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Faith & Values

Love is more than a romantic song

Love is more than a romantic song

Don’t think I’m a weirdo (or do, I don’t very much mind,) but my favorite music at the moment is Congolese rumba.

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God is a lot bigger than most of us believe

God is a lot bigger than most of us believe

In 1939, I had hair long enough and thick enough that you could grab a handful and hang on.

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Don't be discouraged by distracted prayer life

Don't be discouraged by distracted prayer life

St. Bernard of Clairvaux was traveling with a poor, uneducated farmer, who boasted, “I’m never distracted when I pray.”

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When faced with temptation, as Jesus was, what will we do?

When faced with temptation, as Jesus was, what will we do?

I recently stood on a mountain peak in the Alps, an area referred to as Obersalzberg. Stretching out before me, in the valley below, was the historic city of Salzburg. Nearby, nestled in another valley, lay Berchtesgaden and Konigsee. I stood over a small square stone. One side marked the bo…

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You only live once, so live like it

You only live once, so live like it

Having two teenagers has extended my vocabulary beyond my boring, adult base of known words.

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Nondiscrimination debate shifts morality bar from where it was

Nondiscrimination debate shifts morality bar from where it was

The intentions and desires of many who support the nondiscrimination ordinance in Billings may be about fairness, inclusiveness, love, acceptance and community. However, the substantial result of the NDO will be to advance the new morality a little further and force the old morality to retre…

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Psychology of sin invovles 2 kinds of fear

Psychology of sin invovles 2 kinds of fear

Mass shootings. Suicide bombings. These are not natural tragedies. These are atrocities. But why?

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God will lead the way -- even for those who refuse

God will lead the way -- even for those who refuse

How many of you know that God has a way of getting what he wants? Just because you tell God “no” doesn’t mean that you are going to get your way. The question is this: What has the Lord asked you to do that you have refused?

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In the past, religion & politics mixed together

In the past, religion & politics mixed together

It was on a Fourth of July that I arrived in America. I did not understand why all the shops were closed. When I inquired, I was told that everyone was out having picnics or barbecues and setting off fireworks.

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When we say "under God," what do we mean?

When we say "under God," what do we mean?

I’m old enough to remember the Pledge of Allegiance before the words “under God” were added. It was 60 years ago this month — on June 14, 1954 (Flag Day).

June 28, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Camp inspires generations of kids

Camp inspires generations of kids

Why is it so difficult to rouse children from their beds during the year for school, yet they spring out of bed and dash outside quicker than you can say “Jack Sprat” during the summer months?

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Recognizing and appreciating God's gifts

We are fortunate to live here in the Northern Rockies. We cannot adequately describe the freshness and beauty of the country. It is easy to breathe in the morning air and gaze at the shimmering mountains, the rolling plains or the pine-dotted breaks and give thanks to God for creating all of…

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Historically, papal transition goes smoothly - but not always

Historically, papal transition goes smoothly - but not always

On Easter Sunday this year, two names were added to the Catholic list of canonized saints, Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. Two men who had held the position of Pope, Benedict XVI and Francis, performed the ritual of canonization.

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There is no religious right to discriminate

There is no religious right to discriminate

At Easter this year, my son asked me “Why do we say Christ is Risen, instead of “Christ has Risen?

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How to be successful at 100

How to be successful at 100

I have lately attended my first two 100th birthday parties. I am looking for clues on how they did it. Luck and health are essential parts of it, but there is more.

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Season of Easter extends beyond 1 day of celebration

Season of Easter extends beyond 1 day of celebration

Born a Jew, Billy Crystal may not have the best insights into the Christian faith; then again, he may have it pretty well worked out.

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When he comes, will we be ready?

When he comes, will we be ready?

We pursue our educations, work at our careers, raise our families, worry about retirement and prepare for the inevitable: death and taxes.

May 03, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
How did Jesus deal with people in his job?

How did Jesus deal with people in his job?

This article was inspired by my own reflection on how often I see challenges in the workforce in dealing with others.

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Easter indeed a time for celebration of life, joy

Easter indeed a time for celebration of life, joy

My mum and dad, back in England, detest traveling. They are, so to say, focused on the thought of going to the local stores and positively horrified at the prospect of longer journeys. So it is perplexing that they fell in love with a couple of tiny Greek islands in the middle of the Mediterranean.

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Belief in the afterlife varies by religion

Belief in the afterlife varies by religion

Since the beginning of mankind’s story, there has been belief in life after death.

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