Life in a small town, The Inner Struggle

Year End and Thoughts on Mankind …

“Brothers In Arms”, Dire Straits, from the album “Brothers In Arms”, 1985

Snow on Canola Swaths

Canola swaths were still under snow April 20 in Alberta’s Peace district, which reflects the challenges facing many farmers in the region this spring as they struggle to harvest last year’s crop and get this year’s crop in the ground on time. | Randy Vanderveen photo

Snow, snow, snow and more snow. What a rotten April this has been. Never enough for any appreciable accumulation and temperatures rising never above +2 Celsius which is just enough to melt it.

The real problem is that last fall it turned wet and cold early and trapped about 70% of the crops still on the ground. A warm dry spring might have made things salvageable and they could have been combined and gotten off the fields in time to plant this year’s crop.

Unfortunately things have been laying wet in the fields so long now that it’s all a write off and the new crop still can’t be planted. We are looking at two consecutive years of crop disaster now.

Oil’s a bust, Agriculture looks to be in the toilet for the second year in a row and the Socialist government are doing their level best to destroy what is left of the economy with their carbon tax measures and other agendas.

The Energy Sector is handing all their electricity contracts back to the government and walking away. They are looking at closing all their coal fired generation stations by the end of 2018 because of the carbon tax, which represents about 48% of Alberta’s energy generation capacity. Apparently $30 per ton carbon tax makes coal generation stations big loss makers and after all they are not in the business of making losses for their shareholders like the government is.

Blind leading the blind over the precipiceThe return of the generation contracts and those scheduled shut downs have put the government  in the position of buying electricity from generation stations and utilities in the northern U.S. and gee wiz!  Those are mostly coal fired generation stations – DUH! and WTF?

The political and economic picture leaves me speechless. I have trouble believing that Rachel and the NDP are actually that stupid. The only scenario that fits all the facts is that the NDP are deliberately trying to destroy Alberta as fast as possible before  the next election.

Business here is down over 30%. Expecting a huge drop in revenue. So, I’ve been really busy getting my corporate year end completed. I finished the accounting portion yesterday and heaved a great sigh of relief – I am 4 months earlier than ever before. Maybe this year it will all be done and submitted by the end of May. Still left to be accomplished is reconciliations and gathering of substantive documentation. Huge relief to be almost done already and continue to be grateful to God that I am not a farmer.

What’s really on my mind these days is the rejection that Christ faced in his own time on earth and the rejection that his teachings receive everywhere today. Posting a couple of scriptural quotes below with salient points in bold.

Mathew 17:1-27

1 AND after six days Jesus taketh unto him Peter and James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart: 2And he was transfigured before them. And his face did shine as the sun: and his garments became white as snow. 3And behold there appeared to them Moses and Elias talking with him. 4And Peter answering, said to Jesus: Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles, one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.

5And as he was yet speaking, behold a bright cloud overshadowed them. And lo, a voice out of the cloud, saying: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased: hear ye him. 6And the disciples hearing, fell upon their face, and were very much afraid. 7And Jesus came and touched them: and said to them, Arise, and fear not. 8And they lifting up their eyes saw no one but only Jesus.

9And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying: Tell the vision to no man, till the Son of man be risen from the dead. 10And his disciples asked him, saying: Why then do the scribes say that Elias must come first? 11But he answering, said to them: Elias indeed shall come, and restore all things. 1

2But I say to you, that Elias is already come, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they had a mind. So also the Son of man shall suffer from them. 13Then the disciples understood, that he had spoken to them of John the Baptist.

14And when he was come to the multitude, there came to him a man falling down on his knees before him, saying: 15Lord, have pity on my son, for he is a lunatic, and suffereth much: for he falleth often into the fire, and often into the water. 16And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. 17Then Jesus answered and said: O unbelieving and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer you? Bring him hither to me. 18And Jesus rebuked him, and the devil went out of him, and the child was cured from that hour.

19Then came the disciples to Jesus secretly, and said: Why could not we cast him out? 20Jesus said to them: Because of your unbelief. For, amen I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain, Remove from hence hither, and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible to you. 21But this kind is not cast out but by prayer and fasting.

22And when they abode together in Galilee, Jesus said to them: The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men: 23And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall rise again. And they were troubled exceedingly.

24And when they were come to Capharnaum, they that received the didrachmas, came to Peter and said to him: Doth not your master pay the didrachmas? 25He said: Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying: What is thy opinion, Simon? The kings of the earth, of whom do they receive tribute or custom? of their own children, or of strangers? 26And he said: Of strangers. Jesus said to him: Then the children are free. 27But that we may not scandalize them, go to the sea, and cast in a hook: and that fish which shall first come up, take: and when thou hast opened its mouth, thou shalt find a stater: take that, and give it to them for me and thee.

and in John 3:1-36

1 AND there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2This man came to Jesus by night, and said to him: Rabbi, we know that thou art come a teacher from God; for no man can do these signs which thou dost, unless God be with him. 3Jesus answered, and said to him: Amen, amen I say to thee, unless a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

4Nicodemus saith to him: How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb, and be born again? 5Jesus answered: Amen, amen I say to thee, unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6That which is born of the flesh, is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit, is spirit. 7Wonder not, that I said to thee, you must be born again. 8The Spirit breatheth where he will; and thou hearest his voice, but thou knowest not whence he cometh, and whither he goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

9Nicodemus answered, and said to him: How can these things be done? 10Jesus answered, and said to him: Art thou a master in Israel, and knowest not these things? 11Amen, amen I say to thee, that we speak what we know, and we testify what we have seen, and you receive not our testimony. 12If I have spoken to you earthly things, and you believe not; how will you believe, if I shall speak to you heavenly things? 13And no man hath ascended into heaven, but he that descended from heaven, the Son of man who is in heaven. 14And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15That whosoever believeth in him, may not perish; but may have life everlasting.

Crucified Christ16 For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting. 17For God sent not his Son into the world, to judge the world, but that the world may be saved by him. 18He that believeth in him is not judged. But he that doth not believe, is already judged: because he believeth not in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

19And this is the judgment: because the light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the light: for their works were evil. 20For every one that doth evil hateth the light, and cometh not to the light, that his works may not be reproved. 21But he that doth truth, cometh to the light, that his works may be made manifest, because they are done in God.

22 After these things Jesus and his disciples came into the land of Judea: and there he abode with them, and baptized. 23And John also was baptizing in Ennon near Salim; because there was much water there; and they came and were baptized. 24For John was not yet cast into prison.

25And there arose a question between some of John’s disciples and the Jews concerning purification: 26And they came to John, and said to him: Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond the Jordan, to whom thou gavest testimony, behold he baptizeth, and all men come to him.

27John answered, and said: A man cannot receive any thing, unless it be given him from heaven. 28You yourselves do bear me witness, that I said, I am not Christ, but that I am sent before him. 29He that hath the bride, is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, who standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth with joy because of the bridegroom’s voice. This my joy therefore is fulfilled. 30He must increase, but I must decrease.

31He that cometh from above, is above all. He that is of the earth, of the earth he is, and of the earth he speaketh. He that cometh from heaven, is above all. 32And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth: and no man receiveth his testimony. 33He that hath received his testimony, hath set to his seal that God is true.

34For he whom God hath sent, speaketh the words of God: for God doth not give the Spirit by measure. 35The Father loveth the Son: and he hath given all things into his hand. 36He that believeth in the Son, hath life everlasting; but he that believeth not the Son, shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Ashtabula Bridge disasterTruly truly we do actively choose our fate for all eternity by the things we choose to worship in the here and now.

The things which we make the most important in our lives are what we worship, and for many of us is that thing not ourself?

And there will be no doubt much wailing and gnashing of teeth in the outer darkness.

… and we still keep driving the train over the cliff at maximum speed.

Cheers

Joe

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