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  • Roping Religion: Remember what is ahead

    Kevin Barsotti|Updated Oct 24, 2020

    Many of the ideas and scriptures for this article are from the devotional "God Wants You To Win!" by world-champion calf roper Jeff Copenhaver. Philippians 3:13-14 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. In Jeff's story about overcoming humiliation he told...

  • The Scriptures on Finances

    Kevin Barsotti, Pastor at Ark Church in Havre|Updated Jul 29, 2018

    This week we continue to look at material from the book "Managing God's Money" by Randy Alcorn. James 5:1-5 Look here, you rich people: Weep and groan with anguish because of all the terrible troubles ahead of you. Your wealth is rotting away and your fine clothes are moth-eaten rags. Your gold and silver have become worthless. The very wealth you were counting on will eat away your flesh like fire. This treasure you have accumulated will stand as evidence against you on the...

  • Practical Pastoring: Ordination Book Five

    Kevin Barsotti|Updated Oct 28, 2016

    I remember parts of my ordination ceremony 20 years ago. Pastor Dan, brothers in the Lord, local pastors, elders of the Ark Church, and members of the congregation attended the ceremony. The impact of the laying on of hands and separating one for service in the kingdom is significant. The ordination confirms that you and others have heard the Lord and obeyed Him. Not everyone will be happy that you are being set in as a pastor. Carnal Christians and those with their own agenda may boycott, protest, or attempt to draw...

  • Practical Pastoring: Book Five: How to relax

    Kevin Barsotti, Ark Church|Updated Sep 30, 2016

    As a person with a Type A personality, I find it has taken me a long time to learn how to go with the flow. I have had to learn how to work at enjoying life and having fun. I spent years as a black or white person in my thinking. I was either working or resting. I had to learn how to relax and rest in Jesus while I was working. Doing so was not an easy task for me. At times, I would get so focused on a project that my relationships with co-workers would suffer. At other times, I put in so much extra time working on projects t...

  • Pastor's Corner: Learning to be in the family of God

    Kevin Barsotti, Ark Church|Updated Sep 9, 2016

    Galatians 4:4-5 But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. This fall our adopted dog turns 14. He lived next to us his entire life before he moved in to our home. When my neighbors had to put their previous dog to sleep we did not know if they would ever have another dog. I eventually talked my friend into buying his wife another toy poodle. My young teenage daughter and I awoke...

  • Pastor's Corner: Finding a Godly wife

    Kevin Barsotti, Ark Church|Updated Sep 2, 2016

    Proverbs 18:22 He who finds a (true) wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord. My wife and I will soon celebrate our 31st anniversary. The last 30 years of our life together has flown by quickly. We raised three children and now have the opportunity to enjoy three grandchildren. We have experienced the loss of loved ones and the birth of babies. As we age, we sometimes reflect on our legacy. The Bible teaches us that a Godly man leaves an inheritance to his children and grandchildren. That inheritance may be...

  • Pastor's Corner: Call to me and I will answer

    Kevin Barsotti, Ark Church|Updated Aug 12, 2016

    Jeremiah 33:2-3 This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it-the Lord is his name: Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Change is a difficult concept for many of us to embrace. God changes not. The rest of us seem to be confronted with change fairly often in our lives. With the new school year approaching many kids will begin this fall with a new teacher in a new classroom. They will be learning new concepts and possibly ma...

  • Pastor's Corner: Continue to run the race

    Kevin Barsotti, Ark Church|Updated Jul 1, 2016

    Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. — 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 Last Saturday, I competed in the Jim Bridger Trail Run near Bozeman. I have been running for years but on Memorial Day I decided to enter the 10-mile competition with less than four weeks to train for the event. Because the r...

  • Pastor's Corner: "It is better to give than to receive"

    Kevin Barsotti, Ark Church|Updated Jan 29, 2016

    Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. — 1 Timothy 6:17 The Bible has much to say about finances. Regarding this upcoming election cycle, some of the area pastors have been praying that God would put into office leaders who would follow what He has to say about money. You and I can follow the above verse through the power of the Holy Spirit and make a d...

  • All good gifts come from God

    Kevin Barsotti|Updated Mar 6, 2015

    “His master replied, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” — Matthew 25: 21 Recently during a church service I gave three sisters some money. I gave the nine-year-old $5, the six-year-old $2 and the two-year-old $1. I told the girls that I was going away on a trip and I would be back for an accounting of my money. I had shared Matthew 25:14-30 with the church and followed the reading with a challenge...

  • We have given God thanks for His faithfulness

    Kevin Barsotti, Ark Church|Updated Jan 30, 2015

    Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus — 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Just after midnight on July 5, 2013, my wife received a phone call that immediately woke us up. The voice on the other end of the line screamed, “Karrie, get to the hospital. Kade has been in a serious car wreck!” Karrie and I were in Bozeman, Montana, with our daughter attending a week of wedding festivities for a friend. We had just come from a barn dance and were looking forward... Full story

  • Allow Jesus to be your Lord

    Kevin Barsotti|Updated Sep 19, 2014

    Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die … Jesus was a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering. He did not shy away from sickness or death. Rather, He brought hope, healing, and encouragement to others. Recently, my in-laws lost their middle son to a heart attack. Twelve years ago, they lost their first born son to a heart attack. The pain in people’s lives when they lose a loved one is real. They think about the loss of their lov... Full story