Category: Viewpoints

Reflections from Red Oak Ranch

We were talking about how much the cows like summer rather than winter.  Talking as if we knew for sure, mind you!  The Colonel says, sure you can tell they like summer better…unless there is a drought.  They like summer better because they like having plenty of water to drink and lots of grass to eat.  He said they eat their fill, take a big long drink, lie down, and chew their cud.  Nothing to do but just laze around enjoying the good ole summer time.  In the winter time, he went on, they eat what we feed them and when the bale is all gone there is not enough grass to satisfy them and they have to wait until the next feeding day.  Sometimes if the temperature is cold enough they can’t even get a drink unless we go to knock a hole in the ice…that hasn’t happened for a while!  Then there is there is the wind that blows the cold temperature around them, a cold rain or snow to make it more miserable, and on and on. This conversation went on to discuss which we like to work in better…summer or winter.  I said I liked the summer time better because I don’t like to be cold and my hands and feet always get so cold during feeding season.  Of course The Colonel said he liked...

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It Seems to Me – Dealing With Anger

Anger is a problem for many of us.  We often embarrass ourselves because of anger. Anger causes us to say things we may not mean and certainly should not have verbalized even if we did mean them. Anger is the catalyst for many crimes causing many people to do things they never would have done except for anger. Ephesians 4 instructs new Christians to put off the old man and put on the new man. Ephesians 4:26-27 tells us to put off anger, “Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity.” (NASU) Verse 26 indicates that not all anger is wrong and that it is possible to be angry and not sin. Deuteronomy 9:8 speaks of God getting angry at His people. Many other Old Testament passages speak of that as well. Multiple passages in the New Testament tell us about Jesus being angry at religious leaders deriving exorbitant profits in conjunction with Temple sacrifices. Mark 3:5 tells us that Jesus got angry at religious leaders who were trying to trap Him and misusing the Sabbath in the process.  Certainly God is not guilty of sin in His anger. Shall I remind you that you and I must be very careful in this area? You and I are not totally holy and...

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