Thursday, February 28, 2013

And Away I go....to Knit

For the first time ever I am off on a ladies' retreat----to craft and knit and quilt. I'll be knitting, of course.

The home fires will stay burning, and the Corgi and the Lab will be lovingly cared for with their kitty companions.

The previous post is offensive, but I felt it should be shared. I think we are being duped by our culture.

Beyonce has made noises about being a Christian.

So has U2 's Bono.

Then you see what they submit to in their music, and things get really confusing.

We need to be on guard, keeping our "radar" alert for evil dressed in harmless sheepskin.

Don't submit to the forces of evil. They may appear as light, yet they are only of Lucifer--the light bearer. Test and try the spirits. Stand firm in the strength of the Holy Spirit, and don't ever give in to evil. Never.

May God protect you from evil. May He strengthen you in spirit, and make you a blessing.


Beyonce, The Super Bowl, Sasha & Satan

A little warning to us all about Satan's plans. This seems to be happening to more and more musicians. Watch out!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Three Interesting Things

Along with my own family's excessive excitement (engagements, performances, events, and house renovation!) I do try to keep up with the world and what's happening. 

Three things have captured my attention. Nope, it's not the Oscar's. I'm sharing with you:

1. "The Harbinger," by Jonathon Cahn.  This book is interesting for what the distilled message is: Isaiah 9:10 is being practically reenacted right under our noses, and things could get interesting economically. Best beware of the upcoming Sh'mita in 2015.  (Read the book for the best explanation.)

2. The push to legitimize GMO's and neonicitinoid pesticides. I'm only just getting into the fray here, but as a beekeeper's wife I am truly amazed at what is happening. Not one to link arms with "environmentalists," I am still very concerned about the environment. I don't need to be labelled to be concerned. Nature IS suffering. I want to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables as much as the next person, and these tightly controlled GMO crops seem to be taking over the world! Whoever controls the food supply controls quite a bit.

3. The prophecies of Malachy, the Irish bishop. Just interesting. We'll see tomorrow if his prophecy holds true. He predicted the number and names of the popes way back around the turn of the last millennium and he's been right until now. His last pope was the 112th, and his name would have something to do with the words "Peter the Roman."

Interesting times. If I didn't know the Lord I might be a just a bit worried.

Thankful that I know the One Who Rules --and knows--- it ALL.

I really do listen for the trumpet to sound. Can it be far off?



Friday, February 22, 2013

Weekend Diversions

Last weekend my husband and I went with Ed and Margaret to hear the Rose Ensemble sing a concert featuring the works of Hildegard of Bingen among other writers of around 1000 years ago.

The concert was at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis.

I found the concert soothing and interesting. We had just toured the ruins of the monastery where Hildegard grew up----Disibodenberg---in November, in Germany, and my good friend there told me about her history.

Her poetry was quite orthodox for being such a monumental figure in early healing arts. Beautiful praise to the Creator of the Universe, Yahweh.

It was quite coincidental that these things occurred for us----I'd never heard of her in my life before!

The day of that concert we spent checking out the pipe organs at two different Minneapolis churches---Organ Discovery Day. Really a wonderful experience for any child interested in music, but especially my budding organist, Ed.

Tonight brought for us an impromptu blessing: Eric Metaxas was in town, speaking at the church formerly known as John Piper's.

What an interesting evening! Metaxas is quite the humorist, and his talk was excellent. The real treat came when he and John Piper answered mind-bending questions from the audience.

Oh, stuff like "What should Christians do about abortion?"  "How should we respond to homosexuality?"  "How does Romans 13 affect our attitude toward leaders who are against God's principles?" and other such gems.

I would summarize the event's message as this: Stand up for what you believe. Say it even if it raises an eyebrow. If you say nothing you are condoning the evil you disapprove of.

We must take a stand. We must be willing to buck the trends at all costs.
We are the ones God has called out of this sin-sick world to be light.

It was a good message, and a good way to start this weekend (which will be full of other diversions as well!)

God bless your sabbath!
Well, you dear blog readers, you get the first hand exciting news!! My second son popped the question to this lovely young gal this week.

God blessed us with two wonderful girls for our oldest boys. Thankful.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Inspired

Some of you have heard of the online magazine called "Pinterest."

I avoided it for awhile, but I can say that the quick access to so many good ideas has really invigorated our home life!

So, we've been discussing and implementing a few things around here.

We happen to have frequent house guests, so it has been challenge to turn a 3 bedroom split level into a bed and breakfast for families AND the seven occupants....+ 2 dogs, 2 cats, fish, etc.

In winter we are all pretty much confined indoors, so our large yard just looks pretty from the windows!

But we love it when we have visitors.

Because our lives are so continually BUSY we sometimes lack the energy to take on new projects-----but we do.

We can be unwise. We bite off more than we can chew.

With growing children and changing needs we plow ahead to make things work better or differently. Life is not static at this house!

(So glad God doesn't change!)

So we are in the middle of a grand game of "Musical Bedrooms, New Floors, and Workable Living Space!" 

I have begun to downsize my home-school and public school curriculum collection. I am a children's literature nut, so my collection is amazing. I'm even parting with some of that! (Ask me if you want something---I probably have it!!)

Along with this is the constant realization that life is SHORT, and we must SEIZE THE MOMENT!

Who knows who'll come to visit THIS weekend?

I'm making cornbread from a Pinterest recipe right now. With our own honey---- Yum. I think I'll try the cinnamon roll waffles on Saturday morning.  Such wonderful convenience and inspiration!

More fun, for sure.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

It's the Times

I've been a little down since November, when I saw the handwriting on the wall after the U.S. election, that our country was going to be going through some major deep water.

Really, people. It's amazing. Just look around at the social battles, the weather, the upheaval in major players, the cultural cesspool, the strengthening of the darkness.

And now I couldn't be more hopeful!


As someone who has loved Bible prophecy for decades (I've written about this many times) I can only look up. Our redemption draws nigh.

So, yes, it is depressing to see the cancer rates. It's outrageous to see the Hurricane Sandy aftermath nightmare. It's alarming to see the bees dying. It's amazing to see the lightening strikes and the meteors falling. It's sad to see moral decline and mocking of Christianity's core values. It's horrible to see Christians persecuted.

But what a time!

It's all there in God's Holy Word.
My heart is filled with praise for a God Who does not change.

Allow His Spirit to open your spiritual eyes. Aren't you tired of being blind? Jesus says "Come to me!"  Repent. Be saved, and join the Hopeful.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Food Inc Cartoon

Last year I watched the very influential documentary "Food, Inc."

If even some of it is true, it's worth thinking about.

Here is a cartoon version, and though I do NOT agree with everything in it, I think that it is a short synopsis of the concerns that plague bees and our diet, and the global food situation.  It's worth a watch :

http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=E9B36B60EF3E646E65735F3E35D700C9

The other video I posted today, Johanna Michaelson, is the oral testimony of the book I've been recommending to friends and family all year. I still think you should read the book for the entire story, but here is, again, a short version.

My dear people, we are in very interesting times. I love to see the annals of time wrapping up, and if we are to see another 50 or so years in my lifetime, it takes nothing away from these fascinating developments.

Watch. Read. Spread the truth.

He who has ears to hear, let him hear. Let no man despise your discernment.

Looking up, for our redemption draws nigh!




Here's Jan Markell's e-newsletter with a little perspective on this past week:

Pope Gives Two Weeks Notice

by Jack Kinsella
February 14, 2013
The Catholic church was thrown into turmoil [Monday] after Pope Benedict XVI made the shock decision to quit the papacy because of his deteriorating health. The decision, delivered in Latin and in unemotional tones by Pope Benedict XVI to a gathering of cardinals on Monday, came ''like a bolt out of the blue'', one of the participants said, and it soon ricocheted around the world.

In a decision that surprised even his closest aides, the 85-year-old Pontiff said his strength was 'no longer adequate to continue in office due to his advanced age'.  He announced his resignation in Latin to a meeting of Vatican cardinals this morning, saying he did not have the 'strength of mind and body' to continue leading more than a billion Roman Catholics worldwide.

He is the first Pope to resign since Gregory XII in 1415 and no Pontiff in history has stepped down on health grounds. Shortly after making his announcement, the statue of Peter's horse atop St Peter's Basilica was struck by lightning not once but TWICE.

Which brings us full circle to when Pope Benedict was elected in 2005 to replace the late John Paul II bringing an obscure 10th century Irish priest back to the center square.
According to legend, Irish Bishop Malachy O'Morgair had a strange vision during a trip to Rome to report to Pope Innocent II.

In his vision, Malachy was given a list of all the Popes who would rule over the Catholic Church from his day until the Second Coming.  Malachy put the list together using short announcements that indicated some noticeable trait from each Pope, beginning with Pope Celestine II, who was elected in 1130.

Altogether, St. Malachy listed a total of 112 Popes from Celestine II until the return of Christ.  He committed the visions to paper and handed the manuscript to Pope Innocent II.  Innocent placed the manuscript in the archives where they remained "unread" for nearly four centuries.

Pope John Paul I was the 109th Pope.  Malachy identified him by the motto, 'de medietate lunae' which means 'of the half moon'.  John Paul I held one of the shortest pontificates in Vatican history, living only 34 days after his elevation to the papacy.  John Paul I was elected Pope on August 26, 1978 and reigned from one moon cycle to the next.

St. Malachy's motto for John Paul II was 'de labore solis' which is interpreted either as 'from the toil of the sun' or, 'of the eclipse of the sun'. Karol Wojtyla was born on May 18, 1920, during a solar eclipse.  He was buried at the Vatican on April 8, 2005.

The following is a verbatim quote from MSNBC, dated April 8, 2005.
"The moon blotted out the sun Friday across a wide stretch extending from the South Pacific to the Americas, with a precious few witnessing a total eclipse at sea. Thousands more flocked to Central and South America to see the sun reduced to a narrow "ring of fire" around the dark moon."
The motto, "Gloria Olivae" which means the 'glory of the olive'.  One of the many Catholic 'orders' is the Order of St Benedict, which is also known as the 'Olivetans'.  Cardinal Ratzinger chose for his Papal name, Benedict XIV.
According to the legend, Benedict XIV will be the last Pope before 'Peter the Roman' of whom Malachy has much more to say than he does of the other Popes. Instead of a motto, Malachy gave specifics, writing;
"In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Peter the Roman, who will feed his flock among many tribulations; after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people".
Assessment:
Logic and Scripture both dictate that true prophecy can only come from God.  Logically, a prophecy concerning the future requires perfect foreknowledge, not just of the event itself, but of the consequences of every previous event that leads up to the event being prophesied.

For example, the restoration of Israel.

Had it not been for the Holocaust, the Jews of Europe would still be European Jews, instead of Holocaust survivors forced by circumstances to seek a Jewish State for their collective security.

If Hitler's great-granny had joined a convent or got hit by a bus before giving birth to Hitler's ancestor, there'd have been no Nazi Party, no WWII, no Holocaust, and, arguably, no reason for world Jewry to seek a Jewish State at that particular point in history.

Scripture identifies prophecy as God's 'signature'.
"Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure:" (Isaiah 46:10-11)
The Scriptures also say that Divine revelation concluded with the Revelation of Jesus Christ to the Apostle John.
"For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book." (Revelation 22:18)
So, if both the Scriptures and common logic demand that only God can be the Author of prophecy, what are we to do with St. Malachy?  There are all kinds of problems that can be ascribed to Malachy's prophecies in order to mount an attempt to discredit them.

They were 'hidden away' in the Vatican for centuries, prompting some to speculate they were actually written in the 16th, rather than the 11th century.

That would explain how Malachy could seemingly 'prophesy' the sixty-six popes from Celestine in 1130 to Paul III in 1549.  But it doesn't explain the seemingly amazing accuracy of Malachy's mottos for the other sixty-six Popes from Paul III forward.

Malachy just nailed, it would seem, Pope #45 in a row -- since the list was unsealed in the 16th century -- with the elevation of Benedict the Olivetan.  That's a pretty amazing record no matter how you look at it.  Is it of God?

I don't think so.  The oldest lie in human history was offered by Satan in the Garden of Eden.
"For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil." (Genesis 3:5)
Human beings know right from wrong, because those are actions.  Good and evil, on the other hand, are OUTCOMES, something known only to God.

God often uses evil for good.  When Joseph confronted his brothers for selling him into slavery in Egypt, Joseph noted that they meant it for evil, but God meant it for good.
Extra-biblical prophecy always has the same fatal flaw, whether one looks at Nostradamus or Malachy.  They 'prophesy' ACTIONS, not OUTCOMES.

Bible prophecy tells 'the end from the beginning'.  Nostradamus was able, according to his apologists, to foretell the rise of Hitler, but Nostradamus failed to prognosticate Hitler's defeat.  Malachy's prophecies are similarly vague and open to broad interpretation.

Satan is a master counterfeiter and he wants nothing less than to be worshiped as God.  He is also capable of 'prophecy' in the sense that he has his own master plan and his own timetable.  The difference with Satan is that not everything always goes exactly to plan, since he is a created, and therefore, fallible, being.

But it is no stretch to say he was capable of influencing Hitler's rise as part of his master plan, or that he could have 'inspired' Nostradamus to 'predict' it.  When the time was right, Satan just picked the closest match he could find, and let the human imagination fill in the blanks.

Neither would it be difficult for Satan to influence the decisions of the College of Cardinals to select the series of Popes who most closely fits Malachy's list.

Satan isn't infallible, but he can read the Bible as well as you or I can.  Plus he has the added advantage of six thousand years of manipulating mankind, and the Scriptures reveal that God originally blessed him with superior intelligence.

Pope Benedict was the Vatican's official Head Inquisitor and 'Defender of the Faith' until his elevation to the papacy.  The only actual connection between Benedict and the Olivetans is his choice of papal name.

But it comes close to fitting Malachy's prophecy, and it is no stretch to think Satan is as capable of influencing a papal candidate as he is of influencing any other mortal.  If Satan wanted Ratzinger to take the name 'Benedict', he could sure make it seem like it was a good idea at the time.

The same with John Paul II and the eclipses.  Satan can do the math and figure out solar eclipses in advance.  We can.  It then becomes a matter of picking the closest match and manipulating events to fit.

Here is what we know about our enemy: Satan is the universe's master deceiver.  His ultimate goal is to be received as God.  Only God is capable of prophecy.

But Satan has a counterfeit plan of his own, and he has had six thousand years to develop it.  St Malachy's 'prophecies' -- like other extra-biblical prophecies, are part of that overall plan to counterfeit the miracles of God, so that, one day,
"He as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God." (2nd Thessalonians 2:4)
But Malachy's prophecies, counterfeit or not, do confirm what the Scriptures say in one respect.  It confirms that it isn't just Bible prophecy 'nuts' who believe we are in the last days.  It seems that Satan believes it, too.

In any case, we'll find out soon.  Pope Benedict has given his notice.  First. let's recap:

St. Malachy predicted the 110th Pope would be associated with a solar eclipse. John Paul II was born during a solar eclipse, and a solar eclipse occurred on the day of his funeral.  How weird is that?

St. Malachy assigned the 111th Pope "glory of the olive" whose name ultimately derives from the Mount of Olives in the New Testament.  The 111th Pope chose the name of the Benedictine Order.

The 112th Pope will be the last Pope (as assigned by St. Malachy).  If he chooses any name except Peter, then St. Malachy's predictive run will have completed its course and one more Vatican conspiracy will bite the dust.
". . . Peter the Roman, who will nourish the sheep in many tribulations; when they are finished, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people.  The end."
On the other hand . . . if Malachy gets this one right, it will be just one more confirmation that we are living in the last of the last days before the Lord returns.  

Maranatha!   

The Beautiful Side of Evil - Johanna Michaelsen

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Hour

This article is interesting if you have always wondered about Christ's return in relation to the Feast of Trumpets. Years ago I read Zola Levitt's book about the feasts and for the first time understood the significance.

It's been interesting to watch and wait, to observe the feasts since.

Take the time to read this and note the parallels.

http://www.raptureready.com/soap/taylor82.html

Second part of the article 2/19/13

http://www.raptureready.com/soap/taylor83.html 

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Closing the Week

It's Saturday evening, and I'm counting my weekly blessings.

Today was "free." We had no organized activities. That is unusual, but once in awhile it happens!

Instead I got to a birthday breakfast party for a friend who has helped me out in multiple ways. I sorted through mounds of the usual household detritus, receipts, letters, and magazines.
 
I shopped for the gems of the tabernacle.

We are reading through the Bible, out loud, this year, and this past week we read Exodus and the description of the tabernacle. Yes, it was long, and detailed. It took awhile to read through all those cubits and numbers. Those gems mentioned on the ephod, the real ones, semi-precious and fake ones are easily acquired at Jo-Ann's and Michael's, so I thought to  find them for an object lesson for my students. I found I need to do a little more research, but I think I might make something with these materials to remind us, and teach us of God's plan for His people's worship.

I've been crocheting and finishing blankets during these bleak days of mid-winter. I've been pretty productive, and I can't think of anything more satisfying than seeing something beautiful come together and be finished!

I've got two dozen books next to my bed to read. Some look good, some not so much. My book club picked a few that I wouldn't have chosen this time. Time for some speed reading!

There's been a bed-bug scare at the library system in the county next to ours, and I've been a little reluctant to check anything out. But the librarian assured me that our county had found no such pests. Yet.
I've taken to leaving the library books in the car overnight in the sub sub temperatures. What pest could possibly survive that?

I'm always amazed that the bees are busy shivering all around their queen right now. They are doing their best to keep her alive. Sadly, if we have a warmish day this time of year she will start laying eggs which the workers will have to start to tend, thereby leaving the queen more vulnerable should the temps drop again. (Which they do, here). Beekeepers need to consider feeding the bees some, just to supplement them until spring arrives, as their stores are waning. It's a tenuous time.

Predicate, the prissy feline, has discovered that staying in bed all day is very much to her liking. The problem is that she seems pretty perky at night, and keeps the rest of the sensible pets and humans around her up at night.  Today we religiously shut the doors of the bedrooms so she couldn't hide in the bed. She acted put out, but I think we'll all sleep better tonight. Let's hope so.

Several good things in the world this week, despite the blizzards. I hear people articulating their faith in testimonies and in exhortations, and I see the Holy Spirit working, an exciting sign that we are on fast-forward toward Christ's appearance.

I was given a Turkish/German calendar on our trip last November. I'm brushing up on my Turkish, and I had this thought since I had learned some Turkish so long ago:

In Turkish the word for God-Yahweh, or LORD, is Tanrı. Not Allah. (Rab is the word for Lord.)

It's important to be talking about the correct God, and sometimes language can present real difficulties. I believe God is gracious and merciful, and since He knows the heart of every man I lose little sleep over translation difficulties. Still it seems an important issue when sharing the message of eternal life with anyone.

It's Saturday. It's time to re-hash the lessons of the week.

I could talk some about expectations and contentment, too, because I was very aware of some character development with these things this week.

I realized how blessed I am. My husband has a great job. I have the best job in the world: teaching and raising my children. We have everything we need. We have excessive surplus of what we want. We have a patient and loving God. We have forgiveness.

I know that this time of year can be difficult for me fighting health issues, but I am going to reaffirm my strong sense of God's goodness and His blessing even now, and every day. How thankful I am.

Time for bed. The week is over. I wish you peaceful rest, and cat-quiet sleep.




Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Gospel Of John - The Full Movie - DC for Jesus


This is a powerful movie. I hope you have seen it, but if you haven't I put it here for you. I think it's great.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Calling

Each of us has a calling. God made us for a unique role, and we can wake up on a morning and reaffirm that purpose every single day.

Some will have scores of influence (like Leslie Frazier--see previous post) and some will have quieter clout.

The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.

Perhaps there's truth there.

Each day that we have is an opportunity to do what God has called us to do.

Will we answer that call, or wallow in defeat?

The choice is there for you every day.

Answer your calling!

As the Shepherd, So Goes the Sheep

 thechristianworldview.com/tcwblog/archives/5667


This link is my nod to the big game this past weekend. (I'm glad the Ravens won---Matt Birk and Michael Oher, and the quiet coach...:))