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MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW! Craig Caudill, a dear friend and director of Nature Reliance School will be with us on Sunday afternoon, June 25th @1:30, for a hands-on ‘walk in the woods’. We will be discussing (as we walk) not only edible plants and other uses of Kentucky’s varied flora, but also other skill sets that can prove invaluable in an emergency or survival situation.
We have also asked Craig to bring copies of His newly released book (which is selling like hotcakes) entitled ‘EXTREME WILDERNESS SURVIVAL.
If you plan to attend, we need your confirmation ASAP. You can contact us here or by phone/text 859 582 5525.
This is just the ‘heads-up’. More details will follow in a few days.
REMEMBER – Sunday June 25th 1:30pm est.

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Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Uncategorized


Shabbat Shalom to all Y’all . . .

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Posted by on May 19, 2017 in Uncategorized


Mother’s Day – is that Ok?



‘Add To or Take Away’ what from what?


As we travel down the road of our faith walk, there are many questions that present themselves along the way that may not seem to have a cut-and-dried, ‘chapter and verse’ answer. And yet, as we study the Scriptures under the tutelage of the Holy Spirit, things can become clear under the light of His presence and the dots begin to ‘connect themselves’.  No, we are not advocating ‘reading between the lines’.  For since there is literally nothing ‘between the lines’ but blank space, that leaves the door open for just about anything to wander in, if you get our drift.

One set of questions that comes up from time to time falls under the heading of ‘Adding to and taking from’.  But adding to or taking away what from what? That might not sound like good grammar, but it’s a legitimate question. Is it ok to observe celebrations that are not commanded in Scripture? Is it a sin to observe Purim? What about Channukah? Is 4th of July and Thanksgiving evil? What about the secular ‘new year’? If you’re married,  ignoring a birthday or anniversary could possibly cause bodily harm. And what about Mother’s Day or Father’s Day? Are they a violation of The Word?  And of course, the biggie, is it wrong to worship on Sunday? So what CAN I do and what ACTUALLY constitutes, from a Biblically contextual perspective, ‘adding to and taking from’? Well, let’s look at What The Word Says.


First, let’s find the passages that give us this directive.  In Deut 12:22, Moses is giving last minute instructions and reminders to the people of Israel before they enter the Land of  promise. He makes this emphatic statement  – ‘whatsoever I have commanded you, do it; adding nothing to it nor taking anything away.’ It should be clear from the passage above that the subject that is not to be ‘added to or diminished’ is the body of commandments given by God through Moses. We also see a similar edict in the book of the Revelation, chapter 22, verses 18-19. But as we read this passage, we realize it is specific in this case to the prophecies in this Book of the Revelation. But the shadow of this theme is still present and relevant – ‘do not add to My Word or diminish it’, says our Father. But again the question presents itself – what constitutes ‘adding to or taking from’?


” So you shall observe to do just as the LORD your God has commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right or to the left.” (Deu 5:32) ” “You shall walk in all the way which the LORD your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong days in the land which you shall possess.” (Deu 5:33) ” “Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the judgments which the LORD your God has commanded me to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you are going over to possess it,” (Deu 6:1)


As we look at these passages, we see the command to ‘not add to or take away from’ is in direct reference to the body of commandments and directives by God to His people. This is a very simple concept and yet we have somehow complicated it beyond reasonable comprehension. We have expanded this directive to the extreme point of making it ‘unlawful’ and ‘sinful’ if we do anything that is not expressly mandated in Scripture. On the other hand, when we impose and enforce as Scripture such customs, traditions and practices that are not directed in The Word, we have ‘added to’ and have violated the very Word of God we purport to follow.


For examples . . . is there anything Biblical wrong with worshiping on the first day of the week, or any other day for that matter. The answer is simply ‘no, it is not wrong’. The error enters in when we attempt to impose and enforce that practice as a Scriptural mandate, or present any other day as a substitute for the Biblical sabbath.  In that, we have just both added to and taken from. Is there anything Scripturally wrong, sinful, for observing secular or national holidays? As long as these customary celebrations are not pagan in their conception and have not become idolatrous in our observance, the Biblical answer to that question is ‘no, it is not a sin’. Remember, ‘Sin’ is transgression of God’s Law. (1 John 3:4) If God’s Law does not prohibit a particular practice or custom, then no one else has the right to prohibit or forbid that practice or custom. If God’s Law says something is sinful, we do not have the right to allow or dismiss it as permissible.


If a woman chooses to wear a head-covering,  there is nothing in Scripture to forbid or prohibit that choice. But when we impose and attempt to enforce that tradition as a Scriptural mandate, we are in error and in violation of The Word. If we desire to acknowledge Purim or Channukah or Thanksgiving or July 4th  or Israel’s Independence Day, is the recognition of any of those dates or events a sin? No . . . unless we impose and require that observance as part of someone’s supposed ‘Biblically mandated walk’ . . . then, at that point, the requiring becomes ‘sin’ because we have just ‘added to’ The Word of God. On the other hand, if we condemn and demean folks and pass judgment on their motive and agenda and heart for their observance, we have once again violated Scripture.


You know, from a practical standpoint, the Bible does not tell me to brush my teeth, press my clothes, or that it is permissible to eat with a fork or drink my tea with a straw. Therefore, because there is not a direct command to do these things, is it a sin to do them? No, it is not. And, on the other side of this coin, if I tell you that to be acceptable to God, you must do these things, that requirement that I have attempted to impose would be a sin, a sin of addition.


The Word is not too burdensome  . . . until man gets involved.


So, we said all that to say this –

Yom Ha-Em HaSameach – Happy Mother’s Day!


“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you. (which is the First commandment with a promise)  (Exo 20:12, Eph. 6:2)




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Posted by on May 13, 2017 in Uncategorized


Shabbat Shalom

כֹּה תְבָרֲכוּ אֶת־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אָמוֹר לָהֶם ס 24 יְבָרֶכְךָ יְהוָה וְיִשְׁמְרֶךָ ס 25 יָאֵר יְהוָה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ וִיחֻנֶּךָּ ס 26 יִשָּׂא יְהוָה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ וְיָשֵׂם לְךָ שָׁלוֹם ס 27 וְשָׂמוּ אֶת־שְׁמִי עַל־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וַאֲנִי אֲבָרֲכֵם פ

“Thus you shall bless the children of Israel. You shall say to them: 24 YHVH bless you, and keep you; 25 YHVH make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; 26 YHVH lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.’ 27 “So they shall invoke My Name on the children of Israel, and I shall bless them,” says YHVH.”” (Num 6:23-27)

Shabbat Shalom to you and yours . . . B’Shem Yeshua

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Posted by on April 28, 2017 in Uncategorized


Oh Good Grief!!

Our Father, in His infinite wisdom, made provision for a 2nd Passover when unable to observe the 1st one, and now, there are those promoting the acceptability and legitimacy of observing the 2nd Passover INSTEAD of the 1st one . . . and the basic reason given is ‘because’ . My initial thought was “have we lost our ever-lovin’ minds”, but then, I can’t say that out loud, can I? Here is just another example of making the exception into the Rule. What was it my Dad used to say? “I give an inch and you take a mile.” I mean, What? There’s not enough confusion in this camp, that we need to wander down a side trail and present it as a main thoroughfare?! LORD help us . . .Shalom – J



Posted by on April 22, 2017 in Uncategorized


Shabbat Shalom

“Therefore, I take up the whole armor of God, that I may be able to stand in the day when the evil comes, and having done everything I can do, to stand firm.”
“And I will stand and see the Salvation of our God.”
“For HE ransoms our souls in peace from the battle that rages against us.”
” Peace I bequeath to you’ says Jesus; My own peace I give you, a peace which the world cannot give, this is My gift to you”, says Yeshua . . .”
The storms will come, and He gives peace in the midst of the storms . . . Shabbat Shalom – J&R


Posted by on April 21, 2017 in Uncategorized


Sukkot 2017

We had so much positive feedback concerning our Sukkot location and facilities after last year’s gathering that we have reserved the same campground for this year’s event. The projected dates are Oct.4th -12th. If you have not scheduled your vacation time or time off for this year’s gathering, NOW is the time. IF you have already scheduled your time off and it is not during that week, now is the time to ‘reschedule’. Here is a little info for those that were not with us last year.


Projected Dates October 4th-12th 2017
Location – KY Christian Assembly Camp
22 acres of beautiful Kentucky Fall countryside
Brodhead, Rockcastle County, Kentucky 40409

There are tent sites, limited camper sites, as well as dorm accommodations. These ‘dorm accommodations’ are ‘Barracks-style’ bunkhouse buildings that are used by the kids for summer camp . . . they are not individual cabins. THESE BUILDINGS ARE SEGREGATED, ‘MALE’ AND FEMALE’, so, please keep that in mind as you make your plans. We will ‘tweak’ these barracks for those unable to stay in their tent or camper and, as stated, for our ‘seasoned citizens’ as well as those with special needs. We will also use the barracks for those that are staying for just one night or so and cannot or do not desire to setup a tent or camper. Please plan on using your tent or camper if at all possible, but the barracks are available. PLEASE be sure and bring all sleeping bags, linens, towels, etc that you might need. Now, moving on . . . 🙂
We always set a large table in the main common area for drinks, snacks, breakfast cereals, coffee, etc and ask all to participate in providing those things. As in years past, everyone takes breakfast and lunch at their leisure. For our daily evening common meals, we have access to a nice ‘lunch-room style’ serving and prep area within the main eatiing/meeting hall. There are bathroom/shower facilities with multiple shower stalls, sinks and toilets within the barracks buildings. We also have access to outdoor sheltered meeting areas, campfire sites, walking/hiking trails and much more. Pictures of the camp are posted on our Facebook page


We will have a ‘set menu’ for the common evening meals and we will be posting that menu for these evening common meals no later than Sept 12th to allow sufficient time to plan.

Although we are in a secluded location, there are grocery stores and variety stores within 10-15 drive. Propane is available at some of these locations. Heaven forbid, but in the event of an emergency, there is a Regional Medical Center approximately 15 minutes from the camp, as well as folks on site with First Aid training.

As we make plans for ACTIVITIES FOR THE KIDS (both fun and life-lesson activities) it will be very helpful to know the ages of the kids in your family or group. Please forward that info ASAP . . . thanks

There will be an informal Bible study/discussion each morning before the noon meal time. Each evening, after the evening common meal, there will be a time of worship and praise, ministry, prayer (as The Spirit leads) and a time of teaching/discussion.

Craig Caudill of Nature Reliance School will probably be with us during the week (schedule permitting) to speak on various aspects of Survival Training, from the basics to the most advanced and everything in between.
Other speakers TBA. The earlier you register, the better we can plan. To make your reservation, or for more information, contact us here or by or email or phone, and you can find all our contact info at on the ‘Contact Us’ tab. Shalom – J&R

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Posted by on April 20, 2017 in Uncategorized

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