Pastor Jim’s Blog

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Feeling Entitled is not good for you

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We live in a culture of entitlement, or essentially insisting that we deserve this or that. We go to grocery stores and enter as “preferred customers”, “VIP members”, or something similar that builds our egos. What does all this do to our psyche?  Well, it certainly doesn’t cultivate gratitude, or a sense of dependence on […]

Love your neighbor

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Thoughts on Charity, from C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity: “The rule for all of us is perfectly simple. Do not waste time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you […]

We are not unaware of Satan’s schemes…

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Ephesians 6:11  “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.“ If the devil were in our churches, homes, society, or culture, he would be pretty obvious, wouldn’t he? Would he be this obvious? Satan is the father of lies and a murderer from the […]

10 Life Lessons in Trials

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James chapter 1 reads, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4 ESV) Probably none of us will say that […]

Is your communication building bridges, or walls?

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Every relationship we have with other people consists of choices and actions: we either work to build bridges to others, sharing in relationship with them and building intimacy, or we put up bricks and barriers that become a wall between us.   As followers of Christ, we must realize that other people will invariably disappoint […]

Always Rejoicing…but not in the misfortune of others

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Obadiah 12 ESV “But do not gloat over the day of your brother in the day of his misfortune; do not rejoice over the people of Judah in the day of their ruin; do not boast in the day of distress.” Here God tells the Edomites (the descendants of Esau) not to gloat over the […]