well, truth be told, I root for both the Bruins and the Sooners. That is NOT a sin. I cannot find a verse in the Bible where is says you can NOT root for two teams. So chill.

Back to the Sooners. Earlier in the year Oklahoma got ripped off from having a win over Oregon. You can watch the video for yourself. It was one of the worse calls ever in sports history. And had that call been made correctly there is a chance that Oklahoma NOT usc (notice the small case letters of usc :) would be playing the Ohio State Buckeyes for a National Championship. Oh well, I guess there is always next year.

The reason I am mentioning this is because after this disastrous call in the Oregon game Oklahoma could have folded. They could have called it a season and just been content with having a lackluster year. But NO! They have battled back and have this chance to become CHAMPIONS. It should encourage all of us to never give up. Even when it looks like things are stacked against us. I'm hoping the Sooners can get to the BIG GAME and show the character it takes to overcome the odds. You certainly don't have to, but if you have NO ONE else to root for during this Holiday Bowl Season...pull for Oklahoma. Go Sooners!

Friday, November 24, 2006

A 64 year old suicide bomber. Grandma??? Is that You???

As I sit here in my office the Friday after Thanksgiving with a "I can't eat another thing" type feeling. I am mindful of how GREAT God has been to us. We have this remarkable Church and there are a host of people here today decorating the Church for our Christmas season. It's always one of the best times of the entire year. For me personally, I can't help but think of how many truly committed people we have here at the Shepherd.

Yet, in today's paper I read a story of a 64 year old Grandmother who became the first suicide bomber in 2 years by Hamas, over in Israel. Here is this woman who straps a bomb to her body and blows herself up near the town of Beit Lahiya. She had nine children and 40 grandchildren. She is so devoted to her cause that she thinks nothing of laying down her life for something that she believes in.

And then when I reflect back over my life, I have to ask myself if I am this committed to Jesus Christ. So often I complain and yet Jesus made it pretty clear that to follow Him that we would need to give up everything.

It is my prayer that this Thanksgiving as we reflect and remember the goodness of God, that our gratitude will lead us to a deeper level of commitment. Will you not take advantage of all that God has done for you, all that God has provided for you, for the many times He has protected you to recommit your life to HIM.

You see we should be so thankful for His grace and forgiveness that we ought to willingly lay down our lives for Him. But he does not want you to lay down your life by becoming a suicide bomber... He wants you to lay down your life in serving others, in loving others, in pouring out his mercy upon others. That we would die to self and live for others.

Can you take a moment and ask God to help you finish this year strong. Ask God to help you die to self. Ask God to help you LIVE for others. I think it was Dwight L. Moody who said "The world has yet to see a man who has fully dedicated himself to God... Lord, Willing I will be that man".

My question to you is quite simple. Can YOU be that man? Can YOU be that woman?
Or better yet, WILL you be that man? Will you be that woman?

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

HAPPY THANKSGIVING



I want to wish each of you a "Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving Day"
We have so much to be thankful for and I hope that you will take time today
to verbally express to God and to one another the blessings you have received.

My friend, Bob Hastings, sent me this video. I wanted to share it with you today because I know it will bless you and it will cause you to reflect and rememember the men and women who serve our great Nation around the world.

Ask God to watch over our men and women in service.

I love you.

Dudley

I'm planning on seeing each of you in church this weekend.

A LITTLE ABOUT A LOT

Did you know that there are only 33 days until Christmas? I want to encourage you in the midst of the holiday rush that you plan on making Christmas a HOLY day to celebrate the birth of King Jesus.

Last Weekend we had over 7,000 people in church. We are still in desperate need for people to start attending the Saturday 6:30 pm service....especially those of you who attend the Sunday morning 1o:00 and 11:30 service on the Porter Ranch Campus. We need you to make the switch. :)

Did you know that we are on target to give over $800,000.00 to missions for 2007 and I'm praying that 2008 we will reach our goal of giving over $1,000,000.00 to missions. Can anyone say Amen????

Did you know your Pastor takes vitamins EVERY DAY? Yes, I'm trying to take care of my temple. But the Lord knows I need a tad bit more exercise.

Did you know that there are 750,000 children in the LAUSD? Don't you think it would make a BIG difference if everyday they saw a copy of the Lord's Ten Commandments posted in the hallways of their schools?

Did you know that we recently just completed the filming for the Life Group DVD lessons for the spring of '08?? You didn't think those DVD lessons grew on a tree did you?

Did you know that so far this year we have had more than 600 baptisms? That is quite remarkable. I want to thank Pastor Shawn and all of our decision counselors who help facilitate these decisions. Which leads me to this question: Have YOU ever been baptized? (Matthew 28:18-20 and Acts 2:38) If not, WHY WOULDN'T YOU?? Your answer to that question tells me a lot about your faith. More importantly, it tells God a lot about your faith.

Did you know that we now have more than 100 people on our church staff??? They are without question the hardest working staff in America. They serve every day as though they were serving the Lord Jesus Christ, which they are. I am so grateful for each and every one of them. You should see the prayer requests from just the staff. It is a lengthy list. Please keep them at the top of your prayer lists.

Did you know that some people who say "Our Father" on Sunday go around the rest of the week acting like orphans?

Last but not least.. I want to wish EACH of you a blessed Thanksgiving. I hope and pray that you get to spend it with your loved ones. Please take a moment over the next couple of days to truly thank God for His blessing upon your life.

I know that I am extremely grateful for each and every one of you. I believe that God has great plans for our church and it's been a joy to ride the wave of what God is doing. We have had some great days...but the best is yet to come.

I love you,

Pastor Dudley

Monday, November 20, 2006

A DEMON NAMED JERRY

I don't know how to fully explain this to you but this past weekend while I was preaching about Warfare Praying we had a woman in her 40's come to the Westside Campus and she had a demon in her by the name of Jerry. She was shaking violently and you could hear the demon actually speak. The demon said that he had been controlling this woman for 10 years. That he loved her and that he would not let her go. The voice sounded like a demon and she had this evil look in her eyes when she spoke. The woman had come to church because she wanted to be saved. She stepped forward during the invitation and began to convulse and our counselors took her outside and began to pray over her in the name of Jesus. Danny Furukawa and a host of people gathered around her. Danny asked the demon what his name was and the demon said "Jerry". Danny prayed in the name of Jesus and kept saying "the blood of Jesus" over and over again. Danny told the demon that this woman belonged to the Lord and told the demon that he would not have any power over her if she invited Jesus into her heart. The demon finally said, "Ok, I will leave. But I will come back". The lady then fell to the ground and when she got up she seemed extremely normal. But when everyone was hugging this woman the demon whispered in Danny's ear, "I'm back".

Now some of you might think this is a bunch of hogwash but I saw this woman and I know this is real. Do you think this is a bit ironic that this happened on the weekend that I preached on Warfare Praying? I don't think it's an accident that this happened on this particular weekend. It is a vivid reminder that Ephesians 6:10-12 is a reality. We MUST be careful. We must be people of prayer. Satan is pulling out all the stops trying to disrupt and destroy.

I looked it up in the Bible this morning and there are OVER 70 different times in the New Testament where you find the word or words "demons" or "demon-possession".

The Gospels are filled with stories of demonic warfare. Read Mark 1:32-34, Mark 5:1-20, and Luke 8:26-39. I am NOT trying to alarm anyone but I am trying to get you to arm yourself with the full armor of God. These are all signs that we are making a difference in Los Angeles and the devil would prefer for us to fail. Will you not read again the declaration to Satan from yesterday's post. Our enemy is alive and real according to I Peter 5:8. Let's continue to be faithful to the things of God. Understand who our enemy is and read again the notes from our sermon this past weekend.

In love,

Dudley

If you missed the sermon from this past weekend you can watch it at www.callonjesus.com

Saturday, November 18, 2006

A Declaration to Satan

Satan, take note and listen well!
We are the Church of the Living God.
We are bought with blood, charged with power, married to Jesus,
indwelt with His Spirit, destined for victory, immune from destruction.

We’re part of the company of the committed,
the crowd of the covenant,
the congregation of the courageous.
We’re a fellowship of the faithful, a battalion of believers,
a regiment of the redeemed,
a division of the devoted, an army of the approved,
a team of the triumphant, and a platoon of the powerful.

Satan, you will not conquer me.
For I am blood-washed, daily-delivered, strongly-sanctified,
Spirit-soaked, in-Word, and indwelt.
You are wasting your energy on me.
My fate is set. My victory is assured.
I am linked with a sovereign and eternal power.

You are a deceiver, but you will not deceive me.
You are a roaring lion, but I am not devourable.
You are extremely subtle, but I am on to your ways.
You parade as an angel of light, but I walk in a stronger light.
Your days of deception are over with me.
I won’t be detoured, derailed, distracted, distorted, discouraged, or disillusioned by your schemes.

I am off limits to you now. My doors are closed and locked and I've thrown away the keys.

You won’t walk in, crawl in, slither in, sneak in, pry in, or barge into my life.
I have permanent and precious friend who lives inside of me, and He will not share this temple with anyone, especially you.

His name is Jesus.

He and I know that you know your time's almost up.

You may lie, lure, linger, lurch, and laugh, but you won’t get in.
Your days are numbered; your designs are dwindling; your evil is eroding; your devilishness is dissolving; your progress is poisoned; your success has been subverted.
So get off my property; get off my porch.
Get out of my sight.
For He who is in me is greater than he who is in the world.
Leave my family alone; leave my children alone; leave my church alone; and leave my friends alone.

God is on my side. Rather, I’m on God’s side.
I have the same power that delivered Jesus from temptation and sin.
I have the same power that raised Him from the grave.
I have been promised the victory, and I have claimed that victory.
You can summon all your hosts, but you will lose the battle!

We are the Church of the Living God! Blood-washed, Spirit-filled, battle-scarred, unrelenting and indestructible. And in the blessed words of Jesus Christ, the gates of hell will not prevail against us.

In Jesus’ name.
In Jesus' name.
In Jesus' name.

Are you listening?
In Jesus' name.

Amen and Amen!

Friday, November 17, 2006

READY AND PREPARED FOR BATTLE

This weekend at the Shepherd/Westside Campuses we will be discussing WARFARE PRAYING.

I don't know about you but there have many times where I know I am fighting the Devil himself. Jesus told us in John 8:44 that when Satan speaks that "there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of all lies."

I want to help prepare you for the battle. If you are living for Jesus you are going to have to face him. He will NOT leave you alone. He is not going to just let you follow Jesus. He is going to try to derail you from serving Christ.

This weekend, Lord willing, we are going to study different ways to defeat the devil. It's time we walk and excel in VICTORY.

Please Join us this weekend.

Porter Ranch Campus
Sat 5:00 6:30
Sun 8:30 10:00 11:30
www.theshepherd.org

Westside Campus
Sun 11:00
www.mywestsidechurch.com

Or watch it live at www.callinjesus.com

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Bible Experience LIVE

Blair Underwood (The voice of Jesus)
West Angeles Church of God in Christ Cathedral
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Ulmer
Last night was a memorable evening at the West Angeles Church of God in Christ Church where there was a LIVE performance of God's Word being read. The "Bible Experience" is a collection of audio CDs in which 250 plus people read in dramatic fashion the Word of God. As I have shared earlier, my involvement in this project was to just help it get started. I was told at the outset that they couldn't find anyone to help them get it off the ground. But when I was pitched the idea I KNEW I WAS SUPPOSED TO BE INVOLVED and I KNEW THAT GOD WOULD MAKE IT ALL HAPPEN. Sure enough the Dream became a REALITY. Here's a list of some of the participants. Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr, Samuel L. Jackson, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Blair Underwood, Denzel Washington, Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin, Levar Burton, James Brown, Star Jones, Shirley Caesar, Tatyana Ali, Bill Bellamy, Tyrese Gibson, Donnie McClurkin, John Salley, Marvin Winans and my dear friend Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer.

The people who did MOST of the work on this project are Ron Belk, Kyle Bowser, Lou "Buster" Brown, Robi Reed, Nancy Sprow and sweet Chip Hurd.

When you listen to each text, it's as if YOU ARE THERE when it's happening. I love listening through the book of Acts and I love the sections at the end of the Gospels where the readers portray the Death, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. IT IS POWERFUL.

You can order yours right now at http://www.callonjesus.com/ It will be a gift of a lifetime to give this Christmas. Remember that God's Word does NOT return void.

I only wish they would have let ONE skinny 6'5" white Pastor read one little chapter. But Ron kept telling me no. I guess I'll have to sit this one out... But you know what??? I'm just thankful to be a small part of this project and I know that when I am dead and gone from this old earth that this project will still be changing people's hearts and lives. And that's ALL that MATTERS. And all God's people said????? Amen and Amen!

The Bible Experience in 60 Seconds



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  • to order a copy of The Bible Experience today!

    Tuesday, November 14, 2006

    Jrue and Justin Holiday


    No I didn't grow two extra heads. :) This a silly picture of Jrue and Justin Holiday. These two young men attend Campbell Hall High School and happen to be two of the best basketball players in the country. To your right is Justin Holiday,a Senior, who just signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Washington. To your left is Jrue Holiday which is the number 2 rated player in the country in the 08 class. If you look for them you'll see them here at Shepherd on Sunday at one of our morning worship services. Both of these young men are quality guys. They compete at the highest level yet they love the Lord. They traveled with us to Japan on a missionary trip. I was blessed to be able to coach them this summer on a travel team. My son Dallas has transferred to Campbell Hall for his Jr year and the 3 of these young men make quite a team. Please keep these 3 young men in your prayers. They have an opportunity to really be a witness for Christ on and off the Court.

    Monday, November 13, 2006

    A VERY STRANGE INTERRUPTION

    I loved church this past weekend. I love preaching through God's word. A very strange thing happened Saturday night. Someone stood up and interrupted my sermon and started asking questions... It was bazaar.. I asked the gentleman to sit down and made it very clear that I could not answer his question at that time and HE KEPT ASKING QUESTIONS... I don't know if that has ever happened to me before. I've seen a lot of people get up and walk out but I've never seen anyone stand up and interrupt the service like that. It was rather rude. I spend a lot of time working on my sermons. Then they are recorded where anyone in the world can watch them at http://www.callonjesus.com/ And when this man stood up he forced us to re-record the entire sermon... A lot of people spent a lot of hours in preparation for this one service and this one guy put all that work down the drain. Can you imagine what would happen if anyone who wanted to ask a question would stand up and just start yelling out their question? It would be total chaos. I am still in a state of shock over the whole thing but the thing that bothers me the most is that it was distracting for people who were there to listen and learn. There could have been an unsaved person right there who was on the verge of giving their life to Jesus and after this they might think this is the strangest church in America. Well, we pray that you'll keep coming to church in spite of a few distractions.

    We had a wonderful morning at the Westside Campus. It is so exciting to see God building up this new church. There is such a need. People are so anxious to hear the word. Try to come visit us sometime and you can check out this new campus at http://www.mywestsidechurch.com/

    I'm a tad tired.. so I'm going to hit the hay!

    Dud Man

    Sunday, November 12, 2006

    The Bible Experience LIVE

    Over a year ago Ron Belk approached me about a project to put the Bible, read by famous African Americans, on audio CDs. He needed to help to get the project off the ground and I agreed to help him. We recently completed the New Testament, which is available now at www.callonjesus.com/ and the Old Testament will be finished around Easter '07.

    The New Testament is 19 CDs and one DVD. Blair Underwood reads as the voice of Jesus. Denzel Washington reads the Song of Solomon. Samuel Jackson is the voice of God. Cuba Gooding Jr. is Judas and T.D. Jakes is the Holy Spirit. Deniece Williams and Cindy Herron-Braggs as well as a few others from our own congregation are involved, too.

    As you can tell by the above artwork, we are having a LIVE reading with musical performances this Wednesday, November 15, 2006 at Bishop Blake's church from 7 to 9 pm. I am planning on attending and want to invite you for this LIVE experience. As I've thought about this project, it's NOT the fame of the individual people that make this a STAR ATTRACTION. The Bible itself is the WORD OF GOD..... enough said. This Book, no matter who the reader, no matter who the listener, will change the HEART of anyone who'll simply apply the truths found in its pages. The question is: Will you read it? Will you listen to it? Will you apply it? No life is ever the same after coming face to face with the truth of God's Word.

    Will you join me this Wednesday for a LIVE experience of a lifetime at the West Angeles Church of God in Christ?

    Saturday, November 11, 2006

    One Year Ago... Pastor Tim's Dad





    One year ago today, Pastor Tim's Dad went on to Glory. The picture up above is a picture of Tim and I and his mother Judy the day of his daddy's funeral. I remember flying back to a little town back in Illinois for his funeral and I watched as Tim spoke to a room full of people that had known his dad. In front of family, friends, Christians and non-Christians I watched as God gave Pastor Tim the strength and words to address that audience. Every one of you would have been proud of Tim as he fought back tears and stood as a messenger of hope and preached a message of salvation to those who had come to pay their respects to his father. It is a moment I will never forget.

    Yes.. the picture of the old house that I posted on my blog a few days ago was the house that Pastor Tim grew up in. Tim gave me a tour of the home and the area that he had grown up in. It was waaaaaaaaaaaaaay out in the country.

    But we were there for Bill Winters funeral. Tim's dad was a great man. A gentle man with a gentle spirit, a farmer, a teacher, a father, a friend. I rarely ever look at Pastor Tim, that I can't help but think of his father Bill. The apple didn't fall far from the tree. For Pastor Tim is also a very caring, loving, gentle man. A father, teacher and friend.


    Will you do me a favor today? Will you pray for Pastor Tim today? And just ask God to strengthen and comfort him. It's never an easy thing to come to a day like today and not struggle to some degree. Timbo... I love you and I thank God that you are the friend of all friends. May you continue to bless us the way your father blessed others.

    Friday, November 10, 2006

    PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT

    I will be preaching a message this weekend on the topic of Praying in the Spirit.
    It will be a very important sermon for every Christian, and I want to encourage you to FORWARD this blog to someone you know that needs to be in church this weekend.

    In love,
    Pastor Dudley
    www.theshepherd.org
    www.mywestsidechurch.com

    P.S. Underneath each blog is a little icon that looks like an envelope, which will help you forward this to a friend.

    Found this on the NET

    At a Theater Near You…Church?
    Posted by Lisa Regardie on Nov 5, 2006, 22:00
    LOS ANGELES—Attending church has never been more entertaining than the present time. At first glance of the chapel's exterior, one may get the impression he or she is about to go inside and witness some great performance—although not a play, but rather a sermon. On Sunday, Oct. 8, more than 1,000 people attended Westside Shepherd of the Hills, a new church to the West Los Angeles community, to not only propel the house of worship to a great new start, but also to be a part of the kick-off celebration at the Wadsworth Theater.
    In 1995, Dudley Rutherford became pastor of Shepherd of the Hills, Porter Ranch, when, as the church stated, "God united it with Hillcrest Christian Church." Over the years, more than 6,500 people have attended services each week. His dynamic speaking ability has made him a highly sought after respected convention speaker, a frequent speaker to several professional sports teams, and a featured chapel speaker for the World Series. Pastor Rutherford also has had the distinction of serving as the vice president of the North American Christian Convention.
    In opening this additional campus, Shepherd of the Hills greatly increases their ability to touch hearts and meet the needs of the greater Los Angeles community. Westside Shepherd of the Hills offers an inspiring message by Pastor Rutherford or a stellar guest speaker each week, quality programs for the children—infants through fifth graders, ample parking, and a welcoming atmosphere. Refreshments are served after the services.
    "There are so many wonderful people here," stated Rutherford, senior pastor, in a news release. "We are so excited to be here and are interested in blessing and serving this community in any way we can."
    Westside Shepherd of the Hills Church, located at 11301 Wilshire Blvd., is an independent, non-denominational church meeting at The Wadsworth Theater in Los Angeles on the grounds of the Veteran's Administration Campus at the corner of San Vicente and Wilshire Boulevards.
    Centered on a 27-acre parcel of land, and operated by RICHMARK Entertainment, the 1939-era theater is a historic landmark that was built in the Spanish Colonial/Mission Revival architectural style with a stucco finish and red clay tile roofing. A renovation of the building completed in 2002, includes restoration of its original Art Deco interior, a new fly loft, additional power, equipment and more. The Wadsworth has played host to numerous Broadway shows, concerts, movie premieres, screenings, dance, symposia and more, according to Calenderlive.com.
    More information about the church and its services can be found by calling the church office at 310-551-0100, or by visiting http://www.mywestsidechurch.com/.
    Photo Courtesy of Westside Shepherd of the Hills

    Honoring Our Veterans

    Thank God for our troops! In honor of Veteran’s Day, I would like to recognize and thank the men and women who have served or currently serve in the United States military. We owe our freedom to these brave soldiers who have sacrificed so much to defend this great nation. John 15:13 says, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends,” and that’s what I believe our troops do every day—risk their lives for you and for me.

    Please take a moment to read the powerful poem above (click to enlarge), and let us and commit to keeping the men and women in the service, as well as our veterans, in our prayers daily. May God’s mighty hand protect and bless them and their families .

    Did I mention that the Cardinals won the World Series???

    Jeff Suppan This is Jeff Suppan who played high school baseball here in the Valley. He was KEY for the Redbirds winning the World Series. I'm told his brother Mark goes to our church. (Mark, I would like to meet you sometime.) Jeff is a free agent but I hope he decides to stay with Cardinal Nation. I'm also told that Jeff has a restaurant here in L.A. called "Soup's Kitchen."
    I've never been there, but if it's as good as Jeff can throw... then it's as good as it gets !!!

    Wednesday, November 08, 2006

    Happy Birthday KAYLA RAE


    I am in a state of SHOCK... My firstborn child turned 20 years old yesterday... Am I getting old or what??? The good side of all this is that Renee and I are blessed with three awesome children.
    Kayla happens to be the oldest. She attends Hope International University, which is across the street from Cal State Fullerton. Her love is for the Lord and I know that one day she will be in the ministry serving the Lord... perhaps even here at the Shepherd :)

    I've told Kayla from day one, "Be Humble not Hyper." The reason I tell her this is because she is the most energetic person I know (besides the person I look at in the mirror each day). She loves life and she loves the Lord. Her spirit is contagious and she leads her school, her team, her friends and her peers to a closer walk with Jesus. If you ever get the chance to spend some time with her, you would know what I was talking about.

    Ohhhhhhhh yes, you didn't think I would forget to tell you, did you? She also is the starting point guard for the basketball team. Now, this blog is complete...hehahahehahahahe !

    Tuesday, November 07, 2006

    GUESS WHO LIVED IN THIS HOUSE?????



    One of our pastors grew up in this house...Any guesses? I'll send a copy of my new book Keeping a Smile on Your Faith to first person who can guess correctly. Answer provided on FRIDAY....

    I NEED YOUR HELP !

    I'm just asking. I've asked before. I will ask again. :) We need folks on Sunday mornings to make the switch to Saturday evening 5 or 6:30.... And we need folks on the main campus to come over and help us at the Westside campus. Until we get a new building built we need to provide more room on Sunday morning as well as free up some parking spaces.

    Why do we need you to do that?

    Because most visitors show up on Sunday morning, and we want to help them get in and find a place to sit. I know that most of you are VERY comfortable attending the service you attend, but I would like to ask you to make the switch to help those who are unchurched and unsaved. I want to express to EVERYONE my APPRECIATION for watching the sermon on video each week. Did you know that we have 16 venues each weekend? Eight of the 16 venues are on video and close to 2000 people are attending a video venue. Most of you still realize that the main thing is that we come to church to worship God and it really doesn't matter if the message is on video or live because the word of God does NOT come back void. Shepherd is KNOWN for it's flexibility and willingness to sacrifice in order for the lost to be saved. Thank you and please know it's an honor to be your Pastor.

    Ted Haggard

    It's really early in the morning and I woke up and I've been trying to find the right words to express the emotions of my heart. As you can probably tell, I never wanted to put things in my blog that make people's hearts sad. In fact, I wanted to use this blog to bring joy and laughter into people's hearts I figure there is a lot of pain in the world and because of that I wanted this to be a place of encouragement. Having absolutely NO IDEA who would be reading through this blog, and being that the particular subject of this title had so many sordid details, I just wasn't sure I wanted to discuss any of it in my blog spot. However, I wanted to share several things that have been running through my mind.

    First, I have never met Ted Haggard and I've never heard him preach and I've never been to his church. So everything I know about him I learned through the media. My initial thoughts are that I do NOT know what's true and what's not true concerning his life. I did log on to his church website and I read his letter of resignation: http://www.newlifechurch.org/TedHaggardStatement.pdf

    Having read his letter I know several things--first and foremost that God's heart breaks when ANY of us commit ANY sin. You see, my heart is crushed over this situation. It is sooooooooo sad to hear of a Leader falling like this, yet it is why God sent his only son JESUS to die on the cross. It was for OUR sin that he died. Surely the heart of God is as devastated as ours when we hear of stories like the story of Ted Haggard or any other church leader (or church member) who falls. Secondly, I have absolutely NO IDEA how Ted Haggard got involved in these kinds of sins. I don't know how he was raised. I don't know who his parents were. I don't know who influenced him as a child. I know NONE of these things. What I do know is that Satan has about a million ways to deceive us and to lure us. Somehow and in some way all of us have given into his lies. The Bible makes it very clear in Romans 3:10-23 that ALL OF US have sinned. All of us have battled with right and wrong and we know of this war within our own members. As I read through his resignation letter, Ted mentions that he has been at war with these particular issues for most of his adult life. I believe him when he states that. I believe that he knew it was wrong and wrestled with these sins for most of his life. James 1 and Romans 3 talks about how sin takes a hold in our lives and how it leads to death.

    The more I think through this story it's difficult for me to even understand how he could get involved in such terrible things, especially because he is a fellow pastor and church leader. How do any of us get involved in the sins of the flesh? (Galatians 5:16-26) It happens when we allow the things of the world to creep into our lives and all it takes is taking our eyes off of Jesus. And when we do that, we are in the cross hairs of the devil himself. He is waiting for all of us to fail and Jesus is LONGING for us to follow in His footsteps, so to speak, and resist the enemy and his temptings.

    We all must guard our steps and our hearts lest we too be swept away and lose our witness and our testimony to the world.

    I may come back and write some more later, but as I close this lengthy entry, I want to encourage you to pray for Ted Haggard and his family. That might be difficult for some of you, but they need us to lift them up before the Father. The damage done in unimaginable. The hurt and pain in unbearable. We all feel a sense of betrayal. We wish that this had never happened. But we still need to pray for them. We are devastated by this story but think about how devastated the family must feel. Only God can sustain them through this difficult time. You see, I'm not giving up yet. God has rebuilt and restored MILLIONS who have fallen. It is His specialty. Ted Haggard has preached against sin and he has preached about the Love of God and the forgiveness of God most of his life. Although he was swept away by his own choices and his own weaknesses the Love of God is greater than ANY sin and greater than ANY failure. Ted will probably never lead a church again, but I believe that God can restore his life and give him victory over his failures. (Romans 5:8 and 1 John 1:9) You know what it says...and that's how God restored YOU and that's how God restored ME.

    Lastly, (do we need any other reminders?) as Christians, we are to put our faith and trust in GOD. Never in man. Never in the minister. Only ONE is PERFECT. Only ONE is absolutely PURE. Only ONE can redeem mankind.

    Look! THERE is the LAMB of GOD that taketh away the SINS of the WORLD. (John 1:29)

    SIMON COWELL, PAULA ABDUL and RANDY JACKSON


    Yes... we had Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson as guest host for Shepherd Idol. If you were present then you know that Pastor Bodacious Tim Winters edged out Michael North to become Shepherds Idol 2006. (I can't believe I just wrote that). But everyone who attended the volunteer appreciation banquet had a great time watching the staff make fun of themselves. A BIG thanks to Steve and Kim Tarlton and Danny Furikawa for ALL of the editing and work done putting the show together. I also want to thank Shawn Parr for being the M.C. and I'm still amazed at how BAD some of our staff can sing. I am proud of the staff for humiliating themselves in front of the world. But it proves the point that we would do ANYTHING to show our appreciation for all of those who serve in all the various ministries here at Shepherd. I hope that each of you will continue to serve because of your love for Jesus.

    Sunday, November 05, 2006

    The Conclusion of our series on NEHEMIAH


    I want to thank everyone who came to church this past weekend. I really enjoyed our series through the book of Nehemiah. Ordinary People Living Extraordinary Lives! Did you enjoy this series as much as me???? I want to be like Nehemiah. He was a man of prayer. He was a man who was devoted to doing the things of God. He was a man of vision. He was sensitive to the things of God. He was a Godly leader. He wouldn't be distracted by his critics. He would NOT come down off the wall. He wanted to be a blessing to those around him. He served his people well. He was an organizer. He delegated. He made sure that everyone was involved. He led by his example. He was the catalyst for Revival. He stood for righteousness. He was a man who believed in the power of God. He was always searching for what God was wanting him to do next. He was faithful. He understood the value of people working together. He had a desire to be used of God. He was a man of integrity. He knew what his role was. He willingly proclaimed Godly principles and he would NOT let the people forget the commitments that they had made to serve and obey God.
    He fully understood the promises in the word of God and his ambition was to lead the people of God back to a position of blessing and honor. It is my prayer that everyone who joined us in listening to this series of sermons will implement the qualities found in Nehemiah and live each day desiring to live EXTRAORDINARY LIVES.

    Please be sure to visit www.callonjesus.com to listen or view any of the messages.

    Friday, November 03, 2006

    360 Degree View of the Western Wall

    Many of you have seen the 1/3 replica of the Western Wall that we used for our Day of Prayer and Fasting. For an incredible actual 360 degree view of the Western Wall in Jerusalem please check out this link. http://www.panoramas.dk/fullscreen2/full25b.html I hope to make a return trip to Israel sometime in the spring of 08. Please consider making this journey of a lifetime with me in 2008. As the scriptures teach us in Psalm 122:6 "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May those who love you be secure".

    WHO WILL WIN?


    Once a year we host an event for all of our Shepherd Volunteers. It is our intention to thank all the men and women who graciously serve in ministry areas here at the Shepherd. Tonight is the annual banquet that the staff puts together to simpy say "Thank You". We as a church could not function without the army of willing volunteers who give of their time and talent to serve the Lord Jesus Christ and His bride. As in past years, we as a staff, try to "entertain the troops" so to speak, and this year is no exception. Tonight promises to be one of the funniest nights of the year. If you are a volunteer, we'll plan on seeing you at the Porter Ranch Campus tonight around 6:30 pm. Be prepared to LAUGH.

    EPHESIANS 3:20

    Thursday, November 02, 2006

    I LOVE THIS GAME


    The N.B.A. is up and running. I can't really explain it to you but I love the game of basketball. It's fun. It's fast. It good for you to get out and run up and down the court. It requires teamwork to be successful. And there are always those who do NOT want you to be successful. In fact, there are some who actually want you to lose. Yet, when you win, even though it's just a game, there is a certain satisfaction that you have knowing that you've done your best and have overcome all obstacles. All of the above statements could be true as it relates to serving in the Church. It's fun. It's fast. It's good for us to be involved. It takes teamwork to be successful and there are always those who are against you. Yet, when you overcome, you have this feeling of joy knowing that you stood up against those who oppose the work of the Lord. Having said all that... jump on in. Get involved. Join your church. Serve the body of Christ. Become a part of the TEAM. We've got a great Head Coach and he'll ultimately help us win. It won't be boring. And it's always better to be IN THE GAME than watching from the sidelines. And all God's people said???? AMEN

    Wednesday, November 01, 2006

    Religion and Politics

    I know, I know, I know! A pastor always runs the risk of offending folks when it comes to politics... but I could NOT HELP MYSELF.... I loved this picture taken by our armed forces regarding Sen. John Kerry's remarks. I wanted to post this picture just to remind us all that we need to PRAY diligently for the men and women in the service. These BRAVE and extremely intelligent soldiers desperately need our prayers of support. Why not take a moment right now and thank God for all of the men and women stationed around the globe that willingly serve and defend the United States of America? May God's hedge of protection be around each and every soldier.