Heaven Ministries
March 2007
Issue 42

Marriage Alive! Newsletter

Marriage Articles

Keeping Up With The Joneses

I Am The Bread of Life

Question From A Reader

Q: Please send me information about not being bound to submit to a husband in an abusive relationship. Thank you, P.B

Health Tidbits

About Raw Milk 

For Thought

Insurance Poor


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Keeping Up With The Jones

It’s perfectly fine to want and have nice things if we don’t get in over our head because of it. And it’s even better to pay cash for the nice things we need and want so we never owe anybody or any institution anything.  Being in debt and owing more money than what we paid for something because of interest on loans can be detrimental to our spiritual and mental health. Some families have to work more hours just to pay off their debts. Some debts never seem to get paid off because they keep buying more stuff they don’t need. 

Ever wonder why God says the love of money is the root of evil?  Greed stirs up dissension in all types of relationships, breaks up marriages, and causes one to lose sight of what is actually important in life.  Because of the “keeping up with the Jones” attitude, even the wife feels she needs to work to support the family. But what if they budgeted their money better and didn’t buy stuff they didn’t need? Would that help?

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wondered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 
(1 Timothy 6:10 NIV)

Is being in debt worth having all those nice things over? Most people would say it isn’t worth all the frustration and worry that being in debt does to the mental and spiritual self. Being overdrawn financially keeps us further away from Christ in that we’re either so worried about getting out of debt, or too consumed with buying nice things, that we forget about what God wants for our lives.

Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” (Matthew 6:24 NIV)

It says in the bible, owe no man anything. So how do we do that? How do we buy one of the biggest purchases of our life without owing no man anything? We do it with much patience and due diligence. Here are six ways to buy a home without going into debt.

  1. Save your money and buy free and clear
  2. Rent to own
  3. Buy a foreclosure
  4. Real-estate auctions
  5. Buy a fixer upper
  6. Build yourself

Anyone can own their own home in this way if they are serious about staying out of debt. Buying a home without getting in over your head is a blessing from God. We ask for what we need and He will supply us with our needs.  If you think you need to have a luxurious home now, and in the best subdivision then you will probably get into debt over it.

And what about a car? We should never get deceived into buying a brand new car. Some people like the status symbol a brand new car brings them.  Unfortunately, this kind of attitude isn’t going to get you very far in God’s world. The minute you drive the car off the lot it depreciates in value. Buying a good used car instead costs way less, and hopefully you won’t get into debt over it.

The world promotes materialism everywhere you turn, but that is not what the Christian should be racing to promote. As Christian’s we should be promoting how to live our life with the least amount of stress and worry as possible. Believers are God’s messengers in this world. What kind of a message are we really promoting here? The more a person becomes in debt, the harder life becomes for him and the least likely he is to go to God for the guidance his life truly needs.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given unto you as well. (Matthew 6:33,34 NIV)

Wanting nice things is great, but if the consequences of those nice things keep us from the love of God, or loving others in the way we should, what good are those things?  Being too much in debt can bring us so much frustration, worry, stress, and panic because we are afraid of losing our nice things we have spent lots of money on. This is not the Christian example we are supposed to represent to others.

As God’s children we ought to be free from the love of money so we can be free to work for God.  As believers in this world we should not be working to make ourselves look good to others but we should be working to make God look good to others. Wanting nice things is not a sin but striving to keep up with the Jones makes people turn away from God and into sin, for the love of money and material possessions will overtake the Spirit and they will lose sight of God’s kingdom here on earth. 

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have. (Hebrews 13:5 NIV)


I Am The Bread of Life


Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. (John 6:35 NIV)

When our bodies are hungry or thirsty we open the refrigerator and eat or drink to our hearts content. When we are spiritually hungry what do we do? Some of us do nothing and we remain starved for spiritual nutrients. Some of us don’t go to the correct sources for our spiritual food and become vitamin deficient spiritually. It is my belief that the only way we can really satisfy our spiritual hunger is by getting to know Jesus Christ and having an ongoing personal relationship with Him. When we feel hungry we can just ask Him. When we feel dehydrated we just ask Him.  Jesus is the only way.

Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the light. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6 NIV)

In marriage, husband and wife eat together and work on digesting the Bread of Life into their marriage with care and wisdom. It is one thing hearing the message, and it is another applying what we hear into our lives. What would happen if we didn't do anything with what we heard or read?  We remain hungry and not satisfied with anything that life has to offer. We need the Bread of Life because without it we will die of starvation. Marriage will have its trials and tribulations, no doubt about that, but whenever we need wisdom we can go to God and ask Him, and He will supply us with what we need.

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. (James 1:5 NIV)

We absolutely do not have to go hungry or become dehydrated with thirst when we have the Bread of Life at our fingertips. We have all been blessed with the great and awesome love that can fill us up like no other food in this world can.  The Bread of Life urges us towards salvation, while bringing deep and everlasting peace for the soul.

“I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life. I am the bread of life. Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died.  But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die.  I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever.  This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” (John 6:47-49 NIV)

Believers certainly do not have to go hungry spiritually hoping that somewhere out there in the world their questions will get answered. We do not have to rely on our own understanding when we have been given the Bread of Life. God has already freely given us food for the soul that leads to right living and contentment. All we have to do is apply it into our life.

Give us today our daily bread. (Matthew 6:11 NIV)


Question From A Reader

Q: Please send me information about not being bound to submit to a husband in an abusive relationship. Thank you, P.B

Dear  P. B
A husband who is consistently abusive to his wife, physically, emotionally, or spiritually is not LOVING GOD FIRST -- that means, he himself is not in submission to Christ. A woman does not have to submit to abusive behavior. But a Christian wife should try and help her husband get help and keep herself focused entirely upon the Lord for healing of her husband and restoration for her marriage. A man's abusive behavior comes from deep within him and can only be healed by humbling himself to the Lord and having the faith to ask Christ for forgiveness and healing. Sometimes in certain situations a woman must bypass her husband so she may submit her will properly to the Lord. God does not want us to hurt our own position and faith with him to submit to an abusive husband. that would not be very productive, would it?
In all things a Christian wife should be discerning and look for the fruits. A fruit would be anything productive for the marriage. It would be far better for a wife to not submit to an abusive husband and instead rebuke her husband for his ways and help him to come to Christ. In this way, she is doing something productive for her husband and marriage. If she submits to his abusive behavior she would only be enabling it, therefore, keeping him from the love of Christ and ever knowing he may have a problem. It is the same with enabling an alcoholic. If a wife keeps enabling her husbands addiction how will he know that he has a problem? So, to answer the question a Christian wife must first submit to the Lord, and if her husband will not allow her to do that because of his own sins, then she must bypass his authority.
If a husband comes home from a hard day at work, and out of the ordinary, takes his temper out on his wife, than that is not the same thing as the husband above. Even Christians err and make mistakes in life and marriage. This man should realize his wrong, repent and ask forgiveness.
When a woman submits to her husband's authority she is actually submitting to the Lord, because, her husband is also submitting his will to the Lord. Do you see how that works?
That means in marriage there are certain positions that a Christian husband and wife must take so they may follow the example set down in the bible. A Christian husband should submit his will to God. If he is a Godly man, he won't abuse his wife in the first place. The foundation of submission starts with God and rests with God.
Did you know that in all types of relationships there absolutely has to be some form of submission. College students submit to their Professor, whether that professor is a woman or not. The professor submits to the dean, whether she is a woman or not. It's not about the difference of sex but about GETTING ALONG.  Children must submit to their parents. And husbands must submit to their wives too, it is scriptural. In a marriage relationship, what do you think is going to happen, if neither husband or wife submit to each other? Chaos and havoc will ensue. Two captains directing the ship will not work. One must be the first-mate and they both help each other through acts of submission.
What makes a woman feel like a doormat is herself. Some women believe that submitting to their husbands headship makes them somehow lower then him, but actually they put that on themselves by making a big deal about submitting. they listen to how their own friends rule and boss their husband around and so they think and believe it is the right thing to do. But LOVING YOUR SPOUSE TAKES SUBMISSION. I'm not yelling but only trying to make a point here. Love takes action and all acts of love are submission. When I am being considerate of my husbands feelings, I am in some form submitting myself (will) to him.  In marriage submission is love. In a workplace environment, it is consideration. In colleges, it is respect, and in sports teams it is team spirit. This is how the world works best. People must get along with each other for the world to work in a proper and peaceful manner. In marriage it is the same way, if God would have made the female first, then probably it would have been the male made out of Eve's rib and she would be head over her husband, but as it is, it is proper for a Christian woman to submit to her husbands Christian authority and be in submission to his love for her.


About Raw Milk
by Christina fuller

Dear Friends:

Six years ago, I took my first drink of raw milk. I was scared to death. As a city girl, raised with all the pasteurization propaganda in my public school text books and media, I thought I was going to keel over dead. (Lucky you, I am still alive.)

I am an inquisitive person. Consequently before I would consume raw milk, I decided to learn all there is to know about the substance. Since we were home schooling I decided to do a unit study with the children, too.

As a student of the bible, I realized that milk has been around since God created animals. There are many biblical references to milk. I took note of the verse that described the Promised Land. It was a land flowing with "pasteurized milk and well cooked honey". Well, according to the American mindset, I am sure it had to be pasteurized and stamped with the FDA safe handling label.

The point is this. Cows have been around a really long time. Pasteurization is a relatively new phenomenon. How did our ancestors live without the FDA and other food regulating bodies? I am sure that according to these agencies, the world was a dismal place. They would like for you to believe that all illness and death was caused by fresh milk.

The study of raw milk proved to be a fascinating undertaking for our newly emerging home school. According to our study, access to milk became a real problem because people stopped living in the country and began congregating in the city. They gave up their milk cows. People turned to the country dairies to get milk until a new kind of dairy arose.

The manufacture of alcohol on a large scale led to the development of distilleries. Corn and rye were used to make whiskey. The by-product of such manufacture was called swill. It wasn't uncommon to hear the lowing of a cow in a shed near a distillery. The cow consumed the swill. It didn't take long before distilleries figured out a good amount of money could be made by selling milk on the side. City folks no longer had to go buy expensive country milk. They could purchase milk from a distillery.

The conditions the animals lived in were appalling. They were in filthy sheds wading in their own manure. Many never saw the light of day. (This doesn't sound all that different than corporate dairy farming today, does it?) The milk from these cows was bereft of nutrients. The overcrowded conditions led to disease. The distillery continued to sell milk from sick and dying cows. One report showed that a cow was milked while in a hoist. It couldn't stand up because it was so sick. By the time they lowered it to the ground, it was dead. It is not surprising that infant mortality rates skyrocketed.

This experience left many people fearful of raw milk and opened the door for German born Nathan Strauss to begin an intense, and ultimately effective, political campaign to ban the sale of raw milk. This campaign was emotionally heated and Strauss equated raw milk with dead babies. Lost in the shuffle was the known fact that milk from healthy cows, cared for with good cleaning practices, was not poisonous. The fact that greed and diseased animals caused the outbreak of illness was blurred. Raw milk became equated with the word poison and there has been no turning back.

During Strauss' pasteurization campaign there were many physicians who highlighted the problems with pasteurized milk. There were a few certified dairies. The process of milking the cow was monitored heavily to ensure sanitary conditions. The milk from these dairies was expensive and only prescribed by doctors.

Upon the conclusion of our study on raw milk, I felt disenfranchised. Greed led to the alteration of a healthy food, and to subsequent deaths. Media and political bias has left the truth about this food hidden from the general public.

Many will never try real milk because the fear factor has been masterfully exploited. Media plays on the ignorance of the general public, and their inability to think critically. E. coli is inevitable in fresh milk according to general media. The media won't tell you that E. coli can be found anywhere including in fresh spinach. E. coli found its way into our food chain because of overcrowded feed lots where cows are housed. 

Cows who have exposure to plentiful grass do not present a risk for E. coli contamination. Chlorphyl found in grass is a natural detoxifier. Chances are the E. coli outbreak came about because food lot waste was spread on the plants. Lost in the shuffle is that unhealthy animals, unsanitary practices, and overcrowded facilities led to the tainted milk.

If you would like to learn more about fresh milk, visit www.realmilk.com/

 The above information can be found in James Giblin's book "Milk: the Fight for Purity". You can find a copy of this book at Amazon.com/

Christina, aka, KSMilkmaid. www.fullerfamilyfarms.com/topics/blog/  A blog for those who want practical encouragement to live life fully, deeply, yet simply in Christ. Our Website: www.fullerfamilyfarms.com/


Insurance Poor

Once the citizens were careful with their deeds -
But who needs caution when you've got insurance?

Once they guarded their goods from theft –
But who needs guns when you’ve got insurance?

Once they saved for their old age –
But who needs thrift when you’ve got insurance?

Once the hearth was tended with care –
But who needs responsibility when you’ve got insurance?

Once the farmer humbly bowed his head –
But who needs rain when you’ve got insurance?

Once the sickbed was surrounded with prayer –
But who needs God when you got insurance?

1983  June Griffin

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