Give to promote giving

I really did not intend to start another major project until I finish Preparing for Persecution.

But I am.

My idea for a website where Christians meet each others needs was fleshed out a little further in the comments of the post where I introduced it. I still don’t have it all figured out, but I’ve purchased the website domains and hope to soon start on the design (with the help of those who have the skills I lack).

I can’t do this alone.

I also can’t pay anyone to help me.

If you are interested in helping to get this project running, please contact me. There are all kinds of ways you can help out. I will need help with the web design, with working out details of how the whole system works, with recruiting churches and individuals as charter members, with proofreading the About page and other written portions of the site other than the postings themselves, and probably with other things I haven’t thought of yet. When it gets off the ground, I would also like to have a supervisor/coordinator for each city to monitor posts, interact with churches, etc., and when a number of cites in a state become active, I foresee a similar position at the state level.

If you are willing to donate your time and expertise to helping others donate their time and expertise, I’d love to have you on board. Please email me at moosenorseman@gmail.com with what you can do to help. Invite any friends that might be interested. And don’t hesitate to continue to provide suggestions.

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A reader shares a resource

From my email:

Hey Moose;

I’m thinking on what you said a few posts back about the fact that jobs will be lost.

I believe it.

I know the company that I work for is extremely liberal and there’s plenty of ways to move someone out the door if the need arises.

I’ve thought about the whole “work for yourself” thing for the last 25 years, but I never felt that I could really do it. My one attempt was when my family returned unexpectedly from the mission field and I had to scramble to create my own work when I couldn’t find a job. Even that wasn’t enough and we went deep into debt before I found work. I didn’t do it well and have been shy to attempt anything again.

Bottom line, I’ve been afraid.

Now it’s time to get afraid in the other direction. The fear that I WON’T have my own business is becoming a reality.

Anyway, here’s a resource.

Gregg Harris is primarily know in the homeschool community. He’s written books and done seminars since the late 80’s, I think. His twin sons Alex And Brett wrote a book called “Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations” and son Josh wrote one called “I Kissed Dating Goodbye.”

In 1993. some friends of ours attended a workshop by Gregg Harris called the “Home and Family Business Workshop.” Somehow, I ended up with their workbook from the workshop and I’ve gleaned what I could from it, but it’s just a printout of the Powerpoint slides from the preso, so low on detail.

After your post, I went looking to see if there were recordings available.

And I found them from a ministry that distributes FREE audio materials. Though I’m not from their theological branch (and I’m not sure that Harris is, either) the fact that these are available is a good thing.

Here’s the link for the set in question: http://www.ephrataministries.org/msg_detail.a5w?vlast_index=SET51

I ordered the MP3 version on 1 CD and it came within a week. They asked for nothing, but I slipped them $15, and the info is worth much more.

I’ll be going back to pick up another copy, as well as the Gregg Harris set on Homeschooling: http://www.ephrataministries.org/msg_detail.a5w?vlast_index=SET7

Hope this is helpful.

 

Thoughts on building up the Body of Christ

It has bothered me for a long time: Something Cane Caldo has said more than once and in various ways:

Awhile back there was a lot of conversation about the merits of posting anonymously versus writing under your legitimate name. The reason I don’t is because I don’t want Cane Caldo to be a subject of conversation at work. If that happens I’ll eventually get fired. They’ll just stop hiring me; not because I did something wrong, but because I work with a lot of women who–after hearing about what a modernist can only interpret as misogyny–will express a vague unease about me; they just would feel more “coooomfortable, you know?”, with someone else. My direct managers will happily comply with a suitable replacement.

But, honestly, the issue is that we here are–for the most part–of the conservative bent of mind, and conservatives conserve nothing as much as grace and respect. They hoard it, really. Consequently, I have zero faith that any of you would or could find me another job.

This inherent unhelpfulness does not just extend to jobs–I distinctly remember Cane (and others) pointing out how unlikely fellow Christians are to help a young man find a wife.

Basically, there is a refusal to help grow and develop men into the patriarchs we expect them to be. And then we castigate men for not meeting this standard on their own, ridicule them, and cast them down farther while demanding they rise before we help them.

It’s insane and satanic.

Thankfully, there are positive signs. I’ve been able to help some people in various ways in real life, and have both myself and other bloggers in my blogroll regularly respond to questions from men looking for advice or guidance. Vox Day regularly posts opportunities for jobs, connecting those looking for quality workers with those looking for a company that won’t fire them for their beliefs.

But when I think of Christians banding together to help one another, the model that comes to my mind is Mennonite Your Way.  Basically, it is a directory of Christians that open their homes to other Christians that are traveling. As a member of a large family, I remember making use of it when we traveled. Interestingly, despite being called Mennonite Your Way, it seems to have good participation from other groups–the three times I can remember using it we stayed with a Mennonite farm family, a retired Baptist preacher and his wife, and a very rich Roman Catholic attorney and his wife.

I wonder if some similar kind of directory could be made that involves modified barter exchanges–exchanges where every “transaction” is a gift, and receives nothing in return, but every receiver gives, and every giver receives.  For example, perhaps Bob is an electrician who needs several trees removed from his property. He makes his posting, which asks him what he can give (electrical work), and what he needs (tree removal). Steve, a local farmer, needs a welder. He logs on and sees that Bob needs some trees taken down, which he has the equipment for. He goes over and takes care of Bob’s trees. Meanwhile, Bob noticed that Larry, a local welder, needed some electrical work done in his shop, and takes care of that. Larry looks at the directory to see what he can give, and sees Steve needs a welder. He delivers an older, smaller welder that still works but he doesn’t use anymore to Steve.

No money changes hands, and every “transaction” is a one-way gift rather than a two-way barter. That’s with only three people. The more people participating in a general area, the better for everyone. Sort of a barter Craigslist for Christians where you freely receive and freely give.

I think this could be done, but in order to do it I would need the help of someone who knows how to design the web side of it. If you have the skills, and are interested, let me know. We would also need people who are willing to be charter members, the first to give away their various skills and services, and to talk it up in their churches and help get more members. If you have any interest, or improvements on my idea, I’d be happy to hear from you.

If we can create an attitude of giving and building up the Body of Christ, it will go far beyond the work and possessions that are given. It will change attitudes and perspectives, and lead to more giving and building up. It will lead to more young men being built up into men, more young women being build up into women, more families being built up.

It all starts with asking what you can do for your neighbor and brother in Christ.

Frugal Friday: How to start

Brandon asks:

For those of us who were born and raised in the soft, squishy suburban cesspool of careerism and consumerism, this ‘return to the land’ idea can be very overwhelming. We have been since birth in a state of perpetual infancy, mentally conditioned to see the state, corporation, and grocery store as our manager and provider. Many of us graduated college and are barely scraping buy, with poor job prospects. Buying rural land seems as far away as becoming a millionaire. So, a change of mindset is needed. Advice to those of us on how to reorient our mind out of the dependent, learned helpless mentality toward a more pioneering spirit would be helpful. Strategies toward this end would also be good. Some of us would just like to know where to start.

First, stop eating out.

If you don’t have a crock-pot, buy one. Throw meat, beans (dry), vegetables, and some seasonings in it in the morning with some water, and have a hot meal waiting for you when you get home. If you eat boxed cereal for breakfast, switch to oatmeal, grits, cream of wheat, or other cheap hot cereal. Don’t buy the instant packets, buy the generic, long cooking variety. If you don’t want to get up early enough to cook it, put it in the crock pot and let it cook overnight. If you just can’t live without cold cereal, learn to make your own granola.

Don’t buy steaks–buy roasts and cut off steaks as necessary. Roasts are usually $0.50 to $1.00 cheaper per pound. Don’t buy bread, rather make your own. (You might even be able to sell a few loaves to co-workers/roommates.) I use this recipe. Grow a tomato plant in a pot in your apartment. If you have a backyard, grow a full garden. Quit buying beer. Make your own cider, wine, or mead instead.

If you smoke, switch to a pipe or start rolling your own cigarettes. If your job requires you to be clean-shaven, find a low-cost solution rather than spending $20.00 or more a month on blades. See if you can save money by changing your cell phone plan. Buy a simple hand press, and reload your own ammunition. (Note: If you do not already own a firearm, don’t buy one and a reloading press. If you are starting from zero, your first firearm should be a muzzleloader for a variety of reasons.)

If you are single, find a roommate or rent out a room. I have paid as little as $125.00 a month in rent by sharing a house with other guys–and we still each had our own room. Give yourself a simple buzz cut rather than going to the barber. Change your own oil. Buy a Haynes or Chilton book for your vehicle, and start doing simple repairs yourself. Work up to more complicated repairs.

Go through your closet. Reduce your wardrobe to the essentials and what you actually wear, and take remaining items that are in good condition to a consignment shop to turn them into cash. Sell your television. Get rid of any excess video/television streaming services (i.e. Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, etc.). You may keep a maximum of one such account.

Check out the entire Foxfire series (one book at a time) from your local library (if they don’t have it, request it on inter-library loan), and read them.

Every month, put the money you save aside, and watch it grow. In many areas, rural land can be had for around $1,000.00 an acre. $20,000.00 should be enough to get you several acres of good rural land in just about any state. As you hit significant savings milestones, celebrate with prudent purchases of things that you will need to make a go of it when you buy your land: That muzzleloader (or reloading press if you already own a cartridge rifle), a good set of wrenches, etc.

Implementing these suggestions will get you started, but there are plenty of other things you can do. The beauty of it is that the more of these you implement, the more other things you will discover on your own. The most important step is the first one, so start here, and branch out afterwards.

Explaining the flag

The Confederate Battle Flag is a grand old flag.

It is well designed, simple, and visually appealing. Besides that, it stands for Christian resistance to those who would subvert the ordinations of God. It is a flag that I have much respect for.

Yet the beautiful, star-studded blue cross of St. Andrew on a field of blood red is not my flag. It is the flag of a tribe that I respect, support, and admire, but do not belong to. Because despite all the values the flag stands for, it is also specifically a southern flag.

Now, I’ve been living in the south for almost four years, and while the south has welcomed me, it is not my home. For years, I have answered the question “How’s the weather down there?” with “It approximates hell.” For four years I have been planning a glorious return north.

So, I was very happy the other day to find a flag design that, while lacking the historicScreenshot 2015-07-30 at 14.57.27 significance of being the banner under which thousands died for Christian principles, does represent my tribe. It is my hope that this flag can become the ensign of the Christian re-awakening of the North, just as the Confederate Battle Flag is quickly becoming the ensign of the Christian re-awakening of the South.

The astute observer will notice that the flag combines elements of the flag of Vinland and the flag of the Legion of the Archangel Michael. Here is what the design means to me:

The green field represents the northern conifer forests which never lose their leaves, and the eternal life Christ gives to His followers. The Nordic cross represents Nordic heritage and the sacrifice of Christ. The white of the cross represents the snow which blankets the ground for half the year, and the spotlessness of Christ which he imputes to His followers. The black crossed bars of the cross represent the iron bars of the martyr’s prison, and the persecution that all who desire to follow Christ are promised.

Preparing for the storm

From the comments:

I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on what many today are calling “The Benedict Option,” though that’s not the name under which I first heard it. My first exposure was this post, “Back to Qumran” at http://orthosphere.org/2012/11/20/back-to-qumran/ [MN: I recommend reading this article, if you haven’t already.]
I have been in the shadows of what some call the Prepper Movement for some time (preparing for the future just makes sense to me) so the idea of a “prepper’s retreat” was well known to me, but a retreat for the express purpose of religious and cultural continuance and strengthening was a new twist.
I think it may be one of the key aspects of preparing for future persecution – build communities now, unplug our children now.
When the storm hits, it will be too late. And when the storm hits, I think a vast majority of the “Christian” edifice in America will crumble.  —KingProphetPriest

I think this is worth speaking about here and now, rather than waiting for Preparing for Persecution. I saw an article the other day rightly pointing out some of the advantages of renting, rather than purchasing, your home. Conversation on the advantages of renting over owning seem to have increased of late, and the points they bring up are valid. Aaron Clarey, in his book Bachelor Pad Economics, gives a succinct run-down.

However, almost all of these analysis specifically focus on suburban home ownership. Many of the issues, including skyrocketing property taxes, drastic property value decline due to invasion by inner-city blacks, decreasing safety (i.e. Ferguson, MO), etc. are issues that are almost exclusive to suburban areas. The answer then, is not so much “don’t buy” as it is “don’t buy suburban.”

Rural life offers significant advantages over suburban life. Buying rural land is one of the best moves you can make. Rural land is often inexpensive–get as large a plot as you can. Make sure there’s a couple of good tillable acres for vegetables. Try to get a little woods for hunting and heating. If you can find a place that includes some water as well you are golden.

Now, I want to answer one objection right away. You’re not a farmer, you have a normal job. You have to drive to work every day, and living in the boonies makes that drive uncomfortably long. And why plant vegetables when you can just go to the supermarket?

Well, cupcake, you are going to lose your job.

It’s not if, it is when. If you haven’t come to terms with that, you need to do so now. When it happens, you want to be more than ready. That’s why you’re going to plant vegetables. That’s why you’re going to make sure you can hunt. That’s why you want to own your own (rural) land.

Some of you are noticing that I keep using the word “land,” and are wondering if I am recommending you buy property that does not already have a house on it. Yes, I am. I recommend you pull the permits yourself, and build your own (small) house. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a nice size kitchen and living area is all you need. Now, someone is thinking “I’m going to have 10 kids, how am I going to live in a 2-bedroom house?”

Easy, Tiger.

Let’s say that you have 1 kid right now that is 1 year old, you have your next child in 1 year, and you continue to have a child every second year until you have 10. Since you can easily fit 3 young children in one room (a bunk bed + a crib), you don’t need any more space for a little over 4 years. 4 years is way more than enough time to build a bunkhouse a few feet away from the main house, and that is a far better option than building excess rooms to start with. For 4 years you are saving on heating costs by not heating an extra room, and saving on property taxes. Even after you build the bunkhouse, you will still save on property taxes, as outbuildings without bathrooms are generally taxed at a lower rate per square foot. If you put an exterior door on one of your bathrooms, the kids can trot over to it just like it was an outhouse without having to walk through the entire house.

Now that you have less neighbors (due to being rural), you can engage each of them more thoroughly. Help them with various projects. Hire their kids to help you hoe your vegetables. Live the Christian life faithfully, remembering that a properly ordered family preaches the gospel far more effectively than all the sermons in the world. Build the community that you want to be a part of.

And when the storm that is brewing hits the full force of its fury, you will be prepared.

PayPal tries to destroy small business for selling Confederate flag

A letter I received today:

Due to Paypal trying to destroy Stainless Banners, they have frozen the money you paid for your merchandise. We have the shipments ready, but can’t ship until paid for. We have been doing business with Paypal for 15 years and suddenly they froze our account. All forms of payment were processed thru Paypal. Please don’t believe all the bad things they are saying about us. Our reputation has been damaged.

This is why nothing has been shipped for a month. They want all forms of the Rebel flag gone. Paypal will shortly refund your money, but doesn’t want you to have your items. You should ask Paypal why they held your money. The number is 402-935-7733.

To get your stuff, and keep us from going under, many have been sending me a check, money order, or cashiers check for the same amount. Do not make checks out to Stainless Banners. If sending a check, make out to Culdera Graphics.

You can send it to:

Culdera Graphics
3300-6 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 28594

Make sure you have the shipping address, phone no. and items required. Use the same price you were quoted before and we will ship as soon as we can.

Let us assure you that no fraud has occurred, but a powerful, liberal company wants to say who can do business and who can’t.

Sincerest apologies,

Stainless Banners

A police report on the same thing:

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If you are a Christian that has an online business, I would find a way to accept payments without PayPal before Christian becomes as unacceptable as Confederate.

And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. —Revelation 13:17

Be a bigot

A few weeks ago I wrote a piece of fiction, imaging the world in a few years. Now I wonder if it was distopic enough to be realistic, as it appears that even I underestimated the speed and ferocity of the attack being waged on Christianity. But whether it takes 5 years or 5 months, we know the eventual outcome. The day and hour is not ours to know, but we can see the signs and be prepared.

Sometime after I wrote that last piece, I had the privilege of listening to a sermon by my brother Grizzly. At 16, he already has learned many of the Biblical lessons I did not learn until well into my 20’s, and I am proud of him and his steadfastness in his faith. He spoke on 2 Timothy 3:12:

Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted —2 Timothy 3:12 (ESV)

As Grizzly pointed out, this is a Bible promise.

And God’s promises are great and precious.

So the question is, how have you been persecuted, mocked, or attacked for your faith recently? What vile hatred and lies has the world spewed at you? It should be any easy question to answer.

If it is not an easy question to answer–If you can’t think of an example of hatred sent your way today, or even this week, because of your faith–then maybe the world doesn’t hate you.

Maybe the world loves you.

If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. —John 15:18-20 (ESV)

Maybe the world doesn’t hate you because you are its friend.

You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. —James 4:4 (ESV)

If so, now is the time to switch sides.

Now is the time to be reviled, hated, spit upon, and persecuted for the sake of Christ and the Gospel.

And be forewarned that those who will revile you the loudest are those who call themselves Christians.