Fear is a vital response to physical and emotional danger - if we didn't feel it, we couldn't protect ourselves from legitimate threats. But often we fear situations that are far from life-or-death, and thus hang back for no good reason. Traumas or bad experiences can trigger a fear response within us that is hard to quell. Yet exposing ourselves to our personal demons is the best way to move past them.
Some people trace their fear to a fear of death. Psycho-analyst Dr. Alexander Lowen, however, believed fear could be traced to the fear of life. "Fear of life can be seen in the way we keep busy so as not to feel, keep running so as not to face ourselves, or get high on liquor or drugs so as not to sense our being. Because we are afraid of life, we seek to control or master it. We believe it is bad or dangerous to be carried away by our emotions. We admire the person who is cool, who acts without feeling... The modern individual is committed to being successful, not to being a person. He belongs rightly to the 'action generation' whose motto is do more but feel less." (From Fear of Life.)
Do you find yourself not wanting to feel? Do you fear life? Are you afraid of really living? Are you tired of being a victim? Please join with us this Sunday as I preach on "When Your Faith Is Stronger Than Your Fears". We worship every Sunday at 10:30am. I look forward to seeing you this Sunday!
~ God Bless
Rev. Rick Eisenlord, M.Div, Pastor Good Shepherd Church Pasadena
Pastor Rick Invited To Speak On Racism
Good Shepherd Church Pasadena is pleased to announce that its Pastor, Rev. Rick Eisenlord, will be speaking on racism this Friday, January 23, at 6:30 PM at the Jackie Robinson Ctr. Auditorium in Pasadena. Pastor Rick will be a part of a panel discussion on the legacy of racism and how it affects our role in creating a better society today. This event is sponsored by the City of Pasadena Human Relations Commission and the public is invited. The address of the Jackie Robinson Center is 1020 N. Fair Oaks, Pasadena California.
Rev. Eisenlord commented, "It has been with profound dismay that I have read the reports and watched the television accounts of police brutality against unarmed black men. The deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner are simply shocking and are unacceptable in a civilized society. What is even more alarming is the police practice of shooting first and asking questions later. The McDade shooting and the subsequent controversy over the grand jury report illustrate how poor the police citizen relationship is in minority communities in Pasadena. The Ferguson shooting and the strangulation of an unarmed black man in New York City illustrate that this problem is not confined only to Pasadena, but is systemic in law-enforcement across the country."
Gay Men's Group Off To A Great Start
12 gay men and their straight allies gathered at Good Shepherd this past Saturday evening for pizza, fellowship, board games and planning for 2015. It was decided for the group to meet the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month. The meetings will alternate between support and social activities. The next meeting will be a support meeting starting at 7pm on Saturday February 7 at Good Shepherd. The meeting on Saturday February 21 will be Potluck and Board Games at 6:30pm at Crescenta Valley United Methodist Church in Montrose. Stayed tuned for more exciting news! For further information you can contact Pastor Rick at email@example.com.
You're Going To Be Okay. Bible Book Study.Resumes Sunday January 25.
We will meet immediately following Mass. Our study guide will be "You're Going To Be OK - Encouraging Truth Your Heart Needs To Hear, Especially on the Hard Days" by Holly Gerth. Books will be available for purchase at the class.
Have you ever watched a dream die or felt angry because life isn't going the way you expected? Whether times are good or bad, Gerth says you can be joyful, resilient, and strong! Discover how to guard your heart against despair, look to the future with confidence, and trust that God will accomplish his plan for you.
Save The Date!
Sunday March 8 - Daylight Savings Time Begins - Spring Ahead!
Friday April 3 - 7pm - Stations of the Cross at Good Shepherd
Friday March 27 - 11 am - Easter Baskets to Villa Esperanza
March 30 - April 4 - Holy Week
Sunday April 5 - Easter Celebration Service
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We worship in Morrison Hall on the campus of Westminster Presbyterian Church,
1757 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena, CA 91104
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Good Shepherd Church
Pasadena is an emerging welcoming congregation for all people,
regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation. We believe in God the
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We affirm that God loves and cherishes all
His children, and has shown His love through the sacrifice of Jesus
Christ. We invite you to join us, regardless of your religious or
An LGBT Church and so much more...
Our mission is to offer hope and
inspiration to those who feel discouraged, who have been discriminated
against or who are seeking spiritual fulfillment they are not getting
elsewhere. We are God's hands and feet in a world desperately searching
for hope and guidance. The Good Shepherd knows His flock and loves us
fully. You are deeply cherished for who you are, gay, straight,
bi-sexual, lesbian or transgendered. The Good Shepherd wants you. We
want you! Please join us, won't you?
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