Dedicated: Leaders Don’t Wait!

Posted on: May 24th, 2015 by Jerry Shaffer

This month we have been looking at family relationships in order to understand what God meant for them to be.  But depending on where you find yourself right now, it may be easy to think or say, “that doesn’t apply to me.”  Perhaps you don’t have kids or your kids have grown, so the idea […]

Recasting Your Family Identity

Posted on: May 13th, 2015 by Tony Dahlin

As we are in the midst of our series “Meant to Be” here at The Well, I can’t help but be amazed at the work that God has done in my own marriage and family.  As some of you know, our family has been through some pretty difficult times.  Having battled an addiction to crack […]

A Leader’s Perspective on “What’s Next?”

Posted on: April 28th, 2015 by Jerry Shaffer

Great leaders never stop growing!  Paul echoes that understanding in his letter to the church at Philippi, “I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection.  But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.”  (3:12)  None of us […]

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 […]

Losing

Posted on: April 17th, 2015 by Jerry Shaffer

This week Shannon Hansen, our Director of Children’s Ministries, was out of town because her grandmother passed away.  At the same time, my friend, Walt Halliwell, was losing his mother.  Shari our Worship Pastor’s mother passed away a couple of months ago and even as I write this blog I am monitoring a situation with […]

Be Baptized

Posted on: April 15th, 2015 by Jerry Shaffer

On the day of Pentecost, thousands of converts asked Peter, “what must we do to be saved?”.  His response was to repent and be baptized. (Acts 2:38)  According to the Gospel writer Matthew, when John protested the idea of baptizing Jesus, Jesus said, “we should do this to fulfill all righteousness.”  (Matt. 3:15)  Coupled with […]

One Last Thought on Lent

Posted on: April 1st, 2015 by Jerry Shaffer

Just before Jesus was arrested and ultimately crucified, He prayed a simple prayer, “Not my will, but Yours.” What would happen if that became our prayer?  Or maybe I could just ask, will you make this your prayer? Another time when He was teaching His disciples to pray, He said to His Father, “…Your will […]

A Heart That Is Ready and Hands That Are Busy

Posted on: March 25th, 2015 by Jerry Shaffer

When we think about the end… the how, when, where Christ will return… what should we think?  There are so many unknowns and variations of opinions, how could we ever be sure?  Perhaps the better question should be, “What should we do, or be, while we wait?”  Classically this question has been positioned like this, […]

Finish Strong

Posted on: March 20th, 2015 by Jerry Shaffer

We have two weeks left in this Lenten season.  Many of us start this season strong, determined to make Christ and our faith a higher priority.  We set aside things that steal our time and affections so that we can focus more of ourselves and our energy towards Him.  But like so many New Years’ […]

Experiencing Prosperity from Pain

Posted on: March 18th, 2015 by Jerry Shaffer

One of the most recognizable themes of the book of Revelation is that of tribulation and pain.  For years, the church has struggled to be able to cast a biblical image of pain back into our congregations and into the world’s cultures.  There is a simple reason for that.  We don’t like it! Somewhere in […]