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Chris Boehnke

Chris Boehnke

Hi! My name is Chris Boehnke (a good German name pronounced “Bane-key”). Tracy, my wife, and I have been married for 21 years and God has blessed us with four beautiful children: Joshua (18), Lauren (16), Nathaniel (13), and Mikayla (9). I treasure my wife and family among the greatest gifts God has given me in life.

I was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska – the heartland of the Midwest – by two loving parents, Don and Linda. I grew up attending a conservative but vibrant Lutheran congregation, while also experiencing excursions into other evangelical and charismatic church environments. This exposed me to a breadth of Christian practice and teaching that has incited me over the years to ask a ton of questions and to seek deeper understanding regarding what “the church” is and what it’s central message, “the Gospel,” is all about.

While my interests were in art (drawing and painting) and language (excelling in German) at Millard North High School, I ended up completing a B.A. in Philosophy at the University of Nebraska in Omaha (I consider philosophy “the art of asking good questions”). I attended Concordia Seminary in St Louis to finish a Master of Divinity in May 2000. Since then I have served as a shepherd-teacher for followers of Jesus in Oklahoma, Nebraska, South Dakota, and now Michigan. I happily reside with my family in Grand Haven, Michigan, where I serve a community of Jesus followers in Spring Lake called Lakeshore Fellowship. When I’m not reading or studying one of several books at a time, I enjoy spending time with Tracy and the kids, going for walks in nature, relaxing at the beach (with a good book!), cycling, exploring new things and places, watching Star Trek, or painting.

Along the way I’ve encountered many casualties of organized Christianity – those who have been sorely hurt, turned off, offended, or just disenchanted with all its stale rules and rituals. My desire is to compassionately hear and love those who have been broken or turned off by the church and those who have rejected an ugly God they can no longer worship. I want to wrestle alongside those who have nagging questions and doubts about who God is and what our place in this ugly world is. Most especially, I want to paint a better, more beautiful picture for them and for the world – to reimagine – who God is as unfailing, relentless LOVE, gloriously revealed in Jesus the Messiah-King.

I invite you to join the conversation!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Guest Speaker: Mark Roberts

This week we welcome guest Mark Roberts, Associate Director for First Priority of America, visiting us from Florida.
Mark is a motivational and dynamic speaker you won't want to miss! Join us Sunday morning at 10 am!

    
Sunday's message:
When we pray it's all too easy for us to consider our own needs or the needs of others first. "Lord, help us, heal us, bless us, direct us."
But Jesus changes our priorities for prayer when He teaches us to focus on God's concerns first as we pray, "Hallowed be Thy name" - or in more clear English, "Your name be honored as holy."
This Sunday we continue our new series, Lord, Teach Us to Pray, as we consider the First Petition of the Lord's Prayer in our message titled, "God's Name is to Be Holy in Our Lives" based on Matthew 6:9-13 and John 17.

    
Sunday, June 23, 2019

What Are You Living For?

"What Are You Living For?" That's the title of our message for this coming Sunday.
So many people are confused about what their purpose or aim in life is. In fact, there is an epidemic of meaninglessness that is driving up the rate of drinking, drug use, violence and suicide rates. We have a reason to live that transforms our lives when we know God's love revealed in our risen Lord. Because He lives, we live too - no longer for ourselves, but for Him!
Come and hear what God's Word says to us in 2 Corinthians 5:14 - 6:2.

** This is a partial recording of this service. Please see additional recordings from "Worship/ Video Sermons" from Lakeshore's main website page. **

    
Sunday's message: Are you daily connecting with the Lord in prayer? Do you feel like your prayer life could grow deeper and more consistent?
Just like the disciples, perhaps our request is, Lord, Teach Us How to Pray. This is the theme of our new message series for the summer as we look at the petitions of the Lord's Prayer that Jesus gave to teach us how to pray.
Our first message this Sunday is "The Invitation to Pray to Our Father" from Matthew 6:5-13, 7:7-12.

    
Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter Sunday! "Our Living Hope"

 
This Sunday is Easter Sunday!!

Easter Sunday's message-
Jesus is risen from the dead! Hallelujah! There is life with God beyond death and the grave!
No news could be more earth-shaking. No news could be more life-transforming than this Good News of the bodily resurrection of Jesus. This announcement of God's victory in Jesus over sin, death, and the devil gives us a confident hope that fills us today with the life of God.
Join us this Easter Sunday for our message, "Our Living Hope" based on Matthew 27:57 - 28:15.


** There is no audio recording. Please see "Worship/ Video Sermons" from Lakeshore's main website page. **
 
Good Friday!
"Crucifixion of Jesus"

April 19th at 7pm.

** There is no audio recording. Please see "Worship/ Video Sermons" from Lakeshore's main website page. **
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Maundy Thursday! "The Last Supper"

 
 
Maundy Thursday!
"The Last Supper"
April 18th at 7pm

** There is no audio recording. Please see "Worship/ Video Sermons" from Lakeshore's main website page. **
Sunday, April 14, 2019

Welcome Your King of Peace!

"Hosanna to the Son of David!" the people shouted out. Jesus was riding into Jerusalem on a donkey as their King.
What kind of King is he? Not the kind of King they expected or wanted. Perhaps not even the kind of King we're looking for. Yet, God comes to us through Jesus in unexpected and humble ways so we may live under His loving reign.
Join us this Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week, for our message, "Welcome Your King of Peace!" based on Matthew 21:1-11 and Philippians 2:1-11.

    
Jesus has risen from the dead and is King over all creation! He has redeemed all of humanity! This is the Good News Jesus entrusted to His apostles, as representatives of His church, to share with the whole world so people may come to faith and follow Jesus.
This is the Great Commission Jesus gave us as His disciples.
Join us this Sunday for our message, "Commissioned by the King" based on Matthew 28:1-20. 

** There is no audio recording. Please see "Worship/ Video Sermons" from Lakeshore's main website page. **
Sunday, June 16, 2019

The Slain Lamb Reigns Over All

When we look at politics in our government or in nations around the world, we see a lot of personal power plays, corruption, and a lack of truth-telling. Not to mention how things go in families, businesses, churches and communities.
In all the disorder of life that we face, is the Lord really in control of it all? Sometimes it's hard to believe.
But the truth is that how the Lord reigns is not by coercive power, but by His self-giving love, and in the end His love will reign over all.
Our message this Sunday is titled, "The Slain Lamb Reigns Over All" based on Revelation 5:1-14.

    
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Meet Pastor Chris

  • Hi! My name is Chris Boehnke (a good German name pronounced “Bane-key”). Tracy, my wife, and I have been married for 21 years and God has blessed us with four beautiful children: Joshua (18), Lauren (16), Nathaniel (13), and Mikayla (9). I treasure my wife and family among the greatest gifts God has given me in life. I was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska – the heartland of the Midwest – by two loving parents, Don and Linda. I grew up attending a conservative but vibrant Lutheran congregation, while also experiencing excursions into other evangelical and charismatic church environments. This exposed me to a breadth of Christian practice and teaching that has incited me over the years to ask a ton of questions and to seek deeper understanding regarding what “the church” is and what it’s central message, “the Gospel,” is all about. While my interests were in art…

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