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Pastor’s Corner

Pastor Jim Mann In Luke 12 Jesus tells a story of a farmer who had a great harvest, built large barns to store it and planned to sit back and enjoy life. He died before he had the chance. The story ends with this warning, “This is how it will be with anyone who stores…

Pastor’s Corner

Pastor Jim Mann Two millennia ago, nine months before the first Christmas, a miracle took place in the village of Nazareth. That day a young girl was filled with the Spirit of God, and she received an amazing gift—a gift for the entire world. That day God’s life flowed through her and brought the promise…

Pastor’s Corner

Pastor Jim Mann In his first letter to the Corinthian church, Paul wrote: But if an unbeliever or someone who does not understand comes in while everybody is prophesying, he will be convinced by all that he is a sinner and will be judged by all and the secrets of his heart will be laid…

Pastor’s Corner

Pastor Jim Mann Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness—without it no one will see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14, HCSB) The Bible tells us we are to pursue (sometimes translated as hunt for) holiness and peace. That verb is instructive, I believe, because neither holiness nor peace is our natural bent as humans. Cain discovered that…

Pastor’s Corner

Pastor Jim Mann What to wear? Have you ever stood at the closet door asking that very question, or perhaps sat waiting on your spouse who is attempting to answer that question? Well, the answer’s easier than you might think. The Apostle Paul gives us the answer in his letter to the Colossians. “Therefore, as…

Pastor’s Corner

Pastor Jim Mann Jesus was once asked by a disciple how to pray. The answer, as you know, was the Lord’s Prayer (“Our Father, who art in heaven…”). But then he told several parables about prayer. One was the story of a man who had surprise visitors at midnight but had no food for them.…

Pastor’s Corner

Pastor Jim Mann Studying the book of Hebrews recently, I was told again of the significance of Jesus in the universe and in our own history. That is the argument made throughout the book: Jesus is above all. It reminded me of a great poem, One Solitary Life, by Dr. Allan Francis from 1926. I…

Pastor’s Corner – April 2015

  Pastor Jim Mann In 1999 the U.S. Treasury began to mint quarters from our 50 states. The one from Delaware, the first state, has a very interesting story behind it. On the coin is a man riding a horse (I guess it was a “quarter” horse!). The man’s name was Caesar Rodney. In 1776…

Pastor’s Corner – March 2015

Jim Mann In John chapter 9, Jesus heals a man that was born blind. What is most interesting about John’s account is the question his disciples ask before the healing, “Who sinned that this man was born blind; was it him or his parents?” Jesus’ disciples simply assume that God has caused this man’s blindness.…

Pastor’s Corner – February 2015

Jim Mann In John chapter 11, Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus that their brother, Lazarus, was sick. John tells us, “Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days (John 11:6, NIV).” In the meantime, Lazarus died. Let’s be honest. Do you ever get the feeling…