California has beautiful weather, amazing ocean seascapes and majestic mountains, and offers a fairly comfortable lifestyle. This “comfort” enables people to become complacent in all levels of society. They enjoy the “ease” of life. While enjoying this ease, they do not pay attention to rulers who busily plan out an agenda for their lives. Senator Dr. Pan is a ruler who has plans for you and your family. He has already successfully removed parents’ rights to say “no” to government mandated vaccines by removing personal beliefs/religious exemptions for those desiring a public or private education for their children. The “lion”, Dr. Pan, has continued his prowling around seeking to devour more freedom for families in California. Based on Dr. Pan’s actions, we believe that he desires to have vaccinations administered from conception to the grave. SB 18 (Bill of Rights for Children and Youth in California), at this point has been written vaguely and threatens parental authority, health freedom, home education, and the right to self defense. Currently in California, the Constitution states that parents have the “fundamental legal right” to choose how to educate and raise their children. SB 18 would change this by creating a “children’s rights” law. This transfers the power from the family to the state. The state would now decide what is “appropriate, quality health care”, “appropriate quality education”, and define what is best for the “social and emotional well-being” of your children. Families would no longer be safe from state intrusion in their homes because who defines what is “appropriate”? The Creator has given states, families, people, and churches standards to live by and boundaries to abide by. When boundaries are over-run, liberty is lost. Senator Pan desires to over extend his governmental reach into the God-given boundary of the family. Parents in California be aware that your liberties are at risk with SB 18 written as it is today.
“If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God: You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country. The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks. Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.” (Deuteronomy 28:1-5)
Dr. Ron Paul answers a question about free market healthcare. He addresses how Obamacare has made quality healthcare less available to Americans and how a free market system is far superior to any government health care program. Watch the first 7 minutes to learn about a solution to our healthcare crisis.
My husband, an educator who believes food to be God’s gift to mankind for medicine, was teaching from a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) book recently. This is what it said:
“Agriculture and the Farm: Biotechnology companies are working on genetically-modified (GM) food that have genes from other species inserted into them. The inserted genes help the plant do something the scientist wants. It may help the plant fight disease or be unharmed by a chemical. There is a GM corn that has a gene from a bacterium inserted into it. The bacterium makes a natural pesticide. When a pesky corn borer insect munches on the GM corn, the bug gets a hole in its gut and dies.“
If the students are thinking critically, they would become alarmed when they read that a “bug gets a hole in its gut and dies”. What happens to kids and adults that eat that corn? Why is there so much cancer today? A neighbor stopped by the other day to tell me that two of his friends had fought cancer for many years and recently died. Another friend, who recently had a fist sized tumor removed from his lung, told me that 1 out of two people will get cancer. This information is alarming.
Who wants to eat foods that were not originally created to be eaten? The body is extremely complex. It is selective in its processes as a form of protection. Food with altered genetics are not “natural”. Their proteins have been altered. They are also being sprayed with toxic chemicals. The soil is being harmed, the air is being harmed, and the water run off is being harmed. When genetically engineered food was first being put out on the market for human consumption around 1995, there was an ethical debate. Do we provide food that we know is less nutritive, but feels good in the stomach to feed the hungry? The debate went back and forth, but in the end the conclusion was that it was better to provide less nutritive food. Here is an idea, why not teach people how to grow their own food with good soil, using companion gardening methods, and heirloom seeds? As a back yard gardener for 15 years, it is amazing how much food comes from a tiny area if the soil is heatlthy. All of the humanitarian groups and Christian groups out there should be teaching the impoverished how to grow healthy food. The benefits are endless. Everyone will be working, they will continue to learn a skill, they can market their goods, they will be healthier, and the whole community benefits.
A good read for fifth grade students is The Terrible Wave by Dahlstedt. This easy to read book is a wonderful guided reading book that will also tie in the current event of the Oroville Dam overflow last week. A written assignment may be assigned to followup the reading with a compare and contrast of the current Oroville Dam overflow to the past dam failure in Johnstown, PA. You may want to use a thinking map diagramming cause and effect or a double bubble to find similarities and differences in the dam failures.
Many churches today are “out to lunch”. I do not blame people for not wanting to attend. As a person who left the “Catholic” belief for the true holy Catholic church 30 years ago, I began a journey through a literal war zone of false doctrines. My journey began by listening to Christian radio ministries because I was eager to learn the truth. I quickly realized that popular ministers lacked sound doctrine and sanctification in the truth. Ministers must learn to be Christians first before standing behind a pulpit. Just because they graduate from seminary with a degree, does not qualify them to be pastors. Their theology was askew to say the least. My listening time was quickly diminished to two radio programs and eventually one by RC Sproul. Even so, over these 30 years I have been challenged and distracted by ministers who very persuasively taught their understanding of Scripture and, me, naively trusted their teaching. I wished that I had been more of a Berean (Acts 17:11). Today, my family is listening to Calvin’s Institutes taught by Greg L. Bahnsen.
I sighed last night when going to bed while telling my husband that I wish I had started my Christian faith by studying Calvin’s Institutes. I am also simultaneously studying Confessions by Augustine. What a wonderfully rich book. “Friendship…is born at the moment one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself…” (CS Lewis) Finally, a third book, that our school is enjoying during read aloud time is Pilgrim’s Progress by Bunyan. We have hit a “home run” during this time of study and learning about Christianity and the church.
After completing the McGuffey’s Reader series, we have started this book. This book benefits all its readers by teaching them relevant moral principles to succeed in life.
Barbecue tri-tip: grill to your preference with salt and pepper. Let rest at least 10 minutes. Cut into bite sized pieces and serve on platter.
Make several quesadillas and cut into wedges (eighths). Make a homemade guacamole dip or buy a good quality one from a reputable store.
Chinese chicken salad: For the an easy salad you may purchase a whole chicken and shred into bite sized pieces, buy a package of romaine lettuce, and some Asian or sesame dressing. If you enjoy cooking then cook your own chicken, buy some whole heads of lettuce and shred them yourself and make your own Asian dressing. I like to use Ina Garten’s dressing recipe for Chinese Chicken Salad. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/chinese-chicken-salad-recipe.html
Acai Sorbet Bowls-These may be purchased at Costco in the freezer section (Sambazon Acai Sorbet cups) with the frozen fruit. Have some granola and shredded coconut as garnish on the side. You may also want to have bananas, chocolate chips, etc.
*We do our best to buy organic and pastured meats from sustainable farms.