But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Shepherd Thoughts - Apologetic Report
Wednesday, 24 April 2019 10:00

Why Study the Old Testament?

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The New Testament (NT) speaks directly to those who will become and who already are followers of Christ in the church. Christ launched the church following his resurrection to earth and return…

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Wednesday, 10 April 2019 10:31

Episode 184: Misjudging Gideon’s Fleece

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Does the story of Gideon “putting out a fleece” provide us with a pattern for finding God’s will and making difficult decision today? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller in discovering that really was going…

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Wednesday, 10 April 2019 10:30

Misjudging Gideon’s Fleece

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If You Really Want Me To … What Christian hasn’t followed Gideon’s example at some point in his or her life? Who hasn’t “put out a fleece” to determine God’s will and…

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Sunday, 07 April 2019 02:00

An Invitation to Return to the Lord (Part 3)

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Introduction God made you to experience a close relationship with him and to show the world his goodness through your life. But like Adam and Eve, the first man and woman made…

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Monday, 01 April 2019 05:16

The Unity of God’s People

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Background Information Psalm 133 begins with this title: “A Song of Ascents [written] by David.” In total, there are fifteen Psalms called “A Song of Ascents” (Psa 120-134). They have also been…

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Wednesday, 27 March 2019 10:30

Slaying Giants Sometimes

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Sometimes we draw the wrong lessons from Old Testament stories, such as the account of David killing Goliath. Who hasn’t heard a sermon or song about killing your giants? Sometimes we draw…

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What does the Bible say about the seasons? How should a Christian respond to Springtime each year? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider how to respond to Springtime and the seasons in…

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The God of the Seasons Each year, spring begins on either March 19, 20, or 21. Then autumn begins six months later. The start to both these seasons is called an equinox,…

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Sunday, 17 March 2019 02:00

An Invitation to Return to the Lord (Part 2)

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This world is marked by an excruciating paradox. On one hand, it offers you all kinds of opportunity, pleasure, and satisfaction. On the other hand, this same world also displays turmoil, frustration,…

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Wednesday, 13 March 2019 11:01

Episode 182: Misused Bible Verses, Example 9

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Some verses of Scripture tend to relax our minds and calm our hearts in an extra special way. The words of Jeremiah 29:11-13 are like this: “For I know the plans that…

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Wednesday, 13 March 2019 11:00

Misused Bible Verses: Example 9

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Some verses of Scripture tend to relax our minds and calm our hearts in an extra special way. The words of Jeremiah 29:11-13 are like this: “For I know the plans that…

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Sunday, 10 March 2019 01:00

An Invitation to Return to the Lord

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This world is marked by an excruciating paradox. On one hand, it offers to provide you with endless opportunity, pleasure, and satisfaction. On the other hand, this same world opposes the one…

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Sunday, 03 March 2019 01:00

Are You Afraid of Jesus?

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In 2010, a man named Barry Glassner published a book entitled The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things. While I cannot endorse all his ideas, I agree…

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019 09:35

Episode 181: Misused Bible Verses, Example 8

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Is retaliation wrong? Is it ever appropriate for a person to carry out acts of personal revenge or retribution against a person who has wronged him? Sometimes believers will quote verses like…

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019 09:00

Misused Bible Verses, Example 8

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What about retaliation and revenge? Is retaliation wrong? Is it ever appropriate for a person to carry out acts of personal revenge or retribution against a person who has wronged him? Before…

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Sunday, 24 February 2019 01:00

Peace and Patience in the Church

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Like every church in history and today, the church at Thessalonica was a group of believers joined together to worship God, follow Jesus, and reach their community with the gospel. Together, they…

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019 09:35

Episode 180: Misused Bible Verses, Example 7

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Join Pastor Overmiller in examining the first misused Bible verse ever, then learn what this sobering example teaches us about the dangers of misusing Bible verses today.

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019 09:30

Misused Bible Verses, Example 7

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As the seventh installment in this “misused verses” Bible study series, this example shows why such a series is important. It takes us back to the beginning of the world and looks…

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Friday, 08 February 2019 07:46

Episode 179: Misused Bible Verses, Example 6

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“All things work together for good” (Rom 8:28). Is this a universal promise? Is it something you can say to any person, at any time, who is facing any kind of hardship?…

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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 09:30

Misused Bible Verses, Example 6

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How many times have you heard someone say this about the word all? “All means ‘all’ and that’s all that all means?” While this is true (the word all does mean “all”),…

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Sunday, 03 February 2019 01:00

The Testimony of Jesus

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In the conclusion to John’s gospel, he says this, “This is the disciple who testifies of these things and wrote these things; and we know that his testimony is true” (John 21:24).…

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Tuesday, 29 January 2019 01:32

A Family Devotional Resource

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Parents occasionally ask me for resources to help them establish a regular habit of family devotions. A good answer to this question is Keys for Kids! My parents used this resource with…

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Monday, 28 January 2019 00:53

What Happened to Fish in the Flood?

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Yesterday a church friend asked me this fascinating question about the Genesis flood: Pastor, what happened to the fish and sea creatures in the Great Flood? Since everything was destroyed, how did…

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Sunday, 27 January 2019 01:00

The Lord Restores

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It seems like everything that’s worthwhile in life is this way. You sign on when you hear a glowing report. Then you face reality when you face some unexpected challenges. But if…

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019 10:00

Misused Bible Verses, Example 5

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How many times have you heard someone say this about the word all? “All means ‘all’ and that’s all that all means?” While this is true (the word all does mean “all”),…

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