Pastor Jim’s Blog

Offering Jesus to the Whole World

Offering Jesus to the Whole World

Today's Word from Rev. David Bieniek...  I remember the day my nephew Jonathan was born. I remember seeing him for the first time. As many mothers do, my sister asked me, “Would you like to hold him?” Of course, I did. When we hold a baby, we know that we...

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Is This Heaven?

Is This Heaven?

Today's Word from Pastor Tom Kidd...  I admit I am going through a bit of sports withdrawal. It can be pathetic. Every time I watch a replay of the '95 Mariners coming back to beat the Yankees three in a row to make it to the American League Championship,...

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No Vacations from Being a Christian

No Vacations from Being a Christian

Today's Word from Pastor Jim...  “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ.” Philippians 1:27I try to have a good attitude in public, even when I don’t have a good attitude in general. There are no vacations from our...

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One More Thing…

One More Thing…

Today's Word from Minister of Music, Karl Olsen...   Good Monday morning to you all!   I hope you’re well, and patiently staying safe during this crisis, even while anxiously peering toward the future for signs of a healthy re-opening! We’ve witnessed your continuous...

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The Shoe-Turning

The Shoe-Turning

Today's Word from Rev. David Bieniek...  For this week I offer you an ancient story, that some wise person told me along my spiritual journey.An old woman leaves her village. She is tired of the pettiness, dishonesty, and unfriendliness of the people she...

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Angels Unaware

Angels Unaware

Today's Word from Pastor Jim. .. “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:2Do you believe in angels? Or do you think that they are simply a sign of an overactive...

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Circled Dates

Circled Dates

Today's Word from Pastor Jim...  “My grace is sufficient for you.” 2 Corinthians 12:9It has been eight weeks now since I asked you to circle a date on your calendar. At that time, May 17th seemed like a long way off. The Center for Disease Control had just...

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Maybe Growing Down Could Help?

Maybe Growing Down Could Help?

Today's Word from Pastor Tom Kidd...  I think that when I was a child, a small child, I wasn’t afraid. I believe that is true. This observation comes by way of 45 years as a pastor watching children, and 44 years as a parent. So, I’m thinking that if the...

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I Wore a Tie Today

I Wore a Tie Today

Today's Word from Pastor Jim...  Pretty much every day for the past 34 years I have come to church wearing a tie or a clerical collar. I have more than a hundred ties, some of them attractive. I always figured that if someone took the time to come see me,...

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Blessings of Spring

Blessings of Spring

Today's Word from Rev. David Bieniek...  One spring morning not too long ago, before we were sheltered in place, I woke up to the most glorious site. Mt. Baker was out; the early morning colors of the sun were just beginning to reappear, subtle yet...

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A Video Update

A Video Update

Tired of reading?  Want to see an actual face in a familiar location?  Click on the arrow button in this post to see Pastor Jim’s video greeting. Drive-by Food Drive at TLC Tuesday, May 5 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Your church staff will greet you safely,...

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Grief, Hope, and Generosity

Grief, Hope, and Generosity

Grief, Hope, and Generosity; It is a Great Time to be the Church Together!...Today's Word from Pastor Jim......  I find myself writing about, preaching about, and feeling lots of GRIEF these days. I am continually reminded that no one has escaped the grief...

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Y’all Need Jesus… and a Pony

Y’all Need Jesus… and a Pony

Today's Word from Pastor Tom Kidd...  Recently I posted on Facebook a Ted Talk featuring the author Anne Lamott. She is exactly the incarnation of the line, “Hang out with sinners just enough to ruin your reputation with religious people.” If you have not...

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A Brief Chapter in History

A Brief Chapter in History

Today's Word from Pastor Jim...  “Cast all your anxiety on God, for God cares about you.” I Peter 5:7It is an anxious time. We are bored. We are concerned about the days and years ahead. We are caged animals, longing for release from this isolation. We so...

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Stillness

Stillness

Today's Word from Rev. David Bieniek...  For years I have subscribed to The Daily Word online and each morning I get a word and a short meditation in my inbox. Some days it seems that someone looked into my life and said, “He needs this word today.” That...

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Everyone Could Use a Little Kindness

Everyone Could Use a Little Kindness

Today's Word from Pastor Jim...  “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.” Philippians 2  I had a conversation...

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Blue Tape Living

Blue Tape Living

Today's Word from Trinity Member Denise Wilson...  During the COVID-19 pandemic, stores that remain open have chosen multiple options for keeping customers and employees safe in their stores. Prior to the pandemic, blue tape was only a "thing" while...

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Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday... Country Music Sunday...  We are bringing you this video from last October when we gathered at TLC to worship with a wide variety of Country Music hymns and songs.Put your boots on, get out that cowboy hat and your fiddle, and get...

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Make a Decision and…  

Make a Decision and…  

Today's Word from Pastor Tom Kidd..   Sunday School teacher… “God answers prayer with three possible answers: yes, no, or not now.” I told the teacher I was getting a lot of “not now” to my prayer requests. To which she said, “Maybe, given what you are...

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A Few Quotes for Today

A Few Quotes for Today

Today's Word from Karl Olsen, Minister of Music...  I love quotes. Not feeling all that "quote-worthy" most of the time, it is wonderful to see God's world and it's many wonders and quirks through the eyes of other humans on this journey, and maybe filter...

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Unprecedented Times

Unprecedented Times

Today's Word from Pastor Pastor Jim...  “I lift up my eyes to the hills, from where is my help to come? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121We live in unprecedented times. Just a few months ago, unemployment was at...

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Watching for Whales and Hope

Watching for Whales and Hope

Today's Word from Rev. David Bieniek... The blue-green waters of Puget Sound seem to stretch on forever some days. There is life out here. We learn of the amazing beauty and diversity under these waters in so many ways – TV and radio shows, podcasts and...

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God Loves Us Perfectly

God Loves Us Perfectly

Today's Word from Pastor Pastor Jim... “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6.Yesterday, I wrote about the first sentence of this cornerstone teaching of Jesus. Today, we will look at the second...

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Christianity is Not at War with Science

Christianity is Not at War with Science

Today's Word from Pastor Pastor Jim... “I am the way, the truth and the life.” John 14:6 There is no disconnect between our faith and science. No scientific discovery could shake my faith. Is there life on other planets? Science would tell us that the odds are very...

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Finished! Right??

Finished! Right??

Today's Word from Pastor Pastor Tom Kidd...Jesus said, “It is finished.” John 19:30.Jesus said “It is finished” and then he gave up his spirit and died. We heard the text last Friday, Good Friday. Jesus said “It is finished” so it must be finished. But...

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He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!Today's Word from Pastor JimI look forward to Easter – 2021!“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town and spend a year there, doing business and making money.’ Yet you do not even know...

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An Easter Song from TLC

An Easter Song from TLC

Today's Word from Minister of Music Karl Olsen...Happy Easter Monday!I hope your Easter celebrations were filled with connections near and far yesterday.I know we talked with folks all over the country, sharing joy and news with those we love. So nice to...

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Easter Eggs and Internal Beauty

Easter Eggs and Internal Beauty

Today's Word from Rev. David Bieniek...  As a child I loved dyeing Easter eggs at this time of the year, and the truth is, I still do love dyeing Easter eggs.The problem is that I was a bit of a perfectionist. No matter how hard I tried, writing with that...

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I Hope You See the Stars Tonight

I Hope You See the Stars Tonight

Today's Word from Pastor Jim..."Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1Faith is moving forward when you are not sure where you are going, not sure what waits for you around the bend, not sure what...

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Responding in the Time of Crisis

Responding in the Time of Crisis

Today's Word from Pastor Jim...When this crisis began, I wondered how we would respond, and what God would be up to in the midst of chaos and uncertainty. Concentration Camp survivor and noted author Victor Frankl said, “What matters is to turn one’s...

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Holy Week and the Gift of Imagination

Holy Week and the Gift of Imagination

Today's Word from Pastor Tom Kidd...An educator was expounding on the importance of imagination, “Creativity must be co-equal to literacy.” Picasso said, “All children are born artists.” So how is it that most of us would plaintively sigh that there is not...

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Recipe for a Funeral

Recipe for a Funeral

Today's Word from Pastor Jim...This season of isolation has brought with it a season without funerals. Unless you have recently lost a loved one, you probably have not been acutely aware of this painful reality. Funerals provide critical vehicles for...

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Unanswered Prayers

Unanswered Prayers

Today's Word from Pastor Jim... When I reflect back on my life, I realize that most of the things I worried about did not happen. Most of the seemingly critical issues that caused me to lose sleep, were not very important in the larger scheme of things. When that girl...

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Heroes Loom Larger in Our Memories

Heroes Loom Larger in Our Memories

Today's Word from Pastor Tom Kidd.... Nels, my grandfather, was born in 1894. At his tallest, he was maybe 5’9” but in my memory he was a giant. A simple dirt farmer on the Minnesota prairies, Grandpa Nels, along with Ida, raised 7 children to adulthood,...

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What is our Calling in the Midst of Crisis?

What is our Calling in the Midst of Crisis?

Today's Word from Pastor Jim...“Do not remember the former things. I am about to do a new thing.” Isaiah 43:18“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28What is our calling...

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Fighting the Crisis on Two Fronts

Fighting the Crisis on Two Fronts

Today's Word from Pastor Jim April is here. Thank God that we made it through March. March came in like a lion and never really backed off. March was marked by disruption, uncertainty, shock, fear, and finally, isolation. Church, sports, school, all things social,...

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Loss in a Time of Isolation

Loss in a Time of Isolation

Today's Word from Pastor JimWe are all experiencing loss in this time of isolation. I remember quite vividly January of 1997. My best friend, mentor, golf partner, and father, Harold Lindus, was dying of cancer. I had made plans to be with him later in the...

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It’s a Small World After All

It’s a Small World After All

Today's Word from Pastor Jim When we are born, our world is very small. The whole world revolves around the comfort and nourishment of our mother’s breast, and a place to lay our head in slumber. Newborn babies sleep about 17 hours a day. In the opening months of our...

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Where Are You?

Where Are You?

Today's Word from Pastor Jim “All who believed were together and had all things in common, they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all as any had need.” The Second Chapter of Acts. Last week I asked a very simple question: “What day...

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Priesthood of All Believers

Priesthood of All Believers

Today's Word from Pastor Jim I have spent most of my life eating fruit from trees that I did not plant. If everyone were like me, we would have a lot of interesting little anecdotes to amuse us as we died of starvation. I have never planted a crop in my life, and yet...

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In the Beginning of the Beginning

In the Beginning of the Beginning

Today's Word from Pastor Jim“In the beginning God created the heaven and earth.” Genesis 1:1“In the beginning of the beginning that is always beginning, God created the creation that is still.” A more literal translation of the Hebrew Genesis 1:1If God created all...

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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

Today'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 honest. This daily diet of isolation, gloom, and doom...

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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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