Pastor Jim’s Blog

Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled

Anxiety—What good does it do? Jesus said, “Let not your hearts be troubled…” “Cast all your anxiety on God, because God cares for you.” I Peter 5:7. “Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10. I have been doing this work for a long time. For more than 31 years, I...

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The Problem with Sin

Jesus said, “This is my blood, shed for you, for the forgiveness of sin.” “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” “Neither do I condemn you, now go and sin no more.” Jesus never met a dead body that he did not raise to new life, and Jesus never met a sinner that he did not...

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ENDING 2017 IN A GOOD WAY / STARTING THE NEW YEAR OUT RIGHT

ENDING 2017 IN A GOOD WAY STARTING THE NEW YEAR OUT RIGHT. As 2017 comes to an end we have the opportunity to worship and celebrate together. December 10th — Worship focuses on John the Baptist. December 11th — “Jazzin’ with the Classics,” Jeffrey Cohan in Concert in...

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Life Choices and Quality of Life

Next week, I will spend an entire day teaching Health classes at South Whidbey High School. This has become a Fall and Spring ritual for me. It is a great opportunity to spend time with young people. Hopefully, our time together will offer a perspective that might be...

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REFORMATION 500 – WEAR RED THIS SUNDAY!

Join us this Weekend at TLC for a Reformation Celebration that has been 500 years in the making! On October 31st, 1517 Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany. Across the globe this weekend Christians will be remembering the 500th...

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Respect and Love, Even When We Disagree

WEEKLY WORD... I have been watching the Vietnam Documentary on PBS this past week. Born in 1959, I was a little young to remember it. I grew up outside Chicago in a university town. There were 25,000 students in DeKalb, Illinois. I do remember the protests and riots...

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What if it is not true?

What if it is not true? Weekly Word The question was raised to me this week. “Pastor, what if it is not true? What if it is not true: the Jesus story, the God story, heaven and hell. What if it is not true? What if THIS is all there is?” I love questions of faith and...

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Rally Day is Sept. 10. Come Join Us!

Come Join Us! • Rally Day Worship this Sunday at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00. • Wear your favorite Tee-Shirt • Sunday School at 9:30 • Adult Education in the Fireside Room 9:30-10:30 • Festive Coffee Hours • Rally Day All Church Picnic at the M Bar C Ranch 1:00- 3:30 pm. We...

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For Everything There Is A Season

  For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. A time to mourn, and a time to dance. It was an interesting 21 hours in my life. It began with a funeral and ended with a baptism. In between the funeral and the baptism was a wedding...

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New Church Council Members and Officers

Most every Summer, we have a peaceful transition of power as the leadership of Trinity Lutheran Church reflects the results of recent elections. At the regularly scheduled Mid-Year Congregational Meeting in June, we thanked Mike Etzell, Kevin Lungren, Teri Schallock...

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