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Posts by Pastor Jim

In the Path of the Storm

Having lived through Hurricane Andrew 25 years ago, I know what it is to have such a powerful and destructive force bearing down on you. In our case we were blissfully unaware that there even was a storm until the day before. I was out water skiing with the youth group from church when a ranger informed us there was one on…

Steadfast Love

Psalm 25:4-12 – Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth or…

Why I (We?) Love Jesus Too Little

Luke 7:36-47 – One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, and standing behind him at his…

Careless Words

Numbers 13:31 – 14:4 – Then the men who had gone up with [Caleb to spy put the land] said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are.”  So they brought to the people of Israel a bad report of the land that they had spied out, saying, “The land, through which we…

Faithfulness

Matthew 25:14-30 – “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property.  15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.  16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them,…

How to “Watch” for Jesus’ Return

Matthew 24:44-51 – “Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.  “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time?  Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. …

Doing the Two Step

Matthew 22:34-40 – But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together.  And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him.  “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”  And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with…

What are you wearing?

Matthew 22:8-14 – Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’  And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with…

Grace Forgotten?

Matthew 20:20-34 –  Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came up to him with her sons, and kneeling before him she asked him for something.  And he said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Say that these two sons of mine are to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your…

The Power of Faith

Matthew 17:14-20 – And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and, kneeling before him, said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly. For often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not heal him.” And…