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Pastor’s Corner

  Jim Mann “As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. ‘Follow me,’ he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.” (Matthew 9:9, NIV) A little boy goes to the grocery store and asks the clerk for a box of detergent: “I need…

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  Jim Mann “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” (1 Timothy…

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  Jim Mann One of the strangest stories in the Bible comes from the life of Elisha: “From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some youths came out of the town and jeered at him. “Go on up, you baldhead!” they said. “Go on up, you baldhead!” He…

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  Jim Mann In February, Vice President Mike Pence was mocked in the media because he said God talked to him. Talking to God was okay, but God talking back constituted mental illness. Does God speak to us? And if so, how? God speaking is the inaugural act of the universe: “And God said, let…

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  Jim Mann Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people…

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  Jim Mann The author of the Book of Hebrews says, “Consider him [Jesus] …so that you will not grow weary and lose heart (Hebrews 12:3, NIV).” That second verb is very descriptive: it literally means “to release.” The idea is that weariness can cause us to “let go” and “lose a grip” on our…

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  Jim Mann By the time you read this you’ll have been in the attic several times to retrieve your Christmas decorations. The tree will be trimmed, the lights hung…everything will be just right for your celebration. At my house we have a yearly tradition around Christmas time. It’s the tradition of finding Jesus. I…

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Pastor Jim Mann “Tradition,” Elbert Hubbard once said, is “a clock that tells you what time it was.” Of course there’s no better season to remember years gone by than at the holidays. Thanksgiving is coming and Christmas isn’t far behind. Tastes, smells, songs…they all vividly bring back those wonderful memories we carry with us.…

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Jim Mann Arbeit, trabajo, travail…work. The daily grind, the 9 to 5, the salt mines…work. What’s the feeling you get when you hear that word? Does it excite you—get your adrenaline pumping? Or do you get a knot in your stomach? Are you glad to be retired? Whether you have retired or are still clocking…

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Jim Mann “Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.” (1 Samuel 17:40, NIV) Perhaps the most famous underdog victory in history—young David eschewed King Saul’s armor and sword…