Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for April, 2020

My dad enjoyed relating accounts of his life as he grew up on a farm north of the small Idaho community of Princeton. He was born in the early 1900’s and lived until he had reached the age of 92, so he had plenty of stories to tell! I had questioned him about life during the years of World War II and on one occasion, as he began to share some of the recollections he had, he suddenly changed the subject and began to speak about the Great Depression.

If you read about the Great Depression you will learn that it was the worst economic downturn in the history of the industrialized world, lasting from 1929 to 1939. One item I read from the History Channel stated, “It began after the stock market crash of October 1929, which sent Wall Street into a panic and wiped out millions of investors. Over the next several years, consumer spending and investment dropped, causing steep declines in industrial output and employment as failing companies laid off workers. By 1933, when the Great Depression reached its lowest point, some 15 million Americans were unemployed and nearly half the country’s banks had failed.”

As my dad spoke about the Great Depression he said at one point, “Greater impact was felt from those years on Princeton folks than the war, really. In the War years anybody could get work. Wagers were good. People were optimistic about the future. In the Depression years there was universal gloom. the future had no hope. It looked bad. No one worked. You couldn’t sell anything, for no one had any money.”

You and I are living at a time in our nation, and around the world, when many people have little hope in the future. The Coronavirus Pandemic has swept around the globe and across our nation. People are experiencing tragedy, fear about the future and a change in lifestyle they would never have imagined six months ago. Yet, can I assure you that there is hope for us! For the person who believes in God and claims Him as Savior, there is much to be thankful for and we can have hope in the future because of our trust in God! He has never failed us, and He never will!

In the New Testament Book of Matthew we find these words, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”  (Matthew 6:33, New Living Translation)

Yes, you can trust Him! If you are a believer, you have hope!

Pastor Bill

 

 

 

Read Full Post »

It was a little more than 20 years ago when I had a discussion with my father about what it had been like to live in the Pacific Northwest during World War II. In looking back, I wish I had spent more time discussing the subject with him and learning about more of the experiences he and his family had gone through. But some of the things he shared were eye-opening to me. We were corresponding back and forth through letters. I would ask questions of my dad and it would sometimes be a week or more before I received a response from him. Letters were  much more cost efficient than making a telephone call. It only cost $ .32 to mail a letter at this time. Long distance phone calls were typically pretty expensive!

Oh, yes. Long distance phone calls! Many of you reading this no doubt remember them. I can remember that, as a young man, the long distance calls had to be made by going through a long distance telephone operator. You would dial the 0 on your phone and when the operator answered you would say something like, “Long distance, please.” She would be the one who would connect you with the person you were calling.

These calls typically cost a certain amount for each minute you were on the line. When the next monthly statement came along and you saw the amount the call had cost, it would sometimes leave you in a state of shock. It could ruin your whole day! Minutes cost cash!

I’m thankful that I don’t have to use a long distance operator, or anyone else, when I wish to speak to my Heavenly Father! And it costs me nothing! In the Old Testament Book of Psalms we find these words, “The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord will answer my prayer.”  (Psalms 6:9, New Living Translation)

That seems pretty straight forward to me. No in between person; just a direct conversation with God, one-on-one. No long distance operator and no charge! And he is never too busy to take you call. Thank you, Lord.

Pastor Bill

 

 

Read Full Post »

One or the Other

Every word we speak either curses or blesses.

Pastor Bill

Read Full Post »

Your Word

The one good thing you can give and still keep is your word.

Pastor Bill

Read Full Post »

Which will it be?

A careless word may kindle strife;

A cruel word may wreck a life.

A bitter word may hate instill;

A brutal word may smite or kill.

A gracious word may smooth the way;

A joyous word may light the day.

A timely word may lessen stress;

A loving word may heal and bless.

~ Author unknown

Pastor Bill

 

Read Full Post »

Soft and Sweet

“The words that I say are always soft and sweet. I never know from day to day which ones I’ll have to eat.”

I’m not sure where that came from!

Pastor Bill

Read Full Post »

Five of the most important words are “I am proud of you.” Four of the most important words are “What is your opinion?” Three of the most important words are “I love you.” The one word that is the least important is “I.”

Pastor Bill

Read Full Post »

Old and Short

The oldest and shortest words, “yes” and “no,” are the words that require the most thought.

Pastor Bill

 

Read Full Post »

Words Once Again

Trying to get a word in edgewise with some people, is like trying to thread a sewing machine with the motor running.

Pastor Bill

Read Full Post »

Words Again

Found is some old notes, “If God intended that we should talk more than we listen, He would have given us two mouths and one ear. We could take a lesson from the whale–the only time he gets harpooned is when he comes up to spout.”

Pastor Bill

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »