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Guest Editorial–Jim Buller

Guest Editorial–Jim Buller

Country Living is more about lifestyle than location.

It seems that regularly, I hear people talking about how nice it would be to live in the country. But almost in the same breath, they bemoan what they see as the ‘fact’ that most people, (including themselves), are simply not able to make it happen. Usually this is due to a shortage of finances. And it is true that it costs more to live in the country, IF you are living the city lifestyle. If nothing else, it will simply cost more to transport everything the additional distance into the country.
The problem is, the city lifestyle is the ONLY lifestyle that many people know —so of course this lifestyle gets projected into the country when we talk about country living. However, this leaves several important factors out of the equation:
(1) Jesus said, “Without me you can do nothing,” and “With God, all things are possible.” (John 15:5, Mark 9:23.)
(2) Country Living is about character building. (See FE 326.) Character is defined as the sum total of all of our habits. (See COL 356.) Therefore, building our characters, by definition, will mean changing our habits, which cannot help but result in a change in our lifestyle.
(3) Country living is God’s answer to not being able to buy or sell. (See Rev 13:16-17, CL 9-10.) Now, we just recognized that it costs more to live in the country, so how can country living possibly be the answer to living without any cash exchange? The city lifestyle, (whether lived in the city or in the country), simply won’t work —unless you are planning to receive the Mark of the Beast. Therefore, in order to be the answer to not being able to buy or sell, what God must have in mind is for country living to minimize the amount of money needed in order to make life happen —to the point that we will eventually be able to get by without it altogether.
(4) Country living is all about being self-sufficient —growing and making the things you need for yourself. This requires a certain amount of know-how, skills, and equipment. By contrast, in the city lifestyle you just go to the store and buy what you need. Apparently much more simple, easy, and convenient. But, the city lifestyle sets us up to receive the Mark of the Beast.
(5) So, why should God “open the way” for us to live in the country, (see CL 24), if we are just going to continue living the city lifestyle, setting ourselves up to receive the Mark of the Beast, and end up being lost?

Again, the problem is that the city lifestyle is the only lifestyle most of us know. So the question is: Are we willing to give up our ease and convenience, let God develop our characters for heaven, and change our lifestyle? Are we willing to start now, wherever we are?

As stated at the beginning of this post, country living is more about lifestyle than location:
• There are those living in the city who live the city lifestyle
• There are those living in the country who live the city lifestyle
• There are those living in the country who live the country lifestyle
• And there are even those living in the city who live the country lifestyle

The problem with living a self-sufficient country lifestyle while located in the city is a shortage of resources such as: having enough space to grow your own food, being able to have an independent water source, and having enough trees to cut for heating and cooking.
However, even if you live in the city there are many things you can do to get started. If nothing else: start gardening in containers; start collecting necessary equipment; begin learning some skills; and store up some food, water, and other supplies so you don’t have to run to the store for every little thing.

Let God know that you are serious about living His country living lifestyle, even if you are living in the city, then trust Him to open the way for you to locate in the country.

Please don’t misunderstand me here. I’m not saying that the city lifestyle is ‘bad’ or ‘wrong.’ It’s just like when Paul said, “the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” (1 Tim 6:10.) We all recognize that money in itself isn’t bad. It’s just that if money, or the city lifestyle, is not related to properly, can cause all sorts of problems.

My New Favorite Toy!

My New Favorite Toy!

A friend recently visited from North Dakota and brought her apple peeler to help me with canning apples.  I am hooked!!  I vowed I’d own one as soon as possible, and I do.  It was inexpensive, and cut my canning time by more than half!!  Check it out!

No Greater Love–Brian Danese

No Greater Love–Brian Danese

It isn’t very often that I hear a sermon that really grips me. You know, one that “stays with you” both in thought and experience. I was super blessed and super surprised and overjoyed to hear one such message this Sabbath at the Uchee Pines SDA church, while down home in Alabama visiting family. I asked Brother Danese if I could share this on our web page, and I’ve asked him to come to Kentucky to share at our ministry. He has agreed. I know you will be as blessed by this audio message about the love of God as I was!

The Other Side of the Fence–Dr. Albrecht

The Other Side of the Fence–Dr. Albrecht

There are many new innovations and ways to garden these days; Permaculture, Hügelkultur, aquaponics, Back to Eden, etc. But the science behind Dr. W. Albrecht’s reasoning is hard to argue with, especially in the light of all the ailments caused by nutritional deficiencies these days. Part of Bob Gregory’s gardening course at Berea Gardens, this film explains Dr. Albrecht’s findings, and I believe gives some real food for thought for those of us planning to grow our own food. We have consulted with Bob Gregory in establishing our gardens here at Closure for Jesus farm and are excited to see some of the results already.

Introducing our new Logo!

Introducing our new Logo!

 

We recently had a logo designed for the ministry and what we teach.  We want to take a moment to explain what each symbol represents.  Of course, the leaves of the open book represent the Bible as the foundation of what we teach.  In the lower left there are grain heads, representing both natural remedies and agriculture.  In the lower right, firewood, representing country living.  Center you will see two mountain peaks, representing wilderness survival and the wonders of the book of nature.  Overarching all is the messages of the three angels found in Revelation 14, showing that these messages are the capstone of present truth.

We believe if men and women everywhere are prepared in these areas, they will be prepared to bring Closure for Jesus in His suffering on account of sin.  Those three angels point the way into the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary, where Christ is presently ministering for us.  He can end that work if we, in all areas of our lives, will prepare ourselves to cooperate with Him.  In the coming new year, it is our prayer that God will help us to intelligently cooperate with Him that we may bring Closure for Jesus!  God bless each of you!