Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | August 12, 2019


Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | August 11, 2019


Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | August 8, 2019


These are the things I learned (in Kindergarten):

1. Share everything.

2. Play fair.

3. Don’t hit people.

4. Put things back where you found them.


6. Don’t take things that aren’t yours.

7. Say you’re SORRY when you HURT somebody.

8. Wash your hands before you eat.

9. Flush.

10. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.

11. Live a balanced life – learn some and drink some and draw some and paint some and sing and dance and play and work everyday some.

12. Take a nap every afternoon.

13. When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.

14. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.

15. Goldfish and hamster and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die. So do we.

16. And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | August 1, 2019



If you think the Boy Scouts of America are what you remember, boy scout, are you going to be surprised!

You might remember the BOY SCOUT OATH: “On my honor I will do my best To do my DUTY to GOD and my COUNTRY and to obey the Scout Law. To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally STRAIGHT.”

You had better “be prepared” to learn:

Ever since The Boy Scouts made the untenable decisions to allow homosexuals to be troop leaders, to admit transgender “boys” (biological females) into their ranks, and finally, to admit all girls into the organization, the BSA hasn’t just been going downhill into the morass of sexual immorality.

At the recent quadrennial World Scout Jamboree event held in West Virginia, BSA attendees and guests had access to condoms. Seriously!

According to The Washington Times, The World Organization of Scouting Movement handbook requires the host organization to “ensure that condoms are readily and easily accessible for all participants and [International Service Team staff] at a number of locations on the site.”

Are all attendees of the world’s biggest BSA event, which is geared toward children and teens, expecting to have unplanned sexual encounters?! What on earth?!

As if that wasn’t bad enough, Florida Family Policy Council (FLF) reported at the time that the World Jamboree guidelines also have “exceptions,” allowances, and instructions for the consumption of alcohol in “confined areas” at the event. 

So, let’s get this straight: we have adults, including homosexual men, children of both genders which could include any of the myriad invented “gender identities,” and they want to throw alcohol into the mix?! 

Parents, the time has long since passed for making excuses to keep our kids in these morally-bankrupt scouting organizations. Thankfully, alternatives like Heritage Girls and Trail Life USA are ready, willing, and able to welcome those who still wish to raise their children with a strong moral backbone.

Pastor Terry Hagedorn (Retired.)

Mountain Manna Ministry

490 Woodside Old Frame Road

Smithfield, PA 15478


Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | July 31, 2019



By my father, Robert B. Hagedorn 1928-2008

Woe unto you who pretend to be true;

And, through outward show confess our Christ–

You’ll wish you weren’t born before He’s through

And your apostasy will cost you a terrible price!

It will be better for them who’ve never heard–

or, on hearing, have turned deaf ears to the Gospel–

Because they’ll be crucified by the Living Word

And cast forever into an awful Hell!

Take heed then lest you come to grief–

Having an evil heart and full of deceit–

Because God knows your shame and unbelief

And some day your ruin will be complete!

For God shall send sinners strong delusions

That they should deserve the Devil’s lie;

And, they’ll be bombarded by constant confusions

And their soul will eternally die!

For some clouds are empty, some wells are dry

And some men swell up in vain pride–

They promise you everything with their hue and cry

And are the Devil’s Apostles – evil inside!

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | July 31, 2019

7 Unbiblical Statements Christians Believe

7 Unbiblical Statements Christians Believe

The common misconceptions about what the Bible actually says.

We don’t often stop to consider the magnitude of what the Bible represents. It is literally God revealing Himself and communicating Himself to mankind in written word.

Orthodox Christianity teaches that the Bible was inspired and authored by the Holy Spirit of God using human instruments..

However, there are many things that Jesus-following, Church-going, Bible-believing Christians believe that are completely unbiblical. How does this happen? Often, we’ll hear someone quote a statement that sounds nice to us, and we’ll begin repeating it as though it’s biblical truth without ever researching it in Scripture.

Several of these unbiblical statements have gained enough traction that many people believe they’re actually Bible verses. Not only are the statements unbiblical; some of them teach the opposite of what the Bible teaches.

Here are some popular unbiblical statements that Bible-loving Christians tend to believe:


This statement is actually anti-Gospel. Obviously God gave us gifts and talents that we’re supposed to use, but self-reliance and self-righteousness, or the attitude of trying harder and doing better actually gets in the way of the work of God.

In reality, Jesus saves those who die to themselves: ” “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭16:24‬ ‭KJV‬‬


It’s a common belief that God exists to be our “personal genie” waiting to give us our every wish. It’s amazing how we will justify our sinful actions by saying, “God just wants me to be happy.”

Happiness is tied to feelings and emotions that are often based on circumstances, and those change all the time. God wants us to be obedient to Him, trust Him and know that everything He does is for our good, even if it doesn’t make us feel “happy” in that moment.

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ ‭KJV‬‬


Although God has created everyone, not everyone relationally belongs to Him. Only those who have repented of sin, placed their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and possess the Holy Spirit of God inside of them can claim Him as their Father:

“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ … If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise (Galatians 3:26-29, emphasis mine in both verses).”


The people around you may appreciate you staying clean, but this is not Scripture. Parents may use this to motivate their kids to clean their rooms. However, I’d suggest using an actual biblical statement: “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giveth you” (Exodus 20:12). (I can’t guarantee that will make your children want to clean up either, though).


Actually, all of life is more than we can handle. The point of living in a fallen world is not for us to try really hard to carry our heavy burden, but rather realize we can’t do it alone and surrender to God instead. That’s what faith is all about.

Everything is more than I can handle, but not more than Jesus can handle:

“For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:”

‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭1:8‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).


The sentiment of this makes sense, but if we follow it all the way through, the idea of a good person is very subjective. Often, we place ourselves in the judgment seat of what is good and bad, or who is good and bad.

The most popular way to make that judgment is by comparison. For example, Bob is a good guy, because he is not as bad as Sam. However, according to the Bible we’re all on equal ground because none of us is inherently good: “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭3:10, 23‬ ‭KJV‬‬


Plain and simple. Humans are humans, and angels are angels. This remains so even in eternity. In fact, angels are intrigued by the interaction between God and His “image-bearing” humans: “It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look” (1 Peter 1:12).

The fact that many Christians believe these unbiblical statements shows our unfortunate overall biblical illiteracy. Instead of swallowing popular statements hook-line-and-sinker, may we be like the Bereans in the Book of Acts. When they heard Paul preach, they wanted to research the Scriptures themselves to authenticate what he was saying: ““And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”

‭‭Acts‬ ‭17:10-11‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | July 19, 2019

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Question: “Who are the Independent Baptists, and what do they believe?”

Answer: Independent Baptists, often also known as Independent Fundamental Baptists (IFB), are a group that started within the greater Baptist denominations in the late 19th to early 20th century. At the time, many national Baptist denominations were moving away from biblical inerrancy and other conservative beliefs, leading many local churches to withdraw from denominational affiliation and take the “Independent” label. With their strong stance on the fundamentals of the faith, they also adopted the name “Fundamentalist.” For identification purposes, most IFB churches will advertise themselves as “Independent, Fundamental, Bible-Believing,” and, in some cases, “KJV-only.”

Many within the IFB movement claim to trace their origin to Jesus’ ministry. They point out that many groups through history maintained Baptist principles and were therefore “Baptist” in practice, if not in name. Groups identified as progenitors of the Baptist tradition include Messalians, Montanists, Novationists, Donatists, Paulicians, Waldenses, Albigenses, Lyonists, Arnoldites, Mennonites, and Anabaptists. In the seventeenth century, the name “Baptist” finally emerged.

Contemporary Independent Baptists believe in strict separation from the world and any church not associated with the Independent Baptist name. They refer to Ephesians 5:11, “Have nothing to do with fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them,” as a proof text for not associating with churches outside the IFB movement.

Independent Baptists interpret Scripture literally. They do claim to interpret based on the historical-grammatical context, but if a literal interpretation “makes good sense,” then that is the understanding they take from Scripture. They are conservative in their dress. They do not wear flashy clothes, and they tend to keep their social interaction within the IFB. Traditionally, they only sing hymns in their churches and reject the use of drums and recorded music. Most IFB churches use only the King James Version of the Bible. The Textus Receptus is the only collection of manuscripts that truly preserves the inspired Word of God.

Independent Baptist Churches believe the following “Independent Baptist Distinctives”:

1. The Bible is the authority in all matters of faith and practice.

This means that IFB churches do not look to creeds, confessions, or church councils to determine their doctrinal positions. They articulate their doctrine only from the Scripture and claim to operate their churches according to what is presented in Scripture and not based on tradition or denominational preference (2 Timothy 3:16).

2. The church is made up of saved, baptized believers.

This means that membership in the local church requires first putting personal trust in Jesus, which produces regeneration, and baptism by immersion. IFB churches reject infant baptism and sprinkling. Baptism is only appropriate after someone comes to faith in Jesus (Acts 2:41–42).

3. Strict separation of church and state.

“Independent” is part of their name for a reason. IFB churches believe that no one has authority over the church except Jesus Christ. The IFB rejects any governmental authority over the operation of the church (2 Corinthians 6:14).

4. The priesthood of believers.

IFB churches believe that each believer has the ability to interact with God on his or her own. No one is required to use a priest, as in the Old Testament, to connect with God. The believer can “approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

5. The autonomy of the local church.

This doctrine supports the idea that the local church of baptized believers is the highest ecclesiastical authority on earth. In matters of church polity and procedure, the local church is not subject to civil authorities or denominational conventions. Each local church is self-governing.

Many Independent Baptists follow the church government model of congregationalism. Each member is allotted one vote on all matters concerning the church. Even though the pastor is the established leader of the church, no decision is made for the church without it first coming to a vote before the entire congregation. Congregationalism rejects using boards and associations for governing the affairs of the church. This model is based on the belief that all believers are priests and capable of making decisions that will direct the local church.

For the most part, Independent Baptist Churches are preaching the Word of God faithfully and hold to the essentials of the gospel.


Pastor Terry Hagedorn

Mountain Manna Ministry

490 Woodside Old Frame Road

“Pointing Mountaineers To Mount Calvary”

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | June 27, 2019


I wonder if any pro-life person has ever gone to a pro-abortion bakery and asked for a cake that says, “Abortion is murder! “? Why not?



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