Sunday, July 23, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: THE STANDARD IS GOD'S WORD





DEUTERONOMY 4:2
You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.






Confusion is rising among God’s peoples because of the different church philosophies. The different doctrines as it relates to such things as heaven and hell to what the Word of God states about homosexuality have resulted in many living lifestyles that lead to damnation.

Unfortunately, far to many people do not know that they are hearing falsehoods. They do not know that what they are hearing, words that make them feel good about themselves are not pleasing to God.

ISAIAH 51:40
“I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter, like rams with male goats.”

God has declared in His word that it is the peoples fault because they do not know His words.

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.

Like choosing which movie a person is going to see many Christians determine which church to associate with by its’ popularity. Heaven and hell are real and you can follow the crowd to hell or establish a personal relationship with Father God through His Son Jesus the Messiah.

Far to many choose church by standards other than the Word. Denominations, language spoken, racial make up and even style of service are key factors in where a person sits on their Sabbath. (Even which day of the week a service is held can be a major influence.) For some people a one hour service is to long for others it is to short. Some people think sitting and listening to the church leader teach is boring while others hate hearing a person shout for 45 minutes. (My bias: I don’t like shouting.) The standard should be: Is God’s word being presented according to the text.

2 TIMOTHY 3:16 The Expanded Bible
All Scripture is ·inspired by God [breathed out by God; L- God-breathed] and is useful for teaching, for ·showing people what is wrong in their lives [refuting error; rebuking], for correcting faults, and for ·teaching how to live right [training in righteousness]. 
Churches are evaluated by:

  • BIBLE STUDY- is it small groups or one big mid-week service
  • CHILDREN’S MINISTRY- do the kids have a variety of activities, do they sit and learn with lessons that mimic the adults lessons or can they just enjoy themselves while the grown-ups heare the Word.
  • TITHE POLICY- Does the church make a big deal of it or do they just say give as you can
  • LIFESTYLE MESSAGES- does the church leader preach against my lifestyle: homosexuality, adultery, fornication, abuse, gambling, drunkenness, gluttoney, abortion or any other sin.
  • EXPECTATIONS OF THE MEMBERS- Do I have to do anything? Does the church expect me to serve in some capacity?

A church that professes Jesus as Lord has one standard and one standard alone: THE WORD OF GOD.

ROMANS 10:8
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):
2 TIMOTHY 4:2
Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 


Church leaders should share the Word of God and nothing else. Believers must know the word in order to evaluate what is being presented to them. The standard for fellowship is the Word of God.

Note the word “rebuke” in 2 Timothy 4:2. For some hearing the word preached on a Sunday morning will rebuke.  Look at the expanded version of this word. (The Expanded Bible expands upon, elaborates upon, a word giving more insight to its’ definition.)

2 TIMOTHY 4:2
Preach the ·Good News [Gospel]. Be ready ·at all times [whether it is convenient or inconvenient; in season or out of season], and ·tell people what they need to do [correct; reprove]. ·Tell them when they are wrong [Rebuke]. ·Encourage [Comfort; Exhort] them with ·great patience and careful teaching [L- all patience and teaching],

The history of Christianity reveals various times of extreme religion. From persecuting those who do not believe to ignoring sins that the Bible tells us is an abomination to the Lord today’s church is in a state of decline.

2 TIMOTHY 4:3-4
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 

The VOICE TRANSLATION presents 2 Timothy 4:3 this way-
“because a time will come when some will no longer tolerate sound teaching. Instead, they will live by their own desires; they’ll scratch their itching ears by surrounding themselves with teachers who approve of their lifestyles and tell them what they want to hear.” 

People will go to wherever a man or woman is speaking wht they want to hear. Thus we cannot be surprised when a church leader is a practicing Lesbian and endorses same sex marriage. Or a mega church leader states his understanding of homosexuality is “evolving” In order to justify a philosophy many have gone against what DeuteronOmy 4:2 states, they have added to and taken away from God’s word. The Apostle Paul continues, in 2 Timothy 4, warning his student to stay try to the Word despite opposition.
2 TIMOTHY 4:5
But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
It is crucial, a matter of life and death, that we all study God’s word. Take notes in church and compare what the church leader says with what Scripture says.

A common practice I have seen in churches today is the quoting of other theologians to validate their point. I myself use multiple Bible references and will seek Bible commentaries when I want to validate my own interpretation of Scripture, however, man’s opinion is not my final opinion. There are theologians who believe homosexuality is acceptable, there are Bibles printed that make it easier to justify a particular lifestyle.
JAMES 1:5
 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

The Bible tells us to go to God for wisdom not theologians. There is nothing wrong with using these tools however our primary resources is the Holy Spirit and the standard must be the Word of God.  — Marsha L F Randolph

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

NETTIE-ISM #11: FAKE PEOPLE


Fake people wear me out! People who say one thing to me and something totally different to someone else are what I consider ‘fake’. I would rather hear the truth and be upset for a minute than be lied to and not be able to trust you forever. 

JAMES 5:12
But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No,” lest you fall into judgment.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: WHAT DOES YOUR SOUL SAY?






And Mary said: “My soul magnifies the Lord,   LUKE 1:46








I recently overheard the conversation of a group of young ladies who were discussing music. One woman declared (I am paraphrasing): “When Michael Jackson died that hurt my soul! Oh Lord! When Prince died I cried, I really cried.” I was not surprised at the words but the passion in which they were spoken startled me.

Mary, mother of Jesus, declared: “My soul magnifies the Lord.” When she made that statement she was much younger and had less information than the “Christian” ladies whose souls mourned for the loss of two men. The steps that lead to the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior could not compare to the unplanned death of the drug related deaths of two individuals who are not on record as being followers of Jesus the son of God.

MATTHEW 12:34
Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? 

Jesus was pretty harsh talking to these men who were supposed church leaders, Pharisees. What He said is important and should not be missed: “ For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” And He continues saying:

MATTHEW 12:37
For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” 

What you say is very important and I discuss this in my book: BEFORE YOU PRAY FOR ME.

MATTHEW 12:34-37
Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.  A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

These four verses (Matthew 12:34-37) reveal a lot about our words.

  • We speak how we feel
  • We cannot speak good if good is not in us
  • We will be held accountable for even the idle words we speak (our jokes, cliches, and words such as what those ladies declared)
  • Our words will determine the outcome of our prayers.


If the words of people reflect what is in their heart then far to many have yet to allow Jesus to be Lord of their life. Public confessions of admiring / idolizing celebrities is not an unusual occurrence in fact it is expected that teenager will become infatuated with a famous person.  We have become a society that has made it normal to idolize famous people regardless of their ideology.

ROMANS 10:9-10
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.

When Mary declared:“My soul magnifies the Lord” she was speaking from her heart. The fact that she would become pregnant without being intimate reached beyond her personal reference of life and all she could do was magnify the Lord.

There is nothing that great about entertainers, athletes, politicians or any other human being so as to declare with passion: their death hurt my soul.

When a Christian becomes emotional, passionate about, people they don’t know personally there is a problem. That individual has to ask: Do I really believe in Jesus as the Son of God? Have I allowed Him to be Lord over my life?

I would suggest you examine your words. What are you saying that you did not really mean? Idle words. Do your words glorify God or embarrass Him?  And, what are you passionate about?   What does your soul say?      - - written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: PERSONAL BIBLE STUDY

PHILIPPIANS 2:12-13 The Expanded Bible
12) My ·dear friends [beloved], you have always obeyed God when I was with you. It is even more important that you obey now while I am away from you. ·Keep on working to complete [Continue working out] your salvation with ·fear [awe; reverence] and trembling, 13) because God is working in you ·to help you want to do and be able to do [L -both to will/desire and to work] what pleases him.

When I teach it is not with the goal of telling a person what to believe. Though I am very opinionated, my goal is to share scripture and speak or write words that will help develop personal thought.

My primary Bible is the New King James version however King James Bible is usually close at hand. Bibles such as the Expanded, the Voice and the NIV are used as references in the order I just listed them. Notice the noun “I” this is important. What you and other people do may be different.

You are responsible for what you do or do not know. I cannot get you into heaven or keep you out of hell, both are very real places. The Apostles instructs us all to “work out our own salvation.

What is salvation? It is a word that was translated from the Greek word soteria (Strong’s #4991). Soteria is a multifaceted word, which encompasses more than just getting “saved”. Salvation includes health, prosperity, peace joy and other blessings from God the Father. The Apostle Paul encourages believers to keep working, even though he is not with them.

2 TIMOTHY 2:15 King James Version
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 

Notice I am using the King James Version of the Bible because the New King James Version changes the term “study” to ‘Be diligent.’ This is a personal preference; the essence of the Scripture is we have to make an effort to know God’s word.

Recently I came across a series that explains various Bible translations. It is a 5 part series, each part is at least one hour long but it is worth watching.  Because of that I am including part one of the YouTube video in this post.
- - - Marsha L F Randolph



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Thursday, July 6, 2017

NETTIE-ISM #10: BEAUTY & BRAINS




It is better to show off your brains and let people be surprised at your beauty than to show off your good looks and have to struggle to get people to know you have a brain. 




PROVERBS 31:30
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.

PROVERBS 20:29
The glory of young men is their strength, and the splendor of old men is their gray head.

xxx wrtitten by Marsha L F Randolph

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

NPA: ONE NATION UNDER GOD


Today is the day we celebrate the Birthday of the United States of America. This used to be the day the nation was filled with love of this country, today it is plagued with anger and confusion.

I cannot get the image of naked women protesting President Trump out of my head, as if this is what the founders envisioned when they allowed for freedom of speech in the Constitution! How does being naked in public validate an ideology? I have no idea. They look foolish and prayerfully they were not the mothers of young children. Just as ridiculous were the women, and some men, who protested with pink hats that represented their private parts. How silly!

Not to be out down is the group Black Lives Matters. (Putting into a special category those who have been charged with crimes.) This is a group of angry people funded by white people that protest everything but the killing of black babies before they get a chance to breath the air. Black Lives Matter (BLM) does not address the high percentage of black on black crime but choose to point out false perceptions of injustice brought on by white people. I have concluded BLM does not really care about Black lives.

As I was researching information for this post I discovered one interesting fact: less than 33% of southerners owned slaves. Mississippi had the highest percentage of slave owners 49% and South Carolina had 46%. Which means 2/3 of the south did not own slaves! So why are African-Americans demanding restitution from all White people? Why do Liberals promote the concept of ‘White Guilt”? (http://www.history.com/news/history-lists/5-myths-about-slavery)

“In God We Trust” is the foundation of American exceptionalism. Despite its’ ugly past that includes: Japanese encampment, the mistreatment of this nation’s first born- Native Americans, and slavery, we as a people have learned from our mistakes and seek to make America great despite our wrongs.

PSALM 10:4-7
The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts. His ways are always prospering; Your judgments are far above, out of his sight; as for all his enemies, he sneers at them. He has said in his heart, “I shall not be moved; I shall never be in adversity.” His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue is trouble and iniquity.

There is a small group of individuals with very loud voices that want to dig up the foundation of which this country was developed upon, an ideology based on faith and freedom. They acknowledge God but have changed His words to reflect their lifestyles, some deny him completely. The wicked refuse to change their position, even when it is proven to be wrong.  Their desire is to force America to submit to their ways and stop trusting in God.

I am disappointed but not surprised at the level of hate displayed in America. Conservatives have tried to be fair; you cannot be fair with individuals who posses an anti-Christ mindset. The Bible speaks of these people thus no one should be surprised at their antics.

Like all other holidays, the 4th of July is an opportunity to eat, drink and be merry. We no longer remember the veterans who have served till death or those who have lived and returned home with various challenges. Liberals have deemed America a bad nation, they have no problems putting the needs of those who came here illegally at a higher priority than our veterans.  There is more to Independence Day than fireworks- there are people who died so that we would be free (this includes the civil war).

July 4th is the day America celebrates its’ independence. We became a unique nation and we were “One Nation Under God.” As long as we stayed this way we were protected by Father God the Creator of heaven and earth.

Long before September 11, 2001 individuals within the country began distancing themselves from God.  Not wanting to offend those who are not Believers, Christians stepped back and allowed prayers to be removed from schools, Bibles to be taken out of hotels and Christ to be removed from Christmas.

The referendum on Donald Trump is more than just ‘Making America Great Again’ it is about bringing God back to America. We the people desire to once again be a nation of we the people. During the campaign in 2016 one Scripture was quoted more than any other:

2 Chronicles 7:14
if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

There are more people in this great land who love this country and love God even more than those who do not. Followers of Jesus are not perfect we are, however, walking in the right direction. Everyone has the right to choose their own path but they don’t have the right to stop us from following ours.

We the people believe in the word of God and the United States Constitution.

We elected Donald J Trump to be the leader for this nation because he is not ashamed to ask God to bless America. He, like Moses, Abraham, and David, is not perfect but he understands what it means to be a servant. While President Trump, amongst huge opposition, drains the swamp God’s people have humbled themselves, are praying and seeking His face.  God will open doors for President Trump while revealing those who are against His will. Donald J Trump is not America’s savior he is the President, Jesus is our Lord and Savior.

God bless America, help President Trump drain this nation of wicked leaders and make America great again. Let the wicked be silent.    — written by Marsha L F Randolph
Today is the day we celebrate the Birthday of the United States of America. This used to be the day the nation was filled with love of this country, today it is plagued with anger and confusion.

I cannot get the image of naked women protesting President Trump out of my head, as if this is what the founders envisioned when they allowed for freedom of speech in the Constitution! How does being naked in public validate an ideology? I have no idea. They look foolish and prayerfully they were not the mothers of young children. Just as ridiculous were the women, and some men, who protested with pink hats that represented their private parts. How silly!

Not to be out down is the group Black Lives Matters. (Putting into a special category those who have been charged with crimes.) This is a group of angry people funded by white people that protest everything but the killing of black babies before they get a chance to breath the air. Black Lives Matter (BLM) does not address the high percentage of black on black crime but choose to point out false perceptions of injustice brought on by white people. I have concluded BLM does not really care about Black lives.

As I was researching information for this post I discovered one interesting fact: less than 33% of southerners owned slaves. Mississippi had the highest percentage of slave owners 49% and South Carolina had 46%. Which means 2/3 of the south did not own slaves! So why are African-Americans demanding restitution from all White people? Why do Liberals promote the concept of ‘White Guilt”? (http://www.history.com/news/history-lists/5-myths-about-slavery)

“In God We Trust” is the foundation of American exceptionalism. Despite its’ ugly past that includes: Japanese encampment, the mistreatment of this nation’s first born- Native Americans, and slavery, we as a people have learned from our mistakes and seek to make America great despite our wrongs.

PSALM 10:4-7
The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts. His ways are always prospering; Your judgments are far above, out of his sight; as for all his enemies, he sneers at them. He has said in his heart, “I shall not be moved; I shall never be in adversity.” His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue is trouble and iniquity.

There is a small group of individuals with very loud voices that want to dig up the foundation of which this country was developed upon, an ideology based on faith and freedom. They acknowledge God but have changed His words to reflect their lifestyles, some deny him completely. The wicked refuse to change their position, even when it is proven to be wrong.  Their desire is to force America to submit to their ways and stop trusting in God.

I am disappointed but not surprised at the level of hate displayed in America. Conservatives have tried to be fair; you cannot be fair with individuals who posses an anti-Christ mindset. The Bible speaks of these people thus no one should be surprised at their antics.

Like all other holidays, the 4th of July is an opportunity to eat, drink and be merry. We no longer remember the veterans who have served till death or those who have lived and returned home with various challenges. Liberals have deemed America a bad nation, they have no problems putting the needs of those who came here illegally at a higher priority than our veterans.  There is more to Independence Day than fireworks- there are people who died so that we would be free (this includes the civil war).

July 4th is the day America celebrates its’ independence. We became a unique nation and we were “One Nation Under God.” As long as we stayed this way we were protected by Father God the Creator of heaven and earth.

Long before September 11, 2001 individuals within the country began distancing themselves from God.  Not wanting to offend those who are not Believers, Christians stepped back and allowed prayers to be removed from schools, Bibles to be taken out of hotels and Christ to be removed from Christmas.

The referendum on Donald Trump is more than just ‘Making America Great Again’ it is about bringing God back to America. We the people desire to once again be a nation of we the people. During the campaign in 2016 one Scripture was quoted more than any other:

2 Chronicles 7:14
if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

There are more people in this great land who love this country and love God even more than those who do not. Followers of Jesus are not perfect we are, however, walking in the right direction. Everyone has the right to choose their own path but they don’t have the right to stop us from following ours.

We the people believe in the word of God and the United States Constitution.

We elected Donald J Trump to be the leader for this nation because he is not ashamed to ask God to bless America. He, like Moses, Abraham, and David, is not perfect but he understands what it means to be a servant. While President Trump, amongst huge opposition, drains the swamp God’s people have humbled themselves, are praying and seeking His face.  God will open doors for President Trump while revealing those who are against His will. Donald J Trump is not America’s savior he is the President, Jesus is our Lord and Savior.

God bless America, help President Trump drain this nation of wicked leaders and make America great again. Let the wicked be silent.    — written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: JOHN 12:26



JOHN 12:26
If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.




Who does the Church leader serve? Is it the congregation or Jesus? If it is the congregation then there is no need to follow Jesus. If it is Jesus then the messages taught / preached should reflect His words.  Some believe that the church leader is the servant of the people.


MATTHEW 4:19
Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

MATTHEW 8:22
But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

MATTHEW 9:9
As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” So he arose and followed Him.

Everyone that Jesus called while here on earth He commanded to follow Him.  All 12 of the men who are considered Jesus’ Disciples had a purpose, even Judas (John 17:12). It is clear in Scripture that those who are called of God are to follow Jesus not man: “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” The life of Judas, the one who betrayed Jesus, reveals that not everyone serves our Lord.  

MATTHEW 16:24
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.

Politicians are servants of the people, church leaders are servants of our Lord Jesus. Those who are committed to teaching others Scripture must do so without care or consideration for the desires of the people.

2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.


It is not always easy to share the gospel when it involves messages that speak against lifestyles that the world wants to present as acceptable.  Church leaders; Pastors, Elders, Reverends, and other titles, are not called to teach a message based on the will of the people. The gospel represents good news to all who submit to the word of God.

Second Timothy reveals what should be preached / taught.
FIRST it must be understood by all that what comes out of the mouths of church leaders should be the WORD OF GOD;all Scripture, form Genesis to Revelation, is given to us by Father God. Next it must be understood that Scripture is the basis of ‘profitable’ church doctrine. Next we see that the Word is to be used for reproof and correction; both terms are forms of discipline. And Scripture should be used to teach those who want to follow Jesus how to live righteously. It is teaching the Word that followers of Jesus The Messiah will be able to live a Christ centered life and able to do what they are called of God to do.

Church leaders are required by God to present His words to His people.

2 TIMOTHY 4:1-4
I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.

The Apostle Paul sternly warns Timothy which has been included in Scripture thus we must adhere to the warning as well. We, Church leaders, must be doers of the word and not speakers only. We must never turn our backs on Jesus in order to follow the crowd. No matter what is going on we must preach God’s word.  We are never to give in to popular opinion even though there will come a time when people “will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires” live; in fact now is that time.

People, like sheep, follow the leader. If the church leader is following Jesus the people will be headed in the right direction.

Jesus said in John 12:26- “If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.” A test of Christ centered leadership is revealed in who is blessing who. There are churches in which the Church Leader receives extravagant and materialistic gifts from the congregation as a token of honor. There are churches in which the Church Leader does not have a nice car, nice home, a wonderful wardrobe and other types of bling but he or she has peace, joy and love.

When I think of the great men and women who followed Jesus I don’t see mega-churches but mega souls. People like Watchmen Nee, Kathryn Kuhlman, and even Billy Graham. They have reached millions yet never within the four walls of a building. There message was and is about Jesus and how to live to please Him.

JOHN 12:26
If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.

-written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Monday, June 26, 2017

MY COUNTRY CITY PROJECT: FLEA MARKETS

One of the problems I have with Flea Markets- a place where individuals attempt to sell their products in an open environment- is how the concept has been hijacked. Like many other things a Flea Market has become a place where anything and everything can be sold including items that are not homemade or not found in most stores. Flea Markets should be community or church yard sales.

That does not mean we should not support these venues, great things can be found in these, traditionally, open air places of business. In addition this is where you can meet individuals who make exactly what you need and be able to order direct in the future.

I suspect, many young people today fail to fully appreciate the old fashioned Flea Market. Back in the day, there were no air conditioned buildings and much of what you saw was homemade, fresh from the farm.  Things like: quilts, furniture made from wood, fresh fruit and vegetables and of course eggs could be purchased or maybe even bartered at the Flea Market. The goal was to find quality products at a reasonable price. Many consumers, particularly young people, seek the new “in” thing- overpriced gadgets that will last a few years if that long.

In the fall I will be partnering with a fellow crafter to present my wares for sell at various markets. I am looking forward to meeting that one customer who is looking for quality: soap, candles, wash cloths and blankets. My friend sells gift baskets.

Of course my friend and I sell our products now, it is how we fund making more. As a crafter I make what I like if I did not sell them I would not have room in my house to make more.

Recently my friend sold a baby blanket, someone called asking for one to be made.  She asked: “What color?” She had a variety of colors already made so there was no need to make one. She does not have any infant grandchildren but she does like making baby blankets.

Unlike many people who knit, crochet sew, make soap or candles our products are more on the practical side. Everything I make and my friend makes is meant to be used not displayed. Flea Markets are a great place to find things you need for everyday usage.  —written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: SELF IMPROVEMENT


GENESIS 1:26 
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”



We are spirit beings covered by flesh. We know we are created in God’s image yet it is incomprehensible. Many of us focus on our to much on our flaws and disregard the gifts.

PSALM 139:14
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.
God created each person to be unique individuals not carbon copies of someones’ idea of the perfect human. We were not created to fit the image of some fashion designers idea of beauty. Nor are we required to submit to  political partisan ideology. Our lives should not conform to fit a sorority or fraternity, a mason or eastern start group mold.  We are “fearfully and wonderfully made” in the image of God.

When people talk about self improvement it is usually based on worldly ideas of how a person should be.

PSALM 22:9-10
But You are He who took Me out of the womb; You made Me trust while on My mother’s breasts.  I was cast upon You from birth. From My mother’s womb You have been My God.

God did not say “oops!” when you were born.

PSALM 71:5-6
For You are my hope, O Lord GOD; You are my trust from my youth. By You I have been upheld from birth; You are He who took me out of my mother’s womb. My praise shall be continually of You.

As believers we have to appreciate the idea that we are created in the image of our Creator. We are not “God” however we are spirit beings.

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

As believers when we think about self-improvement our goal should be to live a life based on the Kingdom of God and not the attitudes of this world.

1 JOHN 2:15-17
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

The world’s idea of self-improvement incorporates: physical changes. God’s idea of self-improvement requires denying the body and being led by the Spirit of God.

PHILIPPIANS 2:3-7
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.
    — written by Marsha L F Randolph

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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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