Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | September 3, 2019


Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | August 13, 2019

The Most Dangerous Church Member

The Most Dangerous Church Member (c)
Pastor Terry K. Hagedorn

The pastor solemnly announced, “Sadly folks, the time has come for me to take action on a problem that is about to split our church. I hate to do it, but it must he done! In the Sunday evening service, 1 am going to name the member that is about to destroy this church.”

A collective gasp rose from the audience. Instantly; murmurings and whispered discussions sprang from every corner of the auditorium. One woman almost fainted. While some faces turned deathly pale, other faces became two to three times redder than usual!

Who could it be? raced through many people’s minds. More than one member suspiciously glanced at the other. Some craned their necks and rolled their eyes while still trying to appear to face forward. Eyes searched the crowd, trying to pick out the ornery rascal—or “rascalette.”

One woman leaned over and pompously whispered to her friend., “I know who it is. Call me later, and I’ll tell you”

Evidently, she was not the only one who knew. Indeed, many phone lines burned that afternoon. Accusations and denials went flying: “I’ll bet it’s _______. You know what she told ______,don’t you?”

“Don’t you know _______ has been mad at Pastor ever since Pastor “Well, if it isn’t ______, then I don’t know who it could be . . . .”

In the course of that long, hot, sordid, summer afternoon, almost every member was riot only mentioned as the potential Judas, hut also unceremoniously tried and condemned in absentia. Some members actually looked forward to having the traitor publicly humiliated in the evening service, gloating, “It’s about time he got what’s coming!”

A small number of the self-repentant met with the pastor immediately after the morning service, they apologized with many tears, promising never to cause trouble again and confessing many hidden sins—if he just would not name them from the pulpit. The pastor sadly responded, “I’m sorry. I forgive you for any wrong you’ve done me, and I know that God. will forgive you as well. However, I said I was going to do it Now I have to do it” Some of the people’s contrition reminded the pastor of an American humorist’s story about the cannibals who received a nasty letter from a mission board because they had eaten two of its missionaries. The cannibals wrote back, “It was all a dreadful mistake. We are truly sorry that you have withdrawn your mission from our fair land. If you send us bigger missionaries, we promise never to do it again. You can take our word for it— honest!”

That afternoon the deacons called a secret meeting to discuss the emergency formation of a pulpit committee. “We aren’t supposed to meet like this, but we’ve got to think about the good of the church,” the chairman of the deacons announced. “I was a deacon here when that whipper-snapper was in diapers, and I’ll he here when he is sent packin’. Mind, you, I’m just thinking about the church. Don’t get me wrong——the pastor’s a good man and all. He was doing a good job, but now he’s stopped preachin’ and started meddlin’. The church is more important than any old pastor. Listen, if he names a name, I’ll immediately call for his resignation. Are you for me or against me?” The deacons voted unanimously to support him—just as their wives had told them to do.

Other members spent the day contemplating what other church they might attend after theirs “blows up.” But they had no intention of looking for another church home that night. They wouldn’t miss the show for anything.

Some of those “church-shoppers” called pastors and members at surrounding churches, explaining, “I don’t want to gossip, but you should probably expect an increase in your membership. Isn’t it amazing how the biggest gossips usually start by claiming, “I’m not gossiping. . . .” or “I don’t mean to or want to gossip, but . . . .”

If their names were mentioned, some members planned to stand and publicly denounce their pastor. Others announced that they would stand with them.

The media was called and was told that trouble was brewing—maybe even a fight would erupt—at the church that night. The press promised full coverage with cameras inside and out. No one planned to miss the evening service. In fact, a record-breaking crowd attended—that many people hadn’t turned out for revival meetings! Even the pastor was amazed at the large crowd!

As the head. usher updated the brag board’s “Record Attendance” space, he fretted that he might not have enough 9s. He complained to his friend, “I told Pastor we needed more numbers three months ago! He isn’t so busy that he couldn’t have gotten them for me. Now what am I going to do? Our last pastor, may he rest in peace, always took care of those things. I don’t know about this one.”

Finally, the moment of truth arrived. The pastor solemnly approached the pulpit. He carefully surveyed his audience.

The whole scene appeared almost apocalyptic. With a grave voice the pastor began, “I am now going to name the member that is going to split this church. He paused. “Please turn in your Bibles to James 3:5 and 6. ‘Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature . . . .’”

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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