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Shepherd Press



Shepherd Press

Gospel Driven • Heart Focused • Life Changing

If you have issues with life, you have issues with God. Life is often hard. Relationships often hurt. Dreams vanish like the morning mist. The truth is that life easily disappoints us. Disappointment comes when we fail to have what we think is good or fair or just. It comes when we believe we have reached our limit. It comes when those whom we love appear incapable of understanding or caring. So much relational energy is consumed in seeing people and circumstances as obstacles to wholeness. After all of Job’s.. read more
Author: Jay Younts
Posted: November 5, 2017, 1:53 pm
  There is only one thing about tomorrow that you can know with certainty. God will be faithful to you. You can plan for tomorrow, and that is a good thing. But tomorrow may not go according to your plan. World events may radically change your life. Your car may not start. Your kids could get sick. Your financial situation could change. Your pet could go missing. The uncertainty of tomorrow is the constant reality of your life. The way you anticipate tomorrow will have an impact on your relationship.. read more
Author: Jay Younts
Posted: November 3, 2017, 7:20 pm
Casting a glance at the mountains raises the question, “What is waiting for me up ahead?” The long, dark shadows of your fears are cast before you. They are like the shadows of the mountains against a dense fog. What is hiding in those shadows? How will you find the help and courage you need to go on and find safety? The hills around you may hide struggles and terrors of all kinds. Where will you find the help you need to keep going? Then your heart remembers that your.. read more
Author: Jay Younts
Posted: November 2, 2017, 2:31 am
500 years ago today a man nailed his beliefs about God’s grace on a church door. There was no one there to record the scene of a lone churchman with his hammer and papers with their phone. There were no posts to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. No one blogged about the event. The 24/7 news channels did not begin to speculate on what difference it would make if people actually believed the radical ideas that Luther posted and what the response of the church might be. Yet somehow, this single.. read more
Author: Jay Younts
Posted: October 31, 2017, 12:59 pm

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At the age of 17, my wife Susan was rushed to the hospital because her heart had been racing at a pace of 220 beats per minute and had been at that rate for more than two hours. Her cardiac arrest caused her to receive a pacemaker before her high school graduation. She needed the pacemaker because her heartbeat regulator was defective and she needed a more reliable source.

Your physical heart is a muscle that pumps life-giving blood throughout your body. But the word “heart” has been used for thousands of years to describe the core of who you are, the “real you”. It’s the central command for all thoughts, beliefs, desires, affections, conscience, convictions, emotions, and motives. Motive is fundamentally a heart issue. We are born with a defective, selfish heart and it needs to be led by another source to keep it beating the right way. If life is all about me, I won’t be the kind of husband, dad, man that God designed for me to be. I’ll do things with the wrong, self-focused motives.

The post Why Do I Do What I do?: Know Your Motive appeared first on All Pro Dad.

Author: Mark Merrill
Posted: March 15, 2019, 4:15 am

Raising teenagers can be tough. Among other things, it’s full of emotional upheaval. Teens are moody. But sometimes it’s more serious than just that. 1 in 5 teens experiences mental health challenges and the National Institute for Mental Health cites suicide as the second leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 34. Nearly 90% of teens who commit suicide have an underlying mental health condition*. But of course, we shouldn’t only focus on the extreme of suicide, but rather on the day-to-day emotional well-being of our teens.

Sadly, many of us feel ill-equipped to do this well. While there are no easy answers, there are some small but powerful steps we can take as parents to support our teens emotionally. [Tweet This]

The post “I’m Worried about My Teen’s Mental Health” appeared first on All Pro Dad.

Author: Timothy Diehl
Posted: March 14, 2019, 4:15 am

I wrote a book for my son when he was 12 years old entitled Are You the Man: 201 Lessons I Wish My Dad Would’ve Taught Me. That was over a decade ago, and although the wisdom I included in that book (the ups and downs of being a man) is timeless, I was in my thirties when I wrote it. However, over a decade later, there’s one piece of advice that I forgot to include in that book: Marriage is a team sport.

I used to believe that if a man tried hard enough, read enough books or blogs, listened to enough podcasts, talked to enough women, watched enough chick flicks or subscribed to enough women’s magazines, he could successfully learn how to master marriage on his own. But I quickly learned I was wrong. I learned that every husband needs at least 3 types of married men on his team to ensure he has a successful marriage:

The post 3 Men Every Husband Needs In His Life appeared first on All Pro Dad.

Author: Joe Martin
Posted: March 13, 2019, 4:15 am

As our four children have gotten older, they have been faced with various choices at various ages. Our oldest son who is 16 is currently looking and praying about where to attend college, how to navigate relationships with the opposite sex, and how to manage and budget his own finances. It’s honestly somewhat exciting as a parent to see him thinking through and making wise choices because we know that those choices are going to help him develop a good foundation for the rest of his life.

Choices… they’re the stuff that life is made of. They will either make a person or break them. They have the potential to cause much joy or much regret. They can become a person's greatest asset or their greatest liability. This is true for us as adults, and it is especially true for our children. As your kids navigate the world of options placed before them, here are three tools you can give to them while they're still young to help them make wise life-choices.

The post 3 Tools Every Child Needs to Make Wise Choices appeared first on All Pro Dad.

Author: Andrew Linder
Posted: March 12, 2019, 4:15 am

Making Disciples Since 1999



Welcome Home


Thank you for visiting our home page! Whether you’re already a CCS family member or looking to learn about Calvary Chapel School, we’re sure you’ll find what you’re looking for right here.

Calvary Chapel School, a ministry of Calvary Chapel Sarasota, is not just a Christian school, but a family growing together in Christ.

We seek to provide a Bible-based, academically sound education for children in K4 through 8th grade.

It is our privilege to offer affordable Christian education with high academic standards to those who want this emphasis and influence in the lives of their children. Please feel free to contact us if you’d like further information. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.


Phone: 941-366-6522

Fax: 941-366-1906

Serving Sarasota/Bradenton FL.

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Providing the Truth
To provide a Christ-centered educational program which is based on the authoritative Word of God
(II Tim 2:15). To provide the students the opportunity to confess Jesus as Savior and Lord. “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Rom 10:9)
Modeling Jesus
To employ and develop mature Christian teachers and staff who teach and minister to the students, families, and each other using the word of God and modeling Christ-likeness in their actions (Luke 6:40).
Equipping the student and parent
To equip the student and the parents to live according to God’s Word and then to evangelize and disciple others. To teach the student how to study from God’s Word. “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” (II Tim 2:15).
Following the Bible
To follow biblical principles in all we do (II Tim 3:16 & 2 Pet 1:3). “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Pet 1:3) His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”
To teach the student how to research and to reason logically from a biblical perspective (Heb 5:14). But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
Serving the Family
To serve the family and local church as they train young people to have a personal and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ (Deut 6:5-7).




We recognize the Bible as the inspired Word of God and that God, through the Bible, is the absolute authority and basis for all Truth.
With His help, we desire to work with Sarasota / Bradenton churches to encourage, to equip Christian families, to assist in their biblical responsibility to train their children to become Christ-like, fully obedient to the Lord, and to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives in the home, church, and society.
It is also our desire to help our students and families develop a personal passion for Jesus Christ.


Calvary Chapel School‘s vision for its students during their time here and long after they leave CCS:
We want them to have strong, genuine relationships with Jesus, not only knowing Him, but also knowing and loving Him in a personal way.

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We want them to be prepared to navigate a world of ideologies in light of biblical truth. In order to do this, they will need to be diligent students of the Bible, accurately handling the Word of Truth (2 Tim 2:15). They will also need to be doers not only hearers of it (James 1:22).
They will be well prepared to interact in society in a constructive way, as those who deeply love the world with Christ’s love, without having that love for worldly things that God hates (1 John 2:15).
We see them living Gospel-centered lives, being willing to give up their lives in whatever capacity Jesus requires.
They will be well-trained, possessing both knowledge and wisdom, the right application of knowledge (2 Tim 3:16).
They will continue to be life-long learners who cultivate a love for learning and understand the tools of learning.
They will have a continued desire to grow in understanding, while realizing their limitations and the foolishness of the wisdom of the world.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, they will have a heart for God and others
(Matt 22:37-39), knowing that to be a servant of God and mankind is the highest height they can attain to. That pouring out their lives for others and wasting everything on Jesus are the two greatest “accomplishments” they can aspire to do with their lives on this earth. If they grasp this eternal vision, as we hope they do, their lives will be lived for the glory of God, rather than for themselves. This is the vision and purpose of this ministry.
And it is not a vision only for our students, but for ourselves. We may have high hopes for our children, but ultimately we will reproduce what we are, not what we teach. Therefore, our vision extends into the home and into the hearts of everyone on staff. If we are all–adults and kids alike–growing in our devotion to Jesus together, then we as a school will flourish and mature.
As believers in Christ we are more than just a group of families doing school together, we are a family within a much larger family spanning time, space, and eternity. We are an eternal family, and as brothers and sisters we have the responsibility to commit to one another, be accountable to one another, bear with each other, forgive each other, serve each other…all the things that God says in His Word we must do. Our desire is for a school community that is united in Christ with genuine relationships and genuine love, walking in the truth and the freedom it produces…the freedom for which Christ set us free (Gal. 5:1a).

A ministry of Calvary Chapel Sarasota
A Christian School serving Sarasota , Bradenton , Lakewood Ranch
3800 27th Prkwy Sarasota , FL 34235
(941) 366-6522