Good Shepherd Blog

Captivated

  Have you ever stared at a piece of artwork? And, as you stared at that piece of artwork longer, the more you gained greater and greater appreciation for it?During November, I had the opportunity to join the Sandy High School Mock Trial team in New York City, and one...

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Christmas at Good Shepherd

  December is upon us once again; the Christmas trees are decorated and lights strung. To help us engage the festive season, the GS team is inviting our church to have fun on the weekends! On December 8 & 9, be sure to wear your favorite Christmas sweater. We are...

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The Heart Behind Relief Weekend

  We hear so often about the parable of the Good Samaritan that we might actually forget what caused Jesus to tell the story – it was a scribe asking Him how to inherit eternal life. The scribe then questioned him, “Who is my neighbor?”At that time, one would...

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Prayer is a Bridge Between Panic and Peace

  Rachel and I enjoyed a wonderful early morning time with Carol this week. During our time, she showed us a small card that had a sentence typed on it that captured my attention: “Prayer is the bridge between panic and peace.” Since reading that sentence on Monday, I...

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Ping-Pong Anyone?

  Some weeks feel like a ping-pong game where you are evenly matched up with a friend. The ball goes back and forth at an enjoyable speed. Yet, other weeks feel like you have a national champion on the other side to the table, serving aces and putting an unbeatable...

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Annual Financial Report

  My Good Shepherd Family, Rachel, the girls and I are so thankful to you for wrapping your arms around us and making us a part of the Good Shepherd family. While it has been just over a year, the first six months were incredibly challenging.  As a family, we moved...

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Scheduling Long Periods of Unstructured Time

  This past week, five of the pastors traveled to Atlanta and Nashville for a time of coaching. Former Good Shepherd attender Kevin Marks invited our team to meet with Passion City Church’s leadership. It was a powerful day of talking with their pastoral team, sharing...

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Chain Link

  The first time I met Mike Ely, I was struck by his ability to share Gospel-centered truths in a way that was fresh, casual, relaxed and fun. While he didn’t take himself too seriously, his faith in the Gospel was strikingly powerful. Little did I know that day that...

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Ramping Up

I was just reflecting on the end of summer. It could not have ended better for the Bryant family. A sweet former GS family allowed us to stay at their home in Bend for the week, and my family had a great time. We boated Lake Billy Chinook, hung out in Old...

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“Take a Flying Leap”

Lately, you have heard about the “Leap Event?” The idea came from an excellent book on vision and leadership we have been reading - Illuminate: Ignite Change Through Speeches, Stories, Ceremonies, and Symbols by Nancy Duarte and Patti Sanchez. Instead of...

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