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Tucked away on an inside page of the newspaper was the story of the international conference set to encourage breast-feeding for new moms. Our government stunned the world when our representatives pushed to weaken the resolution and World Health Organization programs in the Third World instead supporting the interests of baby formula companies which contributed heavily to certain political campaigns.

The U.S. representatives threatened to withhold vital economic aid to those countries which supported the resolution and programs. They fell, one by one, under the threat of retaliation. So who was the hero of the conference? Russia, which commented sharply on a big country pushing around smaller countries just for profit.

The baby formula industry is worth $70 billion. While we all may agree that breast milk is the best, we may ask what’s the problem with formula? Nothing if you have access to clean drinking water, a given here, but not in the Third World. It’s all about the money, folks, it’s all about profit. So what will it profit us if we gain the whole world but lose our soul? Jesus had something to say about that.

--Pastor Joyce




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He has told you, O mortal, what is good;

and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice,

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