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Editorial comment GUEST EDITORIAL... Pastor's (Edi. note: Pastor Froelich is the son of Alia Froelic i and I he late Ed Froelich of Ortonville.) ***aa Adultery is a word that we have been hearing much about in the news these past weeks. A recent poll found that most Americans believe that adultery is always wrong. Shouldn t all Americans agree that adultery is, always wrong? Is there a time when adultery isn t wrong? While sinful human beings may allow for exceptions to the rule, the Bible does not. The commandment clearly states, "You shall not commit adultery." (Exodus 20:14; and restated by Jesus in Luke 18:20, NIV). In fact, originally adultery was punishable by death. Leviticus 20:10 states that both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death." And I Corinthians 6:9 adds Neither the sexually immoral...nor adulterers...will inherit the kingdom of God." So regardless what "most" Americans believe, God has spoken strongly in the Scripres against the sin of adultery. Is it an unforgivable sin No. We must confess (acknowledge) our sins and repent (turn away) of them to receive God's forgiveness and to have the eternal punishment of sin removed. Remember the story of King David and Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11 and 12). David saw Bathsheba bathing. He lusted after her which was his first sin. Then he committed adultery with her which was his second sin. When he found out she was regnant, he had her husband murdered which was is third sin. Plus he lied to cover his tracks, a fourth sin. One moment of weakness led to quite a pile of sins. Then God sent the Prophet Nathan to confront David with his sins. David, no longer able to "hide" his sins, had to admit to them. David wrote Psalm 51 which reflects the sorrow he felt over his sin. "Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing Iove;...and cleanse me from my sin. For I know transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight." David experienced God's amazing grace. He knew that God would forgive him, because God has promised to forgive all those who repent of their sins. President Clinton has publicly admitted to his sin of adultery. He has followed in the steps (to a degree} of King David. While adultery may not be an impeachable offense, it is still a sin. As Christians let us pry for our President, that the Holy Spirit would move him to not only to acknowledge his sin, but to repent of it and experience God s forgiveness as did King David. -Pastor Kevin Froelich, Trinity and Immanuel Lutheran Churches of Holloway Bypm v=, eol Ilk "1[ Cnvrsati0000sll WITH THE II Land cheery! I don't know how he does it with everything going wrong." This can be noticed with any number of people of all ages. It doesn't seem to make a lot of difference what the age is. Sick kids who will probably never live to see adulthood are said to be an inspiration to others. I have noticed from time to time that there are marked changes in people who have had serious heart problems. They do different things. They do some of the same things differently. They often live at a little different pace. I heard from the pulpit recently an excellent meditation about greed that contained this thought: Qften, it was said, we do not think of ourselvos rich because of our human tendency to always want more than we have. This quite naturally translates to the feeling that we are doing without There is certainly enough stupid stuff around about agriculture, particularly the national economics and politics that surround farming so that anyone who wants agriculture as a topic could write every week about the government this and the commodity groups that and how the politicians are to blame for everything. It would be a weekly column of carping and often enough that happens. Heaven knows it's tempting for anyone who pays attention. But this week, I want to write about some things that are closer to where we "live" in that I think they have more to do with why many of us wanted to farm in the first place. Have you ever noticed that many people who have a terminal illness have a different attitude? How often have you heard it said: "He (she) is so CLUES ACROSS CLUES DOWN 1. Capability 2. Mocks 3. Entrance 4. Make less dense 5. Went back over 6. "Big Blue" 7. Element 12. Afflicted 13. Shortfalls 14. Ancient vehicle 16. Occupation 18. Symptom 20. Chop 21. Mike ..___, U.S. boxer 22. Employs 1. Fashion designer 8. Respiratory aid 9. South Dravidian 10. Geological angle 11. Wearing away 14. Exchanged funds 15. Nonstick material 17. As  as apple pie 19. Chemical compound 23. List 24. Origins 25. Wrongdoing SOLUTIONS ACROSS SOLUTIONS DOWN I. Reach 2. Derides 3. Gate 4. Rarefy 5. Retraced 6. IBM 7. Halogen 12. Ill 13. Deficits 14. Chariot 16. Career 18. Edema 20. Axe 2 I. Tyson 22. Uses c9980o0J I. Rudi Gcmreich 8. Aerator 9. Tamil I0o Hade 11. Effacing 14. Cashed ! 5. Teflon 17. American 19. Salt 23. Itemize 24. Seeds 25. Transgression something that we really ought to have and leads to a pretty warped view of our real situation, which is that we are for the most part pretty well off, especially by world standards. It is not possible to farm well, indeed, it is not possible to live well or do well at anything without an attitude of gratitude. "For what?" 1 can just about hear it. "Have you checked the prices at the elevator lately?" Well I have and more than that, I have checked the price of hogs which is one of my major businesses lately too. The outlook is not good. And I have my ideas as to who is responsible for the mess. But that is the column I said I wasn't doing. An attitude of gratitude for Creation may be the most important thing that the Christian ligion could instill in us. Unfortunately, too often it has not. In farming it is sorely missed. It is that attitude more than anything else that-lets us see the system that we are simultane-dusly working with and living.in for what it is: a miraculously interwoven whole which responds for better or worse to everything we do. Such a view humbles of course, and we don't like that very well. But impending death humbles too, and that is why some who are deathly ill handle it so well. They are happy for every experience they can have, knowing it may he the last. Neighbor Rosicky, Willa Cather's Bohemian farmer typifies that idea. He tells his sons when they are jealous of the farms on the high prairie, that if it wasn't for the farm they had, there would be no farm at all. He, who watched people starve when he was a tailor's apprentice in London, had cause to snow. When his corn burnt completely up in a Nebraska drought, he took his family on a picnic, figuring they might as well enjoy what they had while they had it. Rudolph, the oldest son, figures that the neighbors who worried themselves to death during the drought, had nevertheless made more progress in the fifteen years since than his father had. And of course they had, except they had all made the same progress toward the cemetery. While the corn hovers around $1.75 we might as well notice how rich we are. The corn looks great, the small grain is good. We have gotten some rains. The season is so far progressed that now, at the beginning of August, the blackbirds are beginning to flock up. The potatoes are browning off in the garden and the onions needed tO be pulled. Today swans came over flying in a V formation. That is not usual for early August. Yet with all this, the crops are apt to make it even if we have an early frost. The pastures arc steadier in production than they have been in recent years.. There arc two or three birds on the farm I haven't seen before and have not yet identified. There is a 4H'er that wants to help put up some bluebird houses in the pasture. And late at night, from an upstairs window where usually are heard the sounds of pig self feeder lids and cows shifting around in the pasture, lambs and ewes calling for each other and the wind, comes the sound of an owl in the box elder across the driveway. WH-wboo! , Some wealth-can't be found on the elevator board. It just is. Open house for Borgersons' 25th Come join in the fun and help Gary and Donna Borgerson celebrate their 251h wedding anniversary at the Bellingham Legion Auxili,a, Rooms, Saturday, Sept. 19th at 8 o clock. All relatives and friends are invited. (Adv.) Th00Iks a million Dear Mr. Ross: My problem isn't that uncommon anymore. I'm married to an Internet freak. My husband is literally glued to our computer-24 hours a day. He's lost his job because of it and he's about to lose his family. He barely eats and for the last week, a shower has been out of the question. Most women worry about their husbands having an affair with another woman. Mine is having one with a computer. I've thought about destroying the machine but my husband said he'd take his own life if I did. Your sending me a check won't solve my dilemma but it could make a difference. I figure if the kids and I left maybe he would realize that he's throwing his life away. I'm so dam angry at him I can't think straight. We need to leave here- my kids need some stability and quite frankly, they are frightened by their father's behavior. Asking $1,200 seems like a lot, but first month's rent and security deposit on an apartment don't come any cheaper. Running Scared .... The News, Northfield, MN Dear Seared: Yours is the most extreme case I've heard of regarding a cyberspace junkie. The only words of wisdom I have is that you treat it like any other addiction, which means your next move is to move out. Only through some sort of intervention will your husband begin to see the light of day rather than a blinking screen. It's mighty disruptive, but don't give up hope. The $1,200 I'm sending will set things in motion. However, a strong support network of friends and family is what will see you through this crisis. Dear Percy Ross: It's my dream to be a good fly fisherman. A wall-made rod will cost around $600 and that's what I need to pursue my dream. I wanted to get a job, hut my parents will only allow me to work weekends so my grades won't suffer. And no one wants to hire me for just weekends. I've been fly fishing for about 3 years using a friend's rod, or the cheap one I bought that broke after a couple months. Hey, Percy Ross, any help would be great. Joe Carp ... Patriot News, Harrisburg, PA Dear Joe Carp: I only print a person's name if I think they will not suffer any loss of esteem. My turning you down (which I'm in the process of), shouldn't cause you any long-term ill effects. The problem is I'd secretly like to hdp you out, but I guess it just wouldn't be right because of all the needy people who have written before you. We'll just call yours "the big one that got away." Dear Percy: A pox-a pox upon the world, Percy! You were the only one who ever helped us. We've been laughed at, spit upon and totally ignored by family. No one would help us except you. Isn't helping others part of having more than you need? Does the Lord not love a cheerful giver? Percy, that fu'st $1,700 you sent helped so much, but now we need a little more. And I'd hate so much to trouble you a third time, so could you add a little extra, just to see us through a rainy day? I figure $20,000 would give us the freedom to make good choices. Give us that freedom, Percy. Mr. T. W .... Advance Newspapers, Grand Rapids, Mi Dear Mr. W.: In your figuring, you figured wrong because I'm not the soft touch you take me for. Besides, with $20,000 worth of freedom you're liable to hurt yourselves and I don't want to shoulder the burden of such a mishap. Editor's note: check your local radio station for Percy Ross' call of the day and visit his web site at www.thanksamillion.com. Write Percy Ross, PO Box 39000- B, Minneapolis, MN 55439. Include your phone number and the name of this publication. All letters are read. Only a few are answered in this column; others may be acknowledged privately. ELCA fall workshops Oct. 13th in Chokio Glacial ti Conference of Won of te iLC tll hold its Fall Gathering and Officer Workshops on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 1998, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Chokio. Registration and coffee will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the hymn sing begins '&an: ....... on is inted ..... grit encouraged to attend. This program is not only for officers. Vicki Marthaler and Kim Schnitzer from Detroit Lakes will present their ministry of motivation and music. The day will conclude with a noon luncheon.  CURE's 7th Annual Two Days of Fun on the River*. Saturday _pL 19 * Guided Canoe Trips on Chippewa River * Camping * River-friendly Farm Tours * Campfire Sing-a-Long Sunda S.pt. 20 * Guided Bus Tours * Fall Fellowship Service * Bank-to-bank Music, from Polka to Blues? * Blacksmithing & Wool Spinning * Fishing ps, Food and Much Much More? Fun for the Whole Family S31ndividuals Watson Lions Park Noon to 7 p.m. For Information & Reservations call 320-269-2105 5 Families Let the River lnsph'e You The Independent (U.$.P.S. 412-4 oeoee JEANETTE Publisher JAMES D. Managing Editor & NIKKI Ad and ROBER/FULi-IEI! 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