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2 Timothy 2:1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.

We cannot avoid the affairs of life mentioned in Verse 4. But, we must be very sure that we do not become entangled in them. We must, through Christ and uncommon sense, master the affairs of life.

Hardness in Verse 3 is what we today call "hard times". So, good soldiers simply endure. Millions of saints and sinners have survived hard times before us. Have we learned from them, or will we repeat all the dumb choices? Hmmmmmmm

"We can be very thankful the nothing is taking God by surprise." Robert Aseltine

Friday, December 30, 2011

GOING OUT IN STYLE


Does your wife look like a dumpy bag lady? Is it because you spend all your extra cash on preparedness?


You have a stash of ammo, enough guns to start a small war, tons of dehydrated food, AND your kids look like dumpster divers who have not found a crust of bread in a month, and they are starving.


Do you know what the One Worlders' mental image of a survivor and Bible believer is? They think you bought all your clothes from a yard sale by the Branch Davidians in Waco just before the BATF blew them away.


Stop going out looking trashy. That is the trend of losers, and you need to show the Hidden Hand and their slaves that you dress well. I am not talking about throwing money around. I am talking about dressing up with a shirt and tie to go out to eat EVERY TIME. I am talking about burning that stupid baseball cap and finding a good western hat or a fedora. I am talking about seeing to it that your wife and daughters have the resources to get their hair done nicely and often.


Do your kids wear trashy clothes, and is your son having to grab his britches all the time because the jack ass bought a waist size four sizes too big ON PURPOSE? And, you are the jerk who let him do it?


What do you think you are anyway? If God might have mercy on America (or your country somewhere else in the world), then God will not want you dressing in the style of the heathen and the One World Satanists.


Style? Yes, but the style of decency and smart neatness. You cannot demand attention and make a statement in the market place if you look like a baboon with a two day drunk on.


Do you have a beard? Fine, but trim it up neat with some character. The mountain man look is NOT going to get you a hearing with 99% of Americans. Let Alabama sing about the mountain men, but I promise you, if you really look the part you will be thought of as a hick burp.


I usually wear an ordinary shirt and a western straw hat when I go to town. I wear huaraches which are a woven Mexican dress shoe. This keeps the masses guessing what I am about. I DO NOT want to look like a preacher, but I do want to cause people to feel I have dressed up a bit just for them. They have a mental preconception for "preachers in uniform" and that is why you preachers get all those sacral fake sweet responses from religious wannabes. Leave me out on that one.


When we go out to eat ANYWHERE, I wear a modest long sleeve western shirt and Levies like ranch people wear and a bolo tie from Mexico. We ALWAYS get better service. If you dress well for people, people will treat you better than the fugitive from a Halloween party in front of you in the Budweiser tee shirt. If you live in an area in rebellion against order, dress up anyway. The rebels will tremble when you walk in the door.


Now, go spend some of that alleged survival cash load buying off the One Worlders' audience with class and good manners. Speak with authority because people cannot avoid you. The acre you take charge of may get someone saved, and it may stop some One Worlder from taking that acre for the devil and the dirty dozen on high.


Ronald Reagan had one thing right-- he knew the value of bearing and presence. He knew that a President who looks and sounds regal is respected. His humor was an oasis in chaos that even his enemies looked forward to.


Clean up you speech, and learn to talk with authority. READ READ READ, but read the Bible and information sources that are trustworthy. Read writers like Churchill, Teddy Roosevelt, and Alistair Cooke who mastered the English language. You don't even have to agree with these men, but you need to teach your family to read and talk three levels above the masses and asses. You need to learn to be polite, pert, and potent when you speak your opinion. And, you need to fire the imaginations of people around you. Make them think thoughts they avoid, thoughts that Big Nanny discourages.


I can tell a man who does not read books. He is dull and has only three four letter adjectives.


AND, please, HAVE AN OPINION. The world today is obsessed with fairness, niceness, and politically correct blather and bull. If you have an opinion on something, speak with such authority that other people are jealous of your zeal. If someone disagrees with you, but they show a narrow minded conviction, tell them you do not agree, but you will fight to the death for their right to have an attitude.


Attitude.... what an endangered species!!


Now, go do the right thing..... and, do it in public without worrying if someone will be offended.


James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.


Friday, December 23, 2011

TANK


There must be a reaction for every action.


Americans, personally, as government, in banking, and intelligentsia want more and more for nothing but an IOU. Well, the fat lady is in her closing aria, and the house will collapse soon.


Fear gains nothing for a survivor. Thinking outside of the box is the key to survival.





This video is useful, but in a limited way.


The problem with the pundits today is that they are talking about the Mayan dooms day end of the world in 2012. No one talks about the prophecies in the Bible. Why? Answer: God will NOT tell you the day nor the hour of anything. That makes futurists mad. They want God to tell them the day and hour so they can sell stock and run to the Amazon rain forest and hide. Until then, they want to play with their own destiny.


Here is Jesus Christ talking about the destiny of Israel in the near future. If you think that you can sit in Kansas and watch without feeling the fear and physical terror of the moment, you are dead wrong. The whole world will spiral into terror and turmoil. 


There is the hope of the Lord's Church being removed at some point, but as the Hebrews in Egypt, the righteous will experience the plagues of the early era of the coming trouble before Christ takes them out.


Luke 21:20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.
21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.
22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.
23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.
24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.
31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.
32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.
33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.


The USA will enter this scene with great aspirations of making a fat profit our of war making and oil. The total lack of mention of the USA in Bible prophecy tells me that the USA is totally broken and trashed by this ongoing process. Indeed, the USA may become a banana republic long before the above prophecy by Jesus.


So, the present economic malaise, and our leaders' total inability to act to reverse the crisis, means that we are very likely coming to the final act for the USA. God is done with the USA, and you cannot convince him to change his mind. He will have justice for all the death by war, abortion, bad medical care that kills more than it helps, and for the suicidal death wish Americans have for themselves spiritually.

Prepare to meet thy God, saint. It will be a very good day indeed.



Monday, December 19, 2011

WORSHIPING THE GOLDEN CALF ON WALL STREET


This is a group of paganized christiansettes making asses of themselves.


The Young Turk is a left leaning agnostic, but he gets it all right. How sad that Christians cannot see what fools they are.



NOW, here is Larry Vance on the Golden Calf of American Christians. This calf is the US Military, and you better read this. You are probably one of those making a pompous ass of himself in the name of Christian truth. Vance is spot on this time:


READ LARRY VANCE'S ITEM



Wednesday, December 14, 2011

CARJACKING WARNING



Warning..!!!! Warning..!!!! Warning..!!!!

THIS APPLIES TO BOTH WOMEN AND MEN

Heads up everyone! Please, keep this circulating....You walk across the parking lot, unlock your car and get inside. You start the engine and shift into reverse.

When you look into the rearview mirror to back out of your parking space, you notice a piece of paper stuck to the middle of the rear window. So, you shift into Park, unlock your doors, and jump out of your car to remove that paper (or whatever it is) that is obstructing your view. When you reach the back of your car that is, when the carjackers appear out of nowhere, jump into your car and take off. They practically mow you down as they speed off in your car.

And guess what, ladies? I bet your purse is still in the car.

So now the carjacker has your car, your home address, maybe credit cards, your money, and your keys. Your home and your whole identity are now compromised!

BEWARE OF THIS NEW SCHEME THAT IS NOW BEING USED.

If you see a piece of paper stuck to your back window, just drive away. Remove the paper later. And be thankful that you read this e-mail. I hope you will forward this to friends and family, especially to women. A purse contains all kinds of personal information and identification documents, and you certainly do NOT want this to fall into the wrong hands.

Report from a friend:
Just last weekend on Friday night we parked in a public parking area. As we drove away I noticed a sticker on the rear window of the car. When I took it off after I got home, it was a receipt for gas… Luckily my friend told me not to stop as it could be someone waiting for me to get out of the car… Then we received this email yesterday.

Steve suggests:
I had to give the creeps ideas, but I assume they will also tie a tin can on the rear or front bumper to clang along as you start to back up. Men especially will panic, jump out to see what is wrong, and the car will be carjacked. This is a time to drive on down the road, make sure you are not followed, and stop after a few blocks to see what is happening. If a can is tied under the car, get back in fast, and drive to the nearest police station. Do not touch the can. The cops may decide to fingerprint it.

This world is very ugly. So, we all must think criminal at times to be prepared for the wicked.

In Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma, or anywhere with a "castle domain law," take the gun in your car as you exit, loaded, cocked, and ready as you go in the house etc.


Monday, December 12, 2011

GOOGLE-- 2084



One day, long after I know as I am known by my Lord, you young groupies may be dealing with a "brave new world" that takes the ultimate bravery to survive and stay sane.


To whit--








To the list in the graphic, you may one day, by political anarchy after a fascist regime rules the USA, be able to demand the following:
[ Click graphic for an enlarged view ]




  • Your Senator's brain
  • Your teacher's brain
  • The Attorney General's brain
  • The President's brain
  • Corporate profit and loss sheet
  • Jesse Ventura's brain
  • The Martian President's brain
  • Brain of the Worshipful Master's brain



Of course, when surfing the brains of the elite, you will want to be sure that the "safe selection" is "on" if your kids are at the computer.


The future will depend on whether the masses and asses prevail, or the Nicolaitans (ruling elite) prevail.


Meanwhile, let us all live in such a way that, after we have gone to our reward, no one in high places misses us, and we are not on a list for extermination.


Happy landings.

Friday, December 9, 2011

PROVIDENCE IS A WONDERFUL COMFORT



A king who did not believe in the goodness of God, had a slave who, in all circumstances would always say “my king, do not be discouraged, because everything God does is perfect. He makes no mistakes!” One day they went hunting and along the way a wild animal attacked the king. His slave managed to kill the animal, but could not prevent his majesty from losing a finger. Furious and showing no his gratitude for being saved, the nobleman asked "Is God good? If He was good, I would not have been attacked and lost my finger."


The slave replied: "My king, despite all these things, I can only tell you that God is good, and he knows why these things happened. What God does is perfect. He is never wrong!" Outraged by the response, the king ordered the arrest of his slave. 


Later, the King left for another hunt, this time alone. He was captured by savages who engaged in human sacrifices. On the altar and ready to sacrifice the nobleman, the savages discovered that their victim did
not have one of his fingers. According to them, only a whole person with all his parts intact could be offered to the gods. The King without a finger was deemed an abominable sacrifice for their gods. So they released him.


Upon his return to the palace, the King called for the release of his slave. He received the slave affectionately. He asked his slave, "My dear, God was really good to me! I was almost killed by the wild men, but for lack of a single finger, I was let go! But I have a question: if God is so good, why did he allow me to put you in jail?"


The slave answered, "My King, if I had gone with you on this hunt, I would have been sacrificed instead because I have no missing finger. Remember everything God does is perfect. He is never wrong. He made you keep me in jail so I would not be with you on the hunt."


Often we complain about life, and negative things that happen to us, forgetting that nothing is random and that everything has a purpose. Every morning, offer your day to God, don't be in a rush. And do not be afraid. God is never wrong!
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Whatever is coming, and in spite of mindless leaders who trample down the masses, God has his own plan. It is a plan that is good for us all.


Unless...... You simply do not believe in God and his providence. Then, you are on your own, and every trial and tribulation will enrage you, for the world is never fair for the godless.


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

OLD TIMERS AND NEW TIMERS


What can we learn from those that roughed long ago AND now?






So, how are YOU getting prepared? We are facing total collapse by the end of 2014. You have one pretty good year in 2012. In 2013, if we elect a rational President, he will cut spending fiercely, and he will disengage the Federal Government from much of its Big Nanny role in the states. If we elect a mad man, he will go mad with frenzy and trash the nation totally. We may have our first dictator.

You may well become a lot more free when the central government is flat broke, but YOU WILL END UP HAVING TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. Are you able to do that? When all the goodies you think you are entitled to are gone, then what?

Remember, you saw those old timers in Bakersfield, California in a pretty upbeat mood. They were obviously survivors. If you have no skills or will to take care of yourself, I suggest you go find some really old folks to tell you how they did it. You just might learn something.

How can you tell you are NOT ready for hard times? Answer: If you could not finish the video on the tent city, my friend, you are NOT ready to face your destiny.

What will you do when it is just you and Jesus?


Friday, November 18, 2011

SURVIVAL THINKING IN BAD TIMES..... PART TWO


Well, Part One of this series was the basics in how we ought to think. I will next start wandering through the woods of reality and application:

1. ESCAPE
The wicked flee when no man pursueth.

This usually is a bad idea. You are most prepared to survive and thrive right where you live. But, if you really are threatened by either lawlessness nearby or big nanny government threats of prison or punishment, or worse, removing your kids from your home, then you may need to flee.

Understand this about fleeing: It is not unpatriotic. Furthermore; many people have suffered horribly because they thought they should somehow stay and suffer to prove something. The Mennonites of the 1500s in Europe fled from Switzerland to The Netherlands when the Calvinists and Lutherans did violence to them. Later, they fled to England and New England, where they are well known to this day.

If you have no religious zeal, the most convincing alibi in history is not available to you. It is too late to invent a religion just for your selfish purposes. No genuine motivated religious group will want you. You are nothing but an opportunist and fake. So, you must find other ways to define your flight.

The government usually shows some restraint when people use a higher power, God and the Bible, as the standard for their actions. So, pastors and church leaders need to define when their people must flee, and this must be put in writing NOW. This will then be a grandfathered issue when action is needed.

If you are in a church or Christian group where the pastors are intensely possessive, such as 90% of all Fundamental Baptist churches, you need to move on to another denomination that allows the fathers of the homes to defend their families, and church leaders will help and defend them. This was the manner of the Mennonites long ago.

Where to go..... The shorter the trip the better. If you live in New Hampshire, what is life like in Maine? Your culture will mostly be in tact this way. To move at once from New Hampshire to Bangladesh would be horribly traumatic, not because Bangladesh is terribly inhospitable, but because you are in no way ready to hit the street in Bangladesh.

Once you are in Maine, define when you must leave there. What trigger signals you to move on? This was another practice of the Mennonites in old Europe. Send someone, if possible, to the next point to reconnoiter. Learn all you can about the next destination. Meanwhile, make yourself as valuable as possible to local citizens and officials so that they will be motivated to defend you. Again, I learned this from the Mennonites. They were fantastic farmers, and the king of Holland refused to turn them over to the Swiss authorities. Later, Queen Catherine of Russia protected them because the tamed the wild steppes of south Russia and made them produce wheat.

And the "uttermost parts"? For me, I feel safest thinking about places I have lived, or where I have close friends. That is a given. Never go off into oblivion unless you are absolutely desperate. I would be best received in Australia, then Kenya, and I have associates in Singapore, India, and South Africa who might at least help me survive until I can justify my existence there. I would use my piano tuning skills to survive, and trust God for the rest.

Your situation will be very different than mine, but most of you reading can come up with a plan. Once you have a plan, set a trigger point of when you must make your first move. The trigger will be something ominous that threatens you whole family. Once you have this all tentatively planned, get passports, and if you intend to leave your home country, send money ahead via either investments in ETFs in the target nation, or into a bank account in that nation. Get a credit card with international use.

Contact your friends at your target destination BY SNAIL MAIL [ e-mail etc can be sniffed, telling authorities what you are doing]. Once you anticipate really acting on this, send one of two kids ahead if possible, either accompanied by friends, or alone if they are older. This makes it look like you are not really leaving.

2. HUNKER DOWN
This is the most desirable choice of course. If you choose this plan, you must try to become as self-sufficient as possible. You may be deprived of employment and freedoms as a form of religious persecution.

Do not associate with ANY militia, tax rebels, or rabble. Stay away from protesters. Your job is first and foremost to care for your family, so you do not need to respond to those who agitate and talk of anarchy. Keep all laws that do not violate the Word of God. God does NOT tell you to defend democracy, freedom, or the US Constitution.

"Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel." Samuel Johnson

The problem is, rational leaders and local law enforcement officials know that patriotism, and mongrel conservative Christianity is often claimed by trouble makers who are simply lawless.

Don't shoot guns carelessly, and don't indulge in tough talk. BE tough, and be gentle until you need to be tough. After all; this is always perceived as manly by the world anyway.

Before you leave, you may want to arrange for someone to either own or occupy your home or property. If you are leaving for good, don't leave your possessions to be trashed. There may be someone who is not on the bull's eye who would love a place to live and would take care of it. You may want to come home one day. In fact, the majority of fugitives from persecution in recent years have gone home after the regime changed.

3. SCATTER
This has the disadvantage of breaking up the family. It has the advantage of being the most sudden way to flee, and the authorities have several trails to follow instead of just one. Small children must not be sent off alone to live with even the most loving friends if at all possible.

If you do this, be sure everyone understands that all communication must be by snail mail or traveling friends.

By now, this discussion must be sounding a bit morbid to some readers. If all is well where you are, and local authorities are friendly and supportive of you, fleeing sounds wicked. Well, it is. But, all over the world are people who are on the fine edge of severe suffering and persecution, and I have been where this was in progress. I would be derelict if I did not pass on my observations. I hope you understand.

4. PLANNING FOR THE MIDDLE ERA OF CRISIS
We are assuming you are not going anywhere. You plan to prepare for the future and survive the best you can. The question is, what will the middle of a collapse era be like, and how can I make the best of it?

The first thing I must say to you is that you should become moderately entangled in either law enforcement, local government, or social agencies. If you are a military veteran, join the American Legion or the VFW. Of course if they are nothing but a drinking club, don't bother. Although, drunk Veterans sometimes let the cat out of the bad on government policy. Hmmmmmmm

As to survival, you need to change some things now, not later when the trouble starts.

     a. But extra. The economy is NOW tanking slowly. Later, it may crash, or at least head down sharply. When that happens, run away inflation will start, OR rapid devaluation of the dollar. This is because the government will finally realize they will never pay off the national debt with the present cash flow from taxes. The rest of the world will also figure it out, and the dollar will tank

So, what you buy at present prices will cost a lot less then in one of two years. Again, buy extra, and store it.

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5. PLANNING FOR THE DISTANT ERA OF CRISIS

6. ASSOCIATION WITH OTHER SURVIVORS

7. HOW TO THRIVE INSTEAD OF JUST EXIST

Thursday, November 17, 2011

SURVIVAL THINKING IN BAD TIMES..... PART ONE


The following is not conventional wisdom. I will not give many details about survival, but I intend to inspire you to get your mind and soul moving along in such a way that you are a survivor mentally. You will be able to then fill in the details for your particular situation.

My experiences growing up in Africa, and later as a missionary there and in Ethiopia in the bush, as well as my days as a small church pastor in rural areas, have given me a larger view, I think, than the average survival guru.

By the grace of God, I have been able to survive and thrive, but no dandy from the financial world will ever call me a success. If that bothers you, consider this: The most wealthy and powerful men before the 1929 stock market crash became helpless beggars after the crash. This is because they had soft hands and heads full of vanity. They simply lacked any survival skills that had to do with daily life. They were fed, clothed, and escorted by servants 24/7, and when the servants went back to Tuscaloosa, they starved.

Here then are some survival principles. They are not in the exact order that you may need to apply them, and the first principle will show you why:

1. CATCH UP
Everything must be tied to biblical prophecy AND past history. This means that where you are now, and what you need to do to survive, will not follow exactly the order of life of the Dustbowl farmers or the Great Depression victims. But, pay attention, your options will turn out to be very much like theirs in principle. How well you survive the present stress will depend greatly on whether you have a forward look that is in line with God defined coming destiny for humanity, and a backward look AND KNOWLEDGE of past disasters in the USA and the world.

I venture to guess that you are woefully ignorant of the past. Ninety percent of Americans alive today have been subjected to little of no real history of the past. The public school system has laundered history into oblivion. What history you ever got is all revisionist propaganda. If you depend on pundits, talking heads, and gurus of economics today, most of whom never saw hard times worse than the Arab gas price hikes of the 1970s, you are working with less than half a load. CATCH UP. The Internet is loaded with videos and articles telling what life was like during past crises.

My son works in technology in very high end medical company. He tells me that when he talks about reading the news online to his co-workers, or when he suggests they look up some issue of life on Google, many of them look at him cross eyed. They seem to use the Internet only for amusements like movies and music, and to stick their face in public view on Facebook. It is amazing to me. With four techy sons and sons-in-law, I have to really be careful when I toss out a fact here or there. Someone is invariably punching the topic into Google and setting me straight. Being in Texas, and willing to "stretch the blanket" once in a while, is dangerous IF you have friends who know how to use Google.

Ecclesiastes 6:10 That which hath been is named already, and it is known that it is man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he.


In case you are not familiar with it, here is the gate keeper of the world. I jest of course :-)

2. IMPROVISE
You cannot get ready for everything.

You must get ready by setting priorities for you, your family, and neighbors based on your immediate circumstances. Air, water, food, security, companionship, income, and status in the community. All of these must be ever bathed in prayer in the recognition that God is at work in you, and you ought to be a blessing while you survive.

But, you will miss something. This is because new factors will enter which were not in past history and which are not answered by prophetic teachings from the Word of God. So, what will you do? For now, stop throwing away everything that seems outdated and old. It may come in handy later. The old computer still works. The software loaded on it will be hard to find. It will always connect to the web. The old car is probably nearly worthless as to street value. But, it runs, it will get to the store and back when your new whiz machine blows and engine and you just lost your job, and your old beater will look great to someone near you who went bankrupt and lost everything.

I am building a green house right now. I bought much of the materials needed, but I am going to the woods for mulch, and I will cut cedar saplings to put under the buckets so critters cannot get into them. Buckets? A piano tuning customer maintains swimming pools and has lots of 6 gallon plastic buckets made of food grade plastic (very important). I am planting in buckets because water can be scarce in Texas. So, I can greatly reduce the amount of water needed for the plants. The potting soil will come from a Texas "tank" (tanka in Spanish), which is a stock pond on the property. It has badly silted in, and when I dredge if for the silt, I have more water in the tank and I will have exceptional free potting soil.

That story was the result of spending my life HAVING TO improvise. The details are unique to me, but past history and biblical prophetic expectations helped greatly as I built the green house. What biblical expectations, you may ask. Answer: Soon the world will have famine. The USA is nowhere in world prophecy. We are doomed to become a disaster zone as Europe, the Middle East, and Asia prevail. God is not an American. He does not have to save this nation for my benefit. But, he graciously told me what I need to get ready for, and what I cannot deal with, he will.

Better yet, when famine or financial disaster comes, I will not only have food for my family, I will have a great place to go and sit in the sun in mid-winter and drink a cup of tea and inhale high oxygen air. If I am prepared well, famine may end up driving me to contentment. That statement will drive some of you mad. Read it several times..... you might catch on eventually.

Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

What should you be doing now to provide a smoother ride in the future when the USA tanks?

3. MAKE THE WORLD COME TO YOU
You see the AdSense ads on this blog, right. There are three other blogs. They all produce a small cash flow. I have only scratched the surface in tricks that can be used to make this work better. I don't get much from it now, but when I have idle time, I can turn it into better cash flow. The world comes to me, though only in a small way with this example.

Here are the thoughts of Quince Forrest, a trial drive cowboy foreman from 1889. He and his crew drove a herd of longhorns from Matamoros, Mexico, across from Brownseville in Texas, all the way to an Indian Reservation in Montana. This must be one of the longest trial drive in world history. After the cattle were delivered, the guys were laying around the camp fire on the trip home to Texas.

Quince said, "In don't know how you fellows feel about it, but I bade those cows god-by on their beds to-night without a regret or a tear. The novelty of night-herding loses its charm with me when it's drawn out over five months. I might be fool enough to make another such trip, but I'd rather be the Indian and let the other fellow drive the cows to me-- there's a heap more comfort in it." [ Taken from The Log of A Cowboy by Andy Adams ]

Drive the world to yourself. By barter, friendship, stealth, and by simply making sure you are at the right time and place when the parade goes by. When I was in college we went to see the Rose Parade in Pasadena a couple of times. We went the night before and set up chairs right along the curb. We posted a guard to make sure the chairs were not claimed by strangers. We wandered around and handed out Gospel tracts, and when the parade finally went by the next morning, we had from row seats. Think!

Now, it can get both sinister and practical. Suppose a fascist regime takes over the USA (or, has it done so already?). You can hunker down and get ready to fight it out, flee the country, or you can let the regime come to you. Your landlord in Ethiopia was very rich, and he was a savvy and wise man. He was also very loyal and personable to anyone he liked. When the Marxist took over Ethiopia our landlord hid while other government officials and business men were being machine gunned every day at dawn. We had to hear that every morning when we woke up. Finally, the Marxist national counsel came to a frightening conclusion-- they had killed off all the brains of Ethiopia. No one even knew where the tar was to repair the roads. So, they reversed and scoured the nation for all the businessmen who had not left Ethiopia, and ironically they invited them to join the Marxist national counsel in great pomp and dignity. Our landlord let the creeps find him, he was exalted to the counsel, and he played the game. One day, he was gone, probably to Sweden or Great Britain.

You do not have to LIKE the national and political and business establishment. But, can you make them NEED you? This applies even in good times. If they NEED you, they dare not attack you. Especially if we get to the point where working thinking people are fleeing the country, which is happening in small degree NOW. Here is Jesus Christ on this subject:

Luke 16:9 And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. 

Conservative Bible teachers avoid that verse like a plague. It sound like Jesus is telling us to make friends with those who have the power and the money (mammon). And, that is exactly what he meant. When you fail, if you have been the friend of a powerful men in government of business, you have excellent counsel and a recommendation possible. You will need it. Jesus did NOT say to make friends of mammon. He is NOT suggesting becoming obsessed with getting rich and hording gold. He is saying that we need friend who know how the money survival game is played.

Drive them to you. Be a good friend to some people whom God can use to see you through the hard times. But, be a real friend. We are not talking about simply using people. The rich hate to be used. Most of them have no real friends because, from their wife and kids, to their lowliest customers, they are being hit for loans and favors financially. They know that if they had no wealth, they would be divorced and abandoned by society. You could be the only friend they have who cares about them, IF you care. When Jesus tells us to be a friend to someone, friendship must be defined HIS way, not ours.

4. CONTENTMENT
Are you satisfied with God's will? In what way has he failed to care for you? What seems like neglect on his part may be the result of slot on your part.

Now, getting stuff is a trap. It is essential that we find a vocation that will provide for our needs, but so often today, and in all history really, men are not satisfied with enough. It is the hallmark of American society that we never have enough, we always want more. Capitalism is wonderful in what it creates in toys and wealth. But it is a scourge in what it does to the every day capitalist. It makes him a raging covetous freak.

Ecclesiastes 6:9 Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit.

Desire! The ads and mailings invite us to desire things, and we crave gratification for our lusts. We are a nation overwhelmed with sodomy and fornication and adultery. It is normal to most people. An American will lie about anything if it gets him ahead. Truth is of little value really. All this is based in the national past time of getting more. One wife, one car, and one toy are not enough.

Micah 4:4 But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it.

The coming Messianic Age will be marked by contentment and private ownership. So, what about YOU? Are you content with what you have, with what God has allowed you to get? The reason you feel so driven and pressed to keep a tight schedule is because you want more, more cash flow, more toys, and more power over other people.

On a practical note, when social and economic collapse comes, will you have all sorts of frustrations over what you can no longer do or get your hands on? If you have cultivated an ongoing spirit of contentment, you will only have to worry about your daily bread, literally. You may need to look for a job. You may need to keep watch over your property at night. But, you will not be sitting in the corner grousing about, "how it could have been if the blank blank Feds had not trashed the country."

Make time for coasting, for thinking, for being idle physically and socially so that you can dream dreams about something other than getting more stuff. God has a great world out there that invites your attention. Make a covenant to walk a mile a day in the country. If you live in the city, why? All over America and the world are rural settings where life is far more real and satisfying than downtown. You may take a cut in income, but you will most certainly live longer, and your family will prosper. Prosper? In Paduka Kentucky? Yes, prosper in the real life, the good life near the good earth God created.

God arranged for Adam and Eve's contentment. He would not give Adam misery and tell him it was good for him. So, how did God do that? He planted a garden east of Eden, The Garden of God, and he placed Adam and Eve in that garden to keep it and "subdue" it. The farther you are from the Garden of God, the more miserable you will be. So, if you are stuck in the city, find a way to have a little garden where you can be a keeper of things God made.

5. WHAT ARE YOU OVERLOOKING?
After air,water, food, work, electricity, heat, security, fellowship, etc, there are things you will easily overlook. Start by making a list of things you take for granted-- especially things you think you are entitled to. In a total collapse, according to the history of man from ancient times, people find out that they become desperate for want of one small thing.

What about Social Security? How about health care? Are you receiving these and other services as benefits of past faithfulness? Well, when the insurance company tanks, you will get no help from them. When the company sending you a pension, or the US Military, is busted, you will not get your pension or VA benefits.

Also, what medications and food supplies could you not do without, that is, they are not there in the market place? What is your plan to get ready? No plan will mean you will become an indigent as a bag lady in downtown Chicago after a collapse. You may feel very self-sufficient and confident in your provisions now, but many of them depend on your being employed and society and the government being intact.

What if gas stations closed. What if the power went down. Financial collapse is not the only thing that can maroon you in the modern world as if you were lost on a desert island. You flip the switch, and the lights are out..... for six months. You assume that if the Federal Government can muddle through, all will be well. This illustrates how utterly helpless and unsavvy you really are.

An X-16 solar flare could trash all the electronics, and especially the AC power lines, in a snap. This is an electromagnetic storm caused by the sun, and in 1889 the earth had a big one. It fried all the telegraph keys and some wires and electrocuted some telegraph operators in the process. There were no electric power lines then, and certainly no phones and computers. Imagine a world with no AC power, phone lines, and technology communications. Some computers that were not connected would survive, but the world of business would be gone for a long time. No one would die probably, and no damage could be seen to the naked eye. But, life would come to a dead stop. Your car might run, but gas stations would be gone.

So, I find it a great folly to try to imagine the actual way that a crisis could happen. Financial collapse for the USA is absolutely inevitable. The run away printing of fiat money has ALWAYS resulted historically in a financial collapse, as with the Weimer Republic in Germany and the John Law money scam in France.

So, whatever may be coming is not as urgent as whether you are prepared.

I would be happy to talk about survival in other nations in the world if readers send comments to that effect. I would have to research it a bit, but some principles never change, and many responses work in any setting with some minor details to change.

Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Does this mean you can do nothing prudent to prepare for possible issues? I think another Bible text makes it clear that we are talking about ongoing sane preparations for the future versus wide eyed panic based on talking heads and frantic pundits in the news.

Proverbs 6:6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
11 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.


Outdated advice? I think Solomon's admonition is very much in order today. In verse 11 you read that you could become as a man who travels. What does that mean? It is exactly the same today. When the Dustbowl and the Great Depression hit unprepared people, they traveled. Many went to California. Men became tramps and HoBoes. People were merciful in those days and helped them. But, if you could prepare for your family so that you did not have to go traveling, would you? Huh?

Go the ant..... learn her ways. No guide or nanny to tell her what to do, but she does the right thing, and we do have ants here yet, just as Solomon did 3000 years ago.

May you thrive under the mercy of God, no matter what may come your way.

Psalms 31:14 But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my God.
15 My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.
16 Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies' sake.
17 Let me not be ashamed, O LORD; for I have called upon thee: let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave.

Psalms 103:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.

Psalms 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.




BASICS OF SURVIVAL


My experiences growing up in Africa, and later as a missionary there and in Ethiopia in the bush, as well as my days as a small church pastor in rural areas, have given me a larger view, I think, than the average survival guru.

By the grace of God, I have been able to survive and thrive, but no dandy from the financial world will ever call me a success. If that bothers you, consider this: The most wealthy and powerful men before the 1929 stock market crash became helpless beggars after the crash. This is because they had soft hands and heads full of vanity. They simply lacked any survival skills that had to do with daily life. They were fed, clothed, and escorted by servants 24/7, and when the servants went back to Tuscaloosa, they starved.

Here then are some survival principles. They are not in the exact order that you may need to apply them, and the first principle will show you why:

1. CATCH UP
Everything must be tied to biblical prophecy AND past history. This means that where you are now, and what you need to do to survive, will not follow exactly the order of life of the Dustbowl farmers or the Great Depression victims. But, pay attention, your options will turn out to be very much like theirs in principle. How well you survive the present stress will depend greatly on whether you have a forward look that is in line with God defined coming destiny for humanity, and a backward look AND KNOWLEDGE of past disasters in the USA and the world.

I venture to guess that you are woefully ignorant of the past. Ninety percent of Americans alive today have been subjected to little of no real history of the past. The public school system has laundered history into oblivion. What history you ever got is all revisionist propaganda. If you depend on pundits, talking heads, and gurus of economics today, most of whom never saw hard times worse than the Arab gas price hikes of the 1970s, you are working with less than half a load. CATCH UP. The Internet is loaded with videos and articles telling what life was like during past crises.

My son works in technology in very high end medical company. He tells me that when he talks about reading the news online to his co-workers, or when he suggests they look up some issue of life on Google, many of them look at him cross eyed. They seem to use the Internet only for amusements like movies and music, and to stick their face in public view on Facebook. It is amazing to me. With four techy sons and sons-in-law, I have to really be careful when I toss out a fact here or there. Someone is invariably punching the topic into Google and setting me straight. Being in Texas, and willing to "stretch the blanket" once in a while, is dangerous IF you have friends who know how to use Google.

Ecclesiastes 6:10 That which hath been is named already, and it is known that it is man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he.


In case you are not familiar with it, here is the gate keeper of the world.

2. IMPROVISE
You cannot get ready for everything. You must get ready by setting priorities for you, your family, and neighbors based on your immediate circumstances. Air, water, food, security, companionship, income, and status in the community. All of these must be ever bathed in prayer in the recognition that God is at work in you, and you ought to be a blessing while you survive.

But, you will miss something. This is because new factors will enter which were not in past history and which are not answered by prophetic teaching from the Word of God. So, what will you do? For now, stop throwing away everything that seems outdated and old. It may come in handy later. The old computer still works. The software loaded on it will be hard to find. It will always connect to the web. The old car is probably nearly worthless as to street value. But, it runs, it will get to the store and back, and it will look great to someone near you who went bankrupt and lost everything.

I am building a green house right now. I bought much of the materials needed, but I am going to the woods for mulch, and I will cut cedar saplings to put under the buckets so critters cannot get into them. Buckets? A piano tuning customer maintains swimming pools and has lots of 6 gallon plastic buckets of food grade plastic. I am planting in buckets because water can be scarce in Texas. So, I can greatly reduce the amount of water needed for the plants. The potting soil will come from a Texas "tank" (tanka in Spanish), which is a stock pond on the property. It has badly silted in, and when I dredge if for the silt, I have more water in the tank and exception free potting soil.

That story was the result of spending my life HAVING TO improvise. The details are unique to me, but past history and biblical prophetic expectations helped greatly as I built the green house. What biblical expectations, you may ask. Answer: Soon the world will have famine. The USA is nowhere in world prophecy. We are doomed to become a disaster zone as Europe, the Middle East, and Asia prevail. God is not an American. He does not have to save this nation for my benefit. But, he graciously told me what I need to get ready for, and what I cannot deal with, he will.

Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

What should you be doing now to provide a smoother ride in the future when the USA tanks?

3. MAKE THE WORLD COME TO YOU
You see the AdSense ads on this blog, right. There are three other blogs. They all produce a small cash flow. I have only scratched the surface in tricks that can be used to make this work better. I don't get much from it now, but when I have idle time, I can turn it into better cash flow. The world comes to me, though only in a small way with this example.

Here are the thoughts of Quince Forrest, a trial drive cowboy foreman from 1889. He and his crew drove a herd of longhorns from Matamoros, Mexico, across from Brownseville in Texas, all the way to an Indian Reservation in Montana. This must be one of the longest trial drive in world history. After the cattle were delivered, the guys were laying around the camp fire on the trip home to Texas.

Quince said, "In don't know how you fellows feel about it, but I bade those cows god-by on their beds to-night without a regret or a tear. The novelty of night-herding loses its charm with me when it's drawn out over five months. I might be fool enough to make another such trip, but I'd rather be the Indian and let the other fellow drive the cows to me-- there's a heap more comfort in it." [ Taken from The Log of A Cowboy by Andy Adams ]

Drive the world to yourself. By barter, friendship, stealth, and by simply making sure you are at the right time and place when the parade goes by. When I was in college we went to see the Rose Parade in Pasadena a couple of times. We went the night before and set up chairs right along the curb. We posted a guard to make sure the chairs were not claimed by strangers. We wandered around and handed out Gospel tracts, and when the parade finally went by the next morning, we had from row seats. Think!

Now, it can get both sinister and practical. Suppose a fascist regime takes over the USA (or, has it done so already?). You can hunker down and get ready to fight it out, flee the country, or you can let the regime come to you. Your landlord in Ethiopia was very rich, and he was a savvy and wise man. He was also very loyal and personable to anyone he liked. When the Marxist took over Ethiopia our landlord hid while other government officials and business men were being machine gunned every day at dawn. We had to hear that every morning when we woke up. Finally, the Marxist national counsel came to a frightening conclusion-- they had killed off all the brains of Ethiopia. No one even knew where the tar was to repair the roads. So, they reversed and scoured the nation for all the businessmen who had not left Ethiopia, and ironically they invited them to join the Marxist national counsel in great pomp and dignity. Our landlord let the creeps find him, he was exalted to the counsel, and he played the game. One day, he was gone, probably to Sweden or Great Britain.

You do not have to LIKE the national and political and business establishment. But, can you make them NEED you? This applies even in good times. If they NEED you, they dare not attack you. Especially if we get to the point where working thinking people are fleeing the country, which is happening in small degree NOW. Here is Jesus Christ on this subject:

Luke 16:9 And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. 

Conservative Bible teachers avoid that verse like a plague. It sound like Jesus is telling us to make friends with those who have the power and the money (mammon). And, that is exactly what he meant. When you fail, if you have been the friend of a powerful men in government of business, you have excellent counsel and a recommendation possible. You will need it. Jesus did NOT say to make friends of mammon. He is NOT suggesting becoming obsessed with getting rich and hording gold. He is saying that we need friend who know how the money survival game is played.

Drive them to you. Be a good friend to some people whom God can use to see you through the hard times. But, be a real friend. We are not talking about simply using people. The rich hate to be used. Most of them have no real friends because, from their wife and kids, to their lowliest customers, they are being hit for loans and favors financially. They know that if they had no wealth, they would be divorced and abandoned by society. You could be the only friend they have who cares about them, IF you care. When Jesus tells us to be a friend to someone, friendship must be defined HIS way, not ours.

4. CONTENTMENT
Are you satisfied with God's will? In what way has he failed to care for you? What seems like neglect on his part may be the result of slot on your part.

Now, getting stuff is a trap. It is essential that we find a vocation that will provide for our needs, but so often today, and in all history really, men are not satisfied with enough. It is the hallmark of American society that we never have enough, we always want more. Capitalism is wonderful in what it creates in toys and wealth. But it is a scourge in what it does to the every day capitalist. It makes him a raging covetous freak.

Ecclesiastes 6:9 Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit.

Desire! The ads and mailings invite us to desire things, and we crave gratification for our lusts. We are a nation overwhelmed with sodomy and fornication and adultery. It is normal to most people. An American will lie about anything if it gets him ahead. Truth is of little value really. All this is based in the national past time of getting more. One wife, one car, and one toy are not enough.

Micah 4:4 But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it.

The coming Messianic Age will be marked by contentment and private ownership. So, what about YOU? Are you content with what you have, with what God has allowed you to get? The reason you feel so driven and pressed to keep a tight schedule is because you want more, more cash flow, more toys, and more power over other people.

On a practical note, when social and economic collapse comes, will you have all sorts of frustrations over what you can no longer do or get your hands on? If you have cultivated an ongoing spirit of contentment, you will only have to worry about your daily bread, literally. You may need to look for a job. You may need to keep watch over your property at night. But, you will not be sitting in the corner grousing about, "how it could have been if the blank blank Feds had not trashed the country."

Make time for coasting, for thinking, for being idle physically and socially so that you can dream dreams about something other than getting more stuff. God has a great world out there that invites your attention. Make a covenant to walk a mile a day in the country. If you live in the city, why? All over America and the world are rural settings where life is far more real and satisfying than downtown. You may take a cut in income, but you will most certainly live longer, and your family will prosper. Prosper? In Paduka Kentucky? Yes, prosper in the real life, the good life near the good earth God created.

God arranged for Adam and Eve's contentment. He would not give Adam misery and tell him it was good for him. So, how did God do that? He planted a garden east of Eden, The Garden of God, and he placed Adam and Eve in that garden to keep it and "subdue" it. The farther you are from the Garden of God, the more miserable you will be. So, if you are stuck in the city, find a way to have a little garden where you can be a keeper of things God made.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

LEAD ARTICLE FIRST POSTED
Nov. 9, 2011



This blog is here to become a gathering place for survivors who use the King James Bible, common sense, wisdom from folks who have survived well in the past, and newbies to the grand age of terror now upon us.


I happen to believe that we NEED each other. Much effort seems to be made lately to make us distrust one another and accept the role of suspects. Big Nanny is nagging us around the clock. Alerts are flashing, DRUDGE dumps the dirt 24/7, and virtually every politician who has the glorious answer is a money grubber who sounds like every other politician that ever lied to us. 


Is there hope?


If you do not care for Bible based wisdom or the advice of folks who are down home experts..... If you get your rush from Alex Jones, Glenn Beck, and Gush Limbaugh, then rush on after your next rush. You dare not sit still and think..... it might spoil that sweet ominous terror in your soul, right? You will not care for the good hope here.


Of course, we are in hard times, and the worst hard times may be just ahead. 


But, a good soldier endures:



2 Timothy 2:1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. 
3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
6 The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits. 
7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.


If that sounds useful to you, and if you have some experience surviving, please join us, and leave your own observations in  the comment area. If you have a question, ask it, and I will try to run down an answer or alternative to the panic response now so popular.