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The Pine Creek Fire burning in Paradise Valley south of Livingston burned thousands of acres starting a few miles from my home. I thought I’d share some of the photos I took during the whole ordeal. Apparently the fire started at a construction site where they were burning the garbage outside the job site when it got out of control. I recall seeing the helicopters dipping into the Yellowstone River and dumping the water onto the flames. It was quite a show to see. Most of us in the valley were thankful for the winds not changing direction that evening. For me there were over forty years of memories going up in flames. As a boy I lived on Deep Creek my younger brothers attended Pine Creek School so when I saw the fires I called them to pray for the safety of all who lived along the east side of the valley.
I hope you will remember in prayer those who lost everything and for those who risked their lives to protect the homes and families there.
Please feel free to add your own comments or stories about the fires anywhere this summer.
The Wild Wild West was won by a very small number of folks clever enough to bring the following essential with them to establish “Law & Order” in the unsettled plains and mountains west of the Mississippi:
England, did you say?
In that single book (you can get a Kindle or Nook version for free) written before our Declaration of Independence, they found enough common-sense law to settle towns, bring railroads, jail bandits, and hang rustlers.
Contrary to what you’ve seen on TV and in the movies, it wasn’t faster guns and bigger fists that settled lawless cowtowns like Tombstone and Dodge City. It was the support of local townsfolk who wanted law and believed in the principles of Justice found in those two books: the Bible and Blackstone.
We each face the threat of similar lawlessness. Yes, today! Perhaps especially today!
It may be a bank using fraud to foreclose. It may be a corrupt business partner, ex-spouse, or next-door neighbor out-of-control. For many it’s the threat of government officials refusing to follow the law - tax collectors, police officers, and corrupt judges who break the law to allow fraud a free reign in their courts as lawyers rape the people who do not know what my affordable, official, 24-hour step-by-step “How to Win in Court” self-help course makes so easy to understand.
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The Rules don’t just give us “rights”.
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A broken up old cowboy meandered into church one bright Sunday morning. He made his way to the front of the church and sat front and center so he wouldn’t miss a thing.
He had bathed and washed his clothes the night before, cleaned up his old worn boots, brushed the dust off his hat and even combed his hair. His jeans were worn and faded, and his denim shirt tucked in with care and was collared with a battered Bolo tie. The old timer carried what appeared to be an old leather rag, with a stack of thinning papers. Some worn clean through and would easily fall out on the floor. With the greatest care he would gently…
pick them up and put them back together in order. The folks in this beautiful, well furnished church looked on with disdain as they watched him read from those scraps of paper he called a Bible. They rolled their eyes when he would sing the hymns with all his heart. It was quite apparent; the people of this rich neighborhood didn’t appreciate their new visitor. Nobody would sit by him and none said hi. He didn’t mind though, because he didn’t come to see them he just wanted to visit with the Lord.
The preacher gave the toughest sermon you’d ever heard. He spoke of how you will be blessed by giving your money to the church. Also of heaven and hell and how the heathen do rage. After the sermon, the preacher walked to the back of the church to greet everyone on their way out. Then came the old cowboys turn and the preacher asked the cowboy a favor, “Before you come back to see us again, I want you to ask God if he thinks it’s appropriate to come to church dressed like that?” The old cowboy said he would and left wearing a smile. Oh how he had been blessed that Sunday morning.
Sure enough, the following Sunday, the old cowboy came to church wearing his old denim shirt and jeans with cowboy hat and all. The preacher was angry and approached him and said, ”I thought you were going to ask God about dressing inappropriately for church?”
”I did”, said the old cowboy.
”Well, if you spoke to God, how did he say you should dress when you come to our church?”
“He said he’s never been in your church!” The preacher was speechless.
For well over 20 years my wife and I have been involved with children’s ministry at church, from nursery all the way up to high school. Being involved in church like this we encountered many such situations as with this old cowboy at church. I would have parents tell me they wish certain kids would not come to youth group for various reasons, none of which I could accept as a reason to exclude them from our exclusive club. One day as church was just beginning one such young man came to me with a problem that needed to be solved. He saw two homeless men walking by the church and filled with compassion ran out and invited them in for pot luck dinner right after services. I suppose when they heard free food and coffee it was worth checking out. He tried to get help from some of the leadership of the church but they didn’t know what to do with them. Desperate for a solution he fervently tracked me down to help with these two unclean and unbathed very rough around the edges trash he picked up on the street. I described them this way to paint a picture of how the congregation treated them when they saw them.
Just a little side note here I have to say I could not have been any happier with one of my youth kids than I was at that moment. He saw a need and was not ashamed to act on it even when no one else would do anything about it.
When he finally found me he dragged me to these gentlemen and I proceeded to share what we had going on. First we had service to which the shorter one said no way and left. The tall one conceded and said he would sit through service for a meal. I was taken back to when Jesus would feed the multitudes how unworthy they may be to partake, meaning they had no intention of a heart change toward God but just a free meal. I was ok with sitting through church and a meal with him even though I knew he really didn’t want to be there.
After the service we made our way to the big room we used for large gatherings and to partake in the breaking of bread together. There was quite a spread and we enjoyed the meal and conversation together in spite of the onlookers. We talked for awhile and he left never to return. I can’t help thinking how many people would return to church if they had a warm welcome and felt the love that is supposed to come from there.
I have a couple scriptures for you to read that I believe paints a vivid picture of how God looks at all this. One is in the book of Revelation and shows even if the teaching is dead bang on, and they hate sin and the deeds of the sinner God still has something against them. It is the fact they have lost their first love.
Revelation 2: 1 ¶ Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;
2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.
4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
Next is how he feels about treating people poorly and elevating others. In verse 5 it refers to the poor being rich in spirit. I suppose I would rather be rich in eternal things over hurting someone because of who or what they may be.
James 2: 1 ¶ My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.
2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;
3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:
4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?
6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?
7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?
8 ¶ If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.
10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
After reading all of this perhaps it would do us all good to read the “BE ATTITUDES” in Matthew chapter 5:1 ¶ And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
3 ¶ Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.