Preaching Through Ephesians

We are past the 2/3 mark of the book of Ephesians. The text is rich and helpful. The men who have been doing the teaching are from a variety of ages and stages of life, but the commonality of Scripture have taken part in a unique project, the teaching of the letter from the Apostle Paul to the churches in the first century known as Ephesians.

Here is the reading of the text from Ephesians 1 – 4 from each of the men. Be encouraged.

Gather with us on Sunday evenings from the remaining two chapters.

Backyard Buffet and Some Autumn Solitude

At meal time in my house we are blessed to have guests. Sometimes those guests are birds of a feather or even this frequent visitor that inspired Renee’s entry into the annual Art & Soul of the Magic Valley art contest.

Feel free to share this and encourage others in the area to vote for the Backyard Buffet on display at God Inspired Clothing and Special thanks to Phil and Linda Brugger for sponsoring Renee’s entry in the Art & Soul of the Magic Valley art contest.

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Backyard Buffet – #6-135; Renee Thompson

The piece Renee entered is in the ceramic category. The official ceramic page is HERE. When I vote I will vote category # 6-135

Feel free to share this and encourage others in the area to vote for the Autumn Solitude on display at Rudy’s, A Cooks Paradise and Special thanks to C.Loren Butler for sponsoring Silas’ entry in the Art & Soul of the Magic Valley art contest.

Autumn Solitude
Autumn Solitude #6-035; Silas Thompson

The piece Silas entered is in the painting category. The official painting page is HERE. When I vote, I’ll be including #6-035.

The contest is largely decided by popular vote. Winners are selected by art critics like you and me. The process is rather complicated and requires more voter security than a presidential election process. So let me help you navigate the process. Full instructions for online voting is HERE.

Step one: Register in person at the Twin Falls Center for the Arts headquarters (195 River Vista Place, Twin Falls, Idaho). Voting headquarters is open Monday – Thursday noon – 6 pm and Friday/Saturday noon – 8 pm. At the registration you will be given your individual voter ID and password, voting instructions are online after you get your voter ID and password.

Step two: Everyone voting is required to vote for your top 13 choices. (that’s a lot of choices.) There are 13 categories of art to choose from but you’re not required to vote in each category. You are not required to vote in each category but my suggestion is that you only vote for one in the ceramic category and one in the oil category (but that is only my suggestion, you should do what ever you want to do.)

Step three: Submit your vote before the deadline on April 30.

Step four: Enjoy the great art pieces throughout the city for the next few weeks.

If traveling here from out of town to vote consider a few other things: Shoshone Falls, Chick-fil-A for lunch, Happy Hour with Paul at Sonic from 2pm-4pm everyday of the week and visit us at Eastside Baptist on Sunday if your visit from out of town requires you stay the night on Saturday night.

For the curious: here is the dinner guest that inspired the Backyard Buffet.



Do Not Think This Strange

“You must never forget those past days when you had received the light and went through such a great and painful struggle. It was partly because everyone’s eye was on you as you endured harsh words and hard experiences, partly because you threw in your lot with those who suffered much the same. You [sympathized] with those who were put in prison and you were cheerful when your own goods were confiscated, for you knew that you had a much more solid and lasting treasure in Heaven. ” (Hebrews 10:32-36 Phillips)

Sometimes, when I think about those God ordained days I weep as I consider the weakness of my mind. I think about those moments I would rise in the middle of the night, nearly overcome with the consuming thought of what people must be saying and thinking about me? what must Renee be enduring? what will become of Silas? what will become of the Thompson name? how is my church doing during these days?JailToilet

I think about those moments at night when I would make way to the bathroom in near complete darkness stepping around and over other inmates and be consumed with the reality that the Lord’s faithful around the world endure much worse than even this.

Nothing, in what I have come to call – my American Christian experience – had prepared me for this. I was, in many respects, learning how to deal with this experience without any practical preparation.

PaulI would find a sliver of light through an outside source and open that lamp of Scripture to preach to my weaning heart (that selfish, praise-of-men craving heart) and became immediately aware that I had adopted an unbiblical belief of how strange it is that this was happening (1 Peter 4:12-13).

When I consider those God ordained days, I consider them with joy, and it does not seem strange at all to look at them as such.

“…do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing,
as though some strange thing were happening to you…”
1 Peter 4:12 (NASB)

Silas Thompson, Haiti, circa February, 2010



85 Reasons I Like Living in Idaho

Here are my top 85 reasons I like living in Idaho

GE1) Family: I’m thankful to the Lord for my family.

(left to right: Renee, me, Silas, Bianca, Emily, and David)



2) Church: I’m thankful to the Lord for my church family, Eastside Baptist Church.

Eastside Baptist Church is a courageous family of believers striving to keep the Glory of God in front of us, the Lordship of Christ directing our steps, and obeying the Spirit promptly. We gather on Sunday mornings at 9:15am for bible study, 10:30am and 6:30pm for worship; Wednesday nights at 6:30pm for a weekly prayer gathering.




Martinez3) Friends: I’m thankful to the Lord for friends like John Martinez.

Hey, write my buddy a short note and tell him hello. Pray for his ongoing ministry with the soldiers of the Idaho National Guard.



Provider Farms4) Raw cow milk from Provider Farms to go on my oatmeal tonight.

Provider Farms delivers fresh farm produce to Twin Falls every Monday morning. You should visit this week and place an order. They make the local delivery at the Eastside Baptist Church parking lot. Take time to come in and say hello while you are here.



5) Adventure awaits me around every corner and there is always a mountain top that needs to be climbed.

We are planning a trip to the top of Mt. Borah again in late August. Contact me about the date and join in on the ‘Borah Shuffle’.



80MPHHere are the remaining 80 reasons I like living in Idaho. Beginning July 1, interstate travel in most of Southern Idaho will increase to 80 mph.


The Mother of My Sons

Renee is a mom with a level moral compass and a tender heart. I have much to be thankful to the Lord for and the fact that Renee is the mother of our two sons is among the top things I am thankful to the Lord for.

Renee gave our boys the skills to be prepared for anything that they will face, to endure and excel in everything they set their feet toward. Our boys knew how to do laundry, set a table and make their beds before they left the home.


BMTdavid 121BMTdavid 010David, your mom is both strong and tender
she may have made you eat veggies
but never liver.

she taught you to tuck, but never cut a corner.

You may have laughed at her tidy ways
but never dismiss her teaching days.






SilasJail Silas, all moms have seen what no boys wants to admit
your mom was praying
when the world wanted to convict.

She passed on a skill I can only appreciate.

You might make fun of her being fine tuned
but always be thankful
you’ve always been loved.



The Magic Valley Has Art

GESilas Thompson has an entry in the Art and Soul of the Magic Valley art contest. This is the largest art contest in the Magic Valley. This is a contest decided by the viewing public. Good thing I took an art appreciation course my first year at university.

For the reader who lives in Twin Falls or will be in Twin Falls before May 3, you too can vote in the contest. Unlike political elections, you will have to have a photo ID to get your ballot. It does take some effort to vote, so I’ve taken the effort to help all appreciators of art by giving you a step by step ‘how-to’ guide in helping Silas win the Art and Soul in the Magic Valley contest.

  1. Voter Registration is at the Twin Falls Center for the Arts building located at 195 River Vista Place in Twin Falls. It is easily accessible off of North Washington (north of the Pole Line/Washington intersection. Follow the yellow flags to the Twin Falls Center for the Arts building.
  2. Once in the Twin Falls Center for the Arts building walk the stairs or ride the elevator to the second floor. Follow the signs to the room to register. Don’t forget your photo ID.
  3. After registering you will be given a ballot with your voter registration number and password. You will need this information.
  4. You are able to vote here, but you will need to know what pieces you are voting for.
  5. Take your ballot home with you (remember it has your registration number and password).
  6. visit, enter your registration number and password.
  7. All entries are online at Art and Soul of the Magic Valley
  8. You must vote for five pieces. The entries are not listed numerically or alphabetically, so you will have to search diligently for Silas’ piece, it is  number 4-031. If you do not vote for five pieces of art your vote will not count. (It is not required that you vote for the Elementary, Middle School or High School division.)
  9. Be sure to click on ‘Submit’ at the bottom of the website. Then you will be require to ‘confirm’ your vote.

It is no easy task, but then again a $10,000 grand prize is no small reward. Thanks for helping out.

Voting Has Begun for Art and Soul of the Magic Valley



















GEToday was a day full of art in the Magic Valley. Here are a few pictures of the day.

You will need to register, with Identification, at the Twin Falls Center for the Arts (195 River Vista Place, Twin Falls, ID)  and receive your voter registration number. Once you have registered you can either vote in person at the Art Center, or online at Magic Valley Has Art. The deadline to vote is Saturday May 3, 2014 at 2PM.

Happy voting…

Don’t forget to take a snap shot of yourself at Rudy’s – A Cooks Paradise and enter the photo contest here at theBridge…

Submits a picture of yourself at Rudy’s with Silas’ painting in the background. You can submit your photo via text message to me at  (two zero eight – 410- two five two nine) or email to me at (idahopaul (at) gmail (dot) com). I will post all pictures here and then work through a very scientific process with complicated algorithms and such that will randomly select a winner. Good luck to all. Seriously, you should do this.

Here’s Renee and me at Rudy’s – A Cooks Paradise:




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