Thursday, February 16, 2017

Flight of Fancy

Hannah: "Mom, I wish we could take some feathers and make ourselves some wings so we could fly."

Me: "Hannah, that's exciting! Where would you fly to?"

Hannah: "I'd fly over the farm and sit in the top of a tree." 

Me: "But, you have the WHOLE day. Wouldn't you want to fly somewhere else?"

Hannah: "Mom, I don't want to get lost!"

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Article: The Shack — The Missing Art of Evangelical Discernment

The Shack — The Missing Art of Evangelical Discernment

"In evaluating the book, it must be kept in mind that The Shack is a work of fiction. But it is also a sustained theological argument, and this simply cannot be denied. Any number of notable novels and works of literature have contained aberrant theology, and even heresy. The crucial question is whether the aberrant doctrines are features of the story or the message of the work. When it comes to The Shack, the really troubling fact is that so many readers are drawn to the theological message of the book, and fail to see how it conflicts with the Bible at so many crucial points.
All this reveals a disastrous failure of evangelical discernment. It is hard not to conclude that theological discernment is now a lost art among American evangelicals — and this loss can only lead to theological catastrophe.
The answer is not to ban The Shack or yank it out of the hands of readers. We need not fear books — we must be ready to answer them. We desperately need a theological recovery that can only come from practicing biblical discernment. This will require us to identify the doctrinal dangers of The Shack, to be sure. But our real task is to reacquaint evangelicals with the Bible’s teachings on these very questions and to foster a doctrinal rearmament of Christian believers.
The Shack is a wake-up call for evangelical Christianity. An assessment like that offered by Timothy Beal is telling. The popularity of this book among evangelicals can only be explained by a lack of basic theological knowledge among us — a failure even to understand the Gospel of Christ. The tragedy that evangelicals have lost the art of biblical discernment must be traced to a disastrous loss of biblical knowledge. Discernment cannot survive without doctrine."

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sunday School Children's Bible Study Lesson

I haven't written a Sunday School lesson in a long while, but here is one I made recently for my youngest children. It is free for those who come to this page for personal use in homes and their personal local churches but permission is not given for publishing in any work without proper credit to the author given.

Psalm 119:105 Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.

Thy Word - God's Bible, His letter and instruction to us

is a lamp unto my feet-it reveals where you are standing in the moment, God's Word gives useful and relevant knowledge for right where we are.  (It's like when our family pauses in our walks in the woods to listen for sounds, look at the sun's placement, read the terrain, look up for broken/dead trees and limbs that might come down, and look for wildlife signs. We do this as we stand still to reveal exactly where we are and to gain a warning of what we might encounter ahead so we can be prepared. We take this pause daily in God's Word to gain information to help us as we travel further in life.)

and a light unto my path. - to be on a path is showing movement, God's Word illuminates the way to go as we journey day to day and gives us wisdom to correctly use the knowledge we have gained in our daily pauses to avoid the trouble we know is there. (This is like when we use a bright light on a trail at night. We know danger is there in the things we can trip and fall over, the things that can fall on us, and in the wildlife that can harm us, so we want to be prepared and have a way to avoid trouble.)

To illustrate these concepts, we used a small light and a map to study a path and then took a walk using different flashlight strengths. We also had one person hang behind to show how a bright light can help others. The flashlight strengths illustrate the difference between slack Bible studying Christians and strong mature Christians devoted to studying God's instructions to us. Do you want to reflect a bright light for the Lord that attracts others to safety or a weak light that can barely see where it is going and is tripping it's own feet up?

Friday, February 10, 2017

Australorps and Mille de Fleur Chickens For Sale zip code 23072

I have two Black Australorp roosters for $20 left, but they are selling quickly. I will trade for hens of any breed.

We have Mille de Fleur roosters for sale for $10 each. I will trade for hens of any breed.

We have only two more proven Mille de Fleur hen and rooster pairs for $30 each. I will trade for breeding pairs of any breed.

Wanted to Buy: I am looking for Red Golden Pheasant chicks or pairs to purchase or trade. I will travel to any where in Hampton Roads or Richmond to acquire if priced reasonably.

Later this year we will have more piglets, chicks of different breeds, Muscovy ducklings, peachicks (peafowl), and maybe Guinea fowl. We will also have vegetable plants, vegetables, fruit trees, grape vines, etc for sale or trade.

Thursday, February 02, 2017

For Sale: American Guinea Hog Piglets Hampton Roads, VA 23072

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Tasha's Nine Piglets

This is about as close to them as I could get without the piglets running willy-nilly.
I try to leave the mothers alone as much as possible. She originally came from a neighbor who lot fed and said her last litters only had one or two piglets. He gave up on her and gave her to us since we had American Guinea Hogs.

On our place, the sow, Tasha, was raised in a pastured lot that covers a few acres and was mostly grass fed. This practice allows for larger litter sizes, better meat quality, and higher Omega 3.
It also allows the hogs to live a happier lifestyle doing as God created them to do.

They are purebred American Guinea Hogs. Sow and Boar are on site.
We are located in 23072 of Virginia.
Piglets are $65 each.
We will sell off only four or five piglets.
contentmentacres at yahoo dot com
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