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Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, dear Lord, the snow falls fast, Winter is on our mind. Icicles guard, the wind does moan, warm place the birds can’t find. Sparkle of frost on windowsill recaps our childhood view; we’d scratch frost off to take a peek — we saw a...

 

Roping Religion: Put what you learn into practice

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. When I was growing up in Big Sandy, Montana, I had a sign made up in my room that said, “Anything is...

 

Pastor's Corner: What is weird?

I once knew a guy who had a bumper sticker on his car that read “Keep Church Weird.” Now, I lived in Berkeley, California, at the time so maybe the only thing about this that caught my attention was “Church” needing to be singled out. When...

 

Out Our Way: Put on your chaps - 2 Cor. 12:1-10

Out our way, trees are scarce on the plains, but some types of thorn trees seem to thrive in the arroyos on the Tiger Ridge. It seems that when we are hunting strays, some obnoxious critters like to hide in the thickets. Charlie urged me to get some...

 

Out Our Way: I will lift my eyes - Psalm 121

Out our way we are blessed with what I call "The Big Open." Tourists driving through the area often see nothing but the highway. This is cattle country and while many farmers grow wheat and other...

 

Pastor's Corner: About love

This time of year, around Valentine’s Day, our culture is saturated with talk about love. There is a pressure to “show” or even “prove” our love by giving gifts, sending notes, professing love. Love can, if we are not careful, start to beco...

 

Acknowledge the lord, be guided

I recently finished the devotional “God Wants You to Win!” by world-champion calf roper Jeff Copenhaver. Much of the inspiration of the following thoughts and scriptures are from this book. 1 Corinthians 9:24-26: In a race, everyone runs but...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, sometimes friends share interesting things that they've found on the "net." Take for instance, a penny. Who'd have thought that there was a day to celebrate a Lost Penny, which is...

 

Grief Poem - Winds of Love

Our memories are a loving thing, they last the longest day!. They can’t be spent or even lent, nor ever snatched away. Jesus, take care of our dear one and love her/him as we do. Because she/he was everything, so loving, kind and true. Dear one, yo...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

Horses were the means of transportation 80 years ago. A family with four girls had a big white horse named Daisy. These little girls loved all of their farm animals but especially Daisy, as she was their means to get to their rural school, 3 ...

 

Pastor's Corner: Changing your destiny God's way

2 Corinthians 5:17-18 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the...

 

Out Our Way: This is the trail - ride it! - Isaiah 30:20-21

Out our way, cattle trails tend to be pretty obvious and even a beginner like me got to become somewhat familiar with them. I knew where I was and where I was going most of the time on those familiar old trails. But sometimes those old familiar...

 

Out Our Way: Balloon busting - Hebrews 13:5 - 6

Out our way, the only cowboys carrying guns tend to be kids playing dress up. I remember playing "cowboy" as a kid and I also had a toy pistol - a " Fanner Fifty" - just like the pistols the TV and...

 

Pastor's Corner: Follow example of Paul's letters

Most of the time, I do not check my mail more than once a week because, it is just cluttered with boring bills and junk mail. But nothing matches my excitement when I get a personal letter from a friend or family member or congregant! I think letter...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, the Bible states that God knows our purpose on this earth before we were ever born. In this age of options, opportunities, choices, and more, You Lord, or all creation, made us for a s...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, sometimes it’s pleasant to think back when we were just little kids and remember, now and then, how we’d pretend to be asleep, and watch for or wait for Mama to tiptoe in to check on us or just watch us as we slept. Every so...

 

Pastor's Corner: The conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

As I begin writing this reflection we — those churches belonging to the Havre Ministerial Association— are to begin praying together each day this week for unity among the Christian community not only in Havre but around the world. The theme...

 

Out Our Way: Jack, Doc and me - Psalm 91

Out our way, the bond between humans and domesticated animals can be quite strong. “Jack” the Rez dog was more than a pet; he was also a friend and at least once a protector. Mountain lions, although rare, still roam the Bear Paws and have been...

 

Out Our Way: My saddle pards: Charlie and Job - Job 19:25-27

Out our way, you learn humility the hard way. It is not about pride or ego — but survival. Charlie taught me that every cowboy gets tossed from time to time — and often it is more than pride that is hurt. Indeed, despite Charlie’s skills and...

 

Pastor's Corner: Joining together in Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

This weekend, we, as Christians in Havre and the surrounding area, will join with other believers all over the world in launching the celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Though the international event officially kicks off...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, sometimes we need a reminder about certain things. How fun to discover that this coming Tuesday, the 21st, is called Hugging Day! Hugging Day is a special day to embrace the hug. Give your “mum” a hug to show her that you really...

 

Out Our Way: Breaking Trail - John 14:1-6

    Out our way, we sometimes find that it is necessary to break new trails. I recall after an especially wet spring, Charlie and I were riding on old familiar trail when we discovered the creek had overflowed from the spring run off and the...

 

Pastor's Corner: "Loving God and loving one another - more

Mark 12:28-31 (New King James Version – NKJV) 28 Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, [a]perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, “Which is the [b]first commandment of all? 29 Jesus answered him,...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, mending day happens to all of us; there are socks, shirts, jeans, you name it and it probably needs mending. Besides clothing, there is upholstery, fences, railings, relationships,...

 

Grief Poem - Help Us, Lord

They've gone ahead still missed a lot, their pictures on the wall. A friend shared 'bout her broken heart, some things still make her bawl. Their life was oh, so beautiful, his death a silent grief....

 

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