Terrific News Tuesday

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. – Charles M. Schulz

Welcome to 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:

  • On the Road
  • Bynum Montana
  • Cascade Montana
  • Oh Christmas Tree
  • Consecutive Wins

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The Sunday Message

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

While doing a little research on Valentine’s Day, I happened to find this interesting list from a couple of years ago called, “25 Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know About Valentine’s Day.”

See the list HERE.

Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. – Mother Teresa

 

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The Sunday Message

1 John 4:8 (NIV)
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Get ready – Friday is Valentine’s Day. There will be cards, candy, flowers, dinners, jewelry, and other gifts exchanged. According to an article in the Sacramento Business Journal, “The average man plans to spend $108.38 on his significant other, while the average woman plans to spend $49.41 on hers.” Overall, there will be about $3.9 billion spent for Valentine’s Day.

I remember my days in elementary school waiting to see if a certain girl would put a Valentine card in my box – a shoebox that I had carefully designed and constructed for fellow classmates to put cards and candy in. Turning the shoebox into a Valentine card box normally took me about 10 minutes just before bedtime the night before the big day.

This was before it became the rule that everyone had to give and receive a Valentine’s card.

I would wait patiently and then open the box and look for her card to see if she wrote those five all-important words, “Will You Be My Valentine?”

I was never brave enough to face her and say, “Why yes, I will be your valentine! Thank you for asking.”

Of course other girls wrote those same words on the cards they put into my box – and I wrote those words on several cards. Then around fifth grade, you could buy the cards with those five words already printed on them. It was really pretty simple back then. A couple dollars for the cards and some candy and you were set for the big day.

Some Christians have a problem with Valentine’s Day. I don’t. I think that any day set aside to show love to one another is just fine. We could use more days like that.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV)
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

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Thursday Numbers

Happy Valentine’s Day!

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, “Thursday Numbers” is my weekly column where I take a look at the numbers in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes laced with just a little sarcasm.

Please note that if you read this column you may be able to use the information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. Then again, when they find out that you spend your time reading blogs they may not be too impressed…

This week I write about Valentine’s Day facts, State of the Union, unemployment, Carol Brady, Saturday mail delivery, most religious and non-religious states, term limits, 14th DUI, MT Highway Patrol, Minimum wage, and much more!

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