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 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    October 24, 2020 

"One Nation Under God," We Can't Escape It!

I’ve heard that there are those who want to see the phrase, “under God,” removed from our Pledge of Allegiance: and they’d like the Supreme Court to help. I stand against this! Now I realize...

 

The Bible Supports Our Need For A Strong Police Force!

A couple of things before I get into the subject at hand. Yes, I did briefly explore the police problem in my "Four More Years" article, but the problem continues to grow and I didn't go into detail....

 

"Christianity can be a real stinker sometimes!"

Sometimes, maybe many times, life interrupts our anticipated hopes for it. There develops a flaw in the flow, a glitch in our God thoughts, and we're left, at least temporarily, with a wall and a...

 

Your Mind Matters, What do You Think?

"Welcome back to school. "USE CAUTION IN SCHOOL ZONES." That's what the city's reader board sign says. School's open! YEA! However, as you may have read in Jeff Olsen's interview with Roseau School...

 

Here I Stand with Passion: "Four More Years"

Now I want to make clear as I write this article that I am not intending to be the "voice" of this newspaper or my church although they may, at least in part, affirm what I am about to say. I think Pr...

 

IN MY IMAGINATION, EVERY HEAD TURNED, EVERY EYE FIXED!

Do you have an active imagination? If so, are you thankful for it? Do you know where imagination comes from? I feel confident before the Lord to say, it comes from Him, at least the roots of it. I...

 

Are You Aligned For Life?

Several sad people stories, recently brought to our attention, have created pain in our hearts (Julie and I) for those experiencing them, and there are no easy answers. Now there are all kinds of...

 

Filling in our name, we will all do it!

Recently at our church we sang a song that included a repeated line that caught my attention and my reflection: "That name above all names..." It was a reference to Jesus as the song brings out. A...

 

NORTHERN MINNESOTA: "ROCKS AND COWS" AND MUCH, MUCH MORE"!

Our governor's take on Northern Minnesota, in my opinion, is more political than perspective, but it is not my purpose to either pick on him or endorse all his views. I dress up with a mask, however....

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    August 1, 2020

GET THE FACTS BEFORE YOU "DROP THE AXE!"

I hope you have or will read Rod Eastman’s Letter to the Editor: “Truth Matters.” I’m not going to go over again what Rod has already written. Instead I want to raise up and deal with the greater issue: Getting the facts before you “drop...

 

GET OUT OF BED BEFORE GOD HAS TO PULL THE COVERS OFF!

One of the ongoing challenges of life is getting out of our "Comfort Zones." I face this regularly. I've usually got plenty to do around our yard; not the least of which is grass mowing (I would have...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    July 18, 2020

Something we all have in common that we may wish we didn't!

I never know what may get my creative writing juices flowing. On Thursday evening, July 9th, Roseau welcomed a delightful young lady from Karlstad by the name of Dariann Leigh. She had been invited...

 

THE 4TH OF JULY LAYS THE FOUNDATION FOR THE 5TH OF JULY!

The Declaration of Independence, the celebration of which is what makes the 4th of July special, or ought to. The thought came to me that the original Declaration of Independence as a drafted...

 

"EXCELLENT IN EVERY WAY"...EVERY WAY?

After prying yourself out of bed in the morning, assembling yourself for the day, and checking out the results in your favorite mirror, which half of the title of this article does the mirror proclaim?: “Excellent in every way!” or Every way. Wit...

 

Evil and the "Second Greatest Commandment"

These are difficult days for our Country, and not just because of the COVID-19 PANDEMIC. Certainly the virus is life threatening but I am reserving the word, "evil," the immoral, for behavior...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    June 6, 2020

I BELIEVE I WAS "BENCHED" BY GOD!

"Benched!" Now before I get into this I want to make clear that I'm not using the word, benched, in the way it's used in sports. I'm not implying that I "fouled out" in the game of life so I was...

 

SO WHAT'S THE POINT (OF ANYTHING)?

That was her question to me: "What's the point?" A bright young lady, a student at Roseau High School at the time she raised the issue. Maybe you're asking this question, perhaps using other words,... Full story

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    May 23, 2020

How About An "Oh, Wow" For God's Word?

During my first years of pastoring at Roseau Covenant Church it was my responsibility (and privilege) to teach the Release Time class for fourth, fifth, and sixth graders. Now if you're outside the...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    May 9, 2020

A Question We All Need To Ask

Here's a question to ALL of us: How's your heart? Or to put it another way, do you have a heart condition? I hear frequently about people who've had to have heart surgery. For some this has meant a...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    April 25, 2020

MY LETTER TO A CONCERNED FRIEND

A few days ago Julie and I received a text from a long-time friend. We've known her since she was a teenager. Someone special in her life "watches the History Channel all the time about UFO's and the...

 

WORDS THAT STICK

Have you ever read or heard a statement that stopped you in your tracks, took up immediate residence in your mind and continues to create an echo in your heart that reverberates out through your... Full story

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    April 11, 2020

Self-Quarentined on the First Easter!

What can we learn from the incredible dynamics of the Coronavirus Pandemic? Without question, in my opinion, is the VALUE of human life. What else would put the economy in second place? Our value of human life should challenge the pro abortion...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    April 4, 2020

The Power of Personal Testimony

What is a "testimony?" The shortest definition I found in the dictionary is, "Proof." OK. But how? A testimony is the observable or hearable (verbal if you prefer) evidence of something going on in so...

 
 By Pastor Joe    Opinion    March 28, 2020

Don't Let An Awful Waffle Spoil Your Day!

We are going through difficult times right now and they can get us off balance, weigh us down with worry, and makes us "edgy" over just about anything, or everything. We may not be fun to be around;...

 

"ALL HANDS ON DECK" INCLUDING THE CHURCH!

It's a Great day for the Church! It calls upon us to bring the best of God into the worst of situations: The Coronavirus "Pandemic," which our President has defined as a "National Emergency" for...

 

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