Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Overruled

I urge you to please watch Overruled. It is perhaps one of the most important issues we are facing today in the world - a parent's God given right to raise their children the way they see fit is being threatened from every side. 

It is a frightening thought that there are political forces at work to steal our children away and overrule the decisions we make for them as their parents. 

Watch the movie and support parentalrights.org.  Please pray that God would hear our cries and protect our parental freedoms and rights!

Why I'm No Longer a Vegetarian

When I was little, I saw some funny looking stringy, dark things in the chicken leg on my dinner plate.  I asked my daddy if they were veins and he made some kind of joke and gave me  a vague answer.  But I knew they had to be veins...and boy was that gross!  :-)

Years later, as an adult, I started avoiding eating meat. I ate it only on rare occasions and thought I was much more sophisticated and wise than those around me (said with tongue firmly planted in cheek).

To boost my inclination, I found the media saturated with anti-meat-ites as well as many books purporting the same. These people glorified animals to a level almost equal to  that of humans.  Naturally the humane treatment of animals is important to God and he will hold accountable anyone who mistreats an animal. 
Proverbs 12:10
A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast, but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

Psalms 50:10-11 For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine.
Back to my story...about 15 years ago I read what God said on the matter . You can find out what God says on almost every important matter in his book, the King James Bible. 

1 Timothy 4:1-3
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

The most prominent group today that forbids marriage is that of Roman Catholicism; their priests are not permitted to marry.  According to the Bible, that too, is a doctrine of devils. God created man to need a wife. A help meet. 

The next part of the verse deals with the main part of this passage because it is expounded on in the following verses.  The command to abstain from meats. Here, God reveals that he created them to be received with thanksgiving!  Amazing.
 
When God created the animals, he knew that he would one day give them as meat.  He had in mind the essential nutrients and fats they would provide. 

There is a great deal of media that seeks to proclaim that meat isn't essential to health. Obviously before the flood it was not.  But something happened after the worldwide flood of Noah's day (of which only God knows the reason) that caused God to say:

Genesis 9: 3-4
Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.

The end Timothy 4:3 speaks of those who "believe and know the truth". Can't the seared consciences of the wicked hear the truth? Not according to 2 Corinthians 4:4 "In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them."


1 Timothy 4:4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:


Again, it is reinforced that God's creatures are good and we should be thankful and not refuse to eat meat.

1 Tim 4:5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

When we pray over our food, the Bible says it becomes sanctified.  Sanctified means "made holy". I find this amazing.

1 Timothy 4:6 ¶ If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.

This is why I'm writing this article, to "put the brethren (fellow believers in Christ) in remembrance".  Notice, it does not say to remind everyone - only the brethren.  So if you're reading this and you are not a believer you will likely have a hard time with this article. 

Those who are in the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, I encourage you to remember your Creator and obey him in all things.  He can be trusted implicitly. 

2 Samuel 22:31 As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.

1 Timothy 4:7 But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.


And finally he underscores the whole matter by telling what really needs to be refused - and it's not meat. :-) What should we refuse? Old wives fables!  These are lies that are passed down from one foolish wife to another.  If we're going to put our energy into anything, let it be exercising ourselves unto godliness!  What is godliness? 


1 Timothy 4:8  For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.


Did you know that godliness profits ALL things?

Webster's 1828 Dictionary defines GOD'LINESS, n. from godly. Piety; belief in God, and reverence for his character and laws. A careful observance of the laws of God and performance of religious duties, proceeding from love and reverence for the divine character and commands; Christian obedience.


Good works are not a ticket to get into heaven. Only faith pleases God. So why should we practice godliness?  Out of obedience and devotion to the Saviour. 


Why does a mother sing lullabies to her baby?  Why do children pet animals?  Delight. Just pure, unadulterated joy.  That is why we serve our Lord.  And we serve him by serving one another.  If we have no love for serving one another, we should examine our love for the Lord Jesus.

Notice how the verses in 1 Timothy 4 have encompassed a lot of topics surrounding the issue of vegetarianism.  If you have been deceived and the "wisdom of this world" has caused you to abstain from eating meat, I encourage you to study the Scriptures and learn the truth. 

So why am I no longer a vegetarian? Because God said meat is good and abstaining from it is a doctrine of devils.  God's word is always true, so anything that does not line up with God's word is false.

This is the hard reality that has a wicked generation shaking their fists at the sky.  But God is merciful and patient with us and when we seek him with all of our hearts, we will find him. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Recognizing the Season We're In

It would be pretty vexing to wish for snow in the summer or plant veggies in the winter.  Wanting something we do not have...the Bible calls it coveting, and it's a sin. 



The Lord gave us four wonderful, earthly seasons. I love them all!  He also gave us different seasons of life. When we try to live in a season outside of His design, we are inviting trouble.  But when we walk wisely, and recognize the season we are in, we can really save ourselves a lot of grief.

Longing to do things that our current circumstances don't really allow for can cause us to be unfruitful and can even lead to depression.  Depression is terrible because it is like living in chains.  Some of the most miserable and unuseful people I've ever met are wallowing in depression. It must be a truly horrible state of mind and women can be quite prone to it. 

But in the Word of God, we find so many ways to combat these foes.  When the Bible is read by someone full of faith, it produces the fear of the Lord.  That's the beginning of wisdom!  When we walk in the fear of the Lord and wisdom, we are better able to process our lives and view our thoughts and our desires through the right lenses. 

Life's Changing Seasons

When our children are still in the nest, we are in a planting season.  If we recognize that, then we will be able to pour ourselves into our children while they are young and it will be not be grievous, but an absolute joy!  They need you right now, mama. 

There are so many women who try to "do it all".  They leave their children and fill their schedules to impact the world around them while their real world, their home, their family, their children - go starved for their undivided attention and care. 

Mothers, our ministry is at HOME.  Our ministry is not at church - unless it is something our children can do right beside us and with us. 

Knowing the season we are in and that in time, that season will be over and a new one will begin can be bittersweet.  I feel an ache sometimes when I think of the time when my children will all be grown with homes of their own.  I will miss them more than words. 

But I know the Lord is kind and good and I trust him. I pray that once they are grown, they will include us in their lives and we can enjoy a rich heritage of love and family to bask in when I'm in my golden season. 

But right now is the time to prepare for that harvest.  Prayer is my biggest and most powerful tool and I use it often and with authority.  I pray for their futures, for their salvation, for their spouses-to-be, and for our family as a whole.  I pray that the enemy would not have access to their souls and that the Lord would protect and shield them round about.  I pray that God would give them ears to hear and eyes to see and would use them in ministry for God's glory and His Kingdom.

Know the season you're in and be happy and productive in it.  For it will soon pass.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
  1. A time to be born, and a time to die;
  2. A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
  3. A time to kill, and a time to heal;
  4. A time to break down, and a time to build up;
  5. A time to weep, and a time to laugh
  6. A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
  7. A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
  8. A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
  9. A time to get, and a time to lose
  10. A time to keep, and a time to cast away;
  11. A time to rend, and a time to sew;
  12. A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
  13. A time to love, and a time to hate
  14. A time of war, and a time of peace.
What a wise an amazing passage of scripture this is. I think we sometimes entertain foolish notions that we can somehow avoid or detain some of the unpleasant ones like war, mourning, weeping and losing.  But if you live long enough, the Lord will bring about most of these times in our lives sooner or later.  I think modern technology sort of lulls us into a false sense of security.  But if you're a believer, your security is in the Lord Jesus Christ who promised to never leave or forsake you.  Troubles will come, so be prepared.  We must praise Him the good times and praise Him in the bad.


We can see in the life of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, that he was always aware of what season he was in.  He waited patiently for 30 years until his ministry time had come and respectfully admonished his mother for trying to bring it to pass prematurely.


John 2:3-4 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.


When God brings about a time in life that we wonder about - such as refraining from embracing, mourning, losing and weeping - we must stay grounded in God's word  and thereby take comfort, that all things must come in God's time.  We must learn to recogize the season we are in to make the most of it.

When it's a joyous season of prosperity and blessing, we need to bask and dance in it's wonderful glow and warmth. 

When it's a difficult season of pain and loss, we need to humble ourselves under the potter's hand and trust that Lord is cultivating patience and longsuffering in us. 

One thing that is timeless and defies all seasons - we can always praise the Lord.  Whether in joy or in pain, when we let patience have her perfect work, that is when the Lord can really use us. 

How is He using you?

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Cayenne Miracle

Have you heard about cayenne? Did you know that it is not just a hot spice in your kitchen but a powerful, life saving medical remedy?
 
After reading this article, I hope you will put Cayenne pepper on your shopping list and then start learning how to use it. You never know when it could mean the difference between life and death. If I had known about cayenne years ago, I could have helped a loved one whose brain was hemorrhaging right before my eyes.

This is a very informative article.




Another interesting resource is a book I just finished reading, by Dick Quinn called "Left For Dead". In it he documents his own true and amazing story of how after having a heart attack, an angioplasty and a double bypass surgery, his doctors could do nothing more for him and essentially they left him "for dead".

After becoming desperately weak and on the verge of death, he remembered someone he met who had urged him to take cayenne.  He figured her suggestion to be quackery but in desperation one day, he filled some spare capsules he had at home with some regular kitchen cayenne powder and took a few.  He was astonished at the resulting strength and vitality he gained in a very short time.

Cayenne's is definitely created for blood and heart health. Isn't it amazing that God made the color of cayenne red just like blood?  Like a hint to point us toward its best purpose!

Elsewhere in Quinn's book, we learn about how a Soy Lecithin "flush" can clear up arteries.  My husband and I did this flush and afterward my husband said he felt much better. For a few years he'd had elevated blood pressure especially after physical exertion.  But after the Soy Lectihin flush, that feeling has not returned. A doctor visit confirmed that his blood pressure is now normal.   We praise God for this amazing and natural product. It tastes similar to malt in my opinion. We just stir it into our morning juice and drink it down. Super easy and just amazing benefits. 

We found Soy Lecithin at Sprouts Farmer's Market but I'm sure it's available at most health food stores.  It's actually kind of pleasant tasting, too. 

Cayenne is one herb we should all have in our homes. Heart disease is on the rise in our country along with circulation problems and high blood pressure. These are all things that cayenne can help.

I could list all the things here in this blog, but it would be too long to do so.  Dick Quinn's book was available at our local library for free. That's where I first read it. But we have since bought a copy of our own now. We also recently bought Rachel Weaver's book, "Be Your Own Doctor" and she also gives many amazing stories and uses for cayenne.
I think it's so important to take the time to learn about this king of herbs.

It just makes good sense to do all we can to treat and prevent illness at home rather than entrust our health to failing and greedy health care institutions.

How amazing are things God has given us! They grow right out of the ground for our health and happiness on this earth so we can live and grow and enjoy God's amazing creation.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Fabric Softeners and Hazardous Waste

I absolutely love the smell and feel that Fabric Softeners give to my laundry.  I've alsways found the scents luxurious and comforting.  But until recently, I did not realize that the chemicals which make up both liquid and dry fabric softening products are toxic. 


The ingredients of these products cause illness including cancer and brain damage.  The young and the very old are naturally the most susceptable to these dangers.  Take a look at some of the ingredients and their related toxicities:
  • Ethyl Acetate: A narcotic on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) hazardous waste list
  • Camphor: central nervous system disorders
  • Benzyl acetate: pancreatic cancer
  • Benzyl Alcohol: Irratates the upper respiratory tract
  • Ethanol: central nervous system disorders; Listed as hazardous waste by the  EPA  
  • A-Terpineol: respiratory problems, fatal edema, & central nervous system damage
  • Chloroform: Neurotoxic, anesthetic and carcinogenic
  • Linalool: A narcotic that causes central nervous system disorders
  • Pentane: A chemical known to be harmful if inhaled
These chemicals require very heavy, very concentrated fragrances to mask their odor.  These are the fragrances that have always smelled so good to me, but I realize now they are a toxic hazard to my health and that of my precious family.  The health effects from exposure to these toxic chemicals include:
  • Irritation to skin, mucus membranes and respiratory tract
  • Pancreatic cancerCentral nervous system disorders
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Blood pressure reduction
But there are alternatives to achieving our desire for fabric softening and non-static clinging in our laundry and you likely have them sitting in a cupboard right now.  Baking soda and vinegar.  This dynamic duo seems to come to the rescue for so many every day household uses it amazes me. And these can be bought very cheaply at a warehouse club in large containers.
To soften a load of laundry, simply add:
  • 1/4 cup of baking soda to the washing water 
  • 1/4 white distilled vinegar to the rinsing water
For fragrance, simply add:
  • a drop or two of essential oil to the washer basin as it fills with water before adding clothes. (Lavender is a nice one but there are many to choose from.)
Yes, the oils can be spendy. But isn't it funny how we tend to justify spending money on certain things but balk at others. For example, the Fabric Softener I used to buy at our local warehouse club runs a whopping ten bucks per jug.  But if a small bottle of essential oil costs that much or more, I wince at the cost, forgetting that it is used in miniscule amounts and will therefore last a very long time. 


But more importantly, it represents better health and potentially a lack of doctor fees.  Not to mention the savings of cheap vinegar and baking soda which offset the purchase of costly essential oils.  Not that the oils are necessary, but they will make my laundry have the pleasant fragrance that I so love. Which in turn will make me happy. Aroma therapy is very good medicine. Combine that with the merry heart it gives me, (which doeth good like a medicine!) and you can't beat that.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Why Homeschool?

When my parents decided in the 1970s to homeschool me and my siblings, homeschooling was illegal in every state.  I am glad that their concern for us and our well being was more important than the rules of man. 


Governments want our children. That's a fact.  Don't believe me?  Read "None Dare Call it Education". It will turn your stomach when you realize how dumb you've been.  Or rather, how dumb the government would like you to remain.  This is one issue where ignorance is definitely not bliss.  Get informed. Read up on this subject. Your children will never get another opportunity to have another childhood.  They are depending upon you to do right by them.


You'd have to live on a deserted island not to see the trash that the public schools are churning out of their programs.  And private schools don't churn out much better goods.  Contrary to what the Education Bureaus would like us to believe, the problem is not that they need more money because government schools are the Biggest Budget Buster of all time - coming in at an astounding 26% of government spending!




All that money and what is the result?  Are kids are getting smarter? Are "school kid crimes" decreasing?  Are families are getting stronger?  No, they are not.  That final one - the one about families - that's the most important one of all.  Families are weakening.  Divorce is now common. Children are shooting one another! Preadolescents are engaging in immoral behavior that would shock the average adult. Why? God is not allowed in their classrooms. 


"It is when people forget God that tyrants forge their chains."
Patrick Henry

And parents are to blame, not the government. 


"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
Abraham Lincoln



The government has limited powers regardless of what many people think (and what the government would like us all to think).  The people are in a much stronger position and always have been. This reality was present in the days of Moses when Pharaoh realized that the Hebrews outnumbered the Egyptians many times over.  They feared the Hebrews might one day overthrow their authority and so they oppressed them and afflicted them even harder. (Exodus 1:1-22)


"Education is useless without the Bible."
Noah Webster



Homeschooling is on the uprise and our government continues to try subtle ways to undermine it and gain control.  Why?  Why should the government want our children?  That answer should be obvious.  If they can get them when they are young, they will have their future loyalty.


The real purpose of modern schooling was announced by the legendary sociologist Edward Roth in his manifesto of 1906 called SOCIAL CONTROL. Your librarian will easily be able to get a copy of this book. In it Roth wrote, (I am quoting) "plans are underway to replace family, community and church with propaganda, mass-media and education (of course he meant schooling)...people are only little plastic lumps of dough". Another insider, H. H. Cadard, chairman for the Psychology Department at Princeton, called government schooling approvingly -- "the perfect organization of the hive with the anthill". Cadard wrote further, "standardized testing would cause the lower classes to confront their biological inferiority, sort of like wearing a dunce cap. In time that would discourage reproduction of the ants on the anthill".


Homeschooling is more than just an educational choice, friend. Our government is well aware of that. It is a choice of who will get our child's soul; a spiritual battle for the souls of children. You are fooling yourself if you think that you can send your children away to a facility and their loyalties remain in tact.
The point is this: if your children are getting 8 hours of the world every day and only 2 hours of you, who do you think they will choose?


The odds are stacked against you.
Take thoughtful action.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Should Christians Tithe?

When we, as Christian, look at an issue, our entire doctrine should be based not on what man says, but on what God says. And he gave us his words in the Bible.  Many churches preach tithing.  But what does God say? Should Christians tithe?
The fact is that not only are we not required to do it, but it’s sinful to tithe.


Why?  Tithing is old testament law. In Galatians chapter 5,  Paul said, “Whosoever of you are justified by the law are fallen from grace”.  When a person goes back  to the law - to keep the law in any part as an obligation or a duty - he’s stepping away from grace.  It doesn’t necessarily mean he’s lost, but he’s stepping away grace. He’s falling from his position in grace.


How does tithing cause a person to fall from their position in grace?


Let me ask you this: if you’re tithing and you don’t tithe, would you feel guilty?  Would you feel like you’re cheating God or robbing God? (As the preacher said in Malachi 5).  If you say, “Yes, I would”, then you are doing a work in order to please God and make yourself right with him.  That’s all the law is:  doing what God said to do in order to make yourself right with him.
When Paul came back from his third missionary journey to Jerusalem, the Jews there were keeping the law.  They continued to keep every aspect of Moses' law.  And they accused Paul of teaching Jews in outer areas that they didn’t have to keep the law.
And so Paul explained to them that he was NOT telling the Jews  that they shouldn’t keep the Sabbath or that they shouldn’t tithe and obey all the laws.  He was telling the Gentiles that God didn’t give those laws for Gentiles, he gave them just for Jews. 
So the church considered he matter, with all the apostles present, and they decided what a Gentile should observe out of the old testament.  They outlined exactly four things: they should abstain from fornication, idolatry, from eating anything that was strangled, and from drinking any blood.  Those were the only four things.  All those things existed as law to mankind in general before the flood, before Abraham, before Moses.  And so those were not part of the law. 
Now, if tithing was something a Christian ought to do, then they would have said to the Gentile churches, “You need to collect on the first day of the week, 10% of your income and give it to God, to the church.”  But they didn’t say that. 


If Sabbath keeping were part of it they would have said, “You need to worship God on the Sabbath" (or on Sunday - whenever they chose to do it).” But they didn’t do that.


That burden was never placed on the gentile churches – ever – anywhere in scripture.  
Read Ephesians, Collosians, Phillipians, I & II Thessalonians, Timothy, Titus, Philemon, James. Of all the times Paul wrote to the churches, you have all kinds of exortations to righteousness and duty for a Christian.  But you never, never, ever have Paul suggesting that they tithe.
In Corinthians, we even have Paul saying when you gather together on the first day of the week, to “set aside” and he tells them how to collect an offering.  But he never tells them to tithe in collecting that offering.  They’re to give willingly from a willful heart – he didn’t say how much.
One of the sins of tithing would be that it wouldn’t be enough.  In other words if you’re a Christian and you really believe the world is lost, and you want to get the gospel out, would you just give 10% of your income to God and feel like you’ve served him?  I would think that you’d arrange your lifestyle so that you could give much more to missions than 10 %. 
There is a big problem today wherein preachers with churches worth 1 million, 5 million or 40 million preach tithing simply because they need the money and have big bills to pay.  These preachers will use any method they can to keep money coming in.  This is a the deplorable motive of that Bible doctrine these days.
The Bible is clear.  The question is, will we believe God's words or will we be followers of men?  Will we base our beliefs and subsequent actions on mens philosophies and teachings while we sit ignorant of what God teaches us from his Bible?  Or will we study to show ourselves approved unto God, a workman (and woman) that needeth not be ashamed? 


It is amazing what happens when you just read the King James Bible apart from every doctrine of man, every denominational pull and practice. The truth emerges. I hope that you will do just that.  And soak in the words of God.