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Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life. The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life. The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our co...

 

Facing the many religious tensions in the modern workplace

Americans wrestling with religious conflicts in the workplace need to start by doing some math. Right now, about 157 million Americans work full time. Meanwhile, a 2013 study by the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding found that 36 perc...

 

Pastor's corner: Explore the beauty God created

Over the last two weeks, I have spent a lot of hours following roads and paths as I drove 17 hours to Iowa and have hiked in state and national parks. Sometimes, the path was tediously straight, almost to the point of boredom, and at other times,...

 

Out Our Way: Cows don't know any better

Out our way, as big and powerful as most cows and bulls are, they need direction or they will perish. When the grazing is gone and the reservoir dried up, Charlie and I move them to fresh pasture and clear water they would unlikely find on their...

 

Grief Poem - Sunshine and Shadows

Shall we wither and then fall down like a golden Autumn leaf? We’re all been there through deep sorrow, how painful is our grief. Sometimes we miss the days gone by, we long for yesterdays’ Know that you’re missed, your gentleness, your...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, there are as many ideas and thoughts about anything as there are unique individuals! If ten people were discussing firecrackers, Fourth of July picnics, America, freedom of speech, war, you name it, and there would be 10 different str...

 

Imagining Heaven: Remember, we reap what we sow

Many of the ideas and Scriptures used in this article are from the book “Heaven” by Randy Alcorn. Psalm 16:11 states, “In Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forever more.” God invented fun. On the New Earth we...

 

Out Our Way: Stuck in the mud - Psalm 40:1-2

Out our way, looks can be deceiving. Charlie and I were riding fence for a friend of ours, and one corner section was blocked by thorn bushes and trees. There was a cow path through the trees but the overhang was so low I could not follow on Doc, so...

 

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...

 

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