Shepherd Of The Desert Podcast



Welcome to the weekly audio podcast for Shepherd of the Desert in Scottsdale, AZ where our mission is to lead people to follow Jesus. Our desire is that this podcast will encourage you in your relationship with God. Visit us at


  • "BEING" | Shepherd Audio Sermon 26th Sep

    26/09/2021 Duración: 03min

    We live in a world built around doing things. What will you do to accomplish your goals? What are you going to do in the event of crisis? What are you doing this weekend? As followers of Jesus, though, before we can "do," we are called simply to "be." Come to worship this week to learn more about "being" with Jesus!

  • Red Letter Challenge Week 1

    19/09/2021 Duración: 06min

    Welcome to Worship!  Join Pastor Zach Zehnder for week one of the Red Letter Challenge.  

  • Intro to the Red Letter Challenge | 12th Sep Sermon

    12/09/2021 Duración: 09min

    Readying ourselves for the Red Letter Challenge here at Shepherd. We are not the first to do this. Not just because over 100,000 Christians have engaged this study, but, as Jesus prepared to leave this world through the doorway of his death on a cross and resurrection from a hole in a rock, his disciples had to decide on what place his "red letters" would play in their lives. These red letters, the color of typeface marking the words of Jesus in many Bibles, are the foundation of faith and give rise to the whole of the Church. Are you ready to grow as a red letter Christian?

  • Labor Day Audio Sermon | The good deeds we SHOULD do

    05/09/2021 Duración: 10min

    The book of James is a difficult read - it challenges us to live out our faith in the way we treat the people around us. Caring for the poor, advocating for the widow and the orphan, caring for the alien - all of these responsibilities fall on the Christian individual. How do we handle these tough instructions even in our imperfect state? Come to worship to unpack the beautiful relationship between our faith and the good deeds we carry out! church/blog/

  • The Who Can, Teach | Shepherd Sermon August 29th

    29/08/2021 Duración: 15min

    What do you remember about Preschool or elementary school? Even though we learned simple things at that age, those lessons changed our lives and taught us how to be who we are! God's Word has a similar, life-changing and transforming power. It convicts us when we falter in weakness, but it restores us and our hope in him through Jesus! Join us for digital worship as we explore what it means to be transformed by God's Word!

  • Traditions | Shepherd Audio Sermon 22nd August

    22/08/2021 Duración: 18min

    Traditions - we all have them. Even the most free-spirited, spontaneous persons have some traditions, some habits or patterns of behavior that give a sense of order to their lives. Religious traditions can help or frustrate a Christian's walk with God. Pastor Scott tackles religious traditions in light of Jesus' challenging words to religious leaders neck-deep in tradition in Mark 7. 

  • Is this leading me to Jesus or away? | Shepherd Sermon 15th August

    15/08/2021 Duración: 18min

    The fall is upon us, and we are jumping into new things! Ministry opportunities abound, school is starting up again, students are back in class and calendars are filling up! Even in these hectic and exciting moments, God calls us to ask the question - is this leading me to Jesus or away? Join us in hearing from Joshua 24 about clinging to that which pulls us toward Jesus and letting go of that which pushes us away.

  • Be Gracious Always | Shepherd Audio Sermon 8th August

    08/08/2021 Duración: 11min

    There are times when the Christian church just calls it like it is... this is one of those Sundays. Character matters and the character God expects from his followers is unrelenting. This weekend Shepherd studies the call of God in Paul's letter to the Ephesians, especially the call to be gracious to others, kind and humble.

  • Spiritual Maturity | Shepherd Sermon 1st August

    01/08/2021 Duración: 10min

    What does it mean to live in a mature faith? The apostle Paul helps us to see past our immaturity and dig into a deeper realization of the gift of faith God gives us through Jesus. Gentleness and peaceful talk guide the life of a mature Christian. Join us in worship this week as we hear about how God provides for His people through the church in the development of mature faith.

  • Jesus IS the answer | Shepherd Worship 25th July

    25/07/2021 Duración: 10min

    Jesus is The Answer: Life throws a lot of different situations at us. When we walk with Jesus, though, we don't have to let fear guide us in those various circumstances! Instead, faith in Jesus as our One Compassionate Lord leads us to step into whatever comes our way in confidence. We might still struggle in our beliefs, question our convictions, but with Jesus our faith is rock solid because he is The Answer to whatever is in front of us!

  • Jesus is Compassion | Shepherd Audio Sermon 18th July

    18/07/2021 Duración: 11min

    When we know who Jesus is, it changes how we see the world. Jesus is our Lord, he teaches and cares for us, he is The One who connects us to God the Father, and he calls us to see the world with compassion just like him. Compassion pushes us to sympathy and care for one another - hear how God calls you to compassion this week in worship!

  • Not My Kid | A Thriving Online Podcast

    15/07/2021 Duración: 21min

    The internet is everywhere, are you thriving online? Do you have confidence in the online presence of your children and their friends? Do you feel safe online yourself? Listen in on this powerful and informative conversation between John Karolus and Shane Watson from notMYkid.  NotMYkid is an organization aimed at inspiring positive life choices for youth. Their comprehensive approach to education allows people in all stages of life a chance at having a positive effect on the world around them.  From internet safety to bullying prevention, with strong support for families impacted by addiction, notMYkid aims to help people in many situations. 

  • Portable Christianity Week 7 | Shepherd Worship 11th July

    11/07/2021 Duración: 09min

    This week in digital worship, we continue our mini worship "series within a series" and explore more from Mark 6 and that Jesus is _________ ?  

  • Independence Day Audio Sermon

    04/07/2021 Duración: 10min

    July 4th is a civic holiday that falls on a Christian holy day. Today we look forward to thanking God for our nation and the freedom history has afforded us through it to worship with a clear conscience and magnify the Lord Jesus Christ. We'll peer into Mark 6 and think of our "hometowns" where we speak a word of peace and a vision of hope found in Christ alone.

  • Portable Christianity Week 5 | Shepherd Audio Sermon 27th June

    27/06/2021 Duración: 08min

    We live in a world that thrives on instant gratification and promises meant to be kept "by tomorrow morning." But the promises of God give us a hope that lasts into eternity! How do we live in light of this hope, even a world that seems to function in a totally opposite way? Come explore Lamentations 3 with us. 

  • Portable Christianity Week 4 | Shepherd Audio Sermon 20th June

    20/06/2021 Duración: 14min

    A portable kind of Christianity sees God's fingerprints in everything...even difficult times and circumstances.  It's hard to appreciate the part God plays in even the stickiest of human situations...but he's there...not as a powerless spectator, but a powerful participant, ally, friend, and Savior.  This week we immerse ourselves into the story of Old Testament Job.  If ever there was someone who struggled with God's role in the. midst of suffering, Job was that man.  Our Heavenly Father is never absent this Fathers' Day weekend. 

  • Portable Christianity Week 3 | Shepherd Audio Sermon 13th June

    13/06/2021 Duración: 08min

    Have you ever been an “outsider?” Or maybe you are an “insider?” This week in VBS we learned with our kids how to trust Jesus no matter what. Trusting in Jesus is what makes us part of the family of God! A family where all of us are brought in from other places, but we find our true home in Jesus. Insiders, outsiders, and everyone in between are bound together in the kingdom, the family of God.

  • Portable Christianity Week 2 | Shepherd Audio Sermon 6th June

    06/06/2021 Duración: 19min

    When it comes to human suffering, followers of Jesus do not get a “free pass.” Christians experience the full range of human hardships and agonies, including physical suffering. So what is unique about a Christian approach to dealing with one’s suffering?

  • Trinity Sunday Sermon at Shepherd

    30/05/2021 Duración: 20min

    Particularly particular people often get labeled as just plain difficult.  Which makes sense if you are not particularly particular.  It's one of the reasons Christianity is having such a tough go in America these days.  No one really wants a particularly particular religion.  It's just too hard, exacting, demanding.  This weekend in worship our Shepherd family settles in to some of the exacting details of our Christian faith as we celebrate "Trinity Sunday."  Ours is a God, particularly known as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  It can be a bit exhausting for human hearts trying to comprehend this eternal God.  We'll give it a go this weekend and make sense of how important it is to be a particularly particular people.

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