Ezekiel :1-11 and commentary

Ezekiel 33:1-11    New English Translation (NET) Ezekiel Israel’s Watchman 33 The Lord’s message came to me: 2 “Son of man, speak to your people, and say to them, ‘Suppose I bring a sword against the land, and the people of the land take one man from their borders and make him their watchman. 3 He sees the sword coming against the land, blows the trumpet, and warns the people, 4 but there is one who hears the sound of the trumpet yet does not heed the warning. Then the...

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Notes from the pastor July 19, 2020

Notes from the pastor ~ I wonder if there was such a thing as a “meme” in the time of Christ? Well, before we go any farther, I need to define this rather infectious phenomena as we know it today. Simply put, a meme (meem) is “An image, video, or piece of text, typically humorous in nature, that is copied and spread rapidly by internet users, often with slight variations.”  So yeah, I guess there weren’t such things around over 2000 years ago. But today, nothing is stopping...

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Notes from the pastor July 12, 2020

Notes from the pastor ~  “The Tipping Point” As a youngster, I used to spend a good part of the summer up in Michigan to stay with cousins that lived in the east-central part of that state. My time was split between the farm with my cousins Jack & Andy and the farm with my cousins Bruce and Dale. If memory serves me, we were able to get into the same amount of trouble and cause equal measures of havoc and destruction at both locations, but today I’d like to focus on an...

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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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“Bad Jokes and Good Quotes” June 7, 2020

Notes from the pastor ~    “’Understanding’ art is like having a sense of humour- if you don’t have one, no amount of      explanation is going to make you laugh.” ~ Michael Craig-Martin Jokes and quotes – I have to admit, I’m a sucker for both of them. Now, I’ll leave it to the experts to analyze why that is so, but let’s just say that these two things tickle my fancy; always have, always will. If you don’t count “dirty” and “clean,” then we could say that jokes come in...

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“Enough of This Silliness” pastor notes May 31, 2020

Notes From the Pastor ~ I’ve had enough of this silliness. It has to stop. In the part of town where Margie & I live, Monday is garbage pick up day. Just like clockwork, garbage cans appear from out of nowhere and are lined up like little soldiers on the street awaiting the moment that the trucks come roaring in to empty them out. It happens every week and it’s a sight to behold: tidy, neat, and uniform – that is, until yesterday. From a distance, I thought that someone...

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Notes From the Pastor ~ May 10, 2020

Notes From the Pastor ~ About three lifetimes ago, I was captivated by the great notion that I might make a good living by falling timber. The idea of working outside in the fresh air and being my own boss had a certain appeal to someone who has never liked the idea of punching a time card. So I purchased a used chain saw and whatever gear I could get my hands on and ventured forth. I had just enough experience, as they say, to be dangerous but I was young and invincible...

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