Wards and charms

By now you should know things like hymns and making the sign of the cross, and sword verses. How about wards and charms. It is a long history of crosses and amulets and such trinkets, even in Christianity and Judaism. Pretty much everyone knows the crosses and crucifixes. A ward is a symbol that you put faith in that it repels or turns away an evil presence. If you ever read books such as “It was a dark and creepy night” a book of true stories collected by josh warren. You will have read the story of the demonic presence in a room that a woman placed her rosaries on the door handle to trap in the evil spirit in the room. She found that the cross on the rosaries had been bent.

Rosaries have a long history of turning away evil, when used in prayer. Another is the Hashem hand. It is the hand with an eye in the center. It is believed to turn away the evil eye. Jews believed that an angry or envious look from others would place a small curse on you so they carried the hand as a ward to keep away the evil eye.

Of course the Bible is considered a holy book and there for drives away evil. There have been many disasters where a bible has remained unharmed even through tornadoes and housefires. I know someone who had their house catch on fire and a bible they kept on the coffee table survived unharmed while the table itself was destroyed.

Another is the Mezuzah from Judaism. It is a small tube that contains part of the Torah the original test of the Bible in Hebrew. You attach it to your doorframe or windows to protect you home from evil and disaster. Many believe in this. They make some that you can wear on your person or in a keychain form to carry with you. But you have to be respectful, as they contain the true name of God.

An adventurer’s tool you should carry with you, is a piece of chalk. It can be used to mark paths, as well as to draw symbols, and form a magic circle. A magic circle is basically a simple, unbroken circle you draw around yourself and charge with energy, either blood or psychic energy forced through your left hand. This forms a barrier that block other energy from passing through it, however this does not prevent physical objects to pass through and if they do the circle is broken. It can be one  way to block spirits, curses, ect. People use to put circles of salt or something similar to protect themselves while they slept.

Many Christians carry a relic medal, a small medal with the image of a saint on it. The idea is that the saint will be with them spiritually and intercede on their behalf. Whatever their special skill was when they were alive. There are patron saints for pretty much everything. The medals are cast their the saints picture, and some may have been touched to the relics of that saint. Those are also called touch pieces and will have a small patch of cloth on the back. It comes from the new testament, where small clothes were touched to the apostles and carried to the sick and were made well again.

Amendment to my last post

My last post was about prepping. Someone pointed out a few things I overlooked. One, the number one thing you should have in your prepping gear is God. God can see you through anything, even feed you with manna from heaven. When the Israelites trekked though the wilderness, their clothes did not tatter, their sandals did not wear out, God provided food and water, even quail for meat. God (through faith) can meet our needs. We should not put our faith in our preps.

Provided we do not think too much of ourselves, prepping is not bad.  God never said we couldn’t put things back or plan ahead, but he wants to make it clear that we are to put him first. Not look to ourselves for security. Not to stockpile everything and then say I did all this alone and need no one, not even God. Because then God will strike us down and prove how wrong we were.

Remember the parable of the rich farmer, who had a large harvest so he tore down his granaries and built bigger ones.

Luke 12:13-21New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Rich Fool

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

The rich man thought highly of himself, Did not thank God for what he had, sought to be lazy and was stingy with his possessions. First you should thank God for what you have. God will take care of you, He will take care of your loved ones, put him first in your life. Then you may seek to store up supplies, and gain new skills if you wish, but don’t put your security in them, no one knows what the future will hold. No one can be truly prepared for anything, except God.

Preparedness What does it mean

Prepping is more than stockpiling gear, food, and supplies. It is about being ready for any situation. No amount of gear will save your life if you don’t know how to use it. No amount of knowledge will help you if you don’t have the strength to endure or utilize it. No amount of physical prowess, or knowledge will save you if you don’t have the attitude or will to survive.

So prepping is about getting your body ready and in shape. It is also about learning the skills to utilize in the event something happens. It is also about developing the spirit and will to push forward and not give up. As God said, I did not give you a spirit of fear. God made us to be champions of his will, to endure and grow and push through the tough times. Not to give up or back down when things get hard or even crazy.

So being prepared is more than buying stuff and hoping you will have what you need. You have to think ahead. Plan things out and have a back up plan if things so bad. One thing that people often over look. Their soul. There is really only one plan for salvation. Jesus. Yet people overlook it. Think they will worry about that stuff later. It usually isn’t until a crisis happens that they finally start to call on God. Well that is something you shouldn’t wait till the last second to do. A friend’s brother was talking texting her one day. His last text was that he had better get off the phone, before he had an accident. Well he did. He didn’t survive it either. two things you can take from that. One don’t text while you are driving. He wasn’t paying attention and drifted into the oncoming lane without realizing it. He clipped the front end of a truck and killed everyone involved.  Second he had just turned his life over to Jesus, before this accident. Even joined a church. His soul was saved. I can’t speak for the others involved though.

I had this dream. I was standing in our church. I was dressed in white, while everyone else there was dressed in navy blue. They were all matching outfits. I was the only one different. We were preparing for a wedding. It was Jesus’s wedding and I wasn’t ready. I knew that I wasn’t prepared. I hadn’t given over my life fully to God.

This brings back the parable Jesus spoke of the king who invited his many guests, but they all made excuses as to why they couldn’t come. So the king sent out his servants and invited everyone he could find. Many came to the wedding, but he saw a man there who had on no wedding garment. He did not prepare himself for the wedding. The king had him taken and thrown out into the outer darkness where there will be wailing an gnashing of teeth. No one can come to the lord if they do not prepare themselves. Surrender and confess any hidden sin your life. Humble yourself before him and he will forgive. Don’t wait about your soul, you never know how long you will have before your time comes. Don’t let that be the one thing you aren’t prepared for. Many bad times are coming on the horizon. The world is getting scarier. That is why all the prepping thing is becoming so popular. Russia, China, North Korea. Even just the shootings, and rapists, and rioting here in America, all on the rise. That doesn’t even include Mother nature’s wrath that is picking up. Don’t wait about salvation. For you or your family. You husbands and wives, You children. If you love them, talk to them about the future of their souls. Pray together.

Children and Self defense

01altarboydefencegg5.jpgReading through the news and a little shocked by the number of child sex assault charges and attempted kidnappings. Seems a little out there. What the heck is going on in the world. Anyway, it is more important than ever to teach you children proper safety. Everyone knows the stranger danger pitch, but it doesn’t end there. It is unfortunate that a lot of the articles I read involved family members. That is perhaps the worst part. Most parents don’t want to talk to their kids about certain issues, believe they aren’t old enough to understand, but  our children are smarter that we think. They understand concepts better than many adults these days. It is important to build avenues about uncomfortable topics so that kids will feel safe coming to you about them. These predator will try to induce fear to keep them silent, so you have to build that trust between you.

Now about self defense. I believe it is important to teach your children proper self defense. They may not be strong, but they can do plenty to keep themselves safe. In one article a man tried to lure a child in using the “I just need directions” line. he tried to get him to get in the passenger seat. As the child approached he noticed the man had himself exposed and was masturbation. The child ran to the public school and told his teachers. The man fled. This child knew what to do, but it is unfortunate that many don’t or don’t even get the chance. They are just grabbed off the street by one or  more perpetrators. Or lured away by a family member or friend of the family, with lies.

Children need to be taught that it is okay, to say no, or to run to a public place if someone is making them feel uncomfortable.  They should be taught to throw a punch, kick a shin, and attract attention from anyone nearby. This last one will cause the purp to panic and possible flee out of fear.

There are a number of Christian self defense techniques as well. Most perpetrators don’t like the sign of the Cross. Teach them how. You use the thumb and first two fingers. Go from forehead to navel, then shoulder to shoulder. The idea instantly fills them with guilt and shame and may flee.

If they make a habit of wearing a cross or carrying  rosaries. There is the crucifix stab. You slip the crucifix between you  middle and ring finger and jab at the attacker with it. Aim for a sensitive area like an eye or the face. If yo have the sturdy kind, on a chain or with metal links, They can be swung pretty hard. Especially if you have the large cross on the end.

The dangers of cults

A big danger in today’s world is falling in with a cult. They can be easy to spot if you know what to look for. However for the average person it can be difficult to distinguish a cult from harmless religion or even a sporting club. Many would argue that all religions are cults, but that is because they don’t understand them or their benefits, or because they just don’t like anyone that tells them taking advantage of others is wrong  and that they shouldn’t lie or do anything they want even if it hurts others.

But back on topic, Cults however are quite dangerous. They usually have a charismatic leader, who at first will tell you everything you want to hear. They will pull you in with flattery. They especially prey on the lost. Those who feel under appreciated, those who seek attention and long for friends and companionship. These cults will promote togetherness and say things like “You will never have to go through anything alone.” call themselves family, and make them feel important and togetherness. It will always start out nice and friendly. But their goal is to get you isolated. Once you are in they will nicely, but firmly insist you disconnect yourself from your family and friends. “They wont understand” or “They will only hold you back” Things like that.  They know that they can’t brainwash you if you still have connections to the outside world. Yes Brainwash. All these things are designed to squash your individuality and hinder your spiritual growth, so that you can not think for yourself.

It starts small, but once in they will use peer pressure to force you to do things. They will probably tell you it is to make you feel part of the group. They will tell you when to eat and when to do certain activities, but really it is to control you. Get you into a routine and what to expect. It is all subtle mind control. They teach you to get your emotional and social needs from the group. Controlling your time and needs makes you dependent on the cult. You feel you need them and therefore can not leave, after all you have cut all ties to your old life.

Also they tend to make you confess your sins and problems to the group. Then turn those confessions against you to pressure you. To make you feel guilty. To make you feel that you owe them. That you have to allow them control. They almost always make you give up things to the group or to the leader. Usually all your money and property. After all it must be shared by the group. Although the leader will take control of it for the benefit of everyone (especially him/her) They also hate when you ask questions or question their beliefs. They will force you to accept it without understanding it. They will become angry and even threaten you for asking. They may threaten you with expulsion, But then be merciful as long as you accept them with out question, This will feel like a real threat once you are in and isolated. Once you feel dependent on the group.

They may force you take on a new identity. A new name. This is one form of control. To strip you of identity and individuality. You may feel included, but no longer feel yourself.

For a start, look at the leader. How do they wield authority. Do they make decision for individual members. That is in a way that is beyond suggesting something. Do they hold all authority. Can they tell them what to eat, when, who they may marry, when to sleep. Who they can sleep with, meaning them, That happens a lot in such groups. The leader may even assign some divine right declaring themselves a messiah or even a deity. Giving them the right to take sexual advantage of whoever they choose, even children.

Many such groups will place themselves above the law. This is one factor that will make them seem ideal to younger rebellious generations. They will place their faith the new law. Even calling for self-sacrifice for their gain.

God never wanted us to follow blindly. He wanted us to think for ourselves, but to choose good. The book of Proverbs is all about wisdom. God wants us to understand what it means to choose good. Jesus taught in parables. Stories designed to make you think to understand them. Jesus taught that everyone was an individual and had a place with God. We don’t all have to be the same. Jesus is not about controlling our every move and hating anyone who thinks differently than we do. Or isolating ourselves and killing anyone who doesn’t convert to our beliefs.

Scenario:

You walk into a room, There is a pair standing to one side. A man and a woman. One of them starts flirting with you. You smile at them and they begin to chat with you. After a few minuets they practically beg you to go meet someone. They say that they really admire them and take you by the hand. They lead you away from everyone else and to a room with a few other people gathered around a man in a long robe. They refer to him as Allfather. He begins to speak to you and explain their faith. The two who brought you here are now standing by the closed door. As if to guard it. What are you going to do?

Allfather: 5/7/7 ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Allfather is very charismatic. He is making a very good argument. The longer he talks the more your head starts to swim. It could be the heavy incense in the room with little ventilation. (-1 to mind) You can try to argue with him. (Spirit challenge 6) You can try to convince the two to let you out. (Mental challenge 5 Spirit challenge 5)

You can battle Allfather and all five members.

Members: 5/4/6 ❤ ❤ ❤

Friendship

Ecclesiastes 4:10 “If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them.”

 

cuppy3It is important to surround yourself with the right kind of friends. You can lean on them for support in difficult times. They can build you up. This is why we go to church on Sundays. God is everywhere and we can experience him and worship him anywhere, but going to church helps us to connect with other believers and support one another. The wrong kind of friends can pull you down and hold back your development. They can even ruin your life and what you are working towards if they are the toxic kind of friends. Toxic people need to be cut out of your life at least until you are well established in your faith. The wrong kind of people in your life will only bring you pain and drama. If your church is a good church and a REAL Christian church they will not judge or look down on you. We all have mistakes and a past. It should be noted that you don’t have to go to church to be saved, and you don’t have to go to church to find God. But a church is a good place to find supportive Christian friends to build your adventure/ or survival team.

To begin with it would be a good idea to find a church you like and trust. As you progress11987196_10207032788075223_5538754120463444960_n through this course material, you will find certificates of completion for your pastor to sign. The conditions for joining a church are as simple as receiving Jesus as your Savior and making a public statement as such. Taking your statement of faith to any church will do it.

It is great to be self sufficient, but no one can do everything alone, nor would you want to. Everything is more fun with friends. Even Jesus had the twelve apostles. Within the twelve He had his inner circle. Friends can comfort, guide, lend a hand or just give you a reason and will to survive. If your aim is adventure or surviving disaster, you are going to want a good balanced team of friends. These people will need to be trustworthy. people you can count on and you would place your life or your family in their hands.
First of course should be Jesus. After him, the first person to consider is going to be the person you will trust the most and begin this journey with. This person will act as your confidant. An accountability partner as well as you will be for them.

If you need help, here is a flowchart to help, It is from the Big Bang Theory. Build a relationship and get to know each other better. I wrote an article about a Men’s retreat about building such relationships. Read it here. It can serve for women as well.

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An accountability partner is a person who coaches another person in terms of helping the other person keep a commitment. Someone who will speak frankly and not sugar coat anything for you. Tell you exactly how it is and where your short comings are in your walk with God. Someone you can trust to tell anything. Who wont spread gossip or betray your  trust. It could be argued that Jesus had Peter as his best friend. Peter was always at his side. He was a simple fisherman until Jesus entered his life and he then became a great leader. Jesus can do this with people when he enters their life and he can do this for us as well. He can also bring that person who will stand with us on our journey if we ask him. When you find this person talk to them about it. You both have to agree to confidentiality. There has to be real trust there and you have to be serious about it. You will need to talk to one another about your life and maybe establish questions to ask about your Christian walk and tell each other about any problems you are facing. It is important to note that there is no obligation to physically or financially assist or support each other. When things like money come into play it gets complicated. Certain resentments can come into play so it is best avoid these complications or enter the relationship with certain ground rules set for things like lending money.
Once this relationship has been established, they should be included in your nature walks. Discuss your views on God and what he has created. Discuss your goals for your relationship with God and Jesus.
After this relationship has been established, you should build on your group. Consider what skills you are looking for. Is someone a good speaker. A spokesperson. Moses was bad at this and he had Aaron as his mouthpiece. Maybe they are good at bartering or convincing people to listen. This can help bring order in a bad situation. Can keep people from panicking and making things worse. Some people have a natural calming ability. You are not just thinking about the here and now. There could be tough times ahead.

10570342_10204184789757045_5869446863397602811_nWilderness skills such as hunting, trapping, and fishing should be considered. Knowing what plants are edible and how to forage. These skills will bring nourishment to your group. Also knowing how to store and preserve food like canning and smoking meats or making jerky.
Medical and first aid skills. Perhaps everyone in your group should learn the basics of first aid, such as wrapping a wound and sterilizing. The average person is uncomfortable applying first aid and many will prefer to wait for someone else to step in. That could be a loss of precious time, but real medical skills and understanding can go along way.
Mechanical skills. Maintaining equipment and vehicles can be vital in a situation where you have to flee an area or get stranded in the wilderness. You may need to rely on a bug out vehicle to escape peril or even to live out of for shelter.Someone with mechanical skills can usually improvise in a pinch. Like weapon crafting.
Other potential skill or knowledge is a Gun guy. Someone who knows firearms and ammunition. Cooking. Fighting and self defense teachers. A jester or someone who brings a little comic relief. May sound weird, but having a joking type can actually bring down the stress level of a group and help keep things in perspective. A spiritual mentor that can bring guidance.
Here is an example. My best friend was raised around animals. She knows how to handle them. Horses goats, like how to milk them, how to train them. She knows a little about crops and nutrition like what we could survive on that would grow easy.
I have a friend who is a mechanic who welds and knows a little about cars. He and his wife live on a little farm stead. They raise chicken for eggs and grow some crops their selves and can what they grow.
I have another friend who is a survivalist who sews his own clothes and collects gear. He is usually seen with a pouch on his hip with survival tools in it.
Another friend on my list is actually not well like by the others, but in a survival situation her presence could be vital. In addition to what she knows about horses she is a universal donor. Most people ,like me, don’t know their blood type. She can give blood to anyone. Depending on the situation this could mean the difference of life and death.
Human beings are social creatures. We are made to interact with others. You should consider the size of your group and how big you want it to be. Consider that the family members of these people will likely become associate members by default and their needs need to be considered in a survival setting.

Further on Accountability Partner
Galatians 6 “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently.”

It means that when we see someone that is struggling with life or sin, we stand by their 999181_10151809744400267_739160232_nside and try and pull them closer to Christ
When selecting an accountability partner it is important to note it is better to select someone of the same gender. It is usually easier to relate and talk openly. Especially when some of

those issues you need to work on involve alcohol or pornography. You should set times and days for checking in with each other. At least twice a week. It will make it easier if you set a certain activity involved such as meeting for coffee or breakfast.
Women can talk for a while and feel very close to someone, but men on the other hand feel closer to someone when involved in a physical activity. Like going for a jog or the gym. This is So plan around this. It is important to build trust and a relationship otherwise the process will not work. If the relationship doesn’t deepen we can’t be honest with one another. We hide behind walls.
To begin this process, you should take the first steps. You acknowledge Jesus as your savior. That we are all sinners and that we all have this problem.
Recognize God’s plan for our redemption and his power that can work in our lives. He can strengthen us and help us through this thing called life. And that he is faithful to forgive.
Search your Constance and recognize any wrong doing and attempt to make amends to those you can. Working together learn to live a new life with a moral code of behavior.

2 Timothy11, “Here is a trustworthy saying:
“If we died with him, we will also live with him; 12 if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; 13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful,
for he cannot disown himself. ”

Questions to ask or be asked.
Have you been spending time with God this week? Is so how?
How have you been handling your finances?
Many stressors in life have to do with money issues and when we are stressed we do things like spend money on things we think will make us happy.
Have you been exposing your mind to sexually inappropriate things?
Okay be honest, this is a problem for many people. Mostly aimed at young men and women, there are many people who still suffer from addictions thanks to the Internet.
Have you been taking care of your body?
Our spiritual life is important, but so is our physical. If we are not healthy it will affect how we feel. If we feel unhealthy it will affect how we act. How much time and effort we put into anything.
What are you doing to enjoy life?
We sin because we enjoy it. We seek out sins when we are not satisfied with our lives. Having hobbies and if possible charity work that you are passionate about is a good distraction from sin. If we have something we are passionate about, we will feel satisfied and happy with our lives.
What are any new stressors in your life?
Do you just want to hang out?
Sometime we should just spend time with someone. If they are not ready to talk just being there and spending time can do amazing things for someone’s emotional well being. Especially when someone is unhappy. Remember Job and his friends. When he was mourning his friends just sat with him for a long time. They shared his pain and comforted him as best they could. Sometimes just knowing someone is there is enough. When they are ready they will talk about it.
Is there anything i should know?
A final question. Have you lied to me?

 

 

Card Game Dueling Elements

Okay here is an adventurer’s card game we came up with. We like it so I thought I would share it if anyone out there might like it as well. It sort of came to us after Fallout New Vegas. The way they used playing cards for their in game game. We had a lot of old playing cards some of which were missing cards but we liked the art. The idea is that you have a full deck of 52 cards. You can customize your deck with any cards since most are standard sized and come with many types of art and some have other things printed on them like survival tips or what not. As long as you have a full deck including two jokers and all the face cards and number cards. Since it is a full deck you can still use it for other card games like solitaire if you find yourself out in the woods or stranded. You know what I mean.

In addition to these you will need a set of stopa cards. I have some hand drawn cards that can be printed. These are 5  cards that are used to teach (usually Children) what to do in an emergency situation. Each of these cards has a element assigned to them. The idea is that you draw your cards and use them to attack the appropriate stopa card. Fire against earth, water against fire, air against water, and earth against air. You choose which card you wish to use and the opponent tries to block it with a higher number card of the opposing element. You can increase the attack power of a card by using a face card and adding a complimentary element, but not an opposing element.

suitsSay you play an earth card, you can add another earth card or a water card, but not a fire card or an air card. Also only one card can be added with a face card, but a joker will allow you to add any card together and up to two cards to it.

Example: Your opponent throws down a 6 earth card, you throw down a 10 fire card. They add a queen and add 5 earth card totaling 11. You may throw down a king and a two of air card totaling 12 to block them. FYI aces count a 1.

My home made stopa cards are unique in that I added certain elements such a seasons and directions. The O card has the alchemy symbol of air and represents the season of fall and the direction of west, as well as dusk and the crescent moon. The disaster there is the tornado.  The P card represents water, winter midnight and rain and flooding. The direction is east. The S card is the Spring and dawn. The element is Earth and the disaster is earth quake and south.

 

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The A card is spirit. Any element can be played against it. It represents civil uprising and man made disasters. The direction is center. The T card represents fire and Summer. The disaster here is a wild fire and the time of day is high noon. The direction is north. I am a bit of a tarot card fan as far as symbolism.

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