The Sunday Message

Don’t matter how much money you got, there’s only two kinds of people: there’s saved people and there’s lost people. – Bob Dylan

Yes – that quote is from singer/songwriter Bob Dylan. Like many of the lyrics in his songs Dylan is spot-on. I don’t pretend to know Dylan’s relationship with God or even your relationship with God (or judge you for it), but I do know that life is better if you have that relationship.

Just as there are different people, different languages, different countries, people have different views (or none at all) about a relationship with God. Do a Google search for “religions” in your town and see what you find. Then do a Google search for “churches” in your town and prepare to be amazed at how many different churches you find which, for the most part, will follow one of those religions.

Then your job (if you decide to take it), is to visit one of these churches.

I can’t tell you which one will be right for you. Often religious preferences are based on what your family did in the past. Maybe you would like a quickie service (in at 11 and out by 12) kind of like a drive-thru service! Maybe you don’t want to dress up, or maybe you like contemporary music instead of hymns. Maybe your schedule prevents you from attending a Sunday service, so you need to find a church that has Saturday services.

Why even attend church and have to meet people and act nice? In Matthew 18:20 (NIV) it says, For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.

If you need to know more about being what people mean when they say they are “saved,” you can read about it and how easy it is HERE

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.Romans 10:9-10 (NIV)

Have a great week!

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The Sunday Message

“One’s own religion is after all a matter between oneself and one’s Maker and no one else’s.” –Mahatma Gandhi

Do you ever wonder if your religious beliefs are the “correct” beliefs? What I mean by this question is when your life ends will you be going to heaven, or is it all over.

Recently former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said:

I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.

I imagine the religious world went wild after hearing those remarks. I thought his comments were a little arrogant. Sadly, Bloomberg’s not sure there is a God.

The founders of our country wanted to leave religion up to us, so they created this thing called the First Amendment. Basically it prohibited the government from telling us to have religion or what religion to have.

I like the First Amendment. You and I can believe what we want! Maybe God gave our founders the religion clauses idea in the First Amendment so year after year we could argue about a valedictorian or a speaker mentioning God or Jesus or saying a prayer during a graduation speech.

With these freedoms come other issues. Like those pesky people who don’t believe in God or Jesus or religion? I can deal with non-believers pretty easily. I’m not a pusher of my religious beliefs on others, although I write this column for every Sunday because I think that’s what God wants me to do.

We will all find out in the end who was correct, right?

Seriously, it’s tougher for me to get along with the high and mighty Christians who believe they have the market cornered on what to believe – the facts as they see them.

In closing, I think maybe the great Bob Dylan may have said it best:

You may be an ambassador to England or France
You may like to gamble, you might like to dance
You may be the heavyweight champion of the world
You may be a socialite with a long string of pearls.

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody,
It may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.

Have a great week!

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The Sunday Message

May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
May you stay forever young

-‘Forever Young’ by Bob Dylan

Proverbs 4:1 (NIV)
Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.

When we were young, we relied on our parent(s) to provide us with knowledge, instruction, and correction. As we ventured into our teen years, we felt that we had all the answers. When we were teenagers, we didn’t think our parents knew very much. They were not cool or hip. Then as we grew into our 20s, we started to realize that ol’ mom and dad knew a few things and we started to rely on them for their wisdom.

Fortunately, I have been the teenager who did not think my parents were cool, and I have been the parent that was not cool.

I think it’s a lot tougher to go through the teen years today, than it was when I was a teen. I try to remember the quote “Be a parent, not a best friend.” Adam Sandler probably said it best when he said, “Now that I’m a parent, I understand why my father was in a bad mood a lot.”

Proverbs 22:6 tells us, Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Have a great week!



Caught My Eye…

It’s Friday and, more importantly, it’s a three-day weekend for most. Let’s be safe out there!

This Memorial Day please observe a minute of silence at 3:00 p.m., local time on Monday, and remember that Memorial Day is a day set aside to honor American men and women who died while serving our country. My flag will be flying proudly in honor of these brave people!

It’s now time for another exciting edition of “Caught My Eye!”

Friendly Reminder: This column goes well with a glass of wine or with your favorite microbrew (especially on Friday afternoons).

If you are a first-time visitor, this is my weekly column where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. Often I throw in some sarcasm and poke fun at people just to make you smile.

Today I write about Tester and Veterans, Daines and Keystone, Morris and Watters, Walking for the Fallen, KMOV’s Larry Conners, the IRS and Congress, the graduate, birthdays, making Montana proud, and much more! Continue reading

Caught My Eye…

It’s Friday and time to celebrate! Congratulations for making it through another week.

By the way I hope your March Madness brackets are doing well (unlike mine).

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, the “Caught My Eye” column is where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week – and I often throw in some sarcasm just to make you smile. So get ready to head into your weekend armed with knowledge and a smile.

Today I write about grilled deer, unanimous vote, the beat down, Bachmann is back, Dylan, older than dirt, plus I pry open my Political Inbox and share!

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