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.

Tetelestai

     It was noon in Jerusalem and time for the Passover sacrifices to begin.  There was an eerie, unusual darkness that suddenly covered the land for the next three hours (Mt. 27:45), but the priests still stood ready to … Continue reading

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The Best of Times and the Worst of Times

     If you are a Charles Dickens fan, you will recognize that my title comes from the opening paragraph of A Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age … Continue reading

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Our Instruction Manual

     According to a popular saying, “Life doesn’t come with an instruction manual.”  But this isn’t really true. Our Creator (“Manufacturer” if you will) left us with a collection of some 66 “books” compiled into one volume called “The Bible,” … Continue reading

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Don’t DIY

     We live in a “Do It Yourself” era where there is information available to help you do many projects yourself without hiring a professional.  You can go to Home Depot for help or you can go online and … Continue reading

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I’ll Be Praying for You

     How comforting it is to hear, “I’ll be praying for you,” or even better “I am praying for you!”  I remember when I was in college at Montana State University and Kathy and I were attending Grace Baptist, … Continue reading

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Coming to the Surface

     We had the privilege of attending the end of the basketball season for the North Clackamas Christian School Saints. Our son Grant coaches the varsity boys’ team, and our grandson Luke, a senior, has been his point guard … Continue reading

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The Rat Race

     “Rat Race” was a dance popular among teens during the 1930’s, along with the “Turkey Twist” and “Bunny Hop,” but our current usage of the term “rat race” has nothing to do with the dance, but likely refers … Continue reading

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It Was No Accident

     Forty years ago, on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1982, Beverly Paul received a call from her son who “just happened” to need a ride from Bonners Ferry, ID to Libby. She took her married (and pregnant) daughter Debbie Chamberlain and … Continue reading

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Snipe Hunting

     So, have you ever been “snipe hunting”?  A snipe hunt is a practical joke or “fool’s errand.” It has been in existence in North America as early as the 1840s. An unsuspecting newcomer is duped into trying to catch … Continue reading

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Better Than Broccoli

     It was well known that the late U.S. President George H.W. Bush hated broccoli. He supposedly mentioned the fact at least 70 times while in public office.  He even banned it from Air Force One’s kitchen, telling reporters, “My … Continue reading

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