“For nearly two decades our bi-monthly email newsletters have always had the main article being on marriage and family. For this particular issue, however, we are presenting something entirely different. As you read what is below you will better understand what we mean. What is occurring throughout the world and including our own nation is vastly different than even 10 years ago, and we all need to be better prepared for what is happening now and will happen more stridently in the near future. Some of the organizations/companies you may not be familiar with, but nonetheless we suggest you thoroughly check them out and then you decide if you wish to become involved with what they offer. It’s entirely up to you. In closing our introduction we want to thank Gene Ozbun for sending this information to us. Gene was on my staff of the Waikiki Beach Chaplaincy back in the 70’s and is a solid brother in the Lord. Thank you, Gene, and thank you dear readers” (Bob and Yvonne)

“Today, many within the Christian Church, and many even outside of the Church, have joined the movement known as ‘prepping.’ The idea is simple: in light of the meltdown of the global economy, the ever-increasing spread of terrorism, and the rise of natural disasters, there is wisdom in being prepared.There can be no question that there is tremendous wisdom in having the resources necessary to look to the future with peace of mind. From a Christian perspective, however, there is danger in preparing if one’s primary focus is on self-preservation, with little or no emphasis on preparing to serve others and to give a very real demonstration of the Gospel in times of crisis. I believe the Lord will call His people throughout the world to open their homes as places of refuge during the great storm that lies ahead. But the willingness to do this requires preparing our hearts now.”

~Joel Richardson

Note: I am not a “doom and gloom” guy. To the contrary, I’m actually very hopeful concerning the future (although I do expect some significant challenges ahead). But I have taken note that an increasing number of respected economists are expressing deep concern about our nation’s current financial condition. Barring a miracle (and I love miracles!), unless we change course big time, it appears as if our economy is headed for a serious fall. The very alarming word that is used to describe the present economic situation – and this should really get our attention – is “unsustainable.”

In addition, the growing threat of terrorist attacks on our soil and the ever-present threat of natural disasters serve to prompt those who are wise to consider how best to prepare.By far, the most important preparation is spiritual. Jesus told a simple story about those who built houses on two very different foundations: rock vs. sand. As you know, when the storm swept through it was only the house built on the rock that remained standing. Life is like that! There is no more secure foundation for our lives than the Lord God of the Universe.. It is those?people who have learned to trust God with their lives and their future who will successfully navigate through the various crises that life on this planet may bring.

Of course, there are practical steps one may take to better prepare for possible disasters, including food and water storage, etc. (Our recent ancestors canned and stored food for months, but in western society we have been lulled to sleep by modern convenience). I have included below several links to websites that you may find helpful if you choose to do further research. I do urge you to prayerfully consider what common sense actions you might take to be better prepared for the unexpected. The recent 10-year anniversary of Katrina reminds us how vulnerable we really are.Remember: being prepared does not mean that you’re being paranoid. But all the while, fiercely be on guard against a spirit of fear which is the antithesis of the peace and confidence that should characterize the children of God. G.O.
“The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.” (Proverbs 27:12)
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts betroubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)This is a…“peace…which surpasses all comprehension” (Phil. 4:7)

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If you’re interested in exploring food storage, I recommend this organization with which I’ve personally done business:?http://jimbakkershow.com/lovegifts/food/meals.html
Of course, a dependable water source is also critical. If your water source is cut off or polluted, it would be wise to have an alternate supply. Besides having plenty of bottled water stored, it may also be helpful to know how to purify your water supply. For water purification guidelines, go to:
There are also specially developed filtered water bottles available for purchase. This would be worth your investment. A terrific, high quality filtered water bottle may be purchased here:

I am certainly not a financial adviser, but here’s an additional suggestion that some may wish to explore further. Considering how volatile and unstable our stock market is (anyone remember what happened to 401K plans in 2008), those concerned about investment savings might wish to consider diverting some of their current savings into precious metals (after all, most financial advisers encourage diversifying your investment dollars). Again, I am not a financial adviser. Nevertheless, none other than Alan Greenspan, 20-year-head of the U.S. Federal Reserve, offered this advice: “Gold is a good place to put money these days given its value as a currency outside of the policies conducted by governments.” If interested, here is a Christian company that you might look into:

And finally, below are links to additional, helpful information:

“Are You Prepared for Disaster?”?by Dr. Paul R. Williams: {Recommended!?

Brief but helpful guide?to disaster preparation by a doctor who has spent years leading disaster response teams around the globe}:http://www.charismamag.com/life/culture/15696-are-you-prepared-for-disaster?showall=&start=1

“Fiscal Cliff: How Christians Benefit,” by Marc Nuttle:http://www.charismanews.com/marketplace/34540-fiscal-cliff-how-christians-benefit
“My Life in a Box.” This is an incredibly practical disaster plan developed by an old friend, Laurie Long, which, if followed, can limit the trauma and disruption to one’s life following a natural disaster. Go to:http://mylifeinabox.com/

And to get you really excited about the possibility of an economic meltdown:
“Why Are So Many People Freaking Out About a Stock Market Crash in the Fall of 2015” by Michael Snyder: http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/51138-why-are-so-many-people-freaking-out-about-a-stock-market-crash-in-the-fall-of-2015

(And to be sure that you have Peace With God we would like to encourage you to visit www.billygraham.org?and then?click on Grow Your Faith followed by clicking on?How To Know Jesus. You may want to share this link with family and friends.)

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