Ranger Headquarters

Ranger Headquarters
Big Pine National Forest, Knotty Pine

Monday, December 27, 2010

RB-108 The Wrong Valley

Jacq McIntosh is Knotty Pine's blacksmith and one very powerful man. He is usually quite happy and full of joy. He likes to sing worship songs as he works. Trouble visits the McIntosh home suddenly one day with terrible force. His wife Annie is blinded in an explosion, and his son Ernie is badly injured in an auto accident. Jacq is angry with God and feels like Job. Can anything more go wrong for Jacq? Will anger and despair keep Josh in the terrible valley of depression? Can Bill do anything to bring Jacq out of that wrong valley?

Saturday, December 25, 2010

A Ranger Bill "Merry Christmas"

Merry Christmas and welcome to snowy Knotty Pine! Knotty Pine couldn't look more ready for Christmas. Christmas lights are shining all around town. There is a fresh coating of snow all around. Many businesses are playing festive music. Several churches are broadcasting Christmas hymns and carols or playing their church bells.

Henry, the Old Timer, Gray Wolf, myself and many of my rangers worshiped together both Christmas Eve and this morning on Christmas Day. Of course, Mom also was with me for worship. My family, Stumpy, Gray Wolf, and Ranger Rocky and her family are having Christmas dinner togehter at my home. Henry and Mom bought me a new chief ranger's hat for Christmas. I got Henry a study Bible. I got Mom a morning devotional and some ear rings.

Christmas is a wonderful time to share God's love in the giving of His Son Jesus as a baby. The story of Mary and Joseph, Bethlehem, and the Wise Men is a fascinating and compelling story. I plan to emphasize this today and in the days to come. Please join me in sharing Jesus with someone today and this week. Share the hope that is in Jesus so that other person or persons might enjoy the love of Christ throughout all eternity with God and also with you!

And may Christ, who was born in Bethlehem to save us from death and for Himself, bless and keep you this Christmas in His love and joy!!!

A blessed and joyous Christmas to you and yours!

In Christ,

Ranger Bill Jefferson

Friday, December 17, 2010

RB-201 Christmas Bells

Officer Patrick O'Roark collapses in the street not far from Ranger Headquarters. It's a heart attack and a bad one. Pat is barely clinging to life. All that keeps Pat gong are the Christmas carols coming from the church bell tower. Suddenly the bells go silent, and Pat starts to slip away. Herman Schmidt, the bell repairman, is down with severe arthritis. Can Bill and the boys do anything to get the bells working and help Pat find the will to live?

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Did You Know?

Ranger Bill is in charge of over 200,00 acres of various lands - forests, prairies, rivers, mountains and more. He is also responsible for reforesting logged lands and reclaiming mines and their surrounding lands in and around Big Pine National Forest. Bill is in his mid-30s and holds an M.S. in Forestry from Brighton College.
Colonel Anders is Bill's boss and is responsible for over 1 million acres of lands in the Western District.

Friday, December 10, 2010

RB-096 Jimmy's Christmas Miracle

Little Jimmy Benson was crippled in a fall and can't walk . It's just weeks before Christmas. The snow is falling, and Jimmy is full of joy and excitement. A doctor offers the Bensons the hope that Jimmy might walk with the help of a specialist back east. Bill tries to get financial help for Jimmy at church but board member Bert Leason is against it. Stumpy reminds Jimmy's dad Dave of the power of faith like a mustard seed. Can Bill and Stumpy be the start of a miracle for Jimmy and maybe warm the cold heart of Mr. Leason as well?

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Ranger Bill highlighted in Christmas Musical

Michelle Skolaski sent the fan club this note:
If you live anywhere in the Chicago area, make plans if you can to get to Village Church in Dyer, IN on Sunday Dec. 12, 2010. Village is putting on a Christmas musical entitled "A RadioLand Christmas" that features Miron Canaday and the Ranger Bill story. Miron was a member of Village Church, and the show is a tribute to the heritage of the church, and their long history with Moody radio that continues to today. Also featured will be keepsakes from Ranger Bill, including the costume Miron wore when promoting the show in public, original scripts, etc. To hear a teaser for the show, listen to WMBI Thursday Dec 9th 2010 at 10:30 am - the writer Greg Skolaski will be interviewed by Nancy Turner on This is the Day. Show times on the 12th are 3:00 and 6:00 pm. The show is free, and nursery care is provided. http://www.villagechurch.net - 14849 93rd Ave, Dyer, IN Hope to see you there!

Friday, December 3, 2010

RB107 - Petticoat Rangers

Bill doesn't have enough men for all the work around the national forest. He and his rangers have to work 18 hours a day. Bill has a solution to the problem - women volunteers in the fire towers. The rangers refuse to allow women rangers. Will the rangers work themselves to death or will they give Bill's PETTICOAT RANGERS a chance? Can female rangers do a ranger's work if they get that chance?
In my opinion, this is one of the funniest Ranger Bill stories ever! You get to hear some of Stumpy's funniest and most famous lines! And you get to see a little of what life was like back in the 1950's.