MISSION OF THE LOVING SHEPHERD

"We Dare To Believe"


 


Daily Bible Verse



Senior Chapel Services
April 2017




"Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall bear fruit in old age."
PS.92:13-14


Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

He is truly amazing, and His love for us has no boundaries. His desire is to be an important part of our lives, and for us to be co-laborers, or co-workers with Him.

Every Sunday here in Sacramento, for the last four months, we have been studying the Gospel according to John. It has become so evident that we are to be active in our relationship with Christ.

From the beginning of John's Gospel, Jesus allows others to be a part of His miracles, especially that of turning the water to wine. He asked the servants to physically fill the stone pots with water (2:7).

Remember John's account of the feeding of 5000? Jesus allowed His disciples to work with Him and feed them all. They were physically active in distributing the food (6:11).

How about when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead? Lazarus had been dead four days and Jesus said to His disciples, "Nevertheless let us go to him" (11:15). When they arrived, others were allowed to be a part of this amazing miracle. Jesus had the people physically "take away the stone" (11:39). We both know Jesus did not need their help, but it was His choice to allow the people to physically get involved. He desires for you and me to work with Him!

This Sunday we will close our sermon series on the Gospel according to John with his recording of the final miracle that occurred following Jesus' resurrection. You know the story well. The disciples have been out in the boat fishing all night and have caught nothing! I know about fishing and not catching anything! The next morning you can imagine their fatigue and frustration. Suddenly they see a Man on the shore; He, Jesus, asks if they'd caught any fish. They respond, "No." Remember now, He wants them to be a part of His work, His miracle. So He tells them to throw their net on the right side of the boat, and the net is immediately filled with fish! They try to physically bring the net in, but cannot!



He so desires for us to work with Him, for us to be co-laborers with Him. He could easily have performed all His miracles without our help, but He chose to include those around Him. His desire is for us to be physically active and involved with His work.

Peter was so excited, so physically active that he jumped off the boat and into the sea, and swam to shore!

"It is the Lord!" (21:7) John spoke. He recognized the Man on shore was Jesus!

When they all reached the shore, they saw that Jesus had already gathered some wood and made a fire; He had also prepared some fish and bread for them. (21:9).

What really struck me were these words spoken by Jesus. He said to His friends, the disciples, "Bring some of the fish which you have just caught." He does not need our fish! His desire is for us to participate with Him. He wants us to be co-laborers with Him!

It is an amazing privilege to participate in the work of our Lord Jesus Christ every day! Jesus doesn't need our help for anything! But He loves us so much that He wants us to be a part of His work, His plan, His eternal Kingdom. His desire is to be an important part of our lives, and for us to be co-laborers with Him.

If you haven't recommended the book of John to your loved ones, please consider it.

“These things are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name (20:31).”

May Gods blessings abound in your life.

Louis Escobedo Jr.


The Need for Senior Chapel Services is Great!

After one of our services I was summoned to a very thin elderly lady in a wheelchair. She explained where she had attended church all her life and then began to cry. She said Lou, I'm not sure where I will go when I die! I told her that I was sure, and took the time to explain why Jesus went to the cross, and what we as believers need to do to inherit the kingdom of God!

Many people find themselves at the end of this life, and are unsure of their salvation. We need to be there, you need to be there for them,they are our family members! Senior Chapel Services is training people to be there. Can you help?

Donate to help support Louis Jr. & Christy Escobedo in their ministry to Seniors by clicking here.



Hello to All our Mission of the Loving Shepherd Friends and Family!


We are happy and excited to be invited aboard such an important missional journey! We recently relocated from Boise, Idaho and are slowly settling into our new home in Tucson Arizona - it has been an interesting transition.

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Christy and Louis "Mondo" Escobedo Jr.
My name is Louis A. Escobedo, Jr, son of MLS founders Rev. Louis and Dorothea Escobedo. November 17, 2008 my life was radically changed. The Lord has requisitioned me and put me in Bible College, pursuing a preaching degree. I have completed 2 years of Bible College and have felt the call to come aboard MLS in Tucson, Arizona. My wife, Christy, and I are excited and very thankful to God for our new position on the MLS team. We have brought with us an established Senior Chapel Services Ministry from Boise, Idaho. We have been leading services in three different retirement homes in the Boise area for nearly 2 years. Our goal is to establish many more here in Tucson AZ, then Phoenix, and eventually from Seattle all the way to Florida.

What is Senior Chapel Services (SCS)?

We visit independent, assisted living, and memory care retirement homes. Many seniors find themselves at the end of their lives, homebound and lonely, not able to attend their home church. What SCS provides is very simple: We bring church to them! We provide old-time music video hymns, a short message, communion, and prayer - all the components of church condensed into a brief service tailored just for our precious seniors. We have been so encouraged by our residents and the appreciation they have expressed for our ministry. We feel God leading us to multiply SCS many times over, city to city, state to state, and eventually nation-wide. As you know, this is a huge task, and one that will require many willing hearts in hundreds of cities, across the nation. We need your help!

How can you help?

We need to build teams, teams of people who are willing to give an hour or two after church on Sundays to read scripture, serve communion, play music, pray with the seniors, and simply demonstrate the love of Christ. Sometimes simply holding their hand, assuring them that God has not forgotten them, and praying with them is all they need to get through another day.

We need your prayers, and if you are able to help financially you can give online at our website: missionofthelovingshepherd.org, or send your offering to:

Mission of the Loving Shepherd (M.L.S.)
C/O Senior Chapel Services (S.C.S.)
P.O. Box 36921
Tucson, AZ 85740.


Our goal at SCS is to affirm the faith of the believer, to offer hope to both the believer and unbeliever, and to encourage growth in Jesus Christ. We are very grateful for all the different ways you have supported our ministry. May God Bless you greatly as you consider investing in and supporting this very important work.

In Christ's Service and Love,

Louis Jr. & Christy Escobedo
Email: seniorchapelservices@gmail.com
Phone: 520-599-9765





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