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Friday, October 26, 2007

Revival at the Wadsworth






What a Team!!!




I have been coaching Kerri's middle school basketball team. It is comprised of 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls. They are a great bunch of kids. They all love to play and we are having a good season. I have not posted a picture of Kerri recently so I thought I'd post a few. Kerri doesn't really like to play as much as my other two children but she runs up and down that court primarily because she knows I like it so much.
As her father, I'm a little torn because she does a pretty good job but I'm never sure if she really wants to be out there. It was interesting that when we begin stretching before practice that Kerri ( a 6th grader at Hillcrest Christian School) is always the first in line to LEAD the stretching. Usually and 8th grader would step up to lead but Kerri is always anxious to lead.
You see, I think she is anxious NOT because she LOVES the game of basketball... you can ask her... she doesn't really enjoy it that much... but the reason she leads the stretching is because she is a LEADER. God placed that within her!! And God has placed different gifts within each of us... and when we use those gifts the Lord is glorified.
Not only is Kerri leading the stretching, she is always quick to say a prayer or lead a devotion. Yes, I am thankful that I get to hang out with her on the basketball court, but i'm most thankful that she has a heart for God.
We have a few games left.... I think we play L.A.B at Hillcrest Christian School on November 2nd at 3:15 pm. Come out and cheer us on if you'd like.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Tonight at the Wadsworth !!!

Sunday Night: Rapha and his wife

[In order to protect their identities, as they do ministry in dangerous parts of the world, I am unable to show their photo.]

Monday Night: Jeff Walling



Tuesday Night: Bishop Blake and his wife, May
Wednesday Night: Miles McPherson We have had a MIGHTY REVIVAL at Shepherd. The music and the preaching each night has been stirring. I have never been a part of a Revival where each night, so many people stepped forward during the invitation time. Each and every night, you could sense God moving, and the Spirit of God was upon our church. The weekend services with Matt Proctor could NOT have been better. Rapha had some amazing stories... Jeff Walling is a gifted communicator... Bishop Blake was powerful... and last night, Miles was incredible.

Tonight, though, is the final night of this year's Revival, and it will be held at the Wadsworth Theatre, located on the Northwest corner of the 405 Freeway and Wilshire Blvd., at 7:00 pm SHARP... Please do your best to join us... We will be spending the night in worship and praise!!! Looking forward to seeing each of you there. Be in prayer and be PREPARED for what God has in store for us tonight.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Revival 2007


Are you READY for Revival????????????????? It is HERE!!! Starting this weekend and running through Thursday evening, it promises to be one of the highlights for our church this year. I have been praying so much that God would do a work in ME... That he would lead ME to be renewed and revived. For so long, the Church has been complacent, almost afraid of what God could do, if we truly gave our lives to Him.

Please be in prayer that God's Spirit would move MIGHTILY, that God's word would be preached FEARLESSLY, and that God's people would repent and be revived COMPLETELY.

Are you excited? Are you prepared? Maranatha!!! This could be the year that the Lord returns.... Will you allow God to speak to your heart over the course of the next few days?

Do EVERYTHING within your power to be present each and every night. Don't let anything or anyone keep you from hearing from God's messengers. It is a week that will change your life... literally... FOREVER...

What a Hand!!!


Some of you may have noticed a splint on my right hand... I broke off a little part of a bone on the last joint of my right pinky. :) Yes, I was playing basketball when this happened. Please know that I am well aware of how old I am.... hahehehahahahahaha... but I do enjoy running up and down the court with the team. My doc told me I had to wear this splint for 6 weeks... and I'm getting closer to having that right pinky back.


Don't know if you realize how difficult it is to type without the use of your little finger. It is almost impossible, and this experience has been a good reminder of I Corinthians 12:12, "The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body."


Why not continue to read in your Bibles I Corinthians 12:14-27 where it explains that even though we are all different, we all have a vital role to play in the body of Christ? The real question that remains is -- what is YOUR ROLE and are you PLAYING YOUR ROLE?


Why not look around the Church and see what role God desires for you to play?


Don't feel sorry for my right pinky. Let it be a reminder that we all have a distinct calling in the Kingdom of God.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Where have I been????


Below, in order: Dana Potter, Bill Ewing, Earl Everett, Derrick Giacomazzi, Dale Penn and yours truly... Missing is Kim Van... Kim, where were you today????


So sorry I haven't written in a while...

I was out of town last week... I had to attend a meeting for a publishing company, but I did manage to squeeze in a day of fishing.... We were on a river... the New river in West Virginia, fishing for small mouth bass. It was a day of peace in the midst of a crazy hectic schedule...

This morning at 7:00 a.m., we had our LIFE! Group meeting. I have been meeting with this group of men for MANY years... the discussion is always so right on target. There have been several times where I wish that everyone could sit in and listen to these great men who have so much wisdom. Three of them are Elders in our church, and I never walk away without thinking how blessed I am to sit and learn from them.

I have often wished someone would actually pay to put this LIFE! Group on television. You know... like the television show, The View. We could call it, His View, and it would be five or six men sitting around a table talking about the Word of God. And I think both men and women would tune in to watch that.

Who knows... maybe somebody reading this blog will be willing to produce this LIFE! Group on television. I know that's a bit presumtuous on my behalf, but week after week when I'm in this LIFE! Group, I wish other men could hear the discussion that takes place.

Have YOU attended a LIFE! Group this week? I hope so!!!

Saturday, October 06, 2007

LETTER OF THE MONTH


Pastor Dudley,
I feel so compelled to pass this along to you because it just amazes me that God is so tuned in to our situations. We own a very small window cleaning company, and recently it seems that everything in our lives has gone wrong. I was injured at my work after working for 10 years, and I was forced to be laid off until a workers compensation case could be decided. At the same time, my husband was injured and needed triple bypass surgery, so our income went from comfortable to nil. We were evicted from our home in front of my children, our car was repossessed, our bank account was closed, and our insurance cancelled. Things were horrible.

My husband always donates his time at Shepherd of the Hills church. He helps with the offering and hands out the communion. Anyway, on Friday, he was on Ventura Blvd. bidding a window and awning job when a group of 12 people approached him and began talking to him. They asked if there was anything that they could pray for with him, and he told them about our troubles. At this point, they informed him that they were from Shepherd of the Hills and he immediately said , “That’s my church, too!” A small woman in the back of the group stepped forward and said, “I know you, I see you in church every Sunday!” Well, these 12 prayed with my husband at approximately 4 o’clock in the afternoon. At 6:30 PM he was parking our car when his cell phone rang. It was an independent contractor offering my husband steady work starting this Monday! I had to share this with you because it's amazing that at 3 o’clock on Friday, our lives seemingly had no positive outlook—and after that prayer encounter on Ventura Blvd. with your 12 stewards, our lives have once again taken a positive turn. We now see light at the end of what seemed like a long dark road. Thank you for being you and allowing God to use you as our sounding board. God Bless you and your family, Pastor Dudley.

- Anonymous


I wanted to share with you this letter of the month and let you in on a secret...the group of people who approached the writer's husband and prayed with him was none other than Caleb Kaltenbach and his team at the new Shepherd Woodland Hills church plant!

Monday, October 01, 2007

Holy Land Tour '08


Last night at 6:00 pm we conducted an informational meeting for our 2008 trip to the Holy Land (with a 4 day optional tour to Rome). We have reserved 100 airline seats for the last two weeks of May. I was pleasantly surprised when 130 people showed up for the meeting. Approximately half of the people in attendance (around 65) put down a deposit holding their spot, with many people coming in today. I think these seats are going to go fast... so if you have any interest in joining us, please get a hold of us at your earliest convenience...

This will be my 6th trip and we are prayerfully anticipating the Lord's blessing upon our time together...

If you have any interest or questions that need to be answered, contact Carla Keefrider at (818) 831-9333 or visit the website http://www.callonjesus.com/

It will be a trip of a lifetime.

Pastor Dudley