The True Hallmark of our Faith!

Posted on: January 16th, 2014 by Jerry Shaffer

Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are tired and weighed down and I will give you rest!”  Rest, sounds good doesn’t it? Rest has become a multimillion dollar industry!  Think about it. Spas, resorts, vacation clubs, time-shares, and cruises were all created in an effort to offer rest.  And still the pace and […]

You Are Called

Posted on: January 9th, 2014 by Jerry Shaffer

You are Called. It never ceases to amaze me that the simplest things are usually the most important, even profound.  We hear this word get thrown around in some weird ways. “That’s not a job, it’s a ‘calling’.”  “Not everyone can do that, you have to be ‘called’ to it.”  Usually it makes something sound terrible […]

A Gift to the Poor

Posted on: December 5th, 2013 by Jerry Shaffer

Each year during the Christmas holidays we buy our kids, friends, relatives, and co-workers gifts to express our love, respect, and appreciation for them.  For many these are the only times that we really feel the freedom, or make room in our budget, for these tokens of our esteem.  While this is admirable and honestly […]


Posted on: November 14th, 2013 by Jerry Shaffer

“So those who are last now will be first then, and those who are first will be last.”  (Mt. 20:16 NLT) Two of Jesus’ closest friends once asked him if they could have the top seats in his “Kingdom.”  His response pushed in on the misunderstandings that we still struggle with today. 1.) Jesus’ “Kingdom” is NOT […]

Christmas: Too Early?!?

Posted on: November 7th, 2013 by Jerry Shaffer

I know, I know. The minute we’re finished with Halloween it seems that everyone is hitting us up for the NEXT thing. It’s easy to feel swept up in an endless cycle of holidays and events that are certain to steal away our time, interests, and MONEY! So let’s revolt! I have this growing concern […]

Go Big! Be Bold!

Posted on: October 31st, 2013 by Dave Terrell

Be Bold! Go Big! This message has been our clarion call for the last four weeks. But talk is cheap; now we’re extending to you the opportunity to turn words into actions using one of the following four opportunities to spur you on. 1. Be bold in your invitations! Take a minute right now, stop […]

Proud Dad!

Posted on: October 29th, 2013 by Jerry Shaffer

Isaiah, my oldest child, is currently enrolled at Moody Bible Institute as a Pastoral Studies Major. After he graduates, he hopes to return to The Well, the church we planted in the western suburbs of Chicago, and serve until one day he can take over as the lead Pastor. As this is his freshman year, […]

Authentic Christian COMMUNITY

Posted on: October 9th, 2013 by Jerry Shaffer

Over the years, The Well, our faith community in the western suburbs of Chicago, has grown and taken on shapes and issues that would have been difficult for us to even imagine or understand when we started. In those early years, we’d eat breakfast together before our Easter service as an entire congregation, we’d picnic […]

My Son = My Perspective

Posted on: October 7th, 2013 by Jerry Shaffer

Last night Isaiah, my oldest son, who is currently attending college at Moody Bible Institute in the heart of downtown Chicago, came home with another pastor’s son, Andrew. It was great to have the guys home for a little bit. Later, Isaiah called me while I was at the office and asked me to hang […]

Finally Back!

Posted on: September 25th, 2013 by Jerry Shaffer

Hey Everyone, I’m back! My wife, Carrie, and the kids and I took an extended sabbatical this summer for some much needed R&R. Once we returned I had a lot of catching up to do, and have struggled to whip myself back into shape. But enough excuses! I’m back. In Romans, Paul says that the […]