February 21, 2017

Why Should I Prepare and is it Biblical?

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Comments

  1. Thanks for the book.

  2. This is a great book. I look forward to your next!

  3. Thanks, Chris. I’m looking forward to reading it!

  4. I just wanted to thank you and hope folks,no matter what happens,will remain good even tho exposed to evil acts and folks when it happens.Good has to be passed down even tho distainful acts need to be done for our survival.What we do will matter but does not have to turn us bad…

  5. Thanks so much for the time that went into this!!

  6. Jimmie Walton Daughters says:

    Thank you for the book. I will look forward to reading it. Even though the promises in the Bible declare God’s care for us, even in times of trouble, I also read Proverbs 31, where the Godly woman “buys a field” and takes care of her family. I don’t have a field, but I support farmers who do, and have canned many “meals in a jar.” In fact today I canned sausage-corn chowder, and will put it back for those days, when I may not have electricity to cook with. The chowder, as well as many other meals I’ve canned, will be simple to heat up on a portable stove or grill using my iron skillet. I appreciate any tips we can use for prepping, and it’s definitely Biblical……in my Bible anyway! God bless you all!

    • Chris Ray says:

      It’s my pleasure, I hope you enjoy the book. It sounds like you do a great job with cooking meals in a jar, this is something my wife and I have looked in to. We have some good friends that do this and I think its a great idea.

  7. Thanks for the book Chris. I have been prepping since Y2K. Even though it didn’t turn out to be the disaster many predicted, it made me realize how fragile our (the U.S.) infrastructure is. I’ve wanted to teach a class at our church on “prepping” for a couple years now, but have hesitated, since many felt duped by Y2K and I’ve feared being labeled a fanatic. Your blog and Ebook have tipped me off my fence. I’ll approach my church leadership about teaching this class. Thanks.

    • It’s my pleasure Paul. Bless you for moving forward with teaching the class. If there is anything I can do just let me know.

  8. Thanks Chris, for the book. I look forward to reading it and to start implementing it into my life. There is a huge storm coming for mankind and we need to get ready for it.

  9. thank you thank you – that i found this site – so important as Christians that we be prepared these days….. 😀

  10. thanks! 😀

  11. Been looking at many, many websites and blogs on preping (not for end of the world…but more economic colapse). Found yours yesterday and it is the first that I have found that approches the subject from a Christian view. Thanks so much, I am very excited to take in what you have to share. Also thanks for the e-book, I look forward to reading it…although I already know that it is very biblical to be prepared for the hard time (both physically and spiritually).
    Ed

  12. I’ve been doing lots of research on practical prepping and learning a lot. I’m working to be prepared not scared! I know God will provide, but we have to use the brains he gave us to look ahead at what MAY be coming and not just go blindly about our business. I’m hoping to start a group for our church of people who would like to share info and skills. Looking forward to reading your book! Is it available for kindle? That would be awesome!
    Thanks! Judi

    • Chris Ray says:

      Hi Judy,

      I’m glad you found the blog, and glad you’re working on being prepared, not scared. The book can be loaded to a kindle, but isn’t in the kindle format yet. I do plan on doing that eventually.

  13. God began to put on the heart of my oldest son, who is 31 and has a household of his three children as well as his two nieces and his wife, that a financial crisis is coming. His dad and I began to pray about it along with him and felt the same urging to get prepared. At that point we began to research and listen to others with the same message. This did not come from hearing others first. It first came from a prompting of the Spirit. We are now, as a family, seeking God for wisdom as to how to best prepare. The Bible says in I Timothy 5:8 that “anyone who does not provide for their own family, especially their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” We must wake up and get out of our fat and happy comfort zone! Thank you so much for your website!

  14. Chris-
    Thank you for sowing into the lives of others and providing us with a wonderful Christian resource. My husband and I were moved to begin emergency preparedness about 3 years ago and have now started a group (neighbors, church friends, family) to share what we know and learn from others. We will be sharing your wonderful site with everyone and pray that it will multiply to others.
    God Bless You,
    Laura Oakley

    • Chris Ray says:

      Hi Laura,

      I think its great that you have started sharing what you know with others, I hope it is well received. Thank you very much for being willing to share this site with them.

      Blessings to you and your husband as well,

      Chris

  15. WANDAKATE ROBINSON says:

    There is nothing beyond “smarter” in these last days than preparing for what is about to happen to us. You stock up with as much as you can afford and store each time you shop. Don’t forget your basics like toothpaste, extra toothbrushes, rubbing alcohol, swabs, first-aid kits etc. Also, prescription medicine is very important as there may be no trucks running your medicine to your pharmacy or to your home from a website where you ordered it from. You will have to have your medicine or you will not survive. You will have to have water, and water pitchers and filters to filter out anything that will be in the drinking water. You will need paper plates, cups, plastic silverware, napkins, paper towels when there is no water to wash your dishes. If you are currently in a city or a town, it would be smart to get out now while you still can. One major disaster and the president is authorized to call Martial Law, and it will not be pleasant. Cities and towns will instantly become war zones, looting, rioting, and crime on every corner, murders by the scores. When people are hungry they do desperate things that they would not do otherwise. People get scared and rob and commit crimes to survive. Take precautions, stock up, be prepared because tough times are just ahead.

  16. Thanks for the book. I look forward to reading it. God bless you.
    (Romans 15:13; Psalm 21:6; 1 Corinthians 16:13-14)

  17. Thank you very much for the book . I look forward to reading it.
    linda

  18. Jerry Bemis says:

    Thanks, Chris. I’m looking forward to reading it!

  19. Thank you brother. I have felt God’s mighty Hand on my shoulder, urging me to get back to the land for about a year now. It is not an easy thing to bear, and I have met with much resistance and pain and struggle and people who have abandoned me because of the truth I speak. Reminds me of the words in Mark, When Yeshua spoke of the seed among the thorns…

    Thank you for all your resources…many blessings.

    D

    • Chris Ray says:

      I’m glad you found the blog, and I hope you like the eBook.

      Many of us have had people in our lives scoff about our preparing. Good for you for staying the course and following the still small voice.

  20. Hi Chris, thanks for your book. It actually echos much of what I’ve written on my own website. May I have your permission to reference your site and host your book on http://TheBasicLife.com? The section I would like to host it in is http://TheBasicLife.com/doku.php#Addressing_Christian_Objections. You can reach me at PrepSteader-at-TheBasicLife-dot-com. Thanks in advance for considering my request!

  21. grammyprepper says:

    Thank you for the ebook! My grandparents survived the Great Depression, and I think I actually got my ‘prepping’ gene from them. We have always been campers, and I think that has also added. I now live in a small town which is rural, and we have had to prepare for the frequent electric outages we experience. So ‘prepping’ is something that comes naturally to us. To know that there is a spiritual reason to prep only confirms that. We are on a spiritual journey personally, and it’s good to know that there is yet another reason for us to accept Christ into our lives!

    • Chris Ray says:

      My pleasure, I hope you enjoy it.

      I’m glad to hear that you have started prepping, it sounds like you’ll take to it easily with your background.

  22. Thanks for the e-book Chris. We have already started prepping but have a long way to go and with not much money. But as Christians we have put God in our prepping also. He will help us to get things ready.

    • Chris Ray says:

      My pleasure, I hope you enjoy it.

      It still feels like I have a long way to go too. But you’ve taken the most important step, you started.

  23. Chris. Thank you for the book & the time you took to write it. I look forward to reading it soon. I’ve been prepping for a few years now & don’t have a whole lot but better than having nothing. My tiny income doesn’t go far.
    I’m interested in finding people with th esame mind set. I think haveing a few banding togeather would make things easier to manage. So if you know of anyone in central Ohio please pass my email on if you think they would be interested.
    Bless you & the others for what your doing, if you need help on anything let me know I have lots of infor I have gathered up for future use that could be used now.

    • Chris Ray says:

      Thanks for signing up for updates, I hope you enjoy the eBook.

      I’m afraid I don’t know anyone in Ohio, but if you head over to the forum there is a section where you can see if there are others who are in your area.

  24. Carroll the Irishman says:

    Thank you for the ebook. I believe Almighty God gave us a mind to use and when you see things happening then, your spirit tells you to do something. My belief in preparing is I have a feeling that the government is running out of options on borrowing money. And, this very well could be part of a plan to collapse the dollar. Who knows for sure what’s going to happen but, I feel better knowing that I’ll be able to survive because I DID prepare. People may laugh at us but, my belief is you prepare for the worse and pray for the best. If nothing happens……Great. And, if something does……I will go on safe and assured of living comfortably waiting for the Savior to return.

  25. Thank you.

  26. Thanks Chris, I don’t think prepping is sign of a lack of faith. I think it shows that we really do believe the bible prophesies of the end times, and God is guiding us to prepare for them. I think it’s exciting to read the bible and feel it was only written yesterday as it’s so relevant to what is happening in the world today.

    • Chris Ray says:

      I agree, I think it shows that one has faith as well. But I think we should prepare for what God has set before us in the day to day, not just with the end times in mind.

  27. Thank you so much for the new book. I look forward to getting a chance to read this and more of your blog. May we all be safe God Bless!

  28. Ronald F. Bradford says:

    Thank you for your book! I printed it out just now to put it in a document folder after I read it. I too am a Christian author. I write historical fiction novels with a Christian flavor. I am on kindle/Amazon but I prefer to sell the books direct. I am by choice self-published for a myriad of reasons. I belong to a Christian Writer’s workshop here in Waco, Texas and have been active in it for 3 years now. I have been writing for about 7.5 years and have four published and working on a fifth with three others started and in the wings with the storyline set so I can remember the direction the Lord had led when I get done with this particular one.

    Once again, I look forward to being a part of the group.

    • Chris Ray says:

      A Christian writers workshop sounds fantastic.

      I too plan to eventually self publish on Amazon.

      • Ronald F. Bradford says:

        Hey Chris, try a site called Createspace.com, it is a subsidiary of Amazon.com that will do the following services for you : If you format the book yourself and become a member, you can get them to send a pdf to you to upload onto their website in your member account and they will assign you an ISBN for free, will provide a gallery of photos for your cover for free, will evaluate your manuscript’s printability (regarding photo density #of pixels) as well as whether or not your manuscript fits inside the boundaries of a standard 6X9 trade paperback format as far as inside and outside margins are concerned, will reveal any needed corrections. All this within 24 hours…free. If you do all the corrections yourself, and you have read your proof thoroughly for formating and correctness of your manuscript type, (New Times Roman) and have chosen and prepared your own cover using their template for free, when your book is satisfactory, you submit it for a final printed out proof. Hint: don’t be prideful like I was and think you don’t need to see a physical print first. There IS a difference in the pdf and the printed. It has to do with white space and how you end your chapter and begin the next. Standard procedures are, always start your new chapter on the right-hand side. That means that if your chapter ends on the right hand side, do a page-break so that the next left hand side is blank and start on the right hand side.

        If you need help, they provide live help 24/7 for free advice but if you have them do your editing and corrections and formatting, you also have the option to choose to pay for those services.

        In other words, Createspace.com is free if you to all the work. The only charge you have then is for the actual printing of each copy and the shipping of physical copies. There is a $25.00 charge for expanded advertising i.e. on Amazon, kindle and worldwide sales. I have found that if you do not somehow get a delicious posting on the first page of your genre of writing, you will usually be buried along with the millions of other books they sell. So, if you sell on Amazon or kindle expect a $25 fee for that. Not each, but total. They print and charge by the length of the book. For example, my 287 page book cost me 4.20 per copy, my 351 page book cost 5.80 and my 303 page book cost me 4.80 per copy. Shipping for about 20 -30 books costs around $25.

        Do not go to create a space.com that is a whole different animal. go to
        createspace.com and you are safe.

        Blessings Brother Chris

  29. Chris,

    Thanks for the free ebook. We are actually looking into setting up Disaster preparedness classes at Christian schools in the area. This is an awesome resource and it is my pleasure to recommend you and your site to our members.

    Thanks,
    Chris Phillips
    ENC Survival

    • Chris Ray says:

      My pleasure Chris, I hope you and your students enjoy it.

      Good for you for teaching the class, my church had some success with the classes we did.

      Chris

  30. Like many of you, the Spirit lead me to prepare fifteen years ago. During that time, like several of you, I felt like John the Baptist…..(that my message was falling on deaf ears). Funny, how God is managing to get both ‘comfy – don’t rock my world believers and zoom, zoom non-believers attention in the last couple of years. I don’t put all of my eggs (preparedness) in one basket. I play various scenarios in my head and say “what I’d”…then I work out alternative solutions. However, “having done all”, the single most important thing that the Holy Spirit has taught me is from the land of Egypt. Israel had to be lead OUT of their comfy world (Egypt) and taken in to the Wilderness Before they could enter the land of milk and honey. I believe our faith will be eventually be put to the test in like manner. We will be looking to Him, at some point in our journey, to provide manna for our Body, to strike His Rock to provide for our thirst, and to enter into His Spiritual Ark, as He hides us in the cleft of the rock. Prepping for the saints isn’t just about our physical bodies, but is primarily about getting our Spiritual House, and those around us, in order, as well as getting our physical house in order. May God abundantly bless you all, as His Spirit leads you in the coming days!

  31. That’s for the book Chris.

  32. Thanks so much for the free book. Of possible interest to you, when I saw the title and brief synopsis, I immediately was prepared to visit Amazon.com to order a copy (likely a pre-owned version…). I recently finished ‘Surviving the Economic Collapse by Fernando Ferfal Aguirre; and highly recommend it as well. No, it’s not written in Christian-ese; yet is very direct and honest about the reality of an entire countries’ (Argentina in 2001) economic upheaval at the stroke of a legislative pen.

    Always keep in mind we are to follow the Lamb withersoever He leadeth, which is typically a path of peace…yet with a mindset of protecting life in all aspects. Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus. Amen

  33. i just read your book. Thank you so much for writing it. It was such a blessing. I learned a lot and feel so much more comfortable about prepping.

  34. Dick Perlas says:

    Shalom from Manila, Philippines.

    Thank you Mr. Christ Ray for sharing your book for the endtimes survival. Looking forward to read it.

    May God bless you.

  35. Chris, Just visited your blog for the first time. I came from Backdoor Survival. Our prayers are for you and your family during this difficult time. We lost my parents years ago, some 20 years between dad’s death of a massive heart attack, and mom’s death of copd, both, by the way, brought on by heavy cigarette smoking. Look forward to reading your book. I am an “early stage prepper”, working hard to get my family into the prepping mindset. Also, am an ordained minister and retired registered nurse (Certified in psychiatric nursing). Will look forward to further posts from you.

  36. Brenda clayton says:

    Thanks for sharing and i look forward to reading your book. Good bless you.

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