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Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, a friend was chatting the other night about her wise old father, who commented about how the old days contrasted with the present. He’d told her that when he was a young man courting in the evening, sitting with his “intended...

 

On Theology and Christian Life - That Jesus has a beard and in defense of dogma

“I gave My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard,” (Isaiah 50:6). That Jesus has a beard is proved by the Prophet Isaiah who writes that Christ gave his cheek to those who pulled it out. This section of Isaiah’s prophecy belongs to what...

 

Out Our Way: Rez Jack and lions

Out our way, one begins to notice that old codgers like myself enjoy coffee on the porch and memories of the past as much or more than nearly anything else. This morning, with forest fire raging in all directions here in my now — home in Colorado,...

 

Out Our Way: Forever

Out our way, the days and the trails can get long. I confess that sometimes Charlie and I rode what indeed seemed to be the “everlasting hills” for they just went on and on and on. Of course, Charlie knew the trails and so he was well-aware of...

 

On theology and the Christian life

“Now the word of God, profitable as it is to the cursory thought of a pious mind, reveals a deeper meaning to the patient student than to the momentary hearer.” It may be that you need to read this quote from Hilary of Poitiers a few times in...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, it was quite interesting to discover that the word “enthusiasm” is actually derived from two little Greek words, “en” and “theos,” with “theos” being the Greek word for God. Becoming aware of that, we realized that...

 

Out Our Way: Watch where we're going

Out our way, the hills are filled with various trails left by generations of deer, elk and more recently cattle. Now Charlie, who had worked herds all over Tiger Ridge, knew most of those trails up on the Tiger — and because he had real cow sense,...

 

The Scriptures on Finances - Let good deeds shine in praise of the Father

This week we conclude our look at material from the book “Managing God’s Money” by Randy Alcorn. John Wesley said, “I judge all things only by the price they shall gain in eternity.” Missionary C.T. Studd stated, “Only one life, twill...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara

You know, Lord, author William A. Quayle wrote short write-ups for each month in “God’s Calendar.” Quoting him, here’s his “report” about August. “August is here: and maize is growing. Maize owns August body and soul. Corn is an...

 

Grief Poem - Pace Yourself

Remembering back, we don’t forget, we know God heals our pain. Both faith and prayers, that’s where we turn — with both we’ve much to gain.   Journey through grief with our Lord’s aid, helps us when days are dark, We must reach out ...

 

Teach us to number our days

In 1611, Lutheran pastor and theologian Johann Gerhard wrote "A great part of Christian wisdom consists of the constant contemplation of death. It is appointed for all to die; but to die with piety,...

 
 By John Bruington    Local    July 27, 2018

Out Our Way: Debts? Trespasses? - Matthew 5:39

Out our way, folks are usually more concerned with living the faith than with arguing over words and other trivialities. For example, when reciting the Lord's Prayer - some folks say "trespasses"...

 
 By Kevin Barsotti    Local    July 27, 2018

The Scriptures on Finances

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...

 

Hello God It's me, Mara

You know, Lord, it's summertime! There is "music" in the air, be it morning, noon or night; if we listen, we can hear Your song. You direct Your love toward us through family, friends, scenery, to...

 

Hello God. It's me, Mara

You know, Lord, summertime is a fun time to think about “out-of-the-ordinary” dates and events. How many of us even think about the Dog Days of Summer, July 3 to Aug. 11? “Long ago,” our families “knew” about the dog days of summer, but...

 

Out Our Way: Give us our daily bread

Out our way, the wonders of the natural world are all around you if we bother to notice them. Working pairs up on the Tiger Ridge with Charlie, Doc and I noted a great many more critters than the cows we were herding. We saw blue birds, meadowlarks,...

 

Out Our Way: What a maroon!

Out our way, we have seen more than our share of fools. Sometimes they are harmless — like the guy from New York who bought spurs and wanted to wear them in town. Not surprisingly, he hooked himself and tripped to the enjoyment of the rest.  Or...

 

Pastor's Corner: Seeds, seeds and more seeds

I’ve been enjoying Pastor Kevin Barsotti’s columns on reaping and sowing, Biblical financial principles, etc. We just finished a series of messages at our church on some related topics, and I want to offer some thoughts about seeds that I hope...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara

You know, Lord, summer is in the air! There’s no doubt that nearly everyone we know feels like it’s a wonderful time to take some time off, be it just to relax or recharge. We know some dear friends who are doing just that! They have some great...

 

Grief Poem - Wind and Blue Sky

Blue sky with clouds, our heart does ache, ‘Life’ doesn’t seem quite fair. The wind does blow but we hang tight and up to Heaven we stare.   We do know this about You, Lord, You’ll ever be our song. King of my heart, You are so good, for You...

 

'Encounters with Heaven' set at First Lutheran

Press release Ever wondered what really happens at the point of death? Karin Gunderson, author of “Encounters with Heaven — Stories of God’s Surprising Presence” along with her son, Ryan will be presenting “Encounter with Heaven,” an...

 

Out Our Way:  The cross and the hat

Out our way, there tends to be a certain dependable routine to most things. Even when pushing pairs on the Tiger Ridge with Charlie, after a time I sort of settled into things. Although the day may take me on a new trail over an unknown ridge or...

 

The Scriptures on Finances - Give to reap what you sow

This week we will continue to look at material from the book “Managing God’s Money” by Randy Alcorn. Matthew 16:27 “For the Son of Man is going to come in His Father’s glory with his angels, and then He will reward each person according to...

 

Hello God. It's me, Mara

You know, Lord, back “last century” what a joy it was to be a kid — laws weren’t as strict about anything and everything. Several cousins recalled their fun with firecrackers. As soon as firecracker stands opened, kids would be there to buy....

 

Out Our Way: Happy trails, pards

As some of you know, my son and I are heading back to Colorado after all these years. It is a good move for us and, as my son says, it will help me move forward again. I have had endured many trials of late — open heart surgery, the loss of my...

 

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