Pastor’s Perspective:

July 2020 

Pastor Paul Mattson

“Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:5 

You know how this goes. 

As I was driving on Beach Road, a gray squirrel crouched anxiously on the road. It wanted to cross over, but was not sure of when it should. It started out and 

returned back several times, trying to figure out when and how soon. The little critter quivered with indecision until it finally darted across, barely escaping the tread of my tires. 

Occasionally, I will see crows munching the remains of a squirrel whose timing was not as good. 

Decisions are with us every day. Should I, or shouldn’t I? When and where? Sometimes we live with fear and indecision. It’s no fun. It’s not how God intended us to live. 

Let His mind, His thoughts, His actions, His decisions, His promises, inform you of how you will live today. Let His mind occupy yours. When thoughts of fear, worry, and indecision pass your way today, claim the word God speaks to us in the verse above. 

God decided long ago to be your God, your friend, your Savior, your compass, your Shepherd. Let that take hold of your mind. 

On His mind and heart, 

Pastor Paul 


Immanuel’s Vision Statement 

A vibrant and diverse community of faith where lives are changed;
Where people of all ages are invited and challenged
To become disciples of Jesus in their daily lives;
Where real people experience healing, help, hope and harmony

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