CREATED FOR WORSHIP - JESUS. LORD. KING. SAVIOR 
 
 
Our goal is to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior – Jesus Christ.
The enriching experience of being part of a church is not just highlighted on Sundays-
it’s a daily adventure, best explored alongside others who will offer you support and encouragement.
As you take a look around we hope that you would be drawn to embrace the true essence of community. 
 
We’re here for you in love and service, and we’d love to be a part of your journey.

We are The Good Shepherd Baptist Church.

We’d love for you to become part of the family!
 
 

 

 

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Sunday School starts at 9:00 AM. Sunday Service starts at 10:00 AM

2274 Porter Road, Bear DE 19701

 
 

 

Verse of the Day 5/26/2018

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. — John 3:17 (NIV)

A Tribute To Nanay (Mother)

by:  Cecil Zaballero
 
 
We celebrated Mother’s Day last Sunday.  I was so surprised that until Monday at work people were still greeting each other a Happy Mother’s Day.  I don’t ever remember Mother’s day so special like this before.  But I am glad because I get to benefit from it as well.

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The Joy of Stillness

by:  Ria Lucindo
 
While I am soaking in the beauty and fragrance of spring, my inner self also is basking in calmness and serenity. This is not my own doing. In fact, the circumstances surrounding me is quite the opposite.

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Solid Foundation

Luke 6:49 “…but the one who hears (Jesus’ words) and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.”

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Anxious Anticipation

by:  Pastor Paul Vaughan
 
Have you ever anxiously anticipated going on a planned vacation or reuniting with a loved one that you have been apart from for a while?

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5 Ways To Spruce Up Your Quiet Time

 
When the alarm clock rings and you wake up to a brand new day, do you get a moment’s peace to internalize how great this day might turn out for you? Perhaps you belong to the other end of the spectrum where there’s just no extra time to pause. You’re so used to scrambling your way around a rambunctious morning routine.

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Perception

Last week a co-worker of mine shared with me a concern he had regarding my leadership style. The conversation went like this: “You know Melissa, you are too friendly with your Sailors.” Okay, it wasn’t much of a conversation as I simply sat there and received his honest assessment of my character. All I could do is say, “Thank you for that. However, not all leadership styles are the same, and I lead differently than most.” 

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Who Are My Friends?

 
At times, how God planned for me to be where I am is so fascinating that it defies all understanding. Just as all the hairs in my head are counted, the friends that I have around me are planted at the right time, all serving a purpose. I’ve mourned over friends I had lost, relationships built over the years and gone in a second.

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3 Ways to Make the Most of Your Quiet Time in 30 Minutes

 
Having a strong devotional life is the most fulfilling, richest experience of all. You are in tune with God’s voice and can follow His leading. You gain clarity on things that matter. It refines your perspective to look at situations and opportunities through a divine lens. It produces a sense of trust and security that you’re right in the center of God’s will. You can also discern if your actions are misaligned with what He wants for you.

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React or Recognize and Respond?

by: Daniel Vaughan

 

Just the other day I sat with a close friend who reached out to be encouraged and prayed for. He found himself in a season and place that we all can relate, a valley. That low place in which Scripture uses to symbolically describe a depressed state. As we talked, he shared his struggles and shared the following:


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God Sustains Me

 

Psalm 33:16-17 “The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue.” Truly understanding what this verse means because it’s been instilled in your life is something that so few will ever experience.


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A Letter To God

 
To my dearest Heavenly Father,

Where do I even begin? A simple thank you could never be enough to fully express how eternally grateful I am to You. Throughout my life you have always known my true heart even when I strayed away from Your guidance. You have protected me and saved me regardless of my recklessness or stupidity of the choices I have made.


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Goodbye For Now

 

It was the first time that I’ve ever seen someone pass away right in front of my eyes. I was at my father-in-law’s bedside along with our family when he took his last breath. The color drained out of his body from his crown. He had sweat profusely and then turned cold in an instant. Then the nurse said that he was gone.


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The Goal of Ministry

DSC06245Ministry is an overflow of God’s love that is demonstrated by service to others. There’s intentionality in meeting people where they are at and ushering them into a relationship with Jesus Christ. But it is only effective when you start with God. He is the One who empowers and enables you to be a spring of blessing for others. It is very much an inward process of filling up the heart before any outward expression occurs.  
 
Ministry is never one-dimensional nor should it ever be. It’s not just evidence of elbow grease for the sake of busyness – it’s more meaningful than that. It is relational and personal in nature. As J.R. Briggs puts it: “Faithful ministry isn’t a project. Ministry is people. The administrative elements of ministry should only be tools that lead us to building relationships with others.”   It calls for compassion as you work out peeling away the layers of people’s instinctive barriers. It is a continual commitment to stand by a person, waiting for them to become receptive to what you are teaching or sharing. It is discipleship in action.
 
DSC06296It may sound as though it requires much from you. And so often we find ourselves wrung out of energy and we reason out that we don’t have the time to commit to something that will pull us away from our already beefed-up schedules. But every burnt out soul needs refreshing. And in Proverbs 11:25, it says: A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.   So inspect closely the order of your priorities. See if there are any honest opportunities to re-align them, because there is truly nothing more fulfilling than taking part in the work that God is doing through people and toward people.  
 
There are many opportunities from where you’re standing. Go ahead, and look around you. Ministry can purposefully be accomplished in the home, in church, in school, in your place of work. Wherever your mission field is, you are to display and magnify the very character of Christ in your interactions with people.

 

Every believer is called to ministry. And every ministry should be doing The Great Commission.  This, below, is the goal of ministry. Are you on point?  

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age – (Matthew 28: 19-20).
 
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Every believer heard about Christ’s offer of salvation from another person.  It could be from a friend, a family member, an evangelist, a missionary, or even a stranger, who at one point they had shared a conversation with, and planted the seed. Think about that person who God used in your own life to come to know Christ. Just as we were recipients of this life-changing blessing, we as a church also support several outlets of blessing to spread the gospel locally and in the far corners of the globe.
 

They are as follows:

  • Truth Helpers – a non-profit organization founded by Dr. Tom Berry that sends support to a school in Haiti and a bible school in Romania;
  • Timothy Initiative – an international church planting organization with the purpose of training pastors and church planters specifically in Nepal, India, and Africa;
  • International Ministries (Missionary Duane Binkley) – one of the first Baptist mission agency in the USA that started in Myanmar and has now active missionaries in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas;
  • Crossover World – a non-profit organization ministering to Filipino children ages 4-14 and sharing the gospel using the basketball paradigm;
  • Kapatid Ministry – a Philippine-based non-profit organization ministering to impoverished families, children whose parents work abroad, and also to prison inmates in Iwahig Penal Colony in Palawan;
  • Delaware Baptist Association – a local group of Baptist churches aimed at strengthening each other while supporting church planting efforts; and
  • Baptist Convention of Maryland and Delaware – a group of Baptist churches from MD and DE, who are working together on ministries such as missions work, disaster relief, ministry training and support, church development, and evangelism.

 

It is through these kind of ministries that the good news circulate to people groups of countless areas of the world that we wouldn’t otherwise physically travel to.  But we are able to take part in the sending of missionaries, and in Romans 10:15 we read:  And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”  Perhaps some of them are extraordinary people, but most likely they are just regular people like the rest of us. Surely, the apostles were not that special by human standards. But God uses people like us to share His love and to do extraordinary things with eternal value. Everyday, He blesses us with the resources and strength to empower us to do His important commission. So let’s make sure that these blessings trickle down to others just like it did for us.  
 
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