Yesterday our sermon was the second in a series entitled, “Talking Points.” The series addresses the difficult subject of politics and religion. Really! Doesn’t every family have a few topics they quietly agree to not talk about and the top two have to be religion and politics, right?! Well, Senior Pastor Jay Shetler is bursting …

I spent most of this month on vacation. Nine days camping with my family: children, spouses, grandchildren. Eight days in Montana with my mom. Getting into a routine again is historically difficult for me. I always tell myself: “Four days of grace. That’s how long it will take to make the adjustment from travel to …

It is said that truth is truth no matter where you find it. On my flights home yesterday, I read a novel and it contained these wise words. “When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.” I find that to be true. I have worked tirelessly to make friends with myself. …

There was a song we sang when I was a child about the great state of Montana. It went like this: “Montana, Montana! Glory of the West. Of all the states from coast to coast you’re easily the best. Montana, Montana! Your skies are always blue! M-O-N-T-A-N-A! Montana, I love you!” It was sung to …

Since I arrived at Mom’s last week, we have worked on finishing a quilt for my sister. Part of the time, we watch TV. HGTV and Food Network are my choices this week. On Food Network, I found a common theme among the competitive chefs — losing the way due to drugs and alcohol and …

Sunday morning my sister and I decided to do a short hike in the early morning hours. Okay, so it was 7:30. That seemed early! The hike we selected was not long, but was said to be quite steep in places, so we decided to take two cars and park one at the top and …

My first day in Montana began earlier than usual for me. Awake by 5 o’clock, I laid in bed until 6:20 when I realized if I got up I could watch the sunrise. I rarely get a chance to do it — partly because I don’t have a good eastern view and mostly because I …

Today I am going to Montana to visit my mom. As I observe people and situations, I will listen for what the Holy Spirit wants to teach me along the way and share them as my Montana musings. Thanks for joining me on this adventure! My travel day began with more adventure than I intended. …

Years ago an older gentleman gave me his commentary on Revelation to proofread and critique. I asked how he thought it might be used in the future; he saw it being a tool for a class study on end time events and the coming of Jesus. I looked it over and returned it to him …

Last week our family camped near Brown County State Park in southern Indiana. For camping, it wasn’t exactly roughing it as we have travel trailers with all the usual amentities — air conditioning, full hook-ups for showers and toilets, refrigeration, hot water, real mattresses. No sleeping under the stars or cooking over a sweltering fire …