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Monday, December 29, 2008

Pastor HOSTING Frank Pastore Show KKLA 99.5 FM

This Tuesday night from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. I have been asked to guest host for the Frank Pastore show on KKLA 99.5 FM Los Angeles. Ask me if I'm nervous. Just a tad, my friend, just a tad.

I would LOVE, if you are able, to tune in THIS TUESDAY to KKLA 99.5 and be praying for me. Why you could even call in on a topic of discussion if you please at 888-995-KKLA. We will be talking about our jobs and being a Christian in the work force. We will be talking about evangelism and how you use your company to promote Christianity.

Guest on the show will be Bill Ewing, Philip Wagner, Bobby Braswell, Tom Ellsworth and others.

Spread the word...

This Tuesday. KKLA 99.5 FM, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

I am excited!!!!!!!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Who says it never snows in Porter Ranch?




Rick Warren Praying for the President

PROP 8 LEADER DEFENDS OBAMA CHOICE FOR
RICK WARREN TO GIVE INAUGURATION PRAYER

Dr. Jim Garlow, Director of the “Yes on 8” Pastors Rapid Response Team, today released this open letter defending the invitation by President Elect Obama to have Pastor Rick Warren deliver the Inauguration Prayer in January. Warren is the founder and senior pastor of the evangelical Saddleback Church in Orange County, CA, the fourth largest church in the United States.

Open letter reads as follows:


To Whom It May Concern:

As one of the leaders of “Yes on Prop. 8” campaign in California, I have watched with interest as gay activists have protested Barak Obama’s selection of Rick Warren to lead in a prayer at the Inauguration.

Barak Obama said he would "reach across the aisle" to unite us. And then when he – at least symbolically – exhibited that in the selection of Rick Warren to pray at the Inauguration, the people who elected him became angry at him. For what? For keeping his campaign promise!

And why is Rick Warren a “controversial” choice to the gay activists? What is Rick Warren's great offense?

For starters, he believes the Bible and its 5,000+ year old definition of marriage.

What is a truly biblically founded, authentically Christian pastor supposed to believe? Should he embrace the empty casuistry, exegetical revisionism and anti-scriptural political correctness of leftist "pastors" who defy and deny the historic, orthodox Christian and authentically biblical position on marriage?

Rick Warren believes what 68% of Americans believe, based on the 30 states that have voted on and passed state constitutional amendments that say marriage is defined as "one man-one woman."

He believes in a definition of marriage that has been recognized in every known culture since the beginning of time.

He believes in a definition of marriage that has been operational in America in its entire history (until a handful of oligarchical judges recently became hyper-revisionists in MA, CA and CT).

He believes in a definition of marriage that California has practiced as a state in all of it 158 year old history (minus the 4 1/2 months tampered with by four judges who went against the will of the people as expressed in 2000 - and again in 2008).

Rick Warren's grand offense is that he believes marriage is a union of one man-one woman, which is precisely the same definition of marriage that Barak Obama publicly stated on national TV. I was present at the Saddleback Civil Forum on Saturday August 16th when Obama was asked by Warren to “define marriage.” Obama’s aphoristic response: “Its’ a union between a man and a woman.”

Rick Warren’s great offense is that he supported Prop 8 which – in 14 words – simply states that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid and recognized in California.”

For the record, Prop 8 received over 7 million "yes" votes - 7,001,084 to be exact.

Prop 8 was profoundly well vetted, with both sides combined spending nearly $80 million - the most expensive race of its type.

Prop 8 was so thoroughly vetted that it received more votes ("yes" and "no" combined) than (in CA) Obama and McCain combined – virtually unheard of in any down-the-ballot race.

Prop. 8 received 2,150,000 more votes than did Arnold Schwarzenegger when he was reelected in 2006

Prop. 8 received nearly 2 million more votes than Dianne Feinstein did when she was reelected to the US Senate in 2006

Prop. 8 received 250,000 more votes than did John Kerry when he carried California in 2004

Prop. 8 received 45,000 more votes than did Barbara Boxer in her landslide reelection to the U.S. Senate in 2004

Prop 8 received approximately the same percentage as Gavin Newsome did when he was originally elected mayor of San Francisco.

Prop. 8 passed with 52.3%, which is approximately the same percentage of the vote that Barack Obama received nationally.

If the “don’t-let-Rick-Warren-pray” advocates are going to keep whining about Prop 8's passage (and anyone – including Rick Warren – who voted for it), then complain about all the others mentioned above who were elected with similar percentages or those who received less votes.

Rick Warren, based on his public endorsement, voted for traditional, natural marriage. So did the rest of America. They voted for the same definition of marriage that Barak Obama affirms.

In the never ending marriage discussion, the “No on 8” crowd should stop playing the "civil rights" card. Americans in general and Californians in particular are not so gullible as to confuse marriage with "civil rights." They know the difference.

Homosexuals already have bona fide, authentic civil rights. If they didn't, they could not live where they live, work where they work, go to school where they go to school, ride public transportation, vote and hold property. So long as one recognizes the ages affirmed, time tested, millennia old definition of and laws regarding marriage, one can marry whoever wants.

It is time to accept that marriage is – by definition – marriage!

We would say to Barak Obama, “thanks for having the courage to ask Rick Warren to pray. Thank you for asking one of America's most loving, compassionate, sacrificial pastors to lead in a prayer. Thank you for honoring, in at least a symbolic way, your campaign promise to “reach out.” I am impressed with this brilliant decision.

Friday, December 12, 2008

My Beautiful Mother


I was able to visit my mother this past Tuesday in Fresno, California. We were eating a little Mexican food and my handsome father snapped this photograph. I don't get to see my mom much because she is so active in HER church that she rarely visits MY church. I LOVE that about my mother. She has always set the perfect example for me. As a young man I remember her sitting in church EVERY WEEKEND with a BIBLE in her lap, taking notes as dad preached. That visual has directed my life to keep the word of God a priority and to soak it in as much as possible. I'm sure she heard dad preach thousands of times, and each time she was like a sponge, carefully listening to the voice of God being taught by the Holy Spirit in truth and wisdom. I hope and pray that I have been that example to my children and to the Shepherd of the Hills Church. May we all continue to study, learn, memorize and apply the word of God. Thank you, mother, for being the "World's Greatest Mom". I love you!!! Dudley

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Christ Bell

CHRIST BELL


THE BELL
I KNOW WHO I AM
I am God's child (John 1:12)
I am Christ's friend (John 15:15 )
I am united with the Lord (1 Cor. 6:17 )
I am bought with a price (1 Cor 6:19-20)
I am a saint (set apart for God). (Eph. 1:1)
I am a personal witness of Christ. (Acts 1:8)
I am the salt & light of the earth (Matt 5:13-14)
I am a member of the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:27)
I am free forever from condemnation ( Rom. 8: 1-2)
I am a citizen of Heaven. I am significant (Phil 3:20)
I am free from any! charge against me (Rom . 8:31 -34)
I am a minister of reconciliation for God (2 Cor 5:17-21)
I have access to God through the Holy Spirit (Eph. 2:18)
I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realms (Eph. 2:6)
I cannot be separated from the love of God (Rom 8:35-39)
I am established, anointed, sealed by God (2 Cor 1:21-22 )
I am assured all things work together for good (Rom. 8:28 )
I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit (John 15:16 )
I may approach God with freedom and confidence (Eph. 3: 12 )
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Ph il. 4:13)
I am the branch of the true vine, a channel of His life (John 15: 1-5)
I am God's temple (1 Cor. 3: 16). I am complete in Christ (Col. 2: 10)
I am hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3). I have been justified (Romans 5:1)
I am God's co-worker (1 Cor. 3:9; 2 Cor 6:1). I am God's workmanship (Eph. 2:10)
I am confident that the good works God has begun in me will be perfected. (Phil. 1: 5)
I have been redeemed and forgiven ( Col 1:14). I have been adopted as God's child (Eph 1:5)
I belong to God
Do you know
Who you are!?


Keep this bell ringing...pass it on
'The LORD bless you and keep you;
The LORD make His face shine upon you!
And be gracious to you;
The LORD turn His face toward you
And give you peace..'
Numbers 6:24-26

Monday, December 01, 2008

Iron Sharpening Iron




Several years ago, it was brought to my attention that hundreds of small churches were closing their doors here in California, so I gathered a group of pastors from larger churches to put our heads together and think about what we could do to help the smaller churches. From this brain- storming meeting, we came up with the "Iron Sharpening Iron" gathering. We invited pastors from Bakersfield to San Diego, and usually, our annual meeting takes place in October.

I took some photos from just a few weeks ago. We spend the day providing round table discussions concerning modern issues that these pastors face, and then we serve them a delicious luncheon. We bring in an outside speaker (this year, it was Bob Russell) and then we give them a sack full of books, sermons, and illustrations. AND IT'S ALL FREE. THERE IS NO COST!!!

It truly is a day to JUST BLESS and ENCOURAGE the great men and women who lead our smaller churches. I praise God for those who serve faithfully, even though they often go unnoticed or unrecognized. I am also thankful that the Lord has so blessed this gathering of pastors.

Please pray that God would bless each of these men and women MIGHTILY!!!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!!!


Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!!! I know that God has blessed so many of us, and as the Bible tells us, EVERY GOOD and PERFECT gift comes from above. God has been so good to us with our families, our country, our health and our salvation. Please take a moment and thank the LORD for his bountiful blessing. The LIST of what God had provided for us is UNENDING.

One thing I want to mention are all the BAPTISMS we had this past weekend. We have been preaching on prophecy as it relates to Jesus, specifically Matthew 24 and 25, which speak of the reality of Jesus returning soon. We are living in the "last" of the "last days," and the sermons that we have recently preached have pointed us in the direction of being PREPARED for the imminent return of Christ.

My heart is encouraged that close to 50 people stepped forward last weekend. To me, that announces that people are heeding the sermons and are honestly preparing their hearts for the second coming.

As the Bible reminds us, the Lord is going to return like a "thief in the night," at a time when no one expects. So let's continue to work, serve, and live as though THIS COULD BE THE DAY.

And all God's people said????? AMEN!!!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Trip to Stanford




I enjoyed recently making a trip to Palo Alto and watching my son play for a few minutes at Stanford. Dallas is a freshman and is still adjusting to the college game, but I'm thankful his head coach, Bobby Braswell of CSUN, is a Christian and a man of faith. I appreciate all Christians who live out their faith in the secular environment.

As you may or may not know my daughter plays for the Matadors, too. You can always read about them at http://www.gomatadors.com/ and stop by for a home game sometime. You'll catch me at the girls' and the boys' games for the next few years.

If only I had a parking pass...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Girls Won :)

We have ONE last game to play.

The girls won their first round game against Santa Clarita (see previous post) and now all we have left to play is the championship game at Grace Community Church, on Friday, November 13th, 2008.

We play L.A.B. at 3:30 pm for the championship game... See you there!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Playoffs











Our middle school girls at Hillcrest are undefeated and headed into the playoffs. If you want to enjoy a game, come watch us on Wednesday at 3:30 PM at Hillcrest Christian School. We play Santa Clarita Christian, and if we win, we will play in the Championship game on Friday at Grace Community Church, starting at 3:30 pm. I am VERY VERY VERY proud of these girls.
Come cheer us on!!!

The Election and Prop 8


It’s been a while since I’ve written, so let me get you up to speed on several events, beginning with the election. I am thankful that our country witnessed a momentous event in electing an African American as our next president! This is an historical event that speaks well of our country. Many African Americans believed they would never live to see such a day, but I hope everyone realizes that in America, it is possible for anyone to reach the highest office in the land. In regard to race and issues of diversity, this historic event put me in the group that is thankful that I lived to see this moment during my lifetime. Most of you know that our church is on the front lines in helping churches and organizations diversify. I am so thankful for the strides the United States has made in this regard.
My prayer for our next President will be that God would lead him and direct him, as well as that God would watch over him and protect him. It is in my heart that God would burden our next president to value the life of the unborn child. Most of you know that for me personally, I canNOT cast my vote for someone who is not pro-life. As I read the Bible, the entire Bible is pro-life. It begins with God giving us life and ends with God giving us Eternal life. I personally question any leader who votes in favor of aborting any child for any reason at any time. For me, and you do NOT have to agree with me, but hey this is MY BLOG, so I get to post MY THOUGHTS and for me, I have a difficult time putting faith in a man who votes to allow the killing of innocent children, and so MY PRAYER is that GOD would change his heart and allow him to begin making changes in his policies that value the life of the unborn child.
Having said all that, we the church have to do a better job of supporting those who find themselves in unwanted pregnancies and who feel they have no choice but to have an abortion. I do NOT think that our politicians will ever solve the problem of too many abortions, and I think we focus on them too often for providing us with a solution to this very important issue.

Prop 8... There is so much to talk about. First, I am thankful that Californians stood for Biblical Marriage. I am still waiting for the L.A. Times or the Daily News to write ONE SINGLE POSTIVE article on the value of the MAJORITY voting to declare marriage as a union between a man and a woman. But the protests are proving to show the true colors of the vote NO people. No matter WHAT you hear, you need to know that they already have equal rights. They’ve had equal rights for about 15 years. That is not what they want. What they want is to have acceptance of a sinful and unnatural lifestyle. I have an article on my desk about a rapist who said that he was “born to be a rapist”. Would everyone agree that is morally insane?
Our belief is that God, the Creator of the universe, is the one that has the RIGHT to define what marriage should be. EVERY CIVILIZATION since CREATION has defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman. To suggest otherwise only speaks to the depth of sinfulness in our society. It should be our prayer that in our society, that we would look to God as the great definer and protector of marriage.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

See you at the Game....

My youngest daughter, Kerri, plays on Wednesday at Hillcrest Christian School against L.A.B. at 3:30 PM... and then my oldest daughter, Kayla, plays at CSUN on Wednesday night at 7:00 PM... Maybe I'll see YOU at one or both of the games.....

The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team plays its second exhibition contest Wednesday as it hosts The Master's College in The Matadome at 7 PM. Several Matadors put on impressive performances in the exhibition opener against Love and Basketball, including notable debuts from their newcomers.
Junior Kayla Rutherford, who sat out last season as she transferred from Hope International, led the team with 20 points, including four 3-pointers, against Love and Basketball. She also chipped in two assists and three steals in 31 minutes of action.
Another newcomer, freshman Bridgette Conejo, added six points and five rebounds, four of which were offensive, in 15 minutes off the bench. Freshman Neeta SreeKanth added two rebounds and two steals in 16 minutes of play.
Despite losing 81-72, Northridge played hard on both offense and defense, as they forced 23 turnovers and scored 43 points in the second half of the contest. The Matadors reached 70 points only twice during the 2007-08 season.

Calling All Shepherd Members....

Please come out to the Porter Ranch campus to show your support for YES on 8! As you may or may not know, Shepherd of the Hills is one of the polling places, and I would NOT be asking you to do this, but there are people on campus urging voters to vote No on 8. There are voters who have not yet made up their mind on this ballot measure, and we need to do what we can to help get the word out on why people need to vote YES on 8! This will be very close, and literally, every vote counts. Please join me in showing support for YES on 8!

YES!!! on PROP 8


My dear friend, Jim Garlow, gave me a little update on the all day of prayer in San Diego on Saturday. I wanted to share with you some of the highlights of that event. And also encourage everyone to get out and vote today. Please understand that God defines marriage for us in Gen 2:24.

TheCall is committed to mobilizing people from all across America to gather together to petition God for His undeserved mercy for our nation in 12-hour solemn assemblies. Just as in the days of Joel, we believe that now is the time to blow the trumpet across our land, to fast, to pray, and return to the Lord with all our hearts. This past Saturday, 33,000 youth gathered together at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego for the very purpose of seeking the Lord in prayer and praising His worthy name. The group prayed from 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM, twelve continuous hours of corporate prayer. There were between 8,000 and 10,000 on the field standing almost the entire time in the heat, praising the name of Jesus and calling upon His mercy to be poured out on our state and our nation. None of the invited guests and speakers were introduced. Over the course of the day, 200 people prayed into the microphones. They were nameless, faceless. This was not a time to focus on men, but on God. The focus of prayers were, of course, on the elections, the future of our country, and the future of our state. With the very core of traditional marriage being challenged by Proposition 8, fervent hearts were turned to the Lord in prayer. This is the culmination of a 40 day fast and prayer for passage of proposition 8. With three days left before the election, some chose to continue the fast until the election. Between 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM on Saturday, the prayer was focused on marriage and the passage of proposition 8. There was such intensity and fervency in the prayers of these young people. Between 4:20 PM and 4:50 PM, there was a collective sense of victory. It was an amazing and powerful time. Then on Sunday, the worship was just explosive. There was a feeling of celebration in the air, and people were excited. This gathering was the vision of Jim Lou Engels, and his burden for California has extended beyond the passage of Proposition 8. He has the burden to lead a series of sequential 40 day fasts over the course of the next year with a focus on prayer for California. There was a cost of $1 million needed in order to pay for the expenses associated with this event, and the Lord provided in excess. A total of $1.1 million collected. The Lord provided mightily, and we are confident and sure that He will answer our prayers mightily as well.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

My Daughter Kayla Rae


Love and Basketball Edges Northridge, 81-72, in Exhibition Opener


Junior Kayla Rutherford Leads Matadors with 23 points in the Defeat


Nov. 1, 2008


NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team lost an exhibition game, 81-72, to Love and Basketball Saturday afternoon at The Matadome. Junior Kayla Rutherford led the Matadors with 23 points, while junior Katrina Thompson had a double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 15 rebounds.

Rutherford, a transfer from Hope International that sat out last season, finished 8-of-20 from the field and 4-of-9 from beyond the 3-point arc in the contest. She also grabbed three rebounds, had two assists and made three steals.

Thompson's 15 boards would have represented a new career high for the junior had the game been an official contest. She was 4-of-9 from the field and also dished out three assists in the defeat.

Seniors Tonicia Tademy, Whitney Ligon and Ashley Blake all chipped in eight points for Northridge. Tademy had a game-high nine assists in the contest, while Blake doled out two assists and Ligon was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line.

After trailing 46-29 at halftime, the Matadors erupted for 43 points in the second half. They shot 39 percent from the field in the second half and 36.4 percent overall (28-of-77) for the game.

Danielle Rainey paced Love and Basketball with 20 points, including 12-of-16 shooting from the free throw line. Denise Woods also posted a double-double for Love and Basketball, finishing with 12 points and 11 rebounds in the contest.

Other standouts for Northridge included senior Crystian Trice, who came off the bench to score seven points and grab three rebounds. Freshman Bridgette Conejo chipped in six points and five rebounds off the bench for CSUN.

Northridge returns to action Wednesday, Nov. 5 when they host The Master's College in the final exhibition contest of the season. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. at The Matadome.


Junior Kayla Rutherford scored 23 points in her Northridge debut.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Day of Prayer and Fasting 2008





Words canNOT explain how powerful the Day of Prayer and Fasting was this past Monday. Literally hundreds of people showed up to sing, pray, fast and call upon the name of the Lord. We started out with a power outage and ended with the POWER of GOD moving in our midst. I wish that EVERY member of our church had been present, and who knows, one day my wish may come true.

These pictures do NOT capture the emotional or spiritual impact that resulted from this day, but for those who participated, they will never be the same. I pray that we will continue to be people of prayer and that God would HEAL our land as we cry out to him.

The election is just a few days away... Please... stay on your knees in prayer!!!

"I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting."
1 Timothy 2:8

Friday, October 24, 2008

My dear friend Dr. Scott Bauer

Today marks the five year anniversary since my dear friend Dr. Scott Bauer went to be with the Lord Jesus. He was the Sr. Pastor of Church on the Way, husband to his sweet wife Rebecca, and father to three wonderful children...Brian, Kyle and Lindsey. Scott impacted my life in so many ways and it's still difficult for me to believe that he is no longer with us. I know that as a Christian Pastor I'm supposed to have all of this figured out. But here I am five years later and still missing this godly man. Yes, he makes heaven all more real to me but I don't ever want to forget this mighty warrior for Jesus and the influence he had on this valley. It is very important that we remember Scott by doing the things he taught us and by living out the Christlikeness he exemplified.

I know that if Scott were here today he would be leading the charge to protect marriage as a union between a man and a woman. He would be involved in intense prayer and intercession for our city.

Scott the Great... I love you my brother. The time will soon come to pass when we shall see you face to face. We'll look for Jesus and then we'll look at the person closest to Him, and I'm sure that will be you.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa





We had a wonderful service this past Sunday as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa stopped by to thank our church for caring for the 1100 evacuees from the Porter Ranch Fires. The Mayor was a very gracious man and he then proceeded to present to us a "certificate of recognition" and then I, in turn, gave our Mayor a Bible and prayed for him.

I then preached a message on Loving our Neighbor as Ourselves and talked about when living in L.A. that there are many people with many different convictions and that it was critical to stand on the word of God and yet be loving in the process.

I want to thank Paula Cracium for leading our staff and all the volunteers while serving our community this past week. It really was a tribute to the servant heart our church has to reach out into our community and simply meet people's needs. Please continue to pray for all the people who are still in need of assistance.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Revival in Woodland Hills

I am proud to announce that our Woodland Hills campus was named the KKLA Church of the Week! Only a few churches have recieved this honor this year, and I am thrilled that our Woodland Hills campus was one of those honored churches. David McBride from KKLA was there for both of their services and gave the campus a plaque. Way to go Woodland Hills!

ALSO--- this next week (Oct. 19-23), the Woodland Hills campus will be having their very own revival!!! Pastor Caleb has some excellent speakers lined up. On Sunday morning, my old preaching professor will be preaching, and the evening revival starts Sunday night at 7:00 pm! REMEMBER, Sunday night from 5:00-6:30 pm, we are having the Prop 8 rally at the Porter Ranch campus, BUT after the rally, there is plenty of time for you to attend the opening night of the revival in Woodland Hills at 7:00 pm. Our very own Risen Choir will be singing that night.

On Monday night, Todd Clark from Discovery will be preaching... On Tuesday night, my friend, Kenneth Greene, will be preaching... On Wednesday night, Bob Russell will be preaching--- one of the BEST pastors I know... and then on Thursday night, yours truly will be preaching.

I want to encourage you to attend at least one of these nights and show your support for this Revival.

You can get more info at this webpage: www.shepherdwoodlandhills.com/events/woodland-hills-revival

See you there!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Fires Continue to Rage

As you may know, we are blessed at Shepherd of the Hills to serve as an American Red Cross evacuation center for the residents and victims in the surrounding area of the San Fernando Valley. Thanks to the donation of numerous local businesses, several thousand meals were served at our church to more than 1,000 individuals who checked in to our facilities throughout the varying stages of evacuation. We want to thank all of the local businesses who donated food: Wal-Mart, Del Taco, Bakers Square, El Torito, Panda Express, Outback Steakhouse, Abe's Deli, Jerry's Deli, and Brent's Deli, Subway, Chipotle, Rubio’s and Pepsi, to name just a few. Donations and efforts continue even as this post is written, so we thank those in advance who continue to give.

In addition, hundreds of men, women, and children are volunteering their time to serve at the evacuation center. Literally within moments of this disaster, the church mobilized along with the American Red Cross in setting up the shelter. More than 500 volunteers from the Shepherd of the Hills Church are serving alongside the American Red Cross to provide whatever comforts of home they can to the evacuees. In addition to basic needs, such as food and shelter, other amenities were provided including video games and Disney movies for children, WiFi and computer access, accommodations for pets, and cell phone charging stations provided by Sprint.

My daughter, Kayla's, basketball team volunteered to help serve the hundreds staying at the church


Many city officials have stopped by to see how the relief efforts are progressing here at Shepherd. Mayor Antonio Villariagosa visited with volunteers and evacuees for about two hours today, and returned for a press conference at 5:15 PM. Many local news reporters have also covered evacuation efforts at the church. A common observation made by these reporters and visitors was the organization of the evacuation center at the church. One American Red Cross employee, who has worked with disaster relief efforts for five years, commented that he had never seen any organization as organized as Shepherd of the Hills Church with regards to emergency relief efforts. Certain individuals have asked me if the church had been prepared for such an event. My honest response is, no, we weren’t prepared, but it only took a few minutes for people to come out of the woodwork and get organized.

Mayor Villaraigosa and I


The Herculean relief effort at the church reminds me that, if you put your trust in God, and you have the collective effort of a church, coupled with the community and the American Red Cross, we can get through anything. When the faith community and local businesses work together, we can accomplish anything. Together, we have proved this potential in the last two days.

Let's continue to keep our brave firefighters in our prayers, as they battle the flames for two straight days, and pray that the winds would subside, allowing the firefighters to gain an upper hand in containing the fires.

Shepherd Church Steps Up

View from my backyard Auditorium turned into a shelter for those in need
Television reporters were kind to report on our Church
Wal-Mart and other local companies donated in a big way

Yesterday and today, the staff at Shepherd of the Hills Church stepped up in a MAJOR way as our church was set up as a Red Cross Evacuation Centers for the Porter Ranch fires. We have had hundreds of volunteers that have worked around the clock to help people who have been evacuated from their homes. The FIREFIGHTERS were AMAZING and have saved so many homes, and the community in Porter Ranch has risen to the occasion. I am so proud of our Church, our staff, our volunteers, and our city. Thank you to ALL who are serving Jesus by serving others.

Monday, October 13, 2008

I am NOT MAKING THIS UP

First Graders Taken to San Francisco City Hall For Gay Wedding

SAN FRANCISCO, October 11 /Christian Newswire/ -- In the same week that the No on 8 campaign launched an ad that labeled as "lies" claims that same-sex marriage would be taught in schools to young children, a first grade class took a school-sponsored trip to a gay wedding. Eighteen first graders traveled to San Francisco City Hall Friday for the wedding of their teacher and her lesbian partner, The San Francisco Chronicle reported. The school sponsored the trip for the students, ages 5 and 6, taking them away from their studies for the same-sex wedding. According to the Yes on 8 campaign, the public school field trip demonstrates that the California Supreme Court's decision to legal same-sex marriage has real consequences.

"Taking children out of school for a same-sex wedding is not customary education. This is promoting same-sex marriage and indoctrinating young kids," said Yes on 8—ProtectMarriage.com Campaign Co-Manager Frank Schubert. "I doubt the school has ever taken kids on a field trip to a traditional wedding," Schubert said.

When asked by the Yes on 8 campaign, The San Francisco Chronicle reporter said she did not know if the school had ever sponsored a field trip for students to a traditional wedding. Telling the Chronicle that the field trip was "a teachable moment," the school's principal believes it is perfectly appropriate for first graders to attend a same-sex wedding. Officials in other school districts disagree.

"Prop. 8 protects our children from being taught in public schools that 'same-sex marriage' is the same as traditional marriage," said Santa Ana Unified School District board member Rosemarie "Rosie" Avila. "We should not accept a court decision that results in public schools teaching our kids that gay marriage is okay. That is an issue for parents to discuss with their children according to their own values and beliefs. It shouldn't be forced on us against our will," Avila added.

The lesbian teacher's wedding was officiated by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. Newsom is featured in a Yes on 8 television ad, released last week, in which he arrogantly declares of same-sex marriage: "The door's wide open now. It's gonna happen, whether you like it or not."

The Yes on 8 campaign's ads explain that if the voters do not overturn the California Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling, teachers will be required to teach young children that there is no difference between gay marriage and traditional marriage.

"It's totally unreasonable that a first grade field trip would be to a same-sex wedding," said Chip White, Press Secretary for Yes on 8. "This is overt indoctrination of children who are too young to understand it."

The trip underscores the Yes on 8 campaign's message that unless Prop. 8 passes, children will be taught about same-sex marriage in public schools. "Not only can it happen, it has already happened," White said.

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Monday, October 06, 2008

A Letter on Prop 8

I want to share a letter with you that I received this week concerning Prop 8 and my full support of marriage as defined by God..... I have OMITTED THE AUTHOR'S NAME... but I wanted you to know it's hard for my brain to figure out how someone can listen to my heart during a sermon and then accuse me of "gay bashing." I wonder if we are so programmed by the world that we simply deny the truth of the Word of God.

The Letter I Received:

Dear Pastor,
This is Sunday morning when myself and my husband normally attend your 10 a.m. sermons and always walk out refreshed and with a purpose for that coming week. But over the last few sermons I am have been extremely bothered by the fact that you have so verbally taken a position on prop 8 and insist that we, your audience, do the same. Politics, along with individual personal beliefs should not be dealt with in a church setting. I would really like to start attending your sermons again, but do not want to sit through any gay bashing or any bashing for that matter. Though I may or may not feel the same way you do in regards to Proposition 8, I feel these are very personal decisions we should be made to make on our own.

Sincerely,
Someone who I will not name....


My Response:

Dear __________,

Your letter surprises me...
We are a Bible Believing church..
and every week we preach from God's word..
The Bible is VERY clear about the SIN of homosexuality...
Read Romans 1. Read the story of Sodom and Gomorrah.
And then read the passages dealing with MARRIAGE...being between a MAN and a WOMAN..

Voting yes on Prop 8 is not "Gay Bashing"... Why do you put that label on me???

Is it because I am standing on Genesis 2:24... wanting gays NOT to redefine marriage so they can teach their perversion to children in our public schools?

I have a few nore questions for you..

Do you believe that homosexuality is a sin??
Do you believe that it's ok to redefine marriage???
Do you believe that it's ok to teach homosexuality to first graders??
Have you ever, in your life time, written a letter to a homosexual man or woman who "Christian Bashes"???
Do you believe that God places a HIGH VALUE on children and condemns anyone who leads them down the wrong path?
Do you think that the Bible is OUT DATED??
Did you not hear me say that I LOVE ALL PEOPLE... including every gay and lesbian person...
But I have a greater love for marriage as God defines it.

I have preached against MANY SINS...
Greed, Adultery, Stealing, Slander, Gossip, Idolatry, etc....
Why is it OK to preach against other sins and NOT ok to preach against the sin of Homosexuality??

Why???

Are not all sins the same?
And isn't the reason why God gave us the Bible to free of us those sins?

Please know that I will continue to preach TO sinners LIKE MYSELF.... and continue to LIFT UP THE BIBLE as the STANDARD.... and continue to LOVE all people regardless if they obey it or not....

Please know that I will continue to push YES on PROP 8 and wish you would join me...
and please start writing letters to all the people who openly "Christian Bash" every single day.

And YES..... this weekend in church I will continue to inform OUR church so that they will join the battle to protect our children and protect the definition of marriage. Your letter PROVES to me that I need to preach even harder on this subject and clear up the confusion of people who don't understand the fight that we are in.

And TRUST ME, GOD is going to JUDGE our nation for not making a stand. Please join us in making a stand FOR marriage...

Monday, September 29, 2008

Vote Your Conscience - VIDEO

In a time of war, economic uncertainty, and soooooo many issues--many of them intregal to the very moral fabric of our country and our faith--this very well could be the most important vote of our generation. Please check out this very moving, very compelling video:

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Obama or McCain?????????????


Who should YOU vote for...

I was on the Westside this past week, and I saw Obama and McCain... and just thought I'd get my picture taken with them. It was really quite pleasant. They were not fighting or calling each other names. Theywere not guarded by the Secret Service, so I just went right up to them for a picture, and they both obliged.

It was so quiet, in fact, that I could actually reflect on the issues!!! Imagine that!!!

I started wondering... WHO ARE YOU going to vote for??? So, I thought I would help you out...

Are you ready????

There is a website called.... http://www.whoshouldyouvotefor.com/

Log on to that link, and they will ask you QUESTIONS to determine what is important to YOU, as far as the issues are concerned. Based upon the ANSWERS YOU GIVE, it will reveal to you which candidate best represents your thoughts and views. I would suggest you try it.... the answer may or may not surprise you.

My advice is to truly study the VIEWS of both candidates on ALL THE ISSUES and pray about which man God would have you to vote for.

This is a HUGE decision and it is important for EVERYONE to vote. And don't forget to vote YES on PROP 8. In Genesis 2:24, God defined marriage for US. Read it and study it, if you are doubting what marriage is supposed to be, according to God.

Pastor's Posse II



We had our largest group of riders to date last Saturday morning, and it was a fun time of meeting some new riders and, of course, it was a joy to pray before we left. We ate breakfast at Gladstone's and then RODE the coast soaking in the BEAUTY of GOD'S CREATION.

A few of us ended up at the NUT HOUSE in Filmore, and I must confess that I bought some candy. It was soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good!!!!

Thank you to all who showed up to ride, and if you know of someone who wants to be on our invite list, just send me their email address at the church.

Monday, September 15, 2008

A New Pledge of Allegiance


WRITTEN BY A 15 yr. old SCHOOL KID IN ARIZONA :

New Pledge of Allegiance (TOTALLY AWESOME) Since the Pledge of Allegiance and The Lord's Prayer are not allowed in most public schools anymore, because the word 'God' is mentioned....

A kid in Arizona wrote the attached NEW School prayer: Now I sit me down in school Where praying is against the rule For this great nation under God Finds mention of Him very odd.

If Scripture now the class recites, It violates the Bill of Rights. And anytime my head I bow Becomes a Federal matter now.

Our hair can be purple, orange or green, That's no offense; it's a freedom scene. The law is specific, the law is precise. Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.

For praying in a public hall Might offend someone with no faith at all. In silence alone we must meditate, God's name is prohibited by the state.

We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks, And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks. They've outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible. To quote the Good Book makes me liable.

We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen, And the 'unwed daddy' our Senior King. It's 'inappropriate' to teach right from wrong, We're taught that such 'judgments' do not belong.


We can get our condoms and birth controls, Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles. But the Ten Commandments are not allowed, No word of God must reach this crowd.

It's scary here I must confess, When chaos reigns the school's a mess. So, Lord, this silent plea I make: Should I be shot; My soul please take!
Amen

Thursday, September 11, 2008

PIGS, PEARLS and LIPSTICK

This weekend I am preaching a sermon entitled, "Pigs, Pearls and Lipstick."

I hope that piques your interest.

We have less than two months before we decide who will lead our country for the next four years... It is imperative that everyone gets out to vote.

Please remember the LIFE of the UNBORN when you cast your vote.

And I came across a website, where you answer questions based on YOUR beliefs concerning all the issues, and after you input your answers, it tells you which candidate best represents YOU. The website is simply: http://www.whoshouldyouvotefor.com/ Instead of listening to all the sound bytes, this is a helpful tool in case you are wondering where your vote should be cast.

And don't forget to vote YES on Prop 8. I will write more about that later.

I will see in you church this weekend as I talk about the Pigs, the Pearls, and the Lipstick!!!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Me and Yao



I am looking at this picture, and this is an illustration of sooooooooo many things, but let me simply state that I came away from China with a burdened heart. There are 1.3 billion people in that country, and most of the population have NEVER heard a clear presentation of the Gospel. I am praying that God would burden all of our hearts to get OUT of our COMFORT ZONES and do something that will really make a difference in someone else's life.

It doesn't seem right or fair that so many of us have heard the gospel 1,000 times, and yet so many have yet to hear it even ONCE. Lord, please give us eyes to see that there is something we could do, if we were ONLY motivated enough to do it, to share the love of Jesus with the world.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Video of the Philippines

As you may know, I was honored with the opportunity to preach in the Philippines a couple of Sundays ago at the Baptist Conference Church of Bacolod in Bacolod City. What a precious and beautiful group of believers and what a privilege to get to spend some time fellowshipping with them. Check out this video:

Monday, August 18, 2008

China 2008

Forbidden City Basketball team
A girl reading a Bible for the FIRST TIME
A Photo that I set up. Haha..

For the past two weeks, we have had around 20 members from Shepherd in Beijing for the 2008 Olympics.

It was several years ago that the Lord put it on my heart to take advantage of the opportunity that the Olympics would afford us and see how many seeds we could plant with regard to the gospel. Words cannot fully describe the joy of my heart in watching members of Shepherd share the love of God with so many people in such a short period of time.

We took a drama team, a music team, a photography team, and a basketball team, to name just a few. We spent a LOT of time in the city parks and were well received by the Chinese people. We handed out Bibles as well as some gold pins that read "More Than Gold" that were used as a springboard to tell people that in God's eyes they were worth MORE than GOLD.

Despite the threats of the government, and of course, the language barrier, God granted us ample opportunities to share HIS message, to hand out Chinese Bibles, and to serve the people of China.

China has 1.2 Billion people, most of whom have never heard of Jesus Christ, and they are in desperate need of salvation and the word of God. I am currently wearing a wrist band that says, "Pray for China." Please join me in praying for the people of China, that God would not just grant them "human rights," but that God would also grant them religious freedom, and that the Gospel would be spread throughout its land.

China More Pictures

Dance Team Elder Dale Penn entertaining a crowd in a park
Typical street filled with people who need the Lord
A fellow "Gao" (tall) person that I met.

China MORE PICTURES

Picking up a baby before I realized he had NO DIAPER on
Pictures on the wall of an orphanage
Marveling at all of the video screens in Beijing