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Pastor’s Corner

Jim Mann In the Gospel of John we read “On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.’”…

Pastor’s Corner

Jim Mann “Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of…

Pastor’s Corner

Jim Mann “Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of…

Pastor’s Corner

Pastor Jim Mann February is the month of love, so what better time to talk about God? “God is love,” the Bible tells us (1 John 4:8). That’s a pretty straight-forward statement but easily misunderstood. When we say God is love, we’re not discussing his ontological being. For example God is not the love of…

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 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will…

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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 In the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church in Colossae, he wrote these words: “Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving (Colossians 4:2, HCSB).” If we’re not careful, we pass over the sentence too quickly…we miss the Apostle’s depth of meaning…his deep desire that he be taken seriously. Let…

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- January 2015

Jim Mann Many years ago, as the story is told, Hercules was traveling in what is now known as Spain. He was on the 10th of his famous 12 labors when he needed to cross the giant mountain that had been the mighty Atlas. Rather than ascending it, however, he used his incredible strength to…