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So Why Should I Be Thankful?

With the chill in the air, it’s beginning to feel a lot like the most wonderful time of the year. And before I go any further with this Thanksgiving email, I would like to go on record as being thankful that I do not live in Buffalo, NY! And all God’s people said...

This weekend is our official Thanksgiving weekend of the year. I am giving the last message in our series of questions. The question is simply, “So Why Should I Be Thankful?” If you are having a good year or a bad year on the surface of life, I believe you will be encouraged and blessed by this message- Saturday at 5:00 pm and Sunday at 9:00 and 10:45 am.

This weekend, our new Encinitas campus begins officially at 10:45 am. Matt Moffett is the campus pastor, and he and his wife Toni are poised to give excellent leadership to this new Shadow Mountain ministry. Please pray, and if you live close by, give it a try!

Don’t forget that tomorrow night there are two events on campus. Our regular Saturday night service will begin at 5:00 pm, and as soon as it is over, the Worship Center will be cleared in preparation for the David Phelps concert. The music office is telling me that this event is almost sold out, but that there are still a few tickets available throughout the auditorium. This is going to be a great evening with one of the finest tenors in our land! And Christmas is in session!

Next weekend, Nov. 29 & 30, we have the honor of hosting Michael W. Smith as our special guest in all three weekend services. Why not invite a friend to join you in one of these services? Please let me suggest you try the Saturday evening service, if you have not done so already.

If you are an Angel Tree participant, I want to remind you to bring your gifts back this weekend. We are so excited at your response. All the angels are gone, both here at the main campus, and in all of the satellite campuses as well.

If you see this email on Friday afternoon, I would like to invite you to come to the Granite Hills Stadium and watch Christian High School in their first playoff game against La Jolla High School. Christian High is 10 and 0, and they would be encouraged to see a lot of people in the stands on their side of the field. The game begins at 7:00 pm. I will be walking the side lines!

Looking forward to a great weekend!

Love from your Pastor,

David Jeremiah

Why Don’t My Prayers Get Answered?

This is the last weekend for our series on “Questions People Are Asking.” That does not mean that we have answered all of the questions. We will probably do another series like this sometime in the future. This weekend, I would like to address this question: “Why Don’t My Prayers Get Answered?”

If you have ever fervently prayed for something for a long time and have not seemed to get an answer, you probably wondered why. Obviously, I would have to have the mind of God to be able to fully explain why yours or my prayers might go unanswered, but the Bible does give us some reasons why we may not receive the answers to our prayers that we desire. We will explore these reasons from the Bible as we come together this weekend.

We are also blessed to have Charles Billingsley with us for all three weekend services. I know that you will want to reach out to him and welcome him back for this visit to Shadow Mountain. Charles will have his music available at a table in the Lobby.

Let me also encourage you to get your Angel Tree gifts back to the church this weekend if possible. We have such a short window of opportunity to get this task completed. Thanks to all of you who have already picked up your angels!

Next Saturday night, November 22, is the David Phelps concert. It begins at 7:30 PM, and, as you know, it is a ticketed event. Please stop by the table in the Lobby or go to to get your tickets.

Our new campus in Encinitas will launch next Sunday, November 23, at 10:45 AM. If you live in that area, please get the word out about this new opportunity to worship in a Shadow Mountain congregation.

Finally, almost all of the foundation footings have been poured on our new building. This week, the construction team will begin building the forms for the slab that will cover the entire building site. It’s starting to get exciting!

Love from your Pastor

David Jeremiah

Why Do Christians Have So Many Problems?

Have you ever wondered why Christians seem to have so many problems? Perhaps you are one of those rare individuals who always seems to have the wind at your back. But you are rare! Believe me... most of the followers of Christ that I know, including myself and my family, have discovered that problems don’t disappear when you become a Christian. So this week, I thought it would be a good idea to see what the Scripture says about all of this. “Why Do Christians Have So Many Problems?” is the title of my weekend message, and I hope you will try to be in attendance at one of the three services.

We are moving into my favorite season of the year, and already we are working hard to make sure that our campus is attractive and our Worship Center is filled with the beauty of the season. As you know, our first actual Christmas event is the concert with David Phelps on November 22. As I write this, over 1,200 tickets have been sold. This means that there are still good seats available. Tickets will be on sale in the Lobby during the weekend services or online at

This is also the time of the year when we are blessed to participate in the Prison Fellowship Angel Tree program and purchase gifts for children of parents who are in prison. We have over 600 children with a total of 1,200 gifts that need to be purchased. Please stop by the Angel Tree table on either the North or the South patio areas to choose an angel, then wrap the gift, and return it next weekend.

Next weekend, November 15 & 16, we will have the privilege of welcoming back to Shadow Mountain an old friend, Charles Billingsley. Charles is leading worship for us at our rally in Seattle this Thursday, and will be with us for all three services on the weekend.

Our Men’s Ministry is hosting the next Christian Businessmen’s Quarterly Breakfast on Friday, November 21st at 7am with guest speaker, Bill Geppert, former Senior V.P. of Cox Communications and Chair of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are available through the Shadow Mountain website.

I also want to let you know of a new class our Young Marrieds Ministry is starting for couples who are engaged or newly married. It’s called Ignite, and it is all about helping new couples build a solid foundation for marriage. The format includes a time of getting to know one another, practical teaching on marriage and relationships, discussion and prayer. Ignite meets on Sunday mornings at 9am in Room A of the Worship Center. If you go this Sunday, you will also get a free breakfast. If you have questions, contact Jenna at

Each Friday, I talk with Mike Slater on KFMB radio station. We discuss last week’s message and the one that is coming up on the weekend. Mike usually introduces the segment with a sound bite from the previous week, and then we talk about a lot of things. You can listen to each week’s brief interchange by going to

Looking forward to the weekend!

Love from your Pastor,

David Jeremiah

P.S. Two of our members, Mitch and Ruth Sullivan are featured in this Sunday’s Union Tribune. You will find their story in the “Passages” section of the paper. Get this, they have been married 71 years! Congratulations, Sullivans!

Is Jesus The Only Way To God?

Fri, 31 Oct 2014

We have been answering “Questions People Are Asking.” In doing so, we have learned about assurance of salvation, how to overcome worry and temptation, and how to find forgiveness from God and from each other. As I have been sharing each week, all of these questions are answered in what some call “Central Passages” in the Scripture. For instance:

  • Assurance of Salvation - I John 5
  • Overcoming Temptation - I Corinthians 10:13
  • Winning Over Worry - Matthew 6:25-32
  • Finding Forgiveness - Psalm 32

This weekend, we are going to deal with what some would say is the most toxic issue ever discussed among Christians. Here is the question: “Is Jesus The Only Way To God?” And our central passage is John 14:1-6. This is one of the toughest issues to deal with when talking with those who do not know Christ.

Don’t forget to pray before you come to church. Pray for the messenger, and pray for the message. Saturday - Live at Five and Sunday at 9:00 & 10:45. This weekend, we will also be celebrating the Lord’s Supper in all of our services.

Before I forget it,


Tickets for the David Phelps event on Saturday, November 22, are rapidly disappearing. I believe this will be one of the best Christmas events you will experience this year. You can get your tickets either at the tables on the weekend, or by going to our website at Shadow

Once again I want to express my gratitude for those of you who have moved to the Saturday night service. Our Worship Center is filling up, and the spirit of worship and fellowship in that service is so encouraging. All of the kids programs and youth programs are strong.

Finally, if you want to really get a good look at what’s going on at our construction site, RIDE THE SHUTTLE THIS WEEKEND!

Love from your Pastor,

David Jeremiah

How Can I Find Forgiveness?

Fri, 24 Oct 2014

We are so overwhelmed to see the continued hand of God upon the ministries of Shadow Mountain. Every week, it seems like something new and refreshing is happening in our many ministries. Here is just one highlight from the past weekend. As you know, we have been encouraging our families to consider the Saturday “Live @ Five” service as an alternative to the two morning services. We continue to see many visitors on Sunday morning, but last weekend, we had over 1,100 people on Saturday. That is 350 more than we had last year on this same weekend, and it reflects your willingness to take a step of faith, so that we might reach even more people through our Sunday services.

This weekend, we continue our series of messages we have called, “Questions People Are Asking.” Our question goes like this: “How Can I Find Forgiveness?” For so many Christians today, this is such a huge issue. Some time in their past, something has happened that has kept them from the joy of their salvation. Even though they know that the Bible promises forgiveness, they cannot receive that forgiveness, and are haunted by a sense of guilt. David had such an experience in his life, and he wrote about it in Psalm 32. We will unpack that passage in our weekend services, and I want to personally encourage you to be present!

Each week I do an on air radio interview with San Diego talk show host Mike Slater at KFMB AM 760. I thought you would like to hear our discussion of last week's sermon on worry and this weekend's lesson on forgiveness. I am so blessed with what God is accomplishing through His word in our church family.

Don’t forget that our Royal Nite celebration will not take place this year. As I told you in our last email, we have set that event aside, at least for this year. We want you to know of our decision so that you can make other plans for your children and grandchildren!

On Saturday night, November 22nd at 7:30 pm, David Phelps will kick-off our Christmas celebrations with his Classic Christmas concert. This will be a night to remember as this incredible tenor soloist shares the music of Christmas. He will have his band and his singers with him, and they will share the traditional songs of Christmas along with some of your favorite secular songs as well. Tickets for this event go on sale this Saturday, October 25th on our website, and in the Lobby through the weekends prior to the concert. We have been trying to get this concert for over two years, and we finally pulled it off. Don’t wait until the last minute for this event. This is our only full Christmas program of the year!

Finally, I wanted to include a picture of the work on our building. Plumbing and electrical installations are being put in place and the footings of about one/third of the building have been poured. On Friday of this week, forty cement trucks visited our building site to pour the concrete footings. I thought you would like to see a picture of what is going on out there so here is one that Bryan Snow made available:

Looking forward to our time together this weekend!

Love from your Pastor,

David Jeremiah

How Can I Get Victory Over Worry?

Fri, 17 Oct 2014

Welcome to another exciting weekend at Shadow Mountain Community Church! As we continue our new series, I want to deal with one of the most often asked questions of my entire pastoral ministry. It goes like this:

“Pastor, I am a worrier, and I can’t seem to stop worrying. How Can I Get Victory Over Worry?” In case you think I have overestimated the power of worry, read these words:

“There are undoubtedly graves all over America where lie the sleeping bodies of truly believing people who cheated God out of 10, and perhaps 15 or more, years of life because they worried themselves into their graves ahead of time. Which of you by being anxious can add? Nobody! Which of you by being anxious can subtract? Everybody!” [source unknown]

It sounds strange and untrue to many modern Christians when you tell them that the Bible has an answer for worry. There are several places where it is addressed, but there is one central passage where Jesus answers the question. This weekend, I am going to teach that passage, and because these are Jesus’ words, I can promise you that you will be blessed, strengthened, and helped by what He has to say about this question.

The people from our social media team have been sharing your responses to the two messages I have already given in this series. Your words have been a great encouragement to me and have given me greater insight into the kinds of challenges many of you are facing. Thank you for your vulnerability.

Please continue to pray for our many satellite churches and campuses. I assure you that the enemy of our souls does not like what is happening at Shadow Mountain.

Because I have your attention at this time, I want to take a moment to let you know that this year there will not be a Royal Nite at Halloween. Because of the construction on our campus and the importance of our being as efficient as possible, we have decided to take a year away from this party. I wanted to give you advance notice so that you can make other plans for your children and grandchildren!

Finally, I know that many of you have been following the situation that has developed in Houston. The godless mayor of that city is trying to silence the churches and pastors by requiring them to submit their sermons and any other communications to the city government for approval. I never thought I would live to see that happen in my lifetime. Men and women, we need to be praying as never before for our nation!

I will see you on the weekend with a Bible in my hands!

Love from your Pastor,

David Jeremiah

Questions (10/3)

Fri, 3 Oct 2014

Last weekend, we completed our study of The Agents of the Apocalypse, and this weekend, we begin a new series of messages which I have decided to call, “Questions People Are Asking!” During this series, I want to take the Word of God and answer some of the questions people have asked me about their faith. I pray that God will use these messages to encourage your heart and strengthen your walk.

The first question is: “How Can I Be Sure of My Salvation?” From the pages of John’s first epistle, I want to answer that question. It is amazing to me to realize that one of the questions that people ask so often today was asked of John in his day. He wrote a masterful response to the question, and I have been so blessed to be able to study that little letter this week. Don’t miss church this weekend. This will be helpful to you and to someone that you know and love!

This weekend, we will also celebrate the Lord’s Supper on Saturday night and Sunday morning. Please prepare your hearts for Communion.

Don’t forget that we are hosting Kari Jobe Saturday night. This is a paid event, and so you must have a ticket. We did not produce this event, but are just hosting it for her tour. I have been told this week that this may be her largest event on her West Coast tour. The concert starts at 7:30 pm, which will give us time to conclude our 5 pm service.

Last weekend, we began our ministry at the Shadow Mountain Alpine Campus as 77 people were in attendance. Please pray for this new outreach as we provide the staff and programming for this church. The Alpine service starts at 10 am, on Sunday, and if you live in that community, I hope you will give it a try.

This week, we also have finalized a new campus in Encinitas. The Pacific View Baptist Church was officially given to us at a business meeting conducted on Thursday night. We are scrambling trying to stay on top of this as we move forward. Please pray for our team and for wisdom as we reach out into these strategic areas of our community.

Also, please take note of what is happening at the Generations site as you come to the campus this week! We are finally, and unconditionally, beginning this building! Praise God!

As we move forward with these venues that God is putting in our life as a church, we desperately need more people who know how to share their faith and tell others personally about Jesus Christ. We have a great opportunity on October 11th to get the training that is necessary to accomplish this goal. The “Share Your Faith” workshop will be taught on Saturday morning, October 11th from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. A workshop for the deaf is also available, as well as a workshop for kids. Sign-up online or on the Patio.

Last weekend, I signed 800 copies of Agents of the Apocalypse, and they are all gone. I am doing my best to stay ahead of this, and the Lord willing, we will have some more copies of this book available this weekend. This is the last weekend for this.

I want to thank those of you who are now attending the Saturday evening service. There has been a very noticeable increase in the attendance of that service. This week, we added Middle School and High School to our educational ministry. There is now someplace for the whole family on Saturday evening. If you haven’t been to the Saturday evening service since our new praise team has been leading worship, you owe it to yourself to join us soon for a Saturday evening worship service.


Love from your Pastor,

David Jeremiah

The Judge (9/26)

Fri, 26 Sep 2014

This is going to be a bit longer email than usual. There is so much happening that I don’t know where to begin. But perhaps a brief look at last weekend is a good place to start:

  • We began with a great Saturday Night Service. Many of you have obviously taken the challenge to try Saturday nights, and some of you, whose only service was on Sunday night, were present as well. As a result of your stepping out in faith, we had more than 200 more attend Live at Five than normal. We are heading in the right direction with this service, and remember - next weekend we will add middle school and high school programs to the schedule. Please say thank you to Ken Elben and his team for their hard work that is making this happen.
  • The shuttle system was robust last week as many of you took that challenge...You are our lifeline into the future. Thank you for your special effort to ride the Shadow Mountain Shuttle.
  • We had two great services on Sunday morning with many decisions for Christ at both services. We are having so many visitors in each service and are blessed to receive them.
  • The really exciting news from the weekend, however, comes from our Hispanic Congregation. In their first service held at 5 pm on Sunday, this band of believers had a blockbuster of a service. This congregation, which was averaging about 700 in attendance in their afternoon service, had 1,470 people in their service, and 19 people were saved when the invitation was given. I came to the service and stood in the back of the Worship Center. As I watched what was happening, I could not hold back the tears. I could actually feel the presence of the Spirit of God in that room. The special guest musician had people on their feet praising God, and then Erick gave a stirring message followed by the invitation. After that, there was a time of fellowship. What a great start to this new opportunity God has put before us! Our decision regarding Sunday night was affirmed on the first Sunday it was in operation. I believe God is going to use the Shadow Mountain Hispanic Congregation to reach the 30,000 Hispanics who live in our community. And I saw some of you Sunday morning people jumping in to help and serve among the Hispanics.
  • Our other venues were also having great services. The Catalyst church, which meets on Sunday evenings downtown, was blessed to have some Sunday night Shadow Mountain people in their midst and volunteering to help in any way needed. The same was true on Sunday morning at the Grace campus.
  • Finally, as if all of this was not enough, we were given a brand new campus in Alpine from which we will begin to preach the gospel through our video venue system this weekend. The campus is the former Willows Church which is located east of Alpine. If you take the Willows exit off of Interstate 8, and turn left, the campus is 1/3 of a mile back toward El Cajon. This week, we will have our own worship team up there, and the message from Saturday night will be repeated via video for the service. The service begins at 9 am, and you are welcome to check it out this weekend! I believe this can become a great place of witness and influence in the days ahead. We are all thanking the Lord for this wonderful blessing.

This weekend, I will be giving the last message in the current series, Agents of the Apocalypse. The final message is called “The Judge.” As Americans, we seem to be fascinated with judges. We have Judge Judy and all her fellow judges on television, and a brand new series is premiering this year about a judge. But none of these judges can help us understand what it will be like to stand before THE JUDGE of all the earth. Revelation chapter 20 tells us about that moment at the end of time, and it is a riveting story. I hope you will be present for this service and that you will bring someone with you who needs the Lord.

Finally, as we end this series, the book which was based upon the preaching series has just been released. I have signed several hundred copies of this book for our Shadow Mountain people, and they will be available at all of our campuses on the weekend. All of the unedited stories, and all of the complete doctrinal teaching is included in this book, and I want you to be sure and get your copy this weekend.

I am blessed to be your pastor and look forward to the ministry of the weekend at Shadow Mountain Community Church!

Love from your Pastor,

David Jeremiah

P.S. There are a few more seats available for the Kari Jobe Concert next Saturday, October 4 at 7:30 pm. You can still purchase tickets online at

The King (9/19)

Fri, 19 Sep 2014

Last Sunday night, we had our annual church business meeting, and there was so much information about what is happening at Shadow Mountain, that I decided to send each of our member and attendee families a written report. The report, which was eight pages long, was mailed out to our mailing list on Monday, and you should have received your copy by now.

Unfortunately, there was a glitch in our mail/merge system and several hundred of you got your report with your correct last name and somebody else’s first name. For instance, our letter was delivered to “Miss Emily Jeremiah.” Somewhere out there is a family with a letter addressed to David and Donna, and then their last name. If you are the person who received that letter, bring your letter to church this weekend, and I will give you a copy of the new Jeremiah Study Bible...just for fun. The system has been fixed, and no records were compromised. It’s just one of those things that happens sometimes.

A golden age, paradise on earth, utopia, a return to Eden - these phrases describe the dream that has filled the hearts of people since the fall of humankind. The good news is that according to the Bible, this isn’t just a dream. An age is coming when all earthly problems and imbalances will be history. When the apostle saw this age, he saw it as a reversal of God’s curse on the earth because of Adam’s sin (Gen. 3). To put it another way, the whole earth is groaning for Eden to be recreated - the time when life will return to the way it was before the fall.

This week is the 9th message in the 10 message series, The Agents of the Apocalypse, and I am going to tell you about this future age of blessing and joy that will take place when King Jesus is ruling and reigning on the earth’s throne. “The King” is the title of this week’s story and scripture lesson!

Last Sunday, we announced that, beginning this weekend, the Hispanic congregation will be meeting in the Worship Center at 5 pm on Sunday evenings. In other words, the English congregation will not have a Sunday evening service going forward. If you received my report, you already know the rationale for this change. If you did not receive the report, you can view it at A Special Shadow Mountain Report. Please take the time to read this very important report!

Last weekend, we began our recruitment for small groups and had over 200 new sign-ups for the new year. This weekend, we will complete the fall recruitment season with another video and announcement. The small group leaders will be available on the Patio once more so you can interact with them and, hopefully, join them for the fall season.

As we move through these changes, let me urge you to consider the following options:

Make Saturday night your service of preference. If you have been coming on Sunday night, just move to Saturday night. If you are one of our Sunday morning families, give Saturday night a try and become part of this growing family of believers. There is plenty of room in the Worship Center and much more available parking.

If you are Sunday morning people, please consider riding the shuttle from Granite Hills High School. It’s the best way in and out of the main campus, and you will meet some great people on the ride.

If you are looking for a place to serve on Sunday night in place of attending the service, let me suggest that you sign up to help Erick Zaldana in the Hispanic service, join Emmanuel Sanchez in the Catalyst service downtown, move your small group to Sunday evening or start a new one at that time.

As we embrace these changes, let’s ask the Lord to use them to propel us even further ahead as followers!

See you on the weekend.

Love from your Pastor,

David Jeremiah

The Beast from the Earth (9/12)

Fri, 12 Sep 2014

It sure was great to be back at Shadow Mountain last weekend, and to sense the excitement and anticipation of all of you for the ministry that lies ahead of us.

Here we are, with a new building under way and new ministries taking off in every direction. There is such a sense of momentum at our church, and I feel so blessed to be part of it.

As we meet this weekend, I will be continuing my “final four” of the “Agents of the Apocalypse” series. This week, we will meet “The Beast from the Earth,” better known as “The False Prophet.” His story is told in the thirteenth chapter of Revelation, and the fictional introduction will have you on the edge of your seat! In my over four decades of ministry, I have never seen so many “false prophets” on the ecclesiastical scene, but all of them together could not come close to equaling the impact of this future religious leader who will cause everyone to bow down to worship the Antichrist!

I hope you will be present in one of the three major services on the weekend and open your heart to the Word of God!

This Sunday night, we will meet together for our Annual Church Business Meeting. This will not be the normal, rather routine, business meeting. Yes, we will be approving a slate of officers from the nominating committee and budgets for the church, school district, and seminary. But along with this, we will be giving a full update on the status of the Generations building and approving a recommendation from the trustees concerning a new banking relationship, and finally, sharing some enormous opportunities that God has placed before us as we enter this fall season. If you have never come to a business meeting, I urge you to attend this one.

During the services this weekend, I will be sharing a short video that introduces the fall season for small groups. We will have dozens of new and existing small groups for you to choose from out on the Patio following the services. Our small group leaders will be there to meet you and tell you about their small groups. Feel free to walk through the Patio before you leave, and get signed up in a group that’s just right for you. You can also see a list of open groups in our worship folder this weekend.

On Saturday, October 11, I encourage you to attend the “Share Your Faith” workshop. You will learn how to share your faith with the five fingers on your hand from Evangelism Explosion International. Bring your 1st to 6th graders for their own program called “Hope for Kids” where Scripture learning is brought to life by playing fun activities in a group setting. Register for both programs on the North Patio this weekend or online at

I look forward to seeing you this weekend!

Love from your Pastor,

David Jeremiah

The Beast from the Sea (9/5)

Fri, 5 Sep 2014

It is so exciting for me to be back here in El Cajon and headed into what I believe will be our most productive year at Shadow Mountain. As you come to the campus this weekend, you will see that all of the major preparatory projects are now finished, and within days we will be seeing a whole host of new activity on our Generations project. I am sure you will have the same reaction to the completed grading project that I had when I saw it the first time - “This is a huge building!”

As I headed off for my summer break, I had just given six messages from the new series, “The Agents of the Apocalypse.” After watching what has been happening in the news over these last five weeks, I have decided to finish that series with the final four messages of the ten. Someone asked me what this new book was about, and I said, “Just watch the evening news, and you will know.” We are living in apocalyptic times. I never thought I would live to see the day in our world when mass beheadings would be taking place and Americans would be among the victims. These things that we are watching on CNN and the FOX NEWS channel are very much like the things the Bible describes in Revelation.

The most obvious question for all of us is this: “Where is this all going?” I promise will not get the answer to that question on the news channels! But the Bible does have that answer, and the answer is not dark but LIGHT! I mean light like you cannot imagine. These are the announcements that Jesus Christ is coming back. Future events cast their shadows before them.

This week, I want to tell you the story about “The Beast from the Sea” - the image John uses to describe the Antichrist. There is even now, in the midst of our wars and famines and plagues, a cry for someone to save us from ourselves. That someone may be waiting in the wings to step out on the world stage. He is an Agent of the Apocalypse, and his story is told in the Bible...including his demise and destruction. I can’t wait to share this exciting story with you on the weekend!

Our choir and orchestra will return for the two morning services, and we hope you will be present for one of the three services this weekend!


But I do want to take a moment and give you an advance word about the importance of the Sunday evening service for next week. This is normally the evening when we hold our annual business meeting. But this year, it will be much more. I will be giving you a very complete update on the Generations project and sharing some very wonderful opportunities that God has placed before us as we move into this new season.

God is working in our midst, and I am thrilled just to be a part of it! See you on the weekend!

Love from your Pastor,

David Jeremiah

Dr. Ken Nichols

Fri, 29 Aug 2014

This weekend, we welcome back Dr. Ken Nichols to Shadow Mountain. Dr. Nichols is a dear friend and beloved member of the Shadow Mountain family. For nearly ten years, Ken served us as the Associate Pastor of Family Ministries.

Dr. Nichols is continuing to serve the Lord in Forest, Virginia, through A.L.I.V.E. Ministries (Always Living In View of Eternity), his wonderful counseling, consulting and conference ministry. Ken also teaches graduate level counseling courses at Liberty University and, for the past eleven years, has conducted missionary enrichment seminars for the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism.

Dr. Nichols will be speaking on the topic of his newest book, Masterpiece: Seeing Yourself as God's Work of Art Changes Everything. Here is a short description of what he will be speaking about:

Early in our lives we begin to fashion ideas about our self-worth based on the grades we get from teachers, coaches, peers and parents. Usually our report card is directly related to performance. We embrace a seamless pressure to measure up, to be successful and to be accepted by others. When we suffer from a wounded spirit, such as rejection, no amount of reassurance from others or level of success changes anything. Change must come from within, and the Master Artist specializes in changing us from the inside out. Masterpiece...that's how God sees you and me!

I hope you will join us on Saturday at 5PM, or 9 and 10:45AM on Sunday. I know you will be encouraged by Dr. Nichols’ message!

We also have the privilege of hosting two special musicians this weekend. During all three services, Rick Muchow will be leading us in praise and worship. Rick is an incredibly gifted man who has written many of the worship songs we sing today. For nearly 25 years, Rick was the Worship Pastor at Saddleback Church where he led worship for 20,000 attendees each week. And on Sunday morning, internationally acclaimed tenor, Philip Webb, will be ministering to us as well.

There will be no Sunday evening service this weekend since we will be observing the Labor Day holiday.

In closing, today a very tragic vehicular accident occurred on our main campus, involving Aggie Johnston and Lewis Bertussi. Both Aggie and Lewis sustained serious injuries and were immediately transported to Sharp Memorial Hospital. Lewis Bertussi is being treated and will require significant time and care as the healing process goes forward. Longtime employee of Shadow Mountain Community Church and our sister in Christ, Aggie Johnston, went home to be with the Lord. Please pray for Aggie’s husband, Chip, and her sons, Stephen and Bradley along with her immediate family and friends.

In times like these, I am reminded again of the importance of coming together and worshipping the God of all comfort.

Love from your Pastor,

David Jeremiah

Dr. Hindson (8/22)

Fri, 22 Aug 2014

Each year at this time, our campus comes to life in a special way as our Elementary, Jr. High, and Sr. High students all return to the classroom. This is always an exciting season of ministry. I am thankful that the Lord has given us the opportunity to love and instruct these children and teenagers in a uniquely Christian way! If you would like to provide a Christian education for your child, there is still time to enroll. For elementary and secondary school openings in East County, call 619-201-8800. For elementary and junior high openings in Chula Vista, call 619-422-5850.

This weekend, Dr. Ed Hindson will be our special speaker. He has spoken at Shadow Mountain many times, and we are always glad to welcome him back to minister to our church family. Dr. Hindson is the Assistant Chancellor and Distinguished Professor of Religion at Liberty University. He holds earned doctorates from Trinity Graduate School (Th.D.), Westminster Theological Seminary (D.Min.) and the University of South Africa (D.Phil.). Remarkably, he has taught over 50,000 students in the classroom and another 50,000 online at Liberty University in the past 30 years!

On Saturday night at 5 PM and Sunday morning at 9 and 10:45 AM, the title of Dr. Hindson’s message will be "Why Do Bad Things Happen?" Dr. Hindson will deal with some of the most difficult questions that we are faced with in life: How does God limit evil? When will God judge evil and eliminate it? How can we survive the problems and challenges of life until then? I hope you will join us as Dr. Hindson answers these questions and encourages us with some powerful lessons and principles from the book of Job and his own life experiences.

And on Sunday evening at 6 PM, Dr. Hindson will draw our Summer Bible Conference to a close with his message "Seven Future Events That Will Shake the World." His message couldn’t be more timely in light of the many recent events around the world. Dr. Hindson will explore the challenges of the current Middle East crisis in light of Bible Prophecy. His message will help us understand what is happening and why it is happening, as well as remind us that our great hope is the return of our Lord Jesus Christ!

This weekend, our guest musician and worship leader is Wes Hampton. Wes has been singing tenor in the Gaither Vocal Band since 2005, and he is a dear friend of our church. He has also sung at some of Turning Point’s rally events that are held across the country. We are grateful to have Wes back at Shadow Mountain to lead us in worship during all of our services this weekend.

There’s a great weekend in store at Shadow Mountain! You don’t want to miss it.

Love from your Pastor,

David Jeremiah

Philip DeCourcy

Fri, 15 Aug 2014

This weekend, Philip DeCourcy will be our guest speaker during our regular worship services at 5pm on Saturday and at 9:00 and 10:45am on Sunday. Philip is the Senior Pastor of Kindred Community Church in Anaheim Hills, California. He is also the speaker on the daily radio program “Know the Truth.” This program is now carried on over 450 stations nationwide, including the SiriusXM satellite radio network. It is also heard worldwide via the internet and on three satellite links into the United Kingdom via Trans World Radio.

Philip will share a message from Psalm 27. The hectic pace of today’s world presents many opportunities for mankind to live in fear. From the violence in the Middle East to the uncertainties on the domestic scene, a whole “industry” has developed to stoke fears, and raise funds in the process. Living in fear is not new, however, even though it may seem amplified today. King David faced many fears throughout his life, and Psalm 27 provides the Spirit-inspired response to those fears that enabled David (and by extension us) to face them and put them in perspective. In this message, Philip reminds us that we can face today’s fears as David did, by having an unwavering confidence in the God who is sovereign over all of creation.

On Sunday evening, Dr. John Ankerberg will be our special speaker for our Summer Bible Conference. Dr. Ankerberg is host and moderator of “The John Ankerberg Show” which is broadcast in 206 countries and territories on television and radio. He is also an internationally known author, evangelist and apologist.

The title of Dr. Ankerberg’s message is “God's Encouragement for Christians.” How can we sense the direction God is leading us? How can we know the will of God for our life? How can we tell the difference between God's will and our will, the desires God puts into our heart versus our own desires, the plans and dreams God is leading us to do versus our own dreams and plans? Philippians 2:13 says, "For it is God who is at work in you both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” When people know what God wants them to do, why do people snuff out the dreams and plans God gives to them?

Several weeks ago, we prayed for our Migrant Ministry team and their trip to Central California. Here are some amazing statistics that reflect God’s blessing on this ministry. The total combined average daily attendance for VBS in the four locations was 388 children and 30 adults. The total salvation decisions for the week was 152 children and 30 adults.

It is exciting to see all that God is doing at and through Shadow Mountain!

Love from your Pastor,

David Jeremiah

Dennis Swanberg (8/8)

Fri, 8 Aug 2014

This weekend, our friend, Dr. Tom Thompson, will minister during the Saturday night 5:00 pm service, and the Sunday morning services at 9:00 and 10:45. Tom is the Senior Vice President for World Help which is a ministry committed to sharing Christ’s love, hope, and peace with the unreached peoples of the world. Tom has conducted pastoral training and evangelistic campaigns in numerous countries. Prior to his position at World Help, Tom served for over 20 years on our pastoral staff.

When asked what he is planning to speak about this weekend, Tom shared the following: “Each of us will be called upon to scale the cliffs of life. Some may be intimidating and appear insurmountable, yet our call to Christ demands that we try, no matter how difficult the climb. It does not matter in what career or context you find yourself, or whether or not you are certain about what you will find at the top of the cliff… every follower of Christ has the prime directive of representing Him on this earth. It is easy to forget that we were all born in the middle of a war. This spiritual battle between good and evil rages all around us all the time. God has a mission for us to fulfill. We aren’t here by accident; neither are we here simply to enjoy the good things life has to offer. We are here because God put us here, and He has a sovereign purpose for us.”

Dennis Swanberg will be our featured guest during our Summer Bible Conference on Sunday night at 6:00 pm. Dennis is a Texas-born pastor-turned-comedian who has won the hearts of audiences across the country with his blend of humor and impersonations. His audiences range from churches looking for fresh and new inspiration, to marriage enrichment seminars, city-wide concerts, business related events and corporate gatherings. Dennis knows just what it takes to make life a more pleasant road to journey down - with a laugh or two along the way.

On Sunday night, Dennis will bring us an encouraging message from John 21. Sometimes we can be down, depressed, or confused... But JESUS ALWAYS SHOWS UP! And just as He showed up for Peter on the shore of Galilee... He also shows up for us! And not only does He “show up”, but He speaks a personal word to all of us because He is still not through with us yet!!

Throughout the weekend, Uriel Vega will be our guest musician. Uriel is a wonderful saxophonist who uses his talent in worship to our Lord.

Invite your friends to join us at SMCC this weekend for these very special guests.

Love from your Pastor,

David Jeremiah

Bill Butterworth (8/1)

Fri, 1 Aug 2014

This weekend, I will be bringing the final message in our study of the major characters in the book of Revelation. We began our study in this important - and often intimidating - book just a couple of months ago, and I have been blessed to see how timely and encouraging the messages have been during these turbulent times.

This assignment has been one of the more difficult ones of my ministry. Pulling together and condensing the truths of Revelation into just six 35-minute sermons is not an easy task! But I do believe God has blessed this series. Each week, I am delighted to hear the stories and reports of people who say they have come to better understand, or even understand for the first time, the message of Revelation.

In Revelation 19, we reach the moment we've been waiting for—the turning point of the entire story. Throughout the book we've seen evil run rampant, inflicting unprecedented suffering and persecution on the faithful. But at last comes the moment God's people have been waiting for since Christ ascended into heaven before His awestruck disciples: He returns!

This will be my last weekend of ministry until after Labor Day, and there are few other texts of Scripture I would rather preach on before my break. I can’t wait to deliver this wonderful news to you on Saturday at 5 pm, or Sunday at 9:00 or 10:45 am!

And don’t forget that we will also be celebrating the Lord’s Supper together in all of our services this weekend.

Bill Butterworth has been blessing us with his wisdom and wit for many years, and this Sunday night he returns as our speaker for the Summer Bible Conference. Bill is an award winning communicator and author who speaks to audiences all across the nation each year. He has addressed some of the most prestigious companies and corporations in America, including Disney, Microsoft, Ford Motor Company and professional teams in the NFL, MLB, and NBA.

Here is what Bill will be sharing with us on Sunday at 6 pm:

“A phrase we are hearing more and more these days is ‘Begin with the End in Mind.’ That applies to all areas of life. How do you want to be remembered when you come to the end of your days? What is your legacy? The Scriptures show us that one of the ways we should want to be remembered is as a man or women of integrity. From the book of Proverbs, we will have a wonderful time discovering together how we can leave a legacy of integrity.”

Bill’s message Honesty: Living with Integrity is a message you won't want to miss.

Finally, I would like to highlight some wonderful events just around the corner:

  • The Air1 Positive Hits Tour will be coming to Shadow Mountain on Friday, August 22. The concert will feature Jamie Grace, Royal Tailor, Jonathan Thulin, OBB, Rapture Ruckus and Morniah Peters. Tickets can be purchased at
  • Precept Ministries CEO David Arthur will introduce Precept’s inductive Bible Study method for men and women in a workshop on Saturday, August 23. You may access registration online at under Upcoming Events or on the Patio after services.
  • On Saturday, October 4, The Kari Jobe Majestic Tour will be presented at Shadow Mountain. You can reserve your tickets at Tickets go on sale today, August 1.

Looking forward to seeing you this weekend!

Love from your Pastor,

David Jeremiah

Dave Stone (7/25)

Fri, 25 Jul 2014

Every story has a villain, and this weekend, as we continue our series, “Agents of the Apocalypse,” we will focus our attention on the greatest villain in the book of Revelation—not to mention the Bible and the history of the world!

Revelation 12 is the most detailed description of Satan’s role in the end-times drama, and verse 9 of that chapter gives us perhaps the most complete description of his nature of any passage in the Bible.

You won’t want to miss the fascinating story that has been crafted for this message. I am looking forward to preaching about this “Dragon” from the Scriptures in a way that will lift our eyes off of his diabolical plans and onto our wonderful Savior.

I hope you will join us this weekend as we rediscover the powerful truth that Satan is a defeated enemy. Like a snake whose head has been chopped off, he may continue to thrash around, wreaking havoc in our lives. But we don’t have to give in to despair because his limited influence won’t last forever. When Jesus returns, Satan’s thrashing around will be over forever! “Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

I believe this weekend will be a powerful time for our church, but I am sure that the enemy is none too pleased about it. Would you pray with me for God to honor His Word and our time together?

I hope to see you on Saturday at 5PM or Sunday at 9AM or 10:45AM!

On Sunday evening, Dave Stone will return for our Summer Bible Conference. Dave is the Senior Pastor of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, where he preaches the Truth to over 22,000 people each weekend. Southeast has four regional campuses in the Kentuckiana area, and their Mission is to connect people to Jesus and one another.

Dave is married to Beth, and they have three children: Savannah, Sadie, and Sam. Savannah is married to Patrick, and they have made Dave a grandpa twice! Dave is passionate about families and has recently released a book series called “Faithful Families.”

This Sunday at 6PM, Dave will be speaking about the times in our lives when relationships can become stale and our faith can wane. He will open the Scriptures to Philippians 3 and show us how we can have a “Fresh Start” in life. He will encourage us to forget our past and move into the future with our eternal prize in mind.

I look forward to seeing you this weekend!

Love from your Pastor,

David Jeremiah

Skip Heitzig (7/18)

Fri, 18 Jul 2014

This week has been Summer Blast, Shadow Mountain's version of Vacation Bible School, and what an incredible week it has been for our children with our campus buzzing with excitement and activity with 1,394 kids and 493 adults participating in the fun and games. It’s such a blessing to see so many people playing, smiling, singing, and studying the Bible together.

Most importantly, in the first four days, we have seen 215 children make decisions for Christ! What a wonderful privilege we were given as a church family this week. I would like to thank Pastor Ken Elben and his team for organizing all of the activities and loving our children. And I would like to encourage you to give them your thanks as well! I will be giving a final, full report of Summer Blast in the weekend services, and we will get to see a short video which will capture the excitement of the event!

As always, I will be opening the Scriptures to examine what God has to say, and I want to encourage you to be present for one of the three services (Saturday- 5pm and Sunday- 9am & 10:45am) this weekend!

As our series, “Agents of the Apocalypse,” continues, we will focus our study on two courageous characters who appear in the eleventh chapter of the book of Revelation. These two bold preachers have always inspired me to preach the Word of God with clarity and conviction! These two men illustrate a wonderful and always-relevant divine truth for all of us: If you are walking in God’s will, you are immortal until you have finished the work God has given you to do!

On Sunday evening at 6:00, we welcome another dynamic speaker to the Summer Bible Conference. Skip Heitzig is the pastor of Calvary Church of Albuquerque, which began as a small home Bible study some 30 years ago and today ministers to over 14,000 people every weekend.

Skip is a native of southern California. As a teenager, he got caught up in drugs and ventured into the occult. But God reached Skip one day in 1973 as he was watching a Billy Graham crusade on TV. Since then, God has used him to preach God’s Word and transform lives through his ministry at Calvary of Albuquerque and his nationwide radio program, “The Connection.” On Sunday night, Skip will show us from Psalm 1 what it takes to experience true happiness.

And one last reminder about a very important event: Families are invited to attend the final "Restore Tailgate and Car Show" this Tuesday night at 5:00 in the seminary parking lot. We'll have food vendors, and classic cars and trucks from 5:30-6:30, followed with a message by Barry Meguiar, host of cable television’s “Car Crazy Central” TV show and owner of Meguiar’s Car Wax. This is an excellent opportunity to bring the unsaved person in your life to an evangelistic outreach.

I look forward to seeing you this weekend!

Love from your Pastor,

David Jeremiah

Dr. Tim LaHaye (7/4)

Fri, 4 Jul 2014

The 4th of July weekend is upon us, and I can’t believe the summer is almost half over! During this short holiday break, I hope you have a wonderful time with family and friends. This weekend, Donna and I will be celebrating in Alaska as we join our friend Michael W. Smith on a cruise.

In my absence, Ron Walters will be bringing the weekend message Saturday at 5 and Sunday morning at 9:00 and 10:45. Ron is a frequent guest speaker at Shadow Mountain, and he challenges us with a special message each time he visits. This weekend, Ron will share an important message about a prayer that changed history. Here is what he will be sharing:

“Jesus’ disciples watched Him do many things, perform many miracles, and overcome many challenges. It is fascinating, though, that there was only one thing the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to do—it was to pray. For the first time in their lives they saw prayer as a priority, a first plan of action. It was the same in the Old Testament with Daniel, a man who believed in prayer more than life itself. What led him to pray as he did? What secrets can we learn from his prayer life? And can we expect the same swift answers Daniel received when we address the throne of God?”

Join us as Ron answers these questions and shows us how to faithfully and confidently continue—or begin—a life of prayer.

Our Summer Bible Conference continues this Sunday evening at 6 with an important message from our former pastor, Dr. Tim LaHaye. Here is what he wanted you to know about his presentation on Sunday evening:

“The apostle Paul warned our generation ‘scoffers will come in the last days,’ just before Christ returns. This message will show who they are and how to avoid the effects of their teaching.”

We are honored to have him in our midst, and he is always a wonderfully welcome guest in our pulpit. Dr. LaHaye will be a blessing to us all, and you will not want to miss his message.

Summer Blast (July 14-18) is just around the corner for ages 4 years through 5th grade. We have 1055 children pre-registered, and 406 teen and adult volunteers. We could use about 100 more volunteers to fill in all the spots. Pre-registration is closed, but if you still want to register your child(ren), you are welcome to sign-up at 8:00 am on Monday, July 14.

This year, Summer Blast will feature hands-on building crafts and game relays, a firsthand view and demonstration of demolition and building equipment and techniques with Hamann Construction, and special guests, CREW, a stomp-style group from Rubio’s Dance Studio. Some of our very own MHK architects will be featured in a special segment about “Kids Who Build.” And most importantly, the Bible lessons all guide kids toward building a life that pleases God.

Hope you have a wonderful 4th of July!

Love from your Pastor,

David Jeremiah

The Martrys (6/20)

Fri, 20 Jun 2014

The weekend is before us, and I want to invite you to make Shadow Mountain a big part of your weekend! It all begins on Saturday night at five with our first worship service. I will be giving the second of six messages on “The Agents Of The Apocalypse.” Have you ever thought about the things in your life for which you would be willing to die? I have. I believe, with all of my heart, that I would die for any of my family. I can imagine that most of you could echo that statement!

But what about your faith? Would you be willing to die for your faith? The Bible tells the stories of people who did just that! All of the disciples, with the exception of John, gave their lives for the faith! Steven did! John The Baptist did! And from that day until this day, many thousands have followed their example. The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church!

There is coming a time in the future when martyrdom will be so common that it will hardly be noticed on the world’s stage. Many will be called upon to give their lives for their relationship with Jesus Christ. The book of Revelation tells the story of some of these stalwart heroes. They are called “The Martyrs,” and they are Agents of the Apocalypse. We can learn so much from them!

I hope you will be present for this very special message at 5:00 on Saturday night or at 9:00 or 10:45 on Sunday morning!

On Sunday evening, we welcome back one of our favorite communicators, Rob Morgan. Rob is the pastor of the Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, TN. He is my dear friend, and I am so looking forward to his message this Sunday evening at 6:00.

I asked him to send me a paragraph describing what he will be talking about, and here are his inviting words:

“I want to tell the story of an overseas woman who decided to read 1 Corinthians 13 every day for a year and to consciously put it into practice. This is the famous Love Chapter of the Bible, and her experiment revamped all of her relationships and transfigured her daily mood. Love is the most-talked-about and least-understood term in the world. It’s the greatest thing on earth, and 1 Corinthians 13 is the greatest commentary on love ever written. It’s frequently quoted at weddings, but seldom practiced in marriage—or anywhere else. In this message, we’ll study the Love Chapter of the Bible, discover what happens when we memorize it, take a quiz on its qualities, and learn how to look differently at everyone we meet. This chapter is the key to life-long healthiness in our relationships.”

Be sure to make plans to attend “Celebrate America” next weekend, June 28 & 29. There will be three identical services, Saturday at 5:00 PM, and Sunday at 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM.

Finally, this is the last weekend for kids to pre-register for Summer Blast.

Summer Blast - Project "U" will be held July 14-18. Summer Blast is a FREE, week-long Vacation Bible School event for all kids ages 4 through 5th grade! This year, Project U will challenge kids to build a life that pleases God as they apply important Biblical concepts to their own lives. Register online or in person on the South Patio.

We still need 200 volunteers to help make Summer Blast successful. Training for new volunteers starts this week, so be sure to sign up on the Patio or online and be a part of the team that shares Jesus with 1500 kids this summer.

I look forward to seeing you this weekend!

Love from your Pastor,

David Jeremiah

Father's Day (6/13)

Fri, 13 Jun 2014

Let’s take a moment and reflect upon the great evening with Steven Curtis Chapman. It was surely a special evening of fellowship, reminiscence, worship and joy. How blessed we are to have such great events at our church.

This weekend is Father’s Day, and we are looking forward to the ministry of Stu Weber in all three weekend services.

A U.S. Army veteran, Stu Weber was awarded three bronze stars as a Green Beret in Vietnam. It was there, in the trauma and uncertainty of war, that Stu committed himself to a lifetime of vocational ministry “for Christ and His Kingdom.” He is now a pastor who loves his family, his country and Christ’s church. He has a particular passion to help men become all God intends them to be. Stu and his wife Linda live just outside of Portland, Oregon. We welcome Stu Weber to our church this weekend.

When he speaks to us this weekend, here is what he will be addressing.

“Why does it seem that on Mother’s Day, America’s pulpits honor Mom, but on Father’s Day, Dad gets beat up? Not this Father’s Day, not at Shadow Mountain! We’re going to celebrate the deep joy and discover the awesome power of fathering. After all, our whole world (and the heaven to come) is drawn from the heart of the ultimate Father.”

“And He commanded our fathers, that they should teach...their children, that the generation to come might know, even...children yet to be born... (to) put their confidence in God...” (Psalm 78:5-7).

This weekend, our special musical guest will be Uriel Vega.

There will be no evening service this Sunday!

Love from your Pastor,

David Jeremiah

Agents of the Apocalypse (6/6)

Fri, 6 Jun 2014

Before you think you have opened the wrong email, let me tell you that this is the longest Shadow Mountain email I have ever sent. I want you to read every word so that you will understand what is about to happen at Shadow Mountain over the next several weeks:

I have just finished a new book which we have called, Agents of the Apocalypse. This book came about because so many people urged me to write another book on Revelation. I can well understand why. We live in an increasingly chaotic and godless world, and many Christians believe they can see the dark shadows of the apocalypse looming on the horizon. In the last century, we saw brutal persecution of Jews and faithful Christians in nations such as Germany, Russia, and China. And today, persecution and execution of God's people continues in many middle-eastern, African, and Asian nations. Even in America, which has long upheld Christian principles, repression of Christian expression and practice has begun. And if history is any guide, it is sure to increase.

I encounter Christians every day who are anxious about the future, not only because of this increase in anti-Christian sentiment, but also because of the decline of economic and social stability. In times like these, Revelation becomes one of the key books of the Bible, because, perhaps above all others, it encourages Christians to keep hope alive. It recognizes the hard facts of worldwide disintegration and persecution, yet it assures God's people of certain victory.

Because of this critical importance of Revelation, I recognize the continuing need for fresh books to keep its message alive. But that need for fresh books is the big challenge. It is hardly a fresh subject for authors to write about. No doubt thousands of books have been written on Revelation, and I have contributed several to that number myself. So when I was urged to write again on the subject, the burning question in my mind was, how can I write a book that will break out of the pack and present this important message in a new and captivating way?

The answer that found its way into my mind was to use fiction. But at first, I could hardly accept the idea. I wanted to present the biblical truths of Revelation, not a speculative fantasy that might lead readers to wonder about its reality. Yet, the value of fiction as a vehicle for truth had been impressed on me by the man who is widely recognized as the most influential writer on Christianity in our time, C. S. Lewis.

Lewis was a young atheist when he first read Phantastes, a novel by the nineteenth-century Scottish Christian author, George MacDonald. Lewis reported that a new quality, "a bright shadow," leapt off its pages and "baptized his imagination." Though the book did not convert Lewis, it was the starting point in his journey to faith. Years later, fiction again strongly influenced Lewis by playing an integral role in his conversion. His close friend, Lord of the Rings author J. R. R. Tolkien, used the ancient myths of dying and reborn gods to convince Lewis that these stories were pictures prefiguring the truth of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection as presented in the Gospels.

To those who suspect the power of fiction to present truth, Lewis wrote this: "Reason is the natural organ of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning." He was telling us that the value of fiction is that it aligns reason with imagination and mind with emotion. Fiction, by putting truth in vivid imaginative form, drives it not only into the mind, but also into the heart.

So I asked myself, "Could fiction be used to drive the message of Revelation into the human heart?" The more I thought about it, the more convinced I became that it could. Whereas Revelation presents an overview of the coming future, it provides little detail and no personal stories. That is not its purpose. Yet the cataclysmic and triumphant events it portrays affect real people in real situations. The players Revelation identifies in the end times drama are also real people—either people gone bad and wreaking destruction, such as the Antichrist and the False Prophet, or people who stand against these demonic men, such as the martyrs and the two witnesses.

So I decided that painting fictional pictures of these players in the apocalyptic drama would bring the reality of Revelation alive for readers. They could see not only the overarching truth of Scripture, but also experience it vicariously. They could see the actions of these characters up close and personal as they play out this cosmic drama in surroundings and circumstances familiar to us all.

With that decision made, I decided that the best way to proceed was to devote one chapter each to the ten most prominent players in Revelation— those who are the primary agents of the Apocalypse. After I did the research on the ten key players or groups of players, I asked my friend Tom Williams if he would write the fictional stories that illustrated the biblical truth. He agreed to do it, and so we have ended up with this very unusual book.

I want to emphasize that in the writing of these fictional accounts, nothing presented in the Bible has been altered. The fictional elements are constructed firmly on the factual truths of Revelation. The stories merely fill in the gaps that Revelation does not address. They present possibilities that dramatize how the biblical events could play out. I recognize fully that these fictional scenes can hardly be accurate in their fill-in-the-gap details. But they give readers one possibility among many in order to drive the truths of the end times not only into the mind, but also into the heart by showing them as real-life realities.

Each chapter in this book is divided into two sections: The first is the fictional story, which is followed by the second, "The Scripture Behind the Story." I hope the fiction section whets readers' appetites to know the biblical truth behind the story. This second section satisfies that need. It enables readers to separate the facts from the fiction and understand fully the biblical foundation that undergirds the story. The fiction drives the truth into our hearts, and the “Scripture Behind the Story” drives it into our minds.

I am so excited about this project that I wanted to share some of it with you before I take my August break. So, from this Sunday until the first Sunday in August, we will take a pause from the book of Mark, and each weekend I will be teaching on one of the Agents of the Apocalypse. I will tell some of the story as the introduction and then teach the Scripture that stands behind it. Here is the schedule:

June 7/8 - The Exile (Revelation 1)
June 21/22 - The Martyrs (Revelation 6)
July 12/13 - The 144,000 (Revelation 7 & 14)
July 19/20 - The Two Witnesses (Revelation 11)
July 26/27 - The Dragon (Revelation 12)
August 2/3 - The Victor (Revelation 19)

It is my heartfelt prayer that the uniqueness of this series will impress the truth of Revelation into both your mind and your heart and strengthen your resolve to stand firm for Christ in the face of the worst of circumstances. I pray that this short series will help you to realize the overarching truth of Revelation, which is that the Christian's victory in Christ is an absolute certainty.

Now here are some other important matters I need to share with you as you prepare for the weekend at Shadow Mountain:

This weekend, we will also celebrate the Lord’s Supper on Saturday night and Sunday morning. Please prepare your hearts for Communion.

Sunday night is the Steven Curtis Chapman concert. This is a ticketed event, and a few tickets are still available online at or in the Lobby after services. Please remember that the concert starts at 7 PM and not at 6 PM!

Would you help us restock the Shadow Mountain Food Pantry? Food bags were made available during services last weekend. If you picked up a bag, please return it to the Patio this weekend, if possible. Additional bags will be available, if needed. We are especially in need of crackers, cereal, tuna, peanut butter, jelly, canned fruit, macaroni and cheese, rice and beans. Your donations are a great help to those who are struggling, and they will keep us stocked until the holidays. Bags may also be dropped off in the Family Ministries building during the week.

Love from Your Pastor,

David Jeremiah

Little ls Much When God Is In It (5/30)

Fri, 30 May 2014

Do you ever feel insignificant in this big wide world? All of us do! This is true because we often make the mistake of comparing ourselves with other people. We see what they are doing, and we wonder if our small contribution is even noticed by God.

But this week, in our study from the book of Mark, we are going to meet someone who felt exactly like I have described, and then did what she could, and it has never been forgotten. I have decided to borrow the name of a song we used to sing in church and use it as my title: “Little ls Much When God Is In It.” I hope to see you in one of our weekend services- Saturday at 5 pm, Sunday at 9:00 or 10:45 am.

There will not be a traditional evening service this weekend, but there will be a very important happening at 6:00 pm. Our international churches are hosting a baptismal service, and twenty-five people are being baptized. The testimonies will be a wonderful blessing to all who attend.

Tickets for next Sunday night’s Steven Curtis Chapman concert are available in the Lobby after the services or online.

Mountain High Kids is preparing to host Summer Blast, our version of VBS, July 14th-18th. This week-long program will be filled with great Bible lessons, fun games, engaging crafts and some very special guests. The theme “Project U” was inspired by the Generations construction, and is designed for kids ages 4 through 5th grade. You can register kids online at

Remember it takes more than 500 volunteers to minister to the 1500 kids who will join us for Summer Blast, so we encourage you to join the fun by signing up to volunteer. Sign up adults and kids, or get more information, after each of the weekend services on the south patio near the Kids Building.

Love from your Pastor,

David Jeremiah