Author: Chris Enstad

Brothers and sisters, grace to you and peace from God our Father and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. November 1st is traditionally known as All-Saint’s Day. And so the Sunday following All Saints Day is All Saints Sunday which has become the day that...

Our Need to Give Here at Good Shepherd we are in the midst of launching a three-year capital appeal.  To do that we are in week two of a five-week sermon series built on the foundation of Jeremiah 29:11 along with including Gospel and other readings...

A Tale of Two Men Today we heard yet another of Jesus’ parables. (Luke 16:19-31) The title of this parable is The Rich Man and Lazarus.  First, we meet the rich man.  Here is a guy who dresses in purple, the color or royalty, and fine...

Welcome Statement Approved An update from Pastor Chris Enstad and Board President Andrew Seaborg At a special congregational meeting Sunday, September 29, the congregation voted 167-13 to approve a new Welcome Statement recommended by the Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Task Force. The vote also recommends to the...

A Familiar Parable Brothers and sisters, you have heard this parable (Luke 15:3-7) many times by now haven’t you? There is a lost sheep and the shepherd goes and gets it and brings it back hooray, right? But this is a parable and guess what, parables don’t...

Good News for Everyone We’ve been on quite the trip through Luke these past few weeks.  We’ve heard about God the Thief, quickly followed by Jesus the Homewrecker.  Listening to Jesus’ hard edge in these Gospel narratives can be tough to take; and yet we’re left...

Anxious Times We are living in anxious times are we not? Is your family life anything like ours? You know, running on that treadmill trying to balance our schedules, our jobs, our family and our checkbook and then turn on the TV or open a newspaper...

Practicing hospitality through actions and words For the past two years, a task force of concerned Good Shepherd members has been prayerfully working through the Reconciling in Christ process as laid out by Reconciling Works. I am humbled and grateful for the results of this slow...

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...

The Lutheran “secret sauce” is that we are justified by grace through faith alone. There are no pre-authorized requirements necessary for us to be made right in our relationship with God. The justifying action, the event that took away the power of sin that separates us...

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...