Evidence of the Bible

Bible gives proof of itself- you hear people say it’s a book written by 40+ people with different perspectives at different times who encountered God- it can’t possibly be relevant? WHY NOT!?

If you read 65 documentary books or articles on the same topic, written by multiple people, at different times in history all saying the same thing, wouldn’t that lead you to believe it’s true?

Many don’t even read a single book about aliens, but believe it to be so? “Storm Area 51: they cant stop us all” in 2020 got over 2 million responses. 1500 showed up to the festivals, 150 to the area itself. There’s no historical basis of previous civilizations mention of aliens, nor no actual tangible proof than some hoax photos and superstition. If it were true we would have museums or zoo’s full of them (as many would pay to see a real alien). But we don’t.

Ponder this thought too….

Link: The false Origin of Species

There are over 1000 named people in the Bible, and over 3,000 unnamed people. That puts it at 5,000+ who had a direct memory, history, genealogy, and/or story with God or Jesus. If 1000 people came out and said “this is true” would you believe it? 5,000? More? The encounters with God haven’t stopped either- millions have had prayers answered, health restored, questions answered, and lives saved but they are kept mostly quiet and amongst close friends and family in this day for fear of not being believed or judged. You can still find testimonies everywhere though.

The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.””

‭‭Genesis‬ ‭3:14-15‬ ‭ESV‬‬

God foretold the snake would bruise the heel of Eve’s offspring (Jesus, Son of God) but how could he do that if Jesus died for us?

The heel is a metaphor for the foundation of Gods Word. If he can convince people Gods word isn’t true, or even if parts of it aren’t true, than the foundation (the heel) is injured and people won’t stand on it or support it. That tricky serpent has injured the foundation of the Word Of God by misleading the people away and making them doubt, just like he did with Eve and the fruit.

Let us not be deceived. If you are doubting, ASK. If you even have a question in your heart of- can this be true? ASK! Go to the Bible, pray, ask people about their testimonies, find out for yourself.

“”Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:7-8‬ ‭ESV‬‬

God bless you and your journey,

Darrick and Kay

Why does God choose imperfect people to lead others?

In the beginning, Adam and Eve were created as perfect beings with free will. God set His boundary and as long as they didn’t go against it they could live in God’s perfect world. Sin deceived them and they fell into temptation. Instead of going to God they ran and hid like guilty children, when asked they blamed each other and the snake for their mistake instead of admitting their wrongs. If a child did something wrong, ran and hid from the parent, than blamed their sibling it would be natural that the parent would need to give the child a consequence, right? So why does God choose sinners to lead His people back to Him?

If you read about the disciples and others in the Bible you will discover they were a bunch of sinners. Liars, theives, tax collectors, etc. Not one of them was “worthy” of following Jesus. Moses had a studder, Habakkuk questioned and complained to God, Rahab was a prostitute, Sarah didn’t trust God, King David was a murderer, liar, and adulterous, Paul (as Saul) killed Christians, Peter denied Jesus three times, among countless others. Yet, God used them all for His glory and teaching of others. Each had a place and a story to be used by future generations to grow and learn. Even Judas, who betrayed Jesus, revealed to us that even in our sins God knows our every move and our heart. We have the choice to sin or turn from sin. if we choose not to sin and turn to God He will forgive us. If we choose sin, we also choose to receive the consequence of sin. In Genesis the consequence of sin is death. Death as not only limited to physical death, but spiritual death and a separation from God.

So what does this have to do with sinful people?

Has anyone ever tried to empathize with you, when they obviously have never been through the same thing? A woman with multiple children trying to comfort a friend going through infertility? A younger brother talking to his soldier brother who finally back from war with PTSD? A student talking to another student who has a drug problem. A person from a loving family trying to understand someone with a background of many years of abuse. Bullying, mental illness, physical limitations, foster care, sick child, death of a loved one, health issues, the list goes on and on. there’s a myriad of things that can affect our lives, shake our faith, and try to pull us away from God.

Many people feel distant from Jesus. They don’t know how to pray, they feel like they don’t need Jesus, or maybe they are too ashamed to seek Him. For this reason God allows His people to go through hardships. He never leaves them, but strengthens them so one day they will be able to empathize and help others through their hardships. Many of the most helpful, inspiring, and empathetic people are the ones that have gone through hard times themselves. They need to go through it so they can find Jesus, so they can find others going through it, and lead them to Jesus too.

God knew we would need others to help pull us through the hard times, but not just anyone- someone who understands and has been through it. Someone who we can relate with and who can really comprehend the depths of our pain. Thats why God sent His son to us. Jesus lived in this sinful world. He felt pain, loneliness, deception, heartache, seen the sick and dying, seen the demons, and was tempted by the devil. He cried at Gethsemane and prayed to God that if there was any way He could be spared from His fate at the cross that God would save Him, but there is only one way to God: and that is through Jesus and the way of the cross. He lived a sinless life and than gave His perfect life for us to save us from our sins. He not only seen our suffering, He experienced it firsthand. He knows our hearts, He knows pain, he knows suffering, and He will never abandon us. Use your stories and your experiences to lead others to Christ. You don’t have to save the world; just help others, love your brothers and sisters, and seek God in everything. God saved the world with just one man- His son Jesus.

Rabbit labels

Hey everyone,

When you first start your rabbitry you only have a few and so it’s easy to tell who is who. Than you try to move them around to get the best setting and who sits best next to who (because not all rabbits get along). Than you get to the point where rabbits breed like rabbits, you buy more rabbits, and you soon find yourself asking the dangerous question: which rabbit is this?!

Don’t get to that point. It’s not fun.

The easiest way to identify your rabbits is to use rabbit labels. These can be as simple as index cards or card stock and writing the gender and name on them. You could include more info such as the tattoo number, birthdate, or anything else you may want at a glance but most of the information should be kept on your rabbit records so it isn’t easily lost.

For our label system all the rabbits have if they are bucks or does. We keep the bucks labels pretty simple: tattoo number, name, birthday. Breeding does have everything listed above and a simple breeding record; all other details on breeding does are on the rabbit record on our computer. When the kits are old enough to be separated from the mother they are sexed, put in their own cages, and their card is a basic gender and birthday and a star if we intent on showing the rabbit.

The label system really helps you see at a glance who it is, what it is, and how old it is. The labels can be as simple as an index card that slides in and out of the J- feeder and can be moved to a transport cage so you never lose track of your rabbits.

We have also used clear name tag sleeves with metal clip tags and those work even better for keeping them dry in the elements and also easily moved.

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God Bless,

Darrick and Kay

The best wild rice recipe

Hello everyone,

Every September Darrick and a friend went out and harvested the wild rice on our lake with a canoe and a long stick. It was hard work and a long day but we ended up with 20lbs of wild rice from our own land!

With all this wild rice we tried several recipes but this is our favorite.

1 cup Wild rice (rinsed well)

2 cups water

2 tsp chicken or beef broth

1 carrot (cut up)

1 celery (cut up)

1/2 onion (chopped)

Add all ingredients to a sauce pan (big enough for some expansion as the rice soaks up water) and bring to a boil. Cover and turn off heat. Let sit for 15-20 minutes (see note) until all the water is absorbed.

Note- Our rice doesn’t have the black hull, so it cooks much faster than store bought wild rice. This recipe makes about 4 servings.

Thank you for visiting us and we hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. If you like what you see, please follow us. If you have questions, or you tried the recipe please let us know what you thought.

God bless,

Darrick and Kay
He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.

-Proverbs 10: 5

Will all good people go to Heaven?

First we must determine what “good” means. It is a common assumption that people make usually when someone passes away, regardless of their standing or religious belief. If they believe that person was a “good” person, surely they will be rewarded in heaven. According to the Bible, this is inaccurate on the principles of: who determines what is “good”, how do they define what is “good”, and how do you know if the good was desirable for a reward to Heaven?

And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.” Luke 18:19

 

Jesus Himself, son of God, said that even He was not “good”, only God alone is good and God alone can than decide what is good and what is not. that is a very humbling statement. The son of God did not consider himself good, than who am I to think I am worthy of anything?

Man can not determine what is deemed good and what is not because we are not the judge, nor the creator. Our arbitrary visions of good are determined by our different viewpoints, emotional state of mind, and the variations of views from others around us. We change our minds all the time, God is constant and consistent. A school of toddlers would be a very hard world to live in in comparison to a single older, wiser person who has seen and experienced much more and is able to give wise, well thought out determinate of what is right and wrong. The toddlers may not always agree, but as they grow they will find the rules put in place were for the best for everyone.

 

So than how do we know we are following God and doing good in His eye? 

How to walk with Jesus

“Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods.”Galatians‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭ESV

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Before knowing God, we are trapped by worldly behaviors such as vanity, gossip, alcohol/drugs, lust, contempt, selfishness, hatefulness, etc. One who is trapped in these behaviors needs a friend or loved one who knows God to correct them. One who continues this type of lifestyle intentionally sins and The Father, the creator and judge of this world, will not be pleased by them.

“But if anyone loves God, he is known by God.” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭8:3‬ ‭ESV
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So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” 1 John‬ ‭4:16‬ ‭ESV‭‭‬‬

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Our most important commandment given by Jesus is to love God with all our heart, mind, and soul. If we love God, have faith in Him, trust Him, and consult Him in our prayers He will abide in us. Our love for God should reflect in our everyday lives and actions. In how we treat others, how we work, and the words that come out of our mouth.

God created EVERY person on this earth. He loves every person, even those that don’t love or know Him. It is than our job to recognize that everyone who is on this earth is loved by God, how would God view us if we mistreated any of His children? Gossiped, said mean things to them, or behind their back, hurt them, slandered, lied to them. God doesn’t approve of that behavior, the second most important commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself.

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”” Matthew‬ ‭22:37-40‬ ‭ESV

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,”Colossians‬ ‭3:23‬ ‭ESV

‭‭“You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works;” James‬ ‭2:22‬ ‭ESV

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Our work is very important. He gives us gifts and talents, just as in the parable of talents, if we use our talents in a way that is pleasing to God, we will be rewarded as faithful servants. If we bury our gifts and don’t use them to Gods glory we will pay dearly for our lack of faith and refusal. this verse is the last verse of the Parable of talents about the servant who buried his talent in the dirt.

And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”Matthew‬ ‭25:30‬ ‭ESV‭‭‬‬

 

Our choice of words matter greatly. There are Many, many verses warning about the use of the tongue and mouth for good or evil. By watching our own tongues, and the tongues of others we can see the followers of the world in their unbridled, hurtful words, evil lips, lying tongue, and prideful spirit.

“A worthless man plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire.” Proverbs‬ ‭16:27‬ ‭ESV

‭‭“”You give your mouth free rein for evil, and your tongue frames deceit.” Psalms‬ ‭50:19‬ ‭ESV

‭‭‬“They set their mouths against the heavens, and their tongue struts through the earth.” Psalms‬ ‭73:9‬ ‭ESV

‭‭‬‬Also with the tongue we can see a true follower of Jesus; one who talks highly of Jesus, brings up others, helps, and corrects others lovingly. This person is also careful in their words to not be hurtful, deceitful, and keep control over his tongue so to not fall into sin.

“Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.” Proverbs‬ ‭21:23‬ ‭ESV

“For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭7:10‬ ‭ESV‬‬

and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians‬ ‭2:11‬ ‭ESV

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭ESV

Our God, our creator and judge, our Father who has reserved a place for His people, will judge us individually and fairly. We need to be True followers, following in His ways alone and not the ways of the world. He is a loving God, but a jealous God. You cannot serve two masters, you will need to pick and your choice will have a consequence (your soul will either go to heaven or hell, there is no other option). If you say you are a follower of Christ, but are hurtful in your words, deceitful, selfish, lazy, etc. than with your mouth you are confessing you are a follower, but your heart follows the world. the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of heaven (1 Corinthians 6:9). It would be wise for you to examine your heart and decide what you are truly following. Just as in the parable of the ten virgins, all professed they were followers, all were invited to the wedding feast, but only five actually readied themselves and prepared themselves for the Lords return while the other five slept and did not prepare. When the Lord came five were ready to go, and the other five were not ready and had to go ready themselves, by which time the wedding feast doors were closed and the Lord told them “I do not know you”. We don’t know when He will come as we could die tomorrow, or the Lord may return to call up His followers at any time. We each must prepare ourselves, change our hearts to follow Him, and turn away from sin.

For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.”
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭4:24‬ ‭ESV‬‬
Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’” Matthew‬ ‭25:11-12‬ ‭ESV

“For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”” Romans‬ ‭10:11-13‬ ‭ESV‭‭‬‬

“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me— not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father. Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.” John‬ ‭6:44-47‬ ‭ESV

God is our final judge, and only He can determine the truth in our hearts and where our souls end up eternally. He is the gatekeeper. A person may be good, but if they were good for man and the earthy attention, but had no love for God in their heart, than how could God award them heavenly rewards? We may never know if our loved ones made it to heaven or not, as we will never see their true heart. We can get a good guess based on how they talked about God, how they treated others (not just their friends and people they like), and how they lived and worked. 

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 6:1

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭ESV

God Bless,

Darrick and Kay