The Sunday Message

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. – 1 Corinthians 9:24 (NIV)

Today (February 4) is Super Bowl Sunday. It’s the last NFL game until August when preseason starts. The 2018 regular season begins September 6.

Football is my favorite sport to watch, so when the season ends it leaves a big void in my life.

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Thursday Numbers

People are like stained – glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

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 Powerball and Mega Millions lotteries, Kansas City Royals and Eric Hosmer, unemployment, the Buffalo Bills and Andy Dalton, football, Montana highway fatalities, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” the new senators, and much more!

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The Sunday Message

Random thoughts about October…

Here we are – starting October. Fall is in the air. There’s football and playoff baseball. People are getting ready for hunting season. There are beautiful leaves on trees. Farmers are harvesting their crops. People are cutting wood for the winter.

It’s a good time of year.

October is kind of a mellow month. October is the calm before the storm. It’s a break before the hustle and bustle of November and December take over our lives.

I remember as a kid getting prepared for hunting season. Whether it was building a duck blind or scouting out places to hunt deer, the first part of October was the time to get ready.

I think our lives mirror the seasons – when we are born and to about age twenty we’re in the season of spring. The twenties and thirties and maybe early forties are summer. The fifties and sixties are fall. Age seventy and above are the winter time of our lives.

You can’t miss the smell of pumpkin spice lattes coming from the coffee shops. We’ll have the “big sales” on the Halloween candy. I don’t think there’s ever been a bag of Halloween candy last from the first of October until Halloween night at my house if I know it’s around!

One negative thing about October is the shorter days.

I hope that Mother Nature lets us enjoy October (and autumn) a little before the wrath of winter hits us hard. I’m not ready to scoop snow again.

Have a great October – make sure you get out and enjoy it.

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The Sunday Message

Welcome to February – and Super Bowl Sunday!

I am always sad when football season ends. Football lets us down easy though – we have fewer and fewer games until the final big game – the Super Bowl.

Then football ends. There is emptiness on Sundays (and Mondays and Thursdays and Fridays and Saturdays).

The next football games are in August, and that is a long time from today. Sure there are other sports – but nothing compares to the competition on the football field.

The Bible gives us a lot of information about competition. For example:

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. – 1 Corinthians 9:24 (NIV)

Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules.2 Timothy 2:5 (NIV)

Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.1 Corinthians 9:25 (NIV)

My favorite verse about competition is this one:

But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

Have a great day with your family and friends!


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The Sunday Message

An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.2 Timothy 2:5 ESV

Football season is starting and it’s one of my favorite times of the year. From now until January there will be football games on television almost every night of the week except for Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The game of football has some interesting rules and their own justice system right there on the field. If a violation of the rules is seen, the referee will throw a flag and the punishment marked off in yards. The other team may accept the penalty or take the result of the play. Of course, we see coaches and players pleading their cases, but most of the time their requests fail. There are no plea deals in football – we don’t see a 15 yard penalty reduced to five because it’s a first offense.

May your favorite team do well this season!

You know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize. So run to win!1 Corinthians 9:24 (NCV)


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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to February and another edition of “Caught My Eye!”

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 Same-Day voter registration, Stronger Montana Fund, Max Baucus, Hilltop Public Solutions, Chuck Hagel, Jobs, a Pep talk, Conservative states, and much more!

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