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Fear or Fulfillment

Posted on: August 29th, 2016 by Michael Larson

Fulfillment. It seems illusive, something impossibly out of reach, something seen or heard of in movies where millions are made, or lives are saved, or man lands on the moon. But to us, those of us living normal lives, in normal homes, driving normal cars to our normal jobs, eating normal dinners and watching Netflix […]

Receiving Something of Substance

Posted on: December 16th, 2015 by Jerry Shaffer

One of the central stories of Christmas is that of the Wisemen, who travel from afar to bring gifts to Jesus and to honor the newborn King of the Jews.  The story shows us Jesus in a humble and needy place while presenting the Travelers as great men who come with great gifts.  Jesus and his parent’s […]

The First Has to Be Last

Posted on: November 12th, 2015 by Jerry Shaffer

I want to pause for just a moment before I share my thoughts to say how thankful I am for one of The Well’s unique qualities.  As I collect my thoughts this morning, I am sitting in an interview with the Chief Data Scientist for the Obama White House at the Civic Center in New […]

A New View of You

Posted on: November 10th, 2015 by Jerry Shaffer

Famous Hymn writer, John Newton, contemplating the condition of his life, once said to his close friend and writing partner William Cowper, “I am not what I ought to be.  I am not what I want to be.  I am not what I hope to be.  But thank God I am not what I used […]

The Apple of His Eye

Posted on: November 6th, 2015 by Jerry Shaffer

Our Heavenly Father was talking about His people when he said, “Anyone who harms you harms my most precious possession.”  (Zech. 2:8 NLT) In the original Hebrew, it literally says, “touched the pupil or gate of my eye,” and early translations said “The apple of my eye.”  It carried two important meanings; 1) It was something that God closely associated […]

Standing in a Place of Need

Posted on: September 10th, 2015 by Jerry Shaffer

Hey Everyone, By now many of you know that Taylor, my oldest daughter, is sick.  She has autoimmune hepatitis which causes her immune system to attack her liver, resulting in severe damage to the liver.  It is serious and Taylor’s case is significant.  It’s hard to say those things, as I am sure you can imagine, but […]

Family First

Posted on: June 24th, 2015 by Jerry Shaffer

“Family comes first” has become one of my family’s slogans.  It communicates how we feel the need to lean into one another when things are tough from pressure inside or outside of our family.  This clearly prioritizes our family during times when it is easy to allow hurt feelings to drive us away from each other. Another […]

Christianity and Human Sexuality

Posted on: June 19th, 2015 by Jerry Shaffer

This week I did my annual “sex talk”.  Each year it’s different, but it is always awkward.  Don’t believe me?  You try having a conversation with 500 people from all walks of life on a range of subjects including but not limited to sexual purity,  pornography, divorce, and sexual diversity all with a world view from […]

Summer Is a Time for Family

Posted on: June 16th, 2015 by Jerry Shaffer

Hey all, Summer is here!  For those of you who live in the south or on the west coast this reality may not impact you as much as it does for the rest of us, but for the first time we are dawning flip flops, shorts, and our favorite golf tees.  Our bodies and our […]

Taking the Next Steps

Posted on: April 23rd, 2015 by Jerry Shaffer

It’s easy to talk about taking the next steps… it’s even easy taking the first couple.  It’s the follow through that is so hard.  It makes me think about the way gym enrollment swells every January.  Those first two weeks of the year, it’s impossible to get on a piece of equipment.  When you finally […]