Thursday, June 22, 2017

LIVING BETTER: HEALTHY CELLS- CAN MORINGA HELP?

MORINGA TREE 
Your body is made up of systems, each system is made up of organs, organs are developed by bringing together tissues and each tissue is made up of cells which have organ specific  intelligence. Generally speaking, the health care profession focuses on various body organs and how it affects a particular system. Many holistic teachers, at least the ones I have talked to, focus on  body systems. And of course we, people in general, just think about our body. The concept of maintaining healthy cells is not new but it is rarely spoken of.

There are 12 systems in the body: Integumentary, Muscular, Skeletal, Cardiovascular,  Immune, Lymphatic, Urinary, Digestive, Nervous, Respiratory, Endocrine, and Reproductive. Each system has its’ own very important job. These systems are dependent on their cells to house the nutrients it needs and get rig of what it does not need. An imbalance of either because of to much waste or an overdose of nutrient can cause problems.

The foods we eat are distributed to the various cells within the various organs of the body after being transformed into usable nutrients.  Focusing on healthy cells will lead to healthy tissues, which will lead to healthy organs, which will lead to healthy systems which lead to healthy bodies thus the goal should be to eat what the bodies need.

I encourage everyone to eat non-GMO foods grown in your own back yard (or on your  patio), drink plenty of filtered water and exercise. I have added Moringa Oleifera to my diet and, as I have written before, I have noticed a difference.

The first thing I noticed was the detoxifying effects of moringa; if you are filled with junk there will be no room for what is good.  The next thing I noticed was the amount of energy I had this was after about 2 weeks on Moringa.  If nothing else this change has sold me on moringa as a supplement.

On my next post I will discuss the reason I was interested in Moringa and if that is helping. Remember: in addition to taking Moringa, I pray, watch what I eat, exercise and drink water.

According to WEbMD “Moringa contains proteins, vitamins, and minerals. As an antioxidant, it seems to help protect cells from damage.” 

MORINGA OLIFERA TIDBITS
Every part of the Moringa plant can be utilized. Many people use the leaves as a tea or in a smoothie or salad or ground up and placed in a capsule.

This is a nutrient comparison: 100 gm of Moringa   vs what is in various foods                        

  • Vitamin A    6,780mcg                           Carrots 1890 mcg
  • Vitamin C     220 mg                              Oranges 30 mg
  • Calcium  440 mg                                   Cows Milk 120mg
  • Potassium  259 mg                                 Bananas 88mg
  • Protein 6.7 gm                                         Cow”s milk: 3.2gm


FROM THE WEBSITE MORINGA FACTS-
 http://moringafacts.net/vitamin-and-mineral-content-of-moringa/#

Vitamins and Minerals                   Fresh Leaves                Dried Leaves
Vitamin A                                6.78 mg                    18.9 mg
Thiamin (B1)                                      0.06 mg                    2.64 mg
Riboflavin (B2)                              0.05 mg                    20.5 mg
Niacin (B3)                                        0.8 mg                      8.2 mg
Vitamin C                                        220 mg                     17.3 mg
Calcium                                                  440 mg                    2,003 mg
Calories                                                  92 cal                      205 cal
Carbohydrates                                          12.5 g                      38.2 g
Copper                                                  0.07 mg                     0.57 mg
Fat                                                           1.70 g                           2.3 g
Fiber                                                    0.90 g                         19.2 g
Iron                                                          0.85 mg                         28.2 mg
Magnesium                                           42 mg                         368 mg
Phosphorus                                           70 mg                         204 mg
Potassium                                            259 mg                        1,324 mg
Protein                                                    6.70 g                             27.1g
Zinc                                                        0.16 mg                   3.29 mg


The words written are based on my personal experience and knowledge and are not presented as advice; I am not a medical professional. The reader is encouraged to do his or her own research.
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NETTIE-ISM #9 KNOWLEDGE





              Ignorance is a stronghold.








A stronghold is a barrier that prevents entry. Ignorance prevents the entry of wisdom. The problem with being ignorant is- you do not know that you do not know. Unless you decide to learn you will continue to be without knowledge.  


Romans 10:3 (KJV)
For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. 

HOSEA 4:6
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; because you have forgotten the law of your God,I also will forget your children.



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Sunday, June 18, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: OUR FATHER

GALATIANS 5:6-7 The VOICE
Because you are now part of God’s family, He sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts; and the Spirit calls out, “Abba, Father.”  You no longer have to live as a slave because you are a child of God. And since you are His child, God guarantees an inheritance is waiting for you.

Abba means Father, in Galatians 5:6 the Apostle says we can call out Father Father because we are children of God; we are not slaves; we are not step children; we are not illegitimate or accidental births. We are children of God and we are guaranteed an inheritance.

God is the example all men (should) follow when it comes to being a parent. (*Let the reader be aware: I do not believe a mother can be both father and mother. The absence of a father in the home is a household with the mother bearing the burden of 2 parents but without a father.)

1 JOHN 2:13-14
I write to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the wicked one. I write to you, little children, because you have known the Father.
I have written to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one.

Father’s Day is not in the Bible it is a man made holiday however we can use both Mother’s Day and Father’s day as an opportunity to evaluate our parenting skills. Though it is marketed as a day to honor each parent the honor is in being a parent.

PSALMS 127:3 The Complete Jewish Bible
Children too are a gift from Adonai; the fruit of the womb is a reward.

Though the Bible tells us to honor or mother and father the privilege actually belongs to the parent.

Proverbs 17:6
Children’s children are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their father.

The glory of children is their father, think about that. As a parent are you someone your children can really give honor to? You do not need a special day. Are you demonstrating God the Father to your children so that they are men and women of God?  “I write to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning.” Your relationship with Father God should be reflected in your children.

Today is father’s day a day in which we can some will honor their earthly fathers. Everyday is a day we can all honor our Father.

“…Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.” (Matthew 6:9)

—written by Marsha L F Randolph 

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

BACK2BASICS: HURRICANE SEASON AGAIN!

It is hurricane season again and I am restocking. Every year I learn from the previous year and though we did not have a major hurricane event last year I did learn something: If you do not store the plastic water containers properly algae will form. I have been examining different types of water jugs. In addition I have more container plants than I did last year and they need an emergency repositioning plan.

What am I going to do with my plants? In a hurricane force wind the containers become dangerous projectiles so they must be moved. Because of the potential danger containers filled with dirt possess I need to figure out something. One shutters are on the house there is not enough light for an extended indoor stay.  AND THEN the plants will still need to be watered!

The good news is no one is on medication and we do not have pets or small children. Therefore, my emergency plans do not include making sure I have enough pampers, formula, or prescription drugs.

My prayer is we will be blessed with a peaceful year. However, emergency preparedness is about planning for the unexpected crisis. Today we are in a world of unexpected crisis not only as it relates to weather but Radical Islamic Terrorist who are attacking innocent people, workplace violence and gang related terrorism. While I pray for peace I must be ready for problems.

The idea of prepping is foreign to so many people and if you do not live in a hurricane zone you are not getting ready. I would suggest you download a hurricane preparedness check list and get ready for storm-like problems.

In the end my plants will have to come inside, either in the house in my office and exercise area, or in the garage. Once the storm blows over it is right back outside for all of them! If they are in the house for 2 or 3 days I may not water them. Hurricane season 2017 I will be ready as I can be.

We all need to add to our list: self protection. -written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Monday, June 12, 2017

MY COUNTRY CITY PROJECT: WHAT IS PERMACULTURE

I have heard of Square Foot Gardening, Back to Eden Gardens, Aquaponics Gardening, Permaculture Gardening and of course Container Gardens. The one type I do not fully understand is Permaculture.

I have half-heartedly been researching Permaculture and quite frankly many of the individuals explain the process in such a convoluted way that I decided it was not for me.There was something about the process that seemed to take the joy out of growing stuff.

From what I can gather the key to successful Permaculture farming is to utilize as many permanent plants and trees as possible while incorporating other plants, annuals, in such a way as to have continuous crop incorporating the nutrients provided by other plants as fertilizer. Once established a Permaculture farm becomes self sustaining, I think.

Because I have seen, via YouTube, the results of individuals who utilize this type of farming it is definitely doable, it just takes a lot of thinking, planning and initial labor; with a few adjustments along the way. Crop location and rotation is essential as is knowing what plants will grow with, companion, other plants. It is also important to know how certain vegetation effects the ground. (I think.)

Back in the day before farming became a science a person knew what he or she needed to grow and planted it. I think, common sense was prevalent back then because eventually people figured what worked and what didn’t work and they did not have Home Depot or Lowe’s to run to when they needed something.

Who knew that pig slop would fertilize the ground?  Back then the farmers would throw garbage ou
t to feed the pigs, because there was not a garbage disposal, and, unaware by them, the ground would be nourished. If you dropped some seeds under the apple tree and stuff started growing you did it again only with more seeds. If seeds grew better when you put cow manure on them you put cow manure on them again- it was your secret to success.

There were no grocery stores thus you always had to have a source of food.  As a farmer you used whatever nature had to offer to help produce a long harvest- I think they call it Permaculture today.  --- written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: GODLY FATHERS

EPHESIANS 6:2-4
“Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”
And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.

Ephesians 6:2 has become an often quoted Scripture while verse 6:4 has been ignored, or at least cast to the side. Today we face a lot of angry, resentful, rebellious children and for many the common denominator is the physical or emotional absence of a father.

EPHESIANS 6:4 The Complete Jewish Bible
Fathers, don’t irritate your children and make them resentful; instead, raise them with the Lord’s kind of discipline and guidance.

Like Christmas, Easter and Mother’s Day, Father’s Day has become a time to make money for the businesses. YES IT IS TRUE, many depend on that one day to acknowledge fathers but there are those who honor their fathers daily as Scripture suggest. When you are a loving father who does not “irritate” or “make resentful” your children it easy to be honored daily. Holidays should not be the reason to give to a loved one.

The Complete Jewish Bible says father’s should raise their children with the Lord’s type of discipline. To raise children this way a father must have a personal relationship with the Lord. A father has to know the word of God to know how to discipline and guide his children.

Father’s Day should be a day of introspection for men, Mother’s day should be a day of personal evaluation for mother’s.  Christmas and Easter should be a day of appreciation for the love of God. The accumulation of more stuff should not be the reason for the seasons.

A child who has a loving father does not need a day. A father who loves his children does not need to look for a day. If anything Father’s Day should be a day we honor ABBA FATHER.

Neither Mother’s Day or Father’s Day are in the Bible. After checking Wikipedia I learned that both days are celebrated in over 40 countries and has been for centuries. It is a tradition that has nothing to do with God’s word.

If a father thinks no one appreciates him despite all he does then perhaps he should look at his own relationship with Abba Father. Men who love the Lord and submit to His will have children who do the same. Men who neglect their personal relationship with God raise children who neglect their personal relationship not only God the Father but their earthly father as well.

PROVERBS 22:6 The Voice
Teach a child how to follow the right way; even when he is old, he will stay on course.

As a child we should honor our father, acknowledging his love on Father’s day is not wrong. Unfortunately, many earthly fathers are not a good example of our heavenly Father thus some children will not be honoring their father on Father’s day. But we all can honor God the Father.

GALATIANS 4:6
And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”

On this Sunday, the Sunday before the earthly Father’s Day it is good to remember: No matter how great your father is Abba Father is greater and that is a reason to celebrate.   —written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

PORCH STORIES: WASTED LOVE

I was just thinking; actually I was sitting on the porch shaking my head! This woman I know is going back to the man she was with five years ago.  He was verbally abusive, lazy, and unable to keep a job. He did not help her cook or clean. She worked hard to keep the lights on and he spent the day hanging out with friends. He had no intentions of marrying her and she finally had enough and left.
She got a place of her own and was active in the community. She even got a better job.  Life was going very well for her, at least I thought it was. Her problem is she went home alone every day. Most people don’t know how to handle being alone.
I kept telling her she needed to find her purpose and that purpose would do two things: give her something to do that would keep her mind off of self and position her to meet Mr. Right. Well she ignored me. She focused on a job that she did not really like and received a promotion. Her department ran so smoothly that even when she was not there it was as if she was there. This gave her a lot of free time.
One day she was talking to friends that she and her ex-boyfriend used to associate with and he happened to show up. (On purpose or by accident who knows.) They got to talking and he asked her to meet him for lunch, which she did. The lunch turned to an extended afternoon at her place which turned into dinner.
He was there when I called her the next morning to ask about a church related matter. I was livid! I was so angry as she joyfully explained to me that she was fixing him some breakfast.
Later, she came over to my place to ask why I was so mad!
I was still angry but I tried to point out the obvious. I rattled off a series of questions and answers.
Is he working?
Not really.
Is he cleaning his house?
He has a friend staying there who cleans for him.
Is the friend male or female?
It is a female but they are not really serious.
Are you serious? Do you think they are not intimate?
He said they were not.
When did he stop lying?
SILENCE!

Loneliness is a breeding ground for trouble. There are so many dumb decisions we can make just because we are lonely. We spend to much money, eat to much food, drink to much and take drugs AND we get in the wrong relationship.

We all have a natural need to love. Loving the one you are with just because that person is the only one around is never a good idea.  Giving love to someone who does not know how to receive love with gratitude is wasted love.

Well, by the time I finished talking, yelling, at my friend (in love) she decided to go on a church retreat that she had previously said she was not going to go on.  Yes, I shamed her. My prayer is when she comes back she will have a better way of seeing things.    —written by Marsha L F Randolph



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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

NPA: COULD YOU PASS THE CITIZENSHIP TEST?

I first saw the citizenship test when a friend of mine needed help studying it. If I had taken the test back then I would have failed.
A growing number of states are requiring students to pass the citizenship test in order to graduate.

A part of me thinks- this is a back door way of ensuring those whose parents came to this country illegally will be allowed to become citizens.

There was a time when the information found on the citizenship test was taught in elementary school. As American history became offensive to liberals much of what is needed to know was cut out from the course curriculum.

Yes! I think we should all be able to pass the citizenship test particularly those individuals who want to: stop Christians from practicing their faith, silence Conservatives, and allow Muslims to institute sharia law within our borders.

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The following is a copy of the Sample Questions asked on the Citizenship test obtained from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services website.

Civics (History and Government) Questions for the Naturalization Test
The 100 civics (history and government) questions and answers for the naturalization test are listed below. The civics test is an oral test and the USCIS Officer will ask the applicant up to 10 of the 100 civics questions. An applicant must answer 6 out of 10 questions correctly to pass the civics portion of the naturalization test.

On the naturalization test, some answers may change because of elections or appointments. As you study for the test, make sure that you know the most current answers to these questions. Answer these questions with the name of the official who is serving at the time of your eligibility interview with USCIS. The USCIS Officer will not accept an incorrect answer.
Although USCIS is aware that there may be additional correct answers to the 100 civics questions, applicants are encouraged to respond to the civics questions using the answers provided below.


AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
A: Principles of American Democracy
   1. What is the supreme law of the land?
           ▪ the Constitution
    2. What does the Constitution do?
           ▪ sets up the government
           ▪ defines the government
           ▪ protects basic rights of Americans
   3. The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?
           ▪ We the People
   4. What is an amendment?
           ▪ a change (to the Constitution)
           ▪ an addition (to the Constitution)
   5. What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?
           ▪ the Bill of Rights
    6. What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?*
           ▪ speech
           ▪ religion
           ▪ assembly
           ▪ press
           ▪ petition the government
    7. How many amendments does the Constitution have?
           ▪ twenty-seven (27)
   8. What did the Declaration of Independence do?
          ▪ announced our independence (from Great Britain)
          ▪ declared our independence (from Great Britain)
          ▪ said that the United States is free (from Great Britain)
   9. What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?
          ▪ life
          ▪ liberty
          ▪ pursuit of happiness
   10. What is freedom of religion?
          ▪ You can practice any religion, or not practice a religion.
    11. What is the economic system in the United States?*
          ▪ capitalist economy
           ▪ market economy
   12. What is the “rule of law”?
           ▪ Everyone must follow the law.
          ▪ Leaders must obey the law.
          ▪ Government must obey the law.
           ▪ No one is above the law.


B: System of Government
   13. Name one branch or part of the government.*
               ▪ Congress
               ▪ legislative
               ▪ President                    I find this interesting since there are 3 branches .
               ▪ executive                   The tester does not have to know the exact answer.
               ▪ the courts
               ▪ judicial
   14. What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful?
              ▪ checks and balances
              ▪ separation of powers
    15. Who is in charge of the executive branch?
             ▪ the President
    16. Who makes federal laws?
            ▪ Congress
            ▪ Senate and House (of Representatives)
            ▪ (U.S. or national) legislature
    17. What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?*
           ▪ the Senate and House (of Representatives)
     18. How many U.S. Senators are there?
           ▪ one hundred (100)
    19. We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years?
            ▪ six (6)
     20. Who is one of your state’s U.S. Senators now?*
           ▪ Answers will vary. [District of Columbia residents and residents of U.S. territories should                        answer that D.C. (or the territory where the applicant lives) has no U.S. Senators.]
     21. The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
           ▪ four hundred thirty-five (435)
     22. We elect a U.S. Representative for how many years?
            ▪ two (2)
     23. Name your U.S. Representative.
           ▪ Answers will vary. [Residents of territories with nonvoting Delegates or Resident                                   Commissioners may provide the name of that Delegate or Commissioner. Also acceptable                   is any statement that the territory has no (voting) Representatives in Congress.]
     24. Who does a U.S. Senator represent?
            ▪ all people of the state
      25. Why do some states have more Representatives than other states?
              ▪ (because of) the state’s population
              ▪ (because) they have more people
              ▪ (because) some states have more people
      26. We elect a President for how many years?
              ▪ four (4)
       27. In what month do we vote for President?*
             ▪ November
      28. What is the name of the President of the United States now?*
            ▪ Donald J. Trump
            ▪ Donald Trump
             ▪ Trump
      29. What is the name of the Vice President of the United States now?
           ▪ Michael R. Pence
           ▪ Mike Pence
           ▪ Pence
    30. If the President can no longer serve, who becomes President?    
          ▪ the Vice President
    31. If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
         ▪ the Speaker of the House  (PAUL RYAN- REPUBLICAN)
    32. Who is the Commander in Chief of the military?
         ▪ the President
    33. Who signs bills to become laws?
         ▪ the President
    34. Who vetoes bills?
         ▪ the President
    35. What does the President’s Cabinet do?
         ▪ advises the President
    36. What are two Cabinet-level positions?
        ▪ Secretary of Agriculture
        ▪ Secretary of Commerce
        ▪ Secretary of Defense
        ▪ Secretary of Education
        ▪ Secretary of Energy
        ▪ Secretary of Health and Human Services
        ▪ Secretary of Homeland Security
        ▪ Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
        ▪ Secretary of the Interior
        ▪ Secretary of Labor
        ▪ Secretary of State
        ▪ Secretary of Transportation
        ▪ Secretary of the Treasury
        ▪ Secretary of Veterans Affairs
        ▪ Attorney General
        ▪ Vice President
   37. What does the judicial branch do?
        ▪ reviews laws
        ▪ explains laws
        ▪ resolves disputes (disagreements)
        ▪ decides if a law goes against the Constitution
   38. What is the highest court in the United States?
         ▪ the Supreme Court
    39. How many justices are on the Supreme Court?
          ▪ nine (9)
   40. Who is the Chief Justice of the United States now?
         ▪ John Roberts (John G. Roberts, Jr.)
   41. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of           the federal government?
        ▪ to print money
        ▪ to declare war
        ▪ to create an army
       ▪ to make treaties
   42. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the states. What is one power of the                     states?
         ▪ provide schooling and education
         ▪ provide protection (police)
         ▪ provide safety (fire departments)
         ▪ give a driver’s license
         ▪ approve zoning and land use
   43. Who is the Governor of your state now?
        ▪ Answers will vary. [District of Columbia residents should answer that D.C. does not have a                    Governor.]
   44. What is the capital of your state?*
          ▪ Answers will vary. [District of Columbia residents should answer that D.C. is not a state and                 does not have a  capital. Residents of U.S. territories should name the capital of the territory.]
   45. What are the two major political parties in the United States?*
          ▪ Democratic and Republican
   46. What is the political party of the President now?
          ▪ Republican (Party)
  47. What is the name of the Speaker of the House of Representatives now?
           ▪ Paul D. Ryan
           ▪ (Paul) Ryan

C: Rights and Responsibilities
   48. There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote. Describe one of them.
          ▪ Citizens eighteen (18) and older (can vote).
          ▪ You don’t have to pay (a poll tax) to vote.
          ▪ Any citizen can vote. (Women and men can vote.)
          ▪ A male citizen of any race (can vote).
   49. What is one responsibility that is only for United States citizens?*
          ▪ serve on a jury
          ▪ vote in a federal election
   50. Name one right only for United States citizens.
          ▪ vote in a federal election
          ▪ run for federal office
   51. What are two rights of everyone living in the United States?
          ▪ freedom of expression
          ▪ freedom of speech
          ▪ freedom of assembly
          ▪ freedom to petition the government
          ▪ freedom of religion
          ▪ the right to bear arms
   52. What do we show loyalty to when we say the Pledge of Allegiance?
          ▪ the United States
          ▪ the flag
   53. What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen?
          ▪ give up loyalty to other countries
         ▪ defend the Constitution and laws of the United States
         ▪ obey the laws of the United States
         ▪ serve in the U.S. military (if needed)
         ▪ serve (do important work for) the nation (if needed)
         ▪ be loyal to the United States
   54. How old do citizens have to be to vote for President?*
          ▪ eighteen (18) and older
   55. What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?
          ▪ vote
          ▪ join a political party
          ▪ help with a campaign
          ▪ join a civic group
          ▪ join a community group
          ▪ give an elected official your opinion on an issue
          ▪ call Senators and Representatives
          ▪ publicly support or oppose an issue or policy
          ▪ run for office
          ▪ write to a newspaper
   56. When is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms?*
           ▪ April 15
   57. When must all men register for the Selective Service?
          ▪ at age eighteen (18)
          ▪ between eighteen (18) and twenty-six (26)

AMERICAN HISTORY
A: Colonial Period and Independence
   58. What is one reason colonists came to America?
          ▪ freedom
          ▪ political liberty
          ▪ religious freedom
          ▪ economic opportunity
          ▪ practice their religion
          ▪ escape persecution
   59. Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived?
          ▪ American Indians
         ▪ Native Americans
   60. What group of people was taken to America and sold as slaves?
        ▪ Africans
        ▪ people from Africa
   61. Why did the colonists fight the British?
        ▪ because of high taxes (taxation without representation)
        ▪ because the British army stayed in their houses (boarding, quartering)
        ▪ because they didn’t have self-government
   62. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
         ▪ (Thomas) Jefferson
   63. When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
         ▪ July 4, 1776
   64. There were 13 original states. Name three.
        ▪ New Hampshire
        ▪ Massachusetts
        ▪ Rhode Island
        ▪ Connecticut
        ▪ New York
        ▪ New Jersey
        ▪ Pennsylvania
        ▪ Delaware
        ▪ Maryland
        ▪ Virginia
        ▪ North Carolina
        ▪ South Carolina
        ▪ Georgia
   65. What happened at the Constitutional Convention?
        ▪ The Constitution was written.
        ▪ The Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution.
   66. When was the Constitution written?
       ▪ 1787
  67. The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers.
       ▪ (James) Madison
       ▪ (Alexander) Hamilton
       ▪ (John) Jay
       ▪ Publius
  68. What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for?
        ▪ U.S. diplomat
        ▪ oldest member of the Constitutional Convention
        ▪ first Postmaster General of the United States
        ▪ writer of “Poor Richard’s Almanac”
        ▪ started the first free libraries
   69. Who is the “Father of Our Country”?
        ▪ (George) Washington
   70. Who was the first President?*
        ▪ (George) Washington
B: 1800s
   71. What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?
         ▪ the Louisiana Territory
         ▪ Louisiana
   72. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1800s.
         ▪ War of 1812
         ▪ Mexican-American War
         ▪ Civil War
         ▪ Spanish-American War
   73. Name the U.S. war between the North and the South.
         ▪ the Civil War
         ▪ the War between the States
   74. Name one problem that led to the Civil War.
         ▪ slavery
         ▪ economic reasons
          ▪ states’ rights
   75. What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did?*
        ▪ freed the slaves (Emancipation Proclamation)
        ▪ saved (or preserved) the Union
        ▪ led the United States during the Civil War
   76. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?
         ▪ freed the slaves
         ▪ freed slaves in the Confederacy
         ▪ freed slaves in the Confederate states
         ▪ freed slaves in most Southern states
    77. What did Susan B. Anthony do?
          ▪ fought for women’s rights
          ▪ fought for civil rights
C: Recent American History and Other Important Historical Information
   78. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1900s.*
         ▪ World War I
         ▪ World War II
         ▪ Korean War
         ▪ Vietnam War
         ▪ (Persian) Gulf War
    79. Who was President during World War I?
         ▪ (Woodrow) Wilson
    80. Who was President during the Great Depression and World War II?
         ▪ (Franklin) Roosevelt
    81. Who did the United States fight in World War II?
         ▪ Japan, Germany, and Italy
    82. Before he was President, Eisenhower was a general. What war was he in?
         ▪ World War II
    83. During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States?
         ▪ Communism
   84. What movement tried to end racial discrimination?
         ▪ civil rights (movement)
   85. What did Martin Luther King, Jr. do?*
         ▪ fought for civil rights
          ▪ worked for equality for all Americans
   86. What major event happened on September 11, 2001, in the United States?
         ▪ Terrorists attacked the United States.  Actually it was Radical Islamic Terrorist 
   87. Name one American Indian tribe in the United States.
        [USCIS Officers will be supplied with a list of federally recognized American Indian tribes.]
             ▪ Cherokee
             ▪ Navajo
             ▪ Sioux
             ▪ Chippewa
             ▪ Choctaw
             ▪ Pueblo
             ▪ Apache
             ▪ Iroquois
             ▪ Creek
             ▪ Blackfeet
             ▪ Seminole
             ▪ Cheyenne
             ▪ Arawak
             ▪ Shawnee
             ▪ Mohegan
             ▪ Huron
             ▪ Oneida
             ▪ Lakota
             ▪ Crow
             ▪ Teton
             ▪ Hopi
             ▪ Inuit

INTEGRATED CIVICS
A: Geography
   88. Name one of the two longest rivers in the United States.
        ▪ Missouri (River)
        ▪ Mississippi (River)
   89. What ocean is on the West Coast of the United States?
        ▪ Pacific (Ocean)
    90. What ocean is on the East Coast of the United States?
         ▪ Atlantic (Ocean)
    91. Name one U.S. territory.
         ▪ Puerto Rico
         ▪ U.S. Virgin Islands
          ▪ American Samoa
          ▪ Northern Mariana Islands
          ▪ Guam
    92. Name one state that borders Canada.
        ▪ Maine
        ▪ New Hampshire
        ▪ Vermont
        ▪ New York
        ▪ Pennsylvania
        ▪ Ohio
        ▪ Michigan
        ▪ Minnesota
        ▪ North Dakota
        ▪ Montana
        ▪ Idaho
        ▪ Washington
        ▪ Alaska
   93. Name one state that borders Mexico.
       ▪ California
       ▪ Arizona
       ▪ New Mexico
       ▪ Texas
   94. What is the capital of the United States?*
       ▪ Washington, D.C.
    95. Where is the Statue of Liberty?*
        ▪ New York (Harbor)
        ▪ Liberty Island
       [Also acceptable are New Jersey, near New York City, and on the Hudson (River).]

B: Symbols
   96. Why does the flag have 13 stripes?
       ▪ because there were 13 original colonies
       ▪ because the stripes represent the original colonies
   97. Why does the flag have 50 stars?*
       ▪ because there is one star for each state
       ▪ because each star represents a state
       ▪ because there are 50 states
   98. What is the name of the national anthem?
        ▪ The Star-Spangled Banner

C: Holidays
   99. When do we celebrate Independence Day?*
           ▪ July 4
   100. Name two national U.S. holidays.
          ▪ New Year’s Day
          ▪ Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
          ▪ Presidents’ Day
          ▪ Memorial Day
          ▪ Independence Day
          ▪ Labor Day
          ▪ Columbus Day
          ▪ Veterans Day
          ▪ Thanksgiving
          ▪ Christmas

* If you are 65 years old or older and have been a legal permanent resident of the United States for 20 or more years, you may study just the questions that have been marked with an asterisk.

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: DO THEY HATE YOU?


1 JOHN 3:13
Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you.

The emotion hate is real; people really do hate ideas and the people who accept them. The reason they do not like those who believe in Scripture is because there are infallible truths that many want to deny.  Not every Christian is hated because not every person who says they are a Christian has actually submitted to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

JAMES 4:7
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

Some people have confessed with their mouth but do not believe in their heart. Only God knows what is in the heart.

ROMANS 10:8-10
But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Everyone knows the Word of God (Romans 1:19-32) and choose to ignore the obvious truths. Christians have heard the Word preached yet choose to live according to the world (James 1:22). The world looks at these pseudo-Christians and think those who follow Scripture are the ones who need to change.

JOHN 15:18-19
“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.

There is a joke I often hear: If you live your life and never run into the devil, it is because you are both running in the same direction.

The world hates Christians and they are doing everything possible to get Christians to discount the Bible.  But aren’t we part of the world? Shouldn’t we do everything possible to get along with unbelievers? No.

1 JOHN 4:4
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.


Christians are not of this world. Though we live here our home is the Kingdom of God. (Romans 14:17, 1 Corinthians 4:20, Luke 17:21) Those of us who chose to follow Jesus are different. We obey the laws of this land but submit to the Word of God. We love the sinner but hate the sin; we call sin- sin. This is a kingdom principle that people of this world cannot understand.

GALATIANS 5:16
I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

The world does not want people to know about the joy and peace that comes from living according to Scripture and not how one feels. There are hundreds of individuals who once lived the homosexual lifestyle but now live heterosexual lives and are very happy. There are those who either had or contemplated an abortion but now choose life, by trusting God and not man they live in peace. Guilt and condemnation come from living according to the flesh, how you feel; joy and peace comes from living according to the Spirit of God.

Those who live according to the flesh blame others for the lack of peace in their lives. They are angry and transfer their anger onto men and women of faith. They coerce government officials to pass laws that would harm Christians and apply various tactics in an attempt to financially ruin Christian businesses.   They teach children that their Christian parents are wrong and through peer pressure attempt to indoctrinate them into believing the lie of other faiths.

Why? You might ask is this A MATTER OF FAITH Bible study? Because far to many Christians are becoming tired and submitting to the ways of the world.

1 Timothy 4:1-3
Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.


This is what we see today. There are church leaders who have ceased to preach God’s Word but have developed their own ideology, Bible interpretation. Each of us have a responsibility to study and know the word.

ROMANS 1:21-28
because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;


Because of my stance on abortion, homosexuality, Sororities and Fraternities, the Masons and even Islam many friends and family have distanced themselves from me. And I have distanced myself from them; we all have to choose.

Are you going to be moved because a loved one no longer likes you? Will you become so desperate for a spouse that you will compromise God’s word? You have to decide how you are going to live.  God knows the world hates His children and the world knows God loves His children.

Study the Bible for yourself. It is important to know the beginning, the middle and the end not from what someone told you but what was revealed to you by the spirit that is in you. Eternity is a long time to spend in hell just because you could not handle the anger of people in this world.

REVELATION 21:2-4
Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

 — written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

BACK2BASICS: LET'S TALK ABOUT MONEY.....AGAIN!

It is amazing to me the number of people who do not fully comprehend what a ‘cash only’ lifestyle is. For them the relation between getting debt free and using a credit card are insignificant, thus not using a credit card and only buying what you have cash on hand to obtain is not a real concept.

So many people have grown accustomed to ‘putting it on the card’ that they don’t realize that they are actually increasing the amount of debt they have. Others’ think it is OK because they can afford the payments. Debt is debt and the accumulation of debt by using a credit card is not living a ‘cash only’ lifestyle.

If you have a credit card you have a contract with a company to use their money to pay for what you want. If you don’t give them the money you used back, they can take as much of your money as the court will allow- the amount owed, legal fees and miscellaneous expenses. Another way of looking at it is: when you use a credit card you are authorizing someone else to take more of your money than you spent.

The purpose of living a cash free lifestyle is to avoid the accumulation of more debt and become debt free. Even if you pay the credit card bill right away you still have accumulated debt, it is a short term loan from a stranger. As long as you are using other people’s money to get what you want or need you are accumulating debt.

It is a matter of perspective. Far to often I speak with people who have a desire to be debt free but still use their credit card. “I will just put it on my card” is a common mantra, they don’t see the relation between debt and charging an expense. Why? Because people do not want to do without the least amount of convenience.

It is hard to not be able to get something as inexpensive as a hamburger from the value menu at a fast food place when you have the ability to put it ‘on your card’. It requires a conscious effort and time to plan and cook meals. It is more cost effective to eat leftovers for lunch but more convenient to buy those 99 cent chicken nuggets.

Everything is cumulative. When you are twenty and you don’t want to be in debt at the age of 50 you believe you have time to get financially serious.  But when you are 50 wanting to retire by 65 debt becomes a major factor in how you live life. Between the age of 20 and 50, 30 years, you told yourself: “I will just put it on my card” and now you cannot figure out how to live without it.

Yes, it is hard to live a cash only life but it is possible. Those of us who have a cash only lifestyle are very good at evaluating what is needed and saving money to do so. The one thing I have learned is: there are somethings I really don’t want because it is not worth me spending my hard earned cash for.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

NETTIE-ISM #8 MARRIAGE




A marriage begins with loving each other, problems occur when you start loving yourself;  marriage last when both love God more.




Ecclesiastes 4:11-12
Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.


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Sunday, May 28, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: BEWARE OF ANGRY PEOPLE

Romans 1:18-20
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness.” Sinners do not have peace and it is not man’s fault; it is not the fault of Conservatives, or Evangelical Christians, or gun owners. They do not have peace because they know God does not approve of what they do; not by the words of people or church doctrine, or government laws it is a knowing from within that we all possess.

I recently learned of the an American Missionary from Africa named Samuel Morris. Born Prince Kaboo in 1873  of the Kru tribe in Africa (Liberia). Prince Kaboo had a personal encounter with God. His journey of faith, which began with the Divine encounter led him to a missionary outside of his home and then to America where he studied the word in depth. His powerful story is far to great to share in this post however it is his story that validates God’s word that all can learn of God.


It does not matter if people say they do not believe in the Creator. It is written: “His invisible attributes are clearly seen…so that they are without excuse.” Prince Kaboo experienced God without knowing him, that experience led him away from his home to a missionary who taught him about Jesus.

Life is a series of choices. Though Prince Kaboo could have returned to his village at any time he chose to be led by the Spirit of God.

Often, unbelievers will say: “I believe in a higher power” while denying the existence of Jehovah Eloheem. It takes a lot of denial to declare a big bang is responsible for the inner workings of the body or the laws of nature including gravity. Knowing that God is who the word says He is, the Creator,  explains things like butterflies, animal instincts, perennial and annual plants and even the life cycle of man.

GOD IS and it takes more effort to deny Him than it does to believe. Again, it is written: “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen.” In order to live a life outside of the will of God one must deny the obvious. For an abortionist to kill an unborn child he must deny that life begins at conception. To actively live a homosexual lifestyle a person must ignore the concept that God created man to fit in a woman. The decision to deny God means that you must shut out the Truth; Christians are a reminder of the Truth.

There are consequences for ungodly and unrighteous behavior established by our Creator. The inability to have peace and sustaining happiness is the direct result of sin, ungodly behaviors.

The sinner will blame others for their inability to feel good about their lifestyle. They will blame: Conservatives, Evangelical Christians, white men, even stay-at-home mothers anyone who believec God’s word to be true. It is their goal, those who do not believe, to force by law or  bullying their ideas upon everyone. The more we reject their life choices the angrier they become.

Because faith in Jesus reminds sinners of their transgressions the greatest display of animosity is towards Bible believing individuals. They are angry because they cannot escape God’s wrath; “the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness.” Since they cannot silence God they try to silence His children.


It is clear that the absence of a personal relationship with God creates problems. Even though we attempt to share God’s love they cannot receive it because they are filled with hate.

1 JOHN 4:8
He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

The absence of love allows anger to infiltrate the soul. What we see today is a world of people who do not know what love is and are seeking to fill the void in their souls with desires of the flesh.

GALATIANS 5:16
I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

Living by how you feel is walking in the flesh. People accept temporary pleasures as a sustainable lifestyle and expect the world to come into agreement with them. To walk in the Spirit means to do those things that please God and to deny your flesh that which is not pleasing to Him.

The story of Prince Kaboo, who changed his name to Samuel Morris is a powerful testimony of what it means to walk in the Spirit.

False teachings have allowed those who actively participate in ungodly behaviors to justify themselves. Today we hear about: the Pope “absolving” the acts of many priest who have committed acts of pedophilia; to absolve is to forgive. Both the old and new covenant speak against homosexuality yet churches have practicing homosexual as leaders, Pastors and such. I suspect that it grieves the Holy Spirit to hear about Pastors speak in  support of Planned Parenthood and their abortion agenda. Yet, this is not enough for sinners they want everyone to agree with their lifestyles.

These false teachers making it harder for those of us who are children of God to share the good news of Jesus. It is sad to know that many do not understand the concept of hating the act of sinning while loving the person. And it is within the context of false teachings and the conviction of the Holy Spirit that those of us who stand on the truth are hated.

MARK 10:13
And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.


We cannot be surprised at the intensity of the anger seen today towards Christians. Jesus is coming soon and the Devil knows he is running out of time.  ——Written by Marsha L F Randolph


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There are quite a few videos on YouTube about this great man of God's life. This is the shortest of those however I would suggest you learn more.