The end of the world and other things

The end of the world didn’t happen… it rolled through 6pm in New Zealand where it was supposed to start and nothing. Surprise? Nope…

No man knows the day or the hour. Matthew 24:36

And what about all the people that are more now jaded and distrusting of the bible? And the fact that they use this as just one more apparent evidence that the bible is incorrect to rationalize their decision to reject Christ?

Sorry for the LONG quote, but I’ve decided, .. .or more accurately come to the realization that Gods word can speak for itself. Man has no reason to believe me, I need to be quoting scriptures more. The word of God is living and breathing and God will speak to those who read it.

2Pe 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

2Pe 3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as [they were] from the beginning of the creation.

2Pe 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

2Pe 3:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

2Pe 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

2Pe 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day [is] with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

2Pe 3:10¶But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up

So Harold Camping, the man behind this either hasn’t read his bible thoroughly or has other motives,… not sure what, and I suppose I can’t speak for any of the reasons behind it. Suffice to say that God was on top of this thousands of years ago, actually from the beginning of time. He knew people like this would come out of the wood work as the true day got closer.
Satan is smart, super smart, he knows all of this will turn some away from Gods word and its unfortunate but its not something we didn’t know would happen. It says it right in the bible…

In other news

the peace process is all but lost, some big statements by Obama giving power to the palestinians and his words totally rejected by Israel (RE: 1967 borders). The whole peace process was just totally halted, total impasse. What does this sort of thing lead to? It leads to what it speaks of in the bible of a strong leader ‘pushing’ through a peace deal regardless of opinions on either side, likely by some kind of force, political or otherwise. Being that the whole peace process is all but totally stalled, it will be interesting to see what happens with the palestinian request to the UN for a state and unilateral state declaration.

On the Island today

its rainy and grey. Was a very pleasant day yesterday, we went for a walk at lunch across the road to the cenotaph, 2 apple trees reside there and lots of green grass for fuzzy to crawl around on. Though the ground and grass was quite damp from all the ran. none the less, it was nice to get out and wander on one of those ‘room temperature’ days where you aren’t conscious of the temperature. Not sure what we’ll do today, hoping it dries up some so I can go for a bike ride. Oh and we have plans to purchase and plant an Apple tree in honour of fuzzys birthday. Hoping we can get to that today as well. Twill be a great saturday regardless of weather.

Apples, Peaches and Plums

So I was walking around Canadian Tire today and wandered into the garden section. All manner of plants, plowers, berry bushes sat stacked on palettes ready to be planted. Wow I thought to myself as I walked by raspberry bushes (plants at this stage), we have those already on our property. We have strawberry bushes too, though small.

I asked a wandering ‘associate’, “do you sell trees?”. He pointed me to the door where the outdoor section of the garden center extended. Now I”ll preface this that its ironic that I’m wow’d by the variety of plants and trees you can buy 😛 As if they aren’t all around us outside but we don’t notice seemingly..

Anyways, I noticed they had sugar maples there, exactly what we need to plant to get some true maple syrup. (the sole tree we have now is a manitoba maple, not ideal for syrup but not that far off either). I walked past all the different kinds, sugar maple, purple maple, … and yadda yadda, whatever other types of maple there were, even japanese maples. Then I got to the good section.

There were crabapple trees, plum trees, pear trees, peach trees and cherry. And I said to myself, “self, this is stupid that the government doesn’t legislate that everyone have fruit trees on their land”. I mean really, we’re suckers for going to work just so we can go to the grocery store and purchase insecticide laden fruit from cuba or mexico or wherever it comes from. Granted, not all fruits will grow here but… We have the ability for about $70 to purchase 1 apple tree which when mature (in a 2 or 3 years) will produce more apples then we will be able to consume as a single family. We can purchase a peach tree that will do the same, all fresh, right on our door. You can’t get any more ‘green’ and natural then that!

We humans are a stupid bunch. It should be law that we all have at least one apple tree so we have fresh healthy fruit to eat. We can grow blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, grow a cherry tree,, chestnut trees, plum trees. When you think about it, we are really a backwards bunch, doing things the hard and unhealthy way. Sure trees are more work but you get exercise, fresh air, and 100% healthy free fruit every year. No pesticides, no growth hormones, no shiny wax to help them sell, no machine picked bruising.

I’m not saying go start a farm, that is a LOT of work, I’m saying there are some SUPER basic things we could all be doing which would save us money, make us healthier, AND save the earth, its called ‘doing things the way God originally planned’ and letting nature do its thing on a scale that is just perfect for families.

For Ardens 1st birthday we plan to get 2 apple trees (two because they recommend that when planting them). As I said, we already have strawberries growing and raspberries that can both be encouraged and expanded. At the same time, I would love to get maybe a peach tree, or a cherry tree. These are free bird feeders, no restocking necessary, and are free habitat (bird houses), they provide shade in the hot summer, wind breaks in the winter and literally tons of fruit, more then we’ll even eat. How great is that?

I didn’t even mention tree forts, and a great apparatus for climbing, and science and learning for young Arden and the rest of our children, and free food, did I mention that?

Sometimes I come across something, my eyes are opened for a second and I think… man its all there, it just works, God has it all figured out, but then I, and we all go back to being useless humans doing things our way 😛 We really make life hard on us!

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