How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” Isaiah 52:7

My Peace I Leave You

As many of you have already heard, I have been honored to be called to be the Commissioned Ruling Elder at Bovill Community Presbyterian Church in Bovill, ID. I truly appreciate the words and notes of encouragement that you all have shared with me and I can’t express to you...

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XYZ Ministry

Once, when I was a little boy, a kid said to me, “Hey, you! XYZ!” I stared at him with both pleasure and chagrin. I was happy that someone older was taking an interest in me – but I had no idea whatsoever what-on-earth he was talking about. I searched...

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Here I Am Lord

Many of you may not know that church staff meets together weekly. We rotate the duties of presenting a staff devotion for each meeting. It was recently my turn for that assignment. This blog is from that staff devotion. It just so happened that Pastor’s Sunday message that week talking...

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The Autumn Girls

Autumn is my very favorite time of the year.  As a child I spent many years living in the Midwest where Oak, Ash, and Mulberry trees greeted the season with a glorious array of colors.  My brother and I invested countless hours into throwing those little “helicopter seeds” into the...

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Not So Little Anymore

In high school there are many things that they teach you, but there are just as many critical things that they don’t teach. I learned how to construct a proper research paper, to compute my way through complex math equations, and most importantly how to drive a car.  These are...

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He Chose Me

When I read Steve Balas’ recent blog about his school experience in England, I instantly identified with how he felt as people around him moved and left him alone. My dad was in the Air Force and we moved every two to three years so I also experienced loss as...

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Winter Prep

What type of activities do you do around your home to prepare for winter? Last week my hubby worked to get our gas fireplace ready to use. Our two doxies were particularly interested when he was testing to make sure the blowers were working properly. Our oldest dachshund, Obie, absolutely...

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Music Memories with a Chuckle

I have been music director here at First Presbyterian church for several years.   I began with a small group of Moms and their children and we were called the “Folk Choir” because we were anything but traditional.   We sang simple folk tunes to start and graduated to more challenging pieces,...

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From Pastor Craig

Answered Prayers… One thing I love about Sundays is hearing updates about people we’ve been praying for. And sometimes that report comes in the form of a person! Deb Roope badly broke her ankle last Spring and we’ve been praying for her recovery in a rehab hospital, missing her terribly...

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Why I Do What I Do

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14 Not long ago I found a rare moment of quiet during the children’s nap time to reflect upon the decisions that I was making...

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