Pastor Jim’s Blog

Odds and Ends at TLC and Beyond

Odds and Ends at TLC and Beyond

Join us this Sunday July 8th for Worship at Trinity Lutheran Church. Summer Worship is at 8:00 and 10:00 a.m.. The Amazing VBS decorations are up and we will be treated to some beautiful music. We will gather as the people of God and we will be singing some great...

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Coming up with Solutions

Coming up with Solutions

The easiest thing in the world is to make the observation that things are not as they should be. Children should not be separated from their parents. People should not be homeless or hungry. The United States, with 5% of the world’s population, should not use 24% of...

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“What is my Song for this Day?”

“What is my Song for this Day?”

I get lots of emails every day, a hundred or more. Most do not require a lot of thought or response. “Can we meet this week?” “Will you make coffee for the third cousins of the Sons of Norway group meeting?” “Nice sermon.” “Bad sermon.” “I had no idea what that sermon...

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We Must Be Different

We Must Be Different

Philip Yancey reminded us that as Christians we must be different. We must stand up, stand out, kneel down, wash feet, turn the other cheek, be generous and forgiving. That is how Christianity took root. It was a group of people who marched to the beat of a different...

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Words from the Cross, Words for Holy Week.

Words from the Cross, Words for Holy Week.

“My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” Have you ever had something to say, but not enough time to say it? Have you ever had something to say, but not enough energy to get it out? I have experienced this very thing many times at countless deathbed scenes. The one...

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My Grandson

My Grandson

Weekly Word I spend every Friday with my grandson. Camden, almost 20 months old now, is beginning to use words. I am “Bapa”. Felicia is “Gigi”. “Yum Yum” is lunch. “No bye” means, I pretty much know your opinion, see ya. His vocabulary is expanding, but Cam has been...

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The Eighth Commandment and You and Social Media

The Eighth Commandment and You and Social Media

The Eighth Commandment: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” What is prohibited by this commandment? False witness, telling lies, spreading rumors, posting or reposting fake news. And who is my neighbor? Jesus pretty much defined that one for us...

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Thank you!

Thank you!

Weekly Word “God loves a cheerful giver.” We are Blessed to be a Blessing. I don’t say thank you nearly enough for all that you do for me and TLC. The work that we share would not be possible without your prayers, your financial support, your volunteer hours, and your...

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Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled

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

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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Life Choices and Quality of Life

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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Respect and Love, Even When We Disagree

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?

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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For Everything There Is A Season

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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God is up to something beautiful!

God is up to something beautiful!

This Sunday at TLC God is up to Something Beautiful. It is Vacation Bible School Week at TLC. The children will be singing at the 10:00 service. WEAR Tee-Shirts! It is going to be warm, and then we will all look like the Kids! BRING a loaf of BREAD if you can. One per...

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A Ride in the Golf Cart

A Ride in the Golf Cart

We went out for a ride in the golf cart. Cam, my 11 month old grandson, wanted to drive. He can communicate quite well for a little man who has yet to utter an intelligible word. He wanted to drive. So, he stood on the seat with his Nike hat on his head and placed two...

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This Sunday is going to be amazing!

This Sunday is going to be amazing!

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord!” This Sunday is going to be amazing! I promise you that you will be blessed if you put yourself in the path of the Gospel this Sunday. The first thing you need to do is to remember that we are...

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The Weekly Word

The Weekly Word

I am sitting in my office early on Tuesday morning. It is cloudy and cool this morning, but I cannot help but be thankful for the beautiful Summer that we had. Four days of sunshine, long ferry lines, and tourists. God is good! A few items for your consideration: This...

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What is the point?

What is the point?

He sat in my office, cup of coffee in his hand, a slight tremor in his little finger. “Tell me pastor, what is the point?” “What is the point of what?” “All of it. I just don’t get it. I wake up every morning and it is the same thing over and over again. Things...

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An Amazing Place of Grace

An Amazing Place of Grace

Trinity is an Amazing Place of Grace. And you are an Amazing Collection of Grace filled people. It is an absolute joy to be your pastor. I want to THANK YOU for your continued participation in God’s TLC Miracle. A church, at a wide spot in the road in Freeland, is...

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What a Wonderful Easter

What a Wonderful Easter

What a wonderful, festive, colorful, creative, fun, playful and inspirational Easter Celebration we had at TLC! The Easter garden set the tone for an Easter celebration. The Choir was amazing! Our musicians were flawless. The Easter Egg hunt was epic. Our young people...

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