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First Update from Lublin, Poland

by Doug Hartzheim
March 29, 2022
I’m writing this email to our many Shepherds Heart friends from my room in Lublin, Poland.  I came over here with a pastor friend of mine, Brian Hopkins to see just how Shepherds Heart could make a difference. The war in Ukraine has displaced four million people to date, and each day the numbers are […]
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Strangers and Aliens

by Doug Hartzheim
March 14, 2022
We all do our best in familiar territory. There is little anxiety in the comfort of familiar space. Our friend circles are so familiar we can just be ourselves with those we know so well. In fact, it’s something we take for granted. Coffee or dinner with friends or family. Road trips with old friends, […]
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Bondage

by Doug Hartzheim
March 7, 2022
Have you ever felt like something or someone had control over you? You just couldn’t shake it, and whatever or whoever this force was, directly impacted your behavior, your trajectory, and manifested itself in your emotions. A bad attitude, jealousy, envy, being judgmental, etc. Does any of this ring a bell, or remind you of […]
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Prioritizing Your Soul Over Material Goals

by Doug Hartzheim
June 14, 2019
Have you ever had thoughts something to the effect that you’d be farther along by this point in your life? Have you set some sort of goal and you found yourself wondering after all of this hard work, you hadn’t gotten to where you thought you’d be by now?  I know this possibility exists because […]
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Pursuing the Light

by Shepherd's Heart Ministries
May 16, 2019
Recorded live at After Hours Ribs & Brew on May 16, 2019. Featuring (left to right) Fred Bucher, Daniel Mouw, and Sam Bennett.
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Shine That Light Over Here!

by Doug Hartzheim
May 12, 2019
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. – Plato
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Sharing in Suffering: Being with People in the Midst of Pain

by Cody Whittington
July 26, 2018
From prison, Paul wrote a letter that contains some of the most memorable verses in the entire Bible. One these verses says, “I can do all this through him who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13).” It is widely recognized that this text is often abused and taken out of context. Surely, Paul is not saying […]
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The Most Important Question: Jesus & Hope

by Cody Whittington
May 25, 2018
There is no doubt that we live in a chaotic cultural climate. It seems like every day we are made aware of another political controversy, another sex scandal, another tragic shooting, another corrupted leader, etc.  People are looking for answers, but let us begin by asking the right question.
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What’s Holding You Back?

by Doug Hartzheim
April 10, 2018
We don't often think about it as much as we should, but we are all building legacies, relationships, reputations, and the like. We can be incredibly focused on our work as we build these parts of our lives, and we can also be neglectful. What habits and behaviors are holding you back from shaping the life you desire?
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Vexation, Virtues, and our Search for Value

by Cody Whittington
January 25, 2018
In our world, there is the vexation of having everything only to realize that you still have nothing. But there is the opposite end of the spectrum as well – those who experience failure in this world. Where success produces vexation, failure produces despair. How & where can we find lasting virtue and value?
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