A Prayer For Marching Orders

Captain, O my Captain
Order me this day!
That the Enemy’s plans be countered
And demons be dismayed!
Stretch my ears to hear the calling
Of those reaching their last excuse.
Guide my hand to catch the falling
Guide my sword to cut the noose.
Let my fight be an expression
Of Your powerful, perfect love
So those I am protecting
Will turn in awe to You above.

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Open

Open your eyes.
Open your ears.
You can’t, can you? Not fully, not to perceive what reality is truly made of, not with your very human nature, blind and deaf to all that it wishes not to see or hear.
Now let Him open them for you. Ask Him. Beg Him. Plead in desperation with Him to show you what is, like a man with empty lungs looking up at the distant surface of the water, a mother calling out for her lost child in a winter storm.
 
Now.
Stand near.
Listen.
See Wisdom call out in the streets, her razor-edged tones stripping away the plush flocking of self-delusion.
There is nothing soft or seductive in her strident voice, calling fools to put away their foolishness, and the simple their ignorance.
(What but a sheath can accept a thrust from such a sword and take no damage from it?)
Watch as those with crooked ears flinch at hearing her straight words, and pull away, forbearing to leave their effort-built nest of sins.
“We’ve earned it!” they cry, and they have. Oh, how they have. And we weep for them.
Gaze in horrified wonder as they twist and turn and bleed on the hooks that they set deep into their own flesh in the name of momentary pleasure or escape from momentary pain.
Marvel at the depths the sinful sink to, in order to drown the waves of conviction that wash over them.
The truth comes calling, and all that they can do is run, never seeing the cliff before them.
We try to show them, but their eyes are held tightly closed to the Light.
We try to tell them, but their fingers are in their ears to block out the Word.
 
All that we can do is helplessly let them go.
All that we can do is helplessly watch them fall.
All that we can do is helplessly see them hit rock bottom.
All that we can do is try once again, to plead with them to not go looking for another cliff.
 
Are you ready for more?
 
Open your eyes wider, and see that ‘they’ can be singular.
Open your eyes wider still, and you will see the frame around the mirror as He holds it lovingly in front of you, ready to hold you in His arms as you weep in agonized realization that what is, is who you truly are, apart from Him.
Selah.
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To Save Ten Million Lives…

Here is an email on locale-appropriate technology that I send out to various interested parties.  Please send a copy to anyone you think might be able to help get this information to those who so desperately need it.

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Hey, guys! I’m just here to pass on some links on water filtering; safer, more efficient heating/cooking; strong, inexpensive buildings; soil improvement; and safer septic systems. (All five technologies can be easily put into use with local materials and few tools.) Please note that most subjects will require further study to see how best they can be implemented, but, when used together, almost guarantees a substantial improvement in the standard of living, when not outright saving lives.

CERAMIC WATER FILTER

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceramic_water_filter
http://rdic.org/ceramic-water-filters/
http://instove.org/safe-drinking-water

ROCKET STOVE

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocket_stove
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfKHVoCY2so&hd=1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtFvdMk3eLM&hd=1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jfag47dRCs&hd=1
http://erica-k-wisner.hubpages.com/hub/Rocket-Mass-Heaters-Efficient-Home-Heating-With-Wood
http://www.cracktwo.com/2011/01/woman-built-rocket-mass-heater.html
http://hackaday.com/2010/10/04/wood-burning-house-heater/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buPtpr-0sqA&hd=1
http://www.aprovecho.org/lab/home
http://www.permies.com/permaculture-forums/10.0
http://www.permies.com/permaculture-forums/3352_0/alternative-energy/rocket-stove-water-heater
http://milkwood.net/2011/10/28/rocket-stove-water-heater-redux/
http://instove.org
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buPtpr-0sqA
http://www.permies.com/permaculture-forums/4052_0/alternative-energy/rocket-swimming-pool-heater
http://www.cowboyhottubs.com/

Main points of rocket stoves:

  • Fuel is completely burned:
  • Because the  combustion chamber is well insulated, the temperature inside of it can reach 1800 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • No smoke.  The operating temperature inside the  combustion chamber is more than double the autoignition point of any fuel you would be using, so everything (even smoke) is burned.  Once at operating temperature, the exhaust mostly consists of warm, moist air, rich in CO2, which is perfect for greenhouse atmosphere.
  • No soot in pipes.  (As one link states, it took over two years for sufficient creosote to build up in the heat exchanger to noticeably effect performance, without becoming a hazard.)
  • No carbon monoxide.  Because of high air flow rate (the reason behind the word ‘rocket’), every carbon atom has lots of oxygen atoms to bind to.
  • Very little ash to clean out.
  • Versatile.  Burn wood chips, branches, leaves, grass clippings, newspaper, entire trees.  It will all burn completely.
  • +90% efficiency.  4-8 times more efficient, compared to regular wood stoves.
  • Safe.  The only high heat is in the combustion chamber, which doesn’t strictly need to be immediately adjacent to where the fuel is burned, or the mass to be heated.  The exhaust is generally as hot as a cup of coffee.
  • Inexpensive.  Almost all of the stove can be made with materials gathered on-sight (clay/straw/etc.)
  • Attractive.  The outer surface can be clay/metal/etc., Whatever you want it to look like.
  • The top of the combustion chamber can be used as a flat cooking surface, contain a stock pot insert, and/or be used for a hot water heater/boiler.

COMPRESSED EARTH BLOCKS

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compressed_earth_block
http://opensourceecology.org/wiki/Compressed_Earth_Blocks
http://greenbuildingelements.com/2010/11/02/compressed-earth-block-questions-and-answers/
http://www.ecohabitar.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/04-5793-1.pdf
http://www.grisb.org/publications/pub34.htm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=le-Nmg0q9jE&hd=1
http://www.terrablock.com/images/testimonials/test6.jpg
http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0012/001282/128236e.pdf
http://www.earth-auroville.com/maintenance/uploaded_pics/cseb.pdf
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyKx6b2NOoU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4roFRm_PyE

BIOCHAR

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biochar
http://web.archive.org/web/20120415232930/http://michiganbiochar.com/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2a07PR8SU6Q
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqkWYM7rYpU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COPqvVH7jiw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvRrciRY_SY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlYwLycMEMA

  • Functions almost like a coral reef for sheltering soil micro-organisms
  • Holds water and nutrients until plants remove them, keeping both from leeching further down into soil, and water from evaporating upwards.
  • Component of terra preta
  • Solely mechanical soil improvement

TREE BOGS

http://permaculture.wikia.com/wiki/Tree_bog
http://www.permaculture.co.uk/articles/loo-view-build-your-own-treebog

INFORMATION REPOSITORIES

CD3WD Core – 6 DVDs ~26GB

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CD3WD Educational Content
Preschool / Primary / Junior School – 11 dvds ~47GB
Senior Secondary (High School) – 9 DVDs ~39GB
Misc (Vocational, Agriculture, Etc) – 7 DVDs ~28GB
Novels, including Wikipedia content – 4 DVDs ~16GB

MISC. INFORMATION

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His Words, Not Yours

Worry not what you will say,

When called to speak of God to men.

Hold tightly to His guiding hand;

Be open to His Spirit, then

The words will come, in perfect form, with perfect aim,

Arrows tipped by humble human tongue

Piercing still the hardest armoured heart.

Not from any mortal sprung,

Nor wisdom of the worldly kind.

No! They’re fired straight from the Lord’s own bow,

Throwing hands and cries into the air,

Dropping knees and tears to Earth below.

So that all that witness can but one thing say

“Only God could have done this, here, today!”

(Based on 1 Corinthians 2:1-5)

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