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 Local    May 26, 2017 

Along the Covenant Trail - Against the current

Out our way, the streams and creeks tend to be gentle. Even the Milk and Marias rivers seem calm enough, but every year we hear of a few folk who drown in the Missouri. Currents can be strong in the...

 
 Local    May 26, 2017 

Practical Pastoring: Failure Part One

Failure is definitely not my favorite subject. I would much rather write to you about success and prosperity. Yet from God’s viewpoint, what exactly do success and prosperity look like? When we fail, are we actually being positioned for promotion...

 
 Local    May 26, 2017 

Hello God. It's me, Mara

You know, Lord, Memorial Day is around the corner.  Long ago, most folks called that day Decoration Day. Finding a long-forgotten poem, memories of times of yore crossed our mind; sometimes our family did nearly the very same thing. Mom didn’t...

 
 Local    May 26, 2017 

Operation Arctic set at Fifth Avenue Christian Church

Press release Fifth Avenue Christian Church has invited youths to grab “their boots and parka” and come to the church for “Operation Arctic.” At “Operation Arctic,” kids ages 4 years old through fifth-grade will venture into the “Cold...

 

Out Our Way:

Out our way, you run across a great many trails and sometimes you can get a tad mixed up about which one to follow. But if you have an idea about direction, you are rarely led astray by a false...

 

Practical Pastoring Book Four: Family and Marriage

Mentoring should continue throughout your pastoral life. It has been well over 20 years since I began pastoring the Ark Church. Pastor Dan still helps me when I call him. Whether a church issue or a family issue, Dan is always willing to provide his...

 

Hello God. It's me, Mara

You know, Lord, recently a headline read: “Coming Events!” Listed were: Hat Style Show, Mother-Daughter Tea, Bake Sale, Music with Mick and Moiré, Car Wash and Swap Meet, Dog Show, Rodeo, Golf with Glenn, Swim Meet, Softball Starts Sat.! That...

 

Out Our Way:

Out our way, one thing Goliath and I have learned over the years is that trails have a start and a finish - and that they always lead somewhere. Of course, you have to take that on faith, for when...

 

Practical Pastoring: Receiving and releasing people

Receiving and releasing people is an area of church life that is crucial yet often overlooked. One of the keys to receiving and releasing people is to allow the Holy Spirit to bring into the church those He wants in, take out of the church those He w...

 

Hello God. It's me, Mara

You know, Lord, sometimes one needs a little help doing some things; then along came Charles S. Ross with a “thought” about Mothers. “Old Mothers” by Charles S. Ross: “I love old mothers — mothers with white hair and kindly eyes, and...

 

The Gospel according to Goliath: Along the Covenant Trail

Out our way, the novice cowhand has to learn a few terms to fully understand what others are talking about. For example, when Charlie first asked me to ride "drag" on our first cattle drive, I...

 

Pastor's Corner: A word for today

Sam writes friends back home, “My wife and I went to a ‘Dude Ranch’ in Montana. The cowboy preparing the horses asked if she wanted a Western or English saddle, and she asked what the difference was. “He told her one had a horn and one...

 

Grief poem: We're lonely, Lord

We’re lonely, Lord   There’s lonely times for guys and gals, so — then — what do we DO? Lonely happens — it’s gonna be — we’re lonely without you.   When darkness seems to cover me, it’s hard to find my way. You’re missed, dear...

 

Practical Pastoring: Children in the Church - Book Four

Be gracious with parents and children who attend the Sunday worship service. There are times when a child may fuss or cry and the mother becomes upset. My wife and I encourage the mother. It is OK for a child to act like a child. We are glad that...

 

Out Our Way:

Some may recall the time Charlie and I tried to move a few hundred head of cows from the summer pasture down o the winter pasture. It had been a wet spring and the summer grass had grown well, and...

 

Hello God, it's me, Mara

You know, Lord, mending day happens to just about everyone; there are socks, shirts, jeans, oh, you name it and whatever it is, there will come a time when it probably needs mending. Besides clothing, there is upholstery, fences, relationships and...

 

Practical Pastoring: Roles of men and women, Part Three

As you continue to learn how to cooperate with the Holy Spirit, you will find that God is faithful. The enemy wants to confuse you, steal from you, and kill you. God wants you to operate from a position of victory. This issue of the roles of men and...

 

Out Our Way:

Out our way even Beaver Creek can seem pretty powerful when the rains come and the snow melts. As many of you know, up on the nature trail in the park is the terrifying culvert but I have to admit a...

 

Hello God, it's me, Mara

You know, Lord. watching birds is entertaining and amusing. After cleaning and filling the bird bath, it was interesting to watch which of about a dozen different kinds of birds who flitter back and forth over here, enjoying trees, apples, water,...

 

Practical Pastoring Roles of Men and Women Part Two

When we are rebellious and stubborn, we are sinning. It appears that there are people attending church whose minds are made up and locked about certain issues. They do not want to be confused with the facts presented in the Bible. You can be sincere...

 

Hello God, it's me, Mara

Because I live  You know, Lord, many years ago Billy Graham wrote how all-important the resurrection is for each one’s own personal Christianity. He went on to quote the Swiss theologian, Karl Barth who said, “Do you want to believe in the...

 

Pastors Corner: Hope in our world today

Easter is a time where we often reflect about the resurrection of Jesus and the hope it carries for those who believe in Him. It comes also in a season where there is hope of things blooming and growing, giving us hope for a new season and the...

 

Out Our Way:

Mark 15:29-32 Out our way, lots of folks make predictions about the weather, the crops, the rainfall and such. One doesn’t have to be a full scale Jeanne Dixon to predict calves will be born at night during a blizzard in February. Other...

 

Out Our Way: The Gospel According to Goliath: Wait for it!

Mark 13:1-20 Out our way, spring is a longed-for and long-awaited event. When the Dairy Queen opens in late February, we know spring is coming, and while we may not be putting the snow shovels away...

 

Pastors Corner: Standing firm on God, our rock!

As long as we live in this world we will face challenges on a regular basis. The key to living a victorious life is staying focused on the one stable thing in our lives. That one stable thing is God. David declared this in the Psalms many times. One...

 

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