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Grief Poem: Lord, Comfort Us …

With heavy hearts we mourn our loss, our loved one’s gone on “home.” Lord, comfort us, they’ve gone to You, no more on earth to roam. Gates of memory will never close, we miss dear ones so much. Their tender love we won’t forget, we miss...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, on the first day of July, there is a list of some special and wacky days. One special day is Canada Day/Dominion Day, plus National Postal Worker Day. Then, how about a creative Ice Cream Flavor Day. Now that summer is in full swing,...

 

Roping Religion: Weather - and learn from - the storms

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. Matthew 7:24-27 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is...

 

Pastor's Corner: Interrogating our freedom

Do you feel free? This weekend, our nation celebrates Independence Day. Fourth of July holiday rituals are central to the production of the American mythos — what our nation attempts to tell itself with all the cookouts, parades, and fireworks is...

 

Out Our Way: Even Doc gets it wrong - Psalm 5:1-8

Out our way, it is good to have a cow horse who knows his business. I have sometimes given Doc his head and let him deal with some balking units, but even so, sometimes even Doc gets it wrong. That is why i still hold the reins and keep my legs...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

Respect, what is respect, Lord? It seems like our idea of respect has really changed in the last decade or two, wouldn't You say so, too, Lord? Perchance, do any of us even remember that, in essence,... Full story

 

Roping Religion: Don't ever give up

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. As believers in Jesus we need to encourage ourselves when the going gets rough and not give up. We...

 

Pastor's Corner: Remember to stick together

Pandemic, protests, politics … literal lions, tigers (each species caught COVID-19 at the Bronx Zoo in April) and bears (grizzlies spotted 5 miles from our home in Big Sandy). Oh my. For a while, we could laugh with exasperation. “Murder...

 

Out Our Way: Trust me - Judges 6:11-13/Esther 4:14

Out our way, I find I am still a greenhorn in many ways. But I have Charlie to keep me going the right way. There have been times he has pointed me in a direction I did not think was the right way, and I simply had to trust him. And he was always...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

DADS are special people No home should be without. For every family will agree. They're "SO NICE TO HAVE ABOUT." They are a happy mixture of a "Small Boy" and a "Man." And they're very necessary, In...

 

Roping Religion: What are you afraid of

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. Psalm 118:6 The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? The psalmist...

 

Pastor's Corner: On Father's Day

When the phone rang, I answered, “Barrows residence, Vicki speaking.” My sister Deb’s familiar voice replied, “Hi, I’m calling to update you on Dad’s condition. I know you have a lot going on at church, but I think you should try to get...

 

Out Our Way: Three choices - Galatians 1:1-12

Out our way, pushing cows is sometimes no more difficult than going for a leisurely ride. But sometimes you have to deal with some real lunkheads who insist on breaking from the herd and racing over...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

As we grow older, and hence wiser, we slowly realize: Whether we wear a $3000 or $30 watch — they both tell the same time. Whether we carry a $300 or $30 wallet/handbag — the amount of money inside is the same. Whether we drink a bottle of $300...

 

Pastor's Corner: Loved and redeemed

Right now, in this pandemic and with the video of George Floyd’s murder, the headlines of 100,000 COVID-19 deaths, protests happening in almost every community, the judgment of those wearing masks on those who aren’t (and vice versa), and the...

 

Out Our Way: I like your hat - Matthew 5:13-16

Out our way, cowboy hats are a cowboy’s signature. They may start out the same at the ranch store, but give it time. Every cowboy’s hat is uniquely shaped by wind, weather, and the result of years of wear and tear. The other day, I was out...

 

Grief Poem - Life Goes On

They’re back again, the memories as white clouds sail above, Flowers do bloom plus one red rose, reminds “us” of your love. It’s baking day — cookies are GOOD, plus pan of Rhubarb Crisp! Recalling how you loved baked goods, just know that...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, sometimes words and sayings are downright fascinating. One wonders how some such phrases came about. Listening to conversations at a loving family reunion, a long while ago, these sayings were overheard: Uncle Charlie: “I can not...

 

Pastor's Corner: What happens when we cry out to God for his help?

This Sunday I will be preaching a sermon to our congregation called “A Few Good Men … and Some Women,” a sermon based upon the Bible Book of Judges. In that sermon, I will be telling the stories of the judges: Deborah/Barak/Jael, Gideon, and...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, while living through this special memorial season this week, it is a season that we hold dear to our hearts, pondering on the precious memories of those who have departed.  If our heart aches, it is more for us than for them. With...

 

Roping Religion: Choices matter - especially with children

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. One day Jeff felt the Holy Spirit speak to his heart “some choices we make in life are better than...

 

Pastor's Corner: Celebrating the Spirit in a digital age

Throughout this period of social distancing and quarantining, many churches in Havre and around the country have experimented with new ways to connect. Churches started live-streaming their services on social media sites, amplifying worship in...

 

Out Our Way: Holes in the fence - Revelation 22:14-16

      Out our way, riding fence is part of the routine Charlie and I had when working on Tiger Ridge. As you may recall from earlier columns, now and then we found a gap where some of our herd could get out and cattle from a neighboring herd...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, sometimes while plodding, walking heavily, through a day, time or a problem, we truly need some wisdom; occasionally we come across some interesting material. A friend shared a special secret about the word ASKing which means Asking,...

 

Pastor's Corner: Love in community

Throughout this Easter season, in the middle of a global pandemic, we have been proclaiming that Jesus comes to earth and shows us all who God is, and then returns to Heaven and leaves us with the Hol...

 

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