Pastor Jim’s Blog

Stick to Jesus

Weekly Word What do we agree on? Where do we have common ground? What does it mean to follow Jesus? Is there a Christian position that addresses the cultural, legal and social issues that threaten to divide us? We believe that God created human beings, our...

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Vision 2020 Update

Thank you for your love, your support, and your good care of your TLC home. God loves a cheerful giver. Vision 2020 is a campaign dedicated to the care of our Trinity Lutheran Church Campus, our Island Community, and the people of Bihar, India. This two-year campaign...

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Is it Political?

Weekly WordI stay away from politics. For 30 years I have served here and people do not know how I vote. Why? Because how I vote is important to me, but it is not important to anyone else. I am not an expert in politics. I am not particularly skilled at...

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Death Will Not Have the Last Word

“All people are grass, their constancy is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” Isaiah 40 Chauncey and Carol sauntered into church this past Sunday as they always do. They arrived at...

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Faith is a Most Difficult Endeavor

Weekly Word “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 Faith is a most difficult endeavor. Babies and toddlers mostly live by faith. That may be why Jesus encouraged us to have faith “like a child.” Babies rely...

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“Where Can I Go…?”

“Where can I go then from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I climb up to heaven, you are there; if I make the grave my bed, you are there also. If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there...

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Ashes

It struck me last night, as I looked out on the ashen foreheads of God’s people gathered for the Ash Wednesday service. It struck me last night, what our community and island might be like if Christian people wore those ashes every day. In theory anyway, there are a...

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You Can Lead a Horse to Water…

You Can Lead a Horse to Water…Weekly Word“You can lead a horse to water, but a pencil must be lead.” Stan Laurel.I realize that many who are reading this Weekly Word have no idea who Stanley Laurel was. He was, of course, one half of the comedy team...

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Everyone Welcome – Everyone Equal

Everyone Welcome - Everyone Equal Weekly Word My grandmother used to tell me stories. When she was a child, she would on occasion go with her mother to the home of the richest family in DeKalb, Illinois. DeKalb was the birthplace of barbed wire. Barbed wire helped...

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365 Days in the Year

There are 365 days in the year—only one day is Christmas. Here you see a photo of my grandson Camden from last Friday, December 21st, as the Trinity Preschoolers got to visit with Bill “Santa” Read. Bill came down from his home in Coupeville on both Thursday and...

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