Pastor Jim’s Blog

What Happens at TLC Does Not Happen Anywhere Else

What Happens at TLC Does Not Happen Anywhere Else

Weekly WordWhat happens here does not happen anywhere else. It does not happen at the country club, it does not happen in the public schools, it does not happen at Rotary or Soroptimists. What happens at TLC does not happen anywhere else.This Sunday, the...

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You Knit Me Together

You Knit Me Together

WEEKLY WORD“You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will thank you because I am marvelously made.” Psalm 139My brain is on leave this week, so let me just share a thought or two.I had a DNA test done about a month ago. The results were interesting, but...

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Judge Not

Judge Not

Jesus said, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged.” Matthew 7:1There are a variety of Spiritual Gifts listed in the Bible: Prophecy, Serving, Teaching, Healing, Giving, Mercy, Wisdom, Knowledge,...

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Well Done, Good and Faithful Servants

Well Done, Good and Faithful Servants

Honoring Pastor Dennis and Jeri Hanson, and Pastor Eric and Kathleen OttumThe Summer of 2019 gives us the opportunity to observe two remarkable milestones in the lives of our beloved pastors.Pastor Dennis Hanson was ordained 55 years ago. Dennis and Jeri...

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Moon People

Moon People

Moon PeopleWeekly Word50 Years today, the world watched as Neil Armstrong set foot on the Moon. Happy Anniversary!Scientists tell us that there is no man on the moon. In fact, there is no life whatsoever. However, without the moon there would be no human...

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Stick to Jesus

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

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?

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

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

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…?”

“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

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…

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

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

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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Christmas Memories

Christmas Memories

Weekly Word I think about her often. She lived in a modest home built by her father. She walked with a limp; I was with her when she broke that leg. When I stayed overnight, we made fudge together. She taught me how to play poker. She was the first person I knew who...

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Prayer and Miracles

Prayer and Miracles

We have been engaging in serious theological conversation the past two weeks. You are all theologians and I am proud of you. What is a “theologian?” A theologian is one who studies the movement and mysteries of God. It is important to note that theology is not exactly...

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Seventeen Years Have Passed

Seventeen Years Have Passed

Weekly Word “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 121 The sun had just risen on September 11, 2001. Two days earlier we had rallied for the Fall and used, for the first time,...

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Open 24/7 But Closed Today

Open 24/7 But Closed Today

Open 24/7 But Closed Today Weekly Word I was on the mainland yesterday and decided to wash the smoke and ash off my car. I noticed a sign that said, “New Touchless Car Wash. Open 24/7.” Perfect, I pulled up to the car wash and there was another sign. This...

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Putting Worry in its place

Putting Worry in its place

This Sunday the sermon title is “Putting Worry in its place.” We have more to worry about than ever before. We have less to worry about than ever before. Both are true. Thanks to social media and a 24-hour news cycle we have more to worry about than ever...

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They Got Out Alive

They Got Out Alive

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.” Isaiah 55:8 The Boys and their Coach got out alive. The world was united in prayer for a few weeks. It seems that those prayers were answered. Answered by the intellect and ingenuity of...

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