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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Featured post on "Baking Humble Pie"

My post has been featured in "Baking Humble Pie."   She asks what types of things I do for a living and general things about life.

It is nice to know some people are interested in what I write.

Here is the link to the post:  http://www.bakinghumblepie.com/i-dont-do-it-all-laura/

Have a great day!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Quality book titles.


Keep this link in mind when needing additional materials for your homeschool.

Children should also be taught how to read the bible regularly as well, in such a way they can reflect on its many stories and verses.

Sadly, the children will encounter all too many political and empty books that have no value.   Encourage them to read the good stuff first.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Why can we not trust woman pastors or immature pastors?

This is not against women who are writers, lawyers, doctors, herbalists, homemakers, quilt sewers, cafeteria workers and so forth.  This is to address the problem of women as pastors over a local church as well as the issues with pastors who are not yet mature.   This is not a post that describes women as part of a ministry as doing the wrong thing and as being misleading.   Some women based ministries are very helpful in women being mothers, sisters and wives of the christian faith.   This is also not a post that is in opposition to women who work for women's shelters or homeless shelters or for food pantries and so forth.   This is an address to the issue of women as pastors.

There are seven big bondages that affect humanity.

A person who is not mature in faith will believe bondages are Good for humanity.  When in reality, they are bad for humanity.  Some people believe that one can remove these bondages without the use of a bible and with regular study and in some cases without the assistance of a church leader.  Yes, one can overcome the burden of the mind with reasoning, but the foundation of such thinnking is only resolved permanently with use and study of bible.   Diligent and detailed study of scripture is a long, hard and difficult process that involves much memorization and focus.

Bondages could include the following:
1. Gambling
2. Alcoholism
3. Sexual impurity (lust, pornography, homosexuality, adultery etc etc)
4. Eating Disorders
5. Mental Health
6. Self Harm
7. Anger issues

Etc etc.

These issues are common among 'unrepentant' people.

Why can we not trust woman as pastor?

The fullness of this answer actually comes from the bible.  Jezabel thought her self to be a person of mighty power, yet she desired to murder Elijah.  Athaliah too.  Well she could represent the extremities of pro-life or pro-choice mentality.   The issue as a whole lies in understanding that many denominations are created by the power and nature of woman.   The mind does not search for truths and understandings of other cultures, but rather seeks to believe she can improve other culture or way of life by tweeking or altering such and such conditions.  Rather than always seeking to understand scripture as it relates to the situation.

Here are a few reasons women as pastors simply will not justify the fruits of repentance which gospel asks of followers.
1. Women sometimes believe outward appearance signify inward spiritual conditions.
2. Women can easily believe that polygamy, polyammoury, or other sexual impurity some how balances and justifies the love of Christ.
3. Women can easily lust after many men in her life time, not recognizing the power of saviours redemption.
4. Women face miscarriages.   These can be life altering.  Not all women can explain this issue with one word for all women.
5. Women can believe in selfish meanderings of spiritual growth.  no need to hinder ones life into the lives of others, which essentially rejects scripture.   No need to help widows and orphans only help 'myself'.
6. A woman's husband or other close relation can have bondage issues.   This can affect a woman's heart.  If she is not wise in scripture, it can be in negative rather than positive way.
7. A woman's husband may desire ungodly things from his wife.  She will in essence not have strength to share gospel if the man is requesting ungodly things from wife.
8. A woman may be cornered by much duties outside the home, which limit the spiritual quality within her home.
9. A woman may try to win other secular woman, while accusing biblical christians of being too far right or too into Jesus... in order to to try to win the secular or other-religious type woman to Christ.
10. Other men can tempt women at any hour, even in modest clothing and attire.   A woman will notice better qualities in other men besides her husband, thus, misleading her from the gospel of love for Christ first, before first spouse.   She essentially becomes gomer in a Hosea driven marriage.
11.  Gossip.... rules the roost, not gospel....

The same issues can be centered on the problem with young pastors as well.  Pastors not yet spiritually mature can have detrimental effects on congregations.  Instead of leading the flock to gospel, he may attempt to swade people to rock to the newist rock piece, the newist muslim acceptance trend, or the newist anti-biblical method of reasoning.  All in the amount of time he has not raised a family of his own, has not sought pastoring without income, and has not dealt with temptations and over came them with the power of biblical reasoning and gospel.

All in all, both men and woman can and will potentially have rocky issues in ministry, but local pastoring is unique in that it deals with local issues and trials.  The word itself will heal both men and women equally, but it appears that putting priority in trying to alter the scripture leads to naivity and opposition to the truth.

When we are in the fullness of Christ, the bondages have no power over us.   Instead the love of the gospel and the love for people takes over our lives.

Just because a woman or even a man is not in position to be a spiritual leader locally, does not mean they should avoid sharing gospel.   Rather they should be able to do more, than if they were in the position to be a local leader.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

LEFT WING left the bible alone.....hence they bring us scripture errors....(or....the true story about prodigal son)

Ok.  Story one. Prodigal son.  If you know the story.  Even a simple child's bible school lesson will illustrate this story.  Prodigal son leaves home.  Hangs out with prostitutes, hangs at the nightclubs.  Thinks this is the ONLY place he (and in some cases she) can only find love.

Prodigal son keeps trying to live it up.  He believes that lifestyle actually amounts to a "good life."  Turns out he was WRONG.  Its doesn't really work very well.  It only leads a man (or a woman) to work at a pig farm.  I mean, this is not just a good quality pig farm.....this is pig farm with trash......this is pig farm with no sausages and pizza......like low......low   low.....eating the foods that not even the pigs want to eat.  The children of the prodigal son(we don't know if he had children in bible story by the way)......well, they keep getting caught by terrorist ploys, pedophile conniptions, gluttony addictions and more terrrrrible things.

Ok.  Prodigal son gives up life style.  Says to himself, this isn't working. My life is worse now, than it was in fathers home.  Yeah, father was pretty strict.....hes always telling me these old fashioned religious bible stories.  Prodigal son says......ger....my  father even read to me that one part about the Sodom and Gommorah come crashin down to the grown with  fire and brimstone......it made me feel like I don't belong ANYWHERE....... but reality is that MY FATHER's HOUSE is better than this life style.

Prodigal son.....returns HOME.

FATHER gives WARM greeting.

FATHER does NOT wave a flag of declaration that SODOM and GOMORRAH and that life style are GOOD FOR HIS SON!!!!!!!  No sensible parent or spiritual guardian would declare that folks.

No........He kills the "fatted calf"  the best food in his lot of foods.  He possibly picks up his old religious talk.....and starts reading out of Hezekiah,  Psalms......Proverbs .....(ahem wise notice something fishy here) .He especially WARNS his son about the problems of WICKED men who lurk for innocent blood.  He also WARNS his son of the DECEPTIVE lure associated with ANY and ALL Lascivious or fornication problems!!!!!

So solution to problems......is this.....

Give your "friend" or if they consider you a "foe" some pepper spray.......and a bible verse declaring that ONLY JESUS is the way to salvation.  Not self.  Not lascivious stuff......not xyz this and that which are not found in scripture.

Now for Native American culture and religion.....probably more like "fatted deer" as there was not animal ownership in such culture.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

As I've said before.....one cannot be a server of man and God.....or one cannot be Christian AND LGBT glorifier at the same time.....

The behaviour of the Gun-man was awful.  The behaviour of the far-left, to try to accuse Christians of causing this Orlando controversy is far worse behaviour.

People who claim that Christians are not supportive of people who die while they are living in their sin, are very delusional.  They seek not truth and the truth is not in them.

I would rather talk to a person who has sin issues with "adultery" or any other issue of such problem than to listen to far-left claim that Christians are not supporting their ideas, agendas, beliefs etc.

Such mockery is ridiculous.  Such people who constantly scorn are WICKED in their heart as their mind cannot fathom that even people who were once clubbers......leave......that .......ugly life.  They die to themselves........

They die.

They take up the cross.

And follow him.....

Who redeems.

Further information:


A Christian does not give an alcoholic an alcoholic drink.  Nor do they purposefully assign a person to a life of sin and self-driven delusion.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Over indulgence

Our culture had this problem in the past.  Our culture has this problem today.


In the bible story we hear about the Israelites who were wandering in the wilderness and all they had was manna to eat and tents to live within.  Even as they were wandering they were still required by God to fight battles.   God himself gave them strength to keep going and God eliminated their desire for leeks and onions.

Today.   Is another story.  If we have leeks and onions in our homes.....we are rich.

If we are fed without food pantry supply we are rich.

If we have a small garden we are rich.

If we have internet.   We are rich.

Did you know that cattail can be woven, eaten and other supplies can be made to supply home and everyday needs?   Ropes can be made from cattail, from which baskets can be made, from which fabrics, rugs and more can be made.

Our society has bent to the will of over indulgence.  If we purchased a 'cheap rug'

Complaining that you have nothing to do while children wander the streets, is over indulgence.   You do have something to do.... You should capture your childs heart to want to read to them and to invigorate their senses to learn how to make cattail rugs, and read simple stories from a bible or simple books from the library.

We need not fret, if we do not own land, we need not fret if we do not own a large closet of up to date clothes.   We need not fret if our vehicle could end up salvage very soon.

Over indulgence is a worse case and position in life.

When I look at the political candidates.   They alll llllll tempt the followers to OVERINDULGENCE!!!!!!  

Far worse sense of overindulgence is the unsaved mans mockery of the problems linked with pornography, gambling, lies, fornications, gluttony, alcohol and more.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Frugal Living: Tightwad Gazette

Here is a little book.....or rather, its a very large book about living frugally.  It has many many wonderful ideas about how to live simple and frugal.

It addresses many lies people believe like it is impossible to live on one income and that frugal living means one needs to eat hotdogs and processed yucky foods and live dirty life.  These things are not truth as one can incorporate tradition into frugal living and creativity as well.

Here is a link to this book in my on-line store: http://astore.amazon.com/raggedycottag-20?_encoding=UTF8&node=6

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Child Guidance

I highly recommend this book.  It will save you a lot of unnecessary trials and tribulations when raising children.  The author was alive during times of trial and she has plenty of wisdom to share on how to improve  child raising events in life and make  it more enjoyable for all.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Songs, recordings, stories, and more positive listening

your story hour  Very good at amplifying the bible stories.

adventures in odyssey  Good stories on character.

his kids Various Radio Stories

jonathan park Stories aboĆ»t nature as described in creation account

http://us-en.superbook.cbn.com/sb_bible  Describes bible stories with a study guide and basic nonflashy video

keys for kids Daily devotional

Kids for truth    Devotionals to guide youth.

Of course, your best resource is to teach children to read bible regularly and memorize vs. without so much technology, but to fill in a few entertainment gaps, these resources are definitely better than just letting the child wander the internet.

Songs of Love and Hope