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Mark 12:35-40 Out our way, the time after Labor Day can be hazardous in Beaver Creek, especially at night. For, as us locals know, after Labor Day local ranchers lease the grass lands and run their...

 

Practical Pastoring, Book Four: Evangelism

The Lord does order the steps of a righteous man. The field of evangelism is another area where you and I have to trust the still small voice of the Holy Spirit. Speak the truth in love and allow the seeds we sow to eventually produce fruit. The...

 

Hello God, it's me, Mara

You know, Lord, it is quite amazing when one thinks that there are only three primary colors from which all painting is done. Most folks don’t even know that, we found out. At an art show or museum one can view combinations of these three colors....

 

Out Our Way:

Mark 12:28-34 Out our way, rodeo is a major sport as is basketball, baseball, football and hockey. Being one who is quite able to fall off a perfectly gentle horse like Goliath, I have never had any i...

 

Out Our Way

Mark 12: 13-27 Out our way, folk who work with horses know that every horse as two brains - one on the left and one on the right. When you are training a horse, you have to train both sides. I recall...

 

Hello God, it's me, Mara

You know, Lord, several of us were chatting the other day about being in Your presence when one gal shared that one year as a teacher of an English class her daughter was one of her students. She said that was very special, she felt so blessed to...

 

Practical Pastoring Book Four Praying for the Sick

Praying for the sick is a wonderful piece of pastoral ministry. The challenge is to know how to pray for each need that is presented. Do you remember how Jesus would slip away from the crowds in order to spend time with His Father before doing...

 

Out Our Way:

Mark  12: 1-12 Out our way, most folks know that livestock needs to be handled with some common sense.  I recently read a novel about a World War I battle in which mules were used for transporting...

 

Hello God, it's me, Mara

You know, Lord, here comes March, the windy month. Some say that March is the trumpet month, as the winds bring their loud sounding trumpets with them and wear them at their lips, wearing out our ears, perchance? There are even some folks who...

 

Grief Poem Mar. 3, 2017

Missing our mate!    There is a face we can’t forget, no matter time of year. Through rough season, those stormy days; at times our way’s not clear.   Though he is gone we won’t forget the things he loved to do. Some guys liked cars, horses...

 

Out Our Way:

Mark 11:27-33 Out our way, it can be a bit “hairy” crossing streams in the spring as the ice melts. The bridge out at the Lion’s Campground in Beaver Creek Park was wiped out a few years ago and Goliath and I had to wade across the stream. It...

 

Pastor's Corner: Finding hope and peace in mourning

“In the world you shall have tribulation,” Jesus said. More than 2,000 years later, we look around at our world and think, “He got that right!” In fact, we need look no further than our own backyard. Right now, for example, I can think of at...

 

Hello God, it's me, Mara

You know, Lord, little children love sitting on Mommy’s or Daddy’s lap and listening to them read a story. Little ones are examining every picture; they wait eagerly to hear what is on the next page. Perchance Mommy misses a word or two, don’t...

 

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...

 

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