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 By Paul Dragu    Local    September 15, 2017

New pastor preaches at St. Paul Lutheran

St. Paul Lutheran Church and Zion Lutheran Church in Chinook are sharing a new pastor. Marcus Williams was installed as the pastor of the churches Aug. 6. This is the first assignment for the 28-year-...

 

Out Our Way: Along the Covenant Trail with Goliath

Out our way, we have to deal with the realities of change. We have to adjust. Just now with the fires on Rocky Boy and the closing of some prime grazing land in the Beaver Creek Park, a lot of folks...

 

Finishing well: Seek God and help others do the same while finishing

Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. As a baby boomer, I am spending quite a bit of time thinking about aging and helping those who are aging. When I was younger, I thought that 40 was old. No...

 

Hello God. It's me, Mara

You know, Lord, a playground scene was observed by Gloria Guggino. In 1978 she wrote about it, entitled it: “Playground Charade.”   Her abridged viewpoint follows: “The scene before me was a treat to behold. A group of children romped in a...

 

Out Our Way: Along the Covenant Trail with Goliath

Out our way, being a farmer or a rancher requires a good deal more than knowing about soil, seed, livestock and land management. The modern farmer/rancher now has to deal with machinery that is...

 

Pastor's Corner: Fires and hurricanes and wars, oh, my!

As we look around at the current state of the world, we can see that we are living in a state of turmoil. Montana is experiencing catastrophic wildfires. Texas has been flooded from Harvey. Florida may be about to face Hurricane Irma. North Korea is...

 

'Love thy neighbor' directive of new leader of Havre Latter-day Saints

Press release Havre resident Brian Williams was recently called as the presiding bishop to lead the Havre Ward congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Williams invites all residents of Hill County to follow the Saviors exampl...

 

Hello God. It's me, Mara

You know, Lord, when we’re walking down the street we might notice a variety of facial appearances. It’s special when some folks actually smile; if they don’t, maybe we should “give” them one of ours.  It doesn’t much matter if the sun...

 

Out Our Way: Along Goliath's Covenant Trail

Out our way, we know that horses are always looking, listening, smelling and learning. Last week, I was at the Minnesota State Fair and admired the horse barn. As I walked in most of the horses were f...

 

Pastor's Corner: The power of being forgiven

One of the Bible concepts that some people have a hard time comprehending is the concept of forgiving. Because of events that have happened in our lives or the things that were modeled to us growing up, many of us were not taught to forgive. When we...

 

Grief Poem - Hear our prayer …

Our sadness craves some company; in sorrow, we pull out. What step is next? We do not know — we’re truly filled with doubt.   In misery we tend to “hide” — for nothing stays the same. We miss our darling, that’s for sure; things here...

 

Hello God. It's me, Mara

You know, Lord, occasionally, the moon will drift by the bedroom window and peek in. That happens when the moon is waxing and when there aren’t too many clouds in the way. What an awesome sight to behold. Of course, stepping outside to view the...

 

Out Our Way: Along the Covenant Trail with Goliath

Out our way, life can be pretty basic and easy. Goliath and Babe have their own pasture to play in, and plenty of feed and water. On the other side of the fence is a horse farm where the horses have m...

 

Hello God. It's me, Mara

You know, Lord, many folks enjoy solving puzzles. Some individuals prefer simple ones to solve while others really enjoy a tough brainteaser. Some workplaces have a waiting room; it was interesting to glance around, observing for a moment, several...

 

Hello God. It's me, Mara

You know, Lord, this happened long ago, but it’s still fun to remember it was a lovely season way back then, perfect for picking berries. Oh yes, mosquitoes were humming, trying to find skin. The sun played peek-a-boo with the fluffy clouds as the...

 

Out Our Way: Goliath's Covenant Trail: The big lie

Out our way, it was once understood that our word was our bond. Yet there have always been those who, as they said in the movies, “speak with forked tongue.” Liars and cheats have always been a problem and so it’s not surprising God condemns...

 

Out Our Way: Goliath's Covenant Trail

Out our way, folks tend to have a good sense of right and wrong. Come February when it's 40 below, folks will hop into the store and leave their cars unlocked, keys in the ignition, and motor running...

 

Pastor's Corner - Tiber fishing shows God's manifest presence

Luke 5:4-11 When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let...

 

Hello God. It's me, Mara

It’s amazing, Lord, the different gifts folks have. Take for instance this story about time: A lady goes into her house; as she steps across the threshold she hears the clock strike once. She sets down her packages, does a variety of things, hears...

 

Out Our Way: Along the Covenant Trail with Goliath

Out our way, we know that horses tend to be herd animals, staying together for safety. But we also know that very often there can be a much deeper bond - "stable or paddock mates" - that really do...

 

Hello God. It's me, Mara

You know, Lord, several friends chatted about how life, right now, felt like a zoo. One gal shared this poem: ‘When Life is a Zoo’ – author unknown. “When the ark started rolling they learned the hard way, how a seasick hippo can spoil your...

 

Grief Poem - We don't forget

The day you left just broke my heart but love’s still safe inside. You’re missed so much, more every day, though part of me has died.   Its been some years since you’re been gone, you’re greatly missed each day. Our heart does ache, it’s l...

 

Out Our Way: Along the Covenant Trail with Goliath

Out our way, folks who work with horses know every horse has two sides and, in a sense, two brains. When I was teaching Goliath to yield by pulling his head around to touch his right side, I also had...

 

Pastor's Corner: Are youth to be despised?

An outlandish question perhaps. Why even ask such a thing? The answer is obviously “No.” Nevertheless, I’m asking it. And the reason that I am asking it is that there are many church summer camps that our youth are attending. In that...

 

Hello God. It's me, Mara

Here are some emergency numbers, Lord; no operator assistance is necessary. They’re all direct dial. All lines are open to Heaven 24 hours a day! (Note: feed your faith and your doubt will starve to death!) “When in sorrow, call John 14.  When...

 

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