My Favorite Gardening Youtubers

Favorite Gardening Youtubers on Seven Times Brighter

Several generations ago, both sides of my family were farmers. Since I was young, I’ve had a burning desire to grow things, but little knowledge or talent to do so. My first attempt at gardening around age 10 was planting some mystery corn kernels. Months later, they turned into huge stalks. When we peeled back …

STB Christian Forum Community

Seven Times Brighter Christian Forum Community

I have added a Christian forum community to the site to make discussion easier. I ran forums for a long time before many groups moved to Facebook, and I will admit that I find Facebook’s group format fairly awkward. We will have discussions on faith, the Bible, home, garden, media, and more. Also there is …

Herbal Fruit Infused Water Recipes

herbal fruit water

I just discovered fruit infused water. I used to be addicted to diet soda. The addiction started way back in middle school when I started to struggle with an undiagnosed autoimmune disease, and I was tired all the time. I also realized around that time that milk made me feel terrible, and I stopped drinking …

A Wider Perspective

I have decided to widen the subjects of my blog to include general life, gardening, homesteading, and other topics. I will still write about faith, too. I feel like many of these topics interweave for me, and I am not sure how to unwind them from each other.

Commenter Style Changes

I added a few plugins to hopefully help commenters to feel more at home. It should be easier to register as a subscriber, as well as add a custom avatar. I also updated the default avatars, because frankly, they’re boring. Please keep uploaded avatars decent! Additionally, you may now subscribe to further comments to keep …

Isolation — Problems with Christian Singles Ministry

Isolation - Problems with Christian Singles Ministry

Church singles ministries are often unhealthy because they are isolated from the rest of the church. Many singles also feel individually isolated, like the church has abandoned them. Have you ever felt isolated in a Christian singles ministry? The Modern US Church: A Nuclear Family Institution Modern churches in the US offer families a wealth …

Poor Leadership — Problems with Singles Ministries

"Scanning the Crowd" by Ken Whytock, Problems with Singles Ministries

There tend to be a few key problems with singles ministries, but overall, poor leadership is the number one problem I see with most church singles ministries. Lack of oversight is at the foundation, even if there is a deacon or pastor over the group. I’ve been in churches where the pastor who oversaw the …

Church Singles Ministries Series

Christian Singles Ministries

Over the next few weeks, I will be outlining the problems I see with singles ministries, and what churches can do to fix some of those problems and strengthen their outreach to singles. I believe that incorporating singles via mixed ministries or singles ministries¬†is important for a balanced, healthy church, as well as an outreach …

Testing the foundation

A door

I’ve been fascinated with survival shelters and primitive shelters lately. What if I one day was in a situation where I needed to build myself a survival shelter? How would I make it? What materials could I use? What kind of foundation would it have? And, I don’t know about you, but the idea of …