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Pastor’s Corner

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…

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Jim Mann You’ve probably read about the Transfiguration; Peter was with Jesus on top of a mountain when “…the appearance of his [Jesus’] face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning” and “Moses and Elijah appeared in glorious splendor.” It was an amazing moment, and Peter didn’t want to leave.…

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Jim Mann Last month was graduation time, a time for sage advice from renowned speakers. But I was thinking Everything You Really Need to Know, You Learned in Kindergarten. 1. Listen to the teacher: her job is to teach, protect us and keep us from eating the glue. 2. Pay attention in class: if we…

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Christine Mann “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7 “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” Psalm 55:22 2:00 in…

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Jim Mann “When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a ‘sinner.’”” (Luke…

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Pastor Jim Mann “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23, NIV) Many theologians believe that this verse describes the makeup of a human being. The three constituent parts of…

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Pastor Jim Mann We all have errant, sinful thoughts from time to time…wishing ill on someone who cuts in front of us in traffic, a statement that crosses the line. But do you have negative traits that keep coming up? Character flaws that, try as you might, you just can’t seem to shake? For many…

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Pastor Jim Mann This last year I noticed an interesting paradox in our society. First, our culture has a continuing love-affair with fame. It seems folks will do or say almost anything to be noticed by others. But in 2016 the pursuit of popularity ran headlong into another emerging trend in our society: we are…

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Pastor Jim Mann “…in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18, NKJV) My New Year’s resolution is to be more thankful. Back in November I preached a sermon on thanksgiving. Several parishioners balked at my statement that there is always something for which to…

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Pastor Jim Mann One of the hallmarks of being a Christian is being thankful. But we aren’t always as thankful as we should be, are we? The holidays are often a good time to stop and count our blessings. I was reminded of the 10 lepers Jesus healed in Luke 17:11-19. As Jesus walked by…