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Out Our Way: A cow is still a cow - Psalm 14

Out our way, one soon learns all cows are not alike. Oh, I don’t just mean that in the sense that there are different breeds, but in the sense some are dominant leaders while others are docile followers. But just because a cow is a leader...

 

Pastor's Corner: A townwide See You at the Pole

Thirty years ago, a group of students decided to pray for their school. They gathered one morning at the flag pole in front of the schoolhouse. What began as a few students has blossomed into an annual tradition known as See You At The Pole. Teenager...

 

Roping Religion: Remember your focus

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. Philippians 3:14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, the following is an old story, but having just lost a couple of friends, this story seemed somewhat right on, so to speak. The author of this "long ago" story is unknown, but it...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, sometimes while rummaging around looking for one thing, one uncovers something that was saved from long ago. How about this one saved from when working in lower elementary grades -...

 

Pastor's Corner: Breaking away from the huddle

As football season is upon us, picture a football team that gets together and one of the players says, “You know guys, our huddles are so good. I have a plan that will ensure that I never leave the huddle. I am just going to stay in the huddle the...

 

Out Our Way: Time to get in shape - Jeremiah 18:1-12

Out our way, a winter of laziness and bad habits makes us unprepared for spring. Doc and I didn't ride much one winter season and, that spring, we found we had both gotten fat and lazy. I curried Doc...

 

Out Our Way: Broken cisterns - Jeremiah 2:13

Out our way, good water is precious. Up on the Tiger Ridge, we have reservoirs to hold the snowmelt and occasional rainfall, but by the end of summer, the upper pasture is overgrazed and the reservoirs are drying out. Thus, Charlie and I go up in...

 

Pastor's Corner: Christians' work is never done

We are launching into the three-day weekend that unofficially marks the end of summer. I know, I know … it doesn’t officially end until Sept. 22. Yet I will cite the “proof” I learned in grade school in Mr. Olsen’s music class. The Robert...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, while looking through the book “Your life is in God’s hand,” by Thomas Lindberg, it’s interesting how he reminds us not to fear, fret, fright, fume or forget. “Don’t fear,” he writes, then gives an example of slipping a...

 

Grief Poem - Seasons Change

The flowers bloom, then fade and die, about like humans do. We’re born, we bloom, and hopefully, we choose to follow YOU. Each living thing has a season, like worm to butterfly. We’re not green leaves, turn orange and drop; we do our best — we...

 

Out Our Way: Prairie jellyfish - Psalm 73

Out our way, there are various predators to face. Doc and I have run into coyotes, snakes, and even mountain lions. But the "prairie jellyfish" frightened ole Doc more than any of them when he first...

 

Roping Religion: Don't be afraid

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 34:4 “I sought the Lord, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.” Some...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, sitting by the window full of sunshine with the address and birthday book open, one can't help but remember, that You are in command with both life and death. So, as time has passed,...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

          You know, Lord, the way things are going on right now with sheltering in, etc., a friend suggested a joy box. A joy box? What is a joy box?’ “Oh, everyone should have one,” our friend exclaimed. “They are so easy to make,...

 

Pastor's Corner: A breathtakingly beautiful life

We live in a world right now that is bursting at the seams with pain. We are watching the death tolls rise daily and hearing the stories of people inflicted with the virus. People unable to be with their loved ones during critical life moments....

 

Out Our Way: Spiritual brucellosis - Luke 12:49-56

Out our way, panic reigns supreme amongst the ranchers when brucellosis shows up in the herd. The infection can spread rapidly and wipe out most of not all if it goes unchecked. Once introduced into the midst of formerly healthy animals, it is hard...

 

Out Our Way: Saved by the fence - Isaiah 1:10-20

Out our way, there are two good rules to keep in mind when working stock: “Use your head” and “Stay alert.” The consequences of not doing so can be painful and even fatal. As I meditated on what the Lord would have me write today, the image...

 

Pastor's Corner: Afraid? Stay in the boat

Fear can be a powerful motivator. Fear can make brave people do cowardly things, and it can make timid people do brave things. Fear can make you do one thing in one situation, and the opposite thing in another situation. Fear of heights might have...

 

Roping Religion: Remember on whom it depends

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. Mark 9:23 “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Sometimes it is good to remember the good...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, it never seems to fail, once it is summertime, detours seem to be opened and “Road Construction Ahead” signs are woven into the scenery along busy roadways. With friends, this last week, we sure did come across some of those very...

 

Out Our Way: Of four wheelers and horses - Luke 15: 3 - 7

Out our way, the fall roundup is a major event and, as anyone who has worked one will tell you, rounding up the cattle scattered all across the “big open” is a lot of hard work. Now, as it happens, Charlie and I rode for Big Mike. One roundup...

 

Pastor's Corner: Arise and shine

It’s been an interesting year so far! Best understatement you’ve heard lately, huh! Some events occurring in our country right now remind me of certain eras in the history of Israel. During the days of the Old Testament prophet Isaiah, God...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

         You know, Lord, now and then friends share with us things that are special to them. One gal shared that a long while ago, Pastor “Phil” (name changed) was telling them that: “Listening is not hearing. Touching is not feeling....

 

Grief Poem - Scrapbookin' Life

Look what was found while lookin’ ’round among our plies of stuff. The “book” we used to jot some notes, but parting with it’s tough. Treasured memories slipped in a book like snapshots, stickers, stamps. A story told — OUR poem of life,...

 

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