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j. |- Religion 29, am=TA on Jim I)a vid on pa e Peter Marshall and Notice the key words that leap. Manuel, co-authors of out of Washington's journal: In my younger days growingno regard for the life and well- Light and the Glory," honor, duty, pardon, forgive- up in a small town, once in a being of their fellow human a book in the Yale ness. These are words of the while I would hear someonebeings. School library contain.- heart that declare who we are, make the statement, "His mouth Now back to the point, that I 24-page manuscript enti- how we assume responsibility ain't no prayer book." hope you will consider, of"why Sacrifice" written in and how we relate to God. Com- While very poor English, good people make bad choices." loosely translated this meant There are many valid reasons, Washington's own pare them to "anything goes," just because a particular person but I believe they can all be I. This historic volume, the two words that describe said something this fact alone traced tothese three very impor- by Washington at age much of what's happening in our did not. necessarily make it so. tant life changing concepts. 1. insight into his struggling society today. Wit- In other words they did not have The fallen nature of man. 2. The walk with God. ness our skyrocketing prison to accept what they said as being principle of influence. 3. Social first entry in this private population, disintegrating the Gospel, which was the refer- patterns that change the culture. journal was subtitled homes and violent (often ence to the prayer book. You Now, please allow me to make 1day Morning." At thatimmoral) entertainment fare. know that it goes without saying some brief comments about r hour, the man who is prob- Solomon said, "Righteous- that this is also true for me. each one. First, "The fallen the most deserving of the ness exalts a nation; but sin is a While I do my best to research nature of man." Since Adam and "Mr. Independence," reproach to any people" information for this column and Eve disobeyed God in the Gar- "Let my heart, therefore (Proverbs 14:34), so any nation to make sure that it's accurate, den of Eden, all of their off- God, be affected with is in real trouble when its citi- sometimes I fail. However, I spring and future generations, and majesty of Thine zens conclude there are noalways try and do my very best which includes you and me, that I may not do mineabsolutes; when few know the to tell the truth and to be consci- were born with a nature to sin. works but wait on thee, and difference between sin andentious in presenting various It's natural and that's why we all those weighty duties righteousness, concepts and ideas that will help do it. requirest of me..." Washington's prayer journal you. Next, "The principle of influ- second entry, made on shows he rejected such wishy- While very simple, today Ience." If you will examine the evening said, "O most washy thinking and held him- have a concept to share that may lives of every person who 'ions God...I acknowledge self to such high principles that give you pause to consider your drinks, does drugs, smokes, own life and what values are gambles and has other vices, you confess my faults, in the he frequently felt moved to con- important to you. For the bal- will find one or more people in and imperfect perform-fess his shortcomings, even ance of our mental time together their lives who influenced them. of the duties of the day. I though many would now judge I want to discuss "Why good It's true!! We all make choices called on Thee for pardon them to be minor, people make bad choices." because other people have influ- forgiveness of sins, but so Where did our first president Again, it's a matter of perspec- anted us. Our choice then and carelessly that myget these lofty standards?five and-what our values are, but becomes is it for good or for evil. are become my sin and How can we get them? to me a "bad choice" is when we And lastly, "Social patterns in need of pardon." A.W. Tozer, the late writer of choose any behavior or course that change the culture." This Monday morning, Wash- enduring Christian classics said, of action that impairs our judge- happens slowly over an extend- prayed for direction in "As a sailor locates his position ment, slows our reaction time ed period of time. When the words and work. That on the sea by shooting the sun, so and causes us to act in a non- numbers are dominant and a he gave thanks for we get our moral bearings by rational way. The bottom line is sufficient number of people are of personal salvation,looking at God. We must begin that doing these things places us engaged in doing a certain thing, with God. We are right when and old prayer journal is valu- only when we stand in a right on a path that is detrimental to it becomes the "norm" or our health and also the health accepted thing to do, thus socie- because it reveals the content position relative to GOd, and we and well-being of others, ty accepts it. The end result is prayers but, more are wrong so far and so long as It's here that I believe you can that the culture is changed. it shows that prayer we stand in any other position." see that when any person makes Many people are being misled a vital part of his daily life. Washington's many accom- the choice to drink alcohol, do today with advertising or by willing to risk all toplishments make good reading drugs, smoke, gamble, commit people who encourage others to 1independence for his court- in history books, and we should adultery and any number ofmake 'bad choices' because that never saw him- be grateful the record of them other sins and vices, they are choice is often not revealed until independent from God has been preserved. But his making a bad choice. There is it's too late. When a person was quick to seek forgive- prayer diary proves humility and something I have been wanting drinks alcohol, becomes an for any actor attitude that falth to be the true sources of his to say for a long time and it's alcoholic and, in a drunken might affect his relation- greatness, qualities available to this: The fact that a person state, drives a car and takes the to him. It's one thing to each of us who trust his Lord, drinks, does drugs, smokes and lives of good people, it's only the sins of society and counting it our pleasant duty and gambles does not make them a then that everyone knows that to face our own trans-great honor to please him.bad person. The only really bad they have made a very bad this is where true people in the world are those choice. In short, good people is revealed, who are bent on evil, who have can often lead us astray. Representing BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD of Montana AI at~ aah j#~ AIIkA Geo. B. Swenson Blind. 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Competitive rates Low fees Flexible loan parameters Stated Income and No Doc programs available 100% Financing programs available Call one of the Nation's Leading Retail Mortgage Lenders-And Comparel I Greg Hansen P.O. Box 563 Sidney ........ 488-6290 Screen Play Fax ...................... 433-2400 Sidney Carburetor & Electric 303 N Central Ave Sidney ............... 482-3302 (other numbers no longer in service) Journeys by Jan Travel Company E-mail ........... journeys.jan.beli bibntp gttal -gtabtr 310 2nd Ave. NE, Sidney 482-2403 We're still here for all your spiritual needs. 119 S Central Ave., Sidney 433-3335 A church with a heart where the Word of God comes alive to the hearer. Tn] Trinity Lutheran Church 214 10:30 a.m. S. Lincoln Ave., Sidney 433-2050 Sidney. Assembly of God Everyone Welcome our Web site for activities & announcements! Sidney 482-3737 INSURANCE tTO. H. Green, manager Suite # 16, Sidney 482-1606 ! S Central, Sidney 482-2305 Ron Barone, manager SIDNEY ASSEMBLY OF GOD, 414 E. Main, Phone 433-2550, Rev. Run Masters, School of the Bible 9:15 am, Sunday Worship 10:30 am & 6 pm, Wednesday Family Night 7 pm. BAHA 'I FAITH, For information on local worship & study times call 482-4110 or 800-22-UNITE or visit BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH, 502 S. Central, Phone 482-3706, Mike Backhaus, Pastor, Sunday Worship, 11 am & 6:30 pm, Sunday School 10 am, Wednesday Bible Study 7 pm. CARPENTER'S CHURCH, cor- ner of 6th Ave. and 11th St. SE, 482-3028, Sunday School for all ages 9:30 am, Morning Worship 10:30 am, Evening Worship 6 pro, Wed. Bible Stm:ly 6 pro. CHURCH OF CHRIST, 905 4th St. SW, 433-3456, Sunday Worship 10:45 am, & 2 pm Bible School 9:45 am, Wed. Bible Class 7 pm "A Place You Are Always Welcome." CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS, 1215 5th St. SW, 482-3250 Church office & Family History Center; 482-6273 Church building or 482- 6340, Blaine Gifford, Bishop, Priesthood & Relief Society 10 am, Sunday School 11 am, Sacrament Meeting 11:50 am. CHURCH OFNAZARENE, Cor- ner of Lincoln & 9th St. SW, Phone 488-1956, Pastor Elwin Paulson, Sunday School 9:45 am, Worship Services 11 am & 6 pm, Wednes- day Worship Service 7 pm. Wednesday Youth meeting 7 p.m. EBENEZER CONGREGATION- AL CHURCH, "Ebenezer - saying Hitherto hath the Lord helped us." 1 Samuel 7:12, 118 4th Avenue NW, 482-1574, Pastor Bob Mee- hart, Sunday School 9:30 am, Wor- ship Service 11 am, Wed. Bible Study 6:30 pln. FAITH A~2ANCE CHURCH, 301 E. Main, Phone 433-1112, Pas- tor Paul Turek, Sunday School 9:30 am, Worship Service 10:30 am & 6 pm, Wednesday prayer 7 pm: FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH, 2181 W. Holly, 482- 4316, Sunday Service at 10:45 am & 6 pm, Sunday School at 9:45 am; Wed. Bible Study & Prayer 7 pin. JEHOVAH'S WITNESS, 2301 3rd St. N.W. Sunday Public meeting 10 am; Watchtower Study 10:50 am. LONSDALE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 201 3rd Ave. SE, Phone 433-3110, Rev. Susan Twidwell Sunday School 9:30 am, Suuday Worship Service 10:30 am. SIDNEY LUTHERAN BRETHREN CHURCH, Red River Drive & Madison Lane, Phone 433-2209, Senior Pastor Bruce J. Vallevik, Assistant Pastor Tom Bechtold; Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m.; Wed. Bible study 7 p.m. PELLA LUTHERAN CHURCH ELCA 418 West Main, (comer of Main St. & Lincoln Ave.) Sunday 8:30 am Traditional Service (radio broadcast on KTHC-FM-95.1); 9:30 am Sunday School; 10:30 am Contemporary Worship. Child care available at both services. Pastor George Karres 433-3350. PEOPLES CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, UCC 405 10th Ave. SW, Church Office 433-3707, Interim Pastor Dou81as Ostlund. Sunday morning worship 11 am, Sunday School 9:45 am. Nursery care available. Communion first Sunday every month & Holy days. SHEPHERD OF THE VALLEY LUTHERAN CHURCH AALC, 211 E. Holly Rd., David Huskamp, Pastor, Church 433-7479. Sunday Worship 9:30 am; Fellowship 10:30 am. Sunday School 11 a.m. SIDNEY SEVENTH.DAY ADVENTIST, 2533 S. Central Ave., Arland Sunstad, Pastor, Plen- tywood, 406-765-2053, George Reiman, Lambert, 406-774-3365 Sabbath School 9:30 am, Sat., Wor- ship Service 11 am Sat. ST. MATTHEW'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 219 7th St. SE, Phone 482-1068, Father Greg Staudinger & Re~tory Office, 482-2510, Parish Center Office. Saturday Mass 5:30 pm, Sunday Mass 9:30 am. TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 214 S. Lincoln, Phone 433-2050, Sunday Worship Service 10:30 am. THE CHURCH OF GOD, Pastor Victor Helmuth 488-1819, Sun Worship 11 am, S. School & Bible training 10 am; WE ARE CUR- RENTLY HOLDING SERVICES AT LIBRARY BASEMENT IN SIDNEY FAIRVIEW COMMUNITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, Comer 4th & Central, Sunday School 9:30 am, Sunday Worship 11 am. FAIRVIEW ALLIANCE CHURCH, 702 Western Ave., Phbne 747-5425, Kelly Sloan, Pas- tor. Sunday, 11 am, Sunday School 9:45 am, Evening Worship, 6 pro. ST. CATHERINE'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, Mission Church, 309 West 7th, Fairview. Phone 747- 5293, Father Greg Staudinger Mass 8 am, Preschool - 8th grade. Rel. Ed. Classes, Sun. at 9 am - Senior High Rel. Ed. classes Wed.,at 7 pm. ST. JOHN'S LUTHERAN CHURCH, 310 Ellery Ave., Phone 742-5332. Sunday Worship 5:30 p.m. Bible study 7 p.m. Interm Pas- tor George Draper ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH, 309 S. Central, Phone 742-5523. Holy Communion 9 ran, Pastor Larry Quanbeck. LAMBERT CHRISTIAN MISSIONARY ALUANCE CHURCH, Phone 774-3368, Sunday School 10 am, Worship 11 am, Sunday Eve. Ser- vice 6 pm. FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH, Sunday Worship Service & Sunday School at 8 a.m. ST. THERESA'S CATHOLIC" CHURCH, Mission Church, 219 7th St. SE, Sidney. Phone 482- 1068, Ft. Greg Staudinger. Sunday Mass 5 pm. SAVAGE FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, UCC 102 2nd Ave. S., 776-2218, or Office 482-3707, Interim Pastor Douglas Ostlund. Sunday morning worship and Sun- day School 9 am. Communion first Sunday of every month & Holy days. FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH ELCA, 294 4th Ave. S., Phone 776- 2218. Sunday School: 9:30-10:45 am, Sunday Worship: 1st, 3rd & 4th Sunday 11 am, 2rid Sunday 8:30 am. Pastor Betty K. Mawbey ST. MICHAEL'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, Sunday Mass at 11 am. Father Greg Staudinger, mis- sion of St. Matthew's Sidney,. Ph. 4i~-482-1068 YELLOWSTONE COMMUNITY CHURCH, 173 Mesa, Phone 776- 2236, Sunday School 9:45 am, Worship 11 am. SKAAR GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH ELCA Skaar, ND Church Office 776-2218, 776-2219. 2rid Sunday 11:30 am at Squaw Gap Communi- ty Hall with Potluck; 4th Sunday 2:30 pm Grace Church, Pastor Betty K. Mawbey RICHEY AMERICAN LUTHERAN CHURCH ELCA, Worship 9 a.m. & Sunday School 10 a.m., Sun- day.Pastor David Aaseng. CHRISTIAN MalSSIONARY ALLIANCE, Vaughan White, Pas- tor. ST. FRANCES DESCALES CATHOLIC CHURCH, Phone 485-3520 for information, Circle, MT, Sunday 11 am Eucharistic Ser- vice. UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, Worship service, 8:30 am. Pastor Susan TwidweU. CARTWRIGHT ST. MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS EPISCOPAL CHURCH, Rev. Marianne Ell, Vicar 572-9278 or call 744-5310 Sunday 8:30 a.m. (CST), 7:30 a.m. (MT) Sunday School, 8:15 (MT) am; Mt. Holy Communion 1:15 p.m. ECW 2nd Monday CIRCLE FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH, Worship Service Sunday 11 a.m., Sunday School 9:45 am, Pastor David Aaseng. l Lonsdale I United Methodist Church I SUNDAY SCHOOL: 9:30 a.m. I WoRsrm 10:30 a.m (ninety available) I BmLE STUDY: Tuesday, 7 p.m. I YOUTH GP.ouP: Wednesday,~ p.m.[ THE REV. SUSAN TWIDWELL I 201 3rd Ave. S.E., Sidney * 433-3110 ] Thrifty White Drug Open Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Pharmacy closed Sundays 402 East Main, S!dney 482-1420 S "n l di m :rv3iO:'m"I 10:30 a.m.: Conte~ Worship ] "Serving the hlonDak area since 1961" 1142nd&'e. SE,~ 433-1411 Painting Service J ~.~ -Free Estimates | ['~ ~d[l~J .Licensed i I .Reasonable.Rat= I ' St. Catherine's Cathdk Church Fairview St. Therm's Cathdk Church Lambert St. ~ttht~'s Catholic Church Sidney "Everyone Welcome" 742-5441 .303S. Eltary, Faiwtaw 809 E. Main, Sidney 433-3400