Pastor Jim – Taking His Time

On Wednesday night a group of us went on a church motorcycle ride.
We started on 18th Avenue and made our way through Douglas, Pine Island, Mazeppa and eventually made it out to Zumbro Falls. Our destination was Zumbro Falls Golf Club to try one of their award winning burgers.
The funny thing about the ride, which ended up being 60 miles, is it took us over an hour to get to our destination. For those of you who know where Zumbro Falls is, it’s not that far from Rochester! We could have chosen a more efficient route and made the trip in less than 20 minutes!
However, I have learned that these bikers aren’t necessarily about getting from point A to point B in the quickest time. No, these bikers are all about the ride! They want to see the farms and ride the curves and experience the smells of the country!
In our Christian walk, we have to have the same mentality. It’s not about going from point A to point B.
It’s about enjoying the journey and growing in your faith. Growth takes time. Growth takes energy and commitment. If you want to grow in Christ you will need to learn to “enjoy the ride”!

This Sunday we are going to be kicking off a short series titled “Focus”. We will be looking at our churches’ purpose and mission and asking ourselves some tough questions.
I hope that you can make it this Sunday, who knows it could change your life for eternity!
P Jim
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Pastor Jim – Invest In Eternity

Today the gates opened for the Minnesota State Fair. Some say it is the best fair – bar none, in the United States.
I would guess our neighbors to the immediate South might disagree because they call their fair the greatest gathering as well!
There is something special about almost 2 million people gathering over a 12-day period. Walking the streets of the fair grounds brings back many fond memories of my childhood. I used to love going to the fair with my best friends Tim and Steve. We would save our money throughout the year just to use at this great event.
The rides were fun and the games and arcade area always proved to be exciting. But what I liked the most was walking the cattle and horse barns. As a city kid, to be able to get within feet of these huge animals always caused my heart to miss a few beats!
In a similar manner, we as a people gather each Sunday to celebrate the greatest man to ever walk the face of the earth.
We gather together to worship the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. It truly can be the “Greatest Moment” of our lives! Who knows, your heart may even miss a few beats on a Sunday morning as Jesus passes by and touches you!
I want to encourage you as we head into the new school year, make the Sunday morning church gathering a priority for you and your family. 
Starting September 13th, the new Sunday School quarter starts for kids and adults. We have great teachers and topics ready to encourage us in our spiritual walk!
This Sunday, we will conclude our summer series with the topic of “DIY INVESTOR”.
We will not be talking about money as much as we will be talking about people. Investing in people is one of the greatest payoffs in life!
I hope you can make it this Sunday. And bring a friend, who knows, it could change them for eternity!
P Jim
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Pastor Jim – On Solid Ground

If I didn’t know better, I would think that fall has arrived. I even had a church member tell me this morning the trees along the church drive are turning red!
God in his infinite wisdom created the seasons and also gave us the ability to know when change is going to occur just by the color of the leaves!
This past week I had the chance to visit my older sister and her family in Kentucky. My nephew was getting married and this was the first time in years that we as a family all gathered in one place. The wedding was in Lexington and it was held outdoors at a historical farm. On the property was an old stable – used for horses and a farmhouse were one of Daniel Boone’s relatives lived.
If only the walls of that old house could speak!
What I found interesting was that they would not allow anyone to enter the old farmhouse. The structure looked well-maintained from my perspective. Yet, I have to wonder if the concern was with the foundation of the building?
You do realize that a house is only as good as its foundation?
Your house may be decorated to the hilt and win many Good Housekeeping awards. Yet, if the foundation is faulty, the house has little to no value!
This Sunday we are going to talk about the topic of “HOME SWEET HOME”.
You’re home (spiritually speaking) has great potential. However, in order for your spiritual home to have any value you must make sure that Jesus is your foundation!
I hope to see you this Sunday as we gather together in the Name and foundation of Jesus Christ!
Who knows it could change your life for eternity!
Pastor Jim
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Pastor Jim – Are You Finished?

I figured someone would be inspired by this summer series to take on a unique DIY task.

One man was given the task (by his wife) to DIY a new faucet; another man was given the task (again by his wife) to refinish the kitchen cabinets!

Are you noticing a theme here? 🙂

If you are a husband, you will agree with me that these “Honey-Do” lists are quite common. But let me ask this – why is it more often than not the wife giving the husband the honey-do list, and not the other way around?

Guys – help me out here – we aren’t looking so great right now!

In all seriousness, some projects are harder than others. And us guys are not all miraculous handymen who can do almost anything. Some of us are better off helping the children with school work, or organizing the pantry. There are actually some wives here at our church that do the physically taxing DIY projects while their DIY-challenged husbands clean the house!

All of us, single or married, sooner or later come across that DIY project that just won’t go away.

And when it comes to spiritual things, those who like to finish everything NOW are shocked to discover this one inescapable fact – God is not finished with US yet!

This Sunday, we will be looking at the story of the two travelers walking down the road to Emmaus from The Gospel of Luke, chapter 24. Both of them feared it was too late to experience the transforming power of Jesus Christ.

But, they couldn’t have been more wrong.

Come this Sunday as we join these two travelers in the message, “DIY – The Never-Ending Project!”

And invite a friend… it could change their life for eternity,

P Jim


Photo taken 6 October 2005 by Luigi Zanasi. Used by permission Wikipedia Creative Commons License.


Pastor Jim – Our Inside God

If you have been listening to the news lately you will know that Minnesota is being talked about because of one man’s action.

It appears that a Twin Cities man went on a safari hunt in Zimbabwe and shot a beloved male lion. It’s crazy enough that he spent over $50,000 to his guides. However, if what they say is true, they lured the lion out of the preserve knowing he was protected so that they could kill this trophy legend!

I read in the paper this morning that even though the Minnesota hunter is saying he didn’t know what was really going on, he may not be telling the truth!

The Bible talks about how it is possible to look good on the outside, but on the inside – there is nothing but lies. Jesus described the Pharisees as looking like “white-washed tombs on the outside, but they were full of dead bones on the inside!”

This week, we are going to look at the DIY project of a kitchen renovation. Specifically, we will look at the tearing out the old kitchen cabinets and replacing them with new cabinets.

I would say to you that it doesn’t matter so much what the cabinets look like on the outside, as much as it depends what’s actually inside the cabinets!

I hope that you can make it this Sunday, who knows it could change your life for eternity!

Pastor Jim.


Photo taken March 11, 2015 by Lee Ruk, Used by permission Flickr Creative Commons License.


Pastor Jim – Letting It Flow

As I am writing this e-news, outside my window there are trucks and asphalt machines digging out some of the big potholes at the South entrance of the church!

The goal is to not only fix the holes, but to create a pathway for heavy rain to make it’s way into the sewer system.

Last night Keith Tally and I sat in an open house meeting for the future reconstruction of 18th Avenue. It is going to be a huge multi-million dollar project! The plan is to widen the road, create turning lanes, add roundabouts, and allow some kind of access for pedestrians to walk at a safe distance from the road. They estimate this will be done in 2017/2018.

Last Sunday we continued with our DIY series titled “Sparky”.  What a powerful illustration to know that Jesus has the power to “Flip Your Switch”.  If you haven’t had a chance to watch it, you can view it right here!

This Sunday we will continue with “DIY” by looking at the role of the plumber. We have chosen to call it “Plumbing 101 – Let It Flow“.

The role of the plumber is to contain the flow of water and not allow it to leak or get plugged up.


Sometimes our spiritual plumbing gets stuck or we have a leak and life becomes difficult. Really, plumbing is all about water!  Is the water able to flow freely without restrictions?

I hope that you can make it this weekend as we discuss this simple yet powerful topic.

Who knows, it could change your life for eternity!

Pastor Jim


Photo taken by T.Voekler on August 15, 2007. Used by Permission under Wikimedia Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.


Pastor Jim – Takes A Spark

Some of you may have noticed that we have a few large potholes over by the entrance where the dumpsters are located.  I have had a number of people tell me that their car is taking a beating when entering and exiting the property.

I have good news for you, we are scheduled to have a work crew come in this next week to mill out the old asphalt and replace it with new.

This week we will continue with our series we call “DIY.” We all know that doing life on your own isn’t the way God planned it. In fact, I think we should instead call this series “DIT – Doing It Together!” God created the church to do life together! Bottom line, we need each other.

This Sunday, I am going to talk to you about the Do-It-Yourself “Sparky!”

The word “sparky” has been used over the years to refer to those who work in the area of electricity. If you have ever replaced an electrical switch or socket and unintentionally touched the black and white wires together, you will experience a spark! (Thus – the nickname, “Sparky!”)

Spiritually speaking we know that God is the true electrician and he has the “power” to bring light into any situation!

Even back “in the beginning” when God created the heavens and the earth, he spoke light into existence!  I am praying that this Sunday morning we will have many spiritual lights turned on, as Jesus is exalted in our morning services.

I look forward in seeing you this weekend.  Who knows, it could change your life for eternity!

Pastor Jim


Pastor Jim – Time To Maintain


Here is your verse for today: “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”  Ephesians 5:1-2

If you were in church last Sunday, in essence this is what we discussed:

1. That each one of us are called to imitate God in our daily lives.

2. We are called to live a life of love just as Christ has revealed His love to us!

Last night was the final game for my daughter – Janae’s 10 year-old soccer team. The girls were laughing and giggling and just having fun. At half-time they were squirting each other with their water bottles and if I didn’t know better, I would have thought we were at a pool party rather than a soccer game!

When I looked at these young girls, I asked myself, “Is this what it means to be imitators of God? Is this what it looks like to live life at the moment? No fear, no concerns, no expectations, they were just being the fun and happy girls God had created them to be!”

This Sunday I am going to talk to you about “DIY ROUTINE MAINTENANCE.”

The car you are currently driving needs to have a regular scheduled oil change. The transmission fluid has a scheduled maintenance plan that must be followed. If you take care of your car and keep the fluids fresh, your car will run better and last longer. Likewise, we as Christians must keep our spiritual fluids fresh. We must be men and women who walk in the fresh touch of the Holy Spirit daily. There is nothing like living this life in the fullness and the power of the Holy Spirit!

In order to be what God created us to be, we must have a regular “fill-up” of the Holy Spirit! We must keep our spiritual fluids “topped off!” If we do this, we too may act like 10-year old girls laughing and giggling and trusting that God has everything under control!

I hope to see you this Sunday as we continue with our DIY series.

Who knows, it could change your life for eternity!

Pastor Jim


Photo by DvortygirlOwn work February 11, 2007 Used by permission under Creative Commons license.


Pastor Jim – The Right Gratitude

Here is your Verse for today:

“Greater is He that is in you then he that is in the world” I John 4:4

This summer I have had the pleasure of helping coach our daughter Janae’s 10-year-old girls soccer team. What an adventure it has been! When we started out the season, the girls were definitely out of shape and had lost most of their foot skills.

Yet as the season has progressed and we are now in the last week of games, the girls have really improved. You see, it’s not just the skill-set that makes someone a good soccer player, it’s also their attitude. If these girls have positive attitudes, they seem to play smarter, run faster and shoot better!

So it is in the church world. Just because someone calls himself or herself a “Christian” in this life doesn’t necessarily mean they are going to “play the game right,” if you know what I mean. Church was never meant to be a life of rules and regulations. The Bible calls Christianity a life of faith that is lived out daily through the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ.

When you and I live a life motivated by God’s love, that allows us to hunger after God’s Word (the Bible) and, in turn, we use it as our manual for living!

This Sunday morning is going to be one to remember.

I am going to talk to you about DIY in the context of “PAINTING 101.” If you’re a painter, you know there are tricks to the trade that helps your final product last long and look great. Spiritually speaking, it is my prayer that after this Sunday – you will view painting in a whole new way!

I will also be talking about the recent Supreme Court ruling and how it impacts our church family at Rochester Assembly of God.

To help us celebrate the 4th of July, we will be showing a powerful video of a soldier who gave his life fighting for our country. Chad Dewhurst will share the story of his younger brother Nick and what it means to give all!

I hope to see you Sunday, who knows, it could change your life for eternity!

Pastor Jim


Photo by © Jorge Royan / Taken February 5, 2007. Used by permission under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.


Pastor Jim – Take A Look


Check out this Verse: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23 (NRSV)

Wow. I love that.

This is one of my favorite Bible passages. I am amazed of the fact that the love of the Lord never ceases! That God’s love for you and me is a constant love! Every morning you wake up, God is there and His faithfulness is ready and waiting to impact your life!

Yet, at the same time, as much as God is faithful and He loves us, we sometimes do not love ourselves.

In fact, when you get the chance this weekend, go find a mirror in your house and stand in front of it.  What do you see? What thoughts are running through your mind?

How do you view yourself?

This Sunday morning I am going to tackle the topic of “LOOKING DEEPER”. Before we can start living out our DIY projects, we first must take a deeper look at our own spiritual life.

I hope to see you this weekend, who knows it could change your life for eternity!

Pastor Jim


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Rochester Assembly

4240 18th Avenue NW
Rochester, MN 55901

Services on Sundays:

8:00 AM Traditional Church Experience
9:30 AM Modern Church Experience
11:00 AM Modern Church Experience

Wednesday Activities:

7:00 PM Weekly
Adult bible studies available
Teens meet in the Theater
Check in required for children 5th grade and under