Back to School!

Posted August 22, 2019
It’s that time of year again.  Kids are heading back to school to take another step in a life of learning.  New school clothes and school supplies.  New teachers and new friends. A new season of adventure that will create new memories!  This is a season of fresh starts and new beginnings. (repent/forgive).Often times the beginning of a new school year includes a review of the topic to be studied. This review gives a firm …
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Where are you on your faith journey?

Posted August 15, 2019
Where are you on your faith journey?  If you are a “good” Christian, you know that you have been “saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves it is a gift of God so that no man may boast!” (Ephesians 2:8-9)  If you are a “good” Lutheran you may have to ask yourself, “What does this mean?”Well, if you are like me, sometimes you may struggle with your faith.  Even as you …
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LCMS National Convention

Posted August 1, 2019
Last week, I was at the National Convention of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in Tampa, Florida.  The Theme for the convention was “Joy:Fully Lutheran!”  This comes form 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always! Pray without ceasing! Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you!”  It was a VERY BUSY WEEK!  Every day was crammed full of convention business from 8:00 AM- 6:00 PM. The work of the convention included the election of officers …
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Green Eggs & Ham

Posted July 18, 2019
Years ago as a young dad, I would spend hours and hours reading stories to my kids. Kids love to hear the same stories, over and over again.  We wore books out reading them so many times!  Dr. Seuss was always a favorite.  We all remember "Green Eggs and Ham”, right? “My name is Sam, Sam I am……”  We know the story. Sam likes green eggs and ham, but the other character DOES NOT LIKE …
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80 Years of Blessings

Posted June 27, 2019
God’s Blessings to you as we celebrate another year of God’s Grace!  This summer Good Shepherd celebrates 80 years of blessings from God as He continues to shower us with the love of Jesus Christ!  I am reminded of Peter’s words of encouragement when he writes, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen!”  (2 Peter 3:18)We have …
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Posted June 20, 2019
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Did you already know this verse?  It’s one of my favorites!  I even catch myself singing the verse as a song!  It’s easy to praise the Lord for all the blessings that we receive isn’t it?  Except, when it isn’t easy... What I mean is, that it’s easy to rejoice when life is fun and things are going well.  It’s harder to rejoice when life gets rough.  When life gets hard.  Then, …
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Freedom in Christ!

Posted June 12, 2019
For many of us, summer is a good time to take some time off and relax.  Summer can be a great time to take a break for the “busyness“ of our life and get away and unwind!  We take vacations to get away and find some peace and rest! But what about those things that you can’t escape from?  What about those things in your past that hold you captive?  Are there past actions in your life that you …
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Pentecost, it’s a pretty big deal!

Posted June 6, 2019
This weekend the Christian Church celebrates Pentecost!  At Pentecost we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit to the early Christian Church fifty days after Jesus' resurrection. In many regards, Pentecost marks the beginning of the Christian Church. So, you could say that Pentecost is really the birthday celebration of Jesus’ church! What actually happened on Pentecost? We read the account of Pentecost in the Book of Acts chapter two, "And when the day of Pentecost had arrived, they were …
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What's Jesus up to?

Posted May 30, 2019
This week the Christian church will celebrate Ascension Day!  You may recall that it was 40 days after Easter when Jesus ascended bodily into heaven.  So what’s Jesus doing right now?  Paul writes: “Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.” (Romans 8:34) This verse tells us that although Christ’s work to save all people was completed on the …
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Bumps in the Road

Posted May 15, 2019
Lately when I sit down with someone I ask the question, "How have you seen Jesus working in your life lately?" People normally share about something good that has happened in their life recently. But sometimes, Jesus also speaks to us through those “bumps in the road” that He allows us to experience in our lives. You know what I mean.  Your cruising along the road of life and then “bam” you hit some kind of “pot hole” like sickness, …
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