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Out Our Way: Waiting for sunrise - John 1:1-5

Out our way, patience is an art form. When Charlie and I worked cattle, he never slowed down, but neither did he seemed impatient. No matter what the task of the day was or how difficult, Charlie was content that we would eventually get the job done....

 

Pastor's Corner: Look for questions, not answers

Midway through writing my last sermon, I took a little break as I am wont to do and checked my Facebook. Perhaps not a great habit but sometimes the mind can only remain focused for so long. As I scrolled my news feed, I came across a meme with the...

 

Imagining Heaven: Be faithful with gifts to earn the reward

Many of the ideas and Scriptures used in this article are from the book “Heaven” by Randy Alcorn. Revelation 2:17 states, “I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.” We know that we...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, some time ago, Ivan Doig wrote: “These strange beings, ourselves, need the night but sometimes are entirely at odds with it.” We could name a few of us who may also have times when we are at odds with the night, so to expand on...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara

You know, Lord, here’s a thought about the Wilderness, the Boondocks and the Backcountry. While we’re all busy traveling life’s demanding way, we can’t help but notice where the forest fires have ravaged the countryside; we notice that there...

 

Seminar on building culture of discipleship set for October

Press release Montana Bible College has announced it is holding a 2019 fall one-day seminar, “Bold Moves: Leading Your Church to Live Like Jesus,” Friday, Oct. 4. “It is so easy to find our ministry efforts becoming busy yet ineffective in...

 

Imagining Heaven: Use the Bible as we minister to others

Many of the ideas and Scriptures used in this article are from the book “Heaven” by Randy Alcorn. Matthew 22:30 states, “At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.” There...

 

Pastor's Corner: You are gifted

“80 percent of life is just showing up.” In times of crisis, a friend’s simple presence is priceless. A child in a school production or sporting event will scan the crowd for a familiar face to cheer them on. Showing up matters. “Present your...

 

Out Our Way: Seeking the signal

Out our way cellphones outnumber landlines, but it was not always that way. In rural Montana cell towers were somewhat rare and getting a signal could be a real task. On my first time out on the Tiger Ridge with Charlie, I was glad to get away from...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, spiritually significant men in our lives bless us in countless ways. First, is my father; because of his type of work, we were able to begin our day together at breakfast as he led in our family altar. We weren’t sent to church; we...

 

Pastor's Corner: Dedicated to all the fathers

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: How'd they miss this one?

Out our way,  you can sometimes miss important things because you simply haven’t been paying attention and have grown somewhat lazy. Like the time Charlie and I were moving the herd a few miles from an area that was rapidly becoming over grazed ...

 

Grief Poem - Weeds

A gentle nudge sent “us” outside; we saw a bunch of weeds. But there within, not quite hidden, someone had sowed some seeds.   Two clusters of pretty flowers had not been smothered out. Tall purple ones, a pretty sight, they had survived the...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, here’s a cute one on Love and Marriage as it seems that June is sometimes the month couples pick to marry, right?  So, here’s some “Food for Thought.” Man: How much is this sparkling diamond? Jeweler: That one is $1,000. Man:...

 

Southern Baptists face red in in their book of numbers

It was the rare Billy Graham Evangelistic Association event in which Graham was in the audience — incognito in a hat and dark glasses — and his brother-in-law Leighton Ford was in the pulpit. Graham was set to preach the next day, noted Ford,...

 

Imagining Heaven: Prepare for an eternity of serving God

Many of the ideas and Scriptures used in this article are from the book “Heaven” by Randy Alcorn. We have been imagining what Heaven will be like as we have studied the Bible in hopes of seeing more clearly what our future home will look like....

 

Out Our Way: The smell of water - Isaiah 30:21

Out our way, the days can grow dry and hot, especially when the rains are slow in coming. Up in the summer pasture on the Tiger Ridge, the reservoir begins to shrink as the grass turns dry and yellow by fall when it is time to move the herd. If it ha...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara

You know, Lord, an occasion arose recently where “people watching” was the order of the day. Sitting in the waiting room we were waiting for our friend to be called in to see her doctor. You know, Lord, one really can combine knitting with...

 

Pastor's Corner: Invite love and the rest will follow

A few months ago, I suggested to one and all that this pastor is a little off plumb. While that did not elicit a great deal of response, I want to continue down that line a bit here. Unlike a number of fellow clergy who write based upon scriptural...

 

Imagining Heaven: The best is yet to come

Many of the ideas and Scriptures used in this article are from the book “Heaven” by Randy Alcorn. Many of us are dissatisfied with the decisions some government officials make. Eventually God will establish His perfect government in Heaven....

 

Hello, God. It's Me, Mara.

You know, Lord, here’s an interesting thought: what we are is more important that what we do! No matter what, there is always going to be someone in our “class/group,” with as much “smarts” and education as we have, doing what we want to...

 

Imagining Heaven: Share in His sufferings to share in His glory

Many of the ideas and Scriptures used in this article are from the book “Heaven” by Randy Alcorn. As I have aged my close range vision has suffered. I often wear cheaters in order to be able to read small print without great sunlight. In Heaven w...

 

Pastor's Corner: A future and hope

The month of May is marked by two important events — graduation season and mental health awareness month. On the occasion of both, I want to talk about resiliency: “an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change,” as...

 

Out Our Way: Come back to me - Hosea 3

Out our way, I am always amazed and astonished at how the critters I work with are so much more loving and forgiving than I am. I have sometimes been in a bad mood and spoken harshly to Doc to Jack when they crossed me, I have whacked Doc with the...

 

Imagining Heaven: The end of the earth will be rebirth

When I began pastoring, my pastor instructed me to stay away from end times teaching at the beginning of my ministry. After 24 years, I am still somewhat hesitant to teach on some topics that stretch me but that is how we grow. In this series on...

 

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