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Out Our Way: Sometimes you just have to look – Phil. 4:4-7

Out our way, the scenery can be incredible. I have mentioned the pity I feel for folks who don't see it even when it's all around them. Many of us recall that ridiculous tourism slogan Helena tried a...

 

Pastor's Corner: God creates the leaders

The Biblical model for leadership is shaky at best. Someone sent me an internet meme that went like this: Jacob was a cheater, Peter had a temper, David had an affair, Noah got drunk, Jonah ran from God, Paul was a murderer, Gideon was insecure,...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

Fall is fast approaching us; we feel it in the air. Its signs are all around us, too, we see them everywhere! Leaves are turning to orange and gold, they're such a lovely sight. They don't stay long a...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, some girl friends had gathered together and were having a great time chitchatting about when their kids were just little tots. Nearly every one of the gals had some amusing and... Full story

 

Pastor's Corner: Child Bridge Ministry in Havre

Thursday, Oct. 1, 2018, Child Bridge had its first organizational meeting here in Havre. “What is Child Bridge?” you ask. Well, in a nutshell: Child Bridge’s Mission is to find and equip foster and adoptive families for Montana children who...

 

Out Our Way: Coming over the ridge - John 14:1-3

Out our way friends and spouses and families bond - but so do horses. Charlie had two horses, Freckles and Jet, that were paddock pals. Although I often rode my own horse, Doc, with Charlie quite ofte...

 

Out Our Way: I carry a rope - Isaiah 41:13-14

     Out our way, Charlie and I always rode with a rope, and although I am a terrible roper, I was awful glad I had it with me one day when we were checking fence on a friend's property. The...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, a little blurb told how a grandpa developed a delicious jelly using a powdered grape drink. He even won some blue ribbons at the country fair. He sat at the table spreading a half-inch thick serving of jelly on his toast when his...

 

Grief Poem - Sweet is the Memory

Just really don't know where to start ... The day you left; it broke my heart. Not just a crack, it broke in two ... filled with my love that was for you. The love's not gone, it's safe inside ......

 

Out Our Way: Charlie's Day

Out our way, who you are is a lot more important than who you say you are. This is especially true when it comes to the gospel message. Most of us recall the scandals of Jim and Tammy Bakker, Jimmy Swaggert, Kenneth Copeland and the like, and the dam...

 

Pastor's Corner: See You at the Pole 2019

Wednesday, Sept 25, 2019, at 7:30 a.m., students gathered at the flagpoles of Havre High School and Havre Middle School to enjoy pancakes, donuts and orange juice and spend some time praying for their schools. I had the privilege of bringing the...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, it’s time to dig out the comforters tucked away when summer arrived; we’ll fluff them up, air them out and put them on the beds so that we’ll be nice and warm and comfortable. When we were kids at home, Mom made comforters; she...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, a long time ago there was a story about the local economy in a small town having troubles so they invited a successful businessman to come speak to them. Picture the scene: The...

 

Out Our Way: The right trail

Out our way, Charlie and I always had the advantage of the cow-calf units and the bulls because we knew the "right trail." When we started moving the herd we knew where they were going and why they...

 

Pastor's Corner: Celebrating 'Small Town U.S.A.'

When I saw the theme for this year’s Festival Days, “Small Town U.S.A.,” it started to remind me of my family’s time in Montana and all of the blessings I am thankful for and attribute to several “small towns U.S.A.” In August of 1992, I...

 

Out Our Way: Charlie's wheelchair?

     Out our way, more than a few of us show up for church walking stiffly or with a pronounced limp. Some even come in wheelchairs. You take old Charlie now — after “Freckles” went ballistic on him while moving cows up on a friend’s...

 

Pastor's Corner: Authentic hospitality

Last week, I talked about the famous biblical duo of Mary and Martha, but today I am going to focus on an even more well-known Mary and her cousin Elizabeth. Right after Mary finds out from the angel Gabriel that she is going to conceive and give...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, it seems like just about everyone knows that this month and the next three months all end with a “brr” and our friend shivered when she mentioned it. We all know that our weather will soon be getting colder as the days/weeks...

 

Pastor's Corner: Our choices matter

This summer, my congregations have been looking at the testimonies of different women from the scriptures; one of the stories we’ve heard is from Mary and Martha. Mary and Martha were preparing to give a dinner party for Jesus. No pressure, right?...

 

Grief Poem - They've Gone Ahead

A little girl left earth this week, her parents are distraught. Then neighbor, "Jill," left this earth, too, tough battle she had fought.   A brother of a special friend took off for Heaven's...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, as the season rapidly changes into autumn, we notice that the birds are preparing to leave. A friend reminded me of a story she had heard about a bird's nest under the railroad...

 

Out Our Way: Eight seconds isn't forever, but ... - Isaiah 26:1-4

Out our way, rodeo is a major sport. I have never ridden a bucking horse - although I have had horses buck - nor done any bull riding, but I have been able to attend a number of events to watch folks...

 

'God's Work - Our Hands' set for Sept. 8

Press release A free worship service and community meal, “God’s Work — Our Hands,” will be held in Pepin Park Sunday, Sept. 8. The worship service and community meal is hosted by Christ, Messiah and First Lutheran churches in Big Sandy and...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

It’s back to school for young and old, a happy day for some! Buy needed things, supplies and clothes, which is the rule of thumb. Then tackle fear which some kids have but most know school is fun! Good thoughts — good sleep; take it easy — then...

 

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