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Fellowship at the Ranch

Ed Jones Tyranny of the Urgent “Now!” “Now!” is the demand of the urgent. Like your phone ringing. The dishes in the sink. Clothes to be washed. The yard that needs to be mowed. One more thing to finish at the office before heading home. “Now!” To which a lot of us dutifully responds with…

Fellowship at the Ranch: What’s in a name?

Ed Jones Juliet: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.” Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2) Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet meet and fall in love in Shakespeare’s tale of “star-crossed” lovers. They are doomed from the start as members of two warring families.…

Fellowship at the Ranch

In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, the Apostle Paul admonishes us to “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”. Initially, I had quite a bit of trouble with this passage. Expressing gratitude can be challenging even when we feel blessed. But what about when we are enduring…

Fellowship At The Ranch

  Dare I Ask Others to Follow My Example? “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1) Paul knew he followed Jesus, so he did not hesitate to tell the Corinthian Christians to imitate his walk with the Lord. He knew the Corinthian Christians needed an example, and he was…

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Envy Have you ever opened your closet full of clothes and thought, “I have nothing to wear” or opened your overstocked refrigerator thinking, “There’s nothing to eat”? Man has an amazing propensity to stand in the midst of lavish blessing and lament that he is poor and needy. How does this happen? In a word,…

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Out of the mouths of babes Ed Jones Quite a while ago, when my now 22-year-old granddaughter, Hannah, was four, she noticed that I was agitated about something. The fact that I can’t now recall what caused my anxiety testifies to just how serious it was. Wanting to help her granddad, she climbed up on…

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Wouldn’t it be nice Edwin Jones How many of you lived for Saturday morning and the parade of Westerns that aired in the ’50s? My favorites were The Lone Ranger, Sky King, Wild Bill Hickok, Fury, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Hopalong Cassidy, Annie Oakley, The Range Rider, Sargent Preston of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police,…

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Ed Jones “I wouldn’t be so irritable, if I got a little respect around here!” So, another tiff in the Jones household began. Dad blamed mom and mom would counter and fire back. Isn’t that just like all of us. We think that our problem is someone else. So-and-so made me mad. Unfortunately, that is…

Fellowship At The Ranch

What is church? Growing up, I always thought of a church as a huge building with soaring arches and stained glass windows. The interior boasted marble columns, finely crafted pews, a marble altar and statuary that would be the envy of the finest Greco-Roman museum. As I grew older, my concept of church evolved into…

Fellowship At The Ranch

My Christmas List Just a few days ago I thought about what I really want for Christmas. It was a list of all the things that, in a perfect world, would be different in our house. Yet, as I look back over it, I can’t help thinking about how different that list is from one…