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But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob,  he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over...

Recently, my life has been filled with physical transition. The seminary schedule is one year of classes, a summer doing chaplaincy, another year of classes, a full year of interning with a congregation, then a final year of classes before entering into a draft and...

Sing a Joyful Song Join Good Shepherd friends on Sunday, December 16th at Toot and Kate's Wine Bar at 109 S Main St in Verona for an evening of sharing and singing. Good Shepherd Worship & Music Director Jared Stellmacher will be leading a sing-a-long of...

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge God, who will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 When I was denied admission to the music program after choosing the university because of its good reputation for...

So, who cares?  Who cares about Tyberius, Pilate, Herod, Phillip and Lysanius, Annas and Caiaphis? Ok, granted…we Christians, who know Jesus’ story, will care about Pilate and Herod a bit later.  But right now, right in this gospel today, what’s the big deal with these guys? The...

At times in my life I have come to a point, a liminal area, where I have been uncertain of how to proceed. Liminal is derived from the Latin word limen, simply meaning a threshold. A threshold joins one area to another, i.e. an entrance,...

In my college days, the pastor of my church had graduate degrees in both Divinity and Engineering. I thought he was a real nerd. I went on to receive graduate degrees in both Divinity and Engineering. Therefore, I’ve spent much of my life studying and pondering...

The Good Shepherd Women’s Ministry would like to invite all women of the church and their friends, as well as middle and high school girls, to join us for an evening of dessert, candlelight and carols as we prepare our hearts and minds for the...

I was so excited for this new chapter in my life – getting married, starting a new job, and moving to a new city.  My parents enjoyed 50+ years of marriage, and I was looking forward to the same, including the plan to have at...

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 Everything had changed in a moment.  It was three years ago and we were planning a big vacation to Vancouver Island, BC. We had been preparing for several months - now we would be going...

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end” Ecclesiastes 3:11 I’ve experienced several liminal times in my life- times when I have noticeably shifted from...

Be still and know that I am God Psalm 46:10 (NIV) Stop and realize that I am God Psalm 46:10 (Beck’s) “Praise Him in the hallway”“God doesn’t close doors without opening a window”  “If nothing ever changed, there would be no butterflies”“And if not, He is still good” These...

He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was...

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...