GIVE UP AND FILL UP
by Michael Malmin on February 17th, 2021
I remember it vividly.On February 26th last year, we gathered for our Ash Wednesday service marking the beginning of the Lenten season leading up to Easter. It was one of the last large gatherings of our church family.Then the world changed. Lenten season is a time of "giving up" something. People fast from food or activities to draw their minds to the sacrifice of Jesus.The last 12 months have...
Through the Desert
by Michael Malmin on January 26th, 2021
Several year ago Anita and I made a trip through the Mojave Desert. On Purpose.In need of food and drink we started to look for a place to eat. Our GPS indicated one, lonely outpost off of Interstate 15: Baker, California. Baker is a glorified rest areas of 735 lonely souls who apparently could find a way to get out of Baker. The town is tiny, so it didn't take us long to drive the entire main...
by Michael Malmin on January 4th, 2021
Like many of you, Mister Rogers was a part of my childhood.Despite that fact, I resisted watching the biopic on his life, "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood", starring Tom Hanks. I'm not sure why - maybe a feeling that it was childish or below me. But last night Anita and I watched. I also learned.Near the end of the story, Rogers is meeting with a terminally ill man and his family, who are s...
Bad Times and the Power of a "Yet"
by Michael Malmin on December 28th, 2020
I don't think there has been a more anticipated New Year in my lifetime. "Out with the old" has never sounded so good! "In with the new"? I am hopeful.The book of Lamentations provides us with a nice framework for how God's people should think about past, present, and future.Lamentations 3:17-26I have been deprived of peace; I have forgotten what prosperity is. So I say, “My splendor is gone and...
On Christmas Eve and Other Things
by Michael Malmin on December 22nd, 2020
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”- Luke 2:13-142020 is just days from ending. It is a year that none of us will soon forget. For many it seems as though our world was upended.Yet, Jesus' light always overcomes darkness. It was true when the ang...
I.C.U.2 TV, New Technology, and How To Livestream WENATCHEE NAZARENE
by Michael Malmin on December 8th, 2020
When I was a little kid growing up on the wet side of the state, I had a favorite TV show. It was a huge hit with children across Puget Sound. Some of you who are my age and from the west side already know what I am going to say.JP PATCHES!Patches was a clown who lived at the city dump. One of my favorite recurring bits took place in front of his famous I.C.U.2 TV. With this magical device h...
A Weary World Rejoices
by Michael Malmin on December 1st, 2020
I love the day after Thanksgiving.Why?It's not Black Friday. I hate shopping. Nothing says holiday magic quite like the first Walmart trampling of the season.Its not the even Apple Cup. The Friday after turkey-day has become the annual date for the big cross-state football rivalry. Covid claimed it this year. But in most years its a ho-hum affair with my Huskies dominating. Always fun - but a ...
Responding to Covid
by Michael Malmin on November 24th, 2020
I am writing this to explain, and give some scriptural support for, our decision to comply with the state’s latest mandates regarding the COVID 19 pandemic.This is an article it never occurred to me that I would have to write. Most of us had never thought of a global pandemic prior to spring of 2020. And without exception I know of no pastor who had ever thought of mask compliance and Zoom staff...
Let's Get Creatively Thankful!
by Michael Malmin on November 17th, 2020
Good news! The new coronavirus directive from the state allows us to continue with our services at the same capacity we have been offering them! In addition, we will continue with children’s and youth ministry during our 10:45 service. Mask wearing and social distancing will be practiced, and our livestream offered.At the direction of state medical officials we will be temporarily discontinuing co...
A Prayer for Pastors
by Michael Malmin on November 10th, 2020
This morning's message is for my pastor friends. Or for anyone who has a pastor.Thank you cards are crowded on the table at the entry of my house - dozens that arrived for Pastor's Appreciation Month. They slowly collected over the month of October. The other night I realized just how many there are. And I wept.I've always appreciated the kindness shown me and my staff during this month of th...
Order More Tests
by Michael Malmin on November 3rd, 2020
It's a story that most of us have experienced. Not feeling ourselves we head to the physician. After giving us the once-over, the doctor announces they want to order more tests. Maybe an MRI or an X-ray. Perhaps some blood work. The purpose of the test is to get an image of the hard to see things that a basic, external exam might miss. Tests looks for difficult-to-see disease. The older I get the...
On Citizenship and Elections
by Michael Malmin on October 27th, 2020
One week from today our nation will head to the polls. Due to vote by mail and early voting many already have. 66 million as of this writing.As a pastor, this has been a uniquely challenging time to lead a group of people. There are so many strong opinions and deep passions across the political spectrum. With seven days to go before votes are tabulated, I wanted to give you some thoughts on ho...