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Pastor Ron Dazell

Learning from Noah – part 5.

  Genesis 6:14-16 – Make yourself an ark of gopher wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch.  This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark 300 cubits, its breadth 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits.  Make a roof for the ark, and

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Pastor Ron Dazell

Learning from Noah – part 3

  Genesis 6:8 – But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. A recent visit to the Ark Experience in Kentucky inspired me to reconsider the Biblical account of Noah and write this current series of articles.  Parts one and two were about the horror of our sin and the fairness of God’s

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Pastor Ron Dazell

Learning from Noah – part 2

  This is part two of a series of lessons from the life of Noah.  We learned last week that the global flood was not man’s greatest emergency.  The greatest crisis of man was sin, and sin continues to threaten us today.  Sin literally means to miss the mark, and every one of us is

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Pastor Ron Dazell

Learning from Noah

  I had the privilege of visiting Noah’s Ark with my family.  Not the original ark.  I am not THAT old!  We toured the full-scale replica of Noah’s Ark that was built in Kentucky.  It was truly a sight to behold.  Three stories of exhibits explained how Noah would have been able to house and

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Pastor Ron Dazell

The sanctuary of the great outdoors

  There is something uniquely special about the great outdoors where God’s creative handiwork is on display for all to see.  Rich Mullins captured it well in his song, The Color Green, in which he sings of creation crying out to the glory of God.  God’s eternal power and divine nature are clearly perceived in

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Pastor Ron Dazell

Oh deer! – part 2

  I love watching deer in the wild.  They are beautiful animals with sensitive natural defenses.  God placed big eyes on the sides of their heads to spot even the slightest movement from miles away.  Deer also have large ears to hear predators approaching and a sense of smell that can tell what you had

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Pastor Ron Dazell

Oh deer! – part 1

  Hunting deer is one of my great joys of North Dakota living.  I enjoy every moment in the field.  I have sat in camouflage and had wild animals walk nearly into my lap.  I have seen bucks battle for mating rights.  Driving to work recently provided me a new sight to behold.  I watched

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Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize

  I have fancied myself as a bit of an athlete, but the truth is I am actually quite average except for track.  When it comes to running, I am well below average.  Track was an opportunity to punish myself and practice personal humility.  After discovering my ridiculously slow pace in sprints, my track coach

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What Do We Do With Pain and Suffering?

  Someone approached me in church recently with a concern.  It appeared to this person that I was carrying some kind of burden.  I was told, “You seem happy and pleasant when you are at the pulpit in front of us, but I have noticed you seem to be carrying a burden when you are

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Celebrating True Freedom

  Can you believe July 4th is already upon us?  Let the celebrations begin!  An entire week of events is planned which include concerts, rodeos, reunions, fireworks, and a parade.  Dickinson knows how to celebrate Independence Day.  We call it Independence Day in celebration of our national sovereignty.  The United States is independent.  We won

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Hanging Out Near the Cross

  I love my job.  I get to talk about Jesus and teach the Bible.  I am called upon to sing with elderly saints and welcome newborn babies into the world through child dedications.  It is my honor to share some of life’s most precious moments with some of God’s precious people.  I am also

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Make the Most of Your Summer

  Why does summer have to be so short in North Dakota?  I have a long list of activities and projects that I want to accomplish this summer, and I am not sure there will be enough time.  I decided to write them on a calendar.  Otherwise, I am certain I will fail to complete

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Stuff That Won’t Save You: Punishing Yourself

  Fire fascinated me when I was young, and our wood stove provided ample opportunity to stoke my interest.  I enjoyed waking before the rest of my family to start the fire in the morning.  I often put a glass door on the stove when I started the fire.   I loved the dancing flames and

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A Word for Our High School Graduates

Congratulations to everybody graduating from high school this spring.  Graduates, you have spent a good portion of your lives in a classroom.  You have worked hard.  You have read books, written essays, and taken countless exams.  Your diploma certifies that you have met the educational requirements for graduation.  Your diploma also opens many doors of

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Stuff That Won’t Save You: Mysticism

The Greek philosopher, Plato, believed human souls existed in the celestial world prior to their physical birth.  It was his belief that man was sentenced to physical life because of sin and must be purified through reincarnation before returning to a pure state of being outside of the physical realm.  Plato was strongly influenced from

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