The Sunday Message

God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, ‘I love you.’ – Billy Graham

Happy Easter! I hope you will be able to attend church and be with your families on this special day.

When I think back one particular Easter Sunday stands out. It was 1981. On April 17 (Friday) of that year I had joined the U.S. Air Force and headed to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, for basic training. Sunday, April 19, was Easter Sunday. Those of us who wanted to attend marched to a sunrise Easter service which was being held at one of the parade fields on the base. I don’t remember much about the message. I do remember seeing the sun shining over the base, and I was filled with this feeling that no matter where the Air Force decided to send me in this world, God would be with me. I was at peace with my decision to join the military.

God is still with me all these years later. Friends have come and gone, but God has been with me.

There are many people who do not understand the meaning of Easter. Here’s a short explanation:

On Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of the Lord, Jesus Christ. Resurrection means the rising of Christ after His death and burial. Christians believe that Jesus came back to life or was raised from the dead three days after his death on the cross.

You can read all about the Easter Story in the Gospel of Mark, Chapters 14-16.

Have a great week!

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Caught My Eye…

It’s Friday – are you ready for this?

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted 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 Great Falls Armed Forces Reserve Center, the Montana State Senate & federal gun laws, the Montana Legislature & Chickenpox & Right-to-Die, Franklin Graham, Justin Moed, plus we have #MeanTweets from President Obama! Buckle up…

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The Sunday Message

I’ve read the last page of the Bible. It’s all going to turn out all right.  –Billy Graham

I just finished reading the Bible again, although I should probably say I listened to it more than I read it. This time I mostly listened to a man, whose name I believe is Max McLean, read it to me through my Bible app called YouVersion.com. There are over 140,000,000 (and counting) installs of YouVersion on smartphones and tablets. It’s free!  It’s amazing how much technology has changed even the way we hear and study the word of God.

There are over six billion Bibles in print. The last Bible I purchased was probably 15-20 years ago, and I don’t use it that much. If an update to my Bible app is available, I install it quickly. I have bookmarks and high-lighted verses on my app – and it’s always near me because it’s on my smartphone.

I think this is probably the second or third time I have completed the Bible, and the daily reading is one of the things to which I look forward. It only takes about 10-15 minutes each day. I don’t consider myself even close to being an expert about the Bible at all. I still have a hard time finding the Books of the Bible quickly, but having a Bible app helps. You can also conduct searches.

So why do I read the Bible each day and read it over and over? I read it to be closer to God – to be a better a person, I read it to try and understand life better – and I don’t understand life at all. Almost every time I read the Bible, I learn something.

So if reading the Bible bores you, try listening to it!

Your word is like a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.Psalm 119:105 (NCV)

 

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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by to read “Thursday Numbers!”

If this is your first time reading “Thursday Numbers,” this is the column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with a little sarcasm).

This week I write about Billings Schools, unemployment, broken ballot machine, Jeannette Rankin, road trips for Montana high school football teams, Steve Daines & the House, Billy Graham, the internet, John Bohlinger, John Walsh, Peter Brady, voter turnout, taser wager, Veterans Day, campaign contributions, Kansas City Chiefs, born in Van Nuys, and a lot more so read on!

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The Sunday Message

“Prayer is simply a two-way conversation between you and God.” -Billy Graham

I remember as a child watching the Billy Graham Crusade on a local television station (we only received three stations). I would sit on the floor and listen closely to what Reverend Graham had to say. It seemed before you knew it, the song “Just As I Am” would be playing, people would be walking forward to get prayer and ask God to come into their lives, and then the show would end.

I think my dad liked to watch Billy Graham on television because he knew that the whole thing would be over in an hour – plus he did not need to get dressed in his Sunday best to watch the show on TV.

Today it’s even easier to connect with God – and you still do not need to get dressed up to do it! You can read the Bible on the internet. I have a copy on my Blackberry that I access and follow a Bible reading program so that I read the whole Bible every year. I also subscribe to a Bible “verse of the day” website and I also receive a “daily devotional” via e-mail that I read. There are still sermons every week on television – plus many are on the internet.

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