Pastor Jim’s Blog

Your Church Staff Keeps Working

Your Church Staff Keeps Working

Today's Word from Pastor JimYour Church Staff keeps working! We determined if Home Depot is essential to the people of Washington, then so is our work. Believe me, we are taking this virus very seriously. We are not meeting face-to-face. Our campus is...

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Can Anyone Tell Me What Day it is?

Can Anyone Tell Me What Day it is?

Today's Word from Pastor Jim I am finding this whole coronavirus experience to be very disorienting. I wake up in the morning and I am not always sure what day it is, or what it is that I am to be doing. My entire adult life has revolved around the rhythm of church....

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A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Single Step

A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Single Step

A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Single StepToday's Word from Pastor Jim“Let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9If you are getting weary, raise your hand. Come on, be...

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May You Live in Interesting Times

May You Live in Interesting Times

Today's Word from Pastor Jim I am getting dozens, if not hundreds, of texts and emails these days. There is a Chinese proverb that says, “May you live in interesting times.” OK, enough already. I am ready for a little boring, routine, mundane. But as with most things...

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Aunt Alice Lee

Aunt Alice Lee

Today's Word from Pastor Jim“Rejoice in the Lord always, again I will say rejoice… for I have learned to be content with whatever I have. I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances, I have learned...

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Drills

Drills

A Word from Pastor Jim I remember the drills. Not the dentist; that is a different story. Not the drills that my golf coach had for us; that, too, is a different story. The good news or bad news is that if this coronavirus goes on for weeks or months, you may indeed...

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Church In a Time of Coronavirus

Church In a Time of Coronavirus

“I thank my God in every remembrance of you.” Philippians 1:3Worship services this Sunday will be canceled. In good conscience we cannot put a vulnerable population at further risk. A good shepherd will not expose the flock to unnecessary danger. Until...

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This Too Will Pass

This Too Will Pass

This Too Will Pass A Word from Pastor Jim Do you remember the days after 9-11? The markets were in chaos. The skies were eerily silent. Airports were empty. The future seemed uncertain. Time seemed to stand still and all of life was in a kind of limbo. The...

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Our Life Together and the Coronavirus

Our Life Together and the Coronavirus

A Word From Pastor Jim About Our Life Together and the Coronavirus At TLC we care about our community and the well-being, abundant life of all. There is no need to panic about the coronavirus, but we will use best practices to be prudent and responsible. Our staff is...

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God Bless the Human Race

God Bless the Human Race

God Bless the Human RaceWeekly WordIn March, I will be taking 30 TLC Pilgrims to Israel. This year will be the 25th anniversary of my first trip in 1995. Israel was never on my list of places to go. Four of our “more senior” female church members took me...

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Weekly Word: Do Not Be Afraid

Weekly Word: Do Not Be Afraid

“Do not be afraid. Fear not.” That word from God to humans appears 365 times in the Bible. Is that a coincidence? For each and every day in the year – 365 times - God tells us not to be afraid. And yet, we are afraid. When we are born, in our purest state, formed by...

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Lessons From Preschool

Lessons From Preschool

Lessons From Preschool For the past 22 years I have lived with a Preschool Teacher. (I am her long-term, perhaps never-ending, project.) Kindergarten teachers are very happy when they get Trinity Preschool graduates. They know that our 5-year-old graduates...

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Optimism in 2020

Optimism in 2020

Optimism in 2020Weekly WordFelicia and I watched the new Netflix documentary called “Inside Bill’s Brain.” It is a three-part series offering insights into the genius of Bill Gates. It is fascinating, to say the least. Bill Gates reads 14 books a week; he...

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Weekly Word

Weekly Word

Weekly WordThe Seahawks are in the playoffs after an agonizing finish to the regular season. They literally missed winning the division by inches. But this Sunday at 1:00, they will be playing in Philadelphia. That means that their schedule will not...

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Christmas Memories

Christmas Memories

Weekly WordIt was a day that I will never forget for a variety of reasons. Thirty-eight years ago today, my Grandmother Elliott died. She loved Christmas. Christmas in my family revolved around my grandmother; at her house each Christmas Eve there would be...

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Advent: A Season of Waiting and Preparing

Advent: A Season of Waiting and Preparing

Weekly WordWe began our Advent journey as we always do. On the first Sunday of Advent, we gathered for worship and lit one candle on the Advent Wreath. The candle is known as the Prophet’s Candle. It remembers the prophets of God who foretold the coming of...

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Blessed to be a Blessing

Blessed to be a Blessing

Weekly Word I received a thank you card in the mail last week. “Pastor Jim and Trinity Church, our hearts are so humbled and thankful for your extremely generous check!!! We were able to purchase an entire case of the extra-large cans of Nutramigen formula for our...

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The Walking Dead and Other Great Halloween Topics

The Walking Dead and Other Great Halloween Topics

Weekly Word My grandson is three years old. Camden said, “Mom, I want to have a conversation with you. A conversation, okay? About being dead?” He then asked his mother, “Where is heaven? Where is God? Can you still walk when you are dead? Are there any scary monsters...

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Saddle up Your Horse and Come to TLC

Saddle up Your Horse and Come to TLC

Weekly Word I hope that you will join us for worship this Sunday, October 20th. I promise you that it will be a unique worship experience. Unique in the 66-year history of TLC. Inspired by the Ken Burns PBS Documentary titled, “Country Music,” we will be using country...

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God’s Kindness Is In Your Heart

God’s Kindness Is In Your Heart

Weekly Word... My good friend Tony Aguilar called me this morning. We talked yesterday before he met with his medical team. Tony came to TLC as the love of his life, Teddy, was dying of cancer. Tony caught a double dose of the Holy Ghost here. He was inspired and...

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