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 By Mark Taylor    Opinion    December 8, 2022 

Thou shalt not lie

Growing up in Montana, I remember in grade school that there are two items that you must never forget: don’t lie (“I give you my word”) and respect a person’s reputation (do not damage it). The Bible describes the seriousness of dishonesty....

 

Help My Unbelief

“I believe; help my unbelief.” Can’t Christians so often relate to this statement? Mark 9:14-29 describes a father of a boy possessed by an evil spirit. He asked Jesus for help, to which Jesus told him that anything was possible for those who...

 

One in Christ

I was thinkin' the other day how well the wife and I got along spiritually. We both agree that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, that the Bible is the ultimate truth and God inspired. No if, a...

 

Understanding the Call of God

To understand God it is important to know some things about God. For example, it is important to know that God is omniscient. This is particularly important to understand the seeming contradiction between the verse in 2 Peter 3:9, which says, “God...

 

PASSAGES

On Monday, Oct. 31, we will again celebrate Halloween. A western tradition that goes back to pre-Christian times. The pre-Christian celebration was celebrated Oct. 31 to Nov. 1. As was the Church’s tradition, when a previously pagan people became...

 

PASSAGES

Leon Kauffman, Condon Community Church...

 

Invitation to Joy

"Rejoice in the Lord, always. Again, I say rejoice!" (Philippians 4:4) What is the point of our existence? People often wrestle with this kind of question or something like it. The Westminster...

 

To live is Christ

What does it mean to serve without expecting anything in return? As we call ourselves Christians, literally "little Christ," we should be modeling the behavior of Christ. We see in Mark 10:45 just...

 

Happy Trails

Back when I was a lad and my hound dog was a pup, Saturday mornings usually found me walk'n up that dirt road that led to the only TV in the neighborhood. Don't ya see it was there in that old...

 

The danger of justifying sin

For those of us that would call ourselves "Christian" we must reconcile ourselves to sin. Now I understand that there are "Christians" that do not believe in the "inerrancy of Scripture." The problem...

 

On a journey without end

1 Peter 2:9, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people, that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” You are in one of two jurisdictions,...

 

Lead us not into temptation

Each article I have been walking through the Lord's Prayer phrase by phrase. Rather than a rote prayer, the Lord's Prayer is an outline of how we can learn how to pray, on our own, following the...

 

Vacation rovings ... and the search for real life

It’s mid-summer and peak vacation time in the scenic and majestic Seeley-Swan Valley. Every summer there’s a mass migration of visitors and adventurers on the highway, on the trails and in the local shops. Even when gas prices are high and...

 

Living the law of love - I'm a Pioneer

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints prepares to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Pioneer Day July 24 this year. We need to recognize that in addition to the sacrifices of the early...

 

We shall see Him

As I set to compose this article, I am also considering the devastating news from a dear beloved friend who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. One of the most difficult questions any pastor can be asked is, “Why do bad things happen to...

 
 By Diana Taylor    Opinion    July 7, 2022

"Give us this day our daily bread." Matthew 6:11

The Source and Summit of the Catholic Faith is the Holy Eucharist from Scripture on the Lord's Supper when Jesus blessed and broke the bread and said, "...eat. This is my body." Taking the chalice...

 

Rumor has it

“Disaster comes upon disaster; rumor follows rumor; they shall keep seeking a vision from the prophet; instruction shall perish from the priest and counsel from the elders.” (Ezekiel 7:26)...

 

Washing of water by the Word

“Now ye are clean through the Word which I have spoken unto you.” John 15:3 In William Shakespeare’s  “Macbeth,” Lady Macbeth, being accomplice to the murder of King Duncan, soon begins to feel the repercussions of her deeds. After...

 
 By Ryan Dailey    Opinion    June 9, 2022

Why are you downcast, O my soul?

Have you ever had these moments in your life where you find yourself pleading and begging to understand why you are downcast? Well the Psalmist who wrote Psalms 42 definitely has. I often find myself...

 
 By Stephen Moon    Opinion    June 2, 2022

On a journey without end

“I say then: walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another so that you are not to do the things that you wish....

 

Mediocre or diligent obedience to God?

Have you ever thought that mediocrity disturbs God? Mediocre, according to Webster’s dictionary, is derived from a Latin word meaning literally “halfway to the top.” So, we only are going halfway when we had planned to go all the way. I am...

 

Are we there yet?

Perhaps some of you remember Aleksandr Solzenitsyn the Christian writer from Russia who was stuck in prison for years for speaking out against the evil Soviet system? They finally took away his...

 

The heart of a servant

Before attempting to serve God, we must first know whose ministry it is. By this I mean we must examine our motive for service. We must ask the question, am I doing this service for personal...

 

Forgive us our debts

In each article, I have been walking through the Lord's Prayer phrase by phrase. Rather than a rote prayer, the Lord's Prayer is an outline of how we can learn how to pray, on our own, following the...

 

How do you see Jesus?

"After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he showed himself this way" John 21:1. We are in the time between Easter and Pentecost (Acts 2). Jesus is,...

 

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