The Sunday Message

“Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more….”

― Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

The Birth of Jesus Christ

18 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. His mother Mary was engaged to marry Joseph, but before they married, she learned she was pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit.
19 Because Mary’s husband, Joseph, was a good man, he did not want to disgrace her in public, so he planned to divorce her secretly.
20 While Joseph thought about these things, an angel of the Lord came to him in a dream. The angel said, “Joseph, descendant of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because the baby in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this happened to bring about what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will be pregnant. She will have a son, and they will name him Immanuel,” which means, “God is with us.”
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the Lord’s angel had told him to do. Joseph took Mary as his wife, 25 but he did not have sexual relations with her until she gave birth to the son. And Joseph named him Jesus.  -Matthew 1:18-25 (NCV)

Merry Christmas!



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Caught My Eye…

Congratulations on making it to Friday! It’s just not any Friday – it’s the last Friday before Christmas!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted right here every Friday morning! This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. Sometimes I throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – or maybe both.

Today I write about the Montana House dress code, the Markus Kaarma trial, Cuba, The Interview movie, Honesty & Ethical Standards poll, obesity & binge drinking, The Western Word Christmas Party, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud.

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Thursday Numbers

Here we go – we made it to Thursday – congratulations!

In case you are a first-time visitor, “Thursday Numbers” is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with sarcasm) just to make you smile, shake your head, or make you send me nasty e-mails or Tweets.

This week I write about upcoming movies, lingerie recall, Cuba, a Dick Cheney cowboy hat, best songs & movies of 2014, unemployment, child abuse, bowl games, executions, The Simpsons, ground beef, Ryan Zinke, and much more!

Continue reading – your free dose of knowledge awaits!

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Politics 2016: Who Do You Love?

On Tuesday Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced that he was going to “actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States.” With that announcement, Bush kind of jump-started the 2016 Presidential election season.

Are you ready?

With it being an open seat, that means there should be several candidates on the Republican side and several on the Democratic side “testing the water” in the coming months.

Below I have posted one of those fabulous polls from The Western Word – so pick your favorite candidate on the Republican side. If your Republican candidate is not listed, please put his/her name in the comment section or send me an e-mail.

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Tuesday’s Political Potpourri

When there are several stories out there to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column!

Today I provide commentary about revising the Montana House dress code, Senator-elect Steve Daines’ new committees and his plans as a senator, State Rep. Jesse O’Hara’s alert, plus one senator blocking a Veterans’ suicide prevention bill.

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Powder River Training Complex: A Hail Mary?

Back in July 2008 I first wrote about the Powder River Training Complex (PRTC) and the proposal to expand it into southeastern Montana. The expanded training area would be used by B-1 and B-52 airplanes from Minot and Ellsworth Air Force Bases in North and South Dakota. Other planes from other bases could use the area, too. It would expand to about 28,000 square miles from the current 8,300 square miles.

I have been in favor of the PRTC since the beginning.

PRTC will save millions of tax dollars because crews will train closer to home. If the area had been approved in 2013, the Air Force estimates it would have saved $21 million. (Source)

Unfortunately, the Montana congressional delegation has not supported the expansion for trivial reasons. Who knows, maybe some big donors live in the area and this is their ultimate reason for not supporting the expansion.

Just last week, the Montana Congressional delegation attempted a “Hail Mary” type blitz. The Associated Press (AP) reported, “Montana U.S. Sens. Tester and John Walsh and Rep. Steve Daines told Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James in a Friday letter that the proposal would stifle economic development and threaten safety in the region.”

That’s absurd.

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The Sunday Message

Many people have heard the saying, “We Have Met the Enemy and He Is Us” which comes from cartoonist Walt Kelly. Kelly is known for the “Pogo” cartoon.

Today, that saying could also be used to refer to some Christians. Christians seem to be their own worst enemies.

Churches have evolved over the years in an attempt to get more people in the doors – kind of like a fast-food restaurant – it’s a drive-thru mentality. People want it noW, nOW, NOW! I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

But once the people come through the church doors, what is next? One thing I believe is that it’s important not to turn off the new people by being a snobby Christian. These are the people that seem just a little unapproachable or they have a “better than thou” attitude or they act like they have cornered all the understanding of the Bible.

I think Romans 12:16 (TLB) says it best:

Work happily together. Don’t try to act big. Don’t try to get into the good graces of important people, but enjoy the company of ordinary folks. And don’t think you know it all!

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