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Temptation – And How to Fight It
Our church is studying the life of Christ right now, and we just looked at His time in the wilderness facing temptation. Although He had divine power, He faced temptation like a common man would have to, without resorting to miracles to solve His problems. The English pastor Charles Spurgeon observed, “God has one Son…
Temptation – The Error-Likely Situation
  When I worked for the power company, I was told to be on guard against “error-likely situations.” When crews were called to deal with power outages, often it was late at night, in bad weather and unfamiliar locations, with everyone tired and under stress. Any of these conditions made it more likely for someone…
Welcome to our Retro Sale!
Although it is too late to ship for Christmas delivery, we are going to honor these holiday sales for a few more days! Plus, you could get them a Craftsman Crate subscription -- complete with a card to download and print to announce your gift! Here are some great deals on gifts you can feel…
My Son Cries All the Time!
Q. My son cries all the time! What do I do? My husband says it has to stop, but my son has such a tender heart.  Raising passionate kids can be really challenging. We've had a few kids with BIG emotions - when they were happy, they were on top of the world, when they…
Paper Making Help
Sometimes it's hard to picture what we're describing in the instructions, so here's a little help! Here's how you dip the deckle and mold into the pulp slurry:   Swish the deckle and mold in the pulp slurry:   Lift the deckle and mold out of the pulp slurry, gently swishing it back and forth:…
Book Review – Sir Ernest Shackleton’s South
[caption id="attachment_45864" align="aligncenter" width="610"] Photo Credit: Library of Congress[/caption] Before the space age dawned, the great frontiers for adventure and exploration were the polar regions. Sir Ernest Shackleton was part of two expeditions which set "Furthest South" records in 1902 and 1909, striving for the South Pole. After Captain Robert Scott's death on the way back…
Reading Biographies for Fun, Too
Continuing a discussion from our podcast and YouTube channel, a listener asked us to elaborate on some of the historical books that Hal enjoys reading. An earlier post linked to a number of historical books, but this segment Hal's talking about biographies - a branch of history that he also follows. (These are affiliate links…
Reading History for Fun
    I like history - there are many reasons but maybe I'm just naturally curious. At any rate, Melanie and I talked on our podcast about our shared interests in certain authors and subject matters, but admitted that I enjoy history and biography more than she does (she has her own preferences, too). A…
Photo of Frightened Little Girl Under Blanket with Flashlight