Notes from the pastor July 5, 2020

Notes From the Pastor ~ Many years ago, I worked for an international timber products company in western Montana. They owned the land, they owned the timber, and they owned the mills but I was determined they would never own me. Because it was a large corporation, OSHA targeted us more than the smaller operations – at least, that’s what we wanted to believe. Every new safety restriction and every new set of rules was met with loud complaints. “Cried like a mashed cat,” was...

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“Where Christ Has Always Been” June 28, 2020

“Where Christ Has Always Been” Matthew 10:40-42 When Ted Hustead purchased a small town drugstore in Wall, So. Dakota back in 1931, he had no idea that in his lifetime, Wall Drug would be known all around the world from the North Pole to Antarctica. According to Wikipedia, “Hustead was a Nebraska native and pharmacist who was looking for a small town with a Catholic church in which to start his business. He bought Wall Drug, located in a 231-person town in what he referred...

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“Don’t Be Gettin’ Too Cozy” June 21, 2020

“Don’t Be Getting Too Cozy” Matthew 10:24-39 Well, alright then. Jesus says some very hard to hear things in today’s gospel message, and depending on which translation you choose, they can be downright scary. “I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” “For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.” “Whoever loves father and mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves...

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“I’m Not Ready, I’m Not Worthy” June 14, 2020

“I’m Not Ready, I’m Not Worthy” Based on Romans 5 & Matthew 9-10 “Tradition is the living faith of the dead, traditionalism is the dead faith of the living.”            ~ Jaroslav Pelikan I’ll never forget my first day of swimming lessons. Now, at 8 years old I could thrash around with the best of them, but there is no way anyone could call it “swimming.” Therefore, I jumped at the chance to take lessons at the YMCA. So there I was on the first day with about 30 other...

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