Pastor's Blog

Pastor's Blog

Reach the World Via Your Own Backyard

It was just a tweet that I read as I was finishing breakfast this week. It’s been quite the news week, hasn’t it?  It’s been a week that’ll give you whiplash and news glut overload if you don’t just turn away occasionally. But this tweet stuck to me. Why? Because for...

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Summer

We enjoyed a grand Sunday morning last weekend. Historic, actually. Honoring the Junkermanns was a blast, and it helped me to remember the good things God has done. He’s amazing, actually. But now we press ahead. It’s summer. VBS opens in two weeks. Really? After VBS...

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Thank You Junkermann Family!

This morning is a momentous moment in the life of our church family. Yes, it is the unofficial beginning of summer (and we might actually get to see some sun, though I’m not counting on it). But that’s not what makes this day so special. Today is officially CELEBRATE...

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Three Teenage Boys Who Did Something

I invited a guest to author the Back Page this week. Well, I got this in an email and couldn’t put it down. So, here you go. And thank you, Paul Tripp. – Pastor Jim When you look at a 16-year-old, what are your hopes and expectations for them? Go to school, do your...

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Handling Life’s Surprises

I shall begin this Back Page with a statement dripping in sarcasm, in case it’s not obvious.  I had a wonderful start to the week. From the high of walking in the land of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (among others), I spent my first hours back in the saddle in the...

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Evidence

I am freshly back from a couple of weeks in Israel and Jordan. Of course, I’m exhausted. I mean, we walked 68 miles over 13 days, surrounded by six take-offs and countless security lines. With the time change there and back, we are all a bit worn on our return. But it...

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The Presence of God

Today was our last day of touring in Israel. Could it be? We will be up early in the morning headed to Jordan. The adventure continues. Our last day in Israel was great. Besides two amazing meals — one Palestinian and one Lebanese — we toured Samaria today — Shiloh,...

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The Storm

Shalom from Galilee. My feet ache. I need a nap. But dinner is soon. My soul, though, is refreshed, without a doubt. Today was our second day of touring and we are exhausted. We’ve walked five miles each day already and seen several thousand years of history within a...

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To Protect and To Serve

I’ve been approved for a new role in the community, volunteer chaplain for the Sheriff’s department. The phone rang last week to see if I could assist with a death notification. What a way to start! A female inmate was in custody when the coroner called with news that...

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Stranger Than A Herd of Goats

It was a bit of a strange sight so it got my attention right away. I was on my way to church, approaching Ralph’s (the one at Crest and Hawthorne). Not many people park on Crest, especially at that time of day. But a crowd had gathered. I saw several cell phones...

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