Pastor Jim’s Corner

Most of us have that one drawer in our house filled with random odds and ends—scissors, nails, tape, old receipts, etc. In our house, it’s labeled the “junk drawer.” I must say there have been times I’ve looked at that drawer and thought, “This is how my whole life feels right about now.” We all have those moments when life feels...

The American Dream. It’s often characterized by a big house, nice car, good-looking family and enough money to take lavish vacations and send our kids to top universities. So we work hard, hoping one day we can achieve all we desire and earn the respected title of–failure? I don’t think so. No one likes to fail. But the truth is it...

Life’s full of decisions that have consequences. Some are small and produce consequences of little significance. However, some have the potential to greatly affect our lives. I learned this as a young college kid. I was headed to Arizona to practice with the college baseball team I’d be playing for, when my van broke down. I had a friend with me...

Multiplication is something that we think about often as pastors. How can I multiply the work that we are doing here so that it is most effective?Last year around this time, this was something that had taken up an increased amount of space in my heart as I prepared my church staff for the coming year. We decided to read Dave...

I’m a firm believer that we all make mistakes and are in need of grace. I’m also a firm believer that if you think you don’t, just look back on photos of yourself from 10-20 years ago. Your mind will probably change fairly quickly! If I ever start feeling prideful all I have to do is look back to the platform...

Making promises is one of the easiest things in the world to do. It doesn’t take much skill or faithfulness. The hard part is always keeping those promises. Just look at companies who work so hard to fulfill the promises their company makes. They know how difficult it is to truly share a message that is clear, convincing and compelling. But…...

There is an old adage that says, “Just follow your heart; it’ll never lead you wrong.” While I certainly see the good in that phrase, if you truly stop to think about it, you’ll realize how dangerous it is. Our hearts can lead us to do some pretty stupid things. Because if we’re not careful, we start doing things we feel...

It’s a safe bet to assume that you have heard a good share of bad news in your life. The reality is that what we do with that news determines whether it’s going to define our lives or not. I had a brother who played high school athletics and did extremely well. He was like a hero in my school. Still,...

Question: Lately, I’ve been struggling to keep unity on my staff. How should I handle this? Unity is one of the most difficult things to develop and protect, and it becomes especially tough in a church environment. In the past as a leader, one of my greatest regrets was sacrificing unity because of my love for people. Now, I understand more...