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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Michael North is Getting Married

Can you guess WHO is WHO???
Thee Original Michael North. Dudley South. Casey May, Pee Wee, Steve Syatt, Danny Furukawa and Marty Collins...
Our worship Pastor, Michael North, is getting married in just a few days... :) Recently, a few of his friends surprised him with a night out for dinner. We had all arrived early, and Michael's fiance brought him to Black Angus for some alone time, yet Michael didn't know what awaited him. Marty Collins had made some Michael North masks, and when he came around the corner, he saw a group of people in the corner booth all singing, "Set the Stage for a Miracle."

I was laughing so hard that it was hard to sing..... ahahahahahahahaahah

But then we all lowered our masks and had a wonderful evening sharing stories and advice with Michael on marriage and life.

I want to thank Michael for his gift of leading our church in corporate worship. My prayer for him and his future bride is that God would bless him beyond his wildest imaginations. Michael, YOU are a dear friend, and I consider it an honor to work with you side by side in ministry here at Shepherd of the Hills Church.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Right to Life


It's been a few days since I've posted... perhaps the longest time I've ever gone without posting...
But a lot has been happening... I have been working on the '08 theme and schedule, and yesterday was a big day... The Lord usually fills my heart with a direction and a theme. Then ideas and thoughts come flooding into my mind, and yesterday, it was like a dam breaking.

It's always a blessing to be alone with God and to seek His will and His direction for your life. It's always an added blessing to search His will on behalf of the church. I want to thank everyone for your patience and your prayers.

I do want to mention that recently, our church hosted an event for the Pregnancy Counseling Center here in the Valley. This is an organization that helps women in crisis. They are a pro-life organization that offers hope to women who find themselves with an unwanted pregnancy. They offer help and counsel, as well as prayers and encouragement. They come alongside these women and let them know that there is a lot of help available, if they chose life for their baby.

Since 1973, we have aborted 45 million babies in the United States of America. The Bible teaches us that God knit us together in our mother's womb (Psalm 139:13). God canNOT be pleased with how little concern we show towards the unborn children who are made in HIS image. Please do what you can to help organizations like the Pregnancy Counseling Center.

At this event, Michael W. Smith performed a concert and Jim Caviezel gave his testimony and support. It was a wonderful evening at Shepherd of the Hills Church, but the Lord convicted me that we need to do MORE as a church and MORE as individuals for the sanctity of life.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Fishers of Men



Pastor Tim and I made it home safe and sound, and we truly had one of the best times ever. We were actually able to go fishing one morning for four hours. We were on the Rogue River in Oregon, and our guide's name is Allen Metcalf.

Tim caught the first fish.... but he held it like a banjo. This picture still makes me chuckle... Then the Lord blessed me with a large King Salmon. We were going to put it back in the river, but the guide has two widows that he provides fish to, and so the fish you see in the picture above was given to one of those two widows. That was fun knowing that we had helped someone.

I always think of the time when Jesus called the disciples to be FISHERS of MEN. We spend so much effort, and think nothing of it, on catching fish... But will we spend as much effort and time reaching LOST souls for Jesus? I hope so... I would hope that we would seek and save the lost MORE than anything else we do.

One more bit of information.... Ask Timbo what he did with the flashlight and the fish.... I'll never tell.....

Friday, August 10, 2007

Pastor Tim and Dudley

This is Pastor Tim This is Pastor Tim in a very difficult sand trap... ask him how he did on this hole??
For the first time in about 15 years... Tim and I went on a trip by ourselves.... just the two of us.... we took a few days to spend by ourselves... We went to Bandon, Oregon to golf... to talk.. to pray... to dream.. to just spend some time together...


Tim has been my right hand man for a long time, and he spends sooooooooooo much time caring for so many people that I wanted to spoil him a little bit... He took some pictures while we were playing golf and posted them on a website... I think you can click on the link below, and you can see his pictures and comments.. some of them are quite funny....

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=3968&l=a5a6c&id=545056312

Tim and I took the caddy out for dinner and prayed for him before the meal. I think it was the first time anyone had ever prayed for him. He didn't know what to think of either one of us...

But hopefully we were able to make a difference in his life....

If you get a chance, write Timbo a letter and let him know how much you appreciate him..

Thursday, August 09, 2007

LETTER OF THE MONTH


Dear Pastor Dudley,

I want to thank you for the blessing of being part of the Baptism at the Beach. Even though I live in Colorado, I have been so blessed by Shepherd of the Hills church. My friend attends Shepherd, and while visiting her four years ago she brought me to a service. Since then, I have felt a connection with Shepherd of the Hills. I watch the services online, she sends me copies of the CD's, and I can't tell you how this has helped turn me around.

In 1996 I was in a terrible place with depression and suicide. A friend took me to church here in Denver and I gave my life to Christ. I had a bad experience at that church, and once I left I felt so confused about the Lord and what was right or wrong. I fell away for many years, and then I met my friend who attends Shepherd of the Hills. I was back in my dark depression, was cutting myself, and felt broken. She was baptized at Shepherd one night and I watched her go through a transformation of her own. Seeing her love for the Lord was so inspiring to me that I gave my life back to Christ, and found a church here at home. I no longer think of cutting myself or experience dark depression. Now I know that I am a good, worthy person and that Jesus loves me. I attribute a lot of this to my friend reaching out to me with CD's and messages from Shepherd.

I feel drawn to Shepherd of the Hills and wish I lived close enough to attend. Unfortunately I don't, so I will continue to watch on the internet, and be blessed by your teachings. I flew out to California on the weekend of the Baptism at the Beach event, and was baptized by you. It was a rededication for me and a commitment I am ready to make and keep. So thank you Pastor Dudley, for being the blessing you are to so many.

Sincerely,

Blessed in Colorado

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Brian and Jenny Lee

Jenny and Brian on Easter '07 at Pauley Pavillion
Brian cheering for Barry Bonds
I have had the joy of meeting and getting to know Brian and Jenny Lee. If you remember, I mentioned the Son Rays ministry in a sermon a few months ago. It is a ministry geared towards helping children with special needs. Both Brian and Jenny have siblings with special needs, so when they looked for a ministry to use their gifts in, they chose the Son Rays Ministry. I think that's what God has in mind when He allows us to go through difficult times. HE is the one who comforts us and strengthens us in order that we might help others...

Both Brian and Jenny know this and have been extremely dedicated in helping out this ministry. I am so thankful for their example and for the thousands of others that are using their gifts here at Shepherd of the Hills Church.

I hope that each and every one of you will find YOUR place of service in your local church.

By the way... Brian is a BIG Barry Bonds fan, and we went to a Dodger game recently to see if Barry would hit a homerun and tie Hank Aaron's homerun record....

Little did Brian and Barry know that the Dodgers would have NONE of that on their home field.