Need Jesus?

Posted February 14, 2019
Have you thought about going to our midweek iREACH classes, but have just not been able to find the time?  If you have not been able to join us at iREACH lately, I would ask you to prayerfully consider coming to our next class.  To begin with, Judy & Dale Lenart prepare an AWESOME MEAL every week!  No more worrying about what to fix for Wednesday dinner!  It’s easy!  Secondly, it’s a fun time!  You …
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Cheering for Jesus!

Posted February 7, 2019
Last week over 100 million people saw Tom Brady and the New England Patriots win their sixth Super Bowl!  (Sorry to say that I wasn’t watching…)  Once the Chicago Bears were beaten in the playoffs, I stopped watching any football. (But there is always next year right?)  Did you know that our Chicago Bears have the third best odds to win the Super Bowl next year?  The odds on the Bears winning the Super Bowl …
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Jesus is here to rescue us!

Posted January 30, 2019
Wow, it’s been quite a cold snap!  Chicagoland saw temperatures approaching 30 degrees below zero last night!  With the wind blasting from the north, the wind chill was nearly 50 degrees below zero!  Those are deadly conditions!  The National Weather Service says that in these conditions, frostbite to exposed skin can occur in only five minutes!  Let’s be careful out there! Let me ask you a question.  If you HAD to drive out in this weather and your car HAPPENED to …
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Why Does God Allow Suffering?

Posted January 23, 2019
In a recent Barna Survey, when people were asked, “What question would you most like to ask God?” the top response was… “Why does God allow suffering?” We’ve all had that question in one form or another.  When we see a senseless shooting, when we see a loved one die, when we face our own struggles in life, we ask God, “Why?”My honest response is, “I do not know."   I don't have God's mind. …
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Is There a God?

Posted January 17, 2019
Have you ever had this question?  I think most people have.  In a recent survey conducted by Pew Research, 80% of Americans say that they “believe in God.”  The real question is what kind of “god” do people actually believe in…”  Only 56% of Americans actually say that they believe in the God as described in the Bible.  To the rest, their god is not much more than a cosmic power, if god exists at all… Have you ever had …
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Does Life Have a Purpose?

Posted January 10, 2019
 Does Life Have a Purpose?Have you ever asked the questions, “Why are we here on earth?” or “What is the meaning of life?” Sure! We all have at one time or another! What is the purpose of life?  Some people may say, “To do good” or “To love one another.” Still others may say that life has no purpose or that everything in life is simply random.There have been many times when I have struggled …
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Explore God

Posted December 26, 2018
Does life have a purpose? If God is good, why is there pain and suffering in the world? How can I know for sure that the Bible is reliable? Have you ever asked yourself any of these questions, but do you feel like you’re not really allowed to ask them in church? Well, I’ve got good news: we all have questions, let’s find out the answers together! I want Good Shepherd to be a safe place for anyone to ask …
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What do you want for Christmas?

Posted December 19, 2018
It’s the age old question.  Parents ask their kids.  Husbands ask wives.  “What do you want for Christmas?”  I remember asking my mom that question every Christmas.  Her answer was always the same.  “I just want you kids to be happy!”  What mom wanted was not anything that could be wrapped in a box and placed under a tree.  Mom wanted something more.  She wanted to experience our love.Over the last few weeks we’ve been …
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Finding Room for Jesus

Posted December 12, 2018
This Sunday, December 16 at 4:00 PM, our Vida y Fe (Life and Faith) Hispanic Mission will celebrate Posada.  Posada means “shelter” or “lodging”.  The Posada celebration is a retelling of the Christmas account where Mary and Joseph are looking to find lodging (posada) in Bethlehem so that the Christ child can be born.  At the Posada celebration a couple representing Mary & Joseph leads a procession around the church.  As they walk around the …
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God with Us!

Posted December 5, 2018
Advent is all about God coming to live with us.  Eugene Peterson translates John 1:14 in this way, “The Word (Jesus) became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.”  What an awesome thing!  Have you ever thought of Jesus that way?  Not just that Jesus came to be born 2000 years ago in Bethlehem, but that Jesus is STILL actively living in your neighborhood today!  Jesus said, I will be with you ALWAYS!  That …
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