Thursday May 19, 2022

In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.”   – Ephesians 4:26-27

Sunday morning Pastor Jim said “Culture can attack your family from the outside, but unresolved conflict destroys families from the inside.” Wouldn't you agree with that statement? 

When my parents packed up everything and moved our family to Spain I was not happy about it. At the age of nine I remember feeling a lot of bitterness towards them. That first year was rough and I would use every opportunity to blame my grades, attitude, and messy room on them. I would say “If we hadn’t moved to Spain I would be a good student” or “If we hadn’t moved to Spain I would clean my room”. I’m not sure what a clean room has to do with living in a different country, but that was my logic at the time. 

It was hard for me to let go of the life I wanted and to accept the life I had. But as time passed I began to reconcile my relationship with the Lord and with my parents, then I was able to see the bigger picture. Now I am so grateful my parents never gave me what I wanted, instead they gave me what I needed by trusting and turning to God’s will in every circumstance. I would be lying if I said the words “if” and “then” don’t come out of my mouth here and there, but each time I am reminded of the responsibility I have to make things right from my end. 

So, today I want to challenge you to trust God with any unresolved conflict you have with those close to you and ask yourself “What have I done to reconcile that relationship?” Are we going to hand our bitterness over to God and choose to walk in freedom or are we going to carry around the weight of bitterness and let it grow even heavier?

Don’t wait any longer, 

Elizabeth Jolley

Wednesday May 18, 2022

Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.  Romans 14:19

The first and best way to bring peace into your family is for you to decide to be a peacemaker. Peacemakers are not a conflict-avoiders or a referees for every disagreement. Peacemakers are volunteers in the family who decide to build Christ honoring peace in their family through prayer, wise words and constructive actions. Peacemakers know that peace comes from the inside and that real change always starts with prayer.
Anyone can become a peacemaker. It is a decision to know the peace of God and to share the peace of God with those in your family. Jesus had good things to say about peacemakers. Matthew 5:9  Blessed are peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Happy, highly favored are those who work for peace - who work for a Christ honoring inner peace and a relational peace for they will be easily identified as the kids of their heavenly Father.
Ultimately, peace in families doesn’t come through programs or techniques or formulas.  Peace comes through peacemakers.  And the ultimate peacemaker is Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
Peacemakers know that real peace comes from Jesus into a person’s heart.  So they rely on Jesus to know how them how to show and share peace with their family.  And His peace always moves from the inside outward. 

Pastor Jim

Tuesday May 17, 2022

“Epaphras, who is one of your number, a bondslave of Jesus Christ, sends you his greetings, always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God.”  Colossians 4:12

Who was Epaphras? Epaphras was an evangelist that was from the church in Colossae that Paul was writing this letter to. Epaphras was concerned about the direction his fellow believers were headed and Paul was voicing, not only Epaphras' concern, but his own. I love this passage, because Paul was expressing how even through absent from them, Epaphras was laboring on their behalf. How was he laboring? He was laboring in prayer. I think so many times we don’t understand how prayer is a big part of our work, not only as Christians but also as parents. As parents even when our children aren’t with us, we can still influence them.

This past week we celebrated our kids that are graduating this year. Its a scary thing to think of them moving out of our homes. What kind of life will they live? What kind of decision’s will they make? But we can still have an impact on their lives. We can do it through prayer. Epaphras’ prayer was a labor of love over the people in his church. He prayed that each of them may (stand) perfect and fully assured in all the will of God! He wanted them to know God’s will and to walk in God’s will.

Who are you concerned about? How much time do you spend laboring in prayer? Pray is the work that the church is called to and it’s the work parents are called to as well. Don’t underestimate the power of prayer in your church and your home! You may not be where they are but God is!

Chris Burton

Monday May 16, 2022

Blessed are peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.   Matthew 5:9

Most people think the path to peace in their family is fixing their family members’ problems. “If only _______would stop ______________then we’d have peace in this family.” But peacemakers know that the path to peace always requires that we look first at our own faults and mistakes. The only person you can change in your family is you. Change starts when you and I confess our sin and let Christ cleanse our hearts. Sometimes the barrier to peace is the bitterness you are holding against someone in your family that has hurt or disappointed you. That hurt has become anger that you are carrying around with you into your family relationships. God’s Word says Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice (Ephesians 4:31).
The Bible tells us to do our part to make peace possible and then leave the results to God. “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone” (Romans 12:18). The part that depends on us is that we let go of our anger and release the debt owed to us by the one who has hurt or offended us. This doesn’t mean that we should trust them. Trust is rebuilt over time. Neither does it mean that there shouldn’t be consequences for their behavior. But our part is to forgive - God’s part is to secure justice.
So we start by getting rid of anger, in all its forms. One way we do that is by giving grace to others in the same way we have received forgiveness through Christ. But scripture doesn’t stop there. Peacemakers put on the virtues that come from walking in the spirit. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you (Ephesians 4:32). Peacemakers use supernatural power that comes from the Holy Spirit to build bridges and restore relationships. They do so much more than just patch things up in families. Peacemakers bring the forgiveness of Christ to the hurts in their families and it blesses everyone - even the generations yet to come.
See you this Sunday,

Love you all and I’m praying for you,

Pastor Jim

Friday May 13, 2022

Persist in Prayer

Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart, 2saying, “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man. 3And there was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him saying, ‘Give me legal protection from my opponent.’ 4“And for a while he was unwilling, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect man, 5yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, lest by continually coming she wears me out.’” 6And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge said; 7now shall not God bring about justice for His elect, who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? 8“I tell you that He will bring about justice for them speedily. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
                                                                                                                                                    Luke 18:1-8

It is interesting that Jesus inserts the theme of prayer as a conclusion to His previous teaching. Jesus asked his disciples to consider the arguments of the unjust judge. What a cruel paradox: a judge who was expected to be fair and impartial only produced injustice and immorality, but even so, the perseverance of an old woman produced something good in him, even if his decision was for the wrong reasons.

Therefore, God, who is a just judge, will do justice to His people and His children. God is ready to defend His children in the midst of opposition, rejection, and persecution. Because as we can see, the enemy is using all kinds of tricks and traps day by day because he is looking to undo the most sacred institution that God has established on this Earth: the family.
God's project is to establish a kingdom of justice, so it is impossible to just think that He would not listen to the cry of those who love and practice justice. Do you love Justice? Because that is what we must practice and manifest in our daily lives.

Jesus does not detail the crime or the adversary because the theme or main issue is not there but in the attitude of perseverance and insistence, that is...Prayer!
At the end of the parable, Jesus asks if the disciples would have the same attitude as the widow regarding perseverance. Jesus did not ask the question out of ignorance; in fact, in his omniscience he knows everything about our future. He, too, did not doubt whether there would be faithful servants when He returns at his second coming.

Jesus’ purpose for asking this question is to encourage the disciples to be faithful to prayer and to persevere in it. It is a rhetorical way of saying “If God is going to listen to you, it is obvious that you remain constant and persevering in prayer.”
The parable rests on the certainty of the kingdom of God; however, what is questioned in the end is the attitude of the redeemed human being. God can be fully trusted, but can perseverance be expected from redeemed people? In other words, and in general terms, will faith be found on earth? So, the converts’ responsibility is to trust and to be loyal and obedient to their God and Heavenly Father, no matter what, no matter when.

And to tell the truth, God's responsibility is to see to our vindication. Jesus connects faith with perseverance. True faith translates into absolute perseverance despite the adversities and obstacles you experience. The true servant is faithful to persevere because although his head says one thing, he obeys his heart; he does not live by emotion but by conviction. On occasions, humanly speaking, he would like to turn back...but his spirit tells him: Go forward till the end.
We persevere because we are already children of God; we do not persevere to become children of God!

In addition, perseverance has a purpose: God needs us, not because we are important or essential but because He decided to use us for the proclamation of the gospel and the historical realization of His kingdom on this planet called Earth, and He wants to do this through the members of a FAMILY.
I have said it before and I will continue to say it always…O.V.B. C., we are a family…we support each other in our weaknesses and we help each other with our failures, but we rejoice in our victories.

That is why I have to persevere daily…“Praying For My Family,


Thursday May 12, 2022

Pray for unity and the resolution of conflict

 “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32

Nothing breaks down a family faster than conflict. Whether that is a church family or your family at home conflict is a destructive force that splits us and makes us forget who we are called to be. It is the favorite tool of the enemy when it comes to separating us. I think many times we are stubborn about being right and it makes us lose our perspective.

One of my favorite quotes from a good friend of mine is, “we judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their actions”. How true this is, how many times have we convinced ourselves that we are right because we “meant well” or we “are just trying to help”, do we give that same grace to the person we are in conflict with? Probably not very often.

All this to say that the real issue is that when we are in a battle with the enemy trying to resolve it ourselves is a fools errand. We have to take it to the Lord. Join me today and this week in praying over our families both at home and in the church for unity. Let’s pray over any unresolved conflict in our lives especially at home or in the church. This is how we show the world who we are in Christ, “I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.” John 17:23.

Love you guys!
Make Good Decisions,

Wednesday May 11, 2022

Prayer and Preparedness

Nehemiah 4:9 says, “But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat.”

Pastor Jim, last Sunday, read Nehemiah 4:9 in relationship to Family Matters. To continue the focus of Nehemiah 4:9, let me share the words of Pastor Ray Stedman from his work called Authentic Christianity. 
The enemy mobilizes its forces, escalating the attack, and begins to plan direct violence. When you begin to move with God to change things in your life for the better, you will find that you are met first with derision, and if you keep persisting, someone is going to get very upset with you and attack you in a vicious, perhaps physical, way But see how Nehemiah reacts, He still relies on prayer (Nehemiah 4:9). But he does more than pray. He posts a guard as well. Prayer and preparedness! This blending of the resources of the spiritual life with those of the material world is a marvelous picture of how believers ought to face threats, recognizing that we need action on both levels.”   (source: Ray Stedman, Authentic Christianity)

The family has always been under attack since the Garden of Eden.  Nehemiah leads the children of Israel to rely … push into … lean heavily upon the Lord through prayer but also be physically prepared for the onslaught of the enemy. What is happening in your family that you need to take to the Lord in prayer?  I think our response needs to be, “I will take everything and I mean everything to the Lord in prayer!”  But what about the visible ways to protect and respond to family members?  Here are some ideas:

  • Pray! Pray! Pray! And have friends pray with you.
  • Notes of encouragement to family members.
  • Healthy conversations that are meaningful and offer wise counsel and guidance.
  • Stay connected … stay close to your family members. Learn to be an active listener.
  • Swallow your pride and forgive those who have hurt you.
  • Show appreciation for family members.  Learn to praise them for their strengths, skills and talents.
  • Develop strong problem solving skills (that’s what Nehemiah did) as a family.
  • Model the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).


Tuesday May 10, 2022

God's family

 “ And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or fathers or mother or wife or children fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.
"Matthew 19:29

Last week I talked about the discourse between Jesus and his disciples…about their questions of rewards for following Him. Today I wanted to share a testimony of how this worked itself out in my life. How one man took me under his wing and discipled me. He met with me every Monday for two years. See when I started my walk with Christ, I didn’t know much about Christianity or the Bible. One of my friends that I grew up with told me I needed a mentor. So that next Sunday at church, I went to my senior pastor. I told him that I needed a mentor and did he know anyone in the church that could help me. He immediately said, “Me”!

He met with me for over two years every Monday teaching me how to read my Bible and walk with the Holy Spirit. A  few years later  he walked me though my calling into ministry. Even when my family and I left to go to seminary, He was always just a phone call away to give me needed advice. The day I graduated from Seminary my whole family was there. It was a great day! I remember walking down the aisle in the chapel toward the back door with my diploma and a big smile on my face. Then all of the sudden from the back row, in the seat closes to the door, the pastor that had mentored me stood up and shook my hand. He looked me in the eyes and said, “Well done son.” My pastor turned around and walked out of the chapel. He drove 6 hours to just be there to shake my hand and say those encouraging words to me. He was like a spiritual father to me and I don't know where I would be today if it wasn’t for his time and effort he took to pour into my life.

Remember we are God’s provision for others…we are someone's spiritual father, mother, brother, sister, or even Grandparent. Don't take lightly what God can do with the time you give him … to give to someone else!


Monday May 9, 2022

Praying for my family

3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy  … Philippians 1:3-4

I hope you woke up this morning thanking God for your family. You didn’t choose most of them, but God chose them for you. They are a part of His plan for your life. And when you’re thankful for your family, you’re recognizing that God’s plans are beyond your understanding - that He is a good God who has created us for family and relationships and He will take even difficult times and difficult family members and weave them into the tapestry of our lives for our good and His glory.   
Tashia and I have 26 immediate family members (oops, I left off one in my message yesterday) on our gratitude list.  They range in age from 9 months to 82. They live anywhere from 15 minutes to 5 hours drive away. But they are all within easy reach through prayer. And when you thank God for them - and tell them so, you increase their value, you exercise your faith by trusting God’s plan and you develop an attitude that will bring greater joy and health to your life.
These past four Sundays have been such an exciting time of health and growth in our church family.  It started with a joyous Easter celebration that exceeded our expectations. Then at our May 1 Next Step luncheon - 14 people joined our church with two of them are coming for baptism in the coming days. And then yesterday we honored our moms - both those with us and those who are with Jesus and celebrated His blessing to us through them.
Family matters - families by blood, adoption, marriage and by the blood of Christ are God’s plan to bless your life. Thank God for your family and church family and pray for them everyday. See you this Sunday for FAMILY MATTERS Week Three.

Pastor Jim

Friday May 6, 2022

The Preeminence of Christ in the Family

Colossians 3:18-21
Healthy Christ-honoring change in the family can only be achieved by receiving and giving of His Grace. Today, it is being said more and more that the worst thing in society is not juvenile delinquency, but parental delinquency; because if there were fewer neglectful parents there would be fewer delinquent youth. Following this line, as leaders servants of Christ we can add that what the world needs most in homes is: Totally converted people with convictions and values  as servants of Christ.

The Holy Spirit tells us TODAY through the Word… about the family…

The pre-eminence of Christ in wives. Christ's authority commands wives to submit to their husbands, v. 18. The word “subjection” is the key part that this passage deals with. Many came to think at the end of the 20th century that this word is out of context. On the other hand, the word "subjection" does not do justice to the original upostásso these days, since the word subjection carries the idea of  "throwing oneself and letting oneself pass over"; And these days that looks like trampling on a woman. "Submission" emphasizes passivity. Perhaps the word "subordination" explains better. And that makes better sense since it is accepting an order voluntarily. Why? Because Christ's authority commands wives what he expects of them, v. 18b. In other words, it is what the married woman will please her Lord Jesus Christ with and honor her word...

The Preeminence of Christ in husbands. The authority of Christ commands the husband to love his wife, v. 19th This introduces the Christocentric concept of agape love in marriage, in contrast to the phileo and eros love of pagan marriage. Yes, the love of Christ as a model. In fact, it is a humble submissive love. What I mean by this is that, just as Christ denied himself and was sacrificed to redeem his church, the servant husband of Christ must give himself in love for the good of his wife and that love must govern attitudes. and his actions toward his spouse. To illustrate the kind of love that the husband should show his wife; The Word uses five verb forms to describe Christ's love for her church: he loved her, he gave himself, he sanctified her, he purified her, and he presented her to him. It is a complete and inclusive love. And the authority of Christ commands the husband not to be harsh with his wife, v. 19b. In other words, Scripture uses what it expresses as an axis on which to make a transition from a general application to the Christocentric behavior of the husband in the conjugal relationship and displaces any harsh, rude, selfish, or capricious tendency to act towards it.

The Preeminence of Christ in children. The authority of Christ commands children to obey their parents, v. 20 a. Children, you must obey your parents, according to the will of the Lord. These relationships between children and parents should be something natural, but in the spiritual realm they depend on and reflect a personal relationship with Christ as Lord in both cases. The unquestionable duty of children is to obey their parents. In addition to being proper and logical in the order established by God, it is appropriate as believing children to obey their parents in order to practice the principle of submission. This expresses the faith they have and demonstrates the love that it produces. It is natural to expect obedience from children because it is the right thing to do in any society. And the authority of Christ commands the children of why to obey their parents, v. 20b. Obedience fulfills God's mandate that says: Honor your father and your mother. Honoring means respecting and regarding parents in love, and this is manifested in obedience. Furthermore, honoring God is respecting and valuing what He has established [THE FAMILY]. Conversely, disobedience destroys the family unit and even ripples through the church and community.

I have said that the most pressing need in society today is: Christocentric families. Since without the pre-eminence of Christ in the family there can be no healthy homes and therefore there can be no healthy churches and the unbelieving community will not see it as the body of Christ through whom they can come to not only know but to experience a life transformed by the Word of God.
Let's talk less and act more…


Roy Soto

Thursday May 5, 2022

Your Family

“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” 

– Colossians 3:13

Is it harder or easier for you to show grace to your family or those outside your family?  

When we moved to Spain I was nine and in need of some friends. I prayed He would give me some and He did. We were all very close and grew up together all throughout middle school and high school. I loved and still love them like family, but I always extended extra grace to them that I wouldn’t towards my parents and sister. I justified my lack of grace for my own family in the midst of conflict because it was harder to dismiss when coming from the people I love the most and know me better than anyone else. But if there is something I have learned throughout the years and took away from Sunday’s message is that Christ in us can change the way we view those around us and how we handle every situation. He wants us to show grace, truth, and love to everyone regardless of the relationship. 

So, I want to encourage you today to put your hope and your identity in Christ and then I want you to ask Him to soften your heart. If there is anyone close to you that you are having a hard time extending grace toward spend time talking to God about it. Psalms 51:10 says “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” Don’t let the sun set before you make things right. 

Rely on Him, 

Elizabeth Jolley  

Wednesday May 4, 2022

Family Matters

Hebrews 2:11 says, “Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.”

What’s your family story?  We can all share experiences of joy, sorrow, conflict, resolve, brokenness and victory to name a few.  As one author put it, “life is messy.” Well, you can also say, “families are messy.” Families are messy because of sin… the brokenness of humanity.  Some families are fractured by circumstances beyond their control but they demonstrate a faithful resolve to live for Jesus day in and day out. That is the holiness of the Father at work.  

Hebrews 2:11 says “we are made holy.” It’s what Galatians 2:11 says, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Galatians 2:11 has the phrase “life I now live…” And that holy life is because of what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross. Holiness is not a character trait but a gift of God’s grace.  It’s also recognizing that we have His Holiness right now… literally right now!

Hebrews 2:11 says, “Jesus is not ashamed to call us brothers and sisters.”  There is no shame, guilt or condemnation placed upon us by Jesus Christ. God demonstrates forgiveness and redemption to a lost and dying world. When a person accepts Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior the family grows because then we are truly brothers and sisters in Christ. We are family! 


Tuesday May 3, 2022

Your Family

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right, “Honor your father and mother” which is the first commandments with a promise- "So it my go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth” . Fathers, do not exasperate your children: instead bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
Ephesians 6:1-4

A lot of us have read this passage or heard it preached in different formats. Wither through a pod cast, sermon, and maybe even at a wedding. But Today I want to look at this passage from a different perspective. Not a perspective that moves away from Paul’s original intent in writing the letter to the church in Ephesus. But to look at it from the prospective of a parent. Earlier in chapter 5:22 Paul begins his thought process of how each person within each individual family should conduct themselves. Essentially saying, what each family members role is within the family. Each role is vital within the family unit, but reach role preformed right should bring the one thing that Paul deeply desired and that is UNITY.
As parents, we want what Paul wants for our own family…unity, but most of the time we don’t experience unity because people are getting away from their individual role within the family. I cannot tell you how many parents I talked with over the last 25 years. Parents that were sadden by their kid’s behavior. Parents that would say... I prayed with my kids, read the bible to them, and took them to church. And they are living in a way, that you could rarely recognize them as Christians. As parents, no matter how hard we try, we can’t totally divorce ourselves from our child’s decisions. Their decisions deeply impact us. But our kid’s decisions are still…their decisions. According to the Bible our children play a role in the family and that role is to honor their parents.
There is a reason that God tells children to honor their parents. When a child honors a parent, their hearts are more acceptable to the Lord’s instructions or teachings. But when they don’t, their hearts are not. So, we all have a role in the family. Each part or role is important to the individual but also to the family as a whole. So, if there is disunity within your family, ask the question to yourself first. Am I playing my role in God’s design? Regardless if everyone else is playing theirs.
Chris Burton

Monday May 2, 2022

Your Family

13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.  Colossians 3:13-14

There are trends in our culture that are making it harder than ever for Christian families to stay healthy and connected.   Here are some cultural winds that are having devastating effects:
  • A weakening commitment is fracturing the family.
One of the reasons families fall apart today is that people don’t make their family the priority they once did. So often today, leisure time, work and even social media relationships displace the priority of the family. There are two great institutions established by God,  the family and the church. But they are more than organizations, the church and the family are living breathing organisms. They have to be cared for like a person. They need time, attention, nourishment and protection.  And this requires sacrifice. It means saying not to some things so you can say yes to your family. I read this week that it costs over $250,000 to raise a child today from birth to 18. (BTW - this is the best money you will ever spend.) Unfortunately people today are not having children because of the financial expense they will incur - because it will limit them from buying some of things they want in life. This is tragic.  It’s also estimated that Americans throw away 500 billion a year on things like alcohol, Starbucks, gambling (lottery tickets), credit card interest and unused gift cards. Our families are worth every bit of the time, energy and effort we put into them.  
  • Toxic culture is increasingly infecting the family.
So many great things about American culture - literature, art, music . . .  but there are many parts of our popular culture that are twisted, dysfunctional, predatory and evil.  We read every day about the growing trends of human trafficking, pornography, the exploitation of children and the normalization of abortion and non-biblical lifestyles. Add to that the rise in divorce, drug abuse, materialism and nihilism and you can see why so many families want to pull away from culture. When our toxic culture infects our families - our families suffer. The answer is not to start a commune and live away from the world. Jesus said in John 17:15, My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.” The answer is for us to protect our marriages, our kids and our grandkids from the influences of the world.  
  • Unresolved conflict is dividing the family. 
I can honestly say, Tashia and I have been married 26 years and we’ve never fought on the way to church. Of course we take separate cars, but it still sounds good. Seriously... there is so much unhealed pain in families. Much of that pain comes from unresolved conflict.   Unconfronted conflict is a cancer in your family that must be removed. Whether it's between husbands and wives, brothers and sisters or parents and kids - it is dangerous and destructive. Let me encourage you to decide right now to FIGHT FOR your family and NOT WITH your family.
I hope you will be with us this Sunday for Mother’s Day. We’ll celebrate our moms and God’s goodness to us through them. And I’ll continue in the message series, “FAMILY MATTERS” with a message I think will be a blessing to you.
We Love You All,


Pastor Jim