The loan is done and the work will begin about the first of October!

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I might have been less than charitable to the VA inspector.  For the second inspection he was great! Much more interactive and personable over the phone when we set up the re-inspection.  I suspect he was happy I did the work to pass rather than, me getting all “Butt hurt” that I failed the first inspection.  Anyone that has been in the military knows that inspections are not about doing the right thing but “checking the block” to look good on paper for the PTBs.

My contractor has a roof  job scheduled for this week but will get me scheduled for the end of this month or the first part of October!  Gosh, new windows for the house will be great for saving money on heating and cooling in the future.  I’m very excited to get the job started and I’m keeping about 10-15% cash on hand for the job in case some thing goes wrong.  I won’t say something will go wrong but with an older home it is possible that things will need replaced that a good contractor did not for see on the job.  I want the job completed before the end of October so I’ll have some cash on hand to ensure the job can be done on time.

Mom and I stopped by one of the local LDS churches had a “prepper fair”  with an awesome Geodesic dome tent set up.  Very impressive tent set up with all the structural bars color coded and with a set up of a small wood stove. The big 24 foot tent was very spacious and freaking hot with the small wood camp stove running and open vet panel and 2 “doors” open .  While I don’t think it is my thing, I could see this tent as a good place to live while you built a homestead. Supposedly the tent will go up within 2 hours with just two guys working.  I should have asked if they guys set up the dome in 25-30 mph winds that happened on Friday the 15th?  I missed asking that question.

Had some great conversations with people about small Battery banks and solar energy chargers.  One presenter admitted she was not up to date on small solar panels and small battery banks though she had heard about them on the Internet.  So I brought in my small Ravpower battery bank that can jump a V-8 and jumps a Kia mini-van with no worries at all.  My gosh I never have been so popular!

I have a problem that I think all people think as I do and they don’t.  I get a small fold-able 15 watt solar panel for under $50.00 or a small battery and think it is no big deal.  It is a big deal for people who want backups for even a little power.

A couple of years ago a fold able 15 watt solar panel was unthinkable and now you can buy one for about $50 bucks. The future is about battery power and how you can power your batteries. You won’t power everything but you can power enough to be semi-comfortable.

Oh, we discussed water storage and  I have shared the Igloo storage system of hot/cold water.  I think a Water Bob is a great water storage system for disaster.  But if each family member could fill a 5 gallon igloo with either hot or cold water before the disaster hit and then fill the Water Bob in the tub.  You would have a lot more potable water to start of your disaster preps.  Trust me using an Igloo cooler in the kitchen or bath is much easier than pumping water out of a water bob.  Fill all the food safe container first and then worry about  getting “bottled water”.

Focus on what you need and remember need does not mean the “basics”.  The basics may mean basic survival or some comfort is doable.  All you need to do is get inventive and decide what you can do without.  Trust me there will be times you will go without.

 

The loan is done and the work will begin about the first of October!

I might have been less than charitable to the VA inspector.  For the second inspection he was great! Much more interactive and personable over the phone when we set up the re-inspection.  I suspect he was happy I did the work to pass rather than, me getting all “Butt hurt” that I failed the first inspection.  Anyone that has been in the military knows that inspections are not about doing the right thing but “checking the block” to look good on paper for the PTBs.

My contractor has a roof  job scheduled for this week but will get me scheduled for the end of this month or the first part of October!  Gosh, new windows for the house will be great for saving money on heating and cooling in the future.  I’m very excited to get the job started and I’m keeping about 10-15% cash on hand for the job in case some thing goes wrong.  I won’t say something will go wrong but with an older home it is possible that things will need replaced that a good contractor did not for see on the job.  I want the job completed before the end of October so I’ll have some cash on hand to ensure the job can be done on time.

Mom and I stopped by one of the local LDS churches had a “prepper fair”  with an awesome Geodesic dome tent set up.  Very impressive tent set up with all the structural bars color coded and with a set up of a small wood stove. The big 24 foot tent was very spacious and freaking hot with the small wood camp stove running and open vet panel and 2 “doors” open .  While I don’t think it is my thing, I could see this tent as a good place to live while you built a homestead. Supposedly the tent will go up within 2 hours with just two guys working.  I should have asked if they guys set up the dome in 25-30 mph winds that happened on Friday the 15th?  I missed asking that question.

Had some great conversations with people about small Battery banks and solar energy chargers.  One presenter admitted she was not up to date on small solar panels and small battery banks though she had heard about them on the Internet.  So I brought in my small Ravpower battery bank that can jump a V-8 and jumps a Kia mini-van with no worries at all.  My gosh I never have been so popular!

I have a problem that I think all people think as I do and they don’t.  I get a small fold-able 15 watt solar panel for under $50.00 or a small battery and think it is no big deal.  It is a big deal for people who want backups for even a little power.

A couple of years ago a fold able 15 watt solar panel was unthinkable and now you can buy one for about $50 bucks. The future is about battery power and how you can power your batteries. You won’t power everything but you can power enough to be semi-comfortable.

Oh, we discussed water storage and  I have shared the Igloo storage system of hot/cold water.  I think a Water Bob is a great water storage system for disaster.  But if each family member could fill a 5 gallon igloo with either hot or cold water before the disaster hit and then fill the Water Bob in the tub.  You would have a lot more potable water to start of your disaster preps.  Trust me using an Igloo cooler in the kitchen or bath is much easier than pumping water out of a water bob.  Fill all the food safe container first and then worry about  getting “bottled water”.

Focus on what you need and remember need does not mean the “basics”.  The basics may mean basic survival or some comfort is doable.  All you need to do is get inventive and decide what you can do without.  Trust me there will be times you will go without.

 

The loan is done and the work will begin about the first of October!

I might have been less than charitable to the VA inspector.  For the second inspection he was great! Much more interactive and personable over the phone when we set up the re-inspection.  I suspect he was happy I did the work to pass rather than, me getting all “Butt hurt” that I failed the first inspection.  Anyone that has been in the military knows that inspections are not about doing the right thing but “checking the block” to look good on paper for the PTBs.

My contractor has a roof  job scheduled for this week but will get me scheduled for the end of this month or the first part of October!  Gosh, new windows for the house will be great for saving money on heating and cooling in the future.  I’m very excited to get the job started and I’m keeping about 10-15% cash on hand for the job in case some thing goes wrong.  I won’t say something will go wrong but with an older home it is possible that things will need replaced that a good contractor did not for see on the job.  I want the job completed before the end of October so I’ll have some cash on hand to ensure the job can be done on time.

Mom and I stopped by one of the local LDS churches had a “prepper fair”  with an awesome Geodesic dome tent set up.  Very impressive tent set up with all the structural bars color coded and with a set up of a small wood stove. The big 24 foot tent was very spacious and freaking hot with the small wood camp stove running and open vet panel and 2 “doors” open .  While I don’t think it is my thing, I could see this tent as a good place to live while you built a homestead. Supposedly the tent will go up within 2 hours with just two guys working.  I should have asked if they guys set up the dome in 25-30 mph winds that happened on Friday the 15th?  I missed asking that question.

Had some great conversations with people about small Battery banks and solar energy chargers.  One presenter admitted she was not up to date on small solar panels and small battery banks though she had heard about them on the Internet.  So I brought in my small Ravpower battery bank that can jump a V-8 and jumps a Kia mini-van with no worries at all.  My gosh I never have been so popular!

I have a problem that I think all people think as I do and they don’t.  I get a small fold-able 15 watt solar panel for under $50.00 or a small battery and think it is no big deal.  It is a big deal for people who want backups for even a little power.

A couple of years ago a fold able 15 watt solar panel was unthinkable and now you can buy one for about $50 bucks. The future is about battery power and how you can power your batteries. You won’t power everything but you can power enough to be semi-comfortable.

Oh, we discussed water storage and  I have shared the Igloo storage system of hot/cold water.  I think a Water Bob is a great water storage system for disaster.  But if each family member could fill a 5 gallon igloo with either hot or cold water before the disaster hit and then fill the Water Bob in the tub.  You would have a lot more potable water to start of your disaster preps.  Trust me using an Igloo cooler in the kitchen or bath is much easier than pumping water out of a water bob.  Fill all the food safe container first and then worry about  getting “bottled water”.

Focus on what you need and remember need does not mean the “basics”.  The basics may mean basic survival or some comfort is doable.  All you need to do is get inventive and decide what you can do without.  Trust me there will be times you will go without.

 

How To Make The Perfect Batch of Homemade Sauerkraut

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What I love about fermenting cabbage is that you start with a raw, sort of bland cabbage head and end up with a crunchy, salty taste without cooking or adding a bunch of other ingredients. And making the perfect batch of homemade sauerkraut is so EASY!

If you’re thinking about making sauerkraut but are hesitating because you think it’s difficult, let me guide you through the process. Simple, basic kitchenware is involved. It’s not complicated, takes just a few steps, and there is nothing to fear.

There’s one basic ingredient: Cabbage!

You’re chopping cabbage, adding salt and an optional spice or vegetable, and letting it sit to ferment. That’s it.

If you’re worried that you might mess up your batch and get food poisoning, don’t be. Fermented vegetables are safer than raw vegetables, according to the experts. Wild-fermented vegetables (as opposed to using vinegar) kills bad pathogens you might otherwise find with vegetables in their original state.

This technique has been used since ancient times to preserve food.

What’s so great about homemade sauerkraut?

Homemade sauerkraut is mouthwatering, sour, and crunchy. Use it as a condiment to jazz up a sandwich or make it a go-to side dish for dinner. Sauerkraut is there waiting in the fridge. It also satisfies that craving for salt that you sometimes get. You know the feeling … where you go looking for a bag of chips or tortillas. Okay … it’s not exactly the same as chip munching, but it’s a good substitute.

Fermenting helps protect your body against disease

Sauerkraut is a natural probiotic, teaming with live, healthy bacteria cultures that promote a healthy gut, improve digestion, allow you to absorb nutrients better, and retain vitamins and enzymes.

Regarding vitamins, sauerkraut preserves the Vitamin C in cabbage, and makes the Vitamin C more bioavailable. The fermentation breaks down proteins into amino acids, creating a kind of predigested food, making it easy for the body to use.

Bubble and Fizz

The fermentation process is what creates sauerkraut’s gut-friendly bacteria—and its saltiness. For that to happen, the cabbage needs to be starved of air. That’s the reason you pack the shredded cabbage tightly and cover it. As the cabbage ferments, aided by the salt, it becomes acidic. This encourages the lactic acid in the cabbage to produce certain strains of good bacteria to thrive, namely lactobacillus.

Billions and Billions

Other types of disease-causing bacteria and microorganisms don’t like the acidic condition and die off. And we’re talking lots of good bacteria … billions or even trillions. Bacteria outnumber the cells in our body by 90 percent, so good bacteria is necessary.

A few words about starter cultures

When you become more experienced, you may want to play around with starter cultures and add other vegetables, seeds, and spices. I’ve read about a batch of sauerkraut using a starter culture that was sent to a lab. The report came back with a phenomenal number of friendly bacteria … in the trillions.

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Buy Fresh, Local Cabbage

Your best bet for delicious, healthy, homemade sauerkraut is your own fresh-picked harvest or locally sourced cabbage. If either of those isn’t possible, at least buy organic. If you live in a cool climate, you may be harvesting cabbage from your garden right about now. In warmer climates like South Texas, you may be expecting a harvest in late fall.

Does the type of cabbage matter?

It’s whatever you like. Sometimes, I mix a little red cabbage in with the green. It gives sauerkraut a pretty bright-pink color.

Cutting the cabbage

There’s nothing magical about how you cut the cabbage. The easiest way to cut the head is into quarters or eighths and then slice. Shred it any thickness you desire. Again, it’s a matter of personal preference.

Other ingredients

Add other ingredients to your batch of homemade sauerkraut for some interesting tastes.

Some options include: Herbs, seeds, spices or other vegetables. Some common ones are caraway seeds, dill, garlic, cinnamon, red pepper flakes, carrot, radish, beet, ginger, hot pepper, apple, or green leafy vegetable (spinach, Swiss chard, kale).

Go easy on the added vegetables—particularly the dark green ones

The fermentation process brings out strong flavors. You don’t want those strong flavors to overpower your cabbage … or maybe you do. If so, that’s okay. Some people like to kick up the heat with peppers. I prefer additions as subtle accents.
My favorite combo is carrots and caraway seeds.

homemade-sauerkraut

How To Make The Brine

Salt

The salt performs several functions. It helps draw the water out of the cabbage to create the brine, helps prevent surface mold, and slows down the fermentation process. In the summer, fermentation takes place more quickly. If you want your sauerkraut to be firmer longer, use a bit more salt in summer and less in winter. Also, if you want to lessen the saltiness of the sauerkraut, use less salt.

Salt isn’t a requirement for fermentation, so feel free to experiment to reach the salt level that tastes great for you or don’t use it at all.

I prefer using salt because it quickly draws out the cabbage juices (brine). And I like it on the saltier side. Use kosher salt or sea salt, not table salt. Minimize the use of any salt containing preservatives.

What You Need to Start

Don’t let the “fermenting cabbage” supply list that you’ve read in other places intimidate you. You don’t need a sauerkraut crock with water sealing systems, special airlock lids, or utensils. When you’re making large batches, crocks are handy, but there’s nothing special about a crock. Don’t bother buying a tamper either. Use your fist to push down on the cabbage. We’re going for the simple version.

After packing and covering, add pebbles to a glass jelly jar for the necessary weight. Push down once or twice a day, compacting the cabbage and drawing more brine to the top. You want to keep the cabbage submerged under the brine at all times.

Container Options

A glass mason jar is just one type of container you can use to make sauerkraut. If you’re just starting out, it’s the easiest. Use either a one- or two-quart size. You’ll be able to fit a medium head of shredded cabbage in a one-quart jar. Go for the container that will tightly pack your cabbage.

Fill as much of the jar as possible to crowd out any empty spaces that could fill with air. Fermentation likes an anaerobic environment.

A word of caution on containers: Never use plastic or metal containers. Plastic can leach chemicals and metal can give the cabbage a metallic taste.

 

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Why you need a cover

Use a covered glass jelly jar or a small inverted plate that will fit inside the mouth of the jar if your jar is packed to the rim. Before adding the weighted jar, cover the top of the sauerkraut with a piece of discarded outer cabbage leaf—it helps keep the cabbage covered below the brine and protects it from direct contact with the weighted container. Put a small kitchen hand towel on top and secure with a rubber band.

Under pressure

Fermenting is going to release pressure the first few days or so. During this time, don’t screw on a lid. The brine will bubble, and you may even hear it fizz. When I first made sauerkraut, I was thrilled to see bubbles. That’s how I knew I was on the right track.

homemade-sauerkraut

How You Know When It’s Ready

There’s no set number of days until your sauerkraut is ready. Taste test it every so often. It’s ready when it tastes good to you. As soon as you put it in the refrigerator, the fermentation will slow down significantly.

This is such a great fall and winter food, especially if you like your sauerkraut on the salty side. You can let it ferment longer, as it does, it will taste saltier.

What Could Go Wrong?

Very little can go wrong.

Some of the reasons for rancid or moldy sauerkraut are:

  • Unclean containers or tools
  • Air allowed to enter cabbage
  • Cabbage not packed below the brine
  • Salt contains additives

Rancid?

If the sauerkraut goes rancid, your sense of smell will tip you off. Toss it out if that happens. Your jar, utensils, or other materials that come in contact with the cabbage need to be washed well in hot soapy water, and the cabbage must be packed tight and covered.

Mold?

If a little bit of mold forms on top, you’re ok. Skim it off and make sure the cabbage stays under the brine. After a few days or whenever the bubbling stops, make the jar airtight by adding a lid. This will reduce the chance of mold forming. If mold starts growing down inside with the cabbage, throw it out.

Bad taste?

Push down on the weighted container to prevent the cabbage from turning bad. It’s also possible that additives in your salt might affect your batch. When in doubt, take a sample taste.

The Recipe

SUPPLIES

  • Big pot
  • Large sharp knife
  • Cutting board
  • 1 or 2 qt. wide mouth canning jar (Mason jar), sterilized
  • Small glass jelly jar and lid, sterilized
  • Pebbles (for weights)
  • Small kitchen cloth
  • Rubber band

INGREDIENTS

  • One head green cabbage (or part green, part red)
  • 1 to 1-1/2 tbsp. kosher or sea salt (or to taste)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cut cabbage into quarters. Remove the white core, and cut into thin slices. Keep a piece of the outer leaves and compost the rest.
  2. If adding other vegetables, peel and slice thinly.
  3. Place in large bowl or pot. Add salt. “Massage” the shreds for about 7 to 10 minutes. The cabbage will start releasing moisture. It will become limp and more translucent when ready. Save this liquid. It’s your brine.
  4. Add seeds, herbs, spices, or any other vegetables, if desired.
  5. Pack cabbage and brine tightly into Mason jar.
  6. Snugly place a piece of the saved outer cabbage leaf on top of the shredded cabbage, below the brine.
  7. Add small pebbles to a jelly jar or use another container with weights that will fit into the mouth of the jar, pushing down as far as possible to remove any air pockets.
  8. Cover with a cloth and secure with a rubber band.
  9. Set jar in a cool, dark place away from direct sun.
  10. Each day, or even twice-a-day, push down on the weighted container to keep any stray cabbage down below the top of brine and to keep the air out. Be sure to put the cloth cover back on.

Your cabbage will bubble, and might even fizz (or it might not). That’s great! It’s working.

After about three to five days, give it a taste. If it tastes right, it’s done. Screw the mason jar lid on and refrigerate. If it’s not to your liking, let it sit for another few days before you taste it. It could take a couple weeks or more, depending on the time of year and the room’s temperature.

Enjoy your homemade sauerkraut as an appetizer, snack, side dish, or as a condiment in a sandwich. It will keep in the refrigerator for a year or more.

Smelling, tasting, and looking to see if anything is growing in the cabbage will be your tip-offs to its expiration.

Have fun! Experiment with different flavors. You’re doing your digestion and overall health a big favor making nature’s super probiotic!

Looking for more Probiotic recipes? Click here for 5 More DIY Probiotics

Have you made sauerkraut before? Tell us your yummy story in the comments below.

Resources:

“Lactobacillus Effectiveness, How It Works, and Drug Interactions on EMedicineHealth.” EMedicineHealth, WebMD, www.emedicinehealth.com/lactobacillus/vitamins-supplements.htm.

Ducrotté, Philippe, et al. “Clinical Trial: Lactobacillus Plantarum 299v (DSM 9843) Improves Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.” World Journal of Gastroenterology : WJG, Baishideng Publishing Group Co., Limited, 14 Aug. 2012, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3419998/.

LaBorde, Luke. “Sauerkraut (Home Food Preservation).” Home Food Preservation (Penn State Extension), Pennsylvania State University, http://extension.psu.edu/food/preservation/safe-methods/sauerkraut/extension_publication_file

Sarah. “The Crucial Difference Between Pickled and Fermented.” The Healthy Home Economist, The Healthy Home Economist, 7 July 2017, www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/the-crucial-difference-between-pickled-and-fermented/.

Henry, Derek. “Lab Results Reveal This Truly Superior Source of Probiotics.” NaturalNews, NaturalNews, 25 June 2014, www.naturalnews.com/045720_probiotics_digestive_health_sauerkraut.html.

Mercola, Joseph. “Fermented Foods Contain 100 TIMES More Probiotics than a Supplement.” Mercola.com, 12 May 2012, articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/05/12/dr-campbell-mcbride-on-gaps.aspx.

Mercola, Joseph. “Dr. Mercola Interviews Sandor Katz about Fermentation.” YouTube, YouTube, 28 Aug. 2012, www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkXT-XgyzkI.

Gould, S E. “Sauerkraut: Bacteria Making Food.” Scientific American Blog Network, Scientific American, 26 July 2014, blogs.scientificamerican.com/lab-rat/the-science-of-sauerkraut-bacterial-fermentation-yum/.

 

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C Crane, Skywave Portable Radio

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Two weeks ago I purchased this radio and used it for the first time during Hurricane IRMA. It is a very good, very small radio that does just about everything you could ask of a small pocket radio. Naturally, it has AM/FM, Weather, important to me at that time and Shortwave.
The most impressive feature of this radio is the battery life of 60-70 hours on two “AA” batteries and its simple intuitive controls. Don’t need a manual every time you want to use it!

During the Hurricane, I used the radio because the power went out at the motel shortly after we arrived. All the hallway emergency lights came on as they should and apparently the Wi-Fi system ran on a backup battery also. The Wi-Fi connection became weaker and weaker until there was no signal available, so the radio was our connection to the outside events. This also meant no internet, no way to charge the laptops, i-pads or phones.

Link and more information:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QMTI6YK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 Small Lightweight Portable AM/FM/Shortwave/Weather/Airband Travel Clock Radio With Alarm
  • Lighted LCD Display, Rotary Volume Knob, Stereo Headphone Jack, Sleep Timer

  • 400 Memory Presets, Direct Entry Keypad, Autoscan Tuning, Signal Meter

  • Runs approx. 60-70 hrs. at moderate volume on (2) AA batteries (not included) or can be powered by an optional AC adapter

  • Includes Earbuds, Carry Case and Fold-out Backstand.

  • 1 Year Warranty.

C Crane, Skywave Portable Radio

Two weeks ago I purchased this radio and used it for the first time during Hurricane IRMA. It is a very good, very small radio that does just about everything you could ask of a small pocket radio. Naturally, it has AM/FM, Weather, important to me at that time and Shortwave.
The most impressive feature of this radio is the battery life of 60-70 hours on two “AA” batteries and its simple intuitive controls. Don’t need a manual every time you want to use it!

During the Hurricane, I used the radio because the power went out at the motel shortly after we arrived. All the hallway emergency lights came on as they should and apparently the Wi-Fi system ran on a backup battery also. The Wi-Fi connection became weaker and weaker until there was no signal available, so the radio was our connection to the outside events. This also meant no internet, no way to charge the laptops, i-pads or phones.

Link and more information:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QMTI6YK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 Small Lightweight Portable AM/FM/Shortwave/Weather/Airband Travel Clock Radio With Alarm
  • Lighted LCD Display, Rotary Volume Knob, Stereo Headphone Jack, Sleep Timer

  • 400 Memory Presets, Direct Entry Keypad, Autoscan Tuning, Signal Meter

  • Runs approx. 60-70 hrs. at moderate volume on (2) AA batteries (not included) or can be powered by an optional AC adapter

  • Includes Earbuds, Carry Case and Fold-out Backstand.

  • 1 Year Warranty.

Gun show blues

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Oh merciful Crom, whatever happened to the good gun shows that this region used to produce? I went to the Hamilton gun show and it seemed smaller than ever and there was virtually nothing of note. I did see a cute little Ruger Compact in 7-08 (which is a nice little gun in a nice caliber), an FR-8 (the pinnacle of bolt-action truck guns), and that was about it. Even the usual mishmash of survival-related stuff was absent. Very much not worth the drive, or the six bucks to get in the door.

However, as long as I was in the neighborhood, I hit the local gun shops. Wound up getting a trigger for the project AR. Got it installed, seems to work, but I’ll need a trip to the range this week to confirm it with live ammo. All thats really left is to replace the standard A2 stock with a Magpul PRS, attach a sling of some kind, and thats about it.

As I was heading down the valley I could see that, surprise, the snow has started to fall in the mountains. We’ve had a major weather change in the last couple days. Finally had two days of drizzle, cold, and high-altitude snow….an excellent recipe for getting the fire situation straightened out. The air, while still just a touch hazy, is much better than it has been and I welcome it.

All in all, not a bad day since I got to visit some gun shops, but I still think the quality of local gun shows has gone downhill. I clearly need to start expanding my range and hit the out-of-valley shows and see what theyre like.

Gun show blues

Oh merciful Crom, whatever happened to the good gun shows that this region used to produce? I went to the Hamilton gun show and it seemed smaller than ever and there was virtually nothing of note. I did see a cute little Ruger Compact in 7-08 (which is a nice little gun in a nice caliber), an FR-8 (the pinnacle of bolt-action truck guns), and that was about it. Even the usual mishmash of survival-related stuff was absent. Very much not worth the drive, or the six bucks to get in the door.

However, as long as I was in the neighborhood, I hit the local gun shops. Wound up getting a trigger for the project AR. Got it installed, seems to work, but I’ll need a trip to the range this week to confirm it with live ammo. All thats really left is to replace the standard A2 stock with a Magpul PRS, attach a sling of some kind, and thats about it.

As I was heading down the valley I could see that, surprise, the snow has started to fall in the mountains. We’ve had a major weather change in the last couple days. Finally had two days of drizzle, cold, and high-altitude snow….an excellent recipe for getting the fire situation straightened out. The air, while still just a touch hazy, is much better than it has been and I welcome it.

All in all, not a bad day since I got to visit some gun shops, but I still think the quality of local gun shows has gone downhill. I clearly need to start expanding my range and hit the out-of-valley shows and see what theyre like.

Making potable water from floodwater…NO

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As I sit down to write this article, the United States is still reeling from a double hit from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.
On top of that, Hurricane José still may be a threat to the northeast of the United States at this time.

I see a lot of talk about purifying water to drink from floodwater. It upsets me to see some of the questions and answers that I have read, and some of the advice that has been given.

People have ideas that they come up with, to treat floodwater, for making it potable. Suggestions I have read include, boiling the water, distilling the water and filtering the water.
In this article I hope to point out to you, why I disagree with these methods, for the average person.

Those that know me understand that I am a big supporter of filters such as Sawyer water filters. I personally have drunk out of many bodies of water, and my idea of taking care of water is to boil and filter for most of my situations. ALWAYS get you water from the cleanest source you can find!

However, floodwater is a different ballgame. Floodwater contains many different things depending on where the flood occurred:
If the flood was in a city where you would have gasoline, oil, human waste, dirt or rotten food,
If the flooding were in a place such as Japan, with Fukushima, you may have flooded radioactive waste,
Floodwater from farms and fields may have pesticides and herbicides fertilizer and waste from animals.

All of these floodwaters can have roadway contaminants, bacteria, heavy metals, herbicides, rusty pipes, products from households and industrial buildings or automobiles that have been flooded.

To remove all of these products from your water a simple boiling a simple distillation or simple filtering will not work.

Testing is done on most floodwaters, in most floodwaters they have found the following list:
bacteria
oil
paint
gas
diesel
kerosene
tar
salt
fertilizer
human and animal waste
drywall
To name a few contaminants…and the list goes on.

Most filters that are bought on the market that are available to the average person, at a reasonable amount, will not remove all of these products.

Boiling water will kill the bacteria, but will not remove pesticides and other chemicals.

Distilling the water will remove a lot of the heavy metals but still some things such as gas and certain oils will evaporate and re-condensed with the water.

There are larger machines out there that can be purchased for very high dollars that will remove 99% of these contaminants from floodwater. These machines are normally bought by cities and rescue organizations because of their cost, not the average person.

What I’m trying to say in this article is that your best defense for having drinkable water in a flood is to have bottled water in advance. That also means being able to move that bottle water to keep it out of the flood, so that the bottles themselves, do not become contaminated on the outside.

This is why I suggest that people have cases (multiple) of bottled water from 8 ounces up to 32 ounce sizes in their homes. I suggest these sizes, because the cases can be broken down, and the bottles can be moved individually. Smaller bottles can be handed easier than a 1 gallon container.

You have to be able to physically move the cases of water with you. If you have water stored in 55 gallon drums you’re not going to pick it up and move it to your roof. You’re also probably not going to pick up a 55 gallon drum of water, and move it to your truck or vehicle to take it with you.

Preparing yourself and your loved ones in advance, is a major key for survival.

The old saying is “You can survive for three days without water.”
Here’s a test.. Go 10 hours without a drink and let me know how you feel, sitting comfortably in your home, in your air-conditioning.
After you’ve done this test, think about what you would have to do in an emergency situation. The activity would have to perform, and the stress you would be under.
After you test yourself, could you imagine making your children go without something to drink for that time?

Think about this:
If sick or overheated, an infant can die within a few hours. A child or small adult can be overcome in 12 hours. The average adult can die within 24 to 36.
Three days without water, only applies if you are not moving around, in comfortable surroundings and not under stress or sickness.
An adult in comfortable surroundings in contrast can survive for a week or more with no or very limited water intake, as long as they are in good health, and not exerting themselves. But in no way will it be enjoyable.

So my advice to you, is to have multiple cases of water on hand. This way in the event of a hurricane, tornado or other disaster, you will have clean drinking water readily available.
Storing water in larger containers from 1 gallon and up is a good idea, but being able to transport them is questionable.

In a survival situation you may have to move. Drinkable water is a survival item you must have.

Rich@AroundTheCabin.com
9/16/17

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The Dire State of America

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Ron Good, Author of the Grey Ham series joins me today to discuss our collapsing republic. Check out Ron’s latest book Justification.

The Days of Elijah, Book Three: Angel of the Abyss is now available!

Everett and Courtney Carroll have endured to the midpoint of the Great Tribulation. The previous Seal and Trumpet Judgments have left the planet in shambles. The western hemisphere is nearly uninhabitable. The prophet Elijah gives Everett a special mission, which will give him a unique role in fulfilling end-times prophecy, but he’ll have to survive the coming cataclysms first.

 

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I use JM Bullion because they have the lowest over-spot price of any dealer I have found for silver and gold bullion. JM Bullion now offers free shipping on every order!

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Trading Post in the Woods is ran by veteran crisis responders who know how important it is to be prepared. They specialize in comprehensive natural survival remedy kits, preparedness and homesteading supplies as well as skills training. Visit them online today at TradingPostInTheWoods.com.

Ready Made Resources is a trusted name in the prepper community, because they’ve been around for 18 years. They offer great prices on Night Vision, water filtration, long term storage food, solar energy components and provide free technical service. Get ready for an uncertain future at ReadyMadeResources.com!

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The Dire State of America

Ron Good, Author of the Grey Ham series joins me today to discuss our collapsing republic. Check out Ron’s latest book Justification.

The Days of Elijah, Book Three: Angel of the Abyss is now available!

Everett and Courtney Carroll have endured to the midpoint of the Great Tribulation. The previous Seal and Trumpet Judgments have left the planet in shambles. The western hemisphere is nearly uninhabitable. The prophet Elijah gives Everett a special mission, which will give him a unique role in fulfilling end-times prophecy, but he’ll have to survive the coming cataclysms first.

 

jm2

I use JM Bullion because they have the lowest over-spot price of any dealer I have found for silver and gold bullion. JM Bullion now offers free shipping on every order!

tpitw

Trading Post in the Woods is ran by veteran crisis responders who know how important it is to be prepared. They specialize in comprehensive natural survival remedy kits, preparedness and homesteading supplies as well as skills training. Visit them online today at TradingPostInTheWoods.com.

Ready Made Resources is a trusted name in the prepper community, because they’ve been around for 18 years. They offer great prices on Night Vision, water filtration, long term storage food, solar energy components and provide free technical service. Get ready for an uncertain future at ReadyMadeResources.com!

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CampingSurvival.com has all of your preparedness needs including; bug out bags, long term food storage, water filters, gas masks, and first aid kits. Use coupon code PREPPERRECON to get 5% off your entire order at Camping Survival.

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Check out this Dutch oven squirrel recipe

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Subsistence hunting is nothing new, nor was it ever limited to indigenous people. Small game, especially squirrels and rabbits, can be an important part of a survival diet. Here’s how to cook squirrel in a Dutch oven.

Essential Camping Supplies for Your Outdoors Adventure

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Are you new to camping?  If so then Lee has provided some nice recommendations for your considerations.
Camping is the perfect way to rejuvenate yourself by getting in touch with nature.  Before you begin your trip into the bush, you need to pack essential supplies to make the trip safer and more comfortable. This list of basics can help you decide what is a must-have for your vacation.
Food and Food Storage
A cooler with ice keeps fresh food safe to eat. Try freezing bottles of water at home, rather than using bagged party ice, to keep good fresher. Bottles won’t leak water on your food like bagged ice, and bottles of water stay frozen longer than bagged ice.
You should also bring plenty of water for cleaning, drinking and waking up, a water reusable water bottle for each person in the group, and emergency, non-perishable food supplies like meal bars. Emergency food supplies are particularly important if you are camping in a remote area where medical help isn’t readily available.
Lanterns and Personal Lighting
Torches, lanterns and other portable lighting devices are essential when camping. Choose lights that have LED bulbs for optimum brightness and improved efficiency, and bring along extra batteries to keep your campsite well-lit. In addition to lanterns, bring a headlamp for each member of the camping party. Headlamps allow you to easily walk through unfamiliar places and make nighttime chores much easier.
Campfire Alternatives
Along with pots and pans, you should bring asking a backup cooking device to prepare masks. Campfires aren’t allowed during early summer, and total fire ban are in effect anytime the risk of fire is high.
To further improve fire safety, avoid throwing lit cigarettes on the ground while camping. Switching to a vape kit is an option that reduces fire risks in dry weather. You can find a vape starter kit page fit everything you need to easily make the switch while camping.
Garbage Bags and Cleanup Supplies
Everything you take into the bush must be carried out, making garbage bags a must-have for canning. Check your campsite thoroughly for even small pieces of garbage to keep the Australian Outback as pristine as it was before your arrival.
To prevent damaging the local environment, consider taking items that are environmentally friendly, such as biodegradable products and organic, biodegradable cleaning supplies. Reusable projects are ideal for both camping and home use.
Personal Supplies
Lip balm, baby wipes and other grooming supplies can make your camping trip more comfortable. Bring sunscreen along in both winter and summer to prevent sunburn, and pack moisturizer and lip balm to soothe your skin while camping during the winter months.
Extra Clothes
Proper attire is more important than you might think, so be prepared to bring the proper thing. Clothes that layer easily allow you to stay comfortable during cool nights ave hot days. Opt for natural materials like cotton or work, and pack a selection of both long and short sleeved t-shirts to comfortably layer.
Other clothes to pack include pants, shorts and a sweater or jacket. Don’t forget to bring plenty of socks so you can keep your feet clean and dry throughout the camping trip.
Medical Supplies
A comprehensive first aid kit can be life-saving in an emergency, but also makes camping more comfortable when minor issues arise. Antihistamines, pain and fever reducers, bandages and daily prescription medicines are the foundation of your medical kit.
Add extra supplies based on the season, and take extra supplies if you are camping in a remote area. For instance, space blankets are a good addition when camping in winter, while water purification tablets are recommended when camping in more remote locations.
Customize your medical kit if children or people with health concerns are joining your group. With all the basic supplies on-hand, camping if an adventure that everyone can comfortably enjoy anytime of the year.

Essential Camping Supplies for Your Outdoors Adventure

Are you new to camping?  If so then Lee has provided some nice recommendations for your considerations.
Camping is the perfect way to rejuvenate yourself by getting in touch with nature.  Before you begin your trip into the bush, you need to pack essential supplies to make the trip safer and more comfortable. This list of basics can help you decide what is a must-have for your vacation.
Food and Food Storage
A cooler with ice keeps fresh food safe to eat. Try freezing bottles of water at home, rather than using bagged party ice, to keep good fresher. Bottles won’t leak water on your food like bagged ice, and bottles of water stay frozen longer than bagged ice.
You should also bring plenty of water for cleaning, drinking and waking up, a water reusable water bottle for each person in the group, and emergency, non-perishable food supplies like meal bars. Emergency food supplies are particularly important if you are camping in a remote area where medical help isn’t readily available.
Lanterns and Personal Lighting
Torches, lanterns and other portable lighting devices are essential when camping. Choose lights that have LED bulbs for optimum brightness and improved efficiency, and bring along extra batteries to keep your campsite well-lit. In addition to lanterns, bring a headlamp for each member of the camping party. Headlamps allow you to easily walk through unfamiliar places and make nighttime chores much easier.
Campfire Alternatives
Along with pots and pans, you should bring asking a backup cooking device to prepare masks. Campfires aren’t allowed during early summer, and total fire ban are in effect anytime the risk of fire is high.
To further improve fire safety, avoid throwing lit cigarettes on the ground while camping. Switching to a vape kit is an option that reduces fire risks in dry weather. You can find a vape starter kit page fit everything you need to easily make the switch while camping.
Garbage Bags and Cleanup Supplies
Everything you take into the bush must be carried out, making garbage bags a must-have for canning. Check your campsite thoroughly for even small pieces of garbage to keep the Australian Outback as pristine as it was before your arrival.
To prevent damaging the local environment, consider taking items that are environmentally friendly, such as biodegradable products and organic, biodegradable cleaning supplies. Reusable projects are ideal for both camping and home use.
Personal Supplies
Lip balm, baby wipes and other grooming supplies can make your camping trip more comfortable. Bring sunscreen along in both winter and summer to prevent sunburn, and pack moisturizer and lip balm to soothe your skin while camping during the winter months.
Extra Clothes
Proper attire is more important than you might think, so be prepared to bring the proper thing. Clothes that layer easily allow you to stay comfortable during cool nights ave hot days. Opt for natural materials like cotton or work, and pack a selection of both long and short sleeved t-shirts to comfortably layer.
Other clothes to pack include pants, shorts and a sweater or jacket. Don’t forget to bring plenty of socks so you can keep your feet clean and dry throughout the camping trip.
Medical Supplies
A comprehensive first aid kit can be life-saving in an emergency, but also makes camping more comfortable when minor issues arise. Antihistamines, pain and fever reducers, bandages and daily prescription medicines are the foundation of your medical kit.
Add extra supplies based on the season, and take extra supplies if you are camping in a remote area. For instance, space blankets are a good addition when camping in winter, while water purification tablets are recommended when camping in more remote locations.
Customize your medical kit if children or people with health concerns are joining your group. With all the basic supplies on-hand, camping if an adventure that everyone can comfortably enjoy anytime of the year.

America’s Increasing Levels of Political Violence: Something to Prep For?

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In case you haven’t noticed, there’s an increasing level of violent political confrontations on U.S. soil. A new study by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino confirms this by stating that political confrontations are rising in California by nearly double. Just last week there was another case. . . Read More

Be Heard in Any Disaster with Unstoppable Communications

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The Importance of Incoming and Outgoing Communications

Communications are a vital part of any operation. Whether we are talking about military operations, business or even in a family; communication is everything. For preppers the idea of having plenty of water and food is part of the plan. Security, hygiene and first aid are all parts of the average preppers plan. If there is any area that suffers in the average disaster response its communications. To me this is very troubling.

Not only should you have a method for incoming transmissions but also a method for outgoing comms in case you need help when the phone lines and wifi are down. Aside from the immediate concerns incoming and outgoing communications are the best way for a prepper to decide the next course of action. In a disaster the scenarios will change rapidly. If we are talking about a complete collapse of society large scale events will happen even faster. All the intel you can get from your local area will be necessary.

Incoming

There are many ways for you to receive incoming communications. As a prepper I think your best bet is to consider power source and scope. What information can you pick up with a particular device and how will you be able to power that device over the long haul.

Survival Radios
Any radio that is powered by battery and some other off grid means is a survival radio. Whether you are talking about a hand crank radio or a solar powered radio these are great survival options. With these devices you will be able to tap into some local and national level intelligence. Both could be incredibly important following a serious disaster. Its important that you know what is happening and how things are changing? You wont get all of the info but something is better than nothing.

Police Scanners
If you want to move into a deeper layer of communications consider investing in police scanners. For those of you who are uninitiated, you can use these devices to hear the police and EMT channels. On any given day you will hear some simple chatter from these brave men and women. When you are faced with a true disaster these channels will be alive with information that will keep you safe. Vital information coming from police communications at the ground level, as a situation unfolds, could really help your decision to bugout.  Read more about buying your own digital police scanner.

Outgoing

Incoming communications are great until you need something. Once you have an issue, whether health or safety related, the need for outgoing communications becomes very apparent. Unfortunately, there aren’t as many avenues for outgoing comms at the local and national level. Still, if you prepare you will have options.

HAM or Amateur Radio
This method of incoming and outgoing communications is easily the most well known in the prepper circles. This method requires a license and some equipment to work but it is widely accepted as the best possible method for comms when the SHTF. This is because the radio frequency will travel even when phone lines and cell towers are down. There is tons of great in depth information about handheld HAM radio  in this article.

Handheld Radios
These are really only good for short range communications but they could still serve a purpose in a disaster. While you may find yourself buying a set that promises 25 miles of range it will only really function at about 3-4 at best depending on interference. That said, they can still be effective if you have no other way of communicating.

Neighborhood Meetings
Often overlooked, because of our isolated way of life, the neighborhood meeting could be a great way to remedy issues. A cohesive neighborhood will care about their neighbors and check ins will be done even in the worst conditions. This may seem like an antiquated thing to count on in 2017 but I challenge you to look at this as the future of disaster response. The strong community is always what makes the news in times of disaster. I think now is the time to rehearse and get people on board in your own community.

Prepper Investment

Another tool in survival communications is the satellite phone. Now, these things don’t come cheap and are quite an investment. In a vast societal collapse you will have something that could get you in touch with outsiders or you could just have a lot of dead air. I think the satellite phone has a lot of benefits but for most preppers its a serious investment that should be well researched.

Measuring your Current Status

If you want to be good at anything you have to start measuring it. Knowing what you now know about communications, how do your current preps stack up? Its probably time to consider setting new goals. If you want to find true success in prepping you must measure or assess yourself and then set goals. For most of us we are falling short when it comes to disaster communications.

The tools are out there if you wish to procure them.

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Hamilton gun show

The Hamilton gun show is this weekend. I’ll be heading over there today to look around. And, since that little preparedness shop mentioned in the previous post is on the way, I’m going to stop in there and look around and see if it’s worth the trip.

What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-9-16)

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  This weekly post is an open-forum, though preferably focusing on what we all did this week for our prepping & preparedness. Voice your thoughts, opinions, concerns, or questions for others to comment on general topics of preparedness. Because the more who comment, the more who will benefit from the discussion… Are you a first timer? Let’s hear from you too!   ———————————– Note: For articles posted during the week we appreciate that you stay on-topic with your comments. For off-topic comments, post them in the most recent Saturday open-forum: What did you do for your preparedness this week? Note:

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Top 4 Security Measures for Those Living in the Big City

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Written by Laura Johnson on The Prepper Journal.

It is estimated that there are over 1.2 million violent crimes and 8.6 million property crimes reported yearly, which makes it even scarier when you think about living in the big city. In today’s world, even the people who live in rural areas have stopped leaving their doors unlocked and are beefing up their home security. If you live in the city, or the country for that matter, it’s important to know some of the best security measures to take to protect you and the family you love.

Home Monitoring/Security System

While many people don’t feel that a security company monitoring their home is the best way to go to stay secure, when you are worried about rioting, civil unrest, and the increasing violence in the streets of America, it is often the best option. A good security system, with home monitoring, can be the difference between life and death for your family if something should happen in the city you live in.

   There are affordable ADT packages available to keep you and the family you love safe in these turbulent and violent times. Make sure that you go with a reputable company for home monitoring. Do your research, take your time, and choose the one you know you can trust.

 

Get a Guard Dog

While this may seem to be one of the oldest suggestions ever, a properly trained guard dog can do a lot to protect you, your family, and your property. If you think about it, dogs are dependable, loyal, and will kill to protect your family. However, you don’t just want your dog to be a guard dog that gets no attention. If you intend to adopt a dog to guard you and your loved ones, you need to treat that dog as one of the family. Make sure you are giving him a good home, with the proper food, attention, exercise, and regular vet visits that he needs to be healthy and happy.

   

Purchase a Firearm

This is debatable to many people today, as the debate over guns and gun laws rages on Capitol Hill and in the streets as well. Purchasing a firearm is a huge responsibility and should only be taken on if you have a legal permit and the training to own and fire the weapon. Always, always make sure that you have a safe to keep the gun away from children, but that the gun is still accessible and ready to use if you should ever need it. A firearm is the perfect way to protect what you love, but in the wrong hands a gun can end in tragedy for you and your family or someone else’s. Make sure that you train your children in gun safety and that they know that guns are not toys, they are deadly.

 

Be Vigilant

All of the home protection tips in the world won’t do you any good if you aren’t vigilant and aware of what is going on around you. Be prepared and keep an eye out for any problems in your neighborhood. Prepare your family for the worst and then expect the best so that you are not surprised by anything that might happen and you will be prepared to defend your family and home.

 

These are just a few of the top security measures you can take when living in the city. These security measures will work well for the country as well. Instead of just letting what happens happen, install that security alarm, buy that dog and be prepared to protect your family, no matter what comes next.

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The Anti-Christ Spirit in Israel Targets Jewish Messianic Believers

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   The other day I read, with much astonishment, an article at World Net Daily which shouted the headline, Sanhedrin Bans All Messianic Jewish Marriages in Israel.  I knew that Orthodox Jews were unfriendly towards Messianic Jews, reviling them for their faith in Jesus Christ as the Messiah.  And I knew that the court system in Israel was becoming increasingly hostile to Messianic Jews, but I wanted to understand why this latest assault against the Messianic faith was taking place.

     According to the article, Israel’s religious establishment is taking its persecution of Messianic Jewish believers in Jesus to a new level. “A rabbinic court, or Sanhedrin, has ruled that a Jew who believes in Jesus as the Jewish Messiah is no longer considered a Jew for purposes of marriage in Israel. This makes it impossible for two Messianic Jews to get married inside the country”.
     First of all, this brings up thoughts of the Sanhedrin at the time of Jesus; and secondly, I wondered what purpose it serves this religious court to ban these marriages.  The Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, reported the same understanding of the new ruling … “Judges say the couple are not Jews but converts to Christianity, and must either renounce their new religion or marry as Christians”.  In other words, this couple would have to renounce Jesus Christ as their Savior and deny any faith in Him as the Son of God in order to have a state-recognized Jewish wedding ceremony in Israel.
     But Messianic Jews are Jews, and faith in Jesus does not change that, although it looks as if the modern-day Sanhedrin wants to change their legal status.  To deny a Jewish couple the rites and observances of a traditional Jewish wedding seems excessive and indefensible. According to the website Judaism 101, “A Jew is any person whose mother was a Jew or any person who has gone through the formal process of conversion to Judaism”.  Furthermore, according to the website, “A person born to non-Jewish parents who has not undergone the formal process of conversion but who believes everything that Orthodox Jews believe and observes every law and custom of Judaism is still a non-Jew, even in the eyes of the most liberal movements of Judaism. And a person born to a Jewish mother who is an atheist and never practices the Jewish religion is still a Jew, even in the eyes of the ultra-Orthodox. In this sense, Judaism is more like a nationality than like other religions, and being Jewish is like a citizenship”.
     So, let me get this straight.  You can be born to a Jewish mother and be an atheist, and still be a Jew.  But if your mother is Jewish and you believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, then you are treated as if you are a non-Jew. But here’s what I didn’t know:  ALL marriages in Israel are controlled by religious authorities, whether Jewish, Christian, Islamic, or any other faith. This is according to laws handed down under the Ottoman Empire, and retained by the British Mandate when Israel became a nation in 1948.  But it gets even more interesting… according to halacha, which is the collective body of Jewish religious laws derived from the Written and Oral Torah, this Jewish couple would be seen as Jewish, because even Jews who convert to another religion can still be considered Jewish. So, why is this modern-day Sanhedrin so hell-bent on denying them a Jewish wedding, and denying them their rights as Jewish citizens of Israel?
     Dr. Michael Brown, a Messianic Jewish scholar and author, is quoted as saying, “In the eyes of most Orthodox Jews, Messianic Jews are heretics and idolaters, unworthy of being part of the larger Jewish community, even though they would consider us still Jews,” Brown told WND. “Many of them want to keep us out of Israel entirely, so refusing to grant two Messianic Jews an official rabbinic wedding is in keeping with their hostility toward us.”  Dr. Brown goes on to point out that this ruling is in keeping with the persecution against Jews and believers in Jesus that the Bible tells us will come in the End Times.
     Then there is Messianic Rabbi Zev Porat, who is founder of the Tel Aviv-based Messiah of Israel Ministries. He grew up an Orthodox Jew, and his grandfather, Rabbi Pinchas Porat, was a Holocaust survivor who later became one of the heads of the Sanhedrin in Israel.  Rabbi Porat laments this decision because it will deprive people of retirement, medical and other benefits that come with a state-recognized marriage. He said Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox Jewish leaders are celebrating this move because they have long been “furious” about Jews coming to Jesus Christ.
     Sound familiar?  This is the same anti-Christ spirit that the Bible portrays among the members of the Sanhedrin that sought to kill Jesus.  Before I go any further, I do not want this to be interpreted as hating or blaming the Jews for Jesus’s crucifixion.  On the contrary, I do not blame the Jews in Judah who were blinded by an anti-Christ spirit sent by Satan.  Instead, I agree with Romans 11 which declares that God is not through with Israel, and that the fullness of Israel involves the full number of Jews being Saved by faith in Jesus as their Messiah, so that they will operate in full power and full character as God’s Chosen People, and they will enter into their full purpose of leading the world to Christ.  I celebrate the Jewish roots of my faith, embrace my Messianic brothers and sisters in Christ, and pray for the day that all Jews and Christians join together in praising Yeshua as the Son of G-d.
     That being said, I also recognize that the Enemy has sought to keep many peoples of the earth, especially the orthodox among YHWH’s chosen people, blinded to the truth of Jesus Christ.  And now that same Anti-Christ spirit of old is attempting to destroy the identity of Messianic Jews by using the Sanhedrin to declare them no longer Jews, but Christians.
     According to Rabbi Porat, this couple will now be required to leave Israel, get married, return and apply for this certification of marriage to the Ministry of Interior.  “The ministry, of course, will delay the certification and legitimization of their marriage for up to as many as five to seven years,” he noted. “While they are waiting, by design, the Ministry is going to make this process as difficult as possible because the ultimate goal is for the Messianic believers to vacate Israel all together.”
     Can you see how this would serve the purpose of Satan?  If he can get the Israeli government to forbid Jewish believers in Jesus Christ to marry, and ultimately force them to leave the country, then Romans 11 will be more difficult to achieve.  But I am here to tell you that there is an increasing number of Jews coming to faith in Jesus, and that is precisely why this orthodox rabbinic council in Tel Aviv is setting up roadblocks.
     Rabbi Porat puts it all in perspective … ““What is the true motivation behind this new law? Jews to leave, get out of Israel and go preach your Jesus elsewhere,” he said. “They have no problem with all manner of sin including a gay pride parade in the main streets of Israel, which is a total abomination to the word of God. Not one rabbi comes out against this, but yet [they] will do all manner of gymnastics to go after Messianic Jews! God forbid they should be allowed to live in Israel! There is a huge, unreported spiritual revival in Israel that the rabbis are apoplectic over. They deem the rise of believers in Yeshua as a danger to their futures, just as 2,000 years ago. Nothing changes.”
     But there is one more aspect of this situation that I found fascinating.  Lion & Lamb Ministries points out that on October 13, 2004, the Sanhedrin Council of the Jewish nation was reconstituted for the first time in 1,600 years. The ceremony took place in the Israeli town of Tiberias, located on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. This was the site of the council’s last meeting in the year 425 AD. This incredible development, largely ignored by the press, appears to be one more step toward the construction of a Jewish temple in Jerusalem. Since that time, there have been several attempts by Jewish religious leaders to ascend to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem where they hoped to pray and investigate clues pertaining to the location of the Second Temple, the one destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D.  Speculation has persisted that these attempts are all in preparation for the building of a Third Temple.
     It is interesting to consider that while the Sadducees of the Bible are believed to have become extinct sometime after the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem in 70 A.D., the Pharisees are believed to have changed and become the basis of Rabbinic Judaism today.  Remember, the Pharisees in the Bible adhered to Jewish law and kept away from the Romans and secular authorities. They were the authorities that compiled the Mishnah and Gemorrah (the two parts of the Talmud) and thus they are the direct ancestors of Jewish law and practice today.  So, it appears that the current Orthodox stream of Judaism in Israel and elsewhere, is a continuation of the Pharisees’ interpretation of Judaism.
     If the modern Sanhedrin has the building of a Third Temple in mind, then we know they are still awaiting the Messiah, and would resent the Messianic Jews who believe He has already come!  But “resent” is probably too mild a word.  This latest ruling that declares that the marriage ceremony of two Messianic Jews will not be recognized by the State amounts to nothing less than persecution.  We are reminded of Jesus’s words in Matthew 10:  Beware of men [whose nature is to act in opposition to God], for they will hand you over to the courts and flog you in their synagogues; and you will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles … And you will be hated by everyone because of [your association with] My name.  Note that these were His Jewish Disciples; and He is warning them that their fellow Jews would persecute them because of their faith in Him.
     All of this amounts to a spirit of fear [sent by God’s Adversary] among the Jewish religious leaders, causing them to come against a sect of “Jesus-Believers” who are upsetting their power base and blaspheming G-d with their words and faith.  Doesn’t sound much different than what happened more than a couple centuries ago, does it?  But this time, the outcome will be different, and I pray that the scales will be removed from the eyes of these religious men, and they will at last recognize their Messiah.  It’s been a long time coming, and I hope He doesn’t tarry too much longer.

John 1:12-13   “But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God”.

The Anti-Christ Spirit in Israel Targets Jewish Messianic Believers

   The other day I read, with much astonishment, an article at World Net Daily which shouted the headline, Sanhedrin Bans All Messianic Jewish Marriages in Israel.  I knew that Orthodox Jews were unfriendly towards Messianic Jews, reviling them for their faith in Jesus Christ as the Messiah.  And I knew that the court system in Israel was becoming increasingly hostile to Messianic Jews, but I wanted to understand why this latest assault against the Messianic faith was taking place.

     According to the article, Israel’s religious establishment is taking its persecution of Messianic Jewish believers in Jesus to a new level. “A rabbinic court, or Sanhedrin, has ruled that a Jew who believes in Jesus as the Jewish Messiah is no longer considered a Jew for purposes of marriage in Israel. This makes it impossible for two Messianic Jews to get married inside the country”.
     First of all, this brings up thoughts of the Sanhedrin at the time of Jesus; and secondly, I wondered what purpose it serves this religious court to ban these marriages.  The Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, reported the same understanding of the new ruling … “Judges say the couple are not Jews but converts to Christianity, and must either renounce their new religion or marry as Christians”.  In other words, this couple would have to renounce Jesus Christ as their Savior and deny any faith in Him as the Son of God in order to have a state-recognized Jewish wedding ceremony in Israel.
     But Messianic Jews are Jews, and faith in Jesus does not change that, although it looks as if the modern-day Sanhedrin wants to change their legal status.  To deny a Jewish couple the rites and observances of a traditional Jewish wedding seems excessive and indefensible. According to the website Judaism 101, “A Jew is any person whose mother was a Jew or any person who has gone through the formal process of conversion to Judaism”.  Furthermore, according to the website, “A person born to non-Jewish parents who has not undergone the formal process of conversion but who believes everything that Orthodox Jews believe and observes every law and custom of Judaism is still a non-Jew, even in the eyes of the most liberal movements of Judaism. And a person born to a Jewish mother who is an atheist and never practices the Jewish religion is still a Jew, even in the eyes of the ultra-Orthodox. In this sense, Judaism is more like a nationality than like other religions, and being Jewish is like a citizenship”.
     So, let me get this straight.  You can be born to a Jewish mother and be an atheist, and still be a Jew.  But if your mother is Jewish and you believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, then you are treated as if you are a non-Jew. But here’s what I didn’t know:  ALL marriages in Israel are controlled by religious authorities, whether Jewish, Christian, Islamic, or any other faith. This is according to laws handed down under the Ottoman Empire, and retained by the British Mandate when Israel became a nation in 1948.  But it gets even more interesting… according to halacha, which is the collective body of Jewish religious laws derived from the Written and Oral Torah, this Jewish couple would be seen as Jewish, because even Jews who convert to another religion can still be considered Jewish. So, why is this modern-day Sanhedrin so hell-bent on denying them a Jewish wedding, and denying them their rights as Jewish citizens of Israel?
     Dr. Michael Brown, a Messianic Jewish scholar and author, is quoted as saying, “In the eyes of most Orthodox Jews, Messianic Jews are heretics and idolaters, unworthy of being part of the larger Jewish community, even though they would consider us still Jews,” Brown told WND. “Many of them want to keep us out of Israel entirely, so refusing to grant two Messianic Jews an official rabbinic wedding is in keeping with their hostility toward us.”  Dr. Brown goes on to point out that this ruling is in keeping with the persecution against Jews and believers in Jesus that the Bible tells us will come in the End Times.
     Then there is Messianic Rabbi Zev Porat, who is founder of the Tel Aviv-based Messiah of Israel Ministries. He grew up an Orthodox Jew, and his grandfather, Rabbi Pinchas Porat, was a Holocaust survivor who later became one of the heads of the Sanhedrin in Israel.  Rabbi Porat laments this decision because it will deprive people of retirement, medical and other benefits that come with a state-recognized marriage. He said Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox Jewish leaders are celebrating this move because they have long been “furious” about Jews coming to Jesus Christ.
     Sound familiar?  This is the same anti-Christ spirit that the Bible portrays among the members of the Sanhedrin that sought to kill Jesus.  Before I go any further, I do not want this to be interpreted as hating or blaming the Jews for Jesus’s crucifixion.  On the contrary, I do not blame the Jews in Judah who were blinded by an anti-Christ spirit sent by Satan.  Instead, I agree with Romans 11 which declares that God is not through with Israel, and that the fullness of Israel involves the full number of Jews being Saved by faith in Jesus as their Messiah, so that they will operate in full power and full character as God’s Chosen People, and they will enter into their full purpose of leading the world to Christ.  I celebrate the Jewish roots of my faith, embrace my Messianic brothers and sisters in Christ, and pray for the day that all Jews and Christians join together in praising Yeshua as the Son of G-d.
     That being said, I also recognize that the Enemy has sought to keep many peoples of the earth, especially the orthodox among YHWH’s chosen people, blinded to the truth of Jesus Christ.  And now that same Anti-Christ spirit of old is attempting to destroy the identity of Messianic Jews by using the Sanhedrin to declare them no longer Jews, but Christians.
     According to Rabbi Porat, this couple will now be required to leave Israel, get married, return and apply for this certification of marriage to the Ministry of Interior.  “The ministry, of course, will delay the certification and legitimization of their marriage for up to as many as five to seven years,” he noted. “While they are waiting, by design, the Ministry is going to make this process as difficult as possible because the ultimate goal is for the Messianic believers to vacate Israel all together.”
     Can you see how this would serve the purpose of Satan?  If he can get the Israeli government to forbid Jewish believers in Jesus Christ to marry, and ultimately force them to leave the country, then Romans 11 will be more difficult to achieve.  But I am here to tell you that there is an increasing number of Jews coming to faith in Jesus, and that is precisely why this orthodox rabbinic council in Tel Aviv is setting up roadblocks.
     Rabbi Porat puts it all in perspective … ““What is the true motivation behind this new law? Jews to leave, get out of Israel and go preach your Jesus elsewhere,” he said. “They have no problem with all manner of sin including a gay pride parade in the main streets of Israel, which is a total abomination to the word of God. Not one rabbi comes out against this, but yet [they] will do all manner of gymnastics to go after Messianic Jews! God forbid they should be allowed to live in Israel! There is a huge, unreported spiritual revival in Israel that the rabbis are apoplectic over. They deem the rise of believers in Yeshua as a danger to their futures, just as 2,000 years ago. Nothing changes.”
     But there is one more aspect of this situation that I found fascinating.  Lion & Lamb Ministries points out that on October 13, 2004, the Sanhedrin Council of the Jewish nation was reconstituted for the first time in 1,600 years. The ceremony took place in the Israeli town of Tiberias, located on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. This was the site of the council’s last meeting in the year 425 AD. This incredible development, largely ignored by the press, appears to be one more step toward the construction of a Jewish temple in Jerusalem. Since that time, there have been several attempts by Jewish religious leaders to ascend to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem where they hoped to pray and investigate clues pertaining to the location of the Second Temple, the one destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D.  Speculation has persisted that these attempts are all in preparation for the building of a Third Temple.
     It is interesting to consider that while the Sadducees of the Bible are believed to have become extinct sometime after the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem in 70 A.D., the Pharisees are believed to have changed and become the basis of Rabbinic Judaism today.  Remember, the Pharisees in the Bible adhered to Jewish law and kept away from the Romans and secular authorities. They were the authorities that compiled the Mishnah and Gemorrah (the two parts of the Talmud) and thus they are the direct ancestors of Jewish law and practice today.  So, it appears that the current Orthodox stream of Judaism in Israel and elsewhere, is a continuation of the Pharisees’ interpretation of Judaism.
     If the modern Sanhedrin has the building of a Third Temple in mind, then we know they are still awaiting the Messiah, and would resent the Messianic Jews who believe He has already come!  But “resent” is probably too mild a word.  This latest ruling that declares that the marriage ceremony of two Messianic Jews will not be recognized by the State amounts to nothing less than persecution.  We are reminded of Jesus’s words in Matthew 10:  Beware of men [whose nature is to act in opposition to God], for they will hand you over to the courts and flog you in their synagogues; and you will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles … And you will be hated by everyone because of [your association with] My name.  Note that these were His Jewish Disciples; and He is warning them that their fellow Jews would persecute them because of their faith in Him.
     All of this amounts to a spirit of fear [sent by God’s Adversary] among the Jewish religious leaders, causing them to come against a sect of “Jesus-Believers” who are upsetting their power base and blaspheming G-d with their words and faith.  Doesn’t sound much different than what happened more than a couple centuries ago, does it?  But this time, the outcome will be different, and I pray that the scales will be removed from the eyes of these religious men, and they will at last recognize their Messiah.  It’s been a long time coming, and I hope He doesn’t tarry too much longer.

John 1:12-13   “But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God”.

The Anti-Christ Spirit in Israel Targets Jewish Messianic Believers

   The other day I read, with much astonishment, an article at World Net Daily which shouted the headline, Sanhedrin Bans All Messianic Jewish Marriages in Israel.  I knew that Orthodox Jews were unfriendly towards Messianic Jews, reviling them for their faith in Jesus Christ as the Messiah.  And I knew that the court system in Israel was becoming increasingly hostile to Messianic Jews, but I wanted to understand why this latest assault against the Messianic faith was taking place.

     According to the article, Israel’s religious establishment is taking its persecution of Messianic Jewish believers in Jesus to a new level. “A rabbinic court, or Sanhedrin, has ruled that a Jew who believes in Jesus as the Jewish Messiah is no longer considered a Jew for purposes of marriage in Israel. This makes it impossible for two Messianic Jews to get married inside the country”.
     First of all, this brings up thoughts of the Sanhedrin at the time of Jesus; and secondly, I wondered what purpose it serves this religious court to ban these marriages.  The Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, reported the same understanding of the new ruling … “Judges say the couple are not Jews but converts to Christianity, and must either renounce their new religion or marry as Christians”.  In other words, this couple would have to renounce Jesus Christ as their Savior and deny any faith in Him as the Son of God in order to have a state-recognized Jewish wedding ceremony in Israel.
     But Messianic Jews are Jews, and faith in Jesus does not change that, although it looks as if the modern-day Sanhedrin wants to change their legal status.  To deny a Jewish couple the rites and observances of a traditional Jewish wedding seems excessive and indefensible. According to the website Judaism 101, “A Jew is any person whose mother was a Jew or any person who has gone through the formal process of conversion to Judaism”.  Furthermore, according to the website, “A person born to non-Jewish parents who has not undergone the formal process of conversion but who believes everything that Orthodox Jews believe and observes every law and custom of Judaism is still a non-Jew, even in the eyes of the most liberal movements of Judaism. And a person born to a Jewish mother who is an atheist and never practices the Jewish religion is still a Jew, even in the eyes of the ultra-Orthodox. In this sense, Judaism is more like a nationality than like other religions, and being Jewish is like a citizenship”.
     So, let me get this straight.  You can be born to a Jewish mother and be an atheist, and still be a Jew.  But if your mother is Jewish and you believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, then you are treated as if you are a non-Jew. But here’s what I didn’t know:  ALL marriages in Israel are controlled by religious authorities, whether Jewish, Christian, Islamic, or any other faith. This is according to laws handed down under the Ottoman Empire, and retained by the British Mandate when Israel became a nation in 1948.  But it gets even more interesting… according to halacha, which is the collective body of Jewish religious laws derived from the Written and Oral Torah, this Jewish couple would be seen as Jewish, because even Jews who convert to another religion can still be considered Jewish. So, why is this modern-day Sanhedrin so hell-bent on denying them a Jewish wedding, and denying them their rights as Jewish citizens of Israel?
     Dr. Michael Brown, a Messianic Jewish scholar and author, is quoted as saying, “In the eyes of most Orthodox Jews, Messianic Jews are heretics and idolaters, unworthy of being part of the larger Jewish community, even though they would consider us still Jews,” Brown told WND. “Many of them want to keep us out of Israel entirely, so refusing to grant two Messianic Jews an official rabbinic wedding is in keeping with their hostility toward us.”  Dr. Brown goes on to point out that this ruling is in keeping with the persecution against Jews and believers in Jesus that the Bible tells us will come in the End Times.
     Then there is Messianic Rabbi Zev Porat, who is founder of the Tel Aviv-based Messiah of Israel Ministries. He grew up an Orthodox Jew, and his grandfather, Rabbi Pinchas Porat, was a Holocaust survivor who later became one of the heads of the Sanhedrin in Israel.  Rabbi Porat laments this decision because it will deprive people of retirement, medical and other benefits that come with a state-recognized marriage. He said Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox Jewish leaders are celebrating this move because they have long been “furious” about Jews coming to Jesus Christ.
     Sound familiar?  This is the same anti-Christ spirit that the Bible portrays among the members of the Sanhedrin that sought to kill Jesus.  Before I go any further, I do not want this to be interpreted as hating or blaming the Jews for Jesus’s crucifixion.  On the contrary, I do not blame the Jews in Judah who were blinded by an anti-Christ spirit sent by Satan.  Instead, I agree with Romans 11 which declares that God is not through with Israel, and that the fullness of Israel involves the full number of Jews being Saved by faith in Jesus as their Messiah, so that they will operate in full power and full character as God’s Chosen People, and they will enter into their full purpose of leading the world to Christ.  I celebrate the Jewish roots of my faith, embrace my Messianic brothers and sisters in Christ, and pray for the day that all Jews and Christians join together in praising Yeshua as the Son of G-d.
     That being said, I also recognize that the Enemy has sought to keep many peoples of the earth, especially the orthodox among YHWH’s chosen people, blinded to the truth of Jesus Christ.  And now that same Anti-Christ spirit of old is attempting to destroy the identity of Messianic Jews by using the Sanhedrin to declare them no longer Jews, but Christians.
     According to Rabbi Porat, this couple will now be required to leave Israel, get married, return and apply for this certification of marriage to the Ministry of Interior.  “The ministry, of course, will delay the certification and legitimization of their marriage for up to as many as five to seven years,” he noted. “While they are waiting, by design, the Ministry is going to make this process as difficult as possible because the ultimate goal is for the Messianic believers to vacate Israel all together.”
     Can you see how this would serve the purpose of Satan?  If he can get the Israeli government to forbid Jewish believers in Jesus Christ to marry, and ultimately force them to leave the country, then Romans 11 will be more difficult to achieve.  But I am here to tell you that there is an increasing number of Jews coming to faith in Jesus, and that is precisely why this orthodox rabbinic council in Tel Aviv is setting up roadblocks.
     Rabbi Porat puts it all in perspective … ““What is the true motivation behind this new law? Jews to leave, get out of Israel and go preach your Jesus elsewhere,” he said. “They have no problem with all manner of sin including a gay pride parade in the main streets of Israel, which is a total abomination to the word of God. Not one rabbi comes out against this, but yet [they] will do all manner of gymnastics to go after Messianic Jews! God forbid they should be allowed to live in Israel! There is a huge, unreported spiritual revival in Israel that the rabbis are apoplectic over. They deem the rise of believers in Yeshua as a danger to their futures, just as 2,000 years ago. Nothing changes.”
     But there is one more aspect of this situation that I found fascinating.  Lion & Lamb Ministries points out that on October 13, 2004, the Sanhedrin Council of the Jewish nation was reconstituted for the first time in 1,600 years. The ceremony took place in the Israeli town of Tiberias, located on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. This was the site of the council’s last meeting in the year 425 AD. This incredible development, largely ignored by the press, appears to be one more step toward the construction of a Jewish temple in Jerusalem. Since that time, there have been several attempts by Jewish religious leaders to ascend to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem where they hoped to pray and investigate clues pertaining to the location of the Second Temple, the one destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D.  Speculation has persisted that these attempts are all in preparation for the building of a Third Temple.
     It is interesting to consider that while the Sadducees of the Bible are believed to have become extinct sometime after the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem in 70 A.D., the Pharisees are believed to have changed and become the basis of Rabbinic Judaism today.  Remember, the Pharisees in the Bible adhered to Jewish law and kept away from the Romans and secular authorities. They were the authorities that compiled the Mishnah and Gemorrah (the two parts of the Talmud) and thus they are the direct ancestors of Jewish law and practice today.  So, it appears that the current Orthodox stream of Judaism in Israel and elsewhere, is a continuation of the Pharisees’ interpretation of Judaism.
     If the modern Sanhedrin has the building of a Third Temple in mind, then we know they are still awaiting the Messiah, and would resent the Messianic Jews who believe He has already come!  But “resent” is probably too mild a word.  This latest ruling that declares that the marriage ceremony of two Messianic Jews will not be recognized by the State amounts to nothing less than persecution.  We are reminded of Jesus’s words in Matthew 10:  Beware of men [whose nature is to act in opposition to God], for they will hand you over to the courts and flog you in their synagogues; and you will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles … And you will be hated by everyone because of [your association with] My name.  Note that these were His Jewish Disciples; and He is warning them that their fellow Jews would persecute them because of their faith in Him.
     All of this amounts to a spirit of fear [sent by God’s Adversary] among the Jewish religious leaders, causing them to come against a sect of “Jesus-Believers” who are upsetting their power base and blaspheming G-d with their words and faith.  Doesn’t sound much different than what happened more than a couple centuries ago, does it?  But this time, the outcome will be different, and I pray that the scales will be removed from the eyes of these religious men, and they will at last recognize their Messiah.  It’s been a long time coming, and I hope He doesn’t tarry too much longer.

John 1:12-13   “But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God”.

The Miracle Drink That Should Be In Every Pantry

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ReadyNutrition Guys and Gals, we’re going to cover some interesting information pertaining to Green Tea, and some reasons why you should make it a part of your routine.  I have written about it in the past, but mainly to help against HFV’s (Hemorrhagic Flu Viruses), such as Bird Flu and Ebola.  Green Tea is not expensive, and it is a great beverage to partake in.  In fact, according to Healthline.com, it’s “the healthiest beverages on the planet.” Green Tea itself comes from an evergreen shrub, Camellia sinensis, originally cultivated in China and now more widespread throughout the Far East and the Middle East.

Why Green Tea is so Great

The primary clinical application (medicinally) for Green Tea is as an adjunct in the prevention of both heart disease and cancer.  All the body’s systems, such as the digestive tract, bloodstream, and breasts (regarding estrogen-related cancers for women) have been demonstrated to be protected with Green Tea, that contains anticancer properties in abundance.

It has thermogenic and fat-oxidizing properties that can be useful for patients who are obese.  It also reduces glucose and several other plasma constituents that are indicative of Type 2 Diabetes.  Polyphenols are the chemicals that are responsible for the chemoprotective (protect from chemicals and poisons) and antioxidative effects of Green Tea.  In past articles, I explained how free radicals worked, and I’m going to touch on it again now.

Free radicals are atoms or molecules that are missing an electron.  What they do is “grab” or “capture” that missing electron, “stealing” it if you will from a healthy cell.  The problem is, the healthy cell is no longer healthy.  Scientists and doctors believe that free radicals are responsible for a great deal of growth of cancerous cells, as well as being the primary agents responsible for aging.  Green Tea is an antioxidant: it holds extra electrons, and it fights these free radicals by donating one of its extra electrons to the “Snidely Whiplash” free radical, thereby neutralizing its harmful effects.  Do you get the picture?

The caffeine in Green Tea is a central nervous system stimulant; however, it is not as potent as coffee.  The caffeine content is about 10 to 50 mg per cup, depending on the type and quality of the tea.  The polyphenols, on the other hand, range from about 80 to 100 mg per cup.  Over the course of a day, four cups are about the limit with three being a normative amount.  Keep in mind: people with cardiac problems should consult their friendly physician when he’s back from the golf course prior to taking green tea or acting upon information in this article.

From a workout perspective, the antioxidants in Green Tea will promote recovery faster after you’ve completed exercising.  Guess what?  Not only is it good for the systems we just mentioned, but it’s also good for the development of the human brain.

L-theanine is an amino acid that enhances the brain’s A (Alpha) waves, and it boosts a chemical produced within the brain called BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor).  L-theanine increases neurogenesis in the hippocampus.  What this means is that it stimulates the growth of nerve cells and strengthens the connections between nerve endings and nerve cells within the human brain.  This effect is also accomplished with the aid of EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), a polyphenol and an antioxidant that helps the hippocampus and also the mitochondria…a crucial “power-supplying machine” within our cells.  Green Tea is an excellent source of these things.

I’m drinking some as we speak.  Yeah, JJ buys it at the dollar tree, 100 bags for $1.00, but be advised: the bags are 1 g (gram) bags, and you need about 1.75 bags to have the effects of a full cup.  I do this: I use a jar that holds 1 quart of water.  I fill it up, put in 7 tea bags, and secure the lid.  Then I set it in the sun.  At the end of the day, I squeeze the bags and place the jar in the fridge.  Each morning I fill up a 32-ounce Gatorade bottle with my tea, and I sip off this all-day long.  So, each 32-ounce bottle is equal to 4 cups of Green Tea.  I don’t sweeten it or put anything in it…just drink it straight up.  Cost is not even a dime a quart, with no bad ingredients.  Can’t beat that, and it’s as simple as the day is long.  Mrs. JJ and I get a week out of a box.

So, check into this one and you’ll really get used to the taste of it.  The benefits are exceeding, and you can do it the way that I do for pennies on the dollar.  The Chinese have been using it for about 5,000 years, and although there aren’t any 5,000-year-old Chinamen, their people (based on herbalism and homeopathic remedies) enjoy longer lifespans than ours.  They must be doing something right, and Green Tea is a centerpiece of Chinese Herbal Medicine.  Stay in that good fight!  JJ out!

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

The Miracle Drink That Should Be In Every Pantry

ReadyNutrition Guys and Gals, we’re going to cover some interesting information pertaining to Green Tea, and some reasons why you should make it a part of your routine.  I have written about it in the past, but mainly to help against HFV’s (Hemorrhagic Flu Viruses), such as Bird Flu and Ebola.  Green Tea is not expensive, and it is a great beverage to partake in.  In fact, according to Healthline.com, it’s “the healthiest beverages on the planet.” Green Tea itself comes from an evergreen shrub, Camellia sinensis, originally cultivated in China and now more widespread throughout the Far East and the Middle East.

Why Green Tea is so Great

The primary clinical application (medicinally) for Green Tea is as an adjunct in the prevention of both heart disease and cancer.  All the body’s systems, such as the digestive tract, bloodstream, and breasts (regarding estrogen-related cancers for women) have been demonstrated to be protected with Green Tea, that contains anticancer properties in abundance.

It has thermogenic and fat-oxidizing properties that can be useful for patients who are obese.  It also reduces glucose and several other plasma constituents that are indicative of Type 2 Diabetes.  Polyphenols are the chemicals that are responsible for the chemoprotective (protect from chemicals and poisons) and antioxidative effects of Green Tea.  In past articles, I explained how free radicals worked, and I’m going to touch on it again now.

Free radicals are atoms or molecules that are missing an electron.  What they do is “grab” or “capture” that missing electron, “stealing” it if you will from a healthy cell.  The problem is, the healthy cell is no longer healthy.  Scientists and doctors believe that free radicals are responsible for a great deal of growth of cancerous cells, as well as being the primary agents responsible for aging.  Green Tea is an antioxidant: it holds extra electrons, and it fights these free radicals by donating one of its extra electrons to the “Snidely Whiplash” free radical, thereby neutralizing its harmful effects.  Do you get the picture?

The caffeine in Green Tea is a central nervous system stimulant; however, it is not as potent as coffee.  The caffeine content is about 10 to 50 mg per cup, depending on the type and quality of the tea.  The polyphenols, on the other hand, range from about 80 to 100 mg per cup.  Over the course of a day, four cups are about the limit with three being a normative amount.  Keep in mind: people with cardiac problems should consult their friendly physician when he’s back from the golf course prior to taking green tea or acting upon information in this article.

From a workout perspective, the antioxidants in Green Tea will promote recovery faster after you’ve completed exercising.  Guess what?  Not only is it good for the systems we just mentioned, but it’s also good for the development of the human brain.

L-theanine is an amino acid that enhances the brain’s A (Alpha) waves, and it boosts a chemical produced within the brain called BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor).  L-theanine increases neurogenesis in the hippocampus.  What this means is that it stimulates the growth of nerve cells and strengthens the connections between nerve endings and nerve cells within the human brain.  This effect is also accomplished with the aid of EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), a polyphenol and an antioxidant that helps the hippocampus and also the mitochondria…a crucial “power-supplying machine” within our cells.  Green Tea is an excellent source of these things.

I’m drinking some as we speak.  Yeah, JJ buys it at the dollar tree, 100 bags for $1.00, but be advised: the bags are 1 g (gram) bags, and you need about 1.75 bags to have the effects of a full cup.  I do this: I use a jar that holds 1 quart of water.  I fill it up, put in 7 tea bags, and secure the lid.  Then I set it in the sun.  At the end of the day, I squeeze the bags and place the jar in the fridge.  Each morning I fill up a 32-ounce Gatorade bottle with my tea, and I sip off this all-day long.  So, each 32-ounce bottle is equal to 4 cups of Green Tea.  I don’t sweeten it or put anything in it…just drink it straight up.  Cost is not even a dime a quart, with no bad ingredients.  Can’t beat that, and it’s as simple as the day is long.  Mrs. JJ and I get a week out of a box.

So, check into this one and you’ll really get used to the taste of it.  The benefits are exceeding, and you can do it the way that I do for pennies on the dollar.  The Chinese have been using it for about 5,000 years, and although there aren’t any 5,000-year-old Chinamen, their people (based on herbalism and homeopathic remedies) enjoy longer lifespans than ours.  They must be doing something right, and Green Tea is a centerpiece of Chinese Herbal Medicine.  Stay in that good fight!  JJ out!

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition