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Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, it has been a while ago, but we did appreciate the thoughts expressed by a chap who was telling a group of us that there are backbiters out there, haters of You, Lord, proud braggarts, those who are disobedient to their parents, and...

 

Pastor's Corner: Torn in two

Jesus Christ is quoted in Mark 3:25 as saying: “25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” In last Sunday’s sermon, we took a look at how the Old Testament Kingdom of Israel ended up being divided into two...

 

Out Our Way: The true cattle guards - Psalm 85

Out our way I recall rolling with laughter when a certain politician in Washington, D.C., asked if the cattle guards in Montana had a union. Yes, one of our top national public office holders really was that ignorant. But after I had my laugh, it...

 

Out Our Way: A boot, a rope, a horse - Psalm 2

Out our way, teamwork is often critical. There are things one cannot do alone and it is good to be reminded we are not alone.   I have shared with you the story of the time I got my boot stuck in the mud while riding fence one time. To remind you,...

 

Pastor's Corner: Jesus the healer

When we look into the word of God we find that Jesus came to the earth for one primary reason, to heal mankind. Through the work of Jesus we find healing in several different ways. In Isaiah 53:5 we see first that Jesus is the healer of our...

 

Roping Religion: Aim for the true target

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. Proverbs 11:3 The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, sometimes while looking for one thing, one finds something else, like a snippet from a longer article, called "A Quote for Today" – how about that? Then up popped the first quote:...

 

Out Our Way: Bankrupt farmers and ranchers - Luke 10:25-37

  Out our way, we know ranching and farming are not 9 to 5 jobs. They are not profession for the weak or lazy but require constant attention. Now and then, we hear of a farmer or rancher who goes bankrupt. Often it is for reasons that simply cannot...

 

Pastor's Corner: Remember a day of rest

If there had been no pandemic, I would have found myself preparing for vacation bible school next week. Instead, I find myself on vacation this week. When this newspaper hits the stands, I expect that I will be on the highway with my family, returnin...

 

Roping Religion: Remember to say, 'Thanks'

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. God has given us everything to enjoy. Our instruction is to seek first His kingdom and His...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

Oh, Lord, You know the good and bad about every single one of us, and after reading this passage in Psalms, it seems like, here we go again. We read: “What fools the nations are to rage against the Lord! How strange that men should try to outwit...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You now, Lord, each day that You give us is a “room of time.” We can use that time or we can abuse it, we can spend it or waste it, we can fill our time with recollections of past failures and moan all the “what ifs,” “if only,” “woe...

 

Roping Religion: He is in your boat

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 8:23-27 Then He got into the boat and His disciples followed Him. 24Suddenly a furious storm...

 

Pastor's Corner: God's family

In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul writes: “So now you are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the...

 

Out Our Way: It's your call - Luke 8:37

Out our way, there is a lot of open space, especially in the areas devoted to ranching and farming. Tourists and city folk drive past the open prairies and Bear Paw Mountains saying, “There is nothing there,” but we how get to roam the vastness...

 

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,...

 

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...

 

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