Columns

My personal EMP survival preparation challenge

Having just celebrated July the 4th, our national day of independence, it brought to mind just how utterly dependent we Americans have become on a society of systems precariously held together unfortunately by a mostly vulnerable infrastructure. William Forstchen wrote a compelling novel ...

‘Go to church?’

This is a question being asked a lot these days. Is the church as we know it over? Do brick and mortars have a place going forward? Is the Bible out dated in its mandates? The answers to these questions are obvious for many, based on their choices. Podcasts, Facebook streaming, mega church TV ...

The most underrated survival skills

When we think about wilderness survival skills most of us conjure up images of starting fire with a spark or bushwhacking using a magnetic compass. And, we trust that each of us possess the will power and determination needed to ensure our individual survival. But, what about having to ...

Barn quilts popping up around region

One of the special springtime activities that takes place in many mountain homes is the annual long drive to view the greening pastures, the plowing and planting of seeds, the blooming of fruit trees and the arrival of new lambs, calves and colts to the area. It ritualistically assures us ...

Summer reading adventures

Summer is almost here, the days are getting longer, and soon school will be over for another year. Children’s thoughts turn to swimming, skateboards, baseball and bike riding. For some children, reading is a favorite summer activity, but this is not the case for many others. Keeping children ...

Spring into wilderness foraging

When there is plenty of food in pantry and the ice chest at camp is full of groceries the idea of searching for survival food rarely comes to mind. But for those who want to prepare themselves for wilderness emergencies this is the time of year to get outside and get reacquainted with wild ...

My life with bees

With spring coming, the bees will soon be buzzing everywhere. And I always do my best to avoid their acquaintance! Trouble is, they seem to like me, even flying right up in my face when I’m sitting on the porch. If the swatting while I’m sitting gets to be too active, I resign myself to ...

God’s will from the New Testament

A few weeks ago we examined how to know God’s will through the Old Testament and what the characteristic of his will are. In our first step of examining the scriptures about God’s will, we found that it is: perfect, peace seeking, best for us, sovereign through to triumph, creates a ...

Empower women through literacy

Poor and undereducated women are particularly marginalized as a group, and are at risk for poverty, domestic abuse, poor health, and gender inequality. Of the 36 million adults in the U.S. who have low literacy skills, 65 percent of them are women. We need to raise awareness of how literacy can ...

Survival stories make for good instructors

Those harrowing tales of true wilderness survival often capture our interest and fuel our imagination about cheating death, but each story is also like a short course in survival; full of valuable lessons and without the pain. We unlock those lessons by taking a closer look behind the facts, ...

A history of widowhood

Widowhood has been my way of life now for a little over 12 years. I cannot believe it has been that long since my husband passed away. It has been a varied journey to this point. My life is more in order now, more routine. But that was not the case in the beginning. Going through some old ...

God’s word is truth

Political standards might be applicable for one state or nation but not for another. Societal trends might be acceptable for one generation but not for another. When considering the truth of the inspired New Testament of Jesus Christ, it applies universally, to all people in all places. When it ...

Betting your life on seven items

Rolling a pair of dice gets you seven more often than any other number, and I recently decided to roll the dice with 10 of my friends across the country, hoping to find out what they would bet their life on. I asked a simple, straightforward question: “If you were going alone into the ...

God’s word is truth

In 1969, Frank Sinatra released what would be his signature song, “My Way.” It leaves the feeling that people can be satisfied by leading their lives according to their own design. No outside standard is needed. Man is in control. The Bible reveals a very different picture. The prophet ...

Adult literacy is an invisible issue

Unless you know the signs to look for, it’s impossible to know who has low literacy skills. Take a walk in the shoes of three adult learners with low literacy skills and understand what it’s like to face one challenge after another. Take the Journey. Go to: ...

What is God’s will?

For weeks now, we have studied the Kingdom of God — how he sought to establish it since creation here on earth and finally its consummation at the end of time. We learned how his kingdom came through Christ and lives on through true believers. Now we read in Matthew 6:10b we are to pray for ...

Kingdom of God Part 4

What a birthday party! Jesus’ birthday is the best party of the year. Praise God the Father for sending his only Son that we might trust him with our lives through the promise of forgiveness and gain an inheritance of eternity in heaven. We are all going to live forever, it is simply a matter ...

Why Didn’t I Ask?

I was talking to a close friend of the family the other day about times gone by, and we both — at the same time — questioned why didn’t we ask more questions about how something happened. There are any number of events or moments that now come to mind that I wish I had asked my Mother ...

Choosing the right survival foods

Some folks may think of beef jerky and trail mix as suitable “survival rations” but those foods alone don’t meet the nutritional needs of our two most important survival resources, our brains and our muscles. The foods we pack for survival situations need to contain the right kind of ...

New Year’s Welcome

The New Year welcomes us, and we begin to consider the possibilities ahead. Whether we are ready or not, it seems change always finds us, and we must be determined to meet any challenge with good sense and skill. Seeking to find some area where we can generate more control is in the ...