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Last week while I was in town a friend found Jack (the latest stray) down the road a bit and brought him back here.  Jack had escaped from the back yard.  However, the friend put him in my garage, not the empty kennel.  Well…Jack proceeded to get up on the work bench, made quite a mess, and totally mangled the venetian blinds there, totally!  Ron came over and got the blinds down for me.  Later, when I was carefully mowing the somewhat steep overgrown back yard, neighbor Bob came to check on me.  Bob (who also mowed my ditches on Sunday) saw the mess made in the garage, went home to acquire some tools and then put up a sheet to cover the window – looks pretty good too.

The seven deadly sins, as listed in Christian writings are: wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy and gluttony.  In the Book of Proverbs (Mishlai), King Solomon stated that the Lord specifically regards “six things the Lord hateth, and the seventh His soul detesteth.” namely:[4]

  1. A proud look.
  2. A lying tongue.
  3. Hands that shed innocent blood.
  4. A heart that devises wicked plots.
  5. Feet that are swift to run into mischief.
  6. A deceitful witness that uttereth lies.
  7. Him that soweth discord among brethren.

What we have going on in this nation, particularly strong at this point in time, is number 7, the sowing of discord.  We see many of the above listed daily on the political stage, on our streets, and in our media.  We have the conservatives pleading for a chance to bring this nation once again back to sanity greatness.  Then we have the other element twisting everything to promote socialism, which history has shown brings misery to all.  And, let us not forget gossip, which if repeated enough tears down people and ideals, regardless if there is truth in the telling, and there is usually additions to the gossip from the imaginations of some.  I write this as a reminder to Christian folk, and myself, to not let any of the above sins be in our lives, our mouths, our actions.  It is upon all of us to teach our children in our homes and churches about these sins and how devastating they are to our very souls, because you can be sure they are not taught this in our schools.

The Ozark Mennonite Church in Seymour puts out a magazine titled “Reaching Out”.  If you are fortunate enough to receive this magazine you are encouraged to read every line of it as they offer Biblical solutions to the problems facing our society today.

Just a thought here to pass along:  Do you know any veterans, age doesn’t matter?  Be sure to thank these veterans regardless of where they saw duty.  Years ago I was on an agricultural mission in Wash. D.C. and went to the Vietnam Memorial.  I didn’t know first-hand of anyone listed there but I walked the full length of the memorial, overwhelmed, and was wiping tears from my eyes.  These gave their all, and those who survived need to be remembered as well.  Every year I go to our Ava Cemetery on Memorial Day to honor all vets.  Do pray for our military!  Pray for our nation.

As to the “agricultural mission”, several of we farmers from Missouri went to visit various legislators about the farm bill and the continuous loss of small farms.  We were met (if the legislators couldn’t avoid us).  They shook our hands, smiled, and then voted how the big donators wanted.  We (the “little” people) don’t stand a chance.

Jeff Reeves came out and used his weed-eater to trim things up around here as the back yard was in dire need.  When Jeff finished, the crew arrived to put sealer on the driveway and then we put traffic cones out to keep people from using the driveway until it was completely dry.  Well, one family member ignored the cones and the tracks from his vehicle are obvious.

I do hope you have appreciated all the rain in answer to our prayers.  May your fields flourish and your ponds be filled, and may our underground water supplies be replenished.  Until next time, be well and be safe.

PLEASANT RIDGE BAPTIST CHURCH by Jamey Herd; We are so thankful for the life sustaining rain that the Lord has sent us. We got 2 ½ inches here at our place. I know other areas got more. I went to Ozark on Saturday and the rain came down heavy with lots of run off. The road ditches were full and rivers of water were running down through the fields. I am sure the farmers were glad to see water running into their ponds.

The crowd was light at Pleasant Ridge today. I had to leave early so I am not sure what Pastor Carl’s message was today. There was business meeting Sunday night which I had to miss also.

Condolences go out to Alice Holt in the passing of her husband, Ray.

Eva Painter who lives in Ava sent some history of the area out to me by Joan Workman. I will be adding that to this column each week in installments. Anyone else that has some history Joan or I would love to hear from you. I am sorry but this is not letting me edit where I need to stop the writing so will have to work on that this next week.

Till next week God Bless.

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