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Out Our Way:

Mark 11: 22-26 Out our way, just about everyone has heard about Goliath's terrors of that nasty old culvert along the nature trail in Beaver Creek. Even that mountain lion that popped by one day at...

 

Pastor's Corner: Share God's love and grace

It is hard for me to keep my mouth shut and listen to what others have to say. It seems that I always have more than two cents worth of input — especially on matters of faith. On occasion, I do listen, and I seem to be hearing more and more that...

 

Hello God, it's me, Mara

You know, Lord, winter is still here. Sharon Hinck in “Mornings With Jesus” recounted thoughts regarding Psalm 77:19.  She must have looked out my window. After the fresh snowfall the other day, there’s no activity. This morning the world is...

 

Out Our Way:

Mark 11:15-19 Out our way, most congregations struggle to make their budgets not only because the congregations are small, but because a great many folks are on small, fixed incomes. Yet even so, it...

 

New Beginnings spring session set March to May

New Beginnings, a nine-week inter-denominational healing program for those who have experienced the end of a marriage through separation, divorce or death, will begin its spring session March 6 at St. Jude Parish Center. The class schedule is: March...

 

Hello God, it's me, Mara

You know, Lord, William A. Quayle wrote in “God’s Calendar” that February is all wintery breathed. Quoting him: “February is the month of expiation; the month of the thaw; the month of dreaming of Spring — and other things! God dreams...

 

Pastor's Corner: Reflect and readjust to uncertain expectations

Expectations! How we picture life with its ups and downs can be a source of great joy or great disappointment. Take Sunday’s Super Bowl 51 as an example; depending upon the team you were rooting for determined the emotional level you walked away...

 

Out Our Way:

Mark 11:12-21: 'The fig tree' Out our way, folks come to depend on each other, and it is something we tend to take for granted. Farmers help each other seed and bring in the crops. Ranchers help out a...

 

Practical Pastoring: Proclaiming faith at funerals

Conducting funerals is an integral function of pastoring. I cannot think of a better opportunity to proclaim the name of Jesus than during a funeral. People may be grieving at a funeral, but they may also have a heightened awareness of the still...

 

Hello God, it's me, Mara

The joy of laughter   You know, Lord, February is a busy month: Ground Hog’s Day, Candlemas Day — or the Feast of Presentation of the Lord, on Feb. 2 every year. Of course, we have Valentine’s Day with flowers, poems, chocolates and laughter....

 

Grief Poem Feb. 3, 2017

Do dear ones see that we have changed; and lift us up in prayer? We sometimes feel we’ll drift away — that life is not real fair.   We miss our dear, they’ve gone ahead; we struggle hard, some days. We tell stores or sing some songs as we...

 

Out Our Way:

Out our way, folks working cattle sometimes sense when a cow/calf unit are about to head the wrong way, and they move quickly to head them off before they get too far off the right trail. Goliath is...

 

Pastor's Corner: Being called and calling

I’ve spent a great deal of time the past few weeks pondering “call.” At least here at First Lutheran, our readings on Sunday mornings recently have been peppered with language of calling. Jesus calls disciples. John the Baptist calls us to...

 

Hello God, it's me, Mara

We know, Lord, that You perform many wonders for us; many times we hardly pay attention.  We should “focus” on what is going on right around us.  A friend observed a blessing the other day. She shared that she just happened to be sitting near...

 

Out Our Way:

Mark 11: 7 - 11 Out our way, we don't expect cows to be overly smart. I knew a rancher who had a prairie fire take out a large part of his summer pasture. He had to move his herd back down to the wint...

 

Pastor's Corner: Getting to the heart of the issue

One of my favorite New Testament stories is found in the Gospel of John. In chapter 4 of that book, the Apostle John records the story of the Samaritan woman at the well. It is special to me for several reasons. First, it was Jesus’ first ministry...

 

Hello God, it's me, Mara

You know, Lord, here it is, a new year, a clean month, a new calendar, a bright new day, Thank You, Lord. William A. Quayle, in his book, “God’s Calendar,” has some fascinating musing about months. Some for January are: The Calendar is God’s...

 

Out Our Way:

Mark 11:1-6 Out our way, I was blessed to have a friend in Charlie who took me with him on some of his cowboy jobs up on the Tiger Ridge.  It was under Charlie's tutoring that I learned something of...

 

Practical Pastoring: Your spouse Book Five

The next letter that Pastor Dan wrote was to my wife Karrie on 9-18-95. He wrote to her in partial response to Karrie wondering what her role was as the wife of the pastor. Dan said that part of her role is carrying the load while I was off doing...

 

Hello God, it's me, Mara

You know, Lord, with a New Year having just arrived, we might think about a MAN OF THE YEAR. The one we’re thinking about is not picked by any group. His picture will not be found in any newspapers. Folks may not even recognize him if they were to...

 

Out Our Way:

Mark 10:46-52    Out our way, round up is an exciting time and usually folks from all over come and help out. Charlie and I rode round up one fall for “Big Mike.” Mike had a number of folks out on the quads to drive in the herd, and he hired a...

 

'Practical Pastoring:The Church Book Five'

The ministry is a marathon. You cannot complete the race if the enemy destroys you before you get to the finish line. In some of my earlier work, I shared part of the pain of entering the ministry and dealing with some of the people who attend...

 

Grief Poem Jan. 6, 2016

‘NOW’ — IS All WE HAVE!!   It’s NEW YEARS week — though death stepped in, but life is always NOW! Our loved one’s gone, not out of mind, we’ll manage life — somehow!   We need support, encouragement; each grieving household does!...

 

OUT OUR WAY:

Out our way, some folks have different horses for different reasons. For example, a rodeo cowboy who does bulldogging has a horse that will run alongside a steer and keep it heading straight, and...

 

Hello God, it's me, Mara

You know, Lord, a good New Year’s Resolution is to share our goals with our family — then we can work together toward accomplishing them. Oh! What IS family? A family is a needlepoint picture, threaded by people who are concerned with what kind o...

 

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