Friday, September 28, 2007

Alabama City Reopens Fallout Shelters

By JAY REEVES Associated Press WriterHUNTSVILLE, Ala. Sep 27, 2007 (AP)

In an age of al-Qaida, sleeper cells and the threat of nuclear terrorism, Huntsville is dusting off its Cold War manual to create the nation's most ambitious fallout-shelter plan, featuring an abandoned mine big enough for 20,000 people to take cover underground.
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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Why Zeke can't take Shorty to the fair

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Remembering 911

There’s a cold wind blowing this Tuesday evening in Wisconsin’s North Woods. Even though Fall has not yet officially begun it sure feels like it. You never know though by next week it may well once again seem like summer.

Today I’ve been remembering the fateful events of September 11, 2001. Just like so many from the past who remember where they were and what they were doing when JFK was assassinated I too remember exactly where I was and what I was doing that Tuesday in 2001. I was in Rhinelander on my way to the county landfill. I happened to turn on the radio shortly after the first plane struck one of the World Trade Centers. One of our local radio personalities was relaying over the air waves some of the horrifying details of what were available at that moment in time. I immediately called home to see if Kelli and the kids happened to be watching T.V., they were not so they quickly switched it on.

After the landfill I would go on to run my Tuesday trash route on the outskirts of Rhinelander and Kelli and I kept calling each other as further developments ensued through out the morning. She told me how they had caught live images of the disasters and were airing them over and over on the news. At that point I could only imagine.

Obviously this isn’t the first anniversary of that dreadful day that changed our world but it is the first one that is on a Tuesday. So today as I was traveling that same route down to the county landfill I was acutely aware of those events that transpired 6 years ago. If you’ve been paying attention much has changed since then.

Wars and rumors of wars have so pervaded our psyche that we scarcely pay attention anymore. Terror alerts come and go, as well as numerous thwarted attempts of other attacks. I have since learned of many unanswered questions that the official report does not even come close to addressing. Very disturbing questions. Rumors abound. It would not be a stretch to wonder if perhaps some things have been covered up. With most of us being so far removed from the epicenter of that day who can know for sure. We can only know what we hear. If there really is a cover up, disinformation is sure to be spread anyway. So we can only speculate.

Speculating is not what this post is about this day. Today I’ve been a bit preoccupied with a deep and sober remembrance since today is Tuesday and I went through many of the same motions as I did on 9-11, 6 years ago. I want to remember in prayer all the children and spouses who were left behind. I want to mourn over all the lives that have been lost in the subsequent wars. I am also grieving over the compromise of the Constitution and Bill of Rights that the “War on Terror“ has been chipping away at ever since.

Whatever the real reasons are that got us to where we are today we can still be sure that God is in control and nothing takes Him by surprise. There is a plan. Actually these are exciting times in which to live. All the changes we’ve seen since 911 are coming so fast it’s hard to even keep up with it all.

Over the weekend when we heard Joseph Farah speaking he said that he hears of people actually getting saved from reading his news website
WorldNetDaily. Apparently they are realizing how close the headlines are lining up with end times bible prophecy.

We’ll just keep on plugging along, living our lives out in the country and trying to be faithful to the Lord in all that we do. Trying our best to be salt and light and reflect Gods image to everyone we meet. Keep Looking Up

Until Next Time

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Calvary Chapel Great Lakes Prophecy Conference Sept. 7-9, 2007

Kelli and I got back today from attending a prophecy conference in Appleton , WI. All I can say is, Wow! What a line up. An excellent faith booster!

I first learned about the conference from reading WorldNetDaily, which had an article about it because the web sites founder Joseph Farah, would be speaking there.

The article:
‘Joseph Farah, founder and editor of and author of the new book “Stop the Presses! The Inside Story of the New Media Revolution,“ will be a guest speaker at a prophecy conference this weekend at Calvary Chapel in Appleton, Wis.
Joining Farah at the conference, slated for Sept. 7-9, will be intelligence expert and Bible teacher Chuck Missler, Arnold Fruchtenbaum, a messianic Jew who spent time in Soviet prison, and Thomas Ice, director of the Pre-Trib Research Center in Arlington, Texas, and Dave Hunt, author and editor of the Berean Call newsletter.
Music will be provided by Richie Furay, one of the original members of the Buffalo Springfield and the founder of the country-rock group Poco. He will be joined by longtime writing partner and performer Scott Sellen.’

Since Appleton is only a few hours drive from here I thought “hey attending that might be doable”. Our kids were willing to shoulder ALL the chores themselves plus watching over our new self-serve farm stand ( I hope to blog about the farm stand sometime during this coming week).

It was a busy week for the trash route because of the Labor Day holiday. We don’t normally have a route on Friday’s so we use that as a make up day during the holiday weeks. So once we got everything buttoned up with the route and going through the list of farm duties with the kids, we headed out late Friday night to Appleton.

I knew of several of the conference speakers Dave Hunt , who I’ve followed for many years, Chuck Missler and Joseph Farah who I’ve only discovered over the past year or so, TA McMahon , Warren Smith (neither mentioned in the above article) and Thomas Ice I’ve known of but, not followed much. We didn’t get to hear TA McMahon speak except during a question and answer time, because his talk was on Friday. But we saw all the rest and each of them gave outstanding presentations.

I’ve studied bible prophecy the majority of my life having a fascination with what Gods word says about the future ever since I was a kid. When I was in 4th grade I remember well one day in particular, I happened to be playing hooky from school and began reading the book of Revelation. I was so engrossed with it that I read the entire book in a single day beginning in the morning and finishing just before bedtime later that night.

Since 1998 after we moved here we’ve been in a bit of a media blackout given that we normally only get 3 stations on television. I say normally because on a bad day we might only get 2 stations and on a good day we might get 4. We have a library of video’s and DVD’s that we watch when we feel the need for entertainment. I refuse to get satellite. I just can’t stomach the thought of paying for something that is 95 % trash anyway. More recently after getting high speed internet we selectively watch programs on the computer. Anyway, I happened to get out of the habit of regularly keeping up with many of the prophecy ministries that I used to before we came here.

Ever since 911 and the subsequent wars I’ve been paying an increasingly amount of attention to world news, mostly via the internet. For the past year or so my main source for news has been WND. They seemed to come at the news from a Christian perspective and I had suspected Joseph Farah was a Christian. Many people might look at life through the lens of Christian “principles” so I wasn’t entirely sure about Farah’s commitment to Faith in the Lord Jesus. I was pleased to find out through this conference that he is indeed a true believer and also shares the same take on prophecy as my family and I do. Though he stated that WND is not designed as a “Christian” news site. However the Christian world view is obvious.

This conference was really good for me because by living this wonderful country life, only reading and watching the media, about what’s going on in the world, has me a little detached from it all. Almost like it isn’t even real, like it’s some kind of fictional story, being elaborately told all through out the news outlets. But, seeing these guys up close and personal, it wasn’t done in a huge arena, the Calvary Chapel is a modestly sized church, I was able to, for the first time in a long time, be much more connected to the, reality, of what is happening in our nation and on the world scene. These guys are the ones reporting the news, from a much closer position than I’ll ever be. They have first hand connections to many of those who are actually making the news. I was really struck by just how close some of these guys are to it all.

Looking at how things are lining up on the world scene is just amazing to me. It is an amazing time to be alive. It all just keeps on reinforcing my faith. There are numerous motivating factors that keep me on the agrarian path and end times prophecy is one of them. I see the world as getting worse and worse just before the return of Christ and the desire to be away from the worldly influences keeps me in the country. As I’ve said in the past, I equate leaving the city life to leaving Sodom and Gomorrah. It seems the world just keeps getting worldlier. The bible describes just such a time as this. That people would love pleasure more than they love God.

Of course there are other factors as well that keep me in the country one being it is just a better way to live all the way around. A place where I have some elbow room. I can breath in the country. And not just living but, making a living. Growing much of our own food. Good clean food, not even mentioning the fact that store bought food isn’t fit to eat, that is, if you can call that stuff food.

But, as I was saying I just keep seeing the end times plot thickening almost by the day it would seem. Mentioning end times I suppose I should state my position here about the term “end times“. When ever I might use this term I am by no means defining this as the “end of the world”. My belief is that wouldn’t be coming for well over a thousand years. I believe that Christ will rule and reign for a thousand years before God overhauls the entire universe and creates the new heavens and the new earth. So when ever I make a reference to end times or last days it is not about the end of the world.

I made a post awhile back about some of the things that are happening in the world that would tie into bible prophecy so I won’t go into all that here. Besides it is getting late and I am way past my bedtime. I had no idea it was going to take me all evening to finish this post . So I’d better wrap this thing up and call it a night.

Even if a person doesn’t agree with my take on these things they can’t deny we are livng in most uncertain times. Especially if you look at all what’s happening right now. We are on the precipice of some very big changes regardless of what you or I believe. We need to get our affairs in order. Batten down the hatches you might say. Take inventory of both our physical and our spiritual lives. Especially our spiritual lives.

Until Next Time