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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Spanish Revival 08

Tonight I had the privilege of preaching at the 2008 Spanish Revival. It was such a thrilling moment to preach to our Spanish congregation. Salvador Fuentes does an incredible job leading this part of our flock.

I was blessed by their hunger for the word, their LOVE of worship, and their inner desire to see Los Angeles come to know Jesus as Lord. I wanted to send a few pictures to you so that you can see what God is doing in the Latino Community here at Shepherd.

Salvador and Shepherd's Praise Chapel touched my heart tonight by their kindness and respect. May God richly bless this body of believers as they are on the leading edge when it comes to reaching the diverse community of our city.

Thank you, Salvador, and thank you, Shepherd's Praise Chapel, for PRAYING for Revival and for your desire to please Jesus.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Amazing Singer - Philip Webb

We were recently blessed to have Philip Webb come sing at our church. He's a gifted man of God, and I wanted to give you the opportunity to hear him sing if you missed him! To learn more about Phil, you can check out his website at

Phil Webb at Shepherd of the Hills from Call On Jesus on Vimeo.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Beach Baptism Video

I wanted to share this awesome video with you--a recap of our Beach Baptisms a couple of Sundays ago in which we baptized nearly 300 people! Check it out:

Beach Baptism 2008 from Call On Jesus on Vimeo.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Kerri and the gang...

It is one of the great joys of my life to have coached my two older children and now I am coaching my youngest... Kerri Brett Rutherford. She is number.... ahhhhhhh I will let you guess..... lol

The name of our team is the BRUINS!!!! God worked that one out... and to my knowledge all of these girls are Christians and one of them was actually baptized in the ocean last week.

Kerri is a reflection of her moma... the same spirit and demeanor.. I'm not sure she really likes basketball... I think she plays because she knows I like to coach.. hahahaha but she is a great girl who seems to bless all who come in contact with her.

I am a blessed man to have a daughter like her and to have so many of her close friends who serve and worship the Lord each week. Through in an occasional basketball game from time to time... what else could you ask for???????

Thank you Jesus!!!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Spoken Word

Recently, I asked Phil Allen to do a Spoken Word for a meeting that was held for Racial Diversity during the North American Christian Conference (NACC). As you know, we have a ministry called Dream of Destiny that encourages the development and mentoring of under-represented minorities for the purposes of preparing them to lead and pastor Christian churches around the world.

Phil hit a HOME RUN in this Spoken Word and I wanted you to listen to these powerful words, as he challenges the church to be “colorblind, but not colorless.”

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Be blessed,

Monday, July 14, 2008

Baptisms at the Beach

What a phenomenal day we had yesterday at our Third Annual Beach Baptism! The numbers are still coming in, but as of our preliminary count, we had about 300 people come out to get baptized in the name of Jesus Christ!!! I want to thank all of our volunteers, staff, and pastors who came out to make this one of the highlights in 2008 for our church! Here are some photos I wanted to share with you:

Friday, July 11, 2008

This is NOT fiction!!!

This week, a man sued Zondervan for 60 million dollars because the passages in the bible against homosexuality caused him anxiety and undue stress.
The purpose of the Bible is JUST THE OPPOSITE. The purpose of the Bible is to set us free from all the things (sins) that enslave us and to allow us to begin anew with HOPE and a PROMISE for the future.
The United States of America continues to slide futher and futher away from God. I was sent a quote today that I had to post.... A.W. Tozer said, “If Christianity is to receive a rejuvenation, it must be by other means than any now being used. If the Church in the second half of this century is to recover from the injuries she suffered in the first half, there must appear a new type of preacher. The proper, ruler-of-the-synagogue type will never do. Neither will the priestly type of man who carries out his duties, takes his pay and asks no questions, nor the smooth-talking pastoral type who knows how to make the Christian religion acceptable to everyone. All these have been tried and found wanting. Another kind of religious leader must arise among us. He must be of the old prophet type, a man who has seen visions of God and has heard a voice from the Throne. When he comes (and I pray God there will be not one but many), he will stand in flat contradiction to everything our smirking, smooth civilization holds dear. He will contradict, denounce and protest in the name of God and will earn the hatred and opposition of a large segment of Christendom. Such a man is likely to be lean, rugged, blunt-spoken and a little bit angry with the world. He will love Christ and the souls of men to the point of willingness to die for the glory of the One and the salvation of the other. But he will fear nothing that breathes with mortal breath.” Lets pray for such leaders to arise from our pulpits across America -- men alive and on fire for God, fearless men leading fearless people in standing and speaking and doing what is right and just before God.
Anyone want to stand in the gap??????

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Colorblind but not Colorless

I asked Phil Allen, who is on staff with the High School Ministry here at Shepherd, to write a Spoken Word to recite at the NACC. As I mentioned before, I am at the NACC this week speaking on Dream of Destiny, a ministry dedicated to raising up under-represented minorities in leadership positions in our churches, schools, and organizations. Phil did an amazing job, and I wanted to share his Spoken Word with all of you. It is truly powerful.

(Imagine A Church) Colorblind But Not Colorless

The church has been hiding behind
Stained-glass ministries for too long
And stained-glasses dictate the color of the light
That shines through and we live behind the tinted windows
Of our comfort zone
Imagine a church that looks like God
Colorblind but not colorless
And the rest of the world can actually see
Themselves in it
‘Cause they begin to see the faith as real and not counterfeit
Imagine my transparency impacting another life
‘Cause they relate to the complexion of my heart
Not my shade of black or white
Because pain can minister to pain
Hurt can relate to hurt and love
Doesn’t distinguish the hue of a man
‘Cause pure love itself is only hu-man
Jesus taught that one
Imagine a culture of discipleship
Extending a hand to mentor the man next to you and vice versa
Imagine all of America answering this altar call
‘Cause the church overcame its spiritual inertia
Imagine if I would nurture
the same world that Jesus died to save
According to grace
The umbrella that protects with no partiality to race
Imagine if I presented the world a church
That any and every non-believer would embrace
‘Cause they all would see a face…that looks like them
“It might not work!”
Well Christ didn’t make excuses so don’t hand me that
A church without diversity is a church that’s handicapped
If we truly want change
We have to be change and not react to the change
That’s already in action
But the church is afraid of the change it’s supposed to make happen
And the world is a greater attraction
‘Cause it’s making change along color lines
Just without the moral attachment
Even though the deadline has passed
It’s not too late for Dr. King’s prophetic dream to come to pass
In the pews and the pulpit
Satan has made diversity look like the culprit
For too long
Imagine a church that’s colorblind but not colorless
‘Cause where we worship has come down
To who looks like us
So Sunday morning has become a family reunion
Well whether we like it or not
God says “Guess who’s comin’ to dinner!”
My Dream of Destiny will be a reality
Because my church will be colorblind but not colorless

If you want to hear another Spoken Word by Phil, you can watch When I Became a Man here: