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 By Steve Edwards    Opinion    March 20, 2019 

The Whitlash Church, the "Lord's Acre Plan" and the "E Hanging M" brand

Whitlash, Montana. Columnist’s note: In the narthex (entrance) of the Whitlash Presbyterian Church there is a ‘centennial quilt’ on display. The quilt commemorates the church’s hundredth...

 

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The human soul transcends earthly value Q: Why is it that Christians say we have to believe their way or miss Heaven? Isn’t this a little narrow, maybe even arrogant? A: Christians do make up a religion—Christians believe God’s every word. Jesu...

 

South of the Border; Ground Hog Day and Candlemas

From Whitlash. For readers who missed it, Ground Hog Day was Saturday (February 2). That's the day the furry weather prognosticator gives an insight as to how much longer winter will last. Growing up...

 

Patching Cracks

Mark Twain once said: “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.” The reason being that no-one wants to eat a frog....

 

South of the Border In the Sweet Grass Hills

Dateline: Whitlash, Montana. In my first "South of the Border" column I wrote generally about the location of the Sweet Grass Hills (visible most days looking north from US Highway 2 from the...

 

Patching Cracks

A few weeks ago, my 5-year old son was playing with a girl from his class. I gave them snacks, a plate of chips each. My boy eyed up the plates and went to grab the one that appeared to be larger. I stopped him and asked if he was forgetting...

 

South of the Border

Whitlash, Montana. Ministers new to a church typically make an early effort to identify and contact all the church and/or family members who are living in assisted living or nursing homes. The reason...

 

South of the Border In the Sweet Grass Hills

Columnist's note: Alert readers will recall that mid-December my wife Sherry and I moved to Whitlash. For the next year Sherry will be the "pastor in residence" for the Whitlash Community...

 

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham The human soul transcends earthly value Q: Someone on the radio spoke about God putting a value on the human soul. How can this be since no one can see or touch the soul? — S.S. A: It was reported several...

 

Letter to the Editor

Citizens of Blaine County, It has been one of the greatest honors of my life to serve you! We have cried together over of the loss of loved ones and we have rejoiced together when our loved ones are found safely. During my short 9.5 years at your...

 

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham Jesus’ acts prove he wasn’t an ordinary human Q: Is there proof that Jesus, who came to earth in human form, is really God? — P.S. A: Jesus lived a perfect life. Those who schemed to bring him to...

 

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Jesus is larger than life itself Q: I am not necessarily against Jesus but I think people throughout history have embellished his story and made him bigger than life. Show me where I might be wrong. — D.Q. A: Jesus Christ is bigger than life! He...

 

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Have you found the source of real love? Q: Can a person really find a soul mate to share the deepest things of life? — S.S. A: A: Matchmaking has become a booming business in our culture’s restless search for a “soul mate.” Online services...

 

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham Is it Wrong to Be Scared of Hurricanes? Q: I live in Florida and am terrified of even the threat of a hurricane. It seems the newscasters thrive on this kind of terror. Is it wrong to be fearful? A: People...

 

Patching Cracks

I read a story about CS Lewis years ago in which a friend asked him if attending church is a necessary part of following Jesus. In response, Lewis answered “No” and pulled a coal from the fire and placed it on the hearth. In response, he asked...

 

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God deserves our thanks during good times and bad Q: I have been blessed with wonderful parents who are now elderly and in declining health. They are in pain and distress daily yet they are constantly rejoicing that the Lord is with them and they...

 

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Q: I enjoy making money and doing things that please me. My mother tells me about the stories in the Bible about how riches can corrupt. Is her interpretation correct? A: Luke 16 is the famous passage about a rich man whose disobedience to God led...

 

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham Q: Is misrepresentation to protect myself a lie if it doesn’t hurt anyone else? — T.T. A: The Bible teaches that proper conduct includes truthfulness. God’s Word teaches that we should be truthful in o...

 

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham Set an example through prayer for your children Q:Is it important for children to pray and, if so, what should a parent do if a child refuses to pray? — P.C. A: Encourage your children to pray and teach...

 

Remembering Robbie Lucke: A Poets Memory

Editor’s Note: This was submitted to the Big Sandy Mountaineer this week and we felt it was appropriate to publish in the Blaine County Journal as well. Author’s Note: This poem is republished here in honor of Robert Lucke, who loved poetry and k...

 

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One of my favorite quotes from the boxer Muhammad Ali is about training: “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’” I have a good friend who says it a bit...

 

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Q: My whole life I have heard that Christians are expected to be Christ-like. Is that really possible? — D.I A: It is God’s will for His followers to become more like Christ. He came to show us the way, but it can only happen as we submit every...

 

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Take time to appreciate the gifts given to you Q: I don’t mean to be ungrateful but when my family gives me gifts, they are things I can’t use or don’t want. Is it wrong to ask for something specific, like a gift card, so that I can buy what I...

 

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Q: My friend is the kindest and most thoughtful person I know, and yet she has no interest in God or religion. Frankly, she’s better than most of the Christians I know. How do you account for this? A: I’m sorry your friend has no interest in...

 
 By Greg Jergeson    Opinion    June 6, 2018

Guest Column: Transportation Commission Update

About a year ago, I published an update in local papers about the plans by the Montana Department of Transportation to reconstruct the remaining 10 miles of US 2 between Chinook and Havre. This project, known as Lohman East & West, is still on...

 

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