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 By BILL LANES    Opinion    May 25, 2022 

Connecting Point: Shallow Promises

Worship takes on several meanings in a wide range of contexts. As Christians, we need to focus on the Biblical understanding of worship; nothing more and nothing less. Our culture is inundated by “worship” experiences that embrace entertainment...

 
 By BILL LANES    Opinion    May 18, 2022

Connecting Point: Three Strands

We all approach life at different speeds and angles, and our philosophy certainly varies. That being said it’s common knowledge that a person can accomplish more in partnership. Yes, relational conflict can impede action plans or goals. However,...

 
 By BILL LANES    Opinion    May 4, 2022

Connecting Point: Injustice for All

Some matters are timeless, seen through the generations, and noticeable in every culture. Certainly, the clock ticks forward and we see continuous advances in technology but for the most part, humans are predictable throughout history. We tend to...

 
 By BILL LANES    Opinion    April 27, 2022

Connecting Point: World at War

The drumbeat of war is sounding loud and clear. All the atrocities which are occurring in Ukraine are deeply troubling; certainly Russia, specifically Putin, is demonstrating to the world his self-interest. Ukrainians have fled in droves, while other...

 
 By BILL LANES    Opinion    April 20, 2022

Connecting Point: Matters of the Heart

Words are powerful, and the tongue can be used for good or evil. The Bible provides a vast amount of guidance regarding speech; “tongue” is mentioned over one hundred times. There is wisdom in keeping a close reign on our conversations, King...

 
 By BILL LANES    Opinion    April 13, 2022

Easter Every Day

We are accustomed to holidays and the marketing madness. I’m certain you’ve seen the Easter baskets, Cadbury eggs, and plethora of other candies available? The other evening strolling through Target the smell of the sweets was quite overwhelming...

 
 By BILL LANES    Opinion    April 6, 2022

Connecting Point: Broken But Mended

When is the last time you noticed someone wearing torn and tattered work clothes? I see working individuals often sporting such attire; in fact, I’m the proud owner of some of those grease-stained clothes. My wife describes them as “shabby.” I...

 
 By BILL LANES    Opinion    April 6, 2022

Dear Editor: Diving Deeper Into Town Council Decisions

Dear Editor, I’m writing today first as a 20+ year resident and then as a recent town council member, these views are my own and do not represent the town council as a whole. We are very fortunate to live in a great community filled with quality...

 
 By BILL LANES    Opinion    March 30, 2022

Connecting Point: Treasure Hunt

Have you discovered that life and its various “seasons” are beyond our control? Sure we can get accustomed to those changes by making personal adjustments, in addition to the arduous act of persevering. We learn to take every day one day at a...

 
 By BILL LANES    Opinion    March 23, 2022

Connecting Point: To Touch or Not To Touch

Are we entering the later stages of what many have termed the COVID-19 pandemic? Maybe? Make no mistake this matter has been incredibly divisive all across the globe. I’ve had close friends die due to complications of this disease, others who have...

 
 By BILL LANES    Opinion    March 16, 2022

Connecting Point: No Stone Left Unturned

Within the pages of the Bible, there are particular passages that leave us with questions. For the “brightest” and “best” scholars or the average Christian there is some common criteria used for proper Bible interpretation. Step one;...

 
 By BILL LANES    Opinion    March 9, 2022

Connecting Point: Navigating Emotions

At fifty-one years old, I still find glory, fun, and contentment in our vast and wild Montana. Specifically, on my boating experiences, I have enjoyed small raft, one-man skiff, canoe, and kayak. I’ve been dunked by them all. I’ve never had the...

 
 By BILL LANES    Opinion    March 2, 2022

Connecting Point: Building 101

I grew up watching the television series This Old House, a 1980’s home improvement show. With only one television in our home, our family accepted my father’s choice. The construction variety of the show was dad’s attraction. Now, I, too,...

 

Connecting Point: Time, Order & Purpose

Time directs our lives, including daily routines and special events marked by the calendar. From a personal perspective, time puts limits on us. God, on the other hand, is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. God is sovereign. His...

 

Connecting Point: Lasting Legacy

Estate planning isn’t always on our mind but many lawyers suggest that one should prepare for the inevitable. Families certainly experience shock after the death of a loved one, additional stress occurs when estate planning is absent. Some...

 
 By BILL LANES    Opinion    February 9, 2022

Connecting Point: The Equalizer

Most of us assume our decisions are mostly based on wisdom rather than foolishness, right? We can be our best cheerleader, maybe even pat ourselves on the back. In our search for wisdom, it is imperative that we too evaluate our lives often, and look...

 
 By BILL LANES    Opinion    February 2, 2022

Connecting Point: Toil and Time

The self-serving slogans “Make America Great Again” and “Build Back Better” contrast with the wisdom of the Bible’s Ecclesiastes. Most Americans find a purpose for living beyond daily living. The great poet Robert Frost said, “Most...

 
 By BILL LANES    Opinion    January 26, 2022

Connecting Point: Wealth & Sexuality - Isn't America Out of Balance?

Pleasure seeking isn’t anything new, but isn’t part of the turmoil of our age due to plain old generational conflict? Aren’t millennials rightly concerned that the baby-boom generation is going to bankrupt the nation? Don’t older people talk...

 
 By BILL LANES    Opinion    January 19, 2022

Connecting Point: What are you chasing?

The desire to be “top of your game” or “top of the world” is a near-universal want. For centuries, people have aspired to great heights, achieving some of life’s “greatest” passions. Individuals like Tom Brady, Serena Williams, Usain...

 
 By BILL LANES    Opinion    January 12, 2022

Connecting Point: Nothing New Here

You’ve heard it, or perhaps have said it a thousand times yourself, “History repeats itself.” While we long for life to be full of new experiences, we often view everyday life as monotonous—you know, the same old stuff. Citizens of...

 
 By BILL LANES    Opinion    January 5, 2022

Connecting Point: Winners and Losers

Every person in life is on a quest in one respect or another. Daily, people search for happiness, love, purpose and so much more. Reason and emotion make humans the pinnacle of all living organisms, and many exude exceptional physical abilities as we...

 

Connecting Point: Christmas Choice

Perhaps Americans are more individualistic than any other citizens in the world. But, regarding Christmas, my caution is to choose wisely between fact and fiction. Some embrace the folklore of Santa Claus, reindeer, and elves. Some believe Christmas...

 

Connecting Point: Eye of the Storm

Although times seem troubling, we can have a full assurance that peace is possible through Jesus Christ. Some believe the “world” to be on fire, everything from politics, economics, health issues, and a litany of other flashpoints. The mere...

 

Connecting Point: Joy for a Weary World

‘Tis the season for joy. In the last couple of years, I’ve been sincerely questioned if I truly have felt this way, and I have concluded that in these times people are feeling more stressed than in the past. I’m not pretending to ignore current...

 
 By BILL LANES    Opinion    December 8, 2021

Connecting Point: God's Greatest Gift

Christmas will be here before we know it. Time marches forward at the same pace every day. Doesn’t it seem time gets away from us? In all the hustle and bustle of life, it is vital that we slow down. A consequence of not being contemplative is the...

 

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