What Did You Prep This Month?

It has been a busy month and much more productive in many ways than the last several months. From a non-prepping perspective the repairs to the house reached a stage where we could actually move back into our bedroom downstairs and back into our own bed. It only took a year! We also went ahead and bought some living room furniture. A furnished house sure feels a lot more like a home than a scavenged bean bag chair and some patio furniture!

Walk With God

I was able to complete two rounds of praying for our closest 100 neighbors. Wonderful Wife attended a women’s retreat with our church. I started a new Bible study of (the Epistles of John) and Wonderful Wife started a study program as part of our church’s ministry for those experiences loss or difficult times.  I am still leading Sunday School class and attending church.

Self Defense/Hunting

I didn some stocking up on ammunition this month. I like to have a minimum supply of my primary hunting ammunition on hand so I purchased 80 rounds of .308 hunting ammunition to get me a little closer to my goal. I also picked up 100 rounds of .22 LR, 250 Rounds of .38 Special, 70 rounds of .44 Magnum and 40 rounds of .327 Magnum.

With Wonderful Wife working and taking a class on Tuesday nights I have had some spare time and invested some of it in reloading. I was able to reloaded 100 rounds of .38 Special, 25 rounds of .32 S&W Long and a test run of 15 .44 Magnum.

I also purchased some broad-heads for my crossbow. I should have a chance to bow hunt up in Oklahoma this year. Apparently a buddy of one of my sons in law has a lot of does that need to be culled this year. I hope to add something to the freezer within the next month or so.

Supplies/Gear

We are actively restocking our primary pantry and we have even found a few good sales that allowed us to put a few items into the emergency pantry as well. We won’t go out and make a huge purchase in canned goods. Instead we plan to restock a little at a time whenever we go grocery shopping or when we see a sale. With that said I did go ahead and do a full inventory of both pantries and  created my “shopping list” for restocking. Again, a little at a time.

Security

Moving back downstairs has allowed me to organize things a little more to my liking. I won’t go into too much detail but I feel a lot better about how our valuables are secured now than they have been since Harvey.

Finances

Saving money while repairing and restoring your home can be a bit of a challenge. However, the flip side of that is that by charging as much of the materials and even repairs as possible on credit cards we can rack up “cash back” rewards. We avoid interest charges by paying them in full every month but we still earn the rewards. This month we cashed out some of those rewards and used the money to invest in some precious metals.

Fitness/Health

Ok, here is where we have fallen down. We stopped going to the gym or exercising after our little vacation to Nashville. We need to get back on that. On the other hand we are cooking more of our own meals and eating a little better since the repairs downstairs repairs are, essentially, completed.

That’s it for me. That’s what I prepped this week. How about you? What did you Prep this week?

Take care and God Bless

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Papa Again…

Wonderful Wife and I went to dinner with my son and his wife last night and received some amazing news; she’s pregnant with their first child!

Back when my boy was little and I had hair

We are so excited and so happy for them. This is an amazing blessing. They had just about given up on having children of their own and now they are having a little boy. This will be grandchild number seven for us and it still brought tears of joy.

We are so blessed and so happy. The only problem is keeping my mouth shut because we are not going to tell the rest of the family for a few more weeks until her parents are back from overseas.

Take care and God bless.

Fake Christianity (#002)

Here is another example of someone twisting the core of Christianity in order to further a social agenda. Chelsea Clinton stated in a recent interview that she thinks it would be un-Christian to even consider changing current abortion laws:

“And when I think about all of the statistics that are painful of what women are confronting today in our country, and what even more women confronted pre-Roe and how many women died and how many more women were maimed because of unsafe abortion practices, we just can’t go back to that.”

“Like that’s unconscionable to me, and also, I’m sure that this will unleash another wave of hate in my direction, but as a deeply religious person, it’s also unChristian to me.”

First, she is right about one thing. We do need to care for these expectant mothers and protect them.

A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so also you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.”
-John 13:34

But the command to love and care for one another extends not only to the mothers but to the children. So does the commandment against murder or killing an innocent person. The Bible does not differentiate between born and unborn children. The Greek and Hebrew words used to describe children included both those who had been born and those who were unborn. As early as the first century church leaders had already taken a stand that abortion was wrong:

“Thou shalt not slay the child by procuring abortion; nor, again, shalt thou destroy it after it is born” (Letter of Barnabas 19 from 74 AD)

In the Old Testament, God consistently passes judgment on those who practiced child sacrifice.

You must not worship the Lord your God in their way, because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of detestable things the Lord hates. They even burn their sons and daughters in the fire as sacrifices to their gods.

The Israelites chose to ignore God’s word (much as we do now) and so (after repeated warnings through the prophets) He allowed them to be conquered and exiled into Babylon was because they had had turned away from Him and adopted the practice of child sacrifice.

As Christians we should care about people. All people. Those we like and those we don’t. Those who are living outside the womb and those living inside the womb. To say that allowing over 1 million unborn children to be killed every year in the US is a Christian virtue is a abomination.

Take care and God bless.

 

P.S.

On a totally secular note, those who support abortion apparently lack a basic understanding of the human reproductive system. Pregnancy is 100% preventable. If you don’t want to have children you don’t have to and that can be done without having an abortion. Not just through abstinence either. There are lots of ways to engage in sexual activity and reach orgasm with 0% likelihood of pregnancy that results in the death of a child.

 

P.P.S

Paul, I owe some answers to your questions I just haven’t had time to finish it.

Quote Of The Day – Jan Sobieski

“Venimus, Vidimus, Deus vicit”– We came, We saw, God conquered.

-Jan Sobieski

Winged Hussars

On this day in 1683 Jan Sobieski led the greatest cavalry charge of all time. His forces smashed the Turkish army that was besieging Vienna and stopping a Islamic conquest of Western Europe. After this defeat much of Eastern Europe was also freed from Islamic rule.

Take care and God bless

Never Forget, Never Surrender…

September 11, 2001 (New York, Washington DC, Shanksville):

2,977 Dead

6,000+ Seriously injured


September 11, 2012 (Benghazi):

4 Dead

4 Injured


There are those who hate us for who we are and what we believe. There are those who would gladly wipe us from the face of the Earth. Stand firm in your faith, in your beliefs and never give up your freedoms for when we do…we lose.

“You can’t conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.”
— Robert A. Heinlein

Hold fast…

God bless.

Fake Christianity

We hear and see the term “Fake News” everywhere these days. The leftist media sources ascribe it to any news article that seems to cast those who oppose their agenda in a positive light. At the same time Trump and his followers use the term to describe any media source that doesn’t reinforce their world view. It is just another instance of the name calling (from both sides) that just widens the gap between us and moves us further down the road towards civil unrest and violence.

While many are actively attempting to subvert free speech and the core values of our nation others are doing the same to Christianity. This is not new. Paul dealt with it in his time and warned the churches against false teachings:

Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock that the Holy Spirit has appointed you to as overseers, to shepherd the church of God,[h] which He purchased with His own blood. I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. And men will rise up from your own number with deviant doctrines to lure the disciples into following them.

-Acts 20:28-30

Going back even further, Jesus even warned of this in His day:

False messiahs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.

-Matthew 24:24

Nothing exemplifies this more than an article I came across recently about a “church” in California that takes a “different view” than other churches. Here’s a quote from the “pastor:”

We are open and affirm LGBTQ. We are feminists and I believe Jesus was, too. We are environmentalists, which I believe that’s the original mandate of the children of God to take care of the planet that we all know and enjoy. We are anti-war, which I believe Jesus was, too. We are all for racial justice, which Jesus was a Palestinian. Jewish rabbi. He was a person of color that was killed by white supremacy so we’re usually making every effort to be on the frontlines for racial justice. So that’s what sets us apart from many American churches.

In talking about the awesome location they found for their church he states:

So we came up with this model and we found an awesome spot … consequently happened to be right below Planned Parenthood in Santa Cruz, which we adore and support their efforts for giving health care to women.

I would be really curious to learn where he went to seminary. In fact, I would be really curious what texts he used to learn about Jesus, Christianity or even history because it sure isn’t the Bible.

Jesus forgave sin but He also preached to turn away from sin. He ignored race, creed, and social standing in order to save people’s eternal souls not to make political statements or further political agendas. While Jesus did not encourage (or discourage) war God led the Israelite into war and to victory on a fairly regular basis. War and the conquest of the Israel was a regular result when the nation turned away from Him and began worshiping other gods.

The one part of that that really gets me is this whole “Jesus was a Palestinian. Jewish rabbi. He was a person of color that was killed by white supremacy.” Only in our current Orwellian world could such a statement not result in someone being laughed into oblivion.

He was a Jew. He was a teacher (rabbi) but that is about all that is true in this statement. Who, exactly, were the white supremacists in this little fairy tale? Was it the Jewish high court, The Sanhedrin, and the Jewish leaders that arrested Him, beat him and convicted Him of blasphemy? They were Jews just as Jesus was. The Sanhedrin did not have the power under Roman law to execute a man. So they petitioned the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilot, to carry out the sentence. Pilot was, by most accounts, from central Italy. So, maybe he is they white supremacist? However, Pilot turned Jesus over to Herod Antipas for judgement. Herod was of mixed Jewish, Samaritan, Greek and Arabian descent. Was he the evil white supremacist? Maybe it was the crowd of Jews celebrating Passover in Jerusalem who called for Barabbas to be released instead of Jesus? Couldn’t be since he says Jesus was a person of color. So it must have been the Romans who were the white supremacists and they orchestrated it all to kill a man who said “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s” and free a Zealot, a Jewish Nationalist…

By they way, it was not until decades after Jesus’ crucifixion (and resurrection) that the Emperor Hadrian renamed the area Syria Palaestina after crushing a Jewish (primarily Zealot led) rebellion.

Why is it so important for Christians to read the Bible and understand God’s word for themselves? This is why…

Take care and God bless.