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Sin Is No Jokeby Pastor Cornelius R. Stam
The present trend in American moral conduct is downward. Increasing thousands all about us are throwing restraint to the winds “to enjoy the pleasuresof sin”.We struggle with the problem of juvenile delinquency, but tempt the young in a hundred ways to immorality and violence. We are shocked at the deedsof sex-mad criminals who make it unsafe for women to walk the streets at night, but our women continue to pay less and less heed to the principles of mod-esty and decency that would contribute so greatly to their own safety.Most of all, we have disregarded the Word of God. No longer does the Bible hold the first place in our homes. It rather lies gathering dust while our moraland spiritual strength is dissipated by pursuing pleasures that fail to bring true happiness or satisfaction. Yes, we have “a form of godliness” but our conduct“denies the power thereof”.Sin may be “fun” to many. They may joke about drunkenness, indecency and immorality, but God declares that it is no joke to Him. He says: “Foolsmake a mock at sin”(Prov.14:9); for, not only does sin in its very nature break down, rather than build up; but, as responsible creatures, sinners will one dayhave to give an account of their conduct to the God who created them.To look at the brighter side, we may all rejoice in another indication that sin is no joke to God. St. Paul points it out in I Corinthians 15:3, where he says:“Christ died for our sins”. Christ knew the horrible results of sin and the dreadful penalty which justice must visit upon it. Yes, and He also knew that “allhave sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Rom.3:23), and in infinite love He left the glories of heaven and stooped to bear the disgrace and penal-ty for sin Himself! “Christ… hath once suffered for sins, the Just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God” (IPet.3:18), and those who come to knowGod through faith in Christ experience peace and joy which this world can never afford.
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“For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, anddo not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)
We are a nation of people long-ing to be free. Free to assemble,free to worship, free to expressourselves, free to print andbroadcast the news. Those whocome to our shores long for free-dom. Veterans fought and died, sacri-ficed their own freedom to keepus free. And those who stayedworking on the farms and ranch-es,and in businesses and facto-ries, and those who bought warbonds during those hard times — all sacrificed to keep us free — free from the tyranny of dictatorswho would have enslaved us. Wegladly look to almighty God andproclaim to others the freedomHe gave to us. We humbly thankGod for the many sacrifices of those who God called, who gavetheir lives to keep us free. I comefrom a family of immigrants, whofought alongside other Ameri-cans in World War I and WorldWar II. At the base of the Statueof Liberty in New York harbor,these words greet all immi-grants:
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning tobe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shores. Send these,the homeless, tempest tossed tome. I lift my lamp beside the gold-en door.”
The next time you take downand fold an Americanflag,remember those who havegiven their last full measure of devotion, and know why it’s fold-ed in a three-sided or tri-cornpattern. Each fold means some-thing. That three-sided tri-cornpattern reminds us of those“farmer-patriots” who worethree-sided hats, fought for ourliberty, giving their lives in theRevolutionary War. The poet,Robert Frost later wrote aboutthem, and the shots fired at Lex-ington and Concord:
“By the rude bridge that archedthe flood, Their flag to April’sbreeze unfurled. Here once theembattled farmers stood, And fired the shot, heard ‘round theworld.”
Memorial Day is not just anoth-er “three day holiday.” It is trulya day to “remember” and “givethanks.” In 2000, Congressenacted a law called the NationalMoment of Remembrance. At 3p.m. on Memorial Day, we are topause for a moment of silence toremember the men and womenwho fought and died for our coun-try. One of our founding fathersand presidents, Thomas Jeffer-son, wrote that: “The price of lib-erty is eternal vigilance.”Besides being a nation of “free”immigrants, we are still, “Onenation, under God, indivisible,with liberty and justice for all.”May the peace of Jesus Christ bewith you.
Seizing the Hope Set Before Us ... Heb 6:18
by Pastor Rick HazenUnited Methodist ChurchMurdo and Draper
I sat down on a hillside, prettysoon he’d be sitting there besideme. If I stayed there very long,he’d inch his rear closer and clos-er to my lap until he was rightbeside me. Then he’d lift his rearone more time and nonchalantlydrop it on my lap as if I probablywouldn’t notice a big orange objectparked there. This always mademe chuckle. I’d tell him he was asilly old thing, grab him aroundthe middle, and hold him for a lit-tle while. That’s what he wanted,and then he was ready to be off again to carefully check all the oldholes in the ground and any bush-es that might harbor things of interest. At home, Sam was an early-warning system of anything thatwas suspicious or might be anintruder. He especially hatedsnakes and wouldn’t quit barkingat them until someone arrivedwith a hoe and removed the nastything’s head. The body needed tobe disposed of in the burn barrel,and then his job was done. Youcouldn’t just throw it out onto theprairie, though, since that wasn’tright according to him. He’d barkat the corpse until it was properlydisposed of in the burn barrel.This hatred of snakes was evenmore intense after he was bittenon the nose by a rattler that hadslithered right in front of the doghouse and got in a strike whenSam was trying to get out. Samsurvived the strike, but his nosewas pretty big for a number of weeks.Porcupine quills did pose a prob-lem. Sam would not let you pullthem out until you’d doped him upenough that he could barely move.This was accomplished by sneak-ing pills into him through cheeseballs until you had fed himenough that he could barely draghimself around. He adored cheeseand ate it so fast that he didn’tnotice the pills. Even then youhad to proceed with caution, butyou could get the quills out if youworked at it. Although Sam was probably myfavorite of all the dogs we everhad, there were others that werefine too. As a kid, we had a paircalled Corky and Rex. Rex was mycompanion a good bit of the time,but Corky was more standoffish.They were a snake-killing duo.Rex would find them and standbarking at them until Corkyarrived on the scene. Corky wouldthen sneak in without getting bit-ten, grab the nasty old things, andshake them to death. Their team-work was appreciated.Later I had Rags who was ablack-and-white, medium-sizedgal that was a sweetie. Morerecently, son Chance had a blackdog he named “Candy.” She was agood friend to the whole familyand lived in the house quite a bit.She was no small thing but wasn’tas big as Sam. Wife Corinne had ashort round pooch named Noelwho was fairly frumpy but nice.We’ve had a few dogs that weremore problematic than enjoyable.One was a purebred beagle thatwas cute as the dickens but whohad no real loyalty to anyone. Hevisited neighbors far and wideand wouldn’t bother to come backhome if we didn’t go get him. Itwas a relief when he finally ranoff never to return. We also oncegot a yellow Lab for Chance, buthe was much too busy for all of us. A neighbor took a shine to him,and we were very generous andallowed him to keep him.Right now we don’t have a dogdue to our somewhat unsettledexistence. If we ever have another,I’d like him to be a lot like Sam.He was hard to beat. If you have adog at present or in the future, Ihope you luck out with him asmuch as I did with Sam. He and Iwere buddies and the very best of friends.Sam and I were the best of bud-dies for a number of years. He wasa big orange dog that was alreadyin residence at the ranch when Igot home from college and theNavy. I know he was part husky,but the rest of him was a mystery.Whatever the mix, it was a goodone since you don’t find many dogsas nice as Sam. The folks hadnamed him “Sandy” after he wasgiven to them by a cousin so, forawhile, I called him “San” forshort. That later became “Sam”which seemed easier.This hound had several traitsthat endeared him to me. For one,he was a one-dog welcome-homecommittee. When I’d been goneand drove up the lane cominghome, I could be pretty sure Samwould be lurking along the roadsomewhere. As I drove past, anorange streak would rise up andaccompany me the last bit into theyard. Then, when I opened thedoor, his front feet would land onmy lap and a tongue might try togive me a kiss. A hug wasrequired. A lapdog he wasn’t since he wasmuch too large. He didn’t neces-sarily agree with that assessment,however. When we were out walk-ing on the prairie, he would rangefar and wide around me but with-out losing track of where I was. If
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Commoditizationof the United Statescattle industry
I recently read a report by oneof our cattle market analysts, whotried to identify what issues and/orpolicies had damaged the cattleindustry the most. Great question... with an exploding populationthat needs to feed itself, one wouldcertainly wonder why the UnitedStates cattle industry is contract-ing.The analyst identified two suchissues, but he also exposed theextremes that such folks as him-self, certain industry groups, andsome of our more social media willgo to distort the facts and createsmoke screens to accomplish theirsocialistic agenda. The articlestates that “mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) for freshmeat products” has “added billionsof dollars of costs to the livestockand meat industry.” WOW – bil-lions! Somebody needs to tell himthat COOL has only been in effectsince 2009 and that even the pack-ers and retailers couldn't come upwith a figure that ridiculous.Then he goes on to say that theblame for COOL lies squarely witha “tiny minority of livestock pro-ducers.”These are the same tactics usedby our monthly Beef Enquirer-likepublications that we get for free tocreate public record to try andshow a lack of producer support.The problem is that – when youlook at all the local and state FarmBureau, Farmers Union and cat-tlemen's groups – you will findoverwhelming producer supportfor mandatory COOL.He then goes to say, “Surveysshowed consumers didn't careabout labeling.” WOW, I believewhat we have seen reported is justthe opposite with multiple surveysshowing consumer support forCOOL. And then he finishes up by say-ing that USDA (United StatesDepartment of Agriculture)“changes will only increase dis-crimination against foreign bornlivestock.” Not sure what changeshe’s talking about, but the onessubmitted by USDA to come intoWTO (World Trade Organization)compliance are designed to reducethe discrimination practice yieldedby U.S. packers in an effort to killCOOL. I still think what the pack-ers did bordered on anti-competi-tive and discriminatory practices... a heck of a thing to witness inthis country.I point this out on COOL notbecause I believe anyone reallybuys into these distortions, as weall understand the extremes thesefolks will go to and certainly theyhave lost their credibility with theaverage U.S. cattle producers.Rather, I point this out becausethese are the same people andgroups that told you in the late’80s and the ’90s that you need tolearn to compete in a global mar-ket; however, they oppose youidentifying your product. Theyalso told you that your competitionwas poultry and pork and notimports.That’s interesting, because itwas recently announced that theNational Pork Producers Counciland the Cattlemen's Beef Boardhave been working in partnershipfor nearly two years to providemore “consumer-friendly” namesfor 350 new and older cuts of beef and pork under URMIS (UniformRetail Meat Identity Standards)with some of the pork cuts adapt-ing beef names. Now while some of this appears good, other changeshave the potential to reduce andconfuse beef sales. For example, nolonger is it just pork chops; now itwill be ribeye chops, porterhousechops, and New York chops. Sowhen the young housewife walksup to the meat counter to buy a“ribeye” for her loved one, she willbe asked by the meat retailer,“pork or beef?” She may then verywell ask the perceived profession-al, “What do you suggest?”I imagine the response by theretailer will depend on which prod-uct gives him the most profit,along with his own biases.I understand why the pork folkswent for this, but here’s the prob-lem for U.S. cattle producers.These meat cut names, while nottrademarked brand names, actvery much like brand names forthe beef/cattle industry. Con-sumers are familiar with theseterms in beef and relate thosenames to such things as flavor,tenderness and quality. Historical-ly, consumers have made decisionsbased on these names, they havebecome the brand-like name of each cut, and you don’t conspire tolet your competitor use your brandname!It is well understood that brandnames simplify shopping and aidin processing of information aboutproducts; however, these types of changes complicate meat buyingdecisions for consumers and com-promise beef’s ability to separateitself in the animal protein marketand promote itself. As the EBACnoted, “People recognize brandand attach a certain intrinsicvalue to the product because of itsname” like ribeye, New York,porterhouse, T-bone – those nameskind of make your mouth water,don’t they? Another marketing expert goeson to say, “Do NOT underestimatethe power of name brands. Thispower can be so compelling to yourbuyers that they may be blinded toall other purchase considerations.”But not now, not with beef. Nowonder Patrick Fleming of theNational Pork Board said it willaid the consumer’s “decision-mak-ing on pork by adapting beef nomenclature for pork.” In otherwords, they will sell more pork ...at beef’s expense.So, as we look to answer thequestion of what issues and/orpolicies have done the most dam-age to U.S. cattle herd, I wouldhave to say the destructionisttrade policies of some of our indus-try groups and our social media,who have had no problem sacrific-ing U.S. producers for trade liber-alization, as well as the social com-moditization and standardizationof our industry and the fadingproduct identity in the animal pro-tein domestic and global market;instead of concentrating on differ-entiating between our products,we are blurring the lines.
/s/ Leo McDonnell
Note: Leo McDonnell ranches inMontana and North Dakota andhelped to grow the family busi-ness, Midland Bull Test at Colum-bus, Mont., into the largest genet-ic cattle performance test in North America.
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