Religion

We are more like cats than we know

February 24, 2017 at 3:00 am

Our family arrived in Moses Lake in mid-June of 2014. We had traveled all the way from Central Texas. We looked forward to returning to our home state after 16 years. My wife, Jeanne; daughter, Naomi; and son, Benjamin, drove the distance i...

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There are times we need reminders

February 17, 2017 at 3:00 am

I once served six months as a part-time interim pastor in a small rural community in Central Texas. It had been a while since that church had had a permanent pastor. I heard many stories while I was there. Some were heart-warming, others re...

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Are you dealing with claustrophobic spiritual distress?

February 10, 2017 at 3:00 am

Yes, there are things I enjoy about winter. For example, I love Christmas. It is not just a day but a season that lasts for twelve days. This gives me an excuse to leave our Christmas tree up a while longer, and I can avoid being called laz...

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I want and I waste: being stewards of God’s world

February 01, 2017 at 3:00 am

Jeanne and I do most of our shopping locally. We also order through Amazon. We have found this to be very convenient. I believe that there are downsides to doing a lot of shopping this way. One concern is that it is vital to support busines...

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I found no rattlesnakes in the snow

January 27, 2017 at 3:00 am

In the fall, a friend took me down the Yakima River in his boat. He had been a fishing guide for many years and knew the river like the back of his hand.I took my camera along. Before we set out upon the water, I had the opportunity to take...

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A mohair suit or camel’s hair?

January 20, 2017 at 3:00 am

Growing up, I listened to a lot of rock and roll. One such song was “Bennie and the Jets.” It was written by Bernie Taupin in 1973 and performed by Elton John. The lyrics are quite odd:“Hey kids, shake it loose together. The spotlight’s hit...

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The beginnings of spring within your winter

January 13, 2017 at 3:00 am

Dec. 21 was the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year – not much daylight. On that evening, there was a worship service held at the Moses Lake United Methodist Church. It is referred to as a “Longest Night” or “Blue Christmas” servi...

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A lesson learned from an unlikely source

January 06, 2017 at 3:00 am

I fill my two bird feeders in the morning. One contains nyjer or thistle seed; the goldfinches favor these. The other has sunflower seed. A variety of birds are drawn to them: mostly house finches, doves and red-winged black birds. I have t...

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The time for charitable giving should be for all times

December 30, 2016 at 10:16 am

There are 12 days of Christmas — a season that extends from Dec. 25 to Jan. 25 I’m not legalistic about activities within those dates. For example, we ordinarily put up our Christmas tree sometime in early December and take it down simply w...

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My father continues to teach me

December 16, 2016 at 3:00 am

On the 14th of December, my father celebrated his 97th birthday. Some six months ago, a group of 12 of us took him out for dinner at a local restaurant in Port Townsend. This was a bit of an undertaking but well worth the effort. Dad went o...

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