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Hello God. It's me, Mara

You know, dear Lord, it’s autumn now, most outside work’s done soon. Some nights are clear, stars shine so bright, we even see the moon. The neighbors brought their cows back home; we see them on the hill. We see them eat; walk to the creek....

 

Out Our Way: Imagine

Out our way, imagination can be a wonderful thing. Riding up on the Tiger Ridge with Charley and looking out over the vast prairies, one can imagine what it was like hundreds of years ago when...

 

Hello God. It's me, Mara

You know, Lord, as we rush about, this article seemed timely. Ruth C. Ikerman wrote this many years ago, entitled, “Do What You Don’t Have to Do.” “A friend who thoroughly enjoys each new Christmas season once told me in a moment of...

 

OUT OUR WAY: "Cowboy up for Christmas"

Out our way, we have a phrase, "Cowboy Up." When I got tossed by Goliath, sprained some ribs, not to mention had the wind knocked out of me, getting back up on my feet and then stepping back up into t...

 

Grief Poem - Holidays are near

Your picture’s near but you’re not here; it’s you we truly miss. Just read a book ‘bout boy and girl — ‘bout how they loved to kiss.   Memories bounced back from long ago — our hearts then filled with bliss. Your sparking eyes knew we...

 

Hello God. It's me, Mara

You know, Lord, a long while ago there was an article about some preachers who were caught “slipping” around. First thought was: are clergymen charlatans, quakes or fakes? It seems an unnamed author investigated his own local clergy. His...

 

Out Our Way : This little light

Out our way, the weather can change quickly. Strong winds blow in a foot of snow knocking out power and tearing cottonwoods to pieces — and a week later a chinook comes in and begins to melt the damage. One of the advantages of the Hi-Line is that...

 

Out Our Way: Of trumpets and bells!

Out our way, it's time to dust off the reindeer antler hat I bought Goliath years ago to celebrate the season. Lord, how he hates those things, but I told him that over at Walmart a lot of my fellow...

 

Hello God. It's me, Mara

You know, Lord, friends were commenting about their home. Some thought that they had the best home life ever, while some thought “hummm — whatever.”  After some consideration, they thought they’d try to make where they were now a better...

 

Out Our Way: Along the Covenant Trail with Goliath

Out our way, we often marvel at the resilience of creation. A few years ago I rode with some fellow pastors through a portion of "The Bob" - Bob Marshall Wilderness - a year after a terrible forest...

 

Pastor's Corner: Thankfulness and giving are at the very core of true joy

Over the years, I have come to realize that thankfulness and giving are at the very core of true joy. This is illustrated in the Gospel of Luke 17:11-19. Call me a stickler. Call me a creature of habit. Call me ADD. For the past 25 years and...

 

Hello God. It's me, Mara

You know, Lord, an article on care giving reminds us how hard and stressful the work is and that caregivers, even if they feel good about the chance to give back, need to take care of themselves, too. Albeit, there is bound to be feelings of...

 
 By Paul Dragu    Local    November 10, 2017

Community Thanksgiving service set at care center

For the third year in a row, a Community Thanksgiving Service will be held at the Northern Montana Care Center, where attendees will hear singing puppets, a band comprising local pastors and a message from a new pastor in the area. The singing...

 

Out Our Way: Along the Covenant Trail with Goliath

Out our way, I saw a sad sight last week. For many years I boarded Goliath and Babe at a friend's place just outside of town - and what a place it was! In addition to my horses, the back corrals were...

 

Hello, God, It's me, Mara

You know, Lord, wind can really kick up storms, or sometimes, maybe, wind just has “fun” tossing lovely autumn leaves around, hither and thicker. When storms happen, depending on where one lives, wind strips the last leaves off the nearby trees,...

 

Grief Poem - Show God's Love

You’re missed dear one — you flew away, you were “our” helping hand. No matter what we do down here, we know you’re where it’s grand.   It’s autumn now, there’re leaves to rake, the colors are pure art. The grass and trees and mounta...

 

Hello God. It's me, Mara

You know, Lord, sometimes one comes across some very interesting reading. Author unknown mentioned that the blood of us humans makes a complete circuit every 23 seconds. Amazing! The author mentioned a few more of Your creations, Lord: the inside of...

 

Out Our Way: Along the Covenant Trail with Goliath

Out our way, there are some things that are just not going to work no matter how badly we want them to. A Shetland pony is not going to be a good roping horse and even those cute miniature horses are...

 

Finishing Well: Leaving an inheritance

Proverbs 13:22 A good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous. Finances are a large part of people’s concerns as they age. A legitimate concern is will I have enough to make...

 

Hello God. It's me, Mara

You know, Lord, we all need encouragers on a so-so day, or when we’re discouraged. That occasionally happens to all of us, no matter who we are.  A friend called her encouragers, “balcony people,” like a cloud of witnesses cheering us on, but...

 

Out Our Way: Along the Covenant Trail with Goliath

Out our way, before I ride, Goliath and I have a time of working out on the lunge line. I also work with his left and right side to make sure he yields to the reins. The reason is simple - horses...

 

Finishing Well: How to pay for what is needed

Proverbs 6:6-8 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. As part of this series of articles on aging we began to...

 

Pastor's Corner: What would happen if we took responsibility?

Fall is upon us, the seasons they are a-changing, and change is in the air. Can we say the same for ourselves? Our world is a mess, our country is a mess, and so are our states and our cities. We have become a world and society where everything is...

 

Hello God. It's me, Mara

You know, Lord, some bumper stickers are worth a chuckle or a big smile; for instance, this one: “I’m in the initials stages in my golden years.” It then listed initials: S. S., C D’s, IRA’S and AARP. As we age, those initials may appear...

 

Out Our Way: Along the Covenant Trail with Goliath

Out our way, the first of the Alberta Clippers hit and hit hard last week. Even old Goliath found the 12 inches of snow that fell, not to mention the trees destroyed and the power outages that hit...

 

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