Our community, society, and nation is filled with sin, brokenness, sadness, and in this life our worst enemy death. And, yet as we approach this Thanksgiving and Christmas season were we are all hoping to find some respite from what we have been experiencing. Paul reminds us that our true jo…

When the U.S. Constitutional Convention met in Philadelphia in 1787, the delegates came thinking their job was to amendment the Articles of Confederation. When they begin to think about the problems with the Articles, they disregarded the convention call and set about building a stronger nat…

Psalm 133 says. “How good and pleasant it is when siblings live together in unity!” I am sure my grandmother thought this quite a bit as my sister and I were growing up with the handful of cousins that also would be around when we were in there care. And that is because like most children we…

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I am certain almost every one of us as one time or another has asked this question, “Where is God?” Over the last eight months of this pandemic and the last year or so with the Presidential Election I am sure that question has resonated many times in our minds and on our lips!

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In September of 2020, the Scranton FFA Ag in the Classroom committee applied for a $400 grant to help defray costs of the elementary program where the Scranton FFA provides educational opportunities for K-4th grade. In October, the committee was informed they received the $400 that was reque…

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In October, Scranton students were acknowledged for the character attribute of “Effort” (Giving your best in everything you choose to do; trying without giving up or giving in; making the most of every opportunity).

A scripture passage that recently “jumped out” at me in prayer is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians chapter 1, verses 3-6, “Blessed by the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us in him, before t…

“America was founded on Christian principles,” it has been claimed. Very few dare contradict this claim because people think you have to be an atheist to doubt it.

The letter below was first printed on October 2, 2020.  The author called asking us to correct two lines in the second paragraph, so that the quote from Mother Teresa is not attributed to Jesus. The BCP apologizes for any confusion this might have caused.

Happiness and joy are often lumped together when describing the emotions of pleasure and satisfaction. But happiness seems a very fleeting emotion. We might feel happy one moment but lose that happiness when something inconvenient, uncomfortable, or downright sad happens the next moment. Bib…

Chairperson Ork Dorken hadn’t even rapped his Cole bottle on the table when Old Sievert burst into the community ZCBJ hall to join the town’s 13 other electors for a meeting of the Community Homeland Committee.

History confirms the keen insight of James Madison’s warning in No. 51 of the Federalist Papers that the greatest challenge confronting the republic is persuading the government to obey the law.  Governmental practice and sweeping, unfounded claims to power, reveal officials’ frequent indiff…

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While 2020 has been an unusual year, to say the least, there is some good news in the outdoors as many of North Dakota’s bird and big game populations are on the rise.  

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All civics classes should begin with the first principle of American Constitutionalism: Government has only that power granted to it by the Constitution. As Justice Hugo Black stated in Reid v. Covert in 1957, “The United States is entirely a creature of the Constitution. Its power and autho…

I write this because of the important need for all of us who pledge our allegiance to following Jesus are called by Scripture to reject cultural trends that go against Scriptural teaching even as we love and pray for our community, state, nation, and world. During these trying times we find …

A person’s actions in difficult times reflect something about their character. In challenging circumstances we tend to cling to behaviors that provide us comfort. For example eating a pint of Ben and Jerry’s or calling a loved one. we all have our favorite aids to get us through tough times.…

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For some strange reason, the Chicken Littles of the world have become terrified by the idea that socialism is just over the hill for the United States. The most frightened even throw in communism as though it was synonymous with socialism.

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I share this story from Max Lucado’s book, Fearless. “Russia of the early 1950’s needed little excuse to imprison her citizens. Let a person question a decision of Stalin or speak against the Communist regime, and he could find himself walking the frozen tundra behind the barbed wires of a S…

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Good ideas may go into hibernation but they never die. Veteran Public Policy Observer Mike Jacobs recently brought back the idea of changing the North Dakota Legislature from its present biennial schedule to annual meetings.

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The nationwide celebration of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment reminds us of an old, familiar lesson about American politics. The achievement of voting rights requires perseverance and energy, effective strategy and organization, moral appeal and political leverage.

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I am currently reading an excellent book entitled, “I Heard God Laugh” by Matthew Kelly. It is “A Practical Guide to Life’s Daily Habit,” that is, prayer. In one section of the book, Kelly talks about the importance of the basics of prayer. The basics are what, when, where, how and why of pr…

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It seems that all the anarchists who pelt law enforcement with bricks, bottles, lasers and fireworks and set buildings and automobiles afire in many major cities in the United States in their revolution to bring socialism here, have turned on the very authors of their freedom, the Founding F…

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The widening gulf between governmental practice and constitutional principles, the handiwork of both Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives alike, puzzles, frustrates and angers the citizenry. It inspires serious concerns about the future of American Constitutionalism, and lea…

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I came across the following devotion a number of years ago and I had read and re-read the article a number of times over the years. I find the message to be as true today as it was when I read it many years ago. The message is simple, and I believe it speaks to our lives today. As you read t…

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When you consider North Dakota’s storied hunting heritage and the reality that about 93% of the land in the state is privately owned, it’s no wonder landowner-hunter relations have long been a vital component of our hunting legacy.

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I was one of the people who was mislead on Measure 3 and this greatly upsets me. I signed the petition only to find out later that the complete details were not included in it. I now understand that Measure 3 attempts to radically change our state constitution and will significantly alter ou…

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 “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? (Job 38:4a).”  That’s the question God asks of Job, before asking him a hundred more of equal significance, none of which he can answer.  In the end he can only say, “therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wond…

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I’ll never tire from stressing the importance of outdoor safety because hunting, fishing and spending time outdoors is beneficial in a variety of ways.

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For the last few years I have been a member of Badlands Ministries in Medora. And this week, was a rather exciting one in this strange summer, because after months of waiting on our side, campers were finally able to try out the new high ropes course at the camp. This type of activity and ro…

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North Dakota voters will once again be deciding whether or not the Board of Higher Education should be revamped to solve unidentified problems seen by the Legislature.

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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, people have been urged to protect themselves, their neighbors, and their loved ones amidst the worst global health crisis in generations. After months of physical distancing and staying at home, infections and deaths began to decline across our country.

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The U.S. Census Bureau has announced that it will begin following up with households in select areas that have not responded to the 2020 Census. The entire state of North Dakota is on the Nonresponse Follow-up (NRFU) list and will begin operations July 30. This means that Census workers (enu…

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Enacted by Congress in 1985, the beef check off was approved by cattle producers voting in the initial referendum held in 1988. That was 32 years ago and it is the only time ranchers have had an opportunity to vote on the mandatory check off we are required to pay every time we sell cattle. …

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Growing up my Mom would often say something like, “God never gives us more than we can handle. God will give us the grace we need at the time. We just need to remember to ask him for it.” Those words helped me out of a tight spot time and again, especially when I felt overwhelmed and tested …

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While there was no shortage of bad news during the uncertain times this spring, there was good news for ducks and hunters across the prairies of North Dakota.

After 400 years of slavery, African-Americans are entitled to support the abolition of police organizations that have been the iron fist for the white society. They are unleashing their anger against centuries of sidewalk injustice, false witnessing, evidence tampering, physical abuse and ha…

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In the 13th chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells a parable that begins, “A sower went out to sow.” He goes on to talk about sowing seeds that fell on a hard-packed path and were eaten by birds, seeds that fell on rocky ground that sprang up quickly but burned up in the sun since the…

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Compassion fatigue is something all people struggle with at times and it is something that caregivers when they struggle with can feel even worse about because they feel guilty that they are not doing enough when in reality they are. Feelings of loneliness, despair, uncertainty, hopelessness…

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We have had some excellent summer weather so far this year. It makes me excited to venture outside of my home to enjoy the blessings of summer time. Many ventures I can still do on my own or at a physical distance. One of these is spending time in my hammock. I love spending a lazy afternoon…