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Nov 29
2015
Steve Marr

Is Preparedness A Lack Of Faith?

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I was talking with “Molly” about the wisdom of being prepared for possible future disasters.  During our conversation I stressed the importance of being ready spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically. Part of the being physically ready is having a full pantry of supplies, not just for your family but also surplus to share with others in the event of an emergency. 

Molly preceded to read me the riot act on how I was not trusting God to take care of me, my family and other Christians. I was chastised for not believing God would provide.

After listening for a while I asked, “Do you recall when Jesus said, ‘Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?’” (Matthew 6:26) “Of course”, she replied, a bit annoyed, “this is exactly my point. God will take care of us. You have just proved my point.” I asked if she ever watched birds - how they fly scooping up bugs, looking for seeds and other crawling stuff to eat. Eagles and hawks look for fish, small animals and birds to eat.  When they spot something they chase hard after the meal. I believe part of the illustration for us is birds don’t just sit on a branch waiting for food to be presented to them. They are active all the time. Yes, the Lord takes care of them, but only after “hard work”.

Aug 21
2015
Steve Marr

Grill As Backup Cooking

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When the power goes out, many will loose the ability to cook, many have electric ovens, even if they have a gas cook top.  A barbecue grill can help get you through a power outage, besides, if your refrigerator and freezer go out, might as well cook up your meat.

Summer Grilling Recipes you have to try

If you use propane, keep two extra canisters available. In normal cooking, if you only have one canister, the gas has a way of going out half way through a meal.  When you have several full canisters you will have fuel for a few days of cooking.

Nov 13
2014
Steve Marr

Advance Notice For An Earthquake?

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One of the dangers of an earthquake is they strike without warning. One time I was in Mexico and in the middle of the night the earth shook. While the damage to the hotel was minimal,  I struggled to walk. My first reaction was to try to get out of the room. Fortunately, the quake stopped before I got very far. What could have been different if I had advanced warning? I could have stood under the door jam for extra protection, or ducked under the room desk for protection.  In the past, early warning systems were science fiction.

 

Today,  Early Warning Labs, a California start up company announced within three years they expect to release an early warning system.

Oct 31
2014
Steve Marr

Is A Quarantine Biblical, and Sound Policy?

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The introduction of Ebola into the United States has set off a firestorm of controversy whether people should be quarantined. I am not a medical doctor, so I will not weigh exactly how people should be quarantined, if at all. I will outline some realities to consider. Over 3,000 years ago we learn from Scripture “Anyone with such a defiling disease must wear torn clothes, let their hair be unkempt cover the lower part of their face and cry out, ‘Unclean! Unclean!’ As long as they have the disease they remain unclean. They must live alone; they must live outside the camp. “(Leviticus 13:45-46) Under the Law, people were required to be separated if they exhibited certain symptoms. Scripture supports the imposition of quarantine when needed.

I hold a license as a United States Customs Broker and have a working knowledge of import requirements of animals.

Sep 12
2014
Steve Marr

Back-Up Power for a Home Office

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This summer a nasty wind and electric storm took out our power for 36 hours. Thankfully, I had a back-up home generator to provide power.  I work out of my house, so I invest in a good home office set-up with dedicated office space, communication system, and computers. My clients expect me to be available. Most people who work full time at home and serve customers need power back-up as part of a home office investment.

Aug 28
2014
Steve Marr

Building Personal Resilience

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We all will face a difficult day, an emergency, large or small will strike our world. The only question is what type of disaster, and when? The key to getting through with as little pain as possible is to be prepared in advance.

The prophet Isaiah wrote:

"You felt secure in your wickedness. 'No one sees me,' you said. But your 'wisdom' and 'knowledge' have led you astray, and you said, 'I am the only one, and there is no other.' So disaster will overtake you, and you won't be able to charm it away. Calamity will fall upon you, and you won't be able to buy your way out. A catastrophe will strike you suddenly, one for which you are not prepared.” (Isaiah 47:11 NLT)