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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

New York, New York





My brother, David, is a HUGE Boston Celtics fan. About three months ago, I began planning a surprise trip for the two of us. On Tuesday, I had his wife put him on a plane to New York, and she didn't tell him WHO was going to meet him at the airport. When he landed, there I stood! Today we went to the WTC and then tonight, we went to see the Lakers play the Knicks. We were walking out of the hotel to attend the game, and we heard that Kobe was suspended and would not be playing..... Oh well.... what can we do....

Tomorrow we will fly to Boston and watch the Celtics without Paul Pierce try to beat the Lakers with a fired up Kobe. In the post below, there are a few pictures of Times Square, and lo and behold, it was actually SNOWING.

My brother is a pastor, and I know that it's important for him to get away from time to time, so I've thoroughly enjoyed encouraging him in this manner. We will be home Thursday morning, and we would greatly appreciate you praying for our safe trip home.

NOTE: The top PICTURE..... There are three tall buildings in the background. The dark building on the left is 55 stories high and the WTC was TWICE that height! It was very solemn walking around this block and thinking about what happened on 9/11.

A few more pictures.




Monday, January 29, 2007

NEW WEBSITE


Just in case you haven't checked out Shepherd's new website, I wanted to invite you to check it out sometime at www.theshepherd.org. One of our IT guys, Jeremy Czarnecki, did most of the design, and I hope that you'll give it a quick glance from time to time. I think Jeremy did an incredible job, and if you get a chance to thank him, or any of our IT people, please do so. They very much deserve our gratitude.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Blogger Blogging Again





It's been a few days since I've posted, and I'm heading into a busy weekend, so I thought I'd buckle down and spend a little time blogging.

One of the reasons I haven't posted is because I've been under the weather. I started to catch a cold and was battling it heading into this past weekend. I was just turning the corner, starting to feel better, and then preaching through all the services sent me backwards health-wise. Then when I woke up on Monday, that cold had enveloped my body. But with the Lord's help, by Wednesday, I was a new man. PRAISE GOD!

In the past few days, I've been in many meetings and have been preparing this week's sermon. It is going to be a difficult message to bring because of the heaviness of the topic. What does it REALLY mean to name Jesus as your Lord? I won't be pulling any punches this week. The WORD will be strong this weekend. Please keep me in prayers.

Last Sunday afternoon, I was the honorary Coach for Cal State University Northridge, and my dear friend and fellow church member, HEAD COACH BOBBY BRASWELL, did a wonderful job coaching the Matadors to victory. Coach Braswell has been like a second father to my children. I'm so thankful that he is a man of God and that he allowed me to pray in the locker room after the game with his players. He is such a good role model to each of the players and oftentimes, he is the best role model any of them have ever had.

At half time I was able to coach my girls' team, "The Suns," in a scrimmage on that college length floor. My girls were sooooooooooooooo excited, and it is such a joy to coach them.

I just got out of a meeting with our architect, as we are meeting each Friday to try to design our new auditorium. We desperately need your prayers that God will continue to give us wisdom in the design and development of this new facility.

We are anxious to share the drawings with you, but we are still quite a ways away from being finished.

My son, Dallas, was finally cleared to begin full contact participation on his basketball team. As some of you know, he fractured his knee cap and has missed the last 8 weeks. He will be playing tonight at Crossroads High School in an attempt to integrate back into the games with Campbell Hall. Please keep him in your prayers. God is trying to work in Dallas' life and mold him into being a servant.

One last thing... we now have binders available at the Callonjesus.com counter that are designed to hold your sermon notes. We are punching holes in your notes each week that will enable you to keep and store your notes each week. I want to thank Angie and Carla, two of my assistants, for working on this particular project.

Ahhhhhhh one more thing. :) Be sure to check out our NEW CHURCH WEBSITE DESIGN.
Our tech guys did an incredible job in giving www.theshepherd.org a new look.

I'll see you this weekend with your Bible and a visitor.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Praise for HD Video

January 16, 2007

Dear Pastor Dudley:

This past Sunday was the first time I have ever been to the 11:30 video service. The church was full, the singing was great, and the Spirit of God was in the house. As we started to sit down and get comfortable for the preaching, I told my son I could not believe the church was full of people who knew they were only going to see a video.

The lights dimmed and there was a short video. Then the lights came up and there, on stage, was Pastor Dudley. It took my son several minutes to convince me and my daughter-in-law that you were actually at Westside and we were watching a video. Well, it freaked me out!!! I could see you walking back and forth on the stage. I could see the background depth. I raised my hand when you asked questions, said Amen at the appropriate times and even repeated what you said on several occasions. Everyone was responding to a video! It was fantastic!

One favor. Everytime we sing the slow songs, I start crying. Then, of course, it's greeting time and I have tears running down my face. Can't we sing the slow song AFTER the greeting time? Just a thought.


Linda

Monday, January 22, 2007

Age Poll

What a weekend!


There were record crowds on both campuses, great spirit, and moving worship. The message was entitled "Is Jesus L.O.R.D"? Above is a picture of Jeff Marsh leading the London Philharmonia as they are working on the music for a Pirates of the Caribbean video game. All eyes on the conductor, the orchestra lets him lead them through their particular parts. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm! What is the lesson for us? That each of us should be following the lead of the Lord Jesus. He is the conductor of ALL CONDUCTORS.

L.ove God more than anything else in this world.
O.bey Him in whatever He asks you to do.
R.eflect His character to a lost and dying world.
D.epend on and trust in Him alone.

Is Jesus the Lord of your life???

Friday, January 19, 2007

NEW! CallOnJesus.com T-shirts for Him and Her!



Just wanted to let you know that we now have Callonjesus.com T-shirts available. We have been working on this for some time, and we finally came up with a design we like. These shirts can be purchased starting THIS WEEKEND at the Callonjesus.com desk (just north of the sanctuary lobby)!!!

Our idea was for people to wear these shirts for the purpose of helping others to find Jesus. There are so many resources available on that website, and we believe that it's a wonderful opportunity to lead people in that direction. It's our prayer that many people will actually "CALL OUT" to Jesus.

Take a look at these shirts this coming weekend. They will be available on the new Callonjesus.com website very soon. You can also call 818.831.933 x 124 to order.
They are available in the colors shown above in sizes S, M, L, XL, and XXL for $15 each.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Marvelous Mollie



This is Mollie Chou. She is about as cute as they come, wouldn't you agree?

She was born 6 weeks ago at 4 lbs., 10 oz. Today she is a whopping 7 lbs., healthy, adorable and wonderfully cared for by her parents, Eric and Katty Chou.

I met Katty at the post office and ended up performing her marriage ceremony in March of 2006. Eric is a heart surgeon and Katty serves as a medical personnel for a college. They both love the Lord dearly and have hopes and aspirations to raise little Mollie in the love and instruction of the Lord.

It is our prayer that through this little girl, God would make His love known to all.

Please keep little Mollie in your prayers, and lift Eric and Katty before the Lord that God might give them daily wisdom in the raising of this child.
My only concern for these proud parents are that they are a little confused about wanting this child to go to Pepperdine. Go Bruins!!!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Girls Rule again!!!!


Here is a picture of the team that I am coaching. Can you tell which one is my daughter???

Back Row: L to R Bretiel, Jessi, Kerri, Kendall, Taylor
Front Row: L to R Caroline, Jordan, Sierra

These girls have worked so hard and they are a total joy to be around. They love to laugh and they play as a team. If you have a chance, come see us play sometime.

We are called, "The Suns," and we are playing during half time of the CSUN game this coming Sunday at 2:00 pm.

With the purchase of one ticket, anyone with a Shepherd of the Hills bulletin can get a second ticket free. I want to invite you to come and root for the Suns and the Matadors this Sunday.

I'll C U There - 2:00 pm sharp at the Matadome.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The truth of the Matter


I kept wanting to write another post, but the truth of the matter is that I sooooooooooooooo
loved the Maranatha picture below that I didn't want to write anything else.

The picture of the sky is so beautiful, and it fit so well with what we've been talking about the past few Sundays, but if I were to post articles thereafter, then that picture is no longer front and center.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.... What shall I do????????????????????????????

I think I might just keep posting that picture!!! Yes... that is an excellent idea!

I do hope everyone had a chance to reflect upon the life of Dr. Martin Luther King.

God changed a nation through the words and life of this great leader, and I believe that if he were alive today, he would LOVE our church because it's a partial fulfillment of his Dream.
I say partial because we still have a long, long, long way to go, but I believe that our church is on the forefront as far as people from different races worshipping together in the name of Jesus.

Galatians 3:26 says, "You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are ALL ONE in CHRIST JESUS".

That says to me that we are all equal in the sight of God. With the diversity of Shepherd of the Hills Church, we are able to tell the world that it's possible for people of all walks of life to come and worship together in Jesus' name.

Way to go, church!! You make me proud!! Keep on letting that light of yours shine brightly!!

Maranatha!! (Our Lord comes)

Sunday, January 14, 2007

MARANATHA !!!!


Maranatha!!! "Our Lord Comes"

What a weekend at Shepherd! The crowds, the spirit, the music, the message, the receptiveness. I want 2007 to be the year where we truly live our lives being ready and prepared for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

Sit down and read Matthew 24 and 25 and you will understand the need for us to be prepared, as well as understand that there will be a day where we will give an account for how well we managed the things he placed in our care.

Don't forget next weekend...

L.
O.
R.
D.

It promises to be life changing!

Maranatha!!! Our Lord Comes

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Hillcrest Eagles

Last night, I went to watch the Hillcrest Christian Varsity Boys and Girls teams play basketball against Santa Clarita Christian, and the Hillcrest Eagles looked good in both games. Both games were highly competitive and great sportsmanship ruled the night.

The girls won 44 - 30 and were led by Jackie Habashy with 18 points.
Other scorers included Leila Meimandi with 13 points, Espinoza with 5 points, Veloz with 6 points, and Wagner with 2 points.

The boys won 61 -52 and were led by "Big Country" Nick Huber's game high 20 points, along with Billy Corcoran's 11 points. Billy is a long time friend of my son, Dallas, and he did a good job running the point. Other scorers included Michael Dacey with 10 points, Fattal with 9 points, Cullen with 8 points, and Garcia with 3 points.

You can go to the Hillcrest Christian School link in the right hand column and find the game schedule, if you'd like to come watch a game sometime.

These student athletes are some of the best children in the valley.

Don't forget that Sunday, January 21, at 2:00 PM will be Shepherd of the Hills day at Cal State University, Northridge . Blake Ewing will be singing the National Anthem, and I will be the honorary coach. With the purchase of any regular priced ticket, your Shepherd of the Hills bulletin will get you a second ticket for free.

At halftime, I will be coaching my 9 and 10 year old girls basketball team. It will be a lot of fun.

See you this weekend. Church is going to be GOOOOOOOOOOOD!!!!!!

Friday, January 12, 2007

Blogger trying to blog...


I don't know why, but for some reason we've had problems with the videos playing on my blog. We have some people working on that, but until we can get it fixed, please be patient with us.

It's hard to believe how COLD it's been outside. I actually wore a coat today... Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm... It's difficult to understand all the warnings of Global Warming when it's FREEZING in L.A.

Attendance at church last weekend was HUGE. Everyone is back from their winter vacations and starting the year out with spiritual New Year's resolutions. It makes the preacher happy when the church is full.... Just think how pleased the Lord must be. He actually died for the church, and He must enjoy it when we show our appreciation.

This weekend we will be handing out a book to everyone who is in attendance. Don't miss out!!!!

Did you catch the last few sermons??? Christmas Eve... Jesus came!!! Last Sunday... Jesus is coming AGAIN??? Did you catch that????

More of the same this weekend.... Michael North will be back, and I think we're going to be singing the "Days of Elijah." Don't you just love Michael North? If you haven't heard his CD, you need to get to the bookstore ASAP.

I can hear all the preschool children outside my door right now. They don't have a worry in the world. I wish I could be more like that.

Did you know that the father of one of our staff members passed away this morning? The staff that serves this church often goes through times where they themselves need to be ministered to. Please pray for your staff today.

Guess what???? I talked to Joshua Weaver via email this week, and he is going to let me give you an update on how he is doing. Joshua is a GREAT man of GOD who happens to be the number one Laker fan in L.A., and hopefully, I will post an entry with an update on how he is doing soon. Keep Joshua in your prayers. He is such a blessing.

The choir is singing at the Westside Campus this coming weekend for anyone who has thought about coming over to visit.

We are meeting in just a few minutes with the folks who are designing our new auditorium.

And... I believe with all of my heart that this coming year will be the year that we will be giving $1,000,000.00 to missions..... I've been praying about this for a long, long, long, long time. And I just have this feeling..... THANK YOU JESUS..

For those of you who missed last weekend, we are in the midst of planning to start four new churches in the next 12 to 18 months.... This would be miraculous in nature and speak VOLUMES to the heart and love for missions of our church family.

Well.... this blogger has to run......

Life Group this morning at 7:00 AM was OUT OF THIS WORLD....

The Dud Man

Thursday, January 11, 2007

GIRLS RULE (part 2)

GIRLS RULE!

I've been coaching my little 10 year old girl's basketball team, and last night we had our first game. It was soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much fun. We did win the game 38 to 3, but the fun part was seeing girls who had never ever played the game run up and down the court and play with confidence. You can see on their faces this desire to do their best, even though there are five opposing players trying to stop them.

I told the girls that if you practice hard, then the games are fun. And if you don't practice hard, then the games are difficult. Such is true in all of life. To work and practice hard is the real battle of life.

I'm praying for each of you today that your family, company, or your 10 year old girl's basketball team will give it their all and enjoy the fruits and benefits of their labor.

NOTE: On January 21, our team will be playing during half time of the Cal State Northridge Men's basketball game at 2:00 pm at the Matadome.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Jesus Said....



Jesus said in Matthew 25:40, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."

Wow!!! This tells me that Jesus is fully aware of all the little things we do for people who cannot help themselves, and that as we live, move, and go about our daily tasks, we should be on the lookout for folks who need a helping hand. As we meet the needs of the down and out, we are literally, actually, and distinctly helping Jesus.

Did you catch that???

We have daily opportunities to help serve Jesus. If you saw Jesus with His arms full, and He needed help with opening a door, wouldn't you quickly race to hold the door open for Him??? Then shouldn't we do that for the elderly person who is gingerly walking through an otherwise awkward or heavy door?

If you saw Jesus looking for somewhere to throw away a used paper cup, wouldn't your heart leap for the chance to take that cup to the trash for him? Then it seems we should eagerly do the same for someone else.

I think that each of us needs to look around for a chance to serve Jesus today.

Who can we find that needs our help today? A child, a teammate, a fellow employee, a person standing on the street corner begging for a few leftover coins? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm... I think if you would just look around, you would see folks who need help all around you. And ultimately, the greatest gift you could EVER give Jesus, besides your own life, is to introduce Him to those around you who are desperate for salvation and eternity.

We get to serve Jesus by helping others, and the best way to help someone is to help them find Jesus. This sounds like a win, win, win situation. Jesus wins, you win, and the person we help wins. I need to finish this entry so I can get started.

How about helping the "least of these" today and then posting here exactly what you did......

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Is Jesus Lord of All? 2007


2007: This could be the year of Christ's Return...

Saturday, January 06, 2007

INTRODUCTION to 2007


This coming Sunday at Shepherd of the Hills Church promises to be exciting, as I will be sharing the plans and direction for the year of 2007.

Last year, our theme was "House of Prayer" and this coming year will be life changing for those who attend and apply the word of God to their lives.

I know that some of you doubt that your life can change, but I'm here to tell you that CHANGE is around the corner. God specializes in changing hearts and homes of those who are simply willing.

Will YOU please join me this weekend in one of our many services and ask God to speak to your heart as you enter to worship and hear the dreams and goals that the Lord has in store for his flock here at Shepherd?

You don't want to miss this weekend!!! I'll see you with your bible, your smile, and your visitor in just a few hours. http://www.mywestsidechurch.com/
http://www.theshepherd.org/ http://www.callonjesus.com/

Friday, January 05, 2007

Paul writing to the Philippians


Philippians 1:9-11

"And this is my prayer:

This is my prayer for all of you as well...


that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight
,
This says to me that love, true love, biblical love, is more than just an emotional response; that love is sitting down and going through a process of reasoning and attempting to gain knowledge, insight, and wisdom. This insight is what enables us to make right decisions. It allows us to think about the details of our circumstances, see how God is truly working in and through our situation, and then come to conclusions that will bring honor and glory to God. That is why the rest of the prayer goes like this...


so that you may be able to discern what is best
There is always a huge difference between what is good and what is best. There are always things that are good, but they are not necessarily the best for us. For example, ice cream is good, chocolate sundaes are REALLY GOOD, but I'm not sure that these are the best things for us. Likewise, many choices we make may be good choices, but they just might not be the best choices.

and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ -- to the glory and praise of God.
Ohhhhhhhhhhh you know this is the end result, that in and through our love for the Lord, we will gain wisdom and insight to know HOW to make wise decisions that will ultimately lead us to live lives of RIGHTEOUSNESS. Righteousness and living pure and blameless lives are what bring GLORY and PRAISE to God. As we embark on the beginning of a new year, may each of us, in love, have discernment and wisdom in making choices and decisions that will result in the fruit of righteousness.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Romancing Royalty 2007


I totally understand that MOST of you read through Romancing Royalty during 2006, but for those of you who didn't, I want to encourage you to read through it during 2007. This book contains 365 powerful devotions that will draw the reader closer to King Jesus. With over 100 guest authors, this is one of the best devotional books you can find. I am convinced that this tool will help you in your spiritual development. For those of you who completed it during 2006, why don't you post your comments on what it meant for your spiritual journey? And again, for those of you who did NOT read through it, it's not too late to begin. We are still in the first week of 2007. Every devotion has a text, a story, a prayer, three study questions, and a place to journal. Why not start off the year on the right path? This book can be purchased at the Praises bookstore or at the website, www.callonjesus.com

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Favorite Christmas Card


Every year on Christmas day, after the children have unwrapped their gifts, I settle down for a couple of hours and read through all the Christmas cards, notes, and greetings that friends and people from the church have sent me. I always enjoy reading the cards and personal notes that are written by so many of you. I look at every card and read every note.

One of the things I enjoy is trying to figure out which cards are my favorites. I had several this year, but my very favorite came from the Manocchio family who sent a picture of their two daughters, Gabriela, age 11, and Julia, age 8.

Look at this picture! Besides being adorable, it is full of meaning, as 2006 was the year of "prayer". This family wanted to send a message to all of their friends and family that their home had become a "house of prayer."

So thank you Jon and Niurka (dad and mom) as well as Gabriela and Julia for sending out what I thought was my favorite Christmas card of 2006. You truly blessed me as well as everyone else who received this card.

The words on the card were as follows..... Praying that the Spirit of Christmas and the hope it brings, will be in your heart during this season and the whole year round. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given... and he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

USC wins????????????????????????????


I have a lot to talk about, but I'll save that for later in the week.

Today, I must at least give my regards to USC, who won the Rose Bowl game against Michigan. I guess that means that UCLA is better than Michigan, since the Bruins beat USC just a few weeks ago. (Don't you just LOVE my logic?)

Congrats to the Trojans!!!

I think I'm going to forget to mention that UCLA and Oklahoma both lost their bowl games, so please don't remind me, Ok??? I just don't like to focus on the past... haehehahahaehaheaha

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy and Holy New Year

I just want to wish each of you a blessed and Happy New Year. I know 2006 will always be known as the year of Prayer and we certainly have been blessed of God. But I truly believe that for some of you 2007 will be the year where Jesus becomes the Lord of EVERYTHING in your life. It will be the year where God gets a hold of your heart, your life, your family and your future. May each of you know that I am faithfully praying for you and please join us this coming weekend as I will be introducing the new theme for 2007.

Again... Happy New Year!!!