Friday, March 29, 2013

Guest Post ~ Are You Ready?

First shared by WarReport: Impacting News Events Related To Bible Prophecy

Increasingly, especially over the last few months, our attention has been drawn to one troubling war situation developing after another in various locations across the world. - But what should be fairly obvious now to the careful observer -(while noting that only YHVH knows exactly the what/when of all things)- is that these are no longer isolated trouble spots, but that the enemies of Israel and the USA (and to a lesser extent of the EU), are all acting in concert to bring a full blown global war situation to the West starting at any moment now. Besides all the other things also happening at the same time (economic, horrific wickedness increasing, etc...) these war situations are prophesied in Scripture, and have been noted by Intel sources who have been connecting the dots, and have also been mentioned by several people in prophecies in our times as well. - It appears now that the Bible prophecies of Is.17:1, Ps.83, and Ez.38-39 (WWIII) could happen not just with short time periods in between them; but occurring so close back to back that they're almost overlapping!...And all this appears that it could starting momentarily!

Due to a false teaching that nothing bad will ever happen to Believers in the USA, that they'll be Raptured out before anything comes their way...there is a failure of most no longer being taught from our pulpits that these wars & horrific Judgments (which many End-Time scholars and teachers and pastors USED to teach!) happen before the Tribulation even starts! - As a result (contrary to what Believers in Communist and Islamic countries are taught and have to face) most of the Believers in the USA have had NO sound teaching on enduring suffering and persecution - and they will be not just blind-sided and in a panic when these things happen, but many could backslide or even worse!

It is now high time to stop with the morphed touchy-feelie fluff fake-gospel, and draw close to YHVH in Messiah Yeshua now. Pray to hear His Voice FOR YOURSELF, read His Word...ARE YOU READY?!


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Holy Days - New Friends and Powerful Encouragement

Sadly, I have no photos.  So, I apologize immediately.

I was having such a wonderful time I didn't even think of the camera in my purse until long after dinner after some had fallen asleep, I yawned, and realized, "Wow!  It is almost midnight!"

Those who know me, know I cherish my beauty (lol) sleep and like to be in bed shortly after 10 without exception.

But this time.... I could have danced all night. :)

Thru an online ministry I was able to connect with a few (very few) local believers in our Messiah who also celebrated the biblical feasts.  We were willing to celebrate alone again this year before I 'met,' thru email, a beautiful woman.

I already love her.

We share so much!  Our love of Yeshua and the Feasts was just the beginning!  In itself that is an enormous and rare connection.  But we also both LOVE birthing our children in our own homes, placing our trust and peace in YHWH's very capable hands.  We love teaching our children when we sit and when we walk and when we lie down and when we rise.  We even share a love of goats! LOL

Her family blessed us so greatly by inviting us to their home for the Passover meal.  I cried, I was so overjoyed to think of sharing this powerful celebration with others, to speak of Yeshua, to speak of the story of the exodus from slavery under the egyptians and to draw the amazing multitude of parallels with our exodus from the bondage of sin.  I was blessed that YHWH gave us the Feasts.  And now He gave us someone to share them with?  I cry as I write this.

The reading of the story of passover, called the seder (pronounced say-der), was beautifully written by my new friend, tying in many scriptures and pointing out many of the prophetic nuances that testify of Yeshua our messiah.  It also included some beautiful songs, which enabled me to listen to my friend sing in a lovely voice and a brave manner, that I only portray with my kiddoes, not even my husband because I am so shy.  I loved her for that especially.  We had a fabulous meal.  And then we talked and talked and talked for hours.

I love her.  Did I mention that?

And I love YHWH.  He has blessed our family so greatly.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Spiritual and Physical Headcoverings?

I loved this in depth study on Headcoverings by 119 Ministries.  It is a topic I have studied a few times and at different points in my life, my understanding has changed.  I once believed that my hair was my headcovering given to me by God, as the word calls it, my 'glory'.  I am fortunate and blessed to have a head covered by long and lovely brown hair, and I admit I am rather fond of it.
But as the topic comes up often I re-addressed it not too long ago.  After meeting some christian women who believe that a married woman's hair must be tightly coifed against the head in the manner of braids or buns, and some used headcoverings as well, and a dear friend of mine, who does wear head scarves regularly shared with me an article that prompted her decision to do so.
I am sorry that I do not have the article to share today, as it was a wonderful read.  In summary it stated that as a woman is under the authority of her husband, we can leave this divisive decision up to our husbands.  If they would like us to wear the headcovering, as a symbol of our submission to our husband, we should acquiesce and attempt to please them.  At that time my husband said he didn't really care, but perhaps I should try wearing them from time to time, especially on the Sabbath.  He also stated that he found them, "quite attractive."  I share this because this perspective NEVER occurred to me!  Men like to see a woman wearing lovely scarves around her head!
One of my favorite authors, Michael Bunker, has recently published a series called, Just Plain, that currently includes a book entitled, The Beard , referring to mens' facial hair and the practice of trimming and shaving it, and The Headcovering.  While I have not yet read them, I note with interest that his wife and daughters are seen wearing headcoverings in their photos.

The video teaching by 119 Ministries shares another perspective and an absolutely stunning point that I admit challenges me to change my position on this topic, yet again.
As you hear them explain the amazing BLESSING of the spiritual covering granted to daughters from their fathers, and wives from their husbands, I hope you feel the joy that I did.  This teaching reminded me how blessed I am, having such a loving and wise husband.  Is he perfect?  By no means.  But as he learns to submit to HIS head, Yeshua, I can see his growth in wisdom and righteousness.  And I praise Yah for this protection over me and my children.



Passover - Powerful 7 Minute Film

Yeshua - The Passover Lamb



First shared at - http://messiahsmandate.org/passover-video-yeshua-the-lamb-of-god/

Chag Sameach (KHAHG sah-MEHY-ahkh)
Hebrew. Literally, joyous festival. This is an appropriate greeting for just about any holiday, but it's especially appropriate for Sukkot, Shavu'ot and Pesach (Passover).

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Should Christian Believers Be Preppers

A friend digs into the word about prepping for hard times.

"I’ve been surprised by how many people have emailed me asking how to handle a spouse or loved one who is of the mindset that Christians, or believers in general, shouldn’t be preppers (those who are preparing for harder times ahead). That somehow prepping implies a lack of faith."

To read more - http://newlifeonahomestead.com/2011/02/should-christians-believers-be-preppers/

Friday, March 22, 2013

Revelation 5 - Our Passover Lamb is Worthy!

Revelation 5
The Lamb Takes the Scroll

5 And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2 Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it.

4 So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. 5 But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.”

6 And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.

Worthy Is the Lamb

8 Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song, saying:

“You are worthy to take the scroll,
And to open its seals;
For You were slain,
And have redeemed us to God by Your blood
Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
10 And have made us kings and priests to our God;
And we shall reign on the earth.”
11 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice:

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
To receive power and riches and wisdom,
And strength and honor and glory and blessing!”
13 And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying:

“Blessing and honor and glory and power
Be to Him who sits on the throne,
And to the Lamb, forever and ever!”
14 Then the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever.

Just Beautiful, Life in the Womb

Thursday, March 21, 2013

What Will Tomorrow Reveal?

"We are not date setters, but there is overwhelming evidence to support that we are very near what could be the start of the Great Tribulation. Is now the time? We don’t know yet. We can only continue to test and look for the signs so that when that day occurs, we don’t miss it. We are told to be like the servants who were awake and watchful of the Master’s return and not be as the drunkards who fell asleep. Keep watch.

If you have not seen the End of Days series by 119 Ministries, please do so now. The information on the events below pertain directly to this teaching series and it is a prerequisite for keeping the findings below in their proper context. Shalom."

To find out more, continue reading at - http://teshuvaministries.net/march-22-2013-the-abomination-of-desolation/

The Eyes of a Child

artist: John Rivera
There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million... -Walt Streightiff

AMAZING PROPHETIC WORD FROM THE 60's CONCERNING GODS LEADING'S AND PROTECTION

Shared by Sukkot Prepper at http://www.facebook.com/notes/sukkot-prepper/amazing-prophetic-word-from-the-60s/115320425327777

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AMAZING PROPHETIC WORD FROM THE 60's CONCERNING GODS LEADING'S AND PROTECTION

God spoke this, about these end-times through J Leland Earls in the 1960's when He said...
" I am commanding all those who will hear my word to get into my boat or ark of safety for only therein shall you be safe in the end time storm which shall envelop the whole earth. And where is my ark of safety? It is even in the One who died for you and rose again, ascending on high for you, In Him and in His will for your life is there safety in these last days. So my people, get into the boat and there I shall protect you saith the Lord.

"Cause my people to know this saith the Lord, that my ways are in the seas. I will make the sea to roll and the waves shall ascend, and the cities shall be inundated (flooded) by the mighty rolling of the sea in that day when I arise mightily to shake all things. For the sea shall make bare the coastlands and the inhabitants shall perish. For my ways are in the seas saith God. Even so shall I make known unto my people in that day when and where they are to flee. Be prepared to move wherever I tell you, for if you will not hear my voice surely you will perish saith the Lord. I will cause you to know the day and the hour in which you are to flee for safety, for I will protect those who look unto me and depend upon me in that day saith the Lord. But I say unto you, you shall remain where you are and fear not. You shall not move until I tell you, for I am a faithful God and surely I will speak unto you in that day. Now you shall be quite before me and wait upon me, seeking my face daily that you may know me and hear my voice in the day of trouble. For I will have my people flee from the places that shall be destroyed even as Lot fled from the city of Sodom in the day of its destruction. My angels shall be on duty and my glorified ones shall be set in battle array to do service to those who are trusting in me and looking unto me for their deliverance, for I will deliver saith the Lord.

 Now I would have you consider the way in which I will have my church meet in that day. I will have you meet in small groups in the places that I will show you. Many times you will have to meet in secret because the authorities will be clamping down on all that they consider fanaticism. So great will be the boldness of my servants in that day, and so astounding will be their message and their works, that the authorities will take action to try to stop the meetings. So my people, you will have to hear my voice and do that which I show you, for I will direct you in all your ways, and I will show you when and where to gather together,

Because of the great danger from both the hysterical mobs and the frightened authorities, much pressure will be put on all those who tend to deviate from accepted patterns of behavior and from approved procedures of religious activity. For even the religious world will seek to set up standards in that day of what is acceptable and what is not acceptable to the welfare of the nation in the times of extreme crises. I say, those who dare to not conform will be considered as fanatics and harmful deviates and will be persecuted relentlessly by those who pose to be the religious voice of the land. So my true servants will be buffeted from all sides as the people who are crazed by fear seek every means available to silence them. The people as a whole will refuse to listen to those who would call them to repentance and warn them of impending judgment in that day. Now consider also the danger that will come from natural disasters and from man caused eruptions in that day. For there will be many places where disasters shall strike suddenly, and where battles will rage furiously. And were not my people warned they would surely perish. So I will give warning, saith the Lord, to all who are in danger that they may flee to places of safety, that the forces of destruction harm them not. They shall be told where to go to escape, saith the Lord.


From whence shall come the warnings? I will warn by vision and by appearance of my glorified ones who shall be on constant duty in that day. They shall be empowered to bear my people up if need be and transport them to places of safety, and at times they shall be clothed and fed by supernatural means as they are obedient to my voice and follow the instructions that are given unto them. So fear not my people, for I will surely keep you and protect you in that day. For even now all things are being made ready that nothing will be amiss when the great time of tribulation comes upon the earth. “(End of prophecy) J.D. EARLS

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For more information about J D Earls - http://www.firstloveministry.com/Earls/index.htm

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Hugulkulture in a 60 seconds

A good use of some fallen, rotten trees on my property.  Even just a bed or two, of such rich substrate would provide quite a large quantity of vegetables and herbs.

Friday, March 15, 2013

How To Face the Return of Ha' Mashiach

Considering what I think is coming in the wind.... I don't know what to do.

Do I plant a garden?  Do I plant a tree?  Do I buy oreos or more potatoes?  Do I make another blog post or more candles?  Do I teach my children skip counting or wilderness survival?

I've prayed and attempted to make good between me and YHWH.  I hold fast to the blood of Yeshua Ha'Mashiach (Jesus the Messiah) and to the word of YHWH.
I've prepped as much as my budget and knowledge allowed.  I have some rice and beans and bandaids.
I've told my family and friends to do the same.

But I feel....

SO unprepared.

Maybe, no matter what we did to prepare, we would feel this way.

We have ideas what the future may hold.

“I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him." - Daniel 7:13
Daniel 7:21-22 says, “I was watching; and the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them, until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom."

And in Matthew 24:15-22, Yeshua says, “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened."

Revelations 6 speaks of war, famine, and the number of saints to be killed.

And of course, there are many verses in the bible with other similar portents for the end of days.

It sounds awful.
It sounds terrifying.
It sounds like we may be tested like never before, lose everything we love and hold dear and may even die before it ends.

But fortunately, it does end.

And then those who remain faithful to the end will have the peace that ONLY He can bring.

James 5:11 says,
"Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful."

And Revelations 2:10
"Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life."

So, as Revelations 22:20-21 says,
"He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.”
Amen. Even so, come, Adonai Yeshua!
The grace of our Adonai Yeshua Ha'Mashiach be with you all. Amen."


http://www.faithbookart.com/index.html#/jesus-second-coming/

Hebrews 4:9 - Shabbat Shalom


There remains therefore a Shabbat rest for the people of God. - Hebrews 4:9
sabbatismos - Sabbath rest, Keeping of the Sabbath
http://www.scripture4all.org/OnlineInterlinear/NTpdf/heb4.pdf

I am grateful and praise my High Priest, Yeshua Ha'Mashiach for the Sabbath Rest.  I pray for the day when we enter into His Kingdom where Shalom will be made full.

Which Guy Should We Worry About??

Michael Bunker asks: "Which of these two people do you need to worry about after a systemic collapse of the entire society?"


I agree as I fall out of my chair laughing.  Just awesome unicycling, freeman.

To Whom Will You Run?

Enola Gay once again speaks the words we need to be hearing right now.  With trouble on the horizon, we need to reassess ourselves.  Are we ready?

Are we really ready?

The time is coming that you really will be tested.

"The question isn't really "What is the state of our Nation?".  The question is "What is the state of our Souls?"  This is the telling moment.  Who/what will you run to?  Will you run to the state?  Will you run to the hills?  Will you rely on your food/guns/ammo/skills etc....Those are all fine things to run to and rely on when you are scared or distressed, but what about when you are truly terrified?  That is when you run to your Father."

http://www.paratusfamiliablog.com/2013/03/to-whom-will-you-run.html?


Thursday, March 14, 2013

I Have The Fever

The nights are warming up.

The sun is shining bright most days.

And I see little green sprouts everywhere!!!!  Fruit trees are beginning to bud.  Rhubarb is ready to explode.

I have GARDEN FEVER!

My seedlings are doing well.  And I am planting more everyday.


My seeds have been shipped.  I can't wait!

Soon you will see me and my munchkins playing in the dirt.  You should join me.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Guest Post - BOOK LAUNCH on WEDNESDAY!

BOOK LAUNCH on WEDNESDAY!


What if the Russians really are going to attack? What if WICK really happens?

 
Fiction can serve some great purposes.  It can teach us things we do not know... about history, philosophy, the culture, etc.  It can teach us things we need to know too.  Specifically, apocalyptic or "survival" literature can often open up our eyes to real life threats, and teach us ways to mitigate or deal with those threats.  We can learn real skills... or at least we can learn about real skills... by reading fiction.



It isn’t likely that you’ll ever be chased through the streets by zombies or vampires.  Books are fun, and I am a big fan of fiction too.  But there are very few good fiction books out there that offer a realistic and accurate scenario of a worldwide meltdown and societal collapse.
 
The scenario we set up for our fictional apocalyptic series WICK is now jumping off of the headlines all over the world, and it’s becoming hard to ignore.  My email box is filled with messages from WICK fans that are now seeing what is going on right in front of them.  In addition to Russian bombers circling our strategic bases on Guam, and their nuclear subs shadowing our coasts and cruising around in the Gulf of Mexico, the old Soviet guard has reactivated Cold War era nuclear missile exercises aimed at the United States and the West.
 
In WICK 1, the first book in the WICK quad-ilogy, we discuss the very real long-term deception strategy against the U.S.—a strategy that was reported by Soviet era defectors as far back as the early 1960’s and unveiled to the American public in great detail by defector Anatoly Golitsyn in his scarily prescient 1984 book New Lies for Old.  Golitsyn and dozens of other defectors predicted that there would be a “controlled collapse” of the Soviet Union, and that Perestroika and Glasnost would be all parts of a long-term con game used to isolate, weaken, and eventually destroy America.  I’ve discussed this plan on this blog many times, and I hope you have read other free materials we’ve given out about the reality behind the EMPthreat, and about the WICK series.
 
 
 
WICK 2: Charm School, the 2nd book in the fictional WICK series, describes in alarming and accurate detail a scenario on how a “super-EMP” weapon, designed by Soviet EMP specialists, built with their assistance in North Korea, could be delivered and detonated in the skies over the United States.
 
In the meantime, drastic actions and provocations continue.  Just this week, North Korea officially scrapped the Armistice that ended the Korean War.  This act literally means that we are currently (and have long been) in a state of active war with the Russian puppet of North Korea.  This from Reuters today:
 
North Korea has accused the United States of using military drills in South Korea as a launch pad for a nuclear war and has scrapped the armistice with Washington that ended hostilities in the 1950-53 Korean War.
 
North Korea, which has one major ally, neighboring China, threatens the United States and its "puppet", South Korea, on an almost daily basis.
 
"Since the United States is about to ignite a nuclear war, we will be exercising our right to preemptive nuclear attack against the headquarters of the aggressor in order to protect our supreme interest," the North's foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency.
 
North Korea conducted a third nuclear test on February 12 (author's note: also the launch date of WICK 2!), in defiance of U.N. resolutions, and declared it had achieved progress in securing a functioning atomic arsenal. It is widely believed the North does not have the capacity to deliver a nuclear strike on the mainland United States.
 
The North's unnamed foreign ministry spokesman also said it would be entitled to take military action as of March 11 when U.S.-South Korea military drills move into a full-scale phase as it had declared the truce invalid.
 
 
All the while Russia is moving nukes, re-targeting missiles, launching new and better submarines, and moving towards a war footing, America is arguing about sequestration and the government is making a case that Americans on American soil should be legitimate targets for lethal drone strikes.
 
 
 
The Russians Never Quit
 
When a Russian spy ring, headed by a beautiful red-haired woman, was exposed in 2011, the media and the government acted like the woman was just a wannabe femme fatale who was pretending to be a spy.  We know now that the fictional story that was spoon fed to Americans was not the truth.  The group turned out to be a highly trained group of new-technology experts who used sophisticated means along with traditional spycraft to move and act within America and against America’s interests.  In this recent article about this female spy and the legitimacy of the threat, most of the comments on the article were akin to this:
 
“Who cares about her, What we need is jobs!”
 
Americans think that their government should not be in the business of protecting them from foreign powers, or from communism, or from the very real likelihood of a foreign power sending the country back to the 1850’s, or worse… causing them to reach 18,000 degrees Fahrenheit in a tenth of a second.  Americans do think that their government should be in the business of providing them a job and a living.  Interesting, how far the USA has fallen, but it does highlight the fact that the Soviet’s long-term strategy has been to weaken America militarily, economically, and morally… so that Americans will embrace socialism and communism after the fall.
 
So let us recap… shall we?
 
*       Russian defectors have told us for almost 30 years of a plan to lull America into a corrupt and decadent sleep, to allow America a quarter century as the lone superpower so that they would exhaust the treasury as well as their economic and moral power, so that the West can be destroyed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.
 
*       Everything that these defectors have said is going to happen, including the collapse of the former Soviet Union, has come to pass.
 
*        Russian spies are still working inside America to bring about her downfall.
 
*   We’ve reached the window of opportunity that the defectors predicted would come… and we are in the condition that they said we would be in when we got here.
Interesting, no?
 
Now, let’s be clear… my co-author Chris Awalt and I are not predicting anything at all.  We’re just pointing out an interesting confluence of events, and saying “here are the materials, and here are the facts, and here is an interesting fictional scenario… so what do you think?
 
The WICK series has been quite a phenomenon since it was first released on December 26th of 2012.  Thousands of copies of WICK 1 have been sold, and tens of thousands have been distributed all over the world.  The book is consistently ranked on the top 20 Bestseller list at Amazon.com in its genre.
 
WICK 2: Charm School was released on Kindle on the 11th of February, and it too has consistently been on the Bestseller list in its categories.  The great news is that WICK 2 is now available in Paperback!  Our Book Bomb for WICK 2 in Paperback is on March 13th (Wednesday) and we are asking everyone with an interest in both great fiction and this interesting story to help us.
 
WICK 2: Charm School is a fascinating story, based on many facts and the realities of the world condition that we are discussing:
 
Deep in the Catskill Forest Preserve is a town that doesn't exist... at least not officially. Warwick is an authentic Russian village not far from New York City. It is also a Charm School, a spy school where Americans are trained and raised from birth to be Russians, sent to spy for America in the former Soviet Union. The problem is that this little slice of Russia is heading toward a second Russian Revolution, and the town is about to explode.
 
In this second volume of Michael Bunker's bestselling WICK series, Michael and Chris Awalt return us to the beautiful, thrilling, and deadly town of Warwick as the world spirals into chaos and a new world war is only the flick of a switch away.
 
 
The great news for WICK fans is that WICK 3: Exodus is launching in Kindle format on the same day… March 13th:
 
As civilization comes apart after the detonation of a “super-EMP” weapon over the American northeast, and as violence and war spiral outward - enveloping the whole world, Warwick refugees wander out into the mayhem and madness to escape the life of lies they’ve left behind.  They are heading for Amish country in Pennsylvania, with no idea of what they might find when they get there.
 
 
WICK 3: Exodus is the setup to the upcoming final book in the series… WICK4: One Word of Truth.
 
We are asking everyone to help us with this Dual Book Bomb.  Buy WICK 2: Charm School in Paperback on March 13th, and be sure to pick up WICK 3: Exodus in e-book format at the same time.  The WICK series has already accomplished many rare feats for an Indie book series, and we are excited about what is obviously happening out there – a grassroots movement of individuals supporting an independently published work, to the point that it is being represented across the board at the top of the bestseller lists that are usually reserved for books published by mainstream publishers.
 
The Lesson of WOOL
 
 
The biggest success story out there right now in publishing is the story of the WOOL series, by Hugh Howey.  WOOL is an extraordinary read, and it has deserved all of the praise and success it has received.  I highly recommend it if you like sci-fi or post-apocalyptic literature.  WOOL has taken the publishing world by storm, and it started as an Indie self-published book.  The WOOL Omnibus has been optioned to be made into a movie by Ridley Scott, and is a New York Times Bestselling novel, and probably best of all, you can let your children read it.
 
So here is why WOOL’s story matters to us.  WOOL was released in July of 2011, and it didn’t start to really make noise until October of 2011, four months later, when it sold 1,000 e-copies in a single month.  That is extraordinary for a self-published book.
 
 
WICK1 would easily have sold 1,000 copies last month (February), its second month in publication, if it weren’t for the fact that February is a short month, and that we also took FIVE days off of sales in order to give away 32,000+ copies.  Still, we sold 916 e-copies of WICK in the shortened month.  WICK will easily eclipse 1,000 e-copies sold this month, and may even reach 2,000 or 3,000… in only its third month.  The awesome WOOL book took only 10 months to receive 100 Amazon reviews, and friends, that is fast indeed.  WICK reached 100 reviews in a month, and currently is only a few short of having one hundred 5 STAR reviews after only 2 months of availability (Update:  102 5 STAR Reviews!)
 
This is not to say that I think we will have the success that WOOL has had.  I doubt anyone will, and I don’t expect that at all.  But it is to say that the book has met with outstanding success, and the potential is limitless.  And…
 
WICK is about something that could actually happen.  In fact, it borrows directly from today’s headlines, often as they happen.  It’s not likely that any of you will be running around a silo in 200 years trying to figure out what happened.  WOOL is great fiction.  It is great fiction that I highly recommend.  WICK is fiction that has a scary reality surrounding and under-girding it.
 
The one thing that Hugh Howey and WOOL have had is an active, supportive, and excited fan base.  The WOOLITES are incredible supporters of the book and series.  I'm not looking for that kind of success, nor do I expect it.  But I am a firm believer that no indie author will ever find real success without an activist fan base that believes in the project and wants it to succeed.  That is what we need too.
 
Listen, it’s pretty simple… there are a couple of reasons that you might want to get on board the WICK rocket ship.  First, maybe you want to give your friends and family members a great read that will also deliver to them some very real and important information about what is going on in the world.  Second, maybe you just love a good tale!  The reviews for every book in the WICK series have been almost unanimously, outrageously, good.
 
Maybe you’d just like to join someone you know on as they go on a fantastic adventure.  I’d like you to come along.
 
What To Do
 
There are many different good ways to help bring WICK to the attention of the world.  First, buy the books and buy even more to give away to friends and family members.  Buying 1, 5, 10 copies of WICK 2: Charm School would go a long way towards helping us be able to afford to keep up the efforts.  Second, help us get the word out.  We don’t have publishers or agents doing the work for us, and we don’t have the money that other books have to help themselves get seen by more eyes.   Third, join us on Facebook and help us keep the good buzz going.  Tweet about it, or just use the old-fashioned Luddite way and use word-of-mouth.  We need all the support and help we can get.
 
MARCH 13th is our Book Bomb date!
 
Bookmark this blog post.  Write it down.  On March 13th you can come back here and all of the links in this article will be live.  You’ll be able to click on the book covers and go directly to Amazon to buy the books.
 
Our main focus is to sell...
 
WICK 2: Charm School in paperback, and,
 
WICK 3: Exodus in e-book format
 
If you haven't already read WICK 1, it is available in e-format for only .99! and paperback for only $8.67.
 
 
We want everyone to buy the book on that date, because we want the books to make another run up the Bestseller charts!  The bigger the splash, the bigger the ripples.
 
Let's do it,
 
Michael Bunker

(Please LIKE the WICK Facebook page to participate, comment, and converse about the WICK series.  If you have a blog, and would like to help out with WICK, please email me at: mbunker@michaelbunker.com and I'll send you whatever pictures, materials, or whatever other information you may need for your blog.)

Michael Bunker's Latest Release: Wick3: Exodus

Wednesday, March 13, 3-13-2013, is the long awaited release of WICK 3: Exodus.  Referring to book 1 in this great series, "WICK is ranked in the top 20 bestsellers, hot new releases, and best rated books in its categories on Amazon."   I trust that you will not be disappointed.

And while it may be a bit of a spoiler for book 1, here is an article to wet your appetite for this thrilling story.

http://journal.michaelbunker.com/2013/03/what-if-russians-really-are-going-to.html

Work on the fourth installment has begun, and will bring us to the previously released The Last Pilgrims.







Monday, March 11, 2013

Spring is Around the Corner!

I notice the weather is warming up around here.  My weather for the next week doesn't dip down to freezing at night like it has been.  I have been WAITING!  I keep checking my garden space for signs of growth.  So far nothing.

BUT I did notice that my herb box wintered over pretty well.  I still have chamomile, parsley, angelica, lavender and feverfew growing.  I am not sure if the ginger will come back or not.  But... I think it is a bulb so it should.

Last fall I had transplanted my rhubarb to a tire.  It is already covered in many little leaves and about ready to take off.  Mints are growing well.  And my wildflower tire planters are also already growing back in.

I planted my grapes this weekend, three table grapes, Venus, and three wine grapes, Canadice.  I still have to replant my raspberry canes (which I had to move), blueberry bush (which I need to get another for pollination) and several walnut trees that I got from a fellow freecycler.  And this week some pussy willow starts should arrive which I will need to get rooted and plant along the northern edge of my property.

I also just placed my order for the last of my seed needs for this year (and then some ;) lol )  I had no corn or peas.  I ordered from http://www.mainstreetseedandsupply.com/.  They have excellent prices, good sized seed packages and free shipping for orders over $50.  I have always been very happy with my orders through their company.

I have walked the gardens and my efforts to build the soil are making a noticeable impact.  I think this year we might actually have something worth smiling about.

NOW I have the joy of planning my garden planting!!!


Oh yeah.... I will also begin nagging my husband endlessly about getting my greenhouse up......  Husband, consider yourself warned. <3

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Update on Our Beehive

We have been anxiously waiting through the winter months to find out if our hive made it.  Yesterday was a gorgeous and sunny day (finally) and we decided to open it up and feed them.  We had a pollen brick and honey left from last year and were simply going to place them into the hive.

Our bees last spring when we began our beekpeeping adventure.

Upon opening the hive, it became clear that it was unneeded.

Not because they were thriving and full of honey.

But because they were all dead.  There was a fist sized clump of dead bees where we knew they had been clustered.  There was honey left in some of the honeycomb.  We investigated thoroughly.  The bees and comb showed no signs of mites or trauma.  There was some mold growing on some of the comb, which was simply a sign that they had been dead in this damp weather for a while.

After speaking to another beekeeper, we believe for some reason that there were simply not enough bees for them to maintain temperature.  They said that the cluster must be larger than a grapefruit, even as large as a basketball, to maintain the warmth and mobility in the hive for their survival.

An image showing a good sized cluster - http://richmondhoneybee.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/IMG_4937.jpg  Our cluster was not even 1/4 this size.

What would cause this problem?

It would seem that the queen, for some reason, stopped laying eggs too early last fall.  Perhaps she was weak, sickly or old.  Perhaps there was simply not enough food sources in our area for them.  We are unsure.

There are a few things that we could have done differently that may have improved their chances.  It has been advised to us that many beekeepers do not collect ANY honey from their first year hives.  While we did not take much honey, two out of 18 combs, perhaps this did damage to an already weak hive.  It has also been recommended that in this climate we begin feeding our bees BEFORE February 1.  I did not know this, believing that they would remain inactive until the weather warmed up.  While they did have honey stores, their small cluster size may have hindered them actually getting to it.

I also notice now, that many hives have bee sized gaps between all of the top bars, whereas I had my bars tight against one another.  This would allow the bees more mobility within the hive, and access to the roof section.  It would allow more ventilation.  I see this is also where some beekeepers place their food, allowing them to feed the hive without actually opening it all up.  I believe this will be a very important, beneficial change in my beekeeping technique.

    


We will be cleaning the hive.  Since there is no evidence of disease, we will be leaving the good, filled honeycomb for our new package of bees we will be picking up next month.  We also have a second hive, a Langstroth Hive, that we will set up also.

Langstroth vs Top Bar Hives
http://smallfarm.about.com/od/farmanimals/tp/Types-Of-Beehives-Langstroth-Versus-Top-Bar-Hives.htm

We will be ordering one each of the two types of bees available from our local source - http://www.priesterbee.com/

Carniolan Bees - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carniolan_honey_bee

And Italian Bees - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_bee

I will also KEEP reading and try to learn more.

This looks like some online reading to start with...

http://www.honeybeesonline.com/lessons.html

And I better get to planting wildflowers like crazy.  Some of the best prices I found for wildflower seed....


http://www.hancockseed.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=589&gclid=CN_-xonF7rQCFSXZQgod7UgAyw

A neighbor recommended Pussy Willows because they bloom very early in the year and bees love them.  So I ordered some fresh cuts to propagate.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/pussy-willows-25-straight-stems-18-24-FRESH-good-quality-/230931748741?pt=Floral_Decor&hash=item35c49ad785

I pray that these efforts will provide a good home for our bees and enable the hive to grow.  Bees are a precious and necessary piece of a healthy and thriving ecosystem and a blessing on any homestead.

Proverbs 10:30


The righteous will never be removed,
But the wicked will not inhabit the earth.

Proverbs 10:30

Ezekiel 22:26


Ezekiel 22:26
Her priests have violated My law and profaned My holy things;
they have not distinguished between the holy and unholy,
nor have they made known the difference between the unclean and the clean;
and they have hidden their eyes from My Sabbaths,
so that I am profaned among them.



Isolationist?


Saturday, March 9, 2013

Why Oils Heal and Drugs Don't, Paper by David Stewart, Ph. D.

This is such an eye opening paper by Dr. David Stewart.  I have considered for some time now dangers of pharmacological drugs.  Finding that the bible clearly speaks against pharmakeia really confirmed for me that there was something evil behind the masses flocking to doctors and taking drugs for every ailment under the sun.

2 Chronicles 16:12
And in the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asa became diseased in his feet, and his malady was severe; yet in his disease he did not seek the Lord, but the physicians.

Revelation 18:23
The light of a lamp shall not shine in you anymore, and the voice of bridegroom and bride shall not be heard in you anymore. For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your pharmakeia all the nations were deceived.

The second paragraph in this paper alone should make it clear why servants of YHWH absolutely must abandon these 'sorcerers' and seek YHWH for our healing and peace.




Shabbat Shalom!


Friday, March 8, 2013

"I Never Knew You"

Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ - Matthew 7:22-23

This just breaks my heart.  Just like Psalm 119:136 says, "Rivers of water run down from my eyes, Because men do not keep Your law.

I know so many who think they are serving the Lord.  I know so many who 'love the Lord.'

But John 14:15 says, “If you love Me, keep My commandments."  What commandments?

WHAT was considered scripture and Commandments when Yeshua walked this earth???

Yeshua showed his anger and contempt for the written rules of man, the talmud.  But the Torah?  The WORD of YHWH?



In Matthew 5:17-18, Yeshua says, “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled."


If you are living without Torah, and rejecting His commandments, You have not shown Him Love at all.

Consider it this way, if you are married and your spouse gives you a love letter and a present.  You can clearly see that the letter was originally addressed to someone they fornicated with before they married you and the present is obviously their favorite treats rewrapped for you.

Would you feel loved?

Let's go farther and consider if your spouse gave it to you on that person's birthday, because they simply don't care when yours was.

Wouldn't you feel like they didn't know you at all?  Wouldn't you in fact feel COMPLETELY REJECTED?

It doesn't matter what our acts of worship and love mean to US.  It only matters what it means to YHWH.

Deuteronomy 12:29-32
“When YHWH your Elohim cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you displace them and dwell in their land, take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.’ You shall not worship YHWH your Elohim in that way; for every abomination to YHWH which He hates they have done to their gods; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.
“Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.


He already told us what He wants.

Please do not follow the path of lawlessness.  The consequences are eternal.



Revelation 22:12-14


“And behold, I am coming quickly,
and My reward is with Me,
to give to every one according to his work.
I am the Alpha and the Omega,
the Beginning and the End,
the First and the Last.”
Blessed are those who do His commandments,
that they may have the right to the tree of life,
and may enter through the gates into the city.


Revelation 22:12-14

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Weekly Bible Reading ~ Genesis 12, 20 ~ Abraham Lies

Our Homeschool focuses on a section of scripture at a time.  I will share the resources I use for my own personal bible study and those I use to help my children understand and enjoy the bible story.

Genesis 12 and 20 - Abraham, Part II

NKJV Genesis 12
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+12&version=NKJV
NKJV Genesis 20
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis%2020&version=NKJV

Sacred Name Bible Genesis 12, 20
http://www.sacrednamebible.com/B01C012.htm
http://www.sacrednamebible.com/B01C020.htm

Hebrew Interlinear for Hebrew Scriptures Genesis 11-18
http://www.scripture4all.org/OnlineInterlinear/Hebrew_Index.htm

Matthew Henry Commentary on Genesis
http://www.biblegateway.com/resources/commentaries/?action=getBookSections&cid=18&source=2

Bible Tales Online
http://www.bibletalesonline.com/p/abram-lot-and-sarai-going-down-to-egypt.html
http://www.bibletalesonline.com/p/abraham-sarah-and-abimelech.html


Printables, Coloring and Notebooking Pages
http://www.biblekids.eu/anticotestamento/abraham_sarah/abraham_sarah_coloring/abraham_sarah_4.jpg
http://www.biblekids.eu/anticotestamento/abraham_sarah/abraham_sarah_coloring/abraham_sarah_2.gif

Videos
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbPJgVWPpPM - Bible in Animation - Abraham
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrrkkONdwBI - The Bible Series - Abraham - Full Movie

My Thoughts on This Bible Story
http://blog.lasonador.com/2013/06/my-thoughts-on-weekly-bible-reading.html - My Thoughts on Weekly Bible Readings ~ Genesis 12,20 ~ Abraham Lies

I also utilize several children's bible story books.
None of my bible story books included these two stories.





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The New Covenant


Jeremiah 31:33
But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

Hebrews 8:10
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.




"I set before you Life.... Death..."

These are two photos that I saw this week.  For me they sum up life.... the universe... everything.

“See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess. But if your heart turns away so that you do not hear, and are drawn away, and worship other gods and serve them,  I announce to you today that you shall surely perish; you shall not prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to go in and possess.  I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;  that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”
Deuteronomy 30:15-20



"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you..."
Jeremiah 1:5



"And they built the high places of Baal which are in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire to Molech, which I did not command them, nor did it come into My mind that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.’
Jeremiah 32:35

"Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!"
Isaiah 5:20

This photo breaks my heart.  I can wish I never saw it, hide it away and never look at it again.  But I think it needs to be known.  It needs to be seen.  This child needs to be seen.  In the event that someone thinks that the wrath of YHWH is too harsh.... look hard at this photo.  Anyone who thinks we are wiser and more perfect than our primitive ancestors.... look.  Look down at this child, so delicate, so tender, so defenseless.  And look what our people have done to this precious and irreplaceable creation of YHWH.

"Wail, for the day of the Lord is at hand!
It will come as destruction from the Almighty.
Therefore all hands will be limp,
Every man’s heart will melt,
And they will be afraid.
Pangs and sorrows will take hold of them;
They will be in pain as a woman in childbirth;
They will be amazed at one another;
Their faces will be like flames.
Behold, the day of the Lord comes,
Cruel, with both wrath and fierce anger,
To lay the land desolate;
And He will destroy its sinners from it.
For the stars of heaven and their constellations
Will not give their light;
The sun will be darkened in its going forth,
And the moon will not cause its light to shine.
“I will punish the world for its evil,
And the wicked for their iniquity;
I will halt the arrogance of the proud,
And will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible."
Isaiah 13:6-11


"Gird yourselves and lament, you priests;
Wail, you who minister before the altar;
Come, lie all night in sackcloth,
You who minister to my God;
For the grain offering and the drink offering
Are withheld from the house of your God.
Consecrate a fast,
Call a sacred assembly;
Gather the elders
And all the inhabitants of the land
Into the house of the Lord your God,
And cry out to the Lord.
Alas for the day!
For the day of the Lord is at hand;
It shall come as destruction from the Almighty."
Joel 1:13-15

The time for repentance is coming to an end.  Return to YHWH while there is still time.

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