A Kingdom of Priests

Posted on: March 9th, 2015 by Jerry Shaffer

God first promised Israel that He would make them a kingdom of priests as they were making their exodus from Egypt. (Ex. 19:6)  What is interesting is that at the time of this promise, they were neither a kingdom nor did they have an organized faith.  In other words, they didn’t fully understand the implications of […]

Living at the Cutting Edge…

Posted on: January 22nd, 2015 by Jerry Shaffer

If you ever wonder what the next big thing is, just listen to your kids.  Sure most of the trends may originate in Hollywood, New York or , God forbid, Europe, but it is the kids who decide what makes the cut and what we will induct into our culture.  Nowhere is this seen better […]

Their Best Chance to See Him

Posted on: January 16th, 2015 by Jerry Shaffer

As a pastor, one of the biggest issues I have faced in my own life has been finding the best way to share Jesus with those I care about. I think back through the litany of attempts that I have made, and and the range is vast: emotional pleas, intellectual assaults, public professions, displays of […]

Called It!

Posted on: January 9th, 2015 by Jerry Shaffer

I told you we were going to “Call our Shot” this year!  We are convinced that God is asking us to step into a larger place within our local community and really make a difference in a number of areas.  The prophets of old were commanded to “write the vision down” and “make it crystal […]

Thinking Through the End of the Year

Posted on: December 18th, 2014 by Jerry Shaffer

With only two weeks left in 2014, I am already finding myself reflecting on the year.  I know some of you are thinking, “Jerry, just let us get through Christmas.”  But I like to do it before Christmas because I want to offer Jesus much of what I have done this year, and every year […]

Miracles

Posted on: October 29th, 2014 by Jerry Shaffer

Webster’s Dictionary defines a miracle as:  an unusual or wonderful event that is believed to be caused by the power of God; a very amazing or unusual event, thing, or achievement; a wonderful thing caused by God. But we often think in ways that suspend the natural order of things.  The problem is, the natural […]

Calling Your “Prayer” Shot

Posted on: October 23rd, 2014 by Jerry Shaffer

One of the best books I read this year was Mark Batterson’s The Circle Maker.  I know many of you have read it as well and are working many of the habits it suggests into your faith.  But for those of you who didn’t read it, or those who perhaps read it at the start of […]

The Times, They’re-A-Changin’!

Posted on: September 26th, 2014 by Jerry Shaffer

Well in case you missed it on Sunday, Jimmy and Jessie Popovich, our longest standing staffers, will be going through a transformation of sorts over the next three and a half months.  For the past several years, they have been full time here at The Well serving primarily as our Executive Pastor, and facilitating a […]

Working Through the Hard Stuff

Posted on: September 18th, 2014 by Jerry Shaffer

We are in the middle of a series at The Well called God of War.  We are looking at some of the stories from the Old Testament which are more difficult to reconcile than with the sacrificial and loving nature we see in Jesus in the New Testament.  So far, the response has been amazing!  When […]

A Glimpse of the Past

Posted on: July 25th, 2014 by Jerry Shaffer

This past week I had the opportunity to hang out with my good friend Eric Stone of The Life Church (thelifeonline.tv) in Lisle, Illinois.  It was awesome!  It reminded me of when The Well was still meeting in the community center just before we had to make our move to the theater.  It was amazing […]