Author: Chris Enstad

Wild vs. Domesticated Did you know wild almonds are naturally poisonous? Their amygdalin makes them not only very bitter, and it breaks down into cyanide. And that chemical is released when there is an injury to the seed itself...

God guides us Sunday was the day of Pentecost. The Christian church recognizes this day, 50 days after Easter, as the “birthday” of the church. Acts 2 begins with the story of the mighty, rushing wind that created unity amongst those gathered together even in the...

What now? Just two weeks ago we sat in this sanctuary and experienced the joy of hearing of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But what changed in your life after that? Anything? Nothing? Are you still preoccupied with the problems you had before you came into...

Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia Alleluia! It’s the greatest pronouncement in the world, one that no God in no other religion can say, “Jesus Christ is risen from the dead!” The first question people often raise when this news is heard is, “are you...

The Stones Would Shout Out Jesus told his disciples to go into the village and find a colt that had never been ridden untie it and bring it to him.  And, if anyone asked why to answer, the Lord needs it.”  So they did.  Jesus rode...

Abiding with God means setting up a house, not stopping in for a quick visit every once in awhile. Modern humanity has dedicated so much time, energy, and money to security so why do we feel less and less safe every day?  We try to gain...

[Jesus said,]”Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.  Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you.” Confessing Who We Are Jesus calls us to criticism of self over others.  It...

Back into our shell It is part and parcel of being a living human being that it comes as a shock to our system whenever we encounter God and God’s will for our lives. Our self-interests are so used to being fed first that when they...

Gradual, Patient & Sometimes Invisible Jesus knew that great results do not always happen as suddenly as a conversion experience on the banks of the Jordan River. Many people have been baptized, or reaffirmed their baptisms, as adults by virtue of having had some amazing experience...

Many messages are produced every day about the end of times.  And those end times always seem to be just around the corner, don't they? Read your morning newspaper, watch the television, check out your Facebook newsfeed, or just look out your own window on some...

Good Shepherd Members: Thank you for supporting our Generosity Campaign to provide funds For Good Shepherd in 2019. We are grateful for your generous giving for next year! Now, we hope to erase the $120,000 deficit we are facing in 2018 by the end of the year....

More than a Possibility One of the oddest things about being a Christian is that we confess that we believe in the resurrection of the dead. That isn’t a confession that there is the possibility of the resurrection - but that Jesus Christ did it once...

When I think about Jeremiah preaching in the wilderness (Jeremiah 31:7-9), I think about Luther rediscovering the radical simplicity of the good news of Jesus Christ, and then I look at where we are today…and I wonder...