The Sunday Message

No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means. – George Bernard Shaw

I happened to see this quote while I was searching for something else, and I thought it would be an interesting thing to write about for my Sunday message.

It’s kind of funny if you think about it.

My beliefs about what I read in the Bible have evolved over the years. Something I thought was true in 1985, I might see differently today.

My basic belief is that what God reveals to me when I read scripture may be different than what God reveals to you. Neither of us are wrong.

By the way, I won’t be condemning you for what you say it means.

Not everyone is like that. I know a pastor that is known as a so-called “expert” on the Bible who comes across in some of his sermons as a know-it-all and the final word about the Bible. I’ve known other leaders in the church who felt their interpretation was the only correct version. One even jumped down my throat for saying, “To me this means…” because it was different than what it meant to him.

People like those I mentioned above hurt Christianity today. God made us different.

I’ve been a Christian for many years, and I have learned that you can’t let those people get you down.

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. – Romans 15:4 (NIV)

Have a great week!

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Caught My Eye…

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. – George Bernard Shaw

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME 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. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Topics this week include Gianforte & Bullock & that darned plane, the House debate, making the ballot, Three Things You Should Do, Montana Sports coverage, College Football kickoff, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over? – John Wooden

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include paying Iran, fundraising, the governor’s plane, unemployment, grants for tribal libraries, the earthquake in Italy, National Park Service, Hope Solo, and much more!

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Wednesday’s Read: Marijuana, Gianforte, & Clinton

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies. – Groucho Marx

Welcome to Wednesday!

Here are three things that caught my attention in the past 24 hours:

  • Anti-Marijuana Initiative
  • Gianforte & the Missoulian
  • Clinton’s emails

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Terrific News Tuesday

Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be. – Abraham Lincoln

Hey kids – welcome to another edition of Terrific News Tuesday (TNT)!

In case this is your first time reading TNT, this column is all about good news. I know it’s hard to believe, but I won’t be complaining or criticizing anyone or anything in this column today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here is some of the good stuff in this edition of TNT:

  • Best/Worst Community Colleges
  • Summer Reading Program
  • No Homework Policy
  • Wedding Cake
  • Football Season

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Monday’s Quick Hits

However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. – Stephen Hawking

Today’s quick hits include:

  • Get Lost Wisconsin
  • What’s Cooking at Our Place
  • Gianforte Miscues
  • Trump & Immigration
  • All of Them…

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The Sunday Message

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.
― Emma Lazarus

When I was younger my family moved several times which, in turn, made me attend several different schools. It was tough being the new family in the neighborhood and it was tough being the new kid in school.

That was pretty easy compared to what refugees go through coming to the United States. Just imagine you and your family live in a country where it’s dangerous to live. For safety, you are moved to a refugee camp and after a few years you find out that you are being moved to the United States.

Since I am a big fan of the USA, I would think that it would be like hitting the jackpot to be selected to live in the USA. It would still be tough, though.

I happened to read a story in the Missoulian newspaper about a few refugees moving there:

Missoula’s latest wave of refugees has begun. A family of six Congolese arrived in town Thursday from East Africa, and the first five-person family mentor team trained by Soft Landing Missoula swung into action to ease the shock.

The Missoulian also reported that the family is made up of a mother, father and four children, three of whom have spent their whole lives in a refugee camp in Tanzania.

Imagine that. All some members of the family have ever known is living in a refugee camp.

It’s great to see that the people of Missoula are stepping up to help our new neighbors.

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, Matthew 25:35 (NIV)

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