Religion

Sunday 08/30/2015
Hosea and Gomer
Posted: August 30, 2015 - 12:00 am

[1] The word of the LORD that came to Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel. [2] When the LORD first spoke through Hosea, the LORD said to Hosea, “Go, take to yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom, for the land commits great whoredom by forsaking the LORD.”

Sunday 08/23/2015
Planned Parenthood and the culture of death
Posted: August 23, 2015 - 12:15 am

Planned Parenthood made news last month for selling parts of aborted babies, essentially being guilty of trafficking human organs.

Sunday 08/09/2015
The love of a father
Posted: August 09, 2015 - 12:00 am

When I was a kid growing up on a farm in southern Minnesota, we had crops and livestock on the farm. We had some feeder pigs, some feeder calves and some sheep. The sheep would get moved between three different pastures. So, part of the summer they could come back to the barn, and part of the summer they would be out in pasture away from our building site.

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Sunday 08/02/2015
Messed up
Posted: August 02, 2015 - 12:00 am

Is it possible to be messed up and blessed by God? The answer may surprise you.

Sunday 07/26/2015
FUBAR: Fouled Up Beyond All Recognition
Posted: July 26, 2015 - 12:00 am

In the movie, “Saving Private Ryan,” Private Reiben asks, “Where’s the sense of riskin’ the lives of the eight of us to save one guy?” Captain Miller says, “We all have orders, and we have to follow ‘em. That supersedes everything, including your mothers.” Private Reiben asks, “Even if you think the mission’s FUBAR, sir?” “Especially if you think the mission’s FUBAR,” answers Captain Miller.

Sunday 07/19/2015
The death of self-righteousness
Posted: July 19, 2015 - 12:00 am

And be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith — Philippians 3:9

Sunday 07/12/2015
Life giving water
Posted: July 12, 2015 - 12:00 pm

During the winter months it can look like the landscape around us has lost much of its life. The trees have lost leaves and are bare, showing no life, and for all practical purposes looking dead.

Thursday 07/02/2015
Decision in Glendive doesn’t make sense
Posted: July 02, 2015 - 1:38 pm

More dinosaur remains have been found in Montana than any other state and include every genus and species you can imagine, from tyrannosaurs to raptors to hydrosaurs to sauropods.

Sunday 06/28/2015
He got nothing done, until He stuck his neck out
Posted: June 28, 2015 - 12:00 am

A number of years ago I was sitting with a group of young children, most of them in early elementary school or preschool, and I was telling them the story of The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). After I got done telling the story, I asked the children what they thought of that story. One little boy quickly raised his hand and said, “The Samaritan was a lot like a turtle.” I certainly was not sure what he meant by that, but thought I should ask. And the little boy added, “He not nothing done, until he stuck his neck out.”

Sunday 06/21/2015
Ebenezer Congregational Church plans Bible school
Posted: June 21, 2015 - 12:00 am

Ebenezer Congregational Church in Sidney is hosting free Camp Kilimanjaro VBS July 20-24 beginning with meal at 5:30 p.m. running through 8 p.m. for ages 2 through just completed fifth grade.

Forgiveness
Posted: June 21, 2015 - 12:00 am

Tough questions: What about the one who has seriously, seriously hurt you? What about the one who has sexually abused you? What about the one who has cheated on you? What about the one who has aborted their own child? What about the one that defrauded you and caused you serious financial harm? What about the one that lied about you, slandered you, abandoned you? What about the parents who just flat out rejected you? What about the one who has murdered your own parents, your child, your spouse?

Sunday 06/14/2015
God never changes
Posted: June 14, 2015 - 12:00 am

God never changes. God’s ways never change. If God said it, then He means it.

Sunday 06/07/2015
Testimony of church is the godliness of its youth
Posted: June 07, 2015 - 12:00 am

[9] How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. [10] With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! [11] I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you (Psalm 119:9-11 ESV).

Monday 06/01/2015
Church camp season
Posted: June 01, 2015 - 3:07 pm

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. (Deuteronomy 6:6-8).

Sunday 05/24/2015
Voice in the Wilderness
Posted: May 24, 2015 - 12:00 am

Search my heart

Sunday 05/17/2015
Be Ye Holy
Posted: May 17, 2015 - 12:00 am

Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14, ESV).

Sunday 05/10/2015
Mothers Day
Posted: May 10, 2015 - 12:00 am

What do you think about when Mother’s Day comes around? Most of us no doubt enter into the nostalgia realm and begin to reminisce about our own mothers or grandmothers or even perhaps a special woman that God once placed into our lives that was an extra special blessing as her influence was nothing short of incredible.

Sunday 05/03/2015
Right worship
Posted: May 03, 2015 - 12:00 am

[23] But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. [24] God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. (John 4:21-27 ESV)

Sunday 04/26/2015
Jesus — The Lamb of God
Posted: April 26, 2015 - 9:00 pm

You are either ignoring Jesus or you are embracing Jesus.

Sunday 04/19/2015
That can’t be here, it’s in Chicago
Posted: April 19, 2015 - 12:00 am

Marilyn and I were walking in Nice, Provence. While passing a gallery, something on a wall inside caught me. I stopped, stepped back, took a second look, and said, “That can’t be here. It’s in Chicago.”

Sunday 04/12/2015
Give to Caesar: Tax day
Posted: April 12, 2015 - 12:00 am

[17] Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” [18] But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? [19] Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. [20] And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” [21] They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Matthew 22:17-21 ESV).

Sunday 04/05/2015
An empty grave
Posted: April 05, 2015 - 12:00 am

“Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.” Luke 24:5

Easter's not a new beginning
Posted: April 05, 2015 - 12:00 am

A certain pastor in Texas, one with a famously characteristic smile and cheerily optimistic wife toted on his arm, gave an Easter message several years ago in which he said, “If you’ll let go of the old and have a fresh new vision, God can make the rest of your life the best of your life. Today can be your new beginning.”