Pastor Jim’s Blog

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Who Will You Listen To?

by Jim Wallace

It’s Spring. And like the rest of America during the Covid-19 crisis, we’re stuck at home. And if you’re my wife, that means it’s time for Spring cleaning! I’ve resisted the urge, but Jeanie’s whirlwind of cleaning ambitions motivated me to clean out my file cabinet. I came to a file overflowing with various oddly […]

You’re so Vain

by Jim Wallace

“I have seen that every labor and every skill which is done is the result of rivalry between a man and his neighbor. This too is vanity and striving after wind” (Ecclesiastes 4:4). “You’re So Vain” is the title of a hit song of the ‘70s by singer Carly Simon.  It depicts her evaluation of […]

Beyond Tolerance

by Jim Wallace

Diversity.  Tolerance.  Inclusivity.  These are the buzzwords, the politically correct, celebrated virtues of our current American culture. Let’s be honest with ourselves.  All these are very commendable qualities . . . when rightly applied. God created diversity—He’s incredibly creative.  He has been supremely tolerant, for thousands of years, with our sin (see Romans 2:4).  And […]

Report from your Missionary

by Jim Wallace

As I’ve mentioned on a number of occasions, God has apparently called me to be a missionary to the medical community in Reno.  Due to my frequent visits for both emergency and chronic medical conditions, I have repeated opportunities to share the Gospel with medical personnel in our city.  I have now shared my Covid-19 […]

The Unthinkable

by Jim Wallace

The unthinkable happened this morning. We ran out of toilet paper. The thought is sobering enough, but before your imagination runs wild, let me assure you that the crisis was averted. First, it was an epidemic (in two bathrooms only), and not a pandemic (the third bathroom had some).  And Jeanie did come to my […]

Detecting Cultural Deception

by Jim Wallace

Detecting Cultural Deception “Do not be deceived.” The phrase occurs four times in the New Testament.  In each case, it warns Christians about downplaying the very real consequences of sin. And it has never been more relevant than it is in our country today. Just how subtle and hard to detect spiritual deception can be […]

Practicing What you Preach

by Jim Wallace

Practicing What You Preach I was reading the Gospel of Matthew in the New International Version the other day, and noticed that Jesus talked about the very subject of our devotion today.  He was condemning the Pharisees and the Teachers of the Law as they were in the process of condemning Him to death:  “So […]

Contemplating Our Mortality

by Jim Wallace

Contemplating Our Mortality Last count, 63 medical doctors have succumbed to the Covid-19 virus in Italy.  Eighty-three hundred healthcare workers there have been infected. A relative of mine who is a nurse in Chicago texted family members saying Covid-19 hospitalizations are doubling daily in her hospital, and she, with other nurses, are being retrained as […]

Covid-19, the Fear of the Lord & Unbelieving Friends

by Jim Wallace

“Oh, oh, I’m getting scared. . .  It could be true.”  It was a landmark statement, considering its source.  He was a 20-year old cook, a self-professed hedonist, self-assured that there would be no consequence in this life or the next for his “if it feels good, do it” lifestyle. I was a 33-year-old seminary […]

Why We Need to Fear the Lord

by Jim Wallace

Jesus’ brief rebuke of two of his closest disciples, James and John, ought to make us pause and consider our own spiritual lives and ambitions.  “You do not know what kind of spirit you are of; for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them” (Luke 9:55-56a). The […]