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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...

 

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....

 

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...

 

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...

 

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

 

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

 

"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...

 

PICK FIVE, CHOOSE ONE

When I worked with Youth For Christ we had kid-gatherings in teens’ homes called, “Campus Life Clubs.” At these gatherings we would explore topics important to teens within a Christian framework. I’d like to invite you to join in on one of... Full story

 

NOW WHAT?

Well, it's come and gone, Valentines Day, that is. Did you get "loved on?" Did you do some lovin' on? Will it continue, and, if so, "Now What?" That's what I want to address in this week's article.... Full story

 

Bigger Than Bunny Love!

Any of you receive at least one Valentine this week? Valentines aren't just for kids, you know. Do you know why? They're about love and we all need to be loved (and love others). What's the symbol of...

 

WHAT'S THIS, GOD LED JESUS INTO TEMPTATION?

Recently I was chatting with an important teen in my life, Preston Lundbohm. I'm his mentor for Confirmation this year. Recently pastor Steve was teaching on Jesus' wilderness experience with the...

 

It's Worth Getting a Stiff Neck Over!

Have you ever had someone say to you when life wasn't going particularly well: "Keep looking up"? That's kinda what David is saying in the first part of Psalm 19. The New Living Translation puts...

 

COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS, Part 2: GOD ADDS ONE TO THE CENSUS!

I think it's safe to say that if you do Christmas, however you define, "do," it is a time for Special Surprises. Children may whisper in Dad's ear: "Don't tell mom, but this is what I got (or made)... Full story

 

COUNT DOWN TO CHRISTMAS, Part 1: "A TIME IN THE FUTURE"

With all that gets attached to Christmas in America, can Jesus be left out? It was that way on the night he was born. When Jesus "moved into the neighborhood," the neighborhood didn't even notice....

 

MAYBE YOU DIDN'T EVEN RAISE YOUR HAND!

Do you know what it's like to be chosen? Does it make you feel good, like your life counts to someone? Think back to your grade school days. Maybe one of your teachers wanted volunteers from the...

 

"NOW WHAT DO YOU SAY?"

Have you ever been asked the question in the title of this week’s article? It’s a question with more meaning than appears on the surface. I heard this question more than once as a child: a good... Full story

 

I DON'T WANT TO GET "RELIGIOUS," BUT...

Now some of you upon reading the title above may be saying: "What are you talking about, all your articles are religious." A point well taken, but I'm thinking about something else. Between two and...

 

"I DON'T NEED THE CHURCH!"... IS THIS TRUE?

Two things have stirred the focus of my writing this week: (1) the deaths of two of our church members: Karen Markstrom and Tim Kofstad, and (2) some reading I have been doing concerning worship (in... Full story

 

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