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Good Works By Example

The Way Paul Ends His Letter to Titus Paul ends his letter to Titus by restating the theme of good works, which he repeatedly emphasizes throughout. The blunt reality of church ministry is that Christian disciples do not automatically volunteer…

Love is the Purpose of the Command

Identifying the Command Paul wrote two letters of training and encouragement to a younger church leader named Timothy. At the outset of his first letter, he explains that "the purpose of the command is love" (1 Timothy 1:5). But what command…

Married 72 Years

According to The Economist, "the average length of a marriage before a divorce in the mostly rich countries of the OECD [is 13.6 years]. Italians stick it out longest (perhaps because formal separation is lengthy and expensive). Americans,…

Episode 80: Counterproductive Compassion

If you had a special ability to know in advance how people will respond to your kindness, would this stop you from doing kind things for the people who will respond unfavorably? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider a special moment from…

Counterproductive Compassion

Acts of kindness do not always produce favorable results. But true love disregards this fact and shows kindness anyway. Imagine that you have a special ability to know in advance how people will respond to your kindness. Would this stop…

Episode 73: Author Interview with Tim Richmond

Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller in the first ever Shepherd Thoughts Conversations episode! This marks the first in a series of upcoming episodes featuring conversations with podcast studio guests. In this episode, listen in on a conversation…

Episode 49: Keep Yourself in the Love of God

Anger and frustration fills the headlines and permeates the world we live in. And sadly, it characterizes the children of God as well. Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to identify why God's children become angry rather than loving, and learn how…

Keep Yourself in the Love of God

The love of God is a massive topic, a theme that permeates the Scriptures. But does it dominate your outlook on life? Does it characterize your perspective and ambitions? In contrast to the love of God, anger permeates the world at large.…