Preaching error and making confident assertions with seemingly full assurance

Originally posted on Possessing the Treasure:

by Mike Ratliff

6 For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion, 7 wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions. (1 Timothy 1:6-7 NASB)

God is not the author of confusion. His truth is clear and discernable by the regenerate heart. On the other hand, our enemy, being the source of lies and deception, must create a climate in which what his false teachers expound is disguised as the truth and there will be attempts by those defending these false teachings to demand tolerance so that their error will not be open to detailed scrutiny. It is all a paradigm of smoke and mirrors. Rob Bell has taught, for instance, that it is wrong to use the Bible as our plumb line, our standard of truth…

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Home School Update and Music Monday

Last week was our first week back as a full-time home school, and I must say I was very pleased with how it went. Beauty worked hard for me and Buck remains enthused.

I incorporate the “Traffic Signal” technique to help Beauty stay focused and self-modify her behavior.

Web   I print this out and hang on the wall in the school room. Each child also has a picture of themselves on either side of the green light. If they struggle with attention and behavior, they move up to yellow as a warning. If the undesirable behavior continues, their picture moves up to red. With red comes a negative consequence. For Beauty this would mean so many minutes taken away from her golf cart driving time or losing the privilege of playing on her aunt’s tablet.  This works really well, as Beauty does not like to think she goes to yellow, let alone red.

Here is a look at today:

IMG_20141020_091455_625 Beauty using the interlocking letter cards to spell out this week’s spelling words.

IMG_20141020_094203_379Writing her spelling words 3 x’s each. This helps her learn to spell the words as well as practice her handwriting, as she tends to get a bit sloppy.

IMG_20141020_094504_528 Buck learning to write the letters of his name.IMG_20141020_094632_025

IMG_20141020_095224_349 “Up the ladder, down the slide and across the monkey bars”- Hey, whatever works!

While reading, writing, math, Bible and concepts are studied daily, each day of the week brings its own “Special” subject. Monday-Music, Tuesday-Art, Wednesday-Science, Thursday-Social Studies/History and Friday-Speech (for Beauty)

That makes today Musical Monday.

We come from a small, country church that is predominately acapella. We still sing the old hymns. Side Note: I’ll be starting a series on these old hymns soon! I come from a long line of “church singers”, song leaders, ministers and elders. Buck is already being groomed as a song leader Smile. This is our focus on Musical Monday. We are learning some of the favorite hymns from our church’s song book. Right now we are focusing on just the words and melody. When they are ready, we will break into music theory and reading the notes.

“We can’t afford a Christian President”

Originally posted on A Mom Looking Up:

A brother-in-Christ told our Wednesday night prayer group that someone said this to him a while back, when they were discussing Mike Huckabee.

How many times have you heard this?

I’ve heard something similar, like, “A Christian president would never get elected in today’s world, so it’s better not to waste your vote on someone who will only lose. Go for the lesser evil of the two guys who have a shot at winning”.

While it is a sad commentary of the direction this country has turned, I believe it goes much deeper than that.

America most certainly CAN afford a Christian president. In fact, we cannot afford NOT to have one.

That is what the demonic powers-that-be know. We can call them the global elitists if we want, but they are really puppets of the demonic forces/principalities that are chomping at the bit to get full control of this…

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Back “home”

Well, today was Beauty’s last day of public school. It had gotten to where she was only there an hour and for some reason it just was not working for her. We simply do not understand her mood swings. Her behavior can get rather extreme and then it leaves as quickly as it pops up.

So: it’s back to home schooling for us. She will continue to receive speech services from the public school, but other than that, she is done.  We believe it is for the best.

As it is, Fall Break is set for next week so I’ll be taking a few days to reboot and reorganize a school schedule that works for all of us, as well as plan out the next few weeks for her.

Meanwhile, I am still working on cushaw. I cut it in half, gut it, bake it in the oven, then scoop it out into the blender where I puree it. The puree goes into freezer bags. Two cups will make a delicious pie (think pumpkin only milder; better, if you ask me).

What have you been up to?

Our First Eggs and New Ladies

Well, since we bought the Buff Rock and Cuckoo Maran, my uncle gave us four more laying hens. One is full Brahma, two are BrahmaXDelaware and one is BrahmaXLeghorn.  They are still skiddish as they are adjusting to their new home, but I was able to get one decent picture:

IMG_20140930_072502_216 This is “Big Mama”, the full Brahma. In the back ground is the Brahma-Leghorn and the one eating is a Brahma-Delaware.  Big Mama is so fun to watch and does not take any bullying from the roos.

The really exciting news is we are beginning to get some eggs!

Here is a picture of the first two:

IMG_20140929_074046_879 The one on top is a “soft egg”. We’ve been told it is safe to eat, but we aren’t going to chance it just yet. The soft egg is either the result of a new layer, stress from the new environment or poor calcium. We think it is from stress.

So far this week we have five eggs plus two soft eggs.


None of the eggs are completely white and we are having a difficult time determining which egg goes with which hen. The cuckoo maran is supposed to lay chocolate colored eggs, but if the strain has been meddled with the eggs may come out lighter. So, that brown one may be hers or it could be she has not laid for us yet.  The others vary in size and shading of a cream, very light brown. The one on the top left is the largest and we think it came from the Buff Rock because I found a tiny peach feather stuck to it.

So, as of today, our laying hens include: 1 Buff Rock, 1 Cuckoo Maran, 3 Brown Leghorns (or maybe Welsummer), 1 Brahma, 1 Brahma-Leghorn and 2 Brahma-Delawares. If any of you experts want to take a gander (pardon the fowl humor) at which egg goes with which hen, I’d love it!

Thanks for stopping by!

We have 2 new girls!

WARNING: the first section of this post is NOT for those who cannot handle the thought of chickens being butchered for meat. We did not become chicken keepers to fill our freezer, but for eggs. However, circumstances have a way of changing one’s plans sometimes. If you want, you can skip down to Happier News.

Okay, so we’ve ran into a sort of speed bump concerning our chickens. We were given 15 Leghorn X Rock pullets that were supposed to start laying this month. They still haven’t.  What they have been doing is falling dead without warning.

Leghorn X Rock Here is one of them.

After chatting with some more experienced chicken keepers and a little online research, we have determined they are having heart attacks. We’ve had three to die unexpectedly. They begin breathing heavily, sit down for a couple hours, then suddenly throw their heads back and fall over  dead. We’ve determined this particular cross was bred to be a meat chicken. They are eating machines and the last one to die (yesterday) weighed every bit TEN pounds. Apparently, they are only expected to live 12 weeks at the longest before being butchered, and these are 6 months.  We hate to see 12 chickens “go to waste”, so we’ve decided to go ahead and put them in the freezer before they die of a heart attack. The other breeds, which receive the same feed and treatment, have no problems-which further supports the heart attack theory.

Now, on to happier news:

Since we are losing 12 pullets, thus 12 egg layers, we are in the search for finding their replacements. We are keeping 5 roosters, so we need at the very least 30 hens.

The budget is tight so we need to pick up these pullets/hens a little at a time and we want them around the same age as our roosters. We do not want to go any younger because we don’t want to have to accommodate for young chicks and deal with the older cockerels picking on them. Plus, we want eggs ASAP.

The good news is, we found 2 beautiful hens today. We bought them from an elderly gentleman who lives about 30 miles away. They are 5 months old, the same as our original flock, and are already laying.

Meet Thelma Lou           Thelma Lou's First day Sep 27 2014

Here she is with the other hen, Helen:   Helen and Thelma Lou Sep 27 2014

Thelma Lou is a Buff Rock and Helen is a Cuckoo Maran.

We are so happy they’ve joined our little flock!

My uncle has offered to give us 2 light Brahma hens this week. Those, plus the three brown Leghorns we already have, will give us 7 females. We have a ways to go, but the Lord always has a way of providing!

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Some of the chickens get a clipping!

Since putting up the fenced pen behind the chicken house, some of the chickens have literally been flying the coop! We didn’t mind this so much since they have such a large yard in which they could free-range and always came to their house at dusk. It became a problem, however, when they decided they loved eating cat and dog food. No joke, they would march right up to our dog’s bowl-with him sitting right there watching them-and help themselves! We tried hiding the bowl so it was not in their plain sight, but since our dog is tied to his house much of the day there were limited hiding spots, and they always found it. Brave little boogers! So, since they kept eating up all JoJo’s food, we knew we had to clip their wings so they could not fly over the fence of their pen.

After watching several how-to videos on YouTube, we thought we had the basics of wing clipping under control.

Blessed Hope Farm

Blessed Hope Farm

Blessed Hope Farm

Blessed Hope Farm

Clip the first row of feathers on one wing, to make it “unbalanced” and unable to fly. (This does not hurt the chicken, by the way; it’s like clipping finger nails)

This was good enough for most of the birds.

Not “Elvis” though.

Elvis has left the coop!

Elvis has left the coop!

It took him a few tries, but he made it over the fence. “Solomon” too, a day or two later.

So, we have since clipped the feathers on the other wing as well. I know, every where I read and every video I saw said to only do one wing, but mine still flew. Until now. Since clipping both wings, Elvis has not left the pen. We just did Solomon today, so we’ll see how it works with him.