Author Archives: Pastor Dave

About Pastor Dave

Until my retirement 2 years ago, I pastored an independent Bible church in Northwest Montana for nearly 38 years. During that time I also helped establish a Christian school, and a Bible Camp. I am married and have children and grandchildren. The Wisdom of the Week devotional is an outgrowth of my desire to share what God is doing in my life and in our world, and to challenge you to be a part.

The Brevity of Life

      Forrest and Elaine Martell and their children were our neighbors for many years. They moved to Libby in 1957, just a year before my family, and ended up attending the newly formed Faith Bible Church where my future father-in-law, … Continue reading

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Is God a Self-Serving Glory Hound?

     I don’t know if you are familiar with “The Church of Oprah Winfrey, ”but it is a New Age religion of positive thinking, of forgiveness without atonement (there is no room for the cross of Christ), of acceptance without … Continue reading

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Sudden Change

     If you happen to live in an area that experiences Chinook winds, you have undoubtedly experienced sudden change.  In January 1943, warm Chinook winds hit Spearfish, South Dakota, quickly raising the temperatures from –4 to +45 degrees F in … Continue reading

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What Does God See in Me?

     Way back in grade-school days, I remember the picking of teams for playing competitive games during recess or P.E.  The team captains would normally start with choosing the students whose abilities could help his/her team win. It was always … Continue reading

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Freedom’s Fences

     I recall reading in James Dobson’s book Dare to Discipline about an experiment on a playground at a school where the children primarily hung near the buildings during recess until they built a fence around the school property. Then … Continue reading

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Security

    The late Charles Schulz, a believer in Jesus Christ, often included some great theology in his Peanuts comic strip.  One of my favorites was repeated on August 4, 2019 and dealt with the need we have for security. Charlie … Continue reading

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Providential Programming

     Okay, a trivia question for you: “What is the official (national) bird of Norway?  For us in the United States, it is, of course, not the wild turkey as Benjamin Franklin proposed, but the majestic Bald Eagle.  For Norway, … Continue reading

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God’s Amazing Design

     As I have mentioned in previous “Wisdom of the Week” articles, we have a neighborhood whitetail deer herd which creates problems with our attempts at gardening and growing flowers, shrubs and trees. We have found very few things they … Continue reading

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Messages from the Mountains

     We live near the beautiful Cabinet Mountain Wilderness Area and over the years have had the privilege of doing lots of hiking in the area, including making it to the top of a number of the mountains. What an … Continue reading

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God’s Miraculous Design for Plant Reproduction

     The answer to the proverbial question of which came first, the chicken or the egg, is definitively answered in Genesis. God created adult plants and animals with the ability to reproduce. On the third day, “God said, ‘Let the … Continue reading

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