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Update for Monday, Jan 26th

It may be hit or miss for postings this week.  I have been down since last week with this sinus/throat junk that’s going around.  If I’m AWOL for a bit, that’s why.   🙂

Also, please note that all comments are moderated on this blog, so when you post a note, it won’t appear immediately.  We’ve had some spammers try to sneak through the filter, so we’re being extra diligent.

I appreciate all of you who are reading!

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I’ve recently noticed the media are no longer saying “global warming” – it is now politically correct to say “climate change”.   I’ve personally thought it was a lot of hooey since this started.

The earth naturally goes through warming and cooling cycles as it has for thousands of years.  I’m not saying that man isn’t responsible for polluting parts of the environment and being a poor caretaker of it in general.  “Green” is the new buzz word, and no one argues that we need to find cleaner burning fuels that are renewable.

Now hold on to your seat because what I’m about to say is not for the faint of heart who believe Al Gore’s ranting.  You ready?

Here goes….

Man will not destroy the earth.   There is scriptural basis for this belief.

After the flood when Noah offered burnt offerings to the Lord….

“The LORD smelled the soothing aroma; and the LORD said to Himself, “I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done.


“While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
And cold and heat,
And summer and winter,
And day and night
Shall not cease.”    Genesis 8:21-22 (NASB)

In a recent UN Global Warming Conference, 650 of the world’s top climatologists said that “man made global warming is a media generated myth without basis.”

Now excuse me while I go throw another log on the fire.   😀

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In case of Rapture, this blog will be unmanned.    🙂

Rapture/End times video

Are you ready?

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If you are a Christian, the Bible has a great deal to say about preparedness.  We believe the Lord will provide for and take care of us, no matter what life brings, but He does expect us to do what we are able.

We have an abundance of squirrels, and enjoy watching them play and also gather acorns for the coming winter.  The Bible talks about ants and how they prepare:

Go to the ant, O sluggard,
Observe her ways and be wise,
Which, having no chief,
Officer or ruler,
Prepares her food in the summer
And gathers her provision in the harvest.
How long will you lie down, O sluggard?
When will you arise from your sleep?
A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to rest”–
Your poverty will come in like a vagabond
And your need like an armed man. (Proverbs 6:6-11)

and also:

The ants are not a strong people,
But they prepare their food in the summer. (Proverbs 30:25)
(The previous verse talks about them being small on the earth, but exceedingly wise.)

The Bible also has a lot to say about “worrying”.  This is not to be confused with “preparedness”.  The words “fear not” appear over 60 times in the KJV of the Bible.  We walk by faith that the Lord is in control, and we also use what the Lord has blessed us with to take care of ourselves and family.

In Genesis 41, the Bible records that Joseph put back seven years’ worth of food in Egypt.  They were given seven good years in which they put back enough to withstand the coming shortage.  All of the nations came to Egypt for food because the famine was so severe.  During the seven years of plenty the land brought forth abundantly.

So he gathered all the food of these seven years which occurred in the land of Egypt and placed the food in the cities; he placed in every city the food from its own surrounding fields.

Thus Joseph stored up grain in great abundance like the sand of the sea, until he stopped measuring it, for it was beyond measure. (Genesis 41:47-49)

and:

When the seven years of plenty which had been in the land of Egypt came to an end,

and the seven years of famine began to come, just as Joseph had said, then there was famine in all the lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread.

So when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried out to Pharaoh for bread; and Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph; whatever he says to you, you shall do.”

When the famine was spread over all the face of the earth, then Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold to the Egyptians; and the famine was severe in the land of Egypt.

The people of all the earth came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe in all the earth. (Genesis 41:53-57)

There are biblical principles of “feast and famine”.

Fast forward to 2009 A.D.   We have just come through a period of prosperity, and are on the brink of sliding down an economic abyss.

The Bible says that in the end of days … “nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes.”   Matthew 24:7

also:

“Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many.

“Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.” Matthew 24:11-12

so, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door.” Matthew 24:33

If you don’t believe we are nearing the end of days, ponder this.  For thousands of years, things were basically the same.  People farmed their land for food, used animals for transportation.  We entered the year 1900 on horse and buggy, and zoomed out into the year 2000 with high speed internet.  Knowledge has increased DRAMATICALLY in the last 100 years, and continues to increase at a phenomenal pace even now.  I heard a scientist on tv the other day say that their knowledge of things is increasing at a rate that is astounding even them.  This was prophesied by Daniel:

“But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase.”  Daniel 12:4

Every generation believed theirs would be the one to see Christ return.  Generations from now may be saying the same thing, but I implore you to consider, we are closer now than we have ever been.

2 Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slow about His promises, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish, but for all to come to repentance.”

In Revelation 6, the Bible describes the four horsemen of the apocalypse.  The 3rd seal which is broken is famine:   “And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not damage the oil and the wine.” (verse 6)

A denarius was equal to a day’s wages.  (Inflation at least 10 times normal.)  Can you imagine working ALL DAY for a QUART of wheat?

Many economists are predicting hyper-inflation is coming within the next few years.  While we cannot prepare for all circumstances, you can do what you are able.  Prepare your house spiritually first – do you know Jesus?  If your answer is “yes”, then prepare your physical house for hard times.

Jesus stands at the door and knocks.  Will you hear Him?

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Scripture quoted from the NASB or KJV Bible.

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I have had allergies/sinus problems for years. Recently, I heard about “neti pots” and the benefits of using one. They’ve been around for a long time, and many cultures use them to irrigate and clear the sinuses relieving sinus pressure and congestion. Let me tell ya – if you get a sinus headache that is bad enough, you’ll try just about anything!

Last weekend, I had a migraine triggered from the sinus congestion I was fighting. I had purchased a blue, plastic neti pot at Walmart which came with some little packets of salt and baking soda. In misery, I pulled it out of the box and tried it.

At first, it was the most bizarre thing to think of pouring salt water through your nose and letting it drain out the other side, but it WORKS!

Basically, you take this little teapot looking container and mix warm water with the salt/baking soda solution, and wash your sinuses out with it. The key is to lean forward over the sink and tilt your head to one side, allowing the water to pour out of the opposite nostril. Breathe through your mouth – do not hold your breath. Some water may pour out of your mouth if your head isn’t tilted properly – this isn’t a problem – just tilt your head a little more. Be sure to have a box of kleenex sitting close by because you will need to blow your nose when you finish each side.

I paid around $14 for the neti pot at Walmart (in the pharmacy section). I doubt I will purchase more of the little packets of salt/baking soda. Instead, I am going to try mixing 1/4 teaspoon canning salt with 1/4 teaspoon baking soda. If you use straight water, I’ve read that it will burn your nose. There is no burning or stinging using the salt/soda combination.

If you are having sinus problems, I highly recommend trying the neti pot for relief!

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Stew meat or roast, cut into cubes
carrots, sliced
potatoes, cubed
onion, chopped (or use dehydrated or onion powder)
2 cans Campbell’s Beefy Mushroom Soup (don’t dilute)
1 jar beef gravy (we like Heinz)
couple jars full of water
salt and pepper to taste

Brown beef in a heavy pot or Dutch oven. (I use a little bit of olive oil for this. Browning the meat adds flavor to the stew.) Add other ingredients and simmer on low/medium heat, stirring occasionally. I let this cook for a couple of hours at least. I’ve also made it in the crockpot and let it cook all day.

Serve with homemade bread or cornbread. Super on a cold day!

Enjoy! 🙂

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Frito Pie

Excellent on a cold winter’s night!  I like to serve this with coleslaw just to cool it a bit (buy the packaged slaw from the store and add salt, pepper, a little sugar, and mayo or Miracle Whip – about 1/4 cup or so.  Be sure not to overdress the slaw.  The salt will pull moisture out of the cabbage so you’ll wind up with more dressing than you start with. I make it ahead of time and let it sit for an hour or two before serving).

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1 ½ lbs ground beef, browned and drained
1 chopped onion (cook with beef)
1 – 15 oz can enchilada sauce
1 – 8 oz can tomato sauce
12 oz Velveeta

1 pkg corn chips (Fritos)

Combine all ingredients (except chips) and cook over low heat until cheese is melted. Serve over corn chips.

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