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Friday, June 22, 2018

Should you "go to church"?

The answer is simple.

The bible tells believers (in the bible) to not forsake the gathering together.

However, there ARE problematic churches groups around.  Often they cater to corruptions of this world or selfish living.

Any person that is alive today, WILL need someone else for support at some point.

So two or more people need to be together for a "legitimate" gathering.

Essentially problematic congregations or church groups may do any of the following (eliminating the conditions that remain), overlooking the real issues at hand:

1. Domestic violence and/or sexual impurity issues

2. Poverty, credit or major debt issues (believers are not to charge each other on interest)

3. Local needs for food and clothing. (think about teaching classes for these things too)

4. Local needs for shelter (dependent upon a family's ability to live in multiple generation households or not)

5. Addiction and bondage issues.  Mental health issues.

6. Local needs for health services (especially for those with permanent or temporary disability)

7. Local support for raising young children safely.

8. Educational needs to assist with knowing how to read the bible.(sometimes local public resources may produce indoctrination content or obscene content)

9. Local needs for clean water, healthy air, and cleanly environments. (prevent congenital defects and issues for those with disability)

10.  Local needs for people to find freedom from violence (city environments may have higher tendency for gang violence, media culture, terrorism/religious cult & extremist areas)

11. Need for adults and children to "know God's laws" or have "vision" for the future.  (persecution histories can make faith difficult.  People in concentration camps were treated in "lawless" ways.)

These are among the things that some church groups over look.  These things are important because they help the home and family life to THRIVE.  It also helps to ensure that the "outcast" are not "eliminated" but are given the attention and love that JESUS wants them to receive.

So should Christians "go to church"?  The answer is basically this, are you obligated to HELP people in any of the ways listed?  Then YES, you need to go to church.......there ARE local needs that need to be met in order to THRIVE.  A GOOD church does NOT cater to give only to the "pastor" or "elder" or other spiritual leader.  The good church also will not just cater to "special groups" of people.  Instead, it seeks to help those who are truly in need, not only spiritually (truth, wisdom, friendship, companionship, support etc) but physically as well.

Essentially, there are people who "stay home" to watch a sports game, video game or other self driven pursuits, but CHRISTIANS should WANT to get-to-gather with other believers......avoiding the practice of "selfish living."

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Find more ways to develop greater understanding and rhetorical skills through post-secondary education in our demanding world, while still maintaining a strong biblical world-view.  Find a way to build confidence through frugal and effective post-secondary education, without compromising values.  My book may be purchased through amazon.com.  More information found here.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Off-the-grid skills that will save you "money".....

Of course, some off-the-grid skills do require more work and time than using a typical machine, but having these skills on hand could help you in knowing what to do in times of need and trial.

1. Knowing how to cook food from scratch.  Examples: pancakes, quick bread, sourdough bread, cornmeal mush, cornmeal foods, muffins, soups, stir-fry and more.

2. Knowing how to grow your own foods.  Examples: Lettuce, Kale, beans, tomatoes, peppers, vine-crops like pumpkins and cucumbers and more.  (Try square-foot gardening into 1 foot square laundry baskets lined with vinyl or grass....easy to care for method of gardening)

3. Cleaning up your home.  Cleanliness is a basic principle of life.  Examples: washing the dishes by hand, mopping, shaking out rugs and more.

4. Reading books.  Yeup.  Old fashioned books can be read without use of a screen.  Although it is cheaper to buy an online text version of a classic book, the 0.25 book you found at an auction or antique store can save you money in having to buy a new device every 3 years (300 books*0.25 =75$.....156 books is about how many books a person will truly read in 3 years).  What about using the public library??

5. Writing by hand.  Keeping a few notebooks and folders won't keep you from getting things done.  It is just a different way of organizing your life.  A few note-cards in a file can keep things in line.

6. Using lamps, special flashlights and other methods of lighting.  Once a week, turn off the lights and live by lamp light.  Seven candles lights up a room quite well for the ancient days.

7. Hunting and gathering.  If we all could go without going to a grocery store for every little thing, humanity would not fear, when the oil supplies are not near.  Knowing how to trap animals can help a lot of effort in getting enough meat supply on hand.

8. Sewing.  Yeup.  Just get out a needle and thread.  It takes 2 to 4 times as long to stitch together a garment, but the old method of needle, thread and thmble still works.  Try stitching 5 mini stitches in a row.  Back-stitch one and then start up another 5 stitches in a row.  Continue repeating.

9. Knitting.  Knitting can create a wide array of things.  What about some warm socks.

10. Hand washing clothes.  If you don't have a wringer, try stomping the clothes into a bucket filled with holes.  Pressing the washed clothes saves the hard hand work.  How to do clothes in a tub (like a bath tub or plastic bin)? Add clothes to hot water with soaps.  Soak 15 minutes or more.  Stomp and stir 10 minutes.  Drain.  Add rinse water and softener.  Soak 10 minutes or more.  Stomp and stir 5 minutes.  Drain.  Add more rinse water.  Soak 10 minutes or more.  Stomp and stir 5 minutes.  Drain.  Repeat last rinse session and ensure that the water runs clear.  Wring the clothes.  (Don't try the wringing by hand method, just stomp into a bucket filled with holes or get a wringer).....Hang Dry.

11. Education by bible and route.  Copy work, spelling, vocabulary, reading comprehension and more can be gathered from a regular bible.  Yes, it takes more time and effort to ensure that a child knows what he needs to know in life, but eventually reading psalms and proverbs multiple times should allow the child to pick up on practical reading skills.

12. Building things with mud and brick.  Build a little storage unit.  Build a house for chickens.  Build a play house.  Maybe even build your own home.  You really don't need to make a home that looks like the neighbor's home, just make sure it looks like you care about what you have designed.

13. Quick nature shelters.  Know how to gather cat-tail and build a little hut.  You never know when weaving skills from things in nature could come in handy.

14. Weaving things.  Know how to weave things from nature.  Keep learning and you will survive in hard times.  Baskets and rugs come in handy for many purposes.

15. Cooking on an open fire.  How long does it take to boil that soup?  Maybe you can purchase an old wood stove.

16. Bike and walk to work.  Exercise doesn't always come from a fancy gym membership.

This list could go on and on.  All in all, just consider that all things "new" or "progressive" are not necessarily good for humanity.  They are simply there to save some time and energy.  So go ahead, sew your own washclothes and towels.  You never know.

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Find more ways to develop greater understanding and rhetorical skills through post-secondary education in our demanding world, while still maintaining a strong biblical world-view.  Find a way to build confidence through frugal and effective post-secondary education, without compromising values.  My book may be purchased through amazon.com.  More information found here.

Remnant Education by [Spilde, Laura]





Monday, June 18, 2018

Should Christians vote in elections?

This is the question of the signs of the times.

I would say it is dependent upon the situation.

1. Is there a group of people whose life is in danger?

2. Is there a group of people who are claiming to love a certain "victim group" but the evidence of providing redemption isn't really there?

3. Is there a divisive element that is important to Christian living, but the reality and proof of wanting to actually create a "quality of life" for these people really isn't there?

4. Are they victimizing people because the creator made them that way (racial DNA heritage, disability, size, shape, gender identity/woman's rights??)

5. Are they rejecting refugees who have "love for Jesus".... (Christians really shouldn't let unbelievers into their home, unless they are children or very frail victimized people).

6. Are they creating an illusion of "war is the solution" to corrupt men, when Jesus said to turn the other cheek?

All in all, consider the cause.  Consider whom we are to truly trust.  Consider the element in danger in putting trust in "fallible and/or wicked men."

In the case for terror groups encroaching upon the boarder line, there is an element of danger in such situations for those who are already within a certain country.  Something needs to be done to stop "gang rapists" and "terror groups."  Something also needs to be done to protect people who may be victims of "false accusation" for being a member of a "Gang rape" or "terror group" simply because of their nationality.

So should Christians actually "vote" in elections?  The answer is simply this, speak up for those who simply cannot speak for themselves.  Sometimes we need to do so, and sometimes we do not need to vote.

Focus more highly on this verse as we are living in this world:

Mat_28:19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

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Find more ways to develop greater understanding and rhetorical skills through post-secondary education in our demanding world, while still maintaining a strong biblical world-view.  Find a way to build confidence through frugal and effective post-secondary education, without compromising values.  My book may be purchased through amazon.com.  More information found here.

Remnant Education by [Spilde, Laura]




Friday, June 15, 2018

How to "read" the heavens.....natural and biblical methods of time

The first thing a person may do is pick up a Farmer's Almanac.  However, the Farmer's Almanac will only give the general guide based on the Gregorian Calendar.  The "sun and shadow" method of calculating time isn't "wrong" per-say, it just doesn't give the "big picture" about how our universe fits together.  The Gregorian Calendar is an "economic calendar".....or "man made" calendar.  It is not an everlasting calendar.

The universe is composed of not only "the sun" but "the sun" is not the only "star" in the universe!

To begin, learn the phases of the moon.  Get used the reality that the moon divides up the months.  It is the "lesser light" to rule the night.  Next, learn to find the "evening star" or "morning star."  Essentially it is the planet -Venus.-  When a person can understand that the planet Venus has a unique quality in that it helps connect time back to the "Garden of Eden"!  The planet Venus fits into patterns aligned with 147 year cycles.  Every 8, 147 year Venus cycles, 1176 years have passed!  Now coordinate that with the time since beginning of creation!

When a person can identify the patterns of the moon and the patterns of the planet Venus, much more understanding about the heavens can take place.  These are the the ESSENTIAL "timings" to understand.

After the basic things are identified, move into understanding the constellations and the seasons.  Understand the "time of year" each constellation appears in the heavens.  Perhaps even add in the understanding of axial procession.  Once a person understands these things then an individual can properly identify "biblical time."

For more information try understanding through: BIBLICAL HEAVENLY SIGNS


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Find more ways to develop greater understanding and rhetorical skills through post-secondary education in our demanding world, while still maintaining a strong biblical world-view.  Find a way to build confidence through frugal and effective post-secondary education, without compromising values.  My book may be purchased through amazon.com.  More information found here.

Remnant Education by [Spilde, Laura]




Pro-life along with pro-quality of life....

So there is an incentive that the only people who are "good" in the world are "pro-life."  Well, in a sense this has its sort of truth as human life is given DNA qualities at conception.  But as NATURE itself and the law-of the bible will tell us, sometimes pregnancies do not go the way humanity plans them.

So to bring about the QUALITY of life after a child is born what types of things does humanity need?

Basically humanity needs what the bible has already described for us, first and foremost!

The quality of GOOD CHARACTER in MEN.  This is only possible through REDEMPTION.

GOOD CHARACTER includes, wisdom, perseverance, diligence, overcoming evil with good and so forth.  Jesus explained how to do this by speaking in parables.  The "good samaritan" was more inclined to assist the man beaten up on the side of the road than pursuing his own interests.

When we go to the store, do we want foods that are poisoned?  NO!
When we go to the doctor, do we need to be given medicines that actually poison our body?  NO!
Do we want to have children that are able to explore and chase after bunnies under trees and in bushes? YES!
When a man is beaten up on the side of the road (no matter his own personal beliefs), do we want another man to willingly assist this man?  YES!

When we find a home that we like, do we like to know that this home will be too expensive to live within, when all we need is a basic roof?  NO!

All, in all, quality of life is essential.  Elimination of personal greed and self-righteousness brings about these things.  So education, especially in the bible, is necessary to build up the qualities in human life!

We need to know the history of the bible in order to understand the principles that -EVIL MEN- have been tearing apart homes, villages and more for centuries.  Thankfully, some justice systems have caught up with the "methods" of these particular evil men.  Thankfully, righteous men who have been students of the word, have recognized the errors of the "worldly ways" (including in the realms of political morale). 

"Mat_4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."


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Find more ways to develop greater understanding and rhetorical skills through post-secondary education in our demanding world, while still maintaining a strong biblical world-view.  Find a way to build confidence through frugal and effective post-secondary education, without compromising values.  My book may be purchased through amazon.com.  More information found here.

Remnant Education by [Spilde, Laura]




Thursday, June 14, 2018

-oppressive lawlessness- doesn't build a better world.....


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  1. Martin Luther King Jr. was a man who came out of heritage of oppressed people. Those people were of many different tribes tongues and nations including indigenous Native American tribal heritage. With that oppression was the notion that it was “ok” to institutionally inst-sexually impure- language and practices upon the people. To convince them they were forever -slaves- or in modern terms, forever -sexually unrighteous-. These oppressions were felt for generations. These oppressions are still in this world today. Refugees suffer these oppressions. People in USA suffer these oppressions. Family members suffer under these delusions and believe in hatred instead of love. People under oppressive religious structures have suffered in certain environments that cater to the oppressor. Individuals who believe themselves to be born an oppressor continue to cater to their pattern. These very oppressions were felt for generations. Essentially all oppression has a pattern. The pattern in these individuals from the condition of Potiphar’s wife, to Nero, to slave owners onward is basically this. Lawlessness. Being opposed to doing good for humanity is lawless. (Levitical standards of righteousness). Jesus confronted this issue face to face, in more ways than one. One way in particular was in Matt 4:4 it says, “bread alone.” -Sexuality practices- are the “bread alone” standard man assumes preserves and upholds humanity with proper mercy, proper justice, and true righteousness. The reality. -Sexually unrighteous- do not live a good life. They do not inherit the kingdom. By Levitical standards, they never have in historically and biblically in many nations. All in all, we as humans are free to live as we want once, and then we will be judged by those we leave behind and by our creator. All will remember if we were those who catered to “bread alone” or if we reflected and wrote upon and in favor of “every word that procedeth out of the mouth of God.” I hold these truths to be evident and of Semitic origin, by standards from the people masterfully designed by our creator, by the standards written by Holy Scripture. To be true, right, and upright for mankind requires the sacrifice of his son, for all of our sins and unrighteousness before the heavenly kingdom.
Simply put......america's newspapers and media are pushing the "sexual impurity" idea upon the people.  That is like avoiding the TRUTH about engineering....when it is very apparent SOMETHING will break.





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Find more ways to develop greater understanding and rhetorical skills through post-secondary education in our demanding world, while still maintaining a strong biblical world-view.  Find a way to build confidence through frugal and effective post-secondary education, without compromising values.  My book may be purchased through amazon.com.  More information found here.

Remnant Education by [Spilde, Laura]




Sunday, June 10, 2018

What matters more conservative views or biblical views?

The answer should be obvious to a Christian.  Biblical views matter MORE than "conservative views."

Pro_4:19  The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

Once upon a time, Sue was going to get married to Sam.  Sam was a nice man.  He had plenty of money and confidence.  He never did anything wrong. So they got married.  They started a home.  Everything looked good because Sam worked and Sue stayed home.  They had a perfect "conservative" family life.  Sue could stay with the children so they wouldn't be exposed to all the dangerous things in this world.

Unfortunately, sin was creeping around......in the heart of Sam and Sue.  There wasn't anything they could do to fix it.  All the "conservative friends" started agreeing with being nasty to the homeless man down the road.  They all agreed that the "minority man" thought about God the wrong way.  They just couldn't get the right notion about eternity and what it means to die to "self."  Just being conservative was "good enough" all the conservative friends would say.  They even started supporting some of the things that goody "liberal view" people would support which really were not so supportive of biblical views.

The only thing available was the "biblical view" to solve this riddle.  Yes, the "biblical view" does have a tendency to sound pretty conservative from time to time.  But the focus in the biblical view is on the one who provided the TRUTH to humanity in the first place.  The blind man was given sight, you see, but the conservative view only shows a "life style" which can't really work unless true redemption has taken place.

So what truly helps Sam and Sue?  Is it living a "conservative lifestyle"?  For a certain point of view it works for a while, but a sense of need for TRUE JUSTICE and TRUE MERCY is needed.  Enhancing the heart would need a "biblical world view"........  This is not based on political moray of "this world"......and goes against what humanity wants......"flesh and worldly gain"......

Essentially it is like this.  The "conservative view" is of this world.  The "biblical view" is to put away the "flesh and worldly gain"......  That should be pretty clear and heal our hearts and minds as we travel from here to eternity.


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Find more ways to develop greater understanding and rhetorical skills through post-secondary education in our demanding world, while still maintaining a strong biblical world-view.  Find a way to build confidence through frugal and effective post-secondary education, without compromising values.  My book may be purchased through amazon.com.  More information found here.

Remnant Education by [Spilde, Laura]




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