Category Archives: Faith

Column: Making sacrifices during Lent

I was having coffee the other day with a couple of friends and Brady said, “I’d like to participate in Lent, but I don’t know how.” This led to a great conversation about the 40-day liturgical season framed by Ash Wednesday and the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection. It brought to mind a statement from a… Continue Reading

Dust, ashes and diamonds

I suspect you know that diamonds, some of the most beautiful, valuable and cherished gems in all the world, are nothing more than carbon dust — ashes — that have been exposed to great amounts of pressure. I first learned this fun fact as a kid watching the old black-and-white Superman TV series, the one… Continue Reading

Column: Saved by grace alone

Grace Alone: Read 1 Corinthians 9:24–10:5 Christians are saved by grace alone. What does this mean? We are saved by the work of Jesus Christ in our place as our substitute. Our salvation from sin, death and the devil is a gift from God. We are saved apart from our conduct, apart from our good… Continue Reading

Column: Christian unity

I have become convinced after I first wrote during the summer that Christians in this town have a desire to see greater unity.  Many people came up to me and spoke to me on how they appreciated that I was willing to broach the subject. I repeat that I was just merely reflecting on Jesus… Continue Reading

Recovery: chapter and verse

I have had the privilege of coming to know and working with a number of men and women who have committed themselves to “Recovery,” primarily as this process relates to alcohol and substance abuse.  The traditional 12 steps of AA and NA have served many of these folks quite well.  But significantly, we have together… Continue Reading

Column: The perils of pastoral prayer

And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and… Continue Reading

Column: Go a head! Make someone’s day!

Well the old is gone and the new has come. It is difficult for me to believe that 2015 went so quickly and now we are in 2016. With the new year comes new opportunities and new possibilities. Many are consumed already with their New Year’s resolutions, and I would guess, that most of them… Continue Reading

Column: Peace on Earth!

We just went through another cycle of presidential candidates debating with each candidate saying in their loudest voice, “I and only I can keep you safe.” We just had Christmas, the 2015th birthday of a king. According to Luke 2:14, at the first Christmas angels declared to the shepherds, “On earth peace among men with… Continue Reading

Column: ‘Thou shalt not kill!’

Our first Scripture reading at last Sunday’s Mass was from the fifth chapter of the Prophet Baruch. Our reading began with an instruction: “Jerusalem, take off your robe of mourning and misery.” That verse spoke to me rather deeply. We, in this wonderful country of ours, mourn all too often upon hearing news of another… Continue Reading

Column: A culture of kindness

A few years ago, a gentlemen I met gave me some advice. He said, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans for the day.” At the time I thought it was funny but not very practical advice. Then, two days later I found myself being life-flighted to Billings after a massive… Continue Reading

Column: When you know you are on the winning team

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, . . . . Colossians 3:12-14… Continue Reading

Column: God’s got it under control

The presidential election season is upon us and will increasingly absorb our attention in the months ahead.  Politics does not tend to bring out the best in people, but it doesn’t have to be that way. For Christians in particular, our faith ought to make a big difference in how we think about and participate… Continue Reading

Column: The road to self improvement

I once read a comment that if self-help books actually worked, there would be only one of them. That sure made sense to me. This insight inspires one to smile at the fact that the writing of self-help books seems to be an entire industry. We could probably fill all of the Sheridan County Fulmer… Continue Reading

Column: 100 quadrillion (+) helps

I trusted Jesus as my Lord and savior 50 years ago at the age of 10. I responded to the word of God and his spirit with that wonderful faith of a child and my life was forever altered for the good. With much stumbling, I followed Jesus and began to mature as Christian and… Continue Reading

Column: Tribal behavior in a modern world

It’s in our nature to have loyalties and favorites. We have loyalties to our country, our schools and the associated teams, particular brands of cars, computer operating systems, favorite foods, restaurants, games, television shows, types of music, and the list goes on. And because we form or inherit these loyalties and hold many of them… Continue Reading

Column: Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty

“Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” —Psalm 82:3-4 NIV When I was young in ministry I travelled to California from Wyoming to share at several churches. After service one evening I stopped… Continue Reading

Column: Christ is enough

As I worshipped in church on Sunday morning I sang the lyrics, “Christ is enough.”  I sang along grateful that Christ is more than sufficient for me.  He provides everything I need.  He cares for me.  He loves me and I love him. But as we sang, it occurred to me that I should ask… Continue Reading

Column: God and the frail person inside

Do you remember the machine in the Wizard of Oz — the huge, frightening contraption with the awesome voice and horrifying noise that made the cowardly lion tremble, the brainless scarecrow scratch his head and the heartless tin man rattle? It was terribly overwhelming until Dorothy’s dog, Toto, ran around the back and pulled away… Continue Reading

Column: The final word

I recently have been reading and reflecting on the final chapters of John’s gospel.  From chapter 12 though 17, we have John’s record of Jesus’ words to his disciples in the context of his impending death by crucifixion. Jesus says many things, but I particularly am struck by his references to “my love,” “my joy,”… Continue Reading

Column: Words that bond us together

“Thy kingdom come; thy will be done on Earth as it is in heaven.” I would guess that more people can recite that line than any line of The Pledge of Allegiance or a phrase from any Beatles song. Even the non-churchy people know the Lord’s Prayer. It is usually prayed aloud rather than in… Continue Reading

Column: Reaching for perspective

Last year, my husband assumed a new role as a youth pastor. The ministry he inherited is full of strong-hearted youth who dubbed their group with the name S.Y.M.O.T.A. It stands for Set Your Mind On Things Above (1 Corinthians 3:2), and is pronounced sim-oh-tuh, in case you were wondering. Immediately, I fell in love… Continue Reading

Column: The price of Christian division

I hope you will oblige me as I use this space to discuss something that has been on my mind for years: the division among Christians. On the night before he died, Jesus prayed in the garden. He prayed for his disciples and he prayed for those who would believe through them and his prayer… Continue Reading

Column: We are our brothers’ keepers

I am my brother’s keeper! We are our brothers’ keepers! What if we all began to live as though we are our brothers’ keepers? Jesus taught us, by his own example, to live as our brothers’ keepers as he continually looked after the needs of others! Jesus touched lives daily in such meaningful ways that… Continue Reading

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