Our Authorities

Romans 13.1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

God Himself has instituted and ordained our governing powers; they are our authorities. Furthermore, God holds the hearts of our authorities: Proverbs 21.1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

Romans 13.2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

Clearly, we are to obey our governing authorities: Their authority comes from God, and we are to obey God. Damnation is a severe consequence of resistance.

Is it ever right to resist authority? In Acts 5, the apostles were commanded not to teach in Jesus’ name. They responded in verse 29: Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

Why should we submit to our governing authorities if we don’t like what they do? Don’t we live in a democracy? Don’t we have the right to protest? After all, our governing authorities gave us that right.

Romans 13.3-5 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

Before you protest, before you rant and rave:

  1. Be sure you are obeying God. How to know if you are in obedience to God? Read His Word. Study it: 2 Timothy 2.15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
  2. Be sure your actions are motivated in love, and be sure you love rightly. Love God first. Luke 10.27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
  3. Be sure you are acting, speaking, and thinking in peace. Remember, peace has nothing to do with how you feel, nor with circumstances or people around you. Peace is a right standing with God. Romans 14.19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
  4. Be sure your efforts are to bring glory to God. Proverbs 6.16-19 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

What if you’re right? What if you are acting in peace (bringing others to God in love)? Edifying others? Glorifying God? The apostles, and Jesus Himself, certainly stirred things up, but they were obedient, always giving glory to God and honoring Him and His Ways. 2 Corinthians 4.2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.

God divides. His truth divides, His Word divides: Hebrews 4.12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Allow God to decide the divisions. That is not our job; it is His. We are to speak the truth in love, and let God work in the hearts of others.

We are to remain steadfast and loyal to God alone. If He prompts to enter into political activities, then enter in. However God directs you, work in obedience to Him. But remember: God instituted our governing authorities; He guides our authorities with their hearts in His hands; and He loves us abundantly, overwhelmingly, and perfectly.

Knowing that, knowing God, is peace.

Recipe Friday: Wardee Harmon’s 30-Day Free Trial of Bible-Based Cooking

This is from an e-mail I received from Wardee Harmon, of Traditional Cooking School. She is wonderful, and I highly recommend her.

I’m excited because I just released a new lesson for the premium members of our Bible-based cooking program……
all about naturally pickled foods.
When most people hear “pickles” they think about the canned food aisle containing sauerkraut and pickles and such.
Yet I’m not talking about the same thing :)You see, naturally pickled foods are pickled how people did them CENTURIES ago before we had anything like high pressure canners.
Just salt and vegetables and jars… all that’s required. :)No heat, no pressure, just time and room temperature.ie … fermenting!
Crunchy, salty, sour.
Probiotic, good for the immune system, preserved with natural acids like lactic acid (which is healthy… as opposed to the white vinegar that’s used to preserve most foods in the canned section).Anyway, in this new lesson, I help you understand the process of fermenting, what tools to use (you really only need mason jars and utensils), the type of ingredients to shop for/grow, what’s happen in and how to do it safely.
Plus gobs of recipes, both in the printable and quite a few on video for you to follow along… kraut (and a high Vitamin C kraut), pickles, kimchi, ginger carrot sticks, apple chutney, and more!
Would you like to learn this age-old skill? You can preview this lesson and others if you’re approved for a free 30-day trial of our Bible-based cooking program.
 Click here to apply.
FYI: Our program is for Christian moms (and families) who know they want to cook healthy but aren’t sure what to do or where to start… nor do they want to spend hours in the kitchen. We help you skip the learning curve with sourdough, fermenting, cheesemaking, and more!
Let me know if you need any help finding anything or if you have any questions.
God bless you and your family… and happy fermenting!
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P.S. Need help?Common questions and answers here.

Prayer March 2020

I received an e-mail regarding information on a prayer march in Washington, D.C.:

Dear Friend,

Franklin GrahamIn a few short days, thousands of Christians from across America will join me and my family in Washington, D.C., for Prayer March 2020. Our country is in trouble like we haven’t seen in our lifetime. We have no hope outside of God, and unless His people call on His Name for help, we will not make it.

If you’re not already planning on being in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 26, you can still be a part of this critical time of prayer. We will broadcast this event live online, and you can pray with us as we make our way from the Lincoln Memorial to the U.S. Capitol. We will stop at key locations to ask God to heal the divisions in our nation, guide our leaders, protect our religious freedoms, and pour out His Spirit on America.

Will you pray with us during the march on Sept. 26 by joining the live stream—and inviting others to join you as well?


WATCH LIVE STREAM

“…The Lord was moved by prayer for the land…” (2 Samuel 24:25, NASB).

We are at a crossroads in our nation’s history—so much is at stake. Let’s ask the Lord to intervene.

May God bless you, and may God bless America!


Franklin Graham


A ministry of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201

            

ⓒ2020 BGEA

Learning Herbs 3-Part Livestream

I received an e-mail invitation to a great herbal livestream, and am passing it on to you. The following is from John at LearningHerbs:

This is what happened when I chose the wrong herb…

So…

I didn’t hurt myself.

It’s more like the herb I used just didn’t work.

Here’s the story…

I was getting over a cold, and had a bad cough at the end, which is a pretty common thing that happens.

I started using garlic, which is an herb I had used many times before for coughs.

I mean, just about every herbal book says use garlic for coughs. When you look up “herbs for a cough,” garlic is on every list.

However, why wasn’t garlic working for me?

Weeelllll…..

Turns out not all coughs are the same.

If you look at that same list of “herbs for cough,” you might also see an herb called marshmallow listed.

Now, if I’m at the START of a cold, garlic might be the perfect herb. But I was at the END of the cold, when that hacking cough simply needed soothing.

Garlic doesn’t soothe.

But guess what? Marshmallow does.

So, then… 

If we look at those herbal lists, and see dozens of herbs under a particular health condition, just how the heck are we supposed to know which one to use?

The answer is that we have to move away from this “List-Based Herbalism” and move towards “Sense-Based Herbalism.” By learning to use your senses with herbs, as humans have been doing for tens of thousands of years, you can begin to really TRUST the herbs you choose.

Now…

To help you learn this, Rosalee put together a 3-part livestream called…

Getting Results with Herbs

Basically, Rosalee is going to show you how you can dramatically improve your herbal success rate.

Please go here to register, as this free event starts TOMORROW.

These days, I know how to check in with my body and figure out how I can match the perfect herb to what I need it for. You can do this too, as it’s a skill you already use every day.

Please join Rosalee and me today.

Warmly,

John Gallagher
LearningHerbs


PS…

We have a wonderful printable PDF that contains the Taste of Herbs Flavor Wheel, as well as a quiz for figuring out your “herbal type.”

You can get this right after you register here for Getting Results with Herbs.

Herbal Self Care Webinar

This entire post is taken from an e-mail I received from Kami McBride. She is offering a free herbal self care webinar. Here are her words:

I guarantee that this webinar will be worth your time.

If you know anyone that has been dealing with the fires and stress of the pandemic, please share this with them. People can help themselves more than they think.

There are a few herbal self-care techniques that people are not using, that we use A LOT in my household. Especially now that we live in the land of smoke and fire, we have really upped our herbal self-care game.

My voice is a little scratchy in the webinar since we have been living in smoke for 30 days, but I wanted to do this webinar anyway, so that you can benefit and put some of these techniques in place also. 


You can go to watch the free REPLAY here in full.

SO many people emailed me last night saying they were going to implement what they learned right away. Inspired was the word that kept coming into my inbox. I finally had to go to bed…

If you have had stress in your life, if you want to build a stronger immune system, if you want simple herbal techniques that don’t take any extra equipment then you don’t want to miss this talk.

Wishing you the very best, 

Recipe Friday: Baked Pork Chop Dinner

Serves: 2

I made this when we were both not feeling well. Cooking over a hot stove sounded detestable, but we had already got the pork chops out, so…
While napping before dinner, I had a vision of this, and it turned out spendidly.


Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 90 min

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons (give or take) olive oil

2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces

2 medium-thick pork chops

1 medium onion, sliced thinly

2 medium apples, peeled and sliced

salt, to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°.
Drizzle olive oil on the bottom of a 9×11″ baking pan.
Spread cut sweet potatoes over the bottom of the pan. Drizzle more olive oil, and salt.
Place the two pork chops on top of the sweet potatoes. (We had some large, thick pork chops, but this recipe will work fine with pork steaks, or chops a bit smaller. If you’re using thin pork chops, you may need to adjust the baking time.) (At this point, I sprinkled some seasoned salt on top of the chops.)
Spread the onions over the tops of the chops, then the apples slices on top. Drizzle more olive oil over all, and salt.
Cover the pan tightly with foil. Poke 5 or 6 slits in the foil.
Bake for 90 minutes. After one hour, remove the foil and put back into the oven to bake another 30 minutes.
Remove from the oven, and allow to rest for 5 – 10 minutes before plating.

Recipe Friday: Allergy Inhaler

I suffer from allergy reactions in the fall: sneezing, drippy nose, stuffy nose, bit of a sore throat / cough from all that stuff siphoning down… etc.

One of my best remedies for this is my allergy inhaler. I get these tube-shaped inhalers through amazon, but they likely sell elsewhere, as well.

The tubes come apart: The lid slides off, then pull off the inhaling tip, and there is a glass bottle to unscrew. Cotton rolls come with the inhalers. Simply drop some essential oils onto the cotton roll, insert into the glass bottle, and put the tube back together. Easy peasy.

Boy howdy, you’ll know when you’ve inhaled this! If you inhale deeply, you’ll be able to feel it ‘way into your sinuses.

Eucalyptus essential oil benefits: good for respiratory issues like bronchitis, sinusitis and allergies; insect repellent (helps block malaria), expectorant, mucolytic, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-aging; respiratory/sinus infections, decongestant, rheumatism/arthritis; a spray of 2% eucalyptus oil will kill 70% of airborne staph bacteria

Peppermint essential oil benefits: digestion, aids in absorption, cools heat in the digestive lining, focus, energy booster, fever reducer, relieves headaches and body/muscle aches. Anti-inflammatory, antitumoral, antiparasitic (worms), antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, gallbladder/digestive stimulant, pain-relieving, curbs appetite, helps with irritable bowel system; improves focus, improves breathing (bronchitis, pneumonia, allergies); relieves headaches (2 drops peppermint + 2 drops lavender, rub on forehead); Can rub right on the stomach to relieve symptoms; also rub on bug bites for a few days to relieve itch

My allergy recipe is merely peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils.

Equipment and ingredients:

Inhaler tube

7 drops peppermint essential oil

7 drops eucalyptus essential oil

Directions:

Drop the essential oils onto the cotton roll; insert the cotton roll into the inhaler and put the inhaler back together.

To apply: Blow your nose thoroughly. If you’re still dripping like a sieve, tip your head back so you don’t drip into the inhaler. Once the top of the inhaler is removed, lift the tip of the inhaler to one nostril. You can inhale that way, or semi-cover the other nostril with your fingertip. Inhale deeply. Repeat with the other nostril. Repeat again with each nostril as needed.

McGuffey’s 6th Grade Reader – God Is Everywhere

Lee, at leesbirdbb4kids.com, shares a great poem by Joseph Hutton. This piece expresses such majesty and beauty: this is the kind of writing I could wish to emulate.

Birds of the Bible For Kids

Rainbow Across Yellowstone Lake ©David Grimes

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1 KJV)

XXXVII. GOD IS EVERYWHERE. (161)

   Oh! show me where is He,
The high and holy One,
To whom thou bend’st the knee,
And prayest, “Thy will be done!”
I hear thy song of praise,
And lo! no form is near:
Thine eyes I see thee raise,
But where doth God appear?
Oh! teach me who is God, and where his glories shine,
That I may kneel and pray, and call thy Father mine.

   “Gaze on that arch above:
The glittering vault admire.
Who taught those orbs to move?
Who lit their ceaseless fire?
Who guides the moon to run
In silence through the skies?
Who bids that dawning sun
In strength and beauty rise?
There view immensity! behold! my God is there:
The sun, the moon, the stars, his majesty declare.

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