“Patience under trials will keep us from saying and doing those things which will injure our own souls and injure those with whom we associate. Let your trials be what they will, nothing can seriously injure you if you exercise patience, if you are calm and unexcited when in trying positions…. ” Our High Calling, page 70
The frontal lobe of the brain is the area responsible for emotional reactions. But there are areas of the brain that can give the frontal lobe “a run for its money”, so to speak. One such area is the amygdala.
The amygdala is that area of the brain that is responsible for emotions of fear, anger, panic, etc. It’s the fight or flight headquarters of the brain. The late Dr. Elden Chalmers once stated that it is only the frontal lobe that can cool the fires of the amygdala.
Is your frontal lobe being developed to help you become “panic proof”? Can you handle stress and still be kind and calm? Do you become irritable when you have “too many irons in the fire”? It’s kind of “natural”, isn’t it? But God wants us to live a supernatural life. And with His strength and training, we can.
One of the best things God has called us to in order to help us to prepare for the closing scenes of this life is country living; time in nature and in the garden. If you’ve experienced it, you know what I’m saying when I say that gardening and country living develops patience! We’re told in Revelation 14:12 that the people of God in the final scenes of earth’s history will possess patience….and the faith of Jesus.
We’ll talk more about the faith of Jesus tomorrow. But for today, do you have patience? are you developing patience? Are you choosing to allow the Lord to control your frontal lobe so it can calm that impulsive amygdala? Day by day? When you’re cut off in traffic? When someone offends you? When you smash your thumb with a hammer, burn the toast or are otherwise challenged? Hiding the promises of God in the heart by memorization is a HUGE advantage here!
God help us to be willing to embrace the discipline it will take to become the people of Revelation 12:14.
“The lives of many are too delicate and dainty. They know nothing of bearing hardship as good soldiers of Christ. They are hindrances to the work of soul saving. They have many wants; everything must be convenient and easy, to suit their taste.”
Volume 8, Testimonies, pages 52-53
As I interact with people day by day I realize just how spoiled “we” have become. In the past folk had to go to the well to draw water, or the spring. There were no indoor toilets and no showers. If you bathed, you had to draw up the water, start a fire, heat the water (unless you’re brave or it’s summer!), bathe with a bucket of water, and throw out the bath water when you finished. Having homesteaded on numerous occasions, I know what this looks like day to day. I’ve done it! It’s not easy, but it is definitely a rewarding and valuable experience.
The Bible says that, in the near future, those who remain faithful to Jesus will no longer be able to buy or sell. (Revelation 13:17 “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.”) What will you do? If you can’t pay your water bill? power bill? buy gas or food? Are you preparing? Are you preparing spiritually? physically? mentally? emotionally?
Are you prepared to be ridiculed, hated or hunted and still stand for your convictions? I believe that living in the country is one of the most merciful things God could call us to do in preparation for what is ahead. Trials? You better believe it! Homesteading is not for sissies! We must prepare ourselves to be comfortable being uncomfortable! God help us to embrace His method of schooling.
I would like to invite you to our Spring 2018 Camp Meeting at Closure for Jesus Farm if you need help getting started. Even if you’re an old pro, you can come and share your experience with others. May 16-20. More to come!
Closure for Jesus Spring Family Camp
May 16-20, 2018
1884 Rouse Branch Road
Liberty, Kentucky 42539
Theme: Closure for Jesus
Camp registration begins Wednesday, May 15, 2018 at 5PM; meetings will begin Thursday morning. We request you notify us of your plans to attend by the end of April so we can have an estimate of how to prepare. There are no housing accommodations available. Motor homes and campers are welcome, but there are no hookups available. Tent camping spots are available, and we will have outhouses and outdoor showers for campers. Camping is permitted (unless there are heavy rains) on the south side of the creek, but vehicles are not permitted. Supplies must be carried to camp sites on the south side of the creek.
Children must remain under the supervision of parents at all times. NO PETS!! No food is provided; campers must provide their own provisions. Please, no shorts or tank-tops or otherwise immodest clothing. We suggest you bring drinking water. We have water, but it’s sulphur and tastes icky to some.
There is no registration fee, however, there are expenses for us to have camp meeting. We request you consider a love offering to help us meet those expenses and continue to develop our camp ground and ministry building for future meetings.
This year’s keynote spiritual speaker is Dr. Norman McNulty and the theme is “Seeking Closure for Jesus”. Practical components will include: gardening, gardening with horses, natural remedies, wild edibles and medicinals, homestead finance, solar power, mental and emotional preparedness, etc. Speakers are (but not limited to): Kalon and Danna Gesellchen, Titus Morris, Brooks Fuller, Scott Esh, Trish Malpica. We will strive to video record as much as possible for those who cannot attend.
We will strive to keep time open daily for personal needs and personal devotions. General quiet time is from 9PM-6AM, during which time we request you be respectful of the needs of fellow campers for rest.
There is a gas station within 6 miles of our farm, and there are grocery stores and produce markets within 12 miles. There is a motel in Liberty, Kentucky, which is about 12 miles from our farm.
For more information, stay tuned to our web page (www.closureforJesus.com), Youtube channel (Danna Gesellchen), and Facebook page (Closure for Jesus). See you there!!
Whether you plan to go for a day-hike and be back by evening, or for a “just in case” bag in your vehicle, it is important to be prepared. Preparation is a Biblical principle, and one that Br. Buller teaches well.
Late editing, I know, but a lot has been going on. Here is another one of the videos from our June 2017 camp meeting with Jim and Becky 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.
We received a request recently for a video on safety using horse drawn buggies and equipment. Here it is!