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Nine More Days!

  There’s one thing above all the other things going on around here that I am super excited about, and it’s only nine days away. I’m confident you have exciting plans and events you’re anticipating. As birthdays or holidays draw near, people inquire “what would...

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It Was A Homerun

  The text thread got busier and busier in light of the coming snow storm. With the elder’s retreat planned a month in advance for this past weekend, the sensational projections of snowfall ignited much dialogue about whether to go over the mountain or hunker...

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Prayer Is The Silver Bullet

  We caught a quick flight from PDX to Seattle and then hopped on a five-hour flight to our vacation destination. For years, we had promised our oldest daughter a senior year spring break trip. While we were packing and then again on the flight, we were worried...

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The Drive or the Destination?

  John and I buckled in and drove from Sandy to Timberline; then, from Timberline to Hood River. Driving from Hood River toward Troutdale called for multiple stops along the way: Bonneville Dam, the fish hatchery, Multnomah Falls, Latourell Falls finally arriving...

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Bass Guitar – Who Would Have Guessed?

  During my first lead pastor season beginning in 2005, my wife, Rachel, joined me in doing anything and everything that we believed the Lord pointed us to do in the church. We cleaned, painted, and decorated the entire church. Rachel served in nearly any...

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Culture of Prayer

  Christmas Eve was such a special time to worship our Lord with our church family and a whole lot of guests to Good Shepherd. Over Christmas weekend, we had more than 4,500 people worship our Savior! Often, an ungodly suspicious attitude can enter our minds and...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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