The Good Place
October 10, 2017
Mark Twain, one of America’s best-loved authors, wrote The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 133 years ago. This marvelously entertaining book has been justly criticized for its incorporation of racist terms, but I’d like to add another criticism here—for its promulgation of errant views about heaven. Perhaps even more so today, mistaken beliefs about heaven persist. Only Biblical truth can correct that! Continue reading
What it Means to be “a Man After God’s Own Heart”?
October 3, 2017
What an incredible thing to have said about you – “a man after God’s own heart”! Yet, that is exactly what God said about David when he was chosen to replace Saul as King over Israel. As a leader of the IronMen ministry at Christ’s Greenfield, I recently read this verse and sought to learn what it would mean to be such a man. To understand why David was referred to as “a man after God’s own heart”, we need to see what characteristics he had to qualify for such an exalted description. Continue reading
September 26, 2017
Now that the “scourge of summer” is starting to fade away, we're looking forward to being able to get out and do some walking around our neighborhood. When the weather is nice we like to do this several times a week.  We love to walk as a family. It's a time for us to experience peace and quiet, and have some quality conversations. Continue reading
September 19, 2017
Today, I’m on my way to Wittenberg, Germany! It’s the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of the 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg church. This act propelled what is historically known as “The Protestant Reformation.” It is a foundational moment in our heritage – specifically as Lutherans, more generally as Christians, and even more broadly as citizens in the Western World! (I promise to send pictures!) Continue reading
Us Versus Them
September 12, 2017
 As I reflected, yesterday, September 11th, a day of national sorrow, this verse stuck out in my mind. God has created all of us to be one people, one nation, one body. We are called to serve Him by serving one another despite our own intentions, wants, or needs. Ultimately, Jesus calls out to us, redeems us, and then sends us to do the same to others: to show love and care to all we meet through sharing and living the Gospel. Continue reading
All Things New!
September 6, 2017
There is no such thing as neutral. There is only progression or regression. No movement or no growth inevitably leads to regression. This principle is true individually and communally. Are you progressing on your journey with Jesus? Is your prayer life intensifying? Is your time in the Word increasing? Is your eagerness to serve and lead growing? If not, ask Jesus boldly for help for you to DISCOVER YOUR NEXT!  Jesus loves to answer this prayer! Continue reading
Real Life : Tim Ahlman
August 29, 2017
I am a normal guy. No, seriously, I am. I have a real life outside of being a pastor. This real life is actually what allows me to serve, lead and love as one of your pastors at CGLCS. I truly lead out of the overflow of a real life that is quite full.  It is a privilege to be “Pastor Tim.” It is also a privilege to simply be known by many as “Tim.” Continue reading
Sheep, goats, Honduras and East Africa
August 23, 2017
I reflect on Matthew 25 a lot. It’s a prophetic look ahead to the end of time and the beginning of eternity for us all. I like it because it gives perspective on what matters most in the world. With all the hate, division, anger and selfishness that fill our world through Facebook feeds, in 140 characters or less on Twitter, and on our news screens, I want to invite you as a Christian to have a different response. Our legacy to the community is to live filled up by God’s grace in order to fill up our neighbor’s lives in love. Continue reading
When Faith and Depression Collide
August 15, 2017
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” You may be surprised to hear that these words were spoken in great anguish by King David in Psalm 22! He continues in despair with “Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, and by night I find no rest.” Continue reading