Life By the Beans

Author – Coffee Love'n – Christian

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February 25, 2020
Beth Klebe

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Coffee Truck

Coffee trucks… interesting concept. I have to ask myself, “If I saw a coffee truck strolling down the road, would I flag it down to get some coffee…?”

The answer is, “Yes!” Most definitely. Especially if it had a good reputation for good coffee. If it had an excellent reputation, I’d probably run after it!

Now I have to ask myself if this is something I should look into doing… I love the idea of it. But I live in a small town of about 2200 people and I do not think there would be enough people to support something like that.

However, there are two coffee shops in this small town of ND. Kind of like Willow City, ND (my original small town) has about 200 people with one gas station, one cafe, one Farm Credit building (it’s a farm community) and two thriving bars. One bar sells their own homemade pizza, with the sausage and sauerkraut being the biggest seller and the other is an excellent steak house. People travel from miles around to eat at both places.

But, the small town that I am referring to is called Bottineau (bot-in-oh). My youngest son currently goes to school and the others have graduated from there. This is also where the Courant is located (the newspaper where I work). It is considered a resort town. The nickname for it is “The Four Seasons Playground”.

There is a beautiful lake called Lake Metigoshe just 10 miles up the road. They have their own water ski team, the lake organization puts on an excellent fireworks display every year during 4th of July and there is an excellent bar & grill called the A Frame. The population actually doubles during the summer. There is also an exciting Events Center opening up this summer called the Lake House. It is right next to the A Frame, near the lake shore, and across the road from the Quilt Inn. There is also a cute little gas station/convenience store across the road. They sell pastries from the bakery in Bottineau called the Family Bakery. They have the most delicious assortment of homemade pastries, donuts, cookies, and breads. It is also has a cafe in it with decent coffee.

And, to give people something to do during the winter, there is a nice ski resort near the lake as well. They are located in the Turtle Mountains which borders Canada. They also have nice snowmobile trails up there and good ice fishing. The latest craze is Dark House Spear Fishing. That is one of the things on my bucket list. I want to try spear fishing. The other is fly fishing in Montana!

Anyways, one of the coffee shops is located in a very nice decor & gift shop who has excellent taste in decor and the other is located in the best creamery in the entire US, if not world. Their hand made ice cream is to die for!

Both places offer very good coffee. They buy their beans from businesses who roast them in ND. Unfortunately, a local company who roasts beans to sell has health issues and has decided to sell out. I have been tossing around the idea of bringing in a sample of my own, but have not had the guts to do it. I know my beans are good enough, but I do not know if I have enough guts to sell them to a business. It is more like, I do not know if I could keep up with the demand. My roaster is not that big.

But, if I were to do it for myself, I think I would. If I had to roast beans for my own business and had to keep up with the demands, I would do it! I am a fickle person that way. I have a hard time supplying things I make to other people. But I have a passion for helping others any way I can. If someone needed coffee beans and it was helping them out by supplying it to them, then I would do it. But if I were going to sell it to them to make a buck… I am not as interested. I think the pressure of supplying a supreme product is too high for me.

What do you think, should I do a coffee truck and supply it with my own roasted beans?

February 25, 2020
Beth Klebe

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Blew My Mind!

I was tuned into a Bible Study this morning. It is the same one that I listen to every morning. We started Genesis a couple months ago, which I love! Today we entered chapter 21; The Birth of Isaac. Anyways, one thing lead to another and the pastors started talking about prophecy and the types of prophecies. I have to share with you what they had to say. It just blew my mind! The connections between the Old and the New Testaments are asstonishing!

I am going to use an analogy when discussing prophecy or type of prophecy, so please bare with me while I try to explain this the best I can without a Master’s of Divinity degree!

*Antitype: a person or thing that is foreshadowed or represented by a type or symbol, especially a character or event, in the New Testament prefigured in the Old Testament

Think of a typewriter. Think of the little letter on the hammer of the typewriter. When someone types, the hammer flies down and leaves an imprint of the letter on the paper. If Isaac is the letter (type), then Jesus would be the print (antitype).

Moses = Law; does not enter the Promised Land

Promised Land: Even though Moses achieved getting his people out of Egypt, he failed to lead them into the Promised Land (he died at the age of 120 before he could reach it). Moses represents the Law. Moses did not reach or enter the Promised Land because the Law could not accomplish getting him there.

*the Law cannot get you into in Heaven, either.

Joshua = Jesus

Joshua is Moses’s servant. Joshua takes over Moses’s place after Moses dies in the desert. God put His words in Joshua’s mouth so Moses’s people would listen to him. Joshua succeeded in leading Moses’s (now Joshua’s), people into the Promised Land.

*the name Joshua is later spelled in the OT as Jeshua, which is the Hebrew term for assistant. Jeshua is also the same name or spelling for Jesus

Moses represents Law

Jesus represents Gospel

Promised Land represents Heaven

February 21, 2020
Beth Klebe

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Coffee

Do you love coffee? Me, too! About 5 years ago I started roasting my own beans from a reputable coffee company. They travel to different regions searching for the best coffee beans to sell to the consumer. This led me to buying a real roaster and I was sold. I have been roasting green coffee beans ever since.

I write children’s books for a hobby and I make my living buying and selling cattle. I live on a real working cattle ranch, but ATV’s are our horses. About 25 years ago, I purchased my first pair of registered red angus heifers (yearling cows that have never calved before). I have been raising and selling bulls ever since.

Anyways, when I got into registered red angus, I needed to provide our ranch name. Even though my husband was raised on the ranch, they never had a name for their place. When you want to market and belong to a particular cattle breed, you need to provide your ranch name. So, my husband and I put on our thinking caps.

He wanted to name the ranch, The Lazy K. I did not like that because I thought everyone would think that we didn’t work! So, he wanted to call the ranch, The Iron Horse, because we ride 4-wheelers to round up our cattle instead of horses. I thought that was pretty clever, but still was not sold. I decided that we should plant a large Ash tree in the middle of the yard and call it, The Big Ash Ranch! I thought that was an awesome name, but my husband wouldn’t go for it. He has no sense of humor!

Anyways, so we compromised and went with, Klebe Red Angus. We used our last name and then put the cows breed after it. Real creative… But it stuck and we still go by it today.

I told you about my hobby and my job… but I never told you why I started this site. As I already stated, I absolutely love coffee and I love to write, so I figured why not combine the two and write about coffee!

Oh, and I also work for our local newspaper as the advertising assistant. That is a whole other subject!

June 9, 2019
Beth Klebe

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For the Love of Coffee! …and God.

Grant me coffee to help change the things I can, and God to help me change the things I can’t…
B.K.

For those of you who judge the failure that I might I have when it comes to my obsession with coffee (and blankets), then I have one thing to say to you, “take the plank out of your eye”! And then, we will sit down and have a mug of my Exquisite Delight in a Cup.

However, I will not share my blankets…

Even though I am just kidding, I have to admit, coffee is a HUGE part of my everyday life. The way I see it, God made coffee beans for a reason, and I am just fulfilling my part by drinking it!

I have to admit though, the love I feel for my Warm Cup of Awesomeness, might be slightly unhealthy. When panic rushes through me like a hot flash going through a 60yr old menopausal women at just the thought of being nowhere near my Velvety Cup of Tranquility during my Noon Time Coffee Hour, it doesn’t take Dr. Freud to diagnose the delicate obsession I have for coffee. I hear some people might have the same issue with Oreo cookies…

I even have little “pet names” for the time of day I will allow myself to have a Deliciousness Cup of Magnificence. If I did not set limits for how often I let myself have a Cup of Silk, I think my blood would probably run black. I figure that I am doing the lab technicians at my doctor’s office a favor. I mean, could you imagine the horror they might experience if they drew black blood? I am really just thinking of their psychological and emotional well-being!

In all seriousness, I really am quite captivated (okay, possessed) by coffee. I really do roast my own beans. I really do have set times of the day along with a set number of mugs that I allow myself to drink in one day. And I really do own five different coffee machines, six different grinders, two different Pour Overs, one AeroPress and one French Press. This is not including what I have in the camper! And, in a pinch, I just pop a handful of roasted beans in my mouth. Don’t panic, I just do a few at a time!

Okay, if we are going to be totally honest with each other, one of the only ways I can get myself out of bed in the morning is to think about the Hot Cup of Affection that is waiting for me out in the kitchen. Too much info? Sorry…

Yes, I realize, I have issues.

Now I will try to take my mind of coffee and focus on the thing that should be a huge part of my everyday life and that is the Bible. I am passionate about the Ten Commandments these days because I realize how much depth and meaning there is in each and every Commandment!

Does the Commandment ‘Thou Shall Have No Other Gods Before Me’ only mean that we should not worship any other religion’s god other than our own…? Oh heck no. It means so much more than that! It also means not to be idolizing anything or depending on anyone more than our Father in Heaven. It means not putting anything, including our family, before God.

Now, an ordained Pastor could explain this a lot better than I can, but I gave an overview of what it means by not having any other gods before Him.

So, do you think my obsession for the Delightful Cup of Heaven falls under this Commandment? I think it does?

Am I breaking this Commandment by loving coffee? No.

Am I breaking this Commandment if I love coffee more than God? YES!

However, my obsession with coffee isn’t breaking only this Commandment, it is breaking others, too.

I am going to give you an example, but this is clearly hypothetical. Let’s say that I snuck a thermos of coffee (Not a huge one! Just a Traveling one…) into the sanctuary of our church even though the “Wicked Witch of the West” told me to leave it in the narthex. Which Commandment would I be breaking?

Feel free to comment!

May 19, 2019
Beth Klebe

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If a Tree Falls in the Forest…

I recently had a discussion with someone who is having a hard time believing that there is God, and they do not believe that the Bible is true or even believe that Satan exists. These are all dangerous things! How do you get someone to understand this? How do you get someone to believe you? How do you get someone to have faith?

I have always heard people say that the Bible does not make sense or that the Bible is too hard to believe. I think to myself, “Just because it does not make sense to you, does not mean that it is not true…” Then I hear them say, “Well, scientists say,…”

Ugh!

Whenever you try to bring science into the Bible, there are things in there that cannot be scientifically explained and it will not make sense. But, there again, that does not mean it is false or not true. These things are called miracles. Miracles are things that nobody, not even scientists, can explain. If it can be explained, then it wouldn’t be a miracle.

There is an age old question… If a tree falls in the forest and nobody is around to hear it, does it make a sound…?

Logic tells us, “Yes, of course a tree falling in the forest would make a sound…” However, if you were not there to witness it, how can you be certain that this is true? Don’t you NEED to witness something before you can say that it is true?

Okay, let’s say that someone was there to actually witness the tree falling and heard it make a sound. Would you believe them if they told you it did? Wouldn’t that require trust or faith that they were telling you the truth?

If something does not make sense, people won’t believe it, even if it is documented with witnesses all saying the same thing. However, if something is not hard to believe, people will not question it or give it a second thought.

Take the Bible for instance. Everything that is written in the Bible was documented by people who witnessed it themselves or was witnessed by one or more persons, but people refuse to believe it to be true.

People believe scientists when they say that dinosaurs lived millions and billions of years ago without batting an eyelash. In all actuality, the only thing that scientists know is that dinosaurs really did exist. But they are not certain how long ago they roamed the earth. If you carefully listen to them, they always say, “we believe…”

When you read the Holy Bible, you need to have faith that what you are reading is true. If you do not or cannot believe in what the Bible says, that simply means that you do not have faith. If you do not have faith, you will never believe.

Faith means that even though you do not understand or things do not make sense, you know it to be true. Faith strengthens by reading the Bible, attending weekly Sunday Services, talking to your Pastor, attending Bible study and talking to others.

Faith weakens when you start to second guess what you are reading. Faith weakens when you begin to doubt. When you begin to doubt, the devil is succeeding in twisting things around to make you confused. Confusion makes you doubt. Doubt makes you weak in faith. Weak in faith leads to unbelief. So, keep your faith strengthened by doing these things. You cannot afford to be weak!

May 3, 2019
Beth Klebe

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Mixed Up Beans

I am a Christian women who always tries to do her best to live according to God’s will. This should come easy, right?

WRONG! Oh, how very wrong you are if you said, ‘yes’! No matter how hard I try, I always fall short and come up sinning!

I remember waking up one morning angry because my neighbor was mowing the lawn at the crack of dawn, again! Now, I do not believe it was a sin to feel frustrated that my neighbor continually chooses to mow his law early in the morning. Noooo, where I went wrong is what I did next.

I was sound to sleep in my bed when I was awaken to the sound of my neighbor’s lawn mower buzzing under my window at 6am. I swear, he must mow his lawn at least six days a week! I instantly felt frustration bubble up inside of me. I felt like going out there and yanking the spark plugs right out of the thing! Then, I realized that I would have to actually get out of bed to do it…

As I laid in my bed pondering how I should handle the intrusion, I began to imagine him on his big green eating machine. I wished his lawn mower would just blow-up into a thousand little pieces!

I giggled out loud as I imagined him screaming across the yard as his big green grasshopper exploded. Ahhhhh, the satisfaction I felt…

I am pretty sure I broke some Commandments while my imagination was running amuck. I am sure wishing ill thoughts on my neighbor is a sin. Not to mention laughing at his misfortune. And I am sure God was frowning upon the satisfaction I was feeling while imaging it…

I never pretend to be perfect. And I never pretend be sin free. I never was a good lier and I do not think I could start now.

April 16, 2019
Beth Klebe

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Notre Dame Cathedral

My heart sank when I watched live coverage of the Notre Dame Cathedral on fire. What a horrendous thing to happen to such a beautiful and historical place!

People are commenting that they do not think we need a building to worship God. They claim that people in Africa worship outside and do not need a building to call a church. They are saying, “Why did they need such an elaborate building like the Notre Dame Cathedral anyways?” And, “They never held church service in there anyways.” (which, by the way is not true) And, “It would be foolish to restore it!” And, “There are needy people in this world. Why spend money on fixing this?”

Okay, first of all, instead of just saying that they were sorry this happened, especially to God’s home, they criticized it for ever existing in the first place. This is coming from Christian people who proclaim God as their Father and Jesus as their Savior. This baffles me. Where is their compassion? Why are they acting this way?

For one thing, I know sin has something to do with it. Our Old Adam; the thing responsible for our original sinful nature, is showing its ugly face. Why would someone (or a group of people) lack compassion for others who suffered this horrific event? Why would they not care that this magnificent building went up in flames? If this was a museum, then would they care? Why do they act so cold?

Well, one thing comes to mind… Jealousy. Also known as the “Green Eyed Monster”!

Who fuels this jealousy? Satan. The Devil. Beelzebub. The Prince of Darkness. Lucifer. The Tempter…

No matter what you call him, his name refers to one thing, God’s enemy.

*Remember people, jealousy is a dangerous thing… And it is one of Satan’s most effective methods to use against us.

Some people might feel that it is only the Protestants who are feeling this jealousy right now. It does not matter which denomination you are, THIS IS GOD’S HOUSE, and it affects us all! And, it should affect us ALL, in a compassionate way!

In one way or another, this Cathedral fire has an impact on us…, which way does it impact you?

April 12, 2019
Beth Klebe

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Am I A Christian?

Someone asked me, “Are you a Christian…”

I answered, “Yes.” Then they continued to ask how I became a Christian because they were interested in becoming one, too.

“How did I become a Christian?” I repeated. “Well…, I suppose I became a Christian when I was baptized.”

After I asked them if they were baptized, they could not tell me. Their parents never told them if they were or not. I think it was pretty safe bet that they were not, baptized. However, I told them that they should find out anyways. I figured that if they were serious enough to find out, then I would be serious enough to introduce them to my pastor.

When they got back to me, they informed me that they did not believe that they were baptized. They wanted to know how they could get baptized. Right there and then, I called my pastor and asked if he could meet with “Bill and Bob”.

It worked out perfect because my pastor was free to meet with them right away. So, they followed me to the church, I walked them in, introduced them to my pastor, and left them to discuss what it means to be Christian.

What is the right answer to this question. “When does a person become a Christian…?”

Did Bill and Bob become a Christian when they approached me about becoming one? Did they become a Christian when they agreed to meet with my pastor? Did they become a Christian when they walked through the church doors and shook Pastor’s hand? Or, do they become a Christian after they get baptized? I mean, they obviously believed in God, or they wouldn’t have told me that they wanted to become a Christian. So, does that mean they already were one? What makes a Christian? What do you need to go through in order to become one?

Good question… If anyone knows the answer, I would love to hear your thoughts!

March 20, 2019
Beth Klebe

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My Next Project

I started watching Sharper Iron every morning with Pastor Jonathan Fisk a few months ago. Sharper Iron is a live hour long Bible study that he hosts through KFUO Radio. He has a guest pastor on every day as they share their knowledge of the passage set aside for that day.

Anyways, my next project requires myself to do an in-depth study of Genesis 1 in the Bible. Fortunately for me, Pr. Fisk just happened to start Genesis 1 a few weeks ago!

I thought to myself, “Awesome! Now I do not have to bug my Pastor with questions about how heaven and earth were formed, how the first man and woman were made, how the devil deceived Adam and Eve, or why they were all kicked out of the Garden.”

I wasn’t too worried though, I knew all the answers to those questions. I did not foresee myself needing a lot of clarification on those subjects. I mean after all, I was a Preschool and Early Learning Sunday School Teacher, for like 15 years! What could be so hard about Genesis?

Ohhhhh myyyyy, I did NOT know how in-depth Genesis could be! I was blown away with what I did not know. I did not fully understand how things happened, why they had to happen, or the way they had to happen. I did not realize the extent of how the events in the Old Testament (including Genesis 1) connected with certain events in the New Testament! Wow!

Yah.., Sunday School knowledge was no match for this Seminary Level Bible Study! Do not get me wrong, I am not scared away by it, I am quite the opposite. I am excited and energized by the depth of the passages and stories in the Bible. I am fascinated by how the events link through time, from beginning to end!

However, my Pastor does not get off the hook from my never ending questions. I am more inquisitive now than ever! Lucky him.., with Lent starting, I am sure he just loves seeing me entering the church in the middle of the afternoon! I swear, sometimes I smell smoke lingering in the air after I walk through the doors. I suspect it is from Pastor Reimche’s shoes as he tears down the hallway in the opposite direction when he sees me coming! I am positive that I even heard a silent scream in the distance somewhere…

For all you church followers out there, I am sure you understand that Lent is one of the busiest times of the year Ministers. The last thing they need is a pesky church member digging up dirt on the details of Genesis.

Get it? …Dirt …Adam …Sin …Death… Anyways, consider yourselves forewarned, I think that I am hilariously “punny” at times!

March 11, 2019
Beth Klebe

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What is in a car…?

I would like to share a story that might be a little humorous for some and not so humorous for others. I will let you decide for yourself…

What is in a car? Well, there is a steering wheel, a gas pedal, a break pedal, a few seats and a shifter. And, Oh yea, there is a motor.

So, the adventure begins…

There once was a 16 year old daughter who was aloud to take her parents vehicle for a drive one summer night. Daughter climbs into car and sits in drivers seat. Daughter starts car like any normal human being. Next, she presses the brake pedal before shifting car into gear. So far, everything is going smoothly and without issues. I mean why would there be…? After all, the state issued daughter a drivers license, so she must be a good driver, right? Anyways, daughter finally presses gas pedal and slowly drives away.

Now there is proud mamma. Who views her sweet dumpling nothing short of perfection. Mamma waves frantically at her precious angel, as a tear rolls down her cheek…, her baby is growing up.

Then, there is dad. The proud owner of an impressive, jet black SUV, with chrome trim, mag wheels, and a decked out stereo. Dad stands silently. As he shutters. While watching his sweet, little, walking disaster drive off in his expensive investment…that has just 5 monthly installments left…until paid in full.

So, as the story goes, Daughter picks up friend from friend’s house. Daughter goes through usual driving steps with no problems.

Daughter and friend decide to drive out in the country for reasons unknown (they probably saw a fluffy bunny or something). Daughter and friend get bored with country-side.

Daughter decides to turn vehicle around on gravel road. Daughter misjudges distance between front bumper and ditch. Daughter drives in ditch. Daughter continues to drive in ditch. Vehicle comes to an abrupt stop. Daughter shifts in reverse. Vehicle doesn’t move. Daughter and friend get out of car to inspect the situation. They determine that the bumper is hung up on a large rock (which daughter described as a boulder).

Daughter and friend somehow (dad never figured this out) get vehicle unstuck. Daughter shifts car in drive. Disturbing noise rumbles loudly from motor. Daughter presses brake. Vehicle stops.

Daughter is not sure if she actually heard a disturbing noise. So, daughter shifts vehicle back into drive. After Daughter and friend turn down music they confirm that there is indeed a disturbing noise.

Dad receives call…

The rest is history.