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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Wedding Video

I have to tell you at first I did not know what to think and then as I watched the video it started to grow on me and by the end, after I had smiled and laughed, I started to cry. Because Love rocks!!! And I thought of church in the same light. We always try to make it formal and somewhat dry, yet the fact that God LOVES us so much to send his ONLY son for US and after Jesus died he actually RESURRECTED.... Church should be a JOYOUS occasion. Love, True Love should be the same. I think we are all guilty of taking each other for granted, we fall short in expressing our love, we under estimate the POWER of LOVE. May you REJOICE in the LOVE of GOD and may you REJOICE in the LOVE of FAMILY and FRIENDS.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

A few More PIctures

A Call from the Mayor's Office

Maxi Anderson our wonderful leader
A Kaleidoscope of Cultures

The Mayor introducing our "RISEN"

Recently the Mayor's office called and asked if our choir would be willing to sing at the closing ceremony for the Heritage Month Celebration 2009.
This is yearly event that celebrates the history of Los Angeles with Native Americans, Asians, Latinos, and African Americans.

Obviously I was thrilled that we were asked to participate and our choir "Risen" under the direction of Maxi Anderson made their way to 350 S. Spring St. in downtown Los Angeles this past Thursday evening. It was a fun evening where people came from all walks of life to celebrate the unique contributions of the different people groups that form the core of our city.

I have to tell you their were two highlights for me personally as I was there to witness first hand the events of the evening.

First, the Mayor, when he introduced our choir, he announced that "this choir was from Shepherd of the Hills Church which is the most racially diverse church in all of Los Angeles". I was so thankful that the reputation of church has even reached the attention of our city officials.

The Second thing that made me smile was the fact that our choir sang about JESUS CHRIST and presented the Gospel through song. I was jumping of joy and proud as could be by the witness and example of our church and choir.

Please know that most churches are not diverse but it is OUR prayer to help lead the way to this change happening across America. Why not visit and see where and how YOU can get involved.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

A little about a lot

First, I am still on cloud 9 over the 4th of July services. Notes continue to stream in from the public thanking us for the fireworks and services. Hats off to my staff who continues to go BEYOND the call of duty in serving and loving on behalf of Jesus.

We are currently in a series called, "I heard it Through the Grapevine," and we have three messages left beginning this weekend. The message, "Rumor has it... We were ONCE a Christian Nation," was a much needed message, and I want to encourage you to pick up a copy of this sermon if you were not present this past weekend.

Many have asked if they can buy a copy of the FLAG VIDEO that preceded this week's message, and I want to let you know that it will be available this weekend at the Call On Jesus counter, or you can purchase it online at

Today is the service for Michael Jackson. I am soooooooooooo torn on my feelings. I know that he was a great entertainer but forgive me for NOT being able to seperate his music from the life he lived and from things that I have seen and heard HIM say on videos. I am all for honoring people for their accompishments. I really am. I also understand the world and the media focusing on his life, and it's tragic anytime anyone dies and I wish he were still alive.

But I just want to remind everyone that there is ONLY ONE KING.
It's not Michael Jackson and it's not Elvis and it's not Lebron James.

Jesus Christ is the KING of KINGS, and he is NOT dead, He is alive, He has risen from the dead, and if you put your trust in HIM you will have EVERLASTING life.

Don't forget August is the month that I usually take a couple of weeks for vacation and a couple of weeks where I am working to plan the next year's theme and sermons. It is imperative that you remain faithful and keeping supporting the church and its mission.

We also are having a Revival this fall, and you will hear more of this in September. Start praying now that God would have a special blessing for our church this fall.

And as I close, do NOT forget to put your trust in GOD and NEVER IN MAN. Be blessed in all you do.

Monday, July 06, 2009