The Shepherd’s Blog

The Shepherd’s Blog

Pastor Simbo’s writes weekly blogs that inform, inspire, encourage and teach.

Happy Mothers’ Day

Happy Mothers’ Day to all mothers, expectant mothers, future mothers, and the nurturing mothers out there. As a mother, the song that comes to my mind today is “When I think of the goodness of Jesus and all He has done for me, my very soul shall shout hallelujah, praise God for saving me”. A mother might sing this song coming out of a trial, witnessing what the Lord had done for her through the years; seeing how their children…

Time With Christ

One thing the disciples of Jesus Christ did that made them the disciples we talk about today is that they spent time with their master.  They spent time with the one they followed.  Do we spend time with Christ?  How do we spend time with Christ? To become Christ’s disciples, we must spend time with Him.  Coming from Africa, I have always heard the saying that when a leaf stays long connected to soap then it also becomes soap.  Essentially…

The Reality Of Our Redemption

One of the most important words in the Bible is beautifully captured in one theological word—Redemption. The redemption of the man following his fall from grace to grass is a major Biblical theme that runs through the pages of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. The fall of man was set in motion when Adam (Man’s Federal headship) disobeyed the commandment of God when he listened to the voice of an outlaw spirit, Satan, who is God’s major adversary on…

Taming Our Tongues

Our words are powerful and that is the idea that the Word of God teaches us in the book of proverbs 18:21, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”  Which fruit are we set to eat?  The power of life or the power of death.  Our words are so powerful they can be used to kill or give life.  In the same vein that our words can encourage or…

Showing Gratitude From The Heart

Gratitude is a positive emotion that involves being thankful and appreciative of what is given to us or done for us.  It is also a feeling that spontaneously emerges from within, not simply an emotional response but a choice that we make to be appreciative. Gratitude sometimes does not come easy because there are many times, we look at what we are lacking and think our prayers are not yet answered while ignoring the treasures in front of us. There…

THE CHRISTIAN JOURNEY

From birth to death there is a journey in between and one we all cannot avoid though some walk it longer than others. I will start off on this topic by defining and explaining some basic but very essential steps that will serve as the bedrock to the subject. IT IS FAITH-BASED The Christian journey is not just another trip in life, it is a “faith-based” journey and therefore primarily designed for those whose are referred to as “Christians”; but…

Faithfulness In Service

The call to serve, as we have seen in Romans 12:1, is also a call to faithfulness. To give our acceptable and reasonable service, faithfulness is required. Faithfulness is total trust and loyalty to God. It means complete surrender and unwavering faith in God as we know that He so loves us that everything He does or allows in our lives will ultimately work out for His glory and for our good. A faithful servant is ready to take any…

We are a team: Are you in the game?

Many great men of God have described the Church as a team that has great similarities to team sports.  This is because many characteristics of sports teams are also present in the Church team.  We have a goal, we work together, there is great energy, and there must also be energy for the Church to win just like sports teams must do to win.  Again, just like in team sports, members of the team participate in different ways.  Many Christians…

The Need to be Churched – Why Do I have to be Part of a Local Assembly/ Congregation?

Salvation is a personal event and process. When one believes in their heart and confesses with their mouth, they are saved. Young and old with the intellectual ability are invited to accept the authority and leading of Jesus in their lives. This salvation experience, however, is only the starting point of becoming a true Jesus follower, a disciple. We’ve learned that a disciple not only believes but acts like their teacher or coach. In this case, we must become and…

As You Go

The last instruction our Lord Jesus Christ left for the disciples was to “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen” (Matthew 28:19-20).  When it is read in the English language, it is a very straight…

Before Making a Choice

Deuteronomy 30:19 “This day, I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings, and curses. Now choose life so that you and your children may live. The difference between us in life is our choices. We make so many choices every day. Every choice we make has responsibilities and consequences. Your choice may bless you or it may hurt you.  When we get up in the morning, the act of…

Are You Committed To Your Father’s Business?

The authors of our current Bible Study textbook stated that the Church in America is in decline. They went further to say that good Christian people are lost as to what to do about this problem. The Latest Pew Research conducted in the year 2010, by Gregory Smith, Todd Wilson, and Ron Edmondson confirmed the author’s statement above. According to the Pew Research, Church attendance is down by 10%, only 49% of Millennials identify themselves as Christians; the number of…