Articles written by Pastor Joe Elick 1940-2021

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Conquering The Hill!

Traveling through life, if each day is committed to God, can be spiritually as well as physically renewing. Today's reflections come from two little girls, about third and fourth grade, at the KOA Cam...

 

It's A Win Win Situation

Recently I received a letter from someone in another part of the country expressing sadness over the sin by which they have been overtaken. Even though their situation had nothing to do with me...

 

The Highway Of "My Way:" Paved By Whom And Where Does It Go?

Several nights ago our phone rang at two in the morning, and for the next 45 minutes I was in conversation with a college freshman who, in tears at the beginning of the conversation, poured out her...

 

By Special Invitation

How many of you have ever received a special invitation to something real good? Wonderful! I've had some special invitations myself. Being invited to come to Roseau was a very special invitation for...

 

Reflections in the Water

One of the characteristics that accompanies our "Peopleness," and which we struggle with many times, is ACCOUNTABILITY: He says,"why do I have to be in at a certain time?" She says, "It's MY room!"...

 

Power Surge

Picture yourself among the disciples: “Do you hear something?” A sound roars from the sky without warning, the roar of a violent wind, and the whole house where everyone is gathered reverberates... Full story

 

Eeny, Meeny, Miny

Choices! Life is filled with them. Not all of them with as short-lived results as flavors of ice cream. Robert Frost vividly captured the significance of life's choices in this poem. The Road Not Take... Full story

 

Pie and Praise

Main Idea: Abundance should result in praise to God, not pride in self! Getting ready for the "Big Dinner," as the day progresses more and more people get added to the guest list . You make more and...

 

Seeing Clearly

One of the many neat things about grandmas is that they have great expressions and sayings to help everyone else sort out life. My grandma had a saying she would use every time I would understand some...

 

He Took A Stand

There comes a point in some cases where you say, "I've had enough." You get to a line and have to decide whether you will cross it or not. You know that you can't just stand there. If you stand there...

 

The Psalms

The Psalms are probably the best loved part of the whole Christian Bible. Even more so, I would suspect than the Gospels. We need to remind ourselves however, that originally they were not a Christian...

 

Preserving and Protecting

One of the risks of repeated celebration of any particular "Important Event" is the tendency to forget, to cease to care, or even to understand what inspired the celebration in the first place. Time...

 

An Encounter

"He Left Judea." The setting for our story is a four day journey by Jesus and his disciples from Judea to Galilee. Judea was in the southern most part of Palestine, and Galilee was in the northern...

 

Aim High

On the last evening Jesus spent with his disciples they shared a meal together. A meal out of which has come our celebration of the Lord's Supper. After the meal, according to John, Jesus took a basin...

 

Paid For, In Full

Recently in our adult Sunday School class we were looking at the importance of questions in life, and that if we "love the questions' of life, embracing them, and entertaining them as honored guests,...

 

Manijeh (Mani) Nicole Starren, 34

Roseau- Manijeh (Mani) Nicole Starren was born May 23, 1989, weighing 9 lb. 11 oz., to Marvin and Ricki Starren in Roseau. Mani was found an angel on June 28, 2023. Mani went to grade school and high...

 

There Will Be A First Time For Everyone

A week ago our vintage 21 year old 1968 Volvo turned 296,000 miles. It's been a great ride. Not trouble free but reliable. Last winter I joined the Volvo Club of America so I could be in touch with ot...

 

The Ultimate Alright – A Message For Troubled Hearts

Think back with me for a few moments to the "skinned knees" of your childhood. What did you do? As a little kid, when, all-of-a-sudden, life HURT? Maybe it was a skinned knee, a bad dream, an upset... Full story

 

The Day Heaven Held Its Breath

The story is told of a man who had been around from church to church, trying to find a congregation with whom he felt he could fit in. Finally he stopped at a little church. Just as the congregation,...

 

We Live In A Tent!

I saw a young lady on television one time who operates a traveling Elvis Presley museum in a mobile home. For the price of admission you can view all manner of Elvis "Stuff" including a clip off of... Full story

 

Where Is God When We Hurt?

When I was in Jr. High there was a game being played by the boys that you could only play once with the same person. Once somebody had played the game with you, however, you could hardly wait to find...

 

The Problem With Faith

"Faith," said a little girl, in response to a question posed by her Sunday school teacher, "is believing something you know isn't true." Now we smile at her answer, concluding once again that "kids...

 

Overcomer's

It has been said that the task of the preacher is to comfort the disturbed, and disturb the comfortable. If this is true then today's text gives me the opportunity to have something for everybody....

 

Who Am I? The Listening Heart

One of my favorite childhood games was Hide and Seek. How many of you have ever played Hide and Seek? Great! I hate to play alone! What a great game: Both the hiding and the seeking (and sometimes...

 

Step Across The Line

Several years ago when I was still with Youth For Christ in Tacoma we took a group of teenagers on a Christmas retreat. The camp was in Eastern Washington at the upper end of a valley with mountains... Full story

 

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