Saturday, January 21, 2017

Patriots' Prayers (Inauguration Edition)

Scripture commands us to pray for our government officials and others in positions of authority. We should also pray that God's Will be done in all things. With the Inauguration that just occurred in the US, I think it is a perfect time for us to pray for our new government officials- that they might do God's Will in all things.
  
Prayer For Our New Government Officials

Save, O Lord, and have mercy upon all leaders, politicians, and civil authorities of these United States of America. We especially hold up to you President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence. Watch over them, keep them safe, grant them wisdom in their duties, and have them serve Your Will in all things. 

We also pray for Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, and National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Guide and direct them in their duties.

We ask, O Lord, that the Senate quickly vote on the many other appointments of President Trump, so that vacant Cabinet and other high-level positions can be filled in a timely fashion. May all Senate votes go according to Your Will. 

In Jesus' Name we pray, Amen. 

Supporting Verse: "First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." - 1 Timothy 2: 1-4 (ESV)

Prayer for America (short version)

God, we have sinned and deserve the just punishment for our sins as a nation who has rejected you in every possible way. And yet, Lord, I cry out for mercy for myself, my family, and this nation. In the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.

Supporting Verse: "If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." --2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV) 


Daily Bible Reading 
(Continuing in the book of Genesis this week.)

Sunday: Genesis 21:21-34 (Covenant with Abimelech) 
Monday: Genesis 22 (Abraham’s Faith Confirmed) 
Tuesday: Genesis 23 (Sarah’s Death) 
Wednesday: Genesis 24 (Isaac Marries) 
Thursday: Genesis 25:1-11 (Abraham's Final Days) 
Friday: Genesis 25:12-28 (Families of Ishmael & Isaac) 
Saturday: Genesis 25:29-34 (Esau Sells His Birthright)
 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

YELLOW ALERT - 3 possibilities over the next two weeks



Video Summary

YELLOW ALERT (Heightened Awareness)

3 possibilities over the next two weeks 
Islamic Terrorist Attack
Assassination Attempt
Coup Attempt

Recommendations
  • Pay attention to what's going on around you
  • Pay attention to the news
  • Make Commonsense Preparations: 
             A) Keep gas tanks topped off
             B) Keep cell phones fully charged
             C) Top off food & water storage
             D) Refill prescription medications 


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Sorry if I come across as "stiff" in the video . I have very little public speaking experience. Hopefully, I'll get better in future videos! 


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

2017 Edition: FREE Resources for Preppers, Survivalists & Homesteaders

Welcome to the 3rd annual edition of FREE Resources for Preppers, Survivalists & Homesteaders. The 3rd edition updates the listings for the prior two years, and adds a number of new FREE resources fpr 2017.

1) Nuclear War Survival Skills by Cresson H. Kearny - The 1987 edition of this classic nuclear survival guide is available for free download as a .pdf file or .html documents. 

2) Green-Trust FreeBook Download Page has lots of books available for free download on a variety of topics including energy-efficiency, solar & renewable energy, rainwater harvesting, and medical info. 

3) Selecting a Survival Battery of Firearms is an excellent article found on the Alpha Disaster Contingencies website. Check their website for many other articles.

4) Backwoods Home Magazine - Many  articles from back issues of this self-reliant living magazine are available online for free in their archive. 

5) Learn How to Save Seeds and Grow Food - Seed Savers Exchange has a section on their website devoted to teaching folks how to save seeds and grow food. 

6) A Plan for Food Self-Sufficiency - This article is available for free on the Mother Earth News website. You can find other free articles on self-reliance, organic gardening, renewable energy and other topics by browsing the website.

7) LDS Preparedness Manual (you'll have to give them an email address to download) - The Mormons have taught/required preparedness and self-reliance of their members for generations, and have accumulated much practical knowledge on the subject, much of which is presented here.The link is to the current edition, but if you don't want to give them your email address, you can get the  2011 edition at this link (link opens a .pdf).

 

8) The Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency (link opens a .pdf) by John Seymour. I found the link to the 1976 book edition of the book on the City Farmer News website, so check them out.
 

9) The Complete Outdoorsman's Handbook (link opens a .pdf)  A guide to outdoor living and wilderness survival by Jerome J. Knap.
 

10) Back To Eden Organic Gardening Film (link to the full documentary on You Tube): "Back to Eden Film shares the story of one man’s lifelong journey, walking with God and learning how to get back to the simple, productive organic gardening methods of sustainable provision that were given to man in the garden of Eden. The food growing system that has resulted from Paul Gautschi’s incredible experiences has garnered the interest of visitors from around the world. Never, until now, have Paul’s organic gardening methods been documented and shared like this!

11) Bee Basics: An Introduction to Our Native Bees (link opens a .pdf) - a publication of the US Forest Service. Bees are, of course, very important to the pollination process, and our gardens depend on them. Its important to understand their role, and how to protect them.

12) Plans For a Complete Beekeeping System (several downloading options available) - Again, bees are important for your garden and fruit trees. Besides, I love honey. 


13) Basic Physical Health with Limited Resources (.pdf automatically downloads) - an LDS publication. Maintaining good health before, during, and after a SHTF event is extremely important.  

14) Surviving The New World Order (several downloading options available) by B.A. Brooks. I'm typically not one to buy into grand conspiracies, but this 20-page booklet has a lot of really usefully prepper and survivalist information.

15) LDS Nutritution and Diet Manual
(link opens a .pdf) - another LDS publication dealing with health and nutrition.

16) The Alpha Strategy: The Ultimate Plan for Financial Self-Defense for the Small Investor
(link opens a .pdf) - a famous, but now out-of-print, book from 1980. The Alpha Strategy presents a plan to protect your assets from both high inflation and depression, as well as high taxation and political manipulation. 

17) Surviving The New World Order (several downloading options available) by B.A. Brooks. I'm typically not one to buy into grand conspiracies, but this 20-page booklet has a lot of really usefully prepper and survivalist information. 

18) The Xerces Society is a insect conservation group which provides a variety of fact sheets and plant lists for promoting native bee and butterfly populations, which are VITAL to gardening and agriculture.

19) Permaculture - Sustainable Farming, Ranching, Living - by Designing Ecosystems that Imitate Nature (link opens as a .pdf) is a excellent six-page introduction to the concept of permaculture.

20) Popular Mechanics has both DIY Projects and Home How To sections on their website, with lots of greats ideas, projects, and information.

21)  Countryside and Small Stock Journal has a free online library of articles (over 200) relating to gardening, homesteading, livestock, poultry, and self-reliance. The also have a series of free guides to topics including beekeeping, dairy goats, raising ducks, and so forth. To get to the free articles, click on the "Daily Stories" tab on their website's menu. To get the free guides, click on the "Free Guides'$ tab on their menu. You may have to register (for free) with them to get access to the free guides. 

22) Article Archive of The Backwoods Home Magazine -  100s of free articles on homesteading, gardening, raising food, self-reliance, and other topics of interest to preppers and survivalists.

23) Local Parks and Greenways offer lots of opportunities for free exercise, recreation, and family time. My local parks have walking/jogging trails, tennis courts, basketball courts, softball fields, and even a lake for fishing at one one of the parks. Some offer free programs on weekends or during the summer. Hiking greenways is great exercise. Bring along some nature identification guides and turn it into a learning experience.

24) The Public Library - Use your library card. Libraries are a great source of free entertainment and free information. You can check out a wide range of books on gardening, country skills, food preservation & canning, sewing, health & first aid, home improvement, auto repair, small engine repair, fishing, hunting, nature field guides, edible wild plants, wilderness survival, personal finance, and so forth. Entertainment, too, can be had for free at your local library, and not just books to read. Many libraries today have movie DVDs, music CDs, board games, puzzles, and other types of entertainment that you can check out for free, as well as story times for kids and lectures for adults.

25) Cooperative Extension Offices are an agency of the US Agriculture Department, with local offices in every county in the United States. They are a great resource of free information, and free or low-cost services. Local offices can provide garden planting times specific to your area, soil testing, canning classes, and other information and services. Visit https://extension.org/ to find your local office and contact them to learn of the specific services offered in your county. They can also help you get into touch with 4-H clubs, gardening clubs, bee keeper associations, and other related organizations in your area.

26) USGS Disease Maps tracks disease outbreaks and epidemics in the US on a county-by-county basis. 

27) ProMED-mail - the Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases - is an Internet-based reporting system dedicated to rapid global dissemination of information on outbreaks of infectious diseases and acute exposures to toxins that affect human health, including those in animals and in plants grown for food or animal feed. Electronic communications enable ProMED-mail to provide up-to-date and reliable news about threats to human, animal, and food plant health around the world, seven days a week.

28) RSOE EDIS - Emergency and Disaster Information Service - provides maps and information on man-made and natural disasters worldwide. It tracks almost everything - droughts, wildfires, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, chemical spills, biological hazards, nuclear events, and more. 

29) Exploit FREE information from the web. If you are reading this, you're on the Internet anyway. There are a lot of great websites and YouTube channels full of useful information for you to read or watch. This website is full of prepping & survival information. Other websites and You Tube channels I like include:
There are, of course, lots of other great websites and You Tube channels. The above list is just a few of my favorites.

30) The Drudge Report is a constantly updated collection of links to news stories in the mainstream and alternative news media. I include it here because an important part of self-reliance and being prepared is being aware of what is going on in the world around you.

31) The Liberty Mill is a great source of alternative news headlines aggregated from over 35 alternative news outlets. 

32) Finally, I humbly suggest this website (www.TimGamble.com) as a source of free information, ideas, and tips on self-reliance and preparedness. Please take the time to explore the variety of articles and information found here. 

32A) #HistoryHub - a part of my website, #HistoryHub has the text of over 40 primary historical documents, and over a dozen secondary sources. Whether you are a home schooler or just wanting to understand real history (not the ideological propaganda taught in schools), you should check it out. And keep checking back, because I frequently update #HistoryHub.

32B) My Foresting Gardening articles - Several years ago I wrote a series of articles on forest gardening (aka woodland gardening, food forests, or edible landscaping). I have since posted them on this website.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Patriots' Prayers for 1-15-2017



Prayer of Repentance of the United States

Heavenly Father, we confess that, as a nation and as individuals, we have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed. We have also omitted to do what Your holy law requires of us. As a nation, we have replaced the authority and perfection of Your Word with the whim of our own ever-changing opinions for our standards of right and wrong. We no longer keep Your commandments, or follow Your teachings.  But now, with repentance and humility, we turn again to Your love and mercy. We entreat You to forgive us, as individuals and as a nation, all our transgressions and to cleanse us from all our sins. Lord, fill our hearts with the light of Your truth. Strengthen our will by Your grace. Teach us both to desire and to do only what pleases You. In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen. 

Psalm 119:1-8 (NKJV)

Blessed are the undefiled in the way,
Who walk in the law of the Lord!
Blessed are those who keep His testimonies,
Who seek Him with the whole heart!
They also do no iniquity;
They walk in His ways.
You have commanded us
To keep Your precepts diligently.
Oh, that my ways were directed
To keep Your statutes!
Then I would not be ashamed,
When I look into all Your commandments.
I will praise You with uprightness of heart,
When I learn Your righteous judgments.
I will keep Your statutes;
Oh, do not forsake me utterly! 

Daily Bible Reading 
(Continuing in the book of Genesis this week.)

Sunday: Genesis 16 (Hagar and Ishmael)
Monday: Genesis 17 (Sign of the Covenant) 
Tuesday: Genesis 18:1-15 (A son is promised) 
Wednesday: Genesis 18:16 - 19:29 (Sodom & Gomorrah) 
Thursday: Genesis 19:30-38 (Descendants of Lot) 
Friday: Genesis 20 (Abraham & Abimelech) 
Saturday: Genesis 21:1-21 (Birth of Isaac; Hagar & Ishmael Depart)


You've Been Lied To... Discover the Truth

 One of the titles of our Adversary is "Father of Lies." It is a apt title, for one of his main strategies is deception, and he has been at it for all of human history. 

We have been lied to repeatedly by the government, authorities and "experts" of the worldly system. In school we receive indoctrination, not education. The mainstream news media is little more than a PR firm for the worldly system of the Adversary. Lawyers, politicians, and bureaucrats have worked hard for generations to impose the the Adversary's worldly system upon us through government and law. Political correctness is nothing more than a societal enforcement of his lies.

We have been lied to about Biblical Truth, history, civics, economics, science... the list goes on and on... 

I suggest prayer and the study of Scripture as the first and best defense against the Father of Lies. Next, spend time finding out the Truth for yourself. To that end, each week I will suggest a book or video exposing Truth in the face of Lies, posting the suggestion in the "Discover the Truth" section at the top of the left-hand column of this website. I will also keep a running list of past suggestions below:

Week 1 - Brilliant: Made in the Image of God - Scientific & archaeological facts validate the Biblical Creation account.


 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

How prepared are you, really? Questions to assess your preparedness

Here are some questions to think about:

1) Do you have a fully stocked first aid kit at home? I'm not talking about a few band-aids, a bottle of aspirin, and a dried up tube of triple-antibiotic ointment scattered around your house, but rather a fully-stocked and well-organized kit. You shouldn't have to search through all your bathroom and kitchen drawers to find what you need in an emergency.

(Click here for a fairly comprehensive first aid kit (326 pieces) for only $35) 

2) Have you taken an actual first aid course recently? Having a first aid manual that you quickly skimmed through once right after you bought it doesn't count as training. Nor does your boy scout training from 30 years ago. Everyone in your family/group needs actual first aid training with refresher courses every so often.

3) Do you have a fire extinguisher in your home? Is it still within its expiration date? Does everyone know how to use it? Do you have a fire extinguisher n your vehicle?

(I have several Fire Gone fire extinguishers in my home. They are easy to use, relatively inexpensive, and work on Class A, B, and C fires.) 

4) How quickly would you run out of water, if your water was unexpectedly cut-off for some reason? If you have your own well, assume the pump breaks for some reason and cannot be quickly replaced. Do you have enough stored water to last a week? Two weeks? Do you know how and where to collect water and how to purify water? 

(The Lifestraw Family Water Filter can purify over 4,700 gallons of water, without the need for chemicals, for under $75.)

5) If you should not purchase any food at a store or restaurant for one week, would you have enough food stored at home to eat during that week? Expand that period to two weeks, then one month, then six-months. What holes do yu have in your food storage plan? 

(My favorite food storage book: Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook by Peggy Layton.)

6) Gasoline can quickly disappear during a crisis. Check your vehicles' gas tanks at the moment. Are they full or near-full (good)? Or have you let them get down to near empty (bad)? Do you have any extra fuel safely stored for emergency use? How much? If you have a bug-out location, could you get there today without having to buy gas?

7) Do you have an alternative ( bug-out) location picked out if you must leave your home location for any reason during an emergency? Do you know how to get there without using GPS, google maps, or other internet-based resource? Do you know at least one alternative route to that location should the main route be blacked for some reason? Have you ore-positioned any supplies at your alternative location? 

8) If your plans include producing your own food, are you already doing so? Did you grow a garden, raise chickens, go hunting, or go fishing, last year? Do you plan on doing so in 2017? Do you already have seeds for this coming year? Do you already have the tools you need? What if a collapse happens before you get your garden planted this year, and you cannot buy what you need? 

9) Are your finances currently "in order?" How much credit card debt do you have? Do you have any auto-loans? Student loans? Other debt? Is your mortgage paid off? Are you spending less than you earn (are a saver), or more than you get (still in a debtor mentality)? Do you have an emergency fund? How many months worth of expenses is in your emergency savings account? Do you have any cash safely stored at home in case ATMs aren't working or their is a bank holiday declared? Do you have any savings in the form of tangibles (such as gold or silver)? Do you have possession of them (good), or are they stored for you by someone else (such as in  a bank safe-deposit box, or with a broker)? In a full collapse scenario, do you really think you can get a second-party to turn your gold or silver back over to you even if you have a certificate saying that you own it (answer: no)? 

(Please see my article Prepping 101: Finances - Get Back to Basics.)

10) Are you and your spouse in agreement on your preparedness plans? Do you agree on what to do, where to go, when to go, how to get there, in an emergency?

(Having trouble getting your spouse on board with prepping? Please see may article How To Talk To Non-Preppers Without Turning Them Off to Prepping.)

11) Do you have any "special needs" folks in your family/group? Special needs individuals include many more than just the physically or mentally handicapped, and includes babies, young children, pregnant women, the elderly, folks with chronic illnesses (high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, MS, MD, cancer, etc.), and folks with mental illness and addictions (including tobacco or alcohol). 

(Please see my article Special Needs Prepping.) 

12) Have you planned for your pets and any livestock in an emergency? Do you have food, water, medical supplies stored for them?If you have to "bug out," what happens to your animals? Will you take them with you? How?

13) What is your current state of health and physical fitness? What is the current health and physical fitness of all the other members of your family/group? When was the last time you had a health exam? A dental exam? An eye exam? Do you have any issues that need to be addressed at the moment, such as dental issues or new glasses, that you have been putting off? How far can you walk, carrying your bug-out-bag (BOB) or survival kit? Is that just a guess, or have you actually tried walking that distance recently? 

14) Have you made a list of the various skills of individual members of your family/group? What skills do you have covered by at least two members? What useful skills are missing from your group? Some of the many possible skills include leadership, advanced first aid, nursing, dental, and other medical, veterinary, auto mechanics, small engine repair, home repair/DIY skills, hunting, trapping, fishing, gardening, canning, sewing, animal husbandry, plumbing, woodworking, electrical work, carpentry, butchering (game & livestock), security/defense, ham radio operator, tinker (repair, sharpen, maintain knives & tools), and so forth...  Make a list of the skills you want your group to have, make an (honest) assessment of the current skills within the group, then start filling in holes by seeking training or additional group members.

15) Are your plans written down, with specific details, goals and dates)? Or, are your plans mostly "in your head" with few concrete details?  A plan really isn't a plan until its been well-thought out, written down, reviewed by all concerned, adjusted, re-written, tested and implemented. 

These are just a few of many, many possible questions you can ask yourself and your family/group to assess your true state of preparedness for whatever difficult times that may be ahead. I hope this list helps you get started an a through assessment of your plans.


Saturday, January 7, 2017

Patriots' Prayers for 1-8-2016

"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." - 1 Timothy 2: 1-4 (ESV) 

Prayer For Our Government Officials

 Save, O Lord, and have mercy upon all leaders, politicians, and civil authorities of these United States of America. I especially hold up to you President Barack Obama and President-Elect Donald Trump, Vice-President Joe Biden and Vice-President-Elect Mike Pence, Chief Justice John Roberts, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. I also pray for all the current President's Cabinet members and advisers,  as well as all the future President's Cabinet members and advisers. I hold up to You all the associate judges of the Supreme Court, all federal, state, and local judges, all members of the House of Representatives and Senate, as well as all governors, state legislators, and local authorities. Grant them wisdom in their duties and decisions, and have them serve Your Will in all things. Let them know your love and saving grace. Block all of their plots and schemes that run counter to Your good and perfect Will, or that threaten the inalienable rights You have given to us. Above all, Your Will be done.

Father, bless and have mercy on all law enforcement officers at all levels throughout these United States of America. Save them, protect them, and keep them safe. Guide them in their duties, and grant them courage and wisdom. Watch over and protect their families. Comfort those who have lost friends and loved ones in the line of duty. Let them know your love and saving grace. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ we pray, Amen. 

(Additionally, please feel free to pray by name for any elected officials or law enforcement officers at any level, especially those with jurisdiction over your locality.



Prayer for America (short version)

God, we have sinned and deserve the just punishment for our sins as a nation who has rejected you in every possible way. And yet, Lord, I cry out for mercy for myself, my family, and this nation. In the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christi, I pray. Amen.

Supporting Verse: "If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." --2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV) 


Daily Bible Reading 
(Continuing in the book of Genesis this week.)

Sunday: Genesis 8:20 - 9:29 (God's Covenant & Promise to Noah) 
Monday: Genesis 10 (Mankind begins to rebuild) 
Tuesday: Genesis 11 (Tower of Babel & aftermath) 
Wednesday: Genesis 12 (Abram) 
Thursday: Genesis 13 (Abram in Canaan) 
Friday: Genesis 14 (Lot; Melchizedek) 
Saturday: Genesis 15 (God’s Covenant with Abram)

Friday, January 6, 2017

How To Talk To Non-Preppers Without Turning Them Off to Prepping

Do you know someone who is thinking about preparedness, but isn't quite sure they want to become a "prepper"? Perhaps your spouse doesn't share your enthusiasm for survivalism? Maybe you're trying to warn your brother/co-worker/friend/neighbor that he needs to get serious about building self-reliance and readiness for whatever the future might hold?  

Here's what not to do:
 
   1- Avoid too much doom-and-gloom.
   2- Avoid jargon. acronyms and "military" talk.
   3- Avoid politics as much as possible.
   4- Put away the tin-foil hat.
   5- Don't nag.

Preppers and survivalists are often unfairly portrayed as backwards, paranoid, right-wing nut-jobs, gun-nuts, conspiracy-nuts, or just plain nuts. This makes "regular" folks reluctant to hear the prepper message of self-reliance and commonsense preparations for any future difficulties. Don't confirm these stereotypes in how you talk to your non-prepper friends and neighbors! 

Many people (especially women) are also turned-off by too much doom-and-gloom and over-the-top scenarios. It is very scary think about end-of-the-world subjects (nuclear war, civil war, economic or political collapse), and some people simply tune out such talk rather than deal with such scary subjects. Instead of scaring them away with extreme dangers, emphasize building security and safety for more common situations (winter storms, hurricanes, the next recession, etc.).

You can also turn people off by always or only talking about prepping, survivlism, and similar topics. Sometimes its a good idea to just talk about the football game, or to have lunch together without mentioning prepping. Show an actual interest in them. Ask how their day is going, or about their kids, or what plans they have for the weekend. Pick and choose the best opportunities to talk to them bout preparedness. 

Here is what to do:

   1- Adopt a conversational tone. 
   2- Emphasize building security and safety.
   3- Use personal experiences & real-life events. 
   4- Remain calm.
   5- Use humor.


Have an actual conversation with non-preppers. A conversation isn't a lecture, an argument, or a dire warning. A conversation isn't riddled with technical jargon or acronyms that one participant doesn't have the first clue about what it means. A conversation is a two-way exchange of ideas, presented calmly and rationally. 

Pointing to your own personal experiences or actual real-life events works much better than abstract ideas about what might happen sometime in the murky future.  Sharing how you handled an unexpected job loss is much more effective in reaching people than trying to tell them how they should get ready for the coming economic collapse that the world's elites are intentionally planning. 

You can also point to what happened in real-life events like Hurricane Katrina, a terrorist attack, or even the current  economic disaster going on in Venezuela. 

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What Could Possibly Go Wrong??? How To Go From Completely Clueless To Totally Prepared  This is a great book for people who are thinking about prepping, and just aren't sure. It is a great example of what I have tried to explain in this article as the best way to talk to non-preppers without scaring them off or intimidating them.