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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Interested in visiting the Holy Land (Spring of 2012) ?

Looking at taking a tour to Israel in the spring of 2012. Please leave your contact information at 818.832.3479 (Shalena) if interested. We have 26 people on a list so far. We would love to add you to our list!

Is Jesus the Messiah? You tell me!

I looked up some of the 300 prophesies that Jesus fulfilled, which prove He is the Messiah. But all the facts in the world won't cause a person to believe. It might lead you to faith and it might open up your heart to the possibility of faith, but faith is when you trust in Jesus fully and completely even when you don't have all the facts.

To me, examining fulfilled prophecy is similar to the "doubting Disciple" Thomas requested to see the nail-marked hands of Jesus before he would believe. Thomas needed to see for himself, and Jesus provides this opportunity for him in John 20:24-31.

Jesus provides that SAME opportunity for us through studying the Scriptures within the Word of God. I hope and pray that you will at least take a look at some of these verses in the Bible, search for yourself, and decide whether or not Jesus is the Son of the Living God.

I am praying that these fulfilled prophesies will cause you to fully trust in Jesus as the Messiah. May your heart cry out and cause you to say "I believe... I believe."

His pre-existence - Micah 5:2 John 1:1, 14

Born of the seed of a woman - Genesis 3:15 Matthew 1:18

Of the seed of Abraham - Genesis 12:3 Matthew 1:1-16

All nations blessed by Abraham's seed - Genesis 12:3 Matthew 8:5, 10

God would provide Himself a Lamb as an offering - Genesis 22:8 John 1:29

From the tribe of Judah - Genesis 49:10 Matthew 1:1-3

Heir to the throne of David - Isaiah 9:6-7 Matthew 1:1

Called "The mighty God, The everlasting Father" - Isaiah 9:6 Matthew 1:23

Born in Bethlehem - Micah 5:2 Matthew 2:1

Born of a virgin - Isaiah 7:14 Matthew 1:18

His name called Immanuel, "God with us" - Isaiah 7:14 Matthew 1:23

Declared to be the Son of God - Psalm 2:7 Matthew 3:17

His messenger before Him in spirit of Elijah - Malachi 4:5-6 Luke 1:17

Preceded by a messenger to prepare His way - Malachi 3:1 Matthew 11:7-11

Messenger crying "Prepare ye the way of the Lord" - Isaiah 40:3 Matthew 3:3

Would be a Prophet of the children of Israel - Deuteronomy 18:15 Matthew 2:15

Called out of Egypt - Hosea 11:1 Matthew 2:15

Slaughter of the children - Jeremiah 31:15 Matthew2:18

Would be a Nazarene - Judges 13:5; Amos 2:11; Lam. 4:7 Matthew 2:23

Brought light to Zabulon & Nephthalm, Galilee of the Gentiles - Isaiah 9:1-2 Matthew 4:15

This weekend in church ( or we will be looking at one more prophecy that Jesus fulfilled. It's simple but powerful.

Pastor Dudley

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Number 53

Today must begin by thanking the ALMIGHTY God for creating each and everyone of us. Before the foundation of the world was made he knew that each of us would be here. God's love in providing salvation through His one and only son leads us to honor him in all that we do.

I thank God for his mercy, for my parents, for my wife and children, for my friends and for our Church.

As I turn another year older, I want to go on record and say if I never live to see another birthday I've had the greatest life ever. I live every day knowing it could be my last and with that conviction I attempt to serve God with all of my heart EVERY day.

But if God is gracious and allows me to live a long and fruitful life I am planning on doing the following if HE so wills.

1) I want to spend the next 20 years doing everything possible to reach the city of Los Angeles and the United States of America and the unreached world for Jesus Christ.

2) My immediate focus is to raise the funds for our new worship facility to provide more room for those who do NOT know Jesus Christ. In achieving this goal I believe that we will provide for generations to come a light house that will SHINE brightly here in the city of Los Angeles.

3) The next 20 years I want to try to train up more leaders. Men and Women who desire to shake and change the world for Jesus Christ. II Timothy 2:2 Who is on board?

4) I am greatly burdened to help shift our country back to God. We must reach the younger generation. I do NOT want to grow old and have a church that is NOT filled with YOUNG PEOPLE who in turn will reach their generation. That might mean having even more of a contemporary sound to our music. It might mean mixing up some things. It might mean spending more time and money on the younger generation. But I am burdened to stand for Biblical principles and to teach them to the youth in our culture.

5) Not interested in slowing down. Smile! I think the older we become the MORE we have to offer. I want to figure out how to be a better steward of my time and talent and resources. I want to give more. I want to serve more. I want to be used more. I want to be ready for whatever God has in store.

6) In my immediate plans... I want to use these next 4 months to complete the task assigned to me of being the President of the North American Christian Convention. July 5-8 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Visit and look at the program. I hope as many of you as possible will find a way to join me this summer for a life changing experience as we see God UNLEASH his spirit upon the churches in America.

7) Want to finish up a book that I'm putting together called "God has an app for that". It's designed to help people who have tried everything to fulfill their needs to know that God has a solution to all of our problems. It will not be released until Jan/Feb 2012 but the manuscript needs to be completed in just a few months. Please pray that this book is blessed by God and reaches those who have little understanding of how much WISDOM is found in the Bible.

8.) This might upset some of you, but I have a growing burden that we might need to change the name of our church. Please here me out on this. Although I LOVE the name of our church it is DIFFICULT on so many levels. First, most people can NOT even spell the name. You should try and have 10 people spell Shepherd and see how many people can NOT do it. Second, it is a tad dated. It used to fit our area when there were nothing but hills around us, but today the hills are replaced by Walmart and homes. Third, it's DIFFICULT to find a logo for Shepherd that looks modern and contemporary. Again, I want to reach the next generation and I have been trying for OVER 10 years to even find a logo for a Shepherd that doesn't look 100 years old. Lastly, the name doesn't work with all of our campuses. And we need a name that will fit with all 5 of our church satellites. Again, don't be upset, just be in prayer.

9) I want to go to Israel again soon. Perhaps the spring of 2012. I feel like the Lord is coming sooner than we think and I would love to visit the city of all cities, the city of Jerusalem. Please contact the church office and leave your contact number if you are interested in joining me on my 8th trip to the Holy Land.

10) My final thought, on this my birthday, is to THANK each and every one of you for the past 24 years of working together, side by side, reaching out and building God's church here in the valley. I trust that God will continue to bless us the next 20! SMILE Will you make these next 20 years the most fruitful years ever. Let's work and pray and give and serve and love and witness TOGETHER. Let's try to do something that ONLY God can get the credit for. Let's believe God for the impossible. Let's use the Internet, the net of compassion, the net of our influence to reach our world for Jesus. Let's HONOR God with our life and our words. Let's give 100 percent of our heart and all of our time, talent and treasure to lead others into a saving relationship with God's son. Let's don't slow up or down in our attempts to build a great church.
May God strengthen us to carry on and to finish strong. Thank you and please know that I love you!!!!!!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Cloud in the Bible

I know some of you have seen the "cloud" on the TV show called LOST. And in the TV show, which I'm always lost and confused watching, there is a cloud that is a little scary and sometimes death follows. But that is JUST A TV SHOW.

In the Bible there is actually a CLOUD far more powerful and awe inspiring than what Hollywood can produce.

Read these verses and take note what you see when the "cloud" of the Bible appears.

Exodus 33:7-11
Exodus 40:34-38
Numbers 9:15-23
Leviticus 16:2
Numbers 11:25
Numbers 12:10
Deuteronomy 31:15
I Kings 8:10
Ezekiel 10:3
Matthew 17:1-3

To hear a sermon on the "cloud" make sure to visit and listen to this weeks message on Mt.Sinai: Voice of God.

Be blessed and know that God is NOW available, His presence can be in YOU through faith in Jesus Christ.

Friday, March 04, 2011

It Makes Zero Sense. Sheen, Sin, Oil and the Moon.

I don’t understand why every time I wash my car it rains. i.m.z.s.

I don’t understand why the United States of America would rather be dependent upon oil from the Middle East, which is a ticking time bomb, than drill for oil in our own country and have cheaper gas. i.m.z.s..

I don’t understand how we can put a man on the moon yet I can’t seem to find a garage door opener that works. i.m.z.s.

I don’t understand how politicians, on both sides of the aisle, got our nation into 14.5 trillion dollars worth of debt and continue to keep their jobs. i.m.z.s.

I don’t understand how Charlie Sheen has 1.5 million followers on Twitter, in a few days, for being a lunatic and I have 1000 followers after 6 months and have a good head on my shoulders. i.m.z.s.

I can’t understand why every pro-choice person wouldn’t “pay it forward” for their parent’s choice, to NOT terminate your life. It just seems if someone CHOOSE NOT to abort YOU, that after you have enjoyed life, you would want others to have the same right to experience what you have experienced. i.m.z.s.

I can’t figure out how the spotted owl has more protection and more rights than a child within his/her mother’s womb. i.m.z.s.

It doesn’t make any sense to me that artist, writers and musicians wouldn’t want to use their gifts, ever day, to simply bring honor to God by creating music that is “heavenly” and not “worldly” i.m.z.s.

It makes ZERO sense, why any adult, would hurt any child, in any way knowing that Jesus said “It would be better for you to have a millstone tied around your neck and be thrown to the depths of the sea, than for someone to hurt a child.” i.m.z.s.

I don’t understand why going to a football game, which last 3 hours long and cost hundreds of dollars while sitting next to some guys that drink till they’re drunk is not a sacrifice, yet going to church for an hour and bringing an offering to God and sitting next to people of faith, preparing for heaven seems like a most painful experience. i.m.z.s.

It seems a tad bit strange that we would cry over a movie that is all smoke and mirrors (acting and Hollywood) and yet not shed a tear over the millions that are lost and who do NOT know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. i.m.z.s.

I will never understand how God desires to love you and forgive you of all of your sins and take you to eternity to live with him forever, yet most would rather remain locked in their sin and have choosen to reject his love and provision (John 3:16) and spend an eternity is hell. I.M.Z.S.

I can’t figure out why any person, for any reason, would every say no to Jesus. I.M.Z.S.

Will you say YES?