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 By Dave Carroll    Columns    December 11, 2019 

Mountain Top Musings: A Hopeful Time of Year

As I think back about the way Congress has failed to address some major issues, I cannot help but scratch my head and wonder “What do they think their job is?” I mean we have put up with some of...

 

Mountaintop Musings: Are you prepared?

As summer fades to fall many people start worrying about winter. I guess that is a natural thing for us to do. Each season brings about change, new responsibilities, and finding a new rhythm for life....

 

Mountaintop Musings: Finding Balance in the Swings of Life

I must say that I have really enjoyed the World Series so far this year. Of course, I am rooting for the Houston Astros and by now they may well be the champions. If not, they and the Washington...

 

Mountaintop Musings:

I have been guilty of placing myself at the center of the universe. My needs are most important, I have the solution, and everyone else must accept that. I would bet that everyone reading this has bee...

 

Debunking the Perception of "Self"

Debunking the Perception of “Self” Part 2 For those of you who were expecting a “Musing” last week I apologize. I have been so busy with ministry and family that come Monday morning last week...

 

A section of the Stonewall Vegetation Project area in late 2017 shows the effect of the Park Creek fire led the Forest Service to re-analyze portions of the project. (Roger Dey Photo)

Biblically speaking the idea of “self-assurance” is one area of thinking that can lead to many problems. If we think that we are the source of all our blessings (material and immaterial) we do God...

 

Mountaintop Musings: Conquering the Problem of Self

Looking at some of the people in my life I realize that we are often our biggest barrier to a satisfying life. Most problems in my life have their beginning with the decisions Dave has made. Sure, som...

 
 By Dave Carroll    Columns    August 7, 2019

Mountaintop Musings: The Problem of "Self"

This subject may take several “Musings” to cover it, so if this interests you, you may want to keep this one so you can read them together. It seems to me that just about everyone of us is...

 
 By Dave Carroll    Columns    July 24, 2019

Mountaintop Musings: Time Well Spent

The past month has been fantastic. I did not win the lottery. I did see the results of many months of preparation as we had our annual five-day Bible camp. It is a great but stressful time. Stressful...

 
 By Dave Carroll    Columns    July 3, 2019

Mountaintop Musings: Memorable Day

Celebrations can be great fun. I know that most of us today are celebrating the founding of our country. July 4, 1776 is one of the greatest days in man’s history in my opinion. The best one was...

 
 By Dave Carroll    Columns    June 19, 2019

Mountaintop Musings: Looking for a better Deal

Well, according to some “experts” the dynasty of the Golden State Warriors is over. They were dethroned by the Toronto Raptors in six games. I must confess I am not an NBA fan by any means, but I...

 
 By Dave Carroll    Columns    June 5, 2019

Mountaintop Musings: Frustrating Thoughts

This week’s column is going to be a bit different. I must admit it is hard to focus as I have so many frustrating thoughts running through my brain. Over the past decade or so we often hear about a...

 
 By Dave Carroll    Columns    May 29, 2019

Mountaintop Musings: More thoughts on A biblical view of anger

One area in my life that I feel God has made some good changes in me concerns anger. I can remember too many times in life when my “temper” got the best of me. It was not this impersonal...

 
 By Dave Carroll    Columns    May 15, 2019

Mountaintop Musings: A biblical view of anger

Over the years I have had many opportunities to develop and exhibit self-control. I would love to say that I have always passed the test and been a model of patience, calmness and control. However,...

 
 By Dave Carroll    Columns    April 3, 2019

Mountaintop Musings: Springtime Ramblings

Well spring has finally showed up, both on the calendar and in the warmer temperatures and melting snow. I know we are all glad for this time of year, especially after the rough month we had in...

 
 By Dave Carroll    Columns    March 27, 2019

Mountain top Musings: The Authority for the Self-Confrontation Journey

The basis for real change in one’s thinking, feelings and living is found in the Holy Bible. Even people that are not professing Christians have throughout history affirmed the value in the Word of...

 

Mountaintop Musings: First Steps on the Self-Confrontation Journey

To change biblically and travel the “self-confrontation journey” one must be born-again, a Christian, a Christ-follower; the terms may vary but you must be a person who has sincerely asked Jesus...

 

Mountaintop Musings: Starting the self-confrontation journey

This week I want to share some thoughts on how a person can change. But it is not change for changes’ sake, but how a person can change Biblically? How does a person adjust their thinking to match...

 

Mountaintop Musings: The self confrontation challenge

Well after almost one month of the New Year I imagine we all have failed in several or all of our New Year’s resolutions. It is very difficult to make changes. Old habitats die hard they say! For...

 

Mountaintop Musings: Winter REflections

It looks like the ghost of winter past has decided to visit. We knew that we would have to plow, shovel and drive through a bit of snow before winter was out! If we wanted to complain about the heat...

 

Mountaintop Musings: Looking back to move ahead

Today many people are out returning gifts or shopping for bargains. The day after Christmas can be great for saving money, but the trade-off is that you must once again and go out and deal with the cr...

 

Mountaintop Musings: Real hope for real change

With the elections behind us it is time to celebrate! Yes, no more attack ads, the road-side placards are removed and the political phone calls have ceased! The people have spoken, and it seems once...

 

Mountaintop Musings: A Great Opportunity

Well a new week is here and with that we have new opportunities in store for each of us. For some it may be the chance to harvest your first deer or elk! Now that would be an awesome thing for sure!...

 

Mountaintop Musings: the Cure

One of the greatest joys a minister of the Gospel has is to have those who sit under his teaching take the Word of God and apply it in their lives. It is satisfying when people actually read the...

 

Mountaintop Musings: Debacle

Lisa and I have been on the road for over two weeks. It has been an awesome and wonderful trip. We have made new friends, renewed old friendships, and am getting to know and love our new...

 

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