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 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    May 11, 2019

DOES GOD SHOW UP ALONG THE WAY?

The title of this article is taken from an experience Julie and I had on the afternoon of April 30th at the Nazarene Wellhouse where we were staying while I was receiving cancer treatment at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. I’ll tell you what that...

 

WHAT ABOUT "WORRYWARTNESS?"

Are you a “worrywart?” A what? Alright, maybe you’ve never heard the term, but I thought it might catch your attention. As I’ve been sharing with the teens whose stories are now appearing in our progressively fine newspaper, when you write...

 

DON'T "ZONE OUT!"

Have you noticed that we've moved into the month of April? No fooling (not even on the first day). Do you know what April brings? Yeah, I know, tax time. But it's also Prom month. Did you attend your...

 

BEYOND DEATH AND TAXES

Have you ever heard someone say, "The only two things we can be sure of (and some people add, "in this life") are death and taxes?" Sometimes it's stated with a grin, especially as April 15th, "tax...

 

Footprints!

The chapel bell was ringing at Bluewater Bible Camp (the camp our church is affiliated with) and I was on my way across the grounds to attend the service. On the way I passed two older ladies who...

 

TWO THINGS WE AL NEED TO UNDERSTAND ABOUT EACH OTHER, PART 11

In last week’s article I examined the first of two things, which I am persuaded that we all need to understand about each other. First of all, WE ARE A WONDERFUL WORK OF GOD (no exceptions!) Right from childhood we should be able to see this...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    August 4, 2018

HELP NEEDED!

Recently Polaris had a large sign displayed at the corner of Hwy’s 11 and 89. The gist of the sign was, “Now Hiring,” although they did it in a more highly attractive way with bright color and starting wages. Out in front of the Polaris...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    July 28, 2018

OUR CONCEPTION OF CONCEPTION...

“You made all the delicate inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.” That’s what David said to God, as recorded in Psalm 139:13 (NLT). More of this shortly. What is your conception, that is your understanding, of...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    July 23, 2018

If you were arrested for being a Christian...

“If you were arrested for being a Christian...” “Yeah,” you may be saying, “go on. Get to the point!” I will, but first I must frame this article for those of you who don’t live in Roseau and receive these articles on Facebook. They...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    July 21, 2018

Ultimate Issues (The Lady on the Bench)

Ultimate! That’s kind of a big word. Sorta! I don’t like using big words when I write or speak because I might miss somebody. Well, there are a few exceptions. Like when I make up a word just for the fun of it. Like the word,...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    July 14, 2018

Believe it or not, It's ok to be human!

I had a delightful experience on the 4th of July; it was the highlight of my day. Now to say this is not to diminish the great time we had with our daughter, Londa, and son-in-law, Marlin around a barbecue at their “fire pit.” Yum! Nor is it to...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    July 7, 2018

Don't Run Around Half-Dressed!

The young warrior lay gray and silent where he had fallen. For him it was over. The enemy would cheer, his own people would weep, and the sorrow of his people would be deepened by the circumstances of his fatal wound. No blood poured from his head....

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    June 30, 2018

No such thing as Multi-Tasking!

“Multi-tasking.” Have you heard the term? It’s growing in popularity and you may be among the many who say, “Yeah that’s me.” When I was chatting with our pastor, Pastor Steve, about the concept of the title of this article a few days...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    June 16, 2018

Does God Meet the Kneed?

It is true that God meets the Kneed? Does he really pay attention when we pray? Even when we’re not on our knees? I am persuaded that body language expresses the heart, but God understands that some people’s physical situation prevents them from...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    June 9, 2018

What's the Big Deal about the Bible? Part 2

It seams to me that there are 3 primary responses to the Bible: (1) Those who are committed to it as “the Word of God.” The Psalmist wrote in Psalm 119: 105, “Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.” (2) Those who criticize...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    June 2, 2018

What's the Big Deal about the Bible? Part 1

What’s your take on the Bible? I suspect that just about everyone, maybe everyone who knows about the Bible has something to say about it, and maybe about those who make it a part of their lives and seek to make it a part of other’s lives....

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    May 26, 2018

How's Your "Dirt?"

What’s that I hear? Can it be a lawn mower? It doesn’t quite sound like one. How about a chain saw? I don’t think so. Maybe a weed whacker! I think I’ll check it out. Aha! To “till” the truth, It’s a garden tiller. My good neighbor,...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    May 19, 2018

Upside Down, Inside Out!

Recently Julie and I had the privilege of traveling to Orlando, Florida, spending 6 days at Disney World; the ultimate “Mickey Mouse” experience: It’s a marvelous place, and we had the opportunity to get in on their annual “Flower and Garden...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    May 12, 2018

And God Made Woman!

Get a good grip on your credit card, dad, this coming Sunday is Mother’s Day. Yea! When our family lived in Chicago I would occasionally read in the Chicago Tribune about certain restaurants featuring, “Ladies’ Night”. Once in awhile they...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    May 5, 2018

Is There A "Final Word" On Anything?

The award winning film, “I Can Only Imagine,” written by Bart Millard is a “must see”. In this film, Bart Millard’s abusive father asks, with an angry voice, before burning a make believe helmet his son had made out of cardboard:...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    April 28, 2018

Choices: The Stuff of Life!

From money to marriage, from here to eternity, the direction of our lives is determined by our choices. Peter Wagner, at his, “Building a Better Community” seminar in Roseau on April 19th, said, “You’re one decision away from a totally...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    April 21, 2018

Should Our Conscience Be Our Guide? Part 3: Guilty ...But!

Have you ever experienced pain? Were you thankful for it? I have had to deal with some serious pain during the past couple of years, but I don’t recall being thankful for it. I have thanked the Lord that right now I am pain free. Someone has said,...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    April 14, 2018

Should Our Conscience Be Our Guide? Part 2: Four Stories

“Clean up your plate, there are starving children in the world” (maybe China or Africa)! I heard this from my mother more than once as a child. You know what? I still clean up my plate to this day. Later I heard, “Don’t take more than you...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    April 7, 2018

Should Our Conscience Be Our Guide? Part 1

“Let your conscience be your guide?” I grew up with this measure of morality. First at home, then in school, and later in other places. It sounds good and, for some of us, it may reel us in when we’re tempted to go against it; although maybe...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    March 31, 2018

Fake News

Fake news. It’s kind of a catchy phrase that’s been showing up in the media for about a year now. Is fake news new? Actually it’s not. It’s been around a long time, and it always has the potential for leading people astray. I want to examine...

 

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