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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 ...

Advent Longings: Pondering Strasbourg

It is an Advent night, cold and dark and quiet, with an edge of longing darting through my reflections. International news has caught my attention again and my heart is breaking as I remember and pray. Earlier today, more violence erupted in our world. It is a daily occurrence — a moment by ...

Kingdom of God Part 3

Our discussion so far has sought to define and examine the Kingdom of God as the scripture presents it. We have found God establishing his kingdom on earth since the fall of creation through leaders such as Abraham, then Kings, then prophets with prophecies of a Messiah. Jesus is born and the ...

Jesus Christ is also Lord of the sabbath

From the King James Version: “And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the corn. And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful? “And he said unto them, ...

Being lost in wonder

Very clearly, I remember my first Philosophy class, taken my senior year in college. I loved it! If I had taken that class in my freshman year I would have changed my major! I would have been a thinker, a philosopher or as Dictionary.com puts it, “a person who offers views or theories on ...