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Independence Day

Posted on July 4th, 2017 · Posted in Current Events, Holidays, World View

On July 4th, 241 years ago today, 56 men representing 13 British colonies met in Philadelphia and signed a document that proclaimed the independence of those colonies from British rule. Britain was not pleased with the Declaration of Independence. This resulted in seven years of war. A new nation was born. Freedom always comes with a heavy price paid in blood. Maintaining freedom also demands the sacrifice of blood and treasure. In human terms, America’s independence will only remain as long as her people are willing to pay the price.. read more


Posted on May 14th, 2017 · Posted in Holidays, Parenting

A time to celebrate, a time to cry, a time of sweet memories, a time to forget, a time of thanks, a time of regret, a time of anticipation, a time of disappointment. Mother’s Day is all of these things and more. Mothers are part of God’s great plan that binds all of us together in the fabric of life. Mothers are not just some random adaptation of a blind evolutionary scheme. God designed the human race to come from one mother, Eve, and from one father, Adam. At one.. read more

The real St. Patrick

Posted on March 17th, 2017 · Posted in Holidays

Saint Patrick is remembered as the man who drove the snakes from Ireland. Each March 17th, the color green is worn with pride and various forms of celebration erupt in western Europe and America. However, the real story of St. Patrick is one of a man on mission. Not a mission to drive out snakes and party but to bring the power of the gospel to his Irish captors. In the fifth century, as the Roman Empire was collapsing, Patrick was captured by Irish pirates and taken to Ireland from.. read more

Valentine’s Day – an expression of…

Posted on February 13th, 2017 · Posted in Holidays, Marriage

Flowers, chocolates, jewelry, romantic dinners — just a few of the symbols of that are expressions of the national day of love. As enjoyable as these tokens are, unless they express God’s meaning of love, they last but for the moment. Without the substance of love rooted in the truth of the Author of love, disappointment, frustration and broken dreams can be all that remains once the calendar changes to February 15th. Being human in a fallen world is a challenge. Being in human relationships only makes the challenge greater… read more

From the manger to the cross

Posted on December 20th, 2016 · Posted in Culture, Gospel, Holidays

God is not impressed with what impresses people. Perhaps nothing demonstrates this more clearly than the incarnate life of his Son, Jesus. Christ’s birth was that of a peasant and his death was that of a criminal. He was born in the company of animals in a stable. He died in the company of thieves on a cross stained with his blood. The political leaders of his country tried to murder him as a baby. But it was the religious leaders 33 years later who finally succeeded where Herod had.. read more

Why I say Merry Christmas

Posted on December 18th, 2016 · Posted in Culture, Holidays

It is not politically correct to greet people by saying Merry Christmas. I get that. However, I prefer to be biblically faithful. So I don’t say Merry Christmas as a greeting; I say it as a proclamation. The birth of Jesus Christ is not just a pleasant remembrance or an occasion for the giving of gifts. The birth of Christ literally means salvation for our entire planet and the people that God would rescue by his grace. The birth of Jesus was proclaimed by angels erupting into the night sky.. read more

The light of Christmas

Posted on December 16th, 2016 · Posted in Gospel, Holidays

The darkness of the world is total. When you are overcome by anger, resentment, bitterness, despair there is no light – only darkness. God has something better for you. People who are walking in darkness will see a great light. Light is the great promise of the Christ-child. As Isaiah proclaims, it is God who turns darkness into light. Take time to remind your children and yourself that life without Christ is deep, utter darkness. May God grant you faith to live by the light and turn from darkness. May.. read more

A prayer for December busyness

Posted on December 15th, 2016 · Posted in Holidays, Prayer

Dear Father, it’s busy in my life. Crowds are everywhere. My heart is busy, too many gifts, not enough money, not enough time. This month is supposed to be about you. But even at church I feel more busy than thankful for Christ. There are people to see, events to attend. All of this is supposed to be about Jesus, but it feels more like it’s all about me. It’s busy in my life. I ask you to fill my heart with the wonder of your mercy. I ask for.. read more

Adorning your children

Posted on December 8th, 2016 · Posted in Communication, Holidays, Parenting, Wisdom

Your children know everything about you. They see when you are sleeping, they know when you have been good or bad, they know when you pout and when you shout. Your kids know all of this without your ever having to say a word. When you stumble and ask God for help — they learn. When you stumble and snap or make excuses — they learn from that, too. If you value your relationship with God above all else, your children will know that as well. What does this have.. read more

Christmas: not about naughty or nice!

Posted on December 1st, 2016 · Posted in Gospel, Gratitude, Holidays

Satan has done a good job of attempting to confuse the wonder of Christ’s birth with idea of presents being result of nice behavior. You know the song about Santa checking his list twice, he’s gonna find out about who has been naughty or nice. The idea is that if you are good enough that magical present will appear. Being naughty doesn’t really fit with receiving good gifts. This is exactly how Satan would prefer you think about receiving good gifts from God. His purpose is for you and your.. read more

The Holiday Season can be like Goliath

Posted on November 28th, 2016 · Posted in Culture, Gospel, Holidays

Christmas is represented as a time of sweet memories and eager expectations. At least that is Hallmark’s idea and the theme of the never ending Happy Holidays commercial offerings. But if Christmas does not first represent the reality of lost souls in need of redemption, holiday memories can become an overwhelming emotional giant just as Goliath was to the anxious Israelites. The human experience apart from Christ is not one of happiness that can be sustained. Holiday memories can bring dark, heavy clouds and painful, bittersweet heartaches. Christmases not focused.. read more

When presents become possessions

Posted on November 25th, 2016 · Posted in Holidays

The parable in Luke 12 tells of a rich man who had been so successful in his farming endeavors that he had run out of room to store his crops. That was good, right? He was financially secure. As he considered his options, one became attractive. The New Living Translation captures the mindset of our rich farmer: “Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods. And I’ll sit back and say.. read more

Why Christmas? 50% off!

Posted on November 21st, 2016 · Posted in Holidays

“Why Christmas? provides an attractive, joyous, and rich overview of the meaning of the coming of Christ into the world. Parents and children alike will be grateful for the wealth of clear and biblically-faithful teaching this small book offers. To use this book with your children is to give them one of the best Christmas gifts they could ever receive.” —Bruce A. Ware, Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary “God coming to earth as a baby?! That’s as incredible as fitting an oil tanker into a bath.. read more

Memorial Day Sale!

Posted on May 27th, 2016 · Posted in Holidays

Save 30% off orders of $10.00 or more with coupon code MEMDAYB through Monday, May 30. With Father’s Day just three weeks away, this is a great chance to find a Father’s Day gift! This coupon code applies to all resources at ShepherdPress.com except the LifeLine Mini-books Display Unit and the Rejuvenating the Heart Audio Series, and it cannot be combined with any other coupon.

Easter is just around the corner!

Posted on February 15th, 2016 · Posted in Holidays

Why Easter? is 40% Off Easter comes early this year — March 27th. If you’re planning to use Why Easter? with your family, order now so that you’ll have it in time to begin using it on Sunday, February 28th. This illustrated devotional contains 28 lessons—one for each day of the four weeks leading up to Easter—in a short, focused format designed to help parents show the Christ of Easter to their children. Check out Why Easter? and the other products on special this week at Shepherd Press by clicking.. read more

Stop the insanity!

Posted on December 31st, 2015 · Posted in Holidays, Worldview

There is a popular definition for insanity that is attributed to Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein and others. It goes like this: Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Every January 1st, most of the world celebrates insanity. Times Square is filled with people who watch a crystal ball descend as midnight approaches. Millions more watch on television. When the ball ends its journey a massive celebration erupts. People are excited about the promise of a new calendar year. They hope the disappointments of.. read more

Looking for last-minute gifts? Why not give an eBook?

Posted on December 24th, 2015 · Posted in Holidays

Shepherd Press ebooks are easy to give away. Once you have purchased the ebook, just send the link of the ebook to whomever you wish. For example if you wanted to give away 5 copies of our newest release, Noah, you would simply pay for 5 copies at checkout. After that you send the links to your recipients! That is the definition of easy. And this month you can take advantage of our 30% off site-wide sale, which includes all of our ebooks! This is a wonderful way to take.. read more

An ordinary girl

Posted on December 21st, 2015 · Posted in Gospel, Holidays, Teenagers

Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, unexpectedly came face-to-face with the angel Gabriel. Mary was a young woman, quite possibly a teen-ager. To say that she was startled and taken aback would be a huge understatement. But Gabriel comforts her and then with a few spoken words turned her life upside down. She was going to become a mother. She was told her child would grow up to take the throne of King David and that his kingdom would have no end. This was not an ordinary conversation. Gabriel was.. read more

This weekend: 40% off our best selling books

Posted on December 18th, 2015 · Posted in Holidays

This weekend, take 40% off our best selling books, including Shepherding a Child’s Heart (click here) Everything else is 30% off. Prices as marked. Order cutoff dates for delivery before Christmas: December 20th: Priority Mail December 21st: UPS 2-Day December 22nd: UPS Next Day

Is God make-believe, just like Santa?

Posted on December 17th, 2015 · Posted in Holidays, Parenting

This is a post that we offer each Christmas. I pray that it will serve as an encouragement. Here is a comment we received from a reader which underscores the focus of this post: “Like my 13 year old daughter said to me…”Mom, I’m afraid that one day I’ll figure out that God was really make-believe just like Santa is. Just a way for you to get me to behave.” Are you Santa’s helper? Your children know everything about you. They see when you are sleeping, they know when you have.. read more