Column: You probably are too busy to read this article (and are not alone)

September 12, 2014

The Rev. Paul J Cain is pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, headmaster of Martin Luther Grammar School and a member of Pastors United in Christ. We live in a time and culture where many of us are “busy.” A little time off recently gave me time to think and ask: Are we “busy” for the Read More

Acts of foregiveness

August 29, 2014

No matter how many times you have read these verses or heard them taught, please take the time to carefully read these verses again.  I will not comment afterwards as Jesus states it very simply and clearly. 23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. Read More

Lessons learned from ‘birds of the air’

August 22, 2014

“Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?”   Matthew 6:25-34 the words of Jesus   Jesus Read More

What is the purchase price? What is the church worth?

August 15, 2014

What is its value? What does it cost? What will it take to make it happen and/or make it mine? These are questions that apply to merchandise, rentals, homes, ranches, automobiles, ATVs, SUVs, kayaks, boats, day trips, month long vacations, air flights, cruises, hosting guests, garage sales, holiday festivities and gift buying (Thanksgiving, Christmas, July Read More

Quiet meditation on the gift of family

August 8, 2014

Recently, a family in our parish generously donated a life sized statue of the Holy Family: Jesus, Mary and Joseph. The statue stands just northeast of Holy Name Church on East Loucks Street. The marble statue is beautiful! Over the last month, many people have stopped by to view the statue and read the quote Read More

Facing difficult decisions?

August 1, 2014

The Lord can and will teach you and instruct you in the ways you should go, guiding you with His eye, if only you allow Him and trust Him. Be wise and listen to His counsel, for it will guide you and it stands for ever. Make God’s testimonies your delight and they will counsel Read More

Heavenly Father’s mysterious love

July 25, 2014

A few weeks ago a mysterious package showed up on my porch in the form of a scroll tied in a beautiful ribbon. To this day I have no idea who left it or why. The scroll contained these words: “When you love, watch over, and serve others in small and simple ways, you are Read More

Confucius, Lao Tze, Thomas Paine — three faith traditions

May 16, 2014

In one of the classic moments of religious history, Confucius and Lao Tze met in the Imperial Library in the city of Luoyang, 500 years before the birth of Jesus. Both men were destined to be the founders of great faiths. Confucius believed that in studying social and political affairs and diligently searching history for Read More

March is full of new beginnings

March 21, 2014

March reminds me of new beginnings, and new beginnings make me think of reconciliation. Reconciliation is, after all, at the heart of the gospel message. God sent Jesus to reconcile all of us to Himself. Jesus walked among humanity, showing Jews and Romans, Middle Easterners and Europeans alike, what it means to forgive and how Read More

Simplify your life through Jesus

August 30, 2013

Life! It sure seems messy, doesn’t it? There are so many choices with so many reasons to influence every choice. One day you can make a decision concerning an issue and the next day make a different decision concerning the same issue. Why? Could it be that you have too many sources of authority in Read More

Look for the signs all around us

August 23, 2013

It started as one of those dental horror stories, but it finished in humor. I had a crowned tooth that needed a root canal, but the oral surgeon found it to be cracked and unsalvageable and the whole tooth had to be pulled a week later. Then came the humor. Lying there with a wad Read More

Morning thoughts

August 16, 2013

I’m not really a morning person. It takes a while for me to wake up. Sometimes I’ll just sit and stare into space for a while. I’ll grab a cup of coffee in hopes that it will jolt me awake. A couple months ago I was preparing for my day like normal. I looked out Read More

Prayer is most appropriate

August 9, 2013

This past week, I spent some relaxing time with some friends who have a bed and breakfast in the Black Hills of northeast Wyoming. They have been running the business for the past six years and have made the acquaintance of many interesting people who have enjoyed their stays at the B&B. They advertise only Read More

Your endurance and strength

August 2, 2013

Every week I am meeting people who need to be encouraged. Whether you’re rich or poor, married or single, in good health or in poor health, we all need to understand that the love of God can carry us through the hard times to victory. So read for yourself what God’s word has to say. Read More

The secret of a full and joy-filled life

July 26, 2013

I just returned from the funeral of a great lady here in Sheridan. Her name was Helen Graham. She was a woman who had lived a life of service to her fellow man and to her God. Perhaps you are wondering what this has to do with the faith column in The Sheridan Press. As Read More

Learning that even after strike three, you’re loved

July 19, 2013

My son stepped up to the plate for his second at bat of the game. He had been struggling hitting the ball and his confidence was shaken. My wife and I prayed under our breath as the pitcher began his wind up. The pitch sped past our boy and the umpire called “Strike one!” Stepping Read More

Pay attention to the content of character

July 12, 2013

Big weekend for Sheridan County. This week, a lot of families and friends come from near and far to gather to enjoy the rodeo, the parade, the street dance, school reunions, and, maybe, even a little time for worship, which raises interesting questions about our home town. What draws people to Sheridan County? What brings Read More

Lessons learned in Sheridan

July 5, 2013

I was invited to write for the pastor’s corner since I am leaving Sheridan and my position as pastor of First Congregational UCC. I have taken a new job, starting this month, as the campus minister for Ecumenical Campus Ministries at the University of Kansas, a Presbyterian and UCC student ministry. I wanted to take Read More

Catholic Church ‘saddened’ by high court rulings

June 28, 2013

Today I would like to share with you the statement that Bishop Paul Etienne (of the Roman Catholic diocese of Cheyenne) issued concerning the decision on the Defense of Marriage Act handed down by the Supreme Court on Wednesday. “Today the Supreme Court ruled on two very important cases impacting marriage. The Court struck down Read More

Faith, work and the not yet known

June 7, 2013

I confess I want to know how it all is going to turn out. What will be the outcome, what will be the result, what will life be like, what difference will my choices ultimately make and specifically what will God do in and through my children and grandchildren? These, of course, are things I Read More

Take time to rest on the Sabbath

May 31, 2013

When the weather turns warm (which I am almost sure it will, now that June has arrived) we like to get out and to enjoy the beauty all around us. Time camping, fishing, hiking we might well define as recreation. Time spent reconnecting with who we are as God’s own creation. I hope and trust Read More

Graduates, here is your key to success

May 24, 2013

I walked out to the car with my parents and siblings from the Bruce Hoffman Golden dome at Sheridan College following my graduation in 1990. Parked out front was a brand new car waiting for one of my fellow graduates. My dad choked up and I saw tears in his eyes as we stopped to Read More

Graduates — Do good and keep in touch

May 17, 2013

This past Saturday, I was pleased to attend a party to celebrate with a new graduate from Sheridan College — congratulations, Ashley! It was enjoyable to have the chance to visit with many of her family and other friends that I knew growing up in the “neighborhood.” A most interesting conversation that day was among Read More

Through it all — a tribute to moms

May 10, 2013

I heard a cute story recently that I would like to share with you. It tells of a mother and son who lived in a forest. One day when they were out a tornado surprised them. The mother clung to a tree and tried to hold her son. But the swirling winds carried him into Read More

Lord set a guard over my mouth

May 3, 2013

There’s an old Arab proverb that suggests the words of the tongue should pass through three gateways before they are allowed passed the lips: 1) Is it true? 2) Is it kind? 3) Is it necessary? The Indian spiritual leader Sri Sathy Sai Baba (born in 1926) adapted the proverb by teaching, “Before you speak, Read More

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