You Have to Believe…

Posted on: June 24th, 2014 by Jerry Shaffer

The New Testament author to the Hebrews wrote, “Any who wants to come to [God] must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” (11:6)  In other words, you have to believe that God is real and that He is good and would receive someone who came seeking assistance.  So […]

Summer Reading

Posted on: June 20th, 2014 by Jerry Shaffer

The two areas I always get the most feedback and requests for from my blog are my personal/family stories and my reading lists.  So since I have given you a glimpse over the past couple weeks into my childhood, I thought I would catch everyone up on a few great books that I have been […]

I Remember What You Taught Me

Posted on: June 19th, 2014 by Jerry Shaffer

As a dad, I often wonder if anyone is actually listening to anything I am saying.  The constant barrage of “I forgot”, “when did you say that?” and “I don’t know…” leaves me scared to let the kids out of my sight!  But every now and then, I catch them talking to a friend, or […]

Is God Angry When I Sin?

Posted on: June 4th, 2014 by Jerry Shaffer

That’s a tough question!  Part of the reason we struggle with this is because it is so front loaded with a  ton of other issues:  If He is angry, is He angry with me?  Does anger mean the same thing as wrath?  Will He “pour out” His wrath of anger on me for having sinned? […]

Now I Remember…

Posted on: May 28th, 2014 by Jerry Shaffer

This week, we had our annual baptism service at The Well.  Twelve people were baptized for the first time!  As we listened to their stories and heard about their struggles and hopes, I could feel myself filling up with a breath of fresh air pushing itself deep into my lungs. More than anything else I […]

Mom

Posted on: May 9th, 2014 by Jerry Shaffer

This is to my mom. Thanks!  I remember riding the bus home from school on the first day of 1st grade.  We had moved to Germany a couple of months before, and had just recently moved into our new home.  I was 5 years old.  That morning Dad had dropped me off at school and […]

Making Disciples

Posted on: May 7th, 2014 by Jerry Shaffer

Matthew’s gospel, or biography of Jesus, ends with Jesus issuing one last command to his followers.  They are instructed to go out into the world and make additional followers of Jesus. The movement that came from this small group of devoted followers is what we now refer to as The Church. What is interesting is […]

No Better Time

Posted on: April 16th, 2014 by Jerry Shaffer

All of life moves in seasons and rhythms.  There are natural times for everything under the sun.  Times for sowing and reaping.  Times for laughing and dancing.  Times to be still and wait and times to speak out and act.  When we work within those seasons, we notice that we have a good natural response. […]

Great Trip!

Posted on: April 9th, 2014 by Jerry Shaffer

Hey everyone!  Sorry I haven’t been around the last week or so, but Carrie and I took the kids away for Spring Break.  We went down to Arkansas to visit friends and family and to do some hiking and fishing.  It was a blast. As is my habit, I took a couple of books with […]

FREE to Find a New BEARING

Posted on: March 25th, 2014 by Jerry Shaffer

We make faith hard!  But there may be a reason why.  Many times we think of life in black and white terms but then find out we are wrong.  Much like our absolute approach to life, we want faith to be easy and simple… convenient. Let me explain.  If there are three easy steps to […]