Thursday, November 30, 2017

Rembering Uncle George Stoops

Gathering with Cousins
Letters from George's three daughters (center in photo) and his one biological grandson were the best part of the memorial service.
I remember Uncle George most for his delightful humor, sensitivity, prayers, singing with gusto and his stories.

George was born on April 26, 1922 to Matie (Jones) and Clifford Stoops at Viola, Wisconsin. He was the youngest of three brothers (Marion, Westley, and Norval), and one sister, Pauline. Brother Marion drowned at 17, and sister Pauline died at 19. His father passed away at 43 years old, so his mother was left to raise the 3 remaining boys, Westley, Norval and George. Matie moved the family to Nampa, Idaho in 1936 where George first attended junior high school in Nampa, then graduated from Nampa High School in 1941. After graduation, he attended Northwest Nazarene College for two years where he met and married Betty Jane Dillon on June 28, 1943. George worked on a dairy farm for a brief time and also received schooling in welding and meat cutting. He was inducted into the U.S. Navy in 1943 but transferred into the army in 1944 and ultimately was stationed with company F 383rd infantry on the island of Okinawa. Not long after arriving on the island, George was severely wounded in direct combat by a hand grenade but miraculously survived his wounds and was later awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. He was honorably discharged in April of 1946 at Fort Lewis, Washington, Madison Hospital Center. George started working for the Idaho Department of Employment soon after his discharge from the service and worked for the state for 34 years before retiring. During those years with the state, he worked for the employment office in Nampa and was responsible for placing many local individuals into their lifetime jobs, as well as many teenagers with summer jobs. George's later years were spent in the Boise office. In addition to placement of individuals in various jobs he served as secretary to governor's committee on hiring the handicapped. Part of his duties were to oversee statewide contests in the schools where students would compete by drawing posters or writing essays, all promoting the theme of hiring the handicapped. When the contests were concluded, he would travel to Washington, D.C. with the student winners. George was also instrumental in the passage of a bill to designate handicapped parking spaces, not knowing that one day in the future, one of his own daughters would benefit from this law.
George was a member of Bethel Nazarene Church & taught Sunday School for more than 30 years. As a younger man, he was also a youth leader. Music was always important to George. He loved to sing with several quartets and also as a soloist and did so, often in church, as well as other special occasions.
George is survived by 3 daughters; Judy Rice of Caldwell; Connie (Terry) Rogers; and Georganna (Jim) Bower of Nampa; a sister-in-law, JoAnn (Roger) Wilcox of Nampa; 8 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty of 73 years; 3 brothers, Westley, Norval and Marion; a sister, Pauline and an unnamed baby sister.

Christmas Christian?

The Myth of the Pagan Origins of Christmas

City on a Hill

Matthew 5:14 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

(Flashback Photo from Christmas Day 2009)

Monday, October 23, 2017

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Here is today's sermon on Psalm 46. As we get closer to the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, we look back at the Psalm that inspired Martin Luther's famous hymn, "A Mighty Fortress is our God."
"The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress."
(Psalm 46:11)

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Superfood ~ Spirulina Chocolate Balls

In mixing bowl combine:
2 ½ c Filtered Water 
1½ c  Dates, chopped
5 drops of Peppermint Oil
2 t  Vanilla Extract
¼ c Goji Berries
⅓ c chopped dried mango

In VitaMix blend together powders: 
1 ½ c Carob Powder
1 ½ c  Raw Cocoa Powder 
 c  Ground Flax Seed
2T  Spirulina Powder
⅓ c Coconut Flour
1 t Cinnamon
½ t Nutmeg
1 t Coriander
¼ t Allspice
¼ t Cloves
¼ t Mace

Add powdered mixture to a large bowl with nuts and seeds: 
⅓ c Chia seed
1 ½ c  Almonds
1 ½ c  Walnuts, broken
¼ c Unsalted Pistachios
⅓ c Pumpkin seeds

Then stir in the liquid ingredients.

Form into balls and roll in one of these:
Unsweetened Desiccated Coconut
Sesame Seeds

Start with two and a half cups of filtered water in a large bowl, add the chopped dates, peppermint oil drops, vanilla, gogi berries into the water.

Combine the dry ingredients into a blender: cocoa, carob, spirulina, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg. Then add to water/date mixture.

Stir in nuts pumpkin and chia seed. You may want to wear thin gloves to roll into small balls because it is messy.  [I use the mellon scoop from BB&B.] Roll the balls in desiccated coconut or (toasted if you wish) sesame seed or hempseed to finish. Place in sandwich bags and hide in the freezer. Keep just one bag in the refrigerator at a time. Sometimes you can get them to last a bit if the men aren't aware how much is stashed away. :) A bag left in the van for a week will go bad and taste terrible. They need refrigeration.

To make measuring spices simple, I keep a small jar of about 6 T each of cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander and 2 T each of allspice, mace, cloves.  With this mixture done ahead, just use 2 T of the spice mixture for this recipe. These spices are excellent source of antioxidants to sprinkle on breakfast oatmeal.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Birth of a Nation in 5 Minutes

The Uncivil War was a Marxist revolution, 
that pit the races against each other. 
We did not need a war to end slavery. 
"Reconstruction" was a nightmare.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The War That Haunts America

There were northerners who systematically burned homes of fellow northerners. Lincoln's attorney general, Edward Bates, confiscated millions of acres of land of northerners who were considered sympathetic with the South, known as Copperheads. Lincoln imprisoned tens of thousands of northerners without a trial, denying them habeas corpus, keeping people who were opposed to Lincoln's war, in prison for the duration of the war. Lincoln destroyed 300 newspaper offices, censored fee speech, put the editors in prison, conciliated the power in Washington. He is the father of the modern centralized totalitarian leviathan state, nanny of all, but friend of none. 

A good picture of the South during the war is burned down houses with only chimneys standing, burned and cut down trees, gardens and wells destroyed, graves with starving mourners...
One could go a hundred miles through the South and see no one smiling.

The north, too, was under martial law, just like the south. 

Unitarians hated slavery because it was a picture of God and his people. We are either slaves of God or slaves of Satan. It was the northerners that brought slaves here with a loss of 10%. There's the holocaust. No Southern ship brought slaves. Lincoln freed only slaves in territories he had no authority over. No slaves were freed by the Emancipation Proclamation in the north nor in DC where a weekly slave auction continued under the US capitol, behind the Decatur Hotel, which continued to auction slaves through the duration of the war. The proclamation did not free slaves in certain counties of Tennessee and Florida where northerners had control. It only applied to succeeded states in order to promote insurrection.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

David's Delight

Broccoli, red cabbage, red onion,
red bell pepper, parsley
cooked yam and beets w greens, kale, 

with tomatoes, ginger, garlic, bay leaves, Ca. chili pepper, cumin, oregano, celery seed, rosemary, onion, sage, thyme, chipotle, ancho, basil, parsley, savory

Carrots, celery and eggplant cooked with basil and many of the same ingredients as beans.
Usual toppings: basaltic vinegar, natural apple cider vinegar (made with the 'mother'), sunflower seeds, turmeric, nutritional yeast and crushed red pepper.

Sometimes Served over quinoa, amaranth, millet or rice.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

God is Not a Pacifist

The Bible is not a pacifist book. Christianity is not a pacifist religion. Pacifism is humanism. The Mennonites and the Anabaptists are not Protestants, they're not Evangelicals, they are humanists. It is not the radical branch of the reformation. It is the humanist attempt to hijack the reformation. There is nothing Christian about pacifism. Pacifism has a false idea of God; it thinks God is soft and weak. It doesn't understand the wrath of God, the holiness of God. Pacifism has a false idea of man: it thinks that man is basically good. But, the bible makes it clear, and the Reformers reiterated this: man is basically depraved, sinful and selfish. Pacifism has a false idea of the reality of the world. It thinks that the world is able to be improved by laws. It cannot be. The world can be improved by the regeneration of individuals." ~Peter Hammond

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Christmas Spirit

"Christians have celebrated the incarnation and nativity of the Lord Jesus on December 25 since at least the early part of the third century--just a few generations removed the days of the Apostles. By 336, when the Philocalian Calendar--one of the first calendars of the Patriarchal church--was first utilized, Christmas Day was already a venerable and tenured tradition. Though there is no historical evidence that Christ was actually born on that day--indeed, whatever evidence there is points to altogether different occasions--the conversion of the old Pagan tribes of Europe left a gaping void where the ancient cult festivals were once held. It was both culturally convenient and evangelically expedient to exchange the one for the other. And so joy replace desperation. Celebration replaced propitiation. Christmas feasts replaced new moon sacrifices. Christ replaced Baal, Moloch, Apollo and Thor. Glad tidings of great joy, indeed."
~From Christmas Spirit by George Grant and Gregory Wilbur, pg. 103

Linus - What is Christmas About?


In the US, in 1928, it was a crime to have in one's possession a bottle of whisky, but legal to have a bar of gold. Then, in a few short years, the matter was reversed: the whisky became legal, and the gold illegal. In either case, the "law" was an arbitrary act of the state, not an expression of fundamental morality, as with the Ten Commandments. ~Sovereignty, R. J. Rushdoony

Thanksgiving to God for His Abundant Kindness

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Elbow Creek Elementary School 1959-1966

K Mrs. Howard - a time to nap, play, milk and Graham crackers, puzzles, learning centers. She corrected me, when I spoke unkindly to a retarded boy near the playground tunnel. That never happened a second time. 
My big heartbreak was that it was uncool for boys to speak to girls (yes, even in kindergarten), so my dearest friend, Greg would only play with me at home, not at school.
1 Mrs. Glover - about to retire a year later, the cafeteria became "Glover Hall”. We daily folded plain paper in twelfths each direction, to write our numbers to 100 before doing a math page each day.
2 Mrs. Beth Vaccaro - most loving. We were all "Sweetheart or Sugarplum" etc.
Bill Willson - in second grade classroom, when I did not square dance, Billy said something like, "I wouldn’t want to be part of a religion that did not allow dancing.”
That same year, Greg Donaldson (who had been placed in a special gifted class with Mrs. Copenhaver) asked me to dance at an event on the blacktop. I tried to explain, "I'm a Christian." "So am I, Come on” he said. No problem, I was delighted to join in, two left feet and all. ~Es
3 Mrs Searls taught cursive.  
Tom Davenport's mom taught an after school Bible class at her house. She picked us up in her old station wagon. Kids loved chanting, "Give me a put, put." Then she'd make the car do that.
4. Mrs. Shazadae evolutionist. She pointed out my shyness as opposed to Steven Swall's boldness to the class. I longed to witness to her. She complained that her Christian husband who spent his time watching TV.
5 Mrs. Fielding had a baby, then we had a substitute.
Mother babysat for Shelly Yoder and her siblings one night. She told kids on the bus what a wonderful mother I have. I was delighted.
6 Mr. Wisenberger hit a dog on the way to work one morning so was very late coming in that day. He was likable but he paired us up [paired our desks] with a member of the opposite sex. 
Mr. Lagrutta, music teacher often yelled, “You bunch of hamburgers!”

Classmates: Teresa Dorado, John Whittington, Gregory Donaldson (brother of Sandra McCoy​), Shelly Yoder, Tom Davenport, Bill Willson, Mario Flores, Lynn Bettencourt, Joe Gulart, Allan Tidwell, Steve Swall, Tom Davenport, Danny Oden, Darlene Green, Anna Bastardo, Lorena Olivera… We were the first class to not continue there after 6th Grade. This was the beginning of Jr. High at Ivanhoe.

There were many reasons, I would not discuss here, that caused me to open my arms to homeschooling as a much wiser course.