God Talking to Us!

Posted September 21, 2017
If prayer is "talking with God" then the Bible is "God talking to us!" What has Jesus been saying to you lately through His word?  You may have a preference of what "version" of the Bible that you like best, but the one that matters is really the one that you live out in your everyday life!  Ultimately, the Bible is about God's word of love for you in Jesus Christ! Wouldn't it be neat to know what God's plan for …
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What is fellowship?

Posted September 14, 2017
And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. (Acts 2:42)What is fellowship? In the church, we often will use this word in almost every ministry planning opportunity. "Pastor, we need to make sure we have fellowship." We often use this word, fellowship, but sometimes we might understand it differently. Coffee hours, dessert time, or church dinners/picnics could all be a common theme where we think of ways the church has fellowship. Fellowship can …
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Back to School!

Posted September 7, 2017
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 new school supplies.  New teachers and new friends. This is a season of fresh starts and new beginnings.  But often when starting a new school year, you have to review what you were previously taught.  This review gives a firm foundation and provides a better opportunity for success. This is a …
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What's happening at Good Shepherd?

Posted August 31, 2017
Welcome back from summer!  I pray that you had an enjoyable season filled with family, friends and fun! A number of exciting things happened this summer at Good Shepherd and we have more to look forward to! On August 2, Good Shepherd hosted a National Night Out event.  Over 500 people from our Providence neighborhood came out for an evening of music, food and fellowship!  It was a great way to develop connections with our …
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Jesus and The Church: Inseparable

Posted August 25, 2017
When you hear the words, Jesus and Church, what do you think? Well, a Lutheran would say, Jesus is the head the Body of Christ, "Church." The  scriptures point us to this answer. "And He (Jesus) is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything He might be preeminent." (Colossians 1:18)Jesus says an important thing about "the Church," in our Gospel reading this week. In Matthews's gospel, Jesus says this, "And I tell you, you …
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Hate is a terribly tricky thing

Posted August 18, 2017
Last week, the images from Charlottesville, reminded us of the depth of hate that exists in our country.  Racism and hate go hand in hand.  Actually they go way back.  The first act of racism recorded in history was when Cain killed his brother Abel. What?  Isn’t racism when a person from one race (i.e. white) hates another person from another race (i.e. black)?  How can a brother hating another brother be racism?  Well, because …
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Super Man and Super God

Posted August 11, 2017
Super heroes have been iconic for many years. Movies, comics, and TV have heightened the "Super Hero" pop culture. Superman has become one of the most iconic super heroes in American comic book folklore. Perhaps, you have a different favorite super hero.In our Gospel text, Matthew 14:22-33 reminds us that Jesus is both "Super man" and "Super God." The text for this weekend is coming off the heels of the "Feeding of the 5000." Jesus instructed the disciples to get into a boat …
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Are you on a diet?

Posted August 4, 2017
There are many diets out there.  There is the Atkins diet (low carb), Paleo (eat what a caveman would eat), Vegan (no meat), Grapefruit diet (grapefruit for 7 days) and MANY others. Although you may not realize it we are ALL on a diet of some type.  I personally am on the "see food" diet!  Get it? (old joke, I know).  The old adage IS true.  "You are what you eat!"  If you eat healthy food, more than likely you will …
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Are We There Yet?

Posted July 21, 2017
What are you doing this summer?  Maybe you have plans for a big trip to Disneyworld or to attend the family reunion.  Maybe this year it's a "staycation" where you just stay close to home and relax.  Whatever your summer plans, no vacation would really be complete without someone yelling from the back seat, "Are we there yet?"  My family has made a few cross country trips including jaunts to California, Florida and Maine.  I've …
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You've Been Hacked!

Posted July 14, 2017
Identity theft is a big deal these days.  If you have an email address, Facebook account or do any on-line business, you run the risk of someone hacking into your account and taking over your identity!  Actually, you don't even need to be online for cyber thieves to steal your information from banks or stores that you do business with.  Last year Target announced that due to a breach in their cyber security, over one billion customer accounts had been compromised! …
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