Saturday, July 21, 2018

Patriots' Prayers - Personal Repentance

Patriots' Prayers is about praying for our country, repenting and seeking God's forgiveness as a nation. But we must not forget that a country is made up of individuals, and we need to repent and seek forgiveness as individuals, too.  This week's prayer is a personal prayer of repentance. Please feel free to pray this prayer as is, or to adjust it to your own particular needs and circumstances. 

Prayer of Personal Repentance 

Heavenly Father, my good and loving Lord, I acknowledge all the sins which I have committed every day in my life, whether in thought, word, deed, or by omission.

I am sincerely sorry for having offended you. I ask forgiveness for all the times I failed to make you Lord over my life. Forgive me for those times I have broken your commandments. Forgive me for not loving you with all my heart, soul, and mind; for not loving my neighbor as myself; and for disrespecting the temple of Your Holy Spirit by not taking better care of my health. Forgive me for not treating others as I want to be treated.

Please forgive me for the sins of pride, greed, lust, wrath, gluttony, envy, and sloth. Forgive me for my lack of self-control and discipline, as well as all other forms of unrighteousness. 


I ask for forgiveness from the depths of my heart for offending You and others, and repent of my old ways. Help me by Your grace to change, to sin no more, to embrace your law, and to walk in the way of righteousness. I reject worldly standards, seeking live Your standards instead. May I praise and glorify You all the days of my life. In the Name of Jesus the Messiah I pray. Amen. 
 

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Worst Prepper Advice I've Ever Heard

For the best prepper advice I've ever heard, click here for Tuesday's article.

The Worst Prepper Advice I've Ever Heard

I've told this story before, but it sets up perfectly what I want to say:

Many years ago I was the owner/moderator of a survivalist forum called Surviving the End. One of my group members offered his plan to prepare: He was going to rack up as much credit card debt as possible buying supplies to survive an economic collapse caused by peak oil. He believed such a collapse would happen "within the next 2 or 3 years," which he believed would lead to economic collapse, civil unrest, and even political collapse.  In the ensuing chaos, banks and other lenders would be unable to collect on debts owed to them. He also planned to stop paying his mortgage "about 6 months before the collapse." I'm not sure how he planned to time the event so precisely, but this was his plan, and he was offering it up to others to follow. This was in 2006. It is now 2018 - twelve years later - and the banks are still collecting on mortgages and other debt. If he truly carried out his plan, he and his family suffered absolute financial devastation years ago.

My advice: Getting out-of-debt and improving your financial position should be a part of your preparations for a major collapse, instead of planning on a collapse to get you out-of-debt. A major collapse can be survived, but it will NOT be a good thing. The chaos,  suffering, destruction, and death surrounding such an event will be devasting to everyone, and no one should be eagerly looking forward to experiencing it, or thinking that they can somehow benefit from it.  

Yes. I am preparing to survive such a major event, which I think is likely within my lifetime.  But I pray to God that I am wrong, that it doesn't happen, because I know how difficult it will be, even for those of us who are prepared.

Bottom line: Don't plan on a collapse to get your life in order. Get your life in order so you can survive the collapse. 
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Best Prepper Advice I've Ever Heard

I've been around the prepper/survivalist community for 15 years. During that time, I've heard and read a lot of advice for prepping for future crises. Some of that advice is good. And some is not so good. In today's post, I reveal the absolute best piece of advice I've heard. On Thursday, I will revel the absolute worst.

The Best Prepper Advice I've Ever Heard 

Preparedness is about your attitude. Its not about tools, or supplies, or even skills. It is about your mind, the way you think. It is about developing a self-reliant mindset. A mindset which says - I am responsible for myself and my family - not government, not corporations, not society, not "experts" or anyone else. Me. I am responsible.

It  is an attitude that says "I need to be informed, therefore it is my responsibility to get informed.  I need to know myself and what I want out of life, and not just go with the flow or otherwise just drift aimlessly through life.  I need to think for myself, and not rely on others to do my thinking for me. I need to make my own decisions, and I need to act on those decisions. I need to adapt to changing circumstances and not just whine when things get difficult."

In many ways, its the exact opposite of the modern way of thinking. Its about not being one of the sheeple - waiting around for some imagined "authority" or "expert" to tell us what to do and when to do it. Its about not worrying what others think or about being liked. Its about not being intimidated into inaction, failing to make decisions and take actions, for whatever reason, be it fear, uncertainty, lack of confidence, or whatever.

Think ahead. Ask yourself "What problems and difficulties might I face in the future? What can I do now to help myself and my family overcome those problems if and when they do occur." Find the information you need. Make plans based on that information. Take actions to make those plans reality.

The most important thing you can do to survive and thrive, in good times and bad, is to start taking personal responsibility now for your own life and the lives of your family. This is the attitude you need, and it is the best advice I've ever heard.

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Building Community in Your Neighborhood

Want community? Many preppers do. Here are some tips to find and build community right where you live:

You have to play the hand your dealt. It is not a perfect world, and no neighborhood is perfect - mine included (and don't I know it!). But your neighborhood is where you live, for better or worse, so you might as well make the best of it. Sitting around wishing for things to be different is counterproductive.

You don't need everyone.  Not every neighbor is going to be like-minded, or even friendly towards your efforts. That's okay. You don't need to get every single person in your neighborhood on-board with your plans. Its not all or nothing. There will always be a few malcontents you will never be able to reach. Ignore them and build community with those you can. Some community with some folks is better than no community at all. 

Knock on doors. Or at least wave at mailboxes. In other words, you have to take the first step. Waiting around for your neighbors to come to you won't work. Go. Introduce yourself to them. 


Avoid religion and politics, especially in the early stages. Basic preparedness doesn't depend on religion or politics. You don't need to be of a certain religion to store food and water. You don't need to have a certain political viewpoint to learn first aid. You don't need to have the exact same religious or political views to encourage and help your neighbors. 

Don't talk prepping, at least at first.  The preparedness talk can come later, for now simply get to know your neighbors. Find out what you might have in common. As things progress, you can start dropping prepper lines and see how they respond.  

Form a Neighborhood Watch. It can official (working with your local police, posting signs, etc.) or informal (exchanging phone numbers and agreeing to keep an eye out for strangers or anything else suspicious in the neighborhood). The point is you and your neighbors will begin getting to know one another and watching out for each other. You can build from there.

Have a community yard sale. We have been doing this in our neighborhood for a few years now. About twice a year we'll get together and advertise a community yard sale on a Saturday. Not every household participates, but many do. Even many of those that don't participate in the selling walk around looking at what others are selling. Curiosity gets them out of their house. I've actually met several neighbors this way that I otherwise never would have met.

One by one. Two by two. Everyone doesn't have to get together at the same time. A neighborhood-wide barbecue may be too much to put together, but you can host a barbecue maybe once a month and invite one or two neighborhood families over. Invite different families each month. Barbecuing not your thing? Try a Game Night instead. Or a movie night.

Advance slowly but surely.  Turning your neighborhood into a community is a one-step-at-a-time activity. Get to know each other. Then work on building friendships with those who seem willing. Then start talking preparedness with those that seem receptive. 

Building community is about more than just preparedness. Preparedness for some future crisis might be your ultimate goal, but it cannot be your only goal, otherwise you'll scare people off. Community is about building friendships and relationships of trust. Community is about watching out for each other, encouraging each other, and helping each other. The cold fact is that you are extremely unlikely to get your neighborhood converted into a 100% prepared for doomsday survivalist community. But the more of a community that you're neighborhood is, the better off you'll all be if and when the SHTF.
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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Patriots' Prayers for 7-15-2018

There is no audio version of this week's Patriots' Prayers. The audio versions will return next week. 

Prayers of Praise and Thanksgiving

Psalm 100: 1 – 6

 1 Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands!
 2 Serve the LORD with gladness;
         Come before His presence with singing.
 3 Know that the LORD, He is God;
         It is He who has made us, and we are His;
         We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
    
 4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
         And into His courts with praise.
         Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
 5 For the LORD is good;
         His mercy is everlasting,
         And His truth endures to all generations.

Heavenly Father, We humbly and heartily thank You for hearing our prayers.We thank You for the many blessings You have bestowed upon us, both as individuals and as a nation. We thank You for the many rights and freedoms You have given to us, that no man or government may take away. We thank You for our Right to Life, to Liberty, and to pursue our own Happiness according to Your Ways. We thank You for Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, and the Freedom to be secure in our own person, among many other Freedoms. We thank You for the authority and perfection of Your Word, providing us with absolute standards of right and wrong. We thank You especially for Your love - a love so great that You sent Your only begotten Son, that we might be saved from our own sins. Thank You for Your forgiveness, undeserved as it may be. For all Your many blessings and mercies, we thank you. In the Name of the Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen. 
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