The Testimony of God is Greater

This past Sunday I preached my first sermon at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Birmingham, Michigan. The text for the sermon was 1 John 5:9-15, and I as I begin my ministry here I find great comfort in these words of John, "If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater,... Continue Reading →


The Continuous Festival of Easter

On April 1 in 2018 we will celebrate our Risen Savior! Easter is not only celebrated on this day, but it is a continuous festival. Yearly we gather on this day to hear the good news that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. Weekly we receive the good news of the resurrection of Jesus... Continue Reading →

Welcome and Grace

"Therefore welcome one another," Paul says, "as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God" (Romans 15:7). We have been welcomed into the kingdom of God by Jesus. No pretension is necessary with Jesus. He knows our sin and still welcomes us. As a matter of fact, it is through being vulnerable with Jesus... Continue Reading →

Pastor Appreciation Month

October is Pastor Appreciation Month. I want to express my appreciation for those pastors that have helped shape my own ministry. I start a ways back. I appreciate the solid foundation of faith and family upon which my great-grandfather Henry Gaertner raised his family. He was ordained at Zion Lutheran Church in New Orleans in... Continue Reading →

Do you find your identity, community, and purpose at your church?

Identity, community, and purpose are common to why people stay passionate and participate in organizations. I believe that a Christian congregation should be equipped to answer these three motivations. I want you to think with me about how successful your congregation does supporting in people and in families identity, community, and purpose. Hebrews chapter 10... Continue Reading →

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