To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. Steadily, we work on meeting our prepping goals. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors review their week’s prep activities. They also often share their planned prep activities for the coming week. These range from healthcare and gear purchases to gardening, property improvements, and food storage. This is something akin to our Retreat Owner Profiles, but written incrementally and in detail, throughout the year. We always welcome you to share your own successes and wisdom in the Comments. Let’s keep busy and be ready!
Dear SurvivalBlog Readers,
This week I was busy with both writing and a home gunsmithing project. Because this smithing was specific to one part of my collection, for OPSEC reasons I can’t go into any detail about it. There wasn’t much time available for hunting. The weather has improved. Most of the snow accumulation from 10+ days ago has now melted.
Meanwhile, my wife (Avalanche Lily) reports:
We are experiencing typical November weather: clouds, rain and snow showers day after day with temperatures in the low thirties at night and upper thirties to low forties during the day. It is very damp and cold. This weather is very conducive for relaxing and homeschool study indoors near our warm and cozy wood stove.
The Christian Mysticism Cult
For preps this week, I’d say we are focusing mostly on the spiritual side of life. We’re preparing ourselves to recognize the mode in which the antichrist will unite all religions into the One World Religion and how we can guard ourselves against it and refute it Biblically. I have always wondered what it would be that could cause the great apostasy of the church and would cause all of the world religions to unite under one banner. Now I think it has been revealed, and in fact it is already here, and in the works. The uniting mode of all world religions is prayer.
We’re reading a book aloud together as a family. It is titled Faith Undone, by Roger Oakland. In it Oakland explains how in the last days there will be a united Ecumenical One World Religion in the name of “Christ”, yet not of Jesus Christ from Nazareth, and His atoning blood. All religions will unite through mystical prayer. Every religion has a Mystic prayer side to it. There is an errant Christian Mysticism. (Catholic Third Century fathers practiced it, and now Evangelical Christians are embracing it. They call it Contemplative Prayer. It is akin to Jewish Mysticism (Kabbalah), Islamic Mysticism (Sufism), Buddhist Mysticism, Hindu Mysticism, and New Age practices.
All of these religions practice prayer and claim to experience “god” the same way: It is through centering oneself, emptying one’s mind through repeating a word or phrase over and aver again for 30 to 40 minutes. Through this practice they “enter the silence” where they “experience god’s presence.” This gives the practicing person a sense of euphoria with feeling a presence and or hearing words from “god”. This begs the question: If all religions “experience” “god” through this method, is there a need for the atoning work of Jesus Christ?
People who practice this type of prayer eventually all come to the same conclusion that “god” is in all. And that “all is God” which is the essence of Panetheism. They claim that everyone can find their own path to god, that god is in everyone and everyone is god. But Jesus said “I am the way the Truth the life no one comes to the Father except through me.” (His atoning Blood). So, therefore, who is it that these people are contacting? Satan masquerades as an angel of light.
We are entering very dangerous days. If you consider yourself a Biblical Christian, then I highly recommend that you get Oakland’s book. Arm yourselves with knowledge, wisdom, discernment and understanding for what is here and what is coming. Also please visit the Lighthouse Trails blog which is a discernment web site which explains all things that are trying to lead Christians away from the True Biblical Faith in Jesus. Remember that God said: “My people perish for lack of knowledge”.
I also highly recommend that if your church or college is practicing Contemplative Prayer, Spiritual Disciplines, etc. that you read this book and then speak to your pastor about it. If he doesn’t listen to you then it is time to leave your church. Home-churching is going to be rising exponentially in the coming years because True Biblical Christians must stand on the Word of God and must not practice that which is truly anti-Biblical. The way to true salvation is very narrow, and few truly find it.
Our faith in Jesus Christ from Nazareth is not based on “feel good” religion or “experiencing” God. It is based on the Word of God and on correct doctrine of the gospel. Our prayer life is an on-going conversation with Jesus throughout the whole day. A quiet place is outer quietness not inner quietness. God loves to converse with us and reason with us through His Word. Meditation on his Word is not vain repetition–only repetition to memorize scripture. This puts the Word in our heart an Mind. Meditation is thinking logically on the Word and making connections, comparing scripture with scripture, and gaining understanding of what He is saying in it.
In The Greenhouse and Barnyard
Now, on to more mundane things: The Greenhouse-in-a-Greenhouse experiment update is brief and thus far inconclusive. The Kale patch is germinating as of Thursday, but the lettuces and chards are not yet doing so.
We had to have a veterinarian visit for one of our horses who was doing very poorly. But that horse now has recovered nicely. That was a huge relief.
For our fellow American readers: I pray that you all would have a wonderful and thankful Thanksgiving this coming week with your friends and family.
I’m looking forward to reading comments from readers about your preps this winter.
May you all have a blessed week, – Avalanche Lily Rawles
The Latimer Homestead is busy preparing for winter. So far, we’ve had mild weather, but the cold, winter temperatures are rapidly upon us and we are finishing up the work on our outbuildings as well as various other winterizing tasks. Additionally, we are continuing to tend to our chickens, who are showing great improvement. There is still a lot of work ahead of us, but we are encouraged, as they seem to be feeling better and healing nicely for the most part. Each day we spend at least two to three hours cleaning, treating and bandaging chicken feet.
This week, we also dug some late season potatoes and carrots and harvested onions and cabbage as well as collected more seeds and cleared some areas of the property. This seed collection and clearing work will continue next week, if weather permits. We try to gather and harvest seeds as long as possible so that we have extra to share with our family, neighbors, and those locals we are helping begin to grow gardens.
Next week will also focus on preparing the home for our Thanksgiving feast, as we always look forward to the family gathering around the table to give thanks to the LORD, who continues to bless us so bountifully with life, His Word, His Spirit, the gift of His Son, family, freedoms, great friendships, and much more. We hope you will not only enjoy tasty food on your table but will take time to give thanks and bless the LORD during your Thanksgiving dinner. He deserves our thanks much more often than once a year. We are counting upon Him to sustain us in the anticipated SHTF crisis and are asking for Him to guide us in our preparations that we may be good stewards and able to carry on to do His good works long after the crisis has ended.
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As always, please share your own successes and wisdom in the Comments.