The Purge, The Movie.

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The purge is about the government reducing the population, mostly the poor & disadvantaged. They came up with a scheme that would appeal to all the sickos like themselves! An annual time of the year when you could kill with no legal consequences. 

I thought this was a great movie, full of action. A few loopholes, things you & I would not do, but on the whole worth watching. The scary part is that I can see this could easily happen here in Australia. We have a totally corrupt to the core government who is actually paying the Indonesian government to kill our WW2 Allies in West Papua. This is the genocide that the world in ignoring! So yes, I think our sick government is quite capable of turning on Australian citizens if it means gaining more power, control & wealth. Remember, it is now illegal in Australia to purchase, own or carry anything for use in self defence of for the defence of others!!! Think about that!

Gun Control Fail Australia

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“no valid reason why handguns greater than 38 calibre should be restricted for use in practical shooting competition”. You think that it stupid, did you know that muzzle-loading pistols are restricted?! I can own an antique flintlock but it is illegal for me to shoot it?! (actually the legislation uses the word “use” instead of “shoot”, so any police officer can interpret this in any way they wish!!!  And we the shooting community in the whole of Australia allowed this to happen why???  

Keith.

CONSPIRACY CASES: The Port Arthur Massacre

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Does this sound much like the recent Parkland, Florida shooting?! More & more these shootings at Port Arthur & Parkland are looking like orchestrated shootings to encourage more gun control. In Australia this worked, we had certain guns confiscated. What we have to think about now is, will there be more orchestrated shootings by our government or anti-gun lobbyists??? How desperate are they to take the rest of our guns???

FEMA: “Each Family Needs To Have a Central Rally Point”

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ReadyNutrition Readers, this is going to take some planning on your part, as each person and family’s geographic location and other demographics (number of family members, etc.) are going to determine courses of action.

One of the problems that may be faced is that nobody will be home when the SHTF, and there may be a considerable distance for everyone to travel to reach home when that happens.

One way to lower your risks in traveling is to plan out and create rally points and hide sites.

FEMA also emphasizes the importance of having a family rally point.

“During many emergencies family members may be easily separated, and the confusion or chaos during any disaster often makes it more difficult for families members to find each other. Each family needs to have a central rally point that is reasonably secure and relatively easy for each family member to reach, adjusted for individual means of transportation. Such a rally point starts with a safe location near a family’s home or apartment … a location outside the residence where everyone agrees to meet in the event of fire or other threats. Think about other types of emergencies you might expect, and select the rally point providing the greatest safety during any one expected emergency. Families who have agreed, in advance, to help each other in time of major emergencies, also need to select secure rally points. I’m sure you may have heard all of this advise before, but too many of us forget survival essentials.”

When Comms are Down, Each Family Should Have a Rally Point

A rally point is nothing more than a predetermined location that you and all your family members agree to meet up or link up.  We will also address hasty rally points that can be used when you’re all together.  Hypothetically, let’s say that the Anderson family consists of Working Dad, Working Mom, 15-year-old Johnny and 19-year-old Susie.  Johnny is in high school, and Susie is a student with a part-time job in a drugstore right next to the school.  Here are the distances for all of them from home:

Dad – 10 miles       Mom – 8 miles       Johnny – 10 miles       Susie – 7 miles

Everyone is our hypothetical family is working and studying on the West Side of town, and home is to the East of town, for convenience’s sake.  Let us also say that the SHTF event is an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) attack.  The optimal location would be for the rally point to be established nearest to Susie, as she is the closest to home.  The others could make their way to this rally point…. let’s say it is a large oak tree in the park…where they would link up with one another and then attempt to reach home together.

Family’s Who Have a Hide Site Can Regroup More Efficiently

In addition to this, just in case things become too “hairy” you should establish a hide site.  A hide site is nothing more than a place to rest and regroup (possibly with some supplies that are hidden or cached) before continuing your movement home.

With everyone firmly rooted in the mentality of English property law, this may require you to establish a hide site that may be located on someone else’s property, such as a business or an abandoned/dilapidated structure.  You make the call and be the judge: when the SHTF, you can write a check to the property owner if you feel the need for sleeping in the abandoned barn with only three walls and half a roof.

The point being, if you’re going to use such things to facilitate your travel home, this means you will have to plan on them beforehand and perhaps conduct a rehearsal.  The more you practice, the better you will be.  You can then formulate a plan that will remove the uncertainties out of what all of you do.  What uncertainties can you avoid?  How about these, for starters:

“Oh, my word, where’s Johnny?” or “What about Susie?  My cell phone’s down…I can’t reach her!”

Mr. and Mrs. Anderson and family can take all the guesswork out of worrying for one another by having a premade plan that has been practiced.  A good deal of security and sense of confidence will come just from having a basic plan that each family member knows, and each family member knows that all of the other family members have the plan memorized and are going to carry out their parts.

You can aid each other in these plans with Motorola’s in the vehicles, shielded by a Faraday cage.  Turn on your agreed-upon preplanned family frequency when it’s safe to do so…and make communication when you’re able.  Now, back to a hasty rally point.  When you’re traveling toward the house?  A hasty rally point is a point that is identified by the group leader of your family as a fallback location while in the middle of movement/ traveling.

The hand-and-arm signal for “Rally” in the United States Army is to extend your right hand straight up, palm flattened, and make a circular motion above your head, fingers extended and joined.  Make sure all of your family members see it.  Then point to the exact location you have in mind: a small hollow at the base of a hill, a large boulder next to a creek, or whatever is decided upon.  Make sure each family member sees both the sign for “Rally” and you pointing to exactly where it is.

If trouble arises and everyone has to run, you will meet up at this rally point and then determine if you will proceed as you were going, or what alternate route you’ll take.  Planning is everything in this, and rehearsals will make it as perfect as it can be.  Help one another and take time to consider the best locations you can use, and give yourself a better chance.  Anything that will tip the scale in your favor even a few percentage points is worth your consideration.  Fight that good fight, every day.  JJ out!

 

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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.

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Deep State using Staged Chemical Attack in Syria to Sucker Trump into War with Russia

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It is time for our senior intelligence and defense officers to publicly speak out and expose the Deep State’s plan to bait the US into war with Syria, Russia, and

U.S. emergency alert systems not secure, researchers find

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A vulnerability affecting emergency alert systems throughout the United States, supplied by ATI Systems, could be exploited remotely via radio frequencies to activate emergency sirens and trigger false alarms. […]

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Weekly Watchman & Current Events – April 10, 2018

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Current Events and Bible Prophecy – Prepped & Aware!

 

This weekly post provides you with a select section of Current Events and Prophecy Update videos from current prophecy teachers. Be prayerful and line everything up against the Word of God.

But when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near!  Luke 21:28 HCSB

Disclaimer: I don’t agree with everything I post here.  However, I try to keep an open mind and definitely don’t want to be like the religious leaders of Jesus’ day that had the Son of God right in front of them, but didn’t recognize Him because He didn’t come the way they thought He would come!  Stay Alert!

In this week’s WW:

  • John Haller’s Prophecy Update “Delusion 2.0″ – 4/8/18
  • JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – April 8th, 2018
  • Amir Tsarfati – Special update on Israeli airstrikes in Syria, April 9, 2018.
  • Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy – April 6, 2018
  • Tom Hughes – “Prophecy Update: Is Pope Francis the False Prophet?” – 4/4/18
  • Calvary Melbourne Australia – PROPHECY REVEALED APR 8, 2018 – IRAN SEEKS NUCLEAR BOMB – 4/8/18
  • Jason A – The Truth May Scare You! (2018-2019 EVENTS)

 

John Haller’s Prophecy Update “Delusion 2.0″ – 4/8/18

 

JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – April 8th, 2018

 

Amir Tsarfati – Special update on Israeli airstrikes in Syria, April 9, 2018.

 

Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy – April 6, 2018

 

Tom Hughes – “Prophecy Update: Is Pope Francis the False Prophet?” – 4/4/18

 

Calvary Melbourne Australia – PROPHECY REVEALED APR 8, 2018 – IRAN SEEKS NUCLEAR BOMB – 4/8/18

 

Jason A – The Truth May Scare You! (2018-2019 EVENTS)

 

Peace,
Todd

Super Fun Activities to Do With Your Family on Weekends

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Are you often occupied by your work? When was the last time you had great cozy moments with your family? If you can’t answer these questions affirmatively, you need to seriously revisit the way you balance your personal and professional life. In an era when more and more people are getting consumed due to professional obligations, when personal spaces are increasingly shrinking and being ceded to work and stress; spending some quality time with family certainly breathes a new lease of life. These are the moments that not only help you keep your stress at bay, but allow you to

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Old Fashioned Biscuits and Gravy Recipe – Down Home Goodness

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This past weekend we decided to make one of our favorite breakfast meals – Old Fashioned Biscuits and Gravy. We usually save this recipe for special occasions or when we are feeding a large group for breakfast. However, the weather

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Book Review: Total Money Makeover

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I am a big fan of Dave Ramsey, about the only time I don’t listen to his show is when I have either just done, or are planning to do, something with my money that I know doesn’t fit in my budget. (like borrowing from my 401k to buy homestead land).  There is a psychological lesson in that statement…. Dave is the real deal when it comes to financial management.  He is a self made millionaire who has made and lost fortunes.  This has caused him to learn two seperate and equally important lessons, how to make money, and how

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Free PDF: HK Firearm Manuals

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Today I have 38 HK firearm manuals to share Hk 4 Hk 11 HK 33 Automatic Rifle Cal 5.56mm x 45 Nato Hk 33E-53 Hk 91 Hk 93 Hk 94 Hk 270 Hk 630-770-940 HK Binelli Shotgun Training HK G3 Automatic Rifle Cal 7.62mm Nato Hk G3 Hk G11 Hk Gpt Hk Mark23 Hk Mg4 Hk Mp5 Armorers Manual Hk Mp5 Hk Mp5A4 Hk Mp5N Hk Mp5Sf Hk Mp7A1 Hk P7 Owner HK P7 Pistol P7 9mm Hk P7 Hk P2000 HK Pistol P9S 9mm Hk Psg1 Hk Sl6 Sl7 Hk Sl81 Hk Sr9 Hk Ump 40 Hk Usc 45

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How Much Worse Does It Have To Get Before You Act?

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People, like horses, can be led to water but you can’t make them drink … A paragraph from MSB contributor, ‘Bill Jenkins Horse’, I have been in SHTF MODE for almost 2 years. Have asked here many times how much worse does it have to get before you act? Never get responses. So, I guess the wolf has to be eating at the dinner table before people will take action. Really sad, many good people will fall by the sword due to indecision … – Bill Jenkins Horse   “How Much Worse Does It Have To Get Before You Act?”

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How Much Worse Does It Have To Get Before You Act?

People, like horses, can be led to water but you can’t make them drink … A paragraph from MSB contributor, ‘Bill Jenkins Horse’, I have been in SHTF MODE for almost 2 years. Have asked here many times how much worse does it have to get before you act? Never get responses. So, I guess the wolf has to be eating at the dinner table before people will take action. Really sad, many good people will fall by the sword due to indecision … – Bill Jenkins Horse   “How Much Worse Does It Have To Get Before You Act?”

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Protecting Your Church In An Age Of Terror

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Singing Hymns in Church

Most people believe they’re safe in church, but times have changed

Like it or not, Americans have to face the reality of today’s real-world threats right here on our own soil. Some of these threats come from abroad or are influenced by foreign fanaticism. Unfortunately, as witnessed in recent weeks, we must also face increasing threats from within our own communities.

Of course, the liberal side of the house including many media outlets, would suggest that we all be good victims and lay down to wait and be executed. I even read recently where one ignoramus suggested that the after shooting police investigation that occurred in a suburban Denver Wal-Mart was impeded because several armed patrons drew their side arms in the midst of the attacker’s shooting and killing of three innocent patrons. The inference was that police had to slow their investigation because so many folks pulled guns…I’ve got one word for that thought:  TOUGH! This commentator went on to suggest that it is a rare event that a good armed citizen can or will stop an attack. What’s rare is publicity focuses on such events. An exception is the armed citizen, Stephen Willeford, who’s been widely recognized for stopping the church attack in Texas as we all know.

Many churches and businesses have developed security teams and measures and I applaud these efforts. Police were on scene in the recent church massacre in Texas in four minutes. As I have long said, the police want to get there, they yearn to stop the carnage, but in reality, it just takes too long in most cases. Four minutes is an eternity when people are being methodically killed.

So, that leaves you, the determined and defiant citizen who will take action to stop the threat. Texas. This decision is not to be taken lightly. Since you are already carrying concealed or open, perhaps there are some considerations you haven’t thought of.

I am a supporter of our 2nd Amendment, a past law enforcement officer, and currently a fulltime firearms and tactics trainer. Consequently, I believe in solid gun training. If you and your church members or business associates are developing a security program that includes a potential armed response, give some thought to the following.

Avoidance or escape

If you can, always opt for avoiding an armed confrontation. If not, can you escape? Can you evacuate all innocent persons without compromising their safety? Any of these are a better option than engaging in a gun fight, but of course be prepared to take decisive and aggressive action if that’s what it takes to save lives. Your security team needs to train to this level and be prepared if the need arises. Being constantly aware of the environment around your church, any anyone approaching, is critical as well. In other words, remain vigilant.

Concealment options

A security team for a church or business is probably best served by keeping sidearms concealed. Can you conceal your chosen handgun and then efficiently access it in an immediate threat event? This skill set needs to be practiced and refined continuously.

De-escalate force when appropriate

You need to consider that not all confrontations are related to immediate use of deadly force. Intermediate use of force options may be a consideration. Verbal skills are part of this. Have your team work with a good trainer who provides scenario based training. When done with proper planning and good safety measures, it’s an excellent way of training for reality based situations.

Marksmanship fundamentals and tactics

If you intend to be part of an organized security team and intend on carrying, your shooting skills must be top notch. Practicing basic gun manipulations such as drawing from concealment, reloads under stress, shooting from cover, shooting with movement, dim light shooting (carry a flashlight!), precision shots, and clearing malfunctions are all critical skill sets. What if you need to move from one part of your church to another in the case of an active shooter? Tactical movement and not running past blind corners may be important.

Emergency medicine

Perhaps some of your security team wants to focus on other areas of training. Not to exclude your armed team members from emergency medical, but others who choose not to be armed can get involved in this way. The Tactical Combat Causality Care model (TCCC) or last ditch medical as I like to call it is an excellent example. Based on stopping major blood loss (tourniquet and quick clot use), dealing with penetrating chest wounds and airway issues as well as some tactical considerations.  Add CPR and AED use, and you have the basics for preventing or minimizing deaths in the case of an active shooter or other emergencies. Remember, in a major event like an active shooter, the responding officers have to be concerned with stopping and or locating the threat first, not providing medical aid.

Legal system

Don’t leave out training that addresses your local laws and concerns with civil liability. Remember too that law enforcement and other emergency services are on the way. Their response may be immediate or it may seem to take forever based on your location or availability of emergency personnel. When they arrive, someone on your team needs to be ready to communicate calmly with them, and not with a gun in hand! Also understand when it’s in your best interest to remain silent.

Bottom line, it is not unreasonable to have a plan and practice it. Utilize any willing individuals in your church or business who already have a skill set in these areas.

Someone once said, “Only a fool confuses preparedness with paranoia”. I couldn’t agree more.

The American Dunning-Kruger Epidemic (Or Why Ignorant People Are So Sure They’re Right)

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by Daisy Luther

It’s time to address an epidemic in the United States. It’s one that could be deadly, particularly to liberty.

It’s an epidemic of Dunning-Kruger. It’s why ignorant … Read the rest

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Unity In The Midst Of Diversity

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     I am privileged and blessed to walk among a wide range of Believers. And because of the path the Lord is taking me on, I want to appreciate and love them all. And I am finding that one of the easiest ways the devil has to take our focus off the One we proclaim as our Savior is to tempt us to look at our fellow Christians and judge their belief systems regarding the nature of God.
     Mind you, I am not advocating that we accept all the beliefs among our brethren; especially if we discern that they are counter to God’s core principles of loving Him and others. And I do not think that it is necessary to accept a particular doctrine or precept just because we call each other “Christian”. It is up to each Christian to determine his own theology — hopefully based on a sincere and thorough immersion in the Word.
     When I use the word Unity, I am not referring to a “one size fits all” understanding of everything about God. Since I believe that He uses each of us for His own divine purposes, we may each possess a unique understanding of a part of His sovereign character that calls for us to walk a different path than another. That’s where the Diversity part of my title comes in.
     No, what I am talking about is walking that tightrope of maintaining what God has revealed as His Truth to you, while continuing to love and respect another’s different Truth — realizing that both are coming from our Heavenly Father for His purpose, not ours. Speaking to this concept, Paul says in Romans 14:4, “Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand”.
     Can you see that we are all servants in the Body of Christ, and He is the Master of us all? We each belong to Him — even if we are different! The problem begins when we judge each other for our opinions on Scripture, or something as mundane as our preferences in how we worship. Paul goes on to say in subsequent verses, “There is nothing wrong with having different personal convictions about such matters”. He tells us that if our fellow Brother or Sister in Christ is doing something different than us, yet doing it to honor the Lord, who are we to judge that? Because when we judge those matters of opinions or preferences, aren’t we taking the role that belongs to Jesus alone?
     As Paul reminds us, we will each have our turn to stand before God’s judgment seat. We are each going to have to give a personal account of our own life before God. And we are going to have to listen to all the times we spoke in dishonor to another of our brethren. And it doesn’t matter if our Sister or Brother sparked the division with a raised voice, or questioned our theology, or accused us of embracing a false message — we are obligated to walk in love and honor the Body of Christ.
     I will tell you that it is not always easy. I’m sure each of us can recall at least one event when a fellow Christian offended us. And it’s easy to only focus on their actions or words that insulted us. But if we can stop and honestly reflect on the bigger picture, we can usually see where they could say the same thing about that event. If we truly have the Holy Spirit in us, then we should be able to see that hurtful words are not spontaneously borne out of a vacuum. That would be the action of a person belonging to the devil. 
     While it has been extremely disheartening to see my fellow Christians judge each other because of their differences, my spirit rejoices when I am in the company of Believers who can honor the value of each other in the Lord’s Kingdom, as they accept the diversity among us.  Have we forgotten that the Bible tells us we can’t all be hands, or feet, or eyes? That there are many differing parts and functions, but one body? 
      And have we stopped to think that perhaps by listening to our brethren, that we might learn of a new aspect of our Father’s Nature and Character? If we limit our understanding of Him to only what we have been taught in our denominational buildings — or even from what has been revealed specifically to us — then is it possible that we are missing out on a valuable component of who God is, and how we might grow our area of service to Him? Is it possible that someone else’s experience with God might show us a perspective of the Godhead that has not been revealed in our history with Him? And why should that be seen as so harmful to the Body? 
     If we are truly Spirit-filled, then why the fear of something that sounds new? Scripture tells us in 1 Corinthians 2, “Those who live in the Spirit are able to carefully evaluate all things, and [those things] are subject to the scrutiny of no one but God“. In other words, we Christians need to be careful that we are not evaluating our brethren according to our own human wisdom/teachings/knowledge. Who are we to question what has been revealed to another by the Spirit? It is important to understand that True Believers possess the Holy Spirit, who is the presence of Christ in us, and who reveals the thoughts and purposes of Christ to us.  

     It has been true ever since Jesus walked this earth … the revelation of the Kingdom of God [that our Lord preached] has not been understood by men who declare themselves as the arbitrators or judges of truth, but by those who welcome His truth.  So, no man can humanly understand all the mysteries and character of God, without the Holy Spirit. Those who have the Holy Spirit now possess the ability to perceive Christ’s mind [in all its various and different manifestations] and can enact His purposes on the earth.
     So the next time you disagree with a fellow Christian, stop and discern the presence of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Is there evidence and fruit of the Spirit in their words and actions? Then consider that Christ is using them for a different purpose for the Kingdom. Don’t judge them by human standards, even if those standards carry the Christian label. And if either of you have offended each other, repent to the Lord and ask Him to show you how to love them as He loves them. Even if you are struggling with accepting the journey they are on, love them… simply love them. Don’t assume Jesus’s role as Judge, but join Him in accepting them as part of His Body, then re-focus on His purpose for your life. I truly believe we can be unified in the midst of our diversity — and it will strengthen and increase God’s Kingdom on earth!

Psalm 119:110-112  The ungodly have done their best to throw me off track, but I’ll not deviate from what You’ve told me to do. Everything You speak to me is like joyous treasure, filling my life with gladness. I have determined in my heart to obey whatever you say, fully and forever!



Unity In The Midst Of Diversity

     I am privileged and blessed to walk among a wide range of Believers. And because of the path the Lord is taking me on, I want to appreciate and love them all. And I am finding that one of the easiest ways the devil has to take our focus off the One we proclaim as our Savior is to tempt us to look at our fellow Christians and judge their belief systems regarding the nature of God.
     Mind you, I am not advocating that we accept all the beliefs among our brethren; especially if we discern that they are counter to God’s core principles of loving Him and others. And I do not think that it is necessary to accept a particular doctrine or precept just because we call each other “Christian”. It is up to each Christian to determine his own theology — hopefully based on a sincere and thorough immersion in the Word.
     When I use the word Unity, I am not referring to a “one size fits all” understanding of everything about God. Since I believe that He uses each of us for His own divine purposes, we may each possess a unique understanding of a part of His sovereign character that calls for us to walk a different path than another. That’s where the Diversity part of my title comes in.
     No, what I am talking about is walking that tightrope of maintaining what God has revealed as His Truth to you, while continuing to love and respect another’s different Truth — realizing that both are coming from our Heavenly Father for His purpose, not ours. Speaking to this concept, Paul says in Romans 14:4, “Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand”.
     Can you see that we are all servants in the Body of Christ, and He is the Master of us all? We each belong to Him — even if we are different! The problem begins when we judge each other for our opinions on Scripture, or something as mundane as our preferences in how we worship. Paul goes on to say in subsequent verses, “There is nothing wrong with having different personal convictions about such matters”. He tells us that if our fellow Brother or Sister in Christ is doing something different than us, yet doing it to honor the Lord, who are we to judge that? Because when we judge those matters of opinions or preferences, aren’t we taking the role that belongs to Jesus alone?
     As Paul reminds us, we will each have our turn to stand before God’s judgment seat. We are each going to have to give a personal account of our own life before God. And we are going to have to listen to all the times we spoke in dishonor to another of our brethren. And it doesn’t matter if our Sister or Brother sparked the division with a raised voice, or questioned our theology, or accused us of embracing a false message — we are obligated to walk in love and honor the Body of Christ.
     I will tell you that it is not always easy. I’m sure each of us can recall at least one event when a fellow Christian offended us. And it’s easy to only focus on their actions or words that insulted us. But if we can stop and honestly reflect on the bigger picture, we can usually see where they could say the same thing about that event. If we truly have the Holy Spirit in us, then we should be able to see that hurtful words are not spontaneously borne out of a vacuum. That would be the action of a person belonging to the devil. 
     While it has been extremely disheartening to see my fellow Christians judge each other because of their differences, my spirit rejoices when I am in the company of Believers who can honor the value of each other in the Lord’s Kingdom, as they accept the diversity among us.  Have we forgotten that the Bible tells us we can’t all be hands, or feet, or eyes? That there are many differing parts and functions, but one body? 
      And have we stopped to think that perhaps by listening to our brethren, that we might learn of a new aspect of our Father’s Nature and Character? If we limit our understanding of Him to only what we have been taught in our denominational buildings — or even from what has been revealed specifically to us — then is it possible that we are missing out on a valuable component of who God is, and how we might grow our area of service to Him? Is it possible that someone else’s experience with God might show us a perspective of the Godhead that has not been revealed in our history with Him? And why should that be seen as so harmful to the Body? 
     If we are truly Spirit-filled, then why the fear of something that sounds new? Scripture tells us in 1 Corinthians 2, “Those who live in the Spirit are able to carefully evaluate all things, and [those things] are subject to the scrutiny of no one but God“. In other words, we Christians need to be careful that we are not evaluating our brethren according to our own human wisdom/teachings/knowledge. Who are we to question what has been revealed to another by the Spirit? It is important to understand that True Believers possess the Holy Spirit, who is the presence of Christ in us, and who reveals the thoughts and purposes of Christ to us.  

     It has been true ever since Jesus walked this earth … the revelation of the Kingdom of God [that our Lord preached] has not been understood by men who declare themselves as the arbitrators or judges of truth, but by those who welcome His truth.  So, no man can humanly understand all the mysteries and character of God, without the Holy Spirit. Those who have the Holy Spirit now possess the ability to perceive Christ’s mind [in all its various and different manifestations] and can enact His purposes on the earth.
     So the next time you disagree with a fellow Christian, stop and discern the presence of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Is there evidence and fruit of the Spirit in their words and actions? Then consider that Christ is using them for a different purpose for the Kingdom. Don’t judge them by human standards, even if those standards carry the Christian label. And if either of you have offended each other, repent to the Lord and ask Him to show you how to love them as He loves them. Even if you are struggling with accepting the journey they are on, love them… simply love them. Don’t assume Jesus’s role as Judge, but join Him in accepting them as part of His Body, then re-focus on His purpose for your life. I truly believe we can be unified in the midst of our diversity — and it will strengthen and increase God’s Kingdom on earth!

Psalm 119:110-112  The ungodly have done their best to throw me off track, but I’ll not deviate from what You’ve told me to do. Everything You speak to me is like joyous treasure, filling my life with gladness. I have determined in my heart to obey whatever you say, fully and forever!



5 Cake Recipes You Need To Make

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These 5 cake recipes you need to make are so old I had to substitute the “oleo” or “margarine” with butter. Oh, yummy butter makes all the difference in these moist dense cake recipes made from scratch. These recipes have been around for over 50 years, at least. I can hardly wait to share them with you. Today, I made one of my old family cake recipes called “Texas Sheet Cake,” and I shared that recipe here: Linda’s Texas/Utah Chocolate Sheet Cake. Enjoy!

I want to share my cake recipes that can be totally made from scratch with items you have in your pantry. Just think, you will never buy another cake mix at the store again, you can make any cake from scratch, I promise.

cake recipes

I have to laugh because I was teaching a class once, and a young woman mentioned she makes homemade cakes from scratch using only a cake box from a grocery store with eggs, water, and oil. I had to laugh, but was concerned that someone would really think that “from scratch” meant using a packaged cake mix!

WAIT, today we are talking about making cakes from pantry ingredients. They are so moist, you will never go back to a box cake, except for my sour cream, pudding chocolate cake which does use a cake mix. I better share that one right now: Linda’s Chocolate Bestie, plus I share my mom’s secret for moist cakes. Just a quick reminder, I only buy bread flour, not cake flour for any of these recipes.

Cake Recipes

1. Fruit Cocktail Cake

Ingredients:

2 cups bread flour

1-1/2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Combine the ingredients above and add the following and beat well:

2 eggs

1 can fruit cocktail (15-ounces)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, grease a 9-inch by 9-inch pan, pour batter into the greased pan and sprinkle with:

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup chopped nuts

Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. While cake is baking boil the following together:

1/2 cup (one cube or one stick) of butter

3/4 cup sugar

1 small can condensed milk

After boiling for 3 minutes pour over the cake when it is done. Best when served warm.

PRINTABLE recipe: By Food Storage Moms

2. Rhubarb Cake

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter

1-1/2 cup sugar

2 cups bread flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup buttermilk

2 cups rhubarb (raw) cut up

1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions:

Mix all together. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread the mixture above into the 9-inch by 9-inch pan. Combine the following ingredients (it will be a little crumbly) and spread evenly on top of the cake:

1/2 cup sugar

1/4/ cup butter

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Bake the cake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.

PRINTABLE recipe: By Food Storage Moms

3. Pumpkin Cake

Ingredients:

3 cups bread flour

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons baking soda

1-1/4 cups vegetable oil

2 cups sugar

4 well-beaten eggs

1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

2 cups pumpkin

Instructions:

Combine oil, pumpkin, sugar, and eggs, beat well. Beat in dry ingredients, fold in nuts. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9-inch by 13-inch pan. Pour batter into pan and bake for 45 minutes, or until done.

PRINTABLE recipe: By Food Storage Moms

4. Coconut Cake

Ingredients:

1 cup butter

2 cups sugar

2 cups flour

1/2 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon butter flavoring

1 cup flaked or shredded coconut

Instructions:

Cream sugar, butter, eggs and beat well. Add milk and butter flavoring, then the dry ingredients. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake in a greased tube pan for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Prepare glaze below and drizzle over the cake while warm.

Boil for one minute:

1 cup sugar

2 teaspoons coconut extract

1/2 cup water

PRINTABLE recipe: By Food Storage Moms

5. Cherry Cake

Ingredients:

2-1/2 cups bread flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon cloves

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 can dark cherries, pitted, chopped and drained

3/4 cup butter

1-1/4 cups sugar

3 eggs, beaten

1/2 cup milk or 1/4 cup cherry juice and 1/4 cup milk

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease a 9-inch by 13-inch pan. Cream the sugar and butter with eggs and beat well. Add the remaining dry ingredients and the liquid alternately. Add the cherries and nuts. Mix thoroughly and pour into the greased pan. Bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

PRINTABLE recipe: By Food Storage Moms

Our family has always liked cakes. As they were growing up the girls asked me to make a cake every time we had a special event, or just because they taste so good. Note the cakes above have so many different flavors that you should be able to satisfy all your family members, neighbors and guests when it’s time to enjoy a great dessert. If you want to know if you’re prepared to make a cake from scratch, just check off the various ingredients listed for each of the cakes and see how your pantry inventory stacks up. If short some items, add them to your next grocery list, you’ll be happy you did.

Just think, every Sunday you can make one of these and you can even make one after a disaster because hopefully, you have a way to bake a 9-inch by 13-inch cake in a Sun Oven or a Camp Chef Stove/Oven Combo or even a Dutch Oven or a Tube Pan

Thanks again for being prepared to cook cake recipes from scratch in your home and outside if we have a disaster in our neighborhoods. Life is good if we are prepared with a pantry ready to cook from scratch. May God bless you and your family.

Copyright pictures:

Cake: AdobeStock_89570693 by Ruth Black

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Drying Herbs the Easy Way

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My favorite way of drying herbs is to use nylon mesh hampers that have cloth handles. These were designed for college students, and they come in various colors. They are also collapsible for easy storage, so we have several of them and we usually dry four to five different herbs at a time.

We have installed hooks used to hang plants in the ceiling of our carport, and we loop the hamper handles over the hooks. Since we have a lot of wind in our area, looping the handles over a second time secures them from being blown off the hooks, and the herbs can dry in the shade of the carport.

The herbs need to be stirred up occasionally to separate them and make sure they are getting enough air, and it is easy to just hit the bottom of the hamper a couple of times as you go by. Some dry within just a couple of days.

If it is going to rain, it is best to take the hampers down and hang them indoors. Even though they are protected when they’re under the carport, it is still better to put them in a place away from the moisture while they are drying.

Drying Different Herbs

When I am drying herbs on stalks, I cut the whole stalk and put it in the hamper.

When I dry leafy herbs like comfrey, which are more compact, I leave the stems on the leaves and put just a small amount of leaves in each hamper. I stir these more often.

As you put the herbs in the hamper, you will get more of a feel for how many to put in as you see how much they compact. I usually don’t fill the hampers more than one-third full.

Storage Tips

When the herbs are dry, just strip the leaves down off the stalks.

For comfrey or mullein leaves, wear gloves and crumble the leaf off the stems. You can use a coffee grinder if you want to powder some of the dried herbs.

Store the dried herbs in separate bags. When the herbs are in the bags, you can crumble them up some more. I prefer using the gallon-size plastic storage bags, but not the kind with sliders.

You can also store the dried herbs in jars.

Keep the stored herbs out of the light, in a pantry or other cool area.


This article by Sharon Devin was submitted for The Grow Network’s 2015 Writing Contest and was originally published on June 15, 2015. Thank you, Sharon!

 

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Converting Yards to Gardens – Digging In

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Written by R. Ann Parris on The Prepper Journal.

Editors Note: The second of a two-article submission from R. Ann Parris to The Prepper Journal. As always, if you have information for Preppers that you would like to share as well as being entered into the Prepper Writing Contest and have a chance to win one of three Amazon Gift Cards  with the top prize being a $300 card to purchase your own prepping supplies, then enter today!

So, we’re ready to dig up our yards and grow food. Having figured out how and where we want our future plants to pop up, it’s time to deal with what’s already there. But, man, sometimes that grass looks daunting.

If you’re going after it with a broadfork and a shovel, it should – lush and thick or hard and patchy.

Even if you have a handy tractor or rototiller waiting in a shed, there are some tools and practices that can help make the conversion from grass to groceries a little easier. If you’re hacking out of forest, woods, or scrub, you have a ton of challenges. Once you have the thick brush tackled, some of the follow-on methods will apply to you, too.

If we’re crunched, plotting dedicated, permanent beds requires less labor and materials for the lawn-removal stage. We mow, de-sod, till, and cover only those spaces, and deal with access lanes and aisles … some other time.

Cover Kill

One of the simplest ways to convert lawns is with cover kills. Cover kills mean we cover the patches where we want to plant with something. A lot of times, that means tarps of some sort, and tarps have a lot of advantages over other options. (“Tarps” includes things like salvaged plastic baby pools and boat/automobile wrap.)

We can also use sheets of cardboard, plywood/OSB, or interior paneling. Dark curtains or blankets, landscaping fabric (high-density and doubled/tripled up), and tripled-over carpets can also work for cover kills.

In the simplest form, we go for the smother and re-smother method, or the smother-scorch method.

It starts by mowing/bush-hogging our yards to get them low and manageable, and covering them with one of the materials above. We also edge the area – 8-12” or deeper if possible – to cut rhizomes and stolons from beyond our tarp. We peek under our covers here and there, and go after anything that pushes out from the sides with a mower, weed eater, shears, or a hoe.

The plants underneath get starved of light and start turning white in 1-4 weeks. From there, we have a few options. Our best fit is going to depend on the time, labor, and equipment we have to play with.

One option is to take advantage of the grasses’ weakened state. We flip the covers off, go along with a garden rake, and pull out as much of the growth as possible. (Do not compost this.)

Then we play hokey-pokey with our tarps.

We flip them on and off checking things. If it’s dry, go ahead and water the patch(es). It’ll help encourage germination (a good thing). By type of tarp, it’ll also help warm the soil, which can be helpful when we’re doing this in winter, spring, and autumn.

When our beds show signs of new baby weeds emerging, we uncover them, and either burn them off (propane or hairspray-lighter “flame weeding”) or repeat our raking/pulling.

If we aren’t in a rush to start producing and are short on time on a daily basis, and if our tools are a garden rake, shovel, and hoe, we can go simpler yet and just leave those covers right where they are, or remove our tarps for 2-4 days and then replace them. The seeds will germinate, but they’re never able to get enough sun for developing true leaves, and they die off. The “runner root” weeds go through the sprout-anew cycle, too, and eventually run out of stored energy in their roots.  Eventually, the lawn will die-die.

If we can buy 1-9 months for this process, it’s pretty labor minimal to get a patch with significantly lower weed pressure.

If we can leave tarps in place during the warmer seasons, that weed pressure goes down even further. Not only do we kill and remove the first set, it takes less time for the next 2-8 rounds of killing off new sprouts, and the tarps generate enough heat underneath to steam or scorch some of those roots, rhizomes, stolons, and seeds. (That really only works with dark tarps – not so great with white or cardboard, fabric, or lumber.)

Till Kill

If we have them available, tillers also get used in hacking out gardens and farms (manual equivalent: double dig). There’s good and bad. If you’re heavy on rhizome and stolon weeds (Bermuda grass, creeping charlie) tilling slices those apart. You get 10-100 times as many to kill as you started with.

That said, it is an option. And it’s not a bad first or middle step, even for future no-till systems.

One way it’s super effective is to go ahead and till, then cover the areas you’re going to plant as discussed above. You can smother kill once, or play the hokey-pokey – letting in light and moisture, then covering again after baby weeds pop up.

Till kill is also done as a multi-step process of just tilling. You till, then you come back and till again in 1-6 weeks, and again, and again.

When your weed coverage has decreased, you can plant something fast enough out of the gate to compete with weeds (radish), a grass-based herbicide-resistant crop (so you can spray), or a smother-capable cover crop (mustard, buckwheat, vetch). That always applies, but with till kills it’s really helpful.

Tilthing vs. Tilling

Once you have tilled enough (once, or repeatedly) to get a head start on the weeds, seriously think about going to surface-only soil disturbance. Every time you till, you are redistributing 6-12” (or as much as 18”) of soil.

Beyond all the “greenie” and “eco-freak” reasons that include nitrogen “flash” and predator-prey and microbial balances, when you redistribute that soil, you’re redistributing more weed seeds.

Those boogers will last decades in some cases, just waiting to get close enough to the surface to sprout. Some of those stolons and rhizomes will grow through 4-6” of material, run sideways 8-15’, or lurk for up to 2-3 years after being cut. Then they, too, will spring back to life.

 

I can be stirring up weeds in the top 2-3” with a manual, gas/diesel, or electric tilther (or my weasel or rake). Or I can be bringing up fresh weeds from a 6-12” pool of dirt. Relativity comes into play, but there’s also simple math. I will exhaust the weed monsters contained in 2-4” a whole lot faster than in 6-12”. There’s just fewer of them to be fighting along with whatever gets blown/dropped in.

Same goes for all the little rocks I redistribute every time I till.

So long as I’m not walking/driving on my rows or beds, and if I can mulch, cover crop, or tarp/cardboard cover them in the off season, the deeper soil will stay plenty loose enough to be productive. From there, running a tilther or rake in the topmost layer is sufficient for amendments, seed-bed prep, and weed control.

Situations are going to vary, but at least think it through and make actual pro-con lists. Make sure to make them from the “prepper/survivalist” angle as well. Factor in the fuel cost and shelf life, maintenance needs, noise, etc., if this is something you plan to rely on in a crisis.

For example, my tilthers run off an electric drill and a string trimmer. On one hand, I consider that a “pro” – one base tool, many jobs; electric brrvvvvh vs. gas grumble; low energy to recharge, my small individual panels and hydro can handle it; lighter and more mobile, more people can use them more places. On the other hand, it puts additional wear and tear and discharge cycles on tools and batteries I rely on a lot, and it adds to “need” competition for them.

Removal  

There’s something to be said for cutting up our lawn and getting it out of the way when we’re hacking new production space. This can be the primary step, or it can be used ahead of tilling or cover kills. A combo starting with removal, hitting a double-dig or deep-till, and then going for cover kills is really effective.

You can do this with a shovel, a hoe, and a rake. You can buy or rent a manual machine that you kick every step. Or, you can rent or buy a diesel- or gas-powered version you push or tow.

I have a “kick” sod cutter. There are three very, very, very important things to note.

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One, wear shoes/boots with good soles. This is where you’re going to make impact 400-600 times for an 8” cutter and 125 sqft (five 30”x10’ beds, a 10’x12’ plot). Aim for soles that will not slip off a narrow bar and create conditions for A.) doing the splits, or, B.) doing face plants. I have yet to fully decide if distinct heels are a detriment or an asset.

Two, wear shoes that fit well. Like, really well. Because you’re about to see just how much they slide around on the sides and heel of your foot. Loose boots x 500 = Blisters.

Three, typically we like damp earth for soil work. However, I’m on the fence about sod cutting dry vs. damp. If you are maybe not super graceful, for-sure do not go out to boot-stomp your way across the earth with a sod cutter when it’s full-on wet.

It has nothing to do with the accumulation of mud everywhere, and everything to do with how often you flap your non-wings and contort your body like a 13-year-old gymnast in hopes of avoiding what we like to call “fall-down-go-boom syndrome”.

We the most coordinated clowns in the circus are happy to have discovered these things for the good of humanity.

Other Considerations

This article specifically focused on ways to convert lawns into in-ground growing space. There are lots of ways to garden, and to grow fairly significant amounts of food. Methods abound that use basically yard debris and salvage materials to start from the grass and go up instead, although they’re going to require the purchase of at least some soil.

We’ll likely need soil amendments, no matter what. If we’ve been devotedly mowing grass lawns, it’s compacted, with limited microorganisms. Our dirt is likely to be especially low in micro-nutrients if we mow and bag, either for trash or to mulch trees. If we can look and see our yard is bare, patchy, and hard or sandy, we know we have problems.

Those soils aren’t healthy enough to buffer crops from pests, disease and nutrient deficiencies.

Soil tests for pH and NPK are $5-15. Ideally, get a few and do a test now, so you know if you’re already deficient. Then repeat when you’re ready to plant. Most extensions will do a micro-nutrient battery, with prices ranging from $10-50.

Regardless of the results, we’ll eventually need amendments for any garden. That means we stock them, or we start producing those, too.

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How To Preserve Waterfowl Or Small Game – Making Confit

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Way back in 2012, we visited France and met some friends who made this beautiful country their second home.  We learned a lot about the culture, the cuisine and pretty much everything we can think of. Since our friends like to go hunting for waterfowl, they also showed us how to preserve it using a … Read more…

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