Friday, July 22, 2016

Proclamation Appointing a National Fast Day - 1863

Proclamation Appointing a National Fast Day

Washington, D.C.
March 30, 1863

Senator James Harlan of Iowa, whose daughter later married President Lincoln's son Robert, introduced this Resolution in the Senate on March 2, 1863. The Resolution asked President Lincoln to proclaim a national day of prayer and fasting. The Resolution was adopted on March 3, and signed by Lincoln on March 30, one month before the fast day was observed.
By the President of the United States of America. A Proclamation.
Whereas, the Senate of the United States, devoutly recognizing the Supreme Authority and just Government of Almighty God, in all the affairs of men and of nations, has, by a resolution, requested the President to designate and set apart a day for National prayer and humiliation.
And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.
And, insomuch as we know that, by His divine law, nations like individuals are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a punishment, inflicted upon us, for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole People? We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!
It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.
Now, therefore, in compliance with the request, and fully concurring in the views of the Senate, I do, by this my proclamation, designate and set apart Thursday, the 30th. day of April, 1863, as a day of national humiliation, fasting and prayer. And I do hereby request all the People to abstain, on that day, from their ordinary secular pursuits, and to unite, at their several places of public worship and their respective homes, in keeping the day holy to the Lord, and devoted to the humble discharge of the religious duties proper to that solemn occasion.
All this being done, in sincerity and truth, let us then rest humbly in the hope authorized by the Divine teachings, that the united cry of the Nation will be heard on high, and answered with blessings, no less than the pardon of our national sins, and the restoration of our now divided and suffering Country, to its former happy condition of unity and peace.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. Done at the City of Washington, this thirtieth day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty seventh.
By the President: Abraham Lincoln
William H. Seward, Secretary of State.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

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Wednesday, February 04, 2015

A Great Six Session Course - Preparedness Peace

By Kynada L. Boland with Scott MacTiernan is available at

Preparedness Peace is a six session, small group basic disaster preparedness course designed to build a foundation for a lifestyle of preparedness. You can lead the course! Just purchase supplies, gather your friends, and GO FOR IT!
In six action-packed lessons, you'll learn how to ready your home and family for most types of disasters. This information will change your life. 
Here is a small sample of each week's subject:
  • Session 1 - Why Me? Why Prepare?
  • Session 2 – Teamwork & the Power of a Plan
  • Session 3 – Water Wise & Food Sense
  • Session 4 – Power Alley
  • Session 5 – Safe Home & Grab and Go Bags
  • Session 6 – Home Security




    Tuesday, November 19, 2013

    He Makes Me Lie Down In Green Pastures

    In order for sheep to lie down and rest, four requirements must be met.  The unique aspect of the picture is that it is only the shepherd who can provide for these requirements. 

    1.  Owing to their timidity they refuse to lie down unless they are free of all fear.  You may not know that sheep are very timid and panicky.  Just one site of the smallest unexpected creature popping out and the entire herd will stampede.  When one startled sheep runs in fright a dozen others will bolt with it in blind fear, not waiting to see what frightened them.  In Phillip Keller’s book, A Shepherd Looks at the 23rd Psalm, he tells of his horrifying experience as a shepherd when he awoke and went out to check on his flock and found nine of his choicest ewes, all soon to lamb, lying dead in the field where a cougar had harried the flock during the night.  He says after that experience he slept with a .303 rifle and flashlight by his bed and at the least sound of the flock being disturbed he would jump out of bed calling his faithful collie and rush out to protect his sheep.  One of the things that he soon learned through his experiences was that nothing so quieted and reassured the sheep as to see him in the field.  WOW!!  That is incredible.  The presence of their master and owner and protector put them at ease as nothing else could do, and this applied day and night.  In the Christian’s life there is no substitute for the keen awareness that my shepherd is nearby.  There is nothing that dispels the fear, the panic, the terror of the unknown.  It is the work of the Holy Spirit that makes known to us the presence of our Good Shepherd.  He comes quietly to reassure us that Christ Himself is aware of our dilemma and deeply involved in it with us.

    2.  Because of the social behavior within the flock, sheep will not lie down unless they are free from friction with other of their kind.  Believe it or not there in the fold lies tension, rivalry, and cruel competition.  Just as there is the “pecking order” among chickens and the “horning order” among cattle, there is a “butting order” among sheep.  It is usually the arrogant, cunning, and domineering old ewe that will be the boss in the flock.  This ewe will maintain position of prestige by butting and driving other ewe’s or lambs away from the best grazing or favorite bed grounds.  Succeeding this one in precise order the other sheep all establish and maintain their exact position in the flock by using the same tactics of butting and thrusting at those below and around them.  Because of this rivalry, tension and competition for status and self-assertion, there is friction in the flock.  The sheep cannot lie down and rest in contentment.  Always they must stand up and defend their rights and contest the challenge of the intruder.  Again, it is the presence of the Shepherd that will attract the attention of the sheep and they will forget their foolish rivalries and stop their fighting.  Occasionally the shepherd must use his staff and discipline the older ewes and we will see more of that in the phrase, “His rod and staff, they comfort me.” We are just as these sheep.  The struggle for self-assertion and self-recognition goes on and on.  Most of us fight to be “top sheep”.  We butt and quarrel and compete to “get ahead” and in the process we hurt ourselves and others.  I’m remembering what James said in chapter 4 verses 1-3 “What is causing the quarrels and fights among you?  Isn’t it the whole army of evil desires at war within you?  You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it.  You are jealous for what others have, and you can’t possess it, so you fight and quarrel to take it away from them.  And yet the reason you don’t have what you want is that you don’t ask God for it.  And when you do ask, you don’t get it because your whole motive is wrong – you want only what will give you pleasure. (NLT)

    We must remember that when our eyes are on our Master they are not on those around us.  This is a place of peace.  In the end it is he who will decide and judge what my status really is.  After all, it is His estimation of me that is of consequence.  Any human measurement at best is bound to be pretty unpredictable, unreliable, and far from final.  So, to be close to Him, conscious of His abiding Presence, made real in my mind, emotions, and will by the indwelling gracious Spirit, is to be set free from fear of my fellow-man and whatever he might think of me.  I would much rather have the affection of the Good Shepherd than occupy a place of prominence in society….especially if I had attained it by fighting, quarreling, and bitter rivalry with my fellow human beings.
    “Blessed [happy, to be envied] are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy”.  Matt. 5:7

    3.  If tormented by flies or parasites, sheep will not lie down.  This is essential to the contentment of sheep.  As we know it is in the summertime that flies are at their worst.  During this time sheep can be driven to absolute frustration by nasal flies, bot flies, warble flies and ticks.  They can not rest when tormented with these pests.  They are up on their feet stomping their legs, shaking their heads, ready to rush off into the bush for relief from their pests.  Again, we see that it is the diligent care of the shepherd who must keep a constant look out over his flock to know when they are being harassed.  A good shepherd will take swift action and use the application of insect repellents on the sheep.  He will also see that they are dipped to clear their fleeces of ticks.  He will also make sure that there are shelter belts of trees and bush available where they can find refuge and release from their tormentors.  All of this entails extra care and expense on the part of the shepherd.  The primary purpose in the shepherd’s mind is the aim of keeping his flock quiet, contented, and at peace.

    Similarly in the Christian life there are bound to be many small irritations.  There are the annoyances of petty frustrations and ever-recurring disagreeable experiences.  What is the antidote?  Can any of us come into quietness and contentment despite them?

    The answer for the Christian is “YES”!  This is one of the main functions of the Holy Spirit.  In Scripture, the Holy Spirit is often symbolized by oil-by that which brings healing and comfort and relief from the harsh and abrasive aspects of life.  The gracious Holy Spirit makes real in me the very presence of Christ.  He brings quietness, serenity, strength, and calmness in the face of frustrations and futility.  When I turn to Him and expose the problem to Him, allowing Him to see that I have a dilemma, a difficulty beyond my control, He comes to assist.  Often a helpful approach is simply to voice aloud, “Master, this is beyond me-I can’t cope with it-it’s bugging me-I can’t rest-please take over!”  He does in His own wonderful way.  He applies the healing, soothing, effective antidote of His own person and presence to my particular problem.  There immediately comes into my consciousness the awareness of His dealing with the difficulty in a way I had not anticipated.  And because of the assurance that He has become active on my behalf, there steals over me a sense of quiet contentment.  I am then able to lie down in peace and rest.  ALL BECAUSE OF WHAT HE DOES!  If you notice here….there are no “three points and a poem”.  There is nothing that you do other than call out to Him and He does the rest.  He is a Good Shepherd!

    4.  The fourth and final requirement that must be met for sheep to lie down and rest is they must be free from a feeling of hunger.  In the areas of the country that are known as great sheep countries of the world there is a dry, semi-arid climate.  This happens to be the very best climate for sheep to flourish.  They are susceptible to fewer hazards of health or parasites where the climate is dry.  But it is very interesting that these regions are not natural places to find lush, green pastures.  David kept his sheep near Bethlehem which is a dry, brown, sun-burned wasteland.

    These green pastures that the sheep so desperately need did not just happen by chance,  Green pastures were the product of tremendous labor, time, and skill in land use.  In order for green pastures to be made the shepherd must go in ahead of time and clear rough, rocky land, tear out brush and roots and stumps; he must plow deep and carefully develop the soil and make it ready for seeding and planting special grains and legumes.  Then there is also the matter of irrigating with water with careful, watch of the crops of forage that would feed the flocks.  To top it off he must also have several pastures prepared for his sheep.

    All of this represents tremendous toil and skill and time for the careful shepherd.  If his sheep were going to enjoy green pastures amid the brown, barren hills, it meant he had a tremendous job to do.  But these pastures are essential to the welfare of the sheep.  Even when lambs are maturing and the ewes need green, succulent feed for a heavy mild flow, there is no substitute for good pasturage.  Incidentally…no sight so satisfies the shepherd as to see his flock well and quietly fed to repletion on rich green forage, able to lie down to rest, ruminate, and gain.

    Now, a hungry, ill-fed sheep is ever on its feet, on the move, searching for another scanty mouthful of forage to try and satisfy its gnawing hunger.  These sheep are not contented, they do not thrive, they are of no use to themselves nor to their owners.  One shepherd described it as, “…they languish and lack vigor and vitality.”

    What is the application for us as Christians here?  Well, focus now your attention on the “Promised Land” that God mentioned in Scripture.  This is the land that God worked so hard to lead Israel to from Egypt.  This land was described to the children of Israel as a land “flowing with milk and honey.”  When studying the scientific technology involved in agriculture you will find that this term ”a land flowing with mild and honey” is not only figurative language but also scientific terminology.  In agricultural terms they speak of a ”milk flow” and ”honey flow”.  By this they mean the peak season of spring and summer when pastures are at their most productive stages.  The livestock that feed on the forage and the bees that visit the blossoms are said to be producing a corresponding “flow” of milk or honey.  So a land flowing with milk and honey is a land of rich, green luxuriant pastures.

    When God spoke of such a land for Israel He also foresaw such an abundant life of joy and victory and contentment for His people.  For the child of God, the Old Testament account of Israel moving from Egypt into the Promised Land is a picture of us moving from sin into the life of overcoming victory.  We are promised such a life.  It has been provided for us and is made possible by the unrelenting effort of Christ on our behalf.

    Picture this…He works to clear the life of rocks of stony unbelief.  How He tries to tear out the roots of bitterness.  He attempts to break up the hard, proud human heart that is set like sun-dried clay.  He then sows the seed of His own precious Word, which, if given half a chance to grow, will produce rich crops of contentment and peace.  He waters this with the dews and rain of His own presence by the Holy Spirit.  He tends and cares and cultivates the life, longing to see it become rich and green and productive.  All of this shows the unrelenting energy and industry of an owner who wishes to see his sheep satisfied and well fed.  It really shows that my Shepherd’s desire is to see my best interests served.  His concern for my care is beyond my comprehension, really.  At best all I can do is to enjoy and revel in what He has brought into effect.

    This is taken from "New Life Design Blog"

    Saturday, October 06, 2012


    I have been traveling more and more into more and more places.  There has been an acceleration for which I am so grateful to God.  It is my privilege to meet so many people who the LORD is speaking to regarding refuge areas all over the United States and beyond.  If the Lord has been speaking to you about what is coming or how He has you preparing for the challenging times that are coming, I would be blessed to hear your story.  If you would like to schedule a time for me to come to your area, contact me by Email at:

    You may feel like you are alone in hearing these things from God, but I am here to tell you you are far from alone.  May you be encouraged.  I look forward to hearing from you.

    Thursday, April 05, 2012

    A Bigger God

    Just recently I spoke at a church in central Texas sharing about Cities of Refuge and some of the miraculous things God has done along the way. Afterwards a very young girl with long brown hair approached me. She appeared to be about 10 years old and was visibly nervous. With her eyes firmly fixed on the church carpet, she said, "May I ask you a question?"

    "Sure," I replied as I bent down towards her with a smile.

    "I had a dream that my guinea pig died and then two days later she died. Is that OK?"

    A smile crossed my face as I realized the Lord had been speaking to this child.

    "Of course that's OK. God spoke to many people throughout the Bible in dreams."

    She looked up at me and smiled. Relief swept across her face.

    "This is a sweet gift from the Lord," I said. "Ask Him to give you more dreams and He will.

    One of the greatest joys I have as I share in churches and other places is to discover those whom God has already been speaking to through dreams and visions. They most often ask to speak with me privately as the crowds thin out. Once in a safe place, they will quietly share some of their encounters with a supernatural God. It is my great privelege to listen to their stories for so many times they have been discouraged or hurt along the way by mentors... by those in authority in whom they have placed their trust. Because of this, they have become fearful in sharing the stories of their encounters. My father was this way.

    I grew up in a home where our father would be given dreams and visions from the Lord quite often. I thought this was normal and happened to everyone. But as a teenager I had a supernatural encounter with God... an open vision... and shared my experience with my father. He encouraged me, but warned me not to share this with others for fear they might think you were crazy or out of your mind. However, I didn't heed his advice. By the grace of God, I was never fearful of sharing my supernatural God stories. I actually receive great joy from the Lord in sharing my experiences with God and allowing people to see a bigger God than the One they may now know. God is BIG!!! And if you can imagine it or think it, He's bigger than that.

    May the Lord increase in us.

    "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. " Ephesians 3:20-21

    Monday, March 26, 2012

    Cities of Refuge

    The LORD is speaking to people all over the world creating Cities of Refuge for the challenging times that are coming. Some are farms, some are individual homes, some are underground, and some are communities. They are places that the Lord will protect and provide for Himself.

    If this subject matter is new to you and you'd like to learn more about what God is doing, please listen to my "Cities of Refuge Interview" from October 2011 here on my blog or go to the front page of my website at and listen to "Cities of Refuge Interview" from January 2011.

    The Lord is asking some to store up food and supplies, others He's asking to start a garden or farm. The Lord has the best plan for your family, church and community. An important thing to know is that at the center of every City of Refuge is a House of Prayer, but I must inject here that not every House of Prayer will be a City of Refuge. True Cities of Refuge are initiated by the Lord.

    I have been traveling extensively sharing what God is doing around the world. If you are interested in having me come to speak at your home group, church or gathering, please do not hesitate to contact me at

    If the Lord has been speaking to you regarding Cities of Refuge and you feel comfortable sharing, I would sure love to hear from you. No one person has all the answers... but it is clear that the pieces the Lord has been showing people all over the world, fit together with precision.

    Also, I have included a few sources of information below that you may find interesting. If you know of any helpful web sites, books or other resources, please feel free to e-mail them to me as well.

    "When Technology Fails" by Matthew Stein
    "" for heirloom seeds
    "" for grain, underground food storage, shopping and seminars
    "" for conferences, webinars, and teaching
    "" for teaching, information and multiple resources... I especially recommend listening to Mike Bickle's recounting of IHOP's history entitled, "Encountering Jesus."