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The Nampa Church of the Brethren first gathered together in 1899.  Samuel Bock, an agent for the Oregon Short Line Railroad and member of the Church of the Brethren in Dayton Ohio, convinced James Graybill to move from Roanoke to Nampa, where Graybill preached his first sermon on December 17, 1898—in space borrowed from the Presbyterian Church.  The congregation formally banded together the following year.  To give a little perspective, 1899 was the same year that Governor Frank Steunenberg—Idaho’s fourth governor—declared martial law and called in federal troops to suppress rioting at the Bunker Hill mine near Couer d’Alene.  Six years later, Steunenberg would be assassinated by a bomb placed in his mailbox—just a few miles to the west of Nampa.

In Romans 4, Paul introduces a discussion of Abraham, and the way Abraham was “reckoned” righteous. In the second verse of that chapter, Paul says: “For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.  For what does the scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.’” Paul’s point is that Abraham wasn’t perfect (a quick survey of Abraham’s life should put that idea to rest), but that Abraham was righteous—and it was a righteousness brought about by faith.

This is one from the archives, originally published in October of 2012:


And Jesus said, `Father, forgive them, for they have not known what they do;' and parting his garments they cast a lot.  Luke 23:34


Forest fires kill fish.  That doesn’t make much sense, does it?  The one creature that might be safe from a fire would be one that lives in the water, wouldn’t it?  Well, the primary cause of fish mortality isn’t the fire itself.  It’s what happens after the fire.

Recently I came across a YouTube channel called “Matt’s Off-Road Recovery.”  Essentially, Matt runs a towing and recovery service near St George, Utah, and since that region is popular with off-roaders and four-wheelers, and since a lot of them may not have the experience or good judgement to go along with their locking differentials and horsepower, Matt has plenty of work.  Occasionally he films these recoveries, and posts them on YouTube.