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Welcome to
FAITH FRONTIER





A new frontier, not far away over mountains and rivers,
but directly under our feet.

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CONTENT

            
PATH OF FAITH

THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE

THERE IS ALWAYS A WAY

CLEAR THE CULTURAL HURDLE

AND COME TOGETHER AS
CHILDREN OF GOD

KNOW THE LOCALITY OF REALITY

WHAT DO WE TAKE WITH US ON OUR JOURNEY INTO GOD'S HANDS

TRUST THE CREATOR

WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR



My horse Reba, dog Jill, and I traveling in rural Kansas.

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PRELUDE
Had any Christian anywhere on earth written this booklet, it's cultural flavor and identity may have been very different. However, its baseline would be exactly the same because, we are all servants of God.

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PATH OF FAITH



My name is James, I traveled by foot, horse, and canoe, for 5,000 miles though America, from farm to farm, town to town, and city to city, without doors to lock or walls to sleep behind - it was as real as it gets - and I hope to share the perspective God has given me for the sake of helping you gain what is good for your soul and right for your world, not by following me, but by following God, for He alone holds your best interest at heart.

If you ever get a feeling that the world is going down a bad path, rejoice, that is the voice of God calling you to a better place. And if you decide to truly trust and follow God, then allow me to congratulate you! You have chosen a path that begins in your heart, independent from the absurd values of a wayward world. You have accepted the most fulfilling and rewarding occupation in the world. And you have found your path to true happiness! It may be as "simple" as reading Bible stories to your grandchildren, but whatever path God gives you, you are now doing your part to save our country, our children, our Christian way of life, and all we hold near and dear. And now as much as ever before, you are needed! Now as much as ever before, you need to step up to the plate and do your best to hit a spiritual home run.

Our Nation is in Crisis. Cultural division, and the power struggle that goes with it, is dissolving the unity that once held us together. And before we pontificate over our lost moral compass, we need only look around to see that we have physically neglected ourselves to such an extent, as to cause a health crisis of biblical proportion. Meanwhile, our little farm towns are dying, our inner cities are becoming no-man zones, and suburbia is being herded, corraled, and earmarked via the power of advertising, news, and entertainment.
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The good news is, there are a lot of honest hard-working men and women in our Nation! And honest folks can at least agree that we will not make it to safe harbor by arguing or theorizing on how to repair leaks on a sinking ship.

 With which group would you rather be a part; those that pontificate, theorize, and squabble on a sinking ship, or those that simply settle for seats on a sinking ship? More likely, you would prefer to be with those that band together and work to save what they love. Below are examples of Christians that, by leap of faith, made American great. They are my two favorite examples, but they are not the only examples. You may have your own examples. Now if it be the case that we reject one another's examples, then obviously we do not belong in the same boat. But if you can celebrate my examples, and I can celebrate your examples, then odds are good that we can work together to save our Nation. Why? Because we both like examples of Americans
 that chose the hard path of faith and won against insurmountable odds. People that made America great. People that chose a path as difficult as it was full of promise, and by way of their courage, determination, and all that goes into a leap of faith, became the wind in the sails of generations to come.

Example #1: The Pilgrims happened to be white Europeans, but an infinitely more accurate description would be this; they were children of God.
 Faithful and courageous, they boarded the Mayflower, and within a year, half were dead and the other half had suffered terribly. But they were not fools, they understood their dream to be an “impossible” one, and still they went forward. And such is the power of faith that, nearly four-hundred years later; their dream still lives. Their dream was to live free as a loving God would have them live, and not live according to the mandates of tyrants.

Example #2: There was something very special in the hearts of the Pioneers who arrived at the shore of the Columbia River, having already come thousands of miles through mountain-ranges, deserts, and plains on the Oregon Trail. The Columbia River made up the final leg of their journey. Trail weary men, women, and children, they loaded their wagons and dreams on wooden rafts, then set out to run two-hundred miles of the most dangerous water anywhere on earth. It was an incredibly perilous thing to do, but then again, they had that special brand of courage, that kind of courage that comes with faith. And with that kind of courage all across this land, Americans gave rise to a Nation that became a beacon of hope around the world.


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There is no such thing as a perfect man or woman. To the contrary, we are all quite flawed. Therefore, any group of people can point to another group and blame them for the ills of the world...a fool's game as old as the hills.

Columbus was a human being, meaning he was both wonderful and pathetic like you and I, and like the Pilgrims and Pioneers, and all others that came here to build better lives, and in the process, built America. This includes the slaves, who were freed through great bloodshed and sacrifice. This includes Native and Hispanic Americans who fought and died for America in World War I and every war since. To build better lives, our forefathers and mothers mustered the courage to go forward through hardship and danger. With faith in God, they faced the unknown and built something greater than their ability to imagine. Now if you cannot appreciate the courage and sacrifices of those that came before, then you and I do not belong in the same boat. But if you appreciate the sacrifices of those that came before, then like me, you may be old enough to remember the greatness they gave rise to. I remember the small farms and towns of Kansaswith thriving local economies, happy healthy people out and about, and streets so safe that children could run and play without a fear in the world. From sea to shining sea, we were building a better world. We all had a part to play, and we were making slow but steady progress. Good things take time, and it seemed that with hard work and dedication, we could accomplish anything, even go to the moon! But no more had we reached the heights then men in high places decided God was no longer needed. We became, as they say, full of ourselves. Without God, we tried in vain to fill our empty hearts with all that money can buy. Without God, we poisoned ourselves with unhealthy choices and then looked to science for salvation even as the miracle of science went hand-in-hand with a national health crisis of biblical proportion. Without God, we set out to rectify our moral failings through the power of the State, and we fell prey to evil forces that attacked our God-given right to feel good about where we come from, what we’re made of, and who we are (children of God). God was declared dead, and the void left in our hearts and culture was filled with garbage from Hollywood, Fifth Avenue, and others in a race for power, money, and control.

Today we are paying the price for putting power and money above God and Country. 
So how do we get back to the One that holds our best interest at heart. Who among us will take that big leap of faith, who among us will become the wind in the sails of those that are yet to come. It could be as simple as reading Bible stories to your grandchildren even though it puts you at odds with their parents, even though it is taking ten years off your life. If you truly follow the Lord, he will lead you away from your worldly comfort and security. He will lead you out on a limb, and when you find yourself there, you will find Him there beside you, and you will rejoice. And the reward you receive, you will never trade for what you had before.

As our Nation sinks like Rome in a race for power, money, and control; the following quote reminds us that all is not lost but to the contrary, all is waiting to be gained. The quote is from the American scholar, Will Durant:

 "There is no greater drama in human record than the sight of a few Christians, scorned or oppressed by a succession of emperors, bearing all trials with fierce tenacity, multiplying quietly, building order while their enemies generated chaos, fighting the sword with the word, brutality with hope, and at last defeating [Rome] the strongest state that history has known. Caesar and Christ had met in the arena, and Christ had won.”

 Why did so many ancient Romans convert to Christianity. And why did they then refuse to give up what they had found? What, when faced with death, made them so courageous? They had found God's truth. And thus, they knew beyond doubt, they had gained something bigger and better than this world has space to hold.


THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE

Can you imagine a Nation that is so self- deceived, its people surrender their ability to make shoes, and then dance in foreign-made shoes to celebrate their independence? Can a people who can't even make their own shoes honestly call themselves independent? There are politicians and business leaders that would answer, "yes." 
The question is; do you want to follow the blind and become a prisoner to their folly, or would you rather walk the path of truth and honesty that leads to Freedom? In order to get big and stay big, big government and big business work to make you dependent on them in a big way, and this can be bad for your independence in a big way. For if they push truth aside for money and power, and they become all important to your survival like air and water, what happens to your soul when you must choose between the truth and the worldly securities (lies) they offer? For fear of losing their worldly comfort and security, a great many Christians have accepted the lies, and by living the lie, they will lose the only thing they could keep forever; their soul. The good news is, you only need to put yourself in God’s hands, truly put yourself in His hands, and you will find a new life of such tremendous value, you would not trade your life for it. You will find yourself in a realm of truth, a new frontier where freedom is as real as you are, where the path is as difficult as it is full of promise, trod by hard-working individuals, bound together as a people with a common belief, each pulling their weight, looking out for one another, trusting not in themselves but in God.

Nothing can stop God’s truth from setting us free. The only thing that can stop His truth from shining through is a closed heart, wherein the soul, imprisoned by walls of bitterness, pride, or any sin painted over with self-deceit, believes it has it right when in truth it has it wrong - and in its blindness, it wastes away in a dark dungeon, never to know what freedom looks like because it never allows it to shine in. But when we open our hearts and let God’s light shine in, there will be, in a very real manner of speaking, dawn in God's everlasting masterpiece, a new life in a new realm with virgin mountains, plains, and rivers. But it is like a jigsaw puzzle, and only God knows where the pieces go. And as God would have it, it is our steps, taken in faith, upon the difficult path, that make the pieces fall into place, and the picture that comes together in our soul is a gift larger than this world has space to hold.

If you decide to trust God, then probably not very far up the trail of life, you will realize your freedom, and when it happens, don’t be surprised if you lift your arms to Heaven and cry out, “OH LORD, THANK YOU!” It is true. If you show faith, don’t be surprised if, long before you reach your “Promised Land,” God sets you free. And you will know it! It will become the most valuable thing you possess, for it will be nothing less than the freeing of your soul. And with it comes peace where peace must always begin, in your heart. You will have peace of mind. You will enter into the realm of true freedom, without which no earthly freedom is possible. You will no longer look to the world for freedom, but will have found that, because of Him, freedom begins in you (and what else would you expect from the One that gave you the miraculous gift of life). And with the chains that bound you broken, you'll be free to pursue a better life. A better life, not in the eyes of a sinful world, but in the eyes of a loving God that holds your best interest at heart.


THERE IS ALWAYS A WAY

The way to a better life begins when you let God into your heart, and by His light, see the way out of your inner entanglements. Then with God, you will have the inner peace and fire to go forward even if you cannot see what lies ahead.


How many people thought Columbus crazy for setting off into the unknown? How many people thought the Pilgrims crazy for the same reason? And after the unknown had been opened so that it could be entered with a degree of safety, how many hopeful hearts flooded into the New World!

And in that new world called America, a great multitude rolled up their sleeves, the American story was born, and the potential of building on God’s truth was released. In God's hands, they built something greater than their ability to imagine. They did not build a Utopia of course, but they did build a Nation founded on the belief that all people have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. They fought wars and made great sacrifices to ensure this right. And as a result, their Nation became a beacon of hope around the world. 

Today, same as always, it is as big as crossing an ocean, leaving a dying world behind, and venturing into the everlasting hands of God. But with God, all things are possible. If you want more than a lying world can offer, then step onto God's narrow path of truth, keep putting one foot before the other, and He will lead you to a broad spiritual plane where, looking back, you will know, He saved the one thing you keep forever - your soul - and of course, that made your life great!


CLEAR THE CULTURAL HURDLE AND
COME TOGETHER AS CHILDREN OF GOD

There is nothing racist about a white man who, having witnessed from boyhood the decline of little farms and towns across America, makes a sincere and concerted effort to help his people.

There is nothing racist about a black man who, having witnessed from boyhood the decline of inner cities across America, makes a sincere and concerted effort to help his people.

There is most definitely something racist about looking down on a man because he is trying to help his people.

God makes room for us to maintain our individual cultures, and at the same time, to all be part of one family as His children building on His everlasting truth. Coming together does not mean we are against other groups of people. It does mean that we all stand together against the forces of evil. 

To keep from falling apart, a nation must come together. And when its people cannot come together due to decisions made in the dark; it is good that Christians come together and unite in a faith-based decision to build in the light.

Come together in the understanding that, until we let God in our hearts, we cannot work our way though problems that keep us from happiness because true happiness comes before solving problems. True happiness (godly fulfillment) fosters positive action, even in the face of difficulty.

Come together and let God set foundation stones in our hearts that support peace and happiness in our communities; foundation stones of love, like a sense of gratitude for what we have, and of belonging to it, and wanting the best for it, and a willingness to work and sacrifice for it.


Come together in the understanding that God's first commandment to man as a knowledgeable being is to toil, to realize the value of hard work, which fosters strength and stability in our backbones and our souls, and makes us productive members of our communities.

Come together in the understanding that, it is the responsibility of all able-bodied Christian men to feed, cloth, and house themselves, their families, and to help maintain their communities. Otherwise, such things become the responsibility of others who live detached from the realities of the individual and his community.

Come together in the understanding that, although good things are not easily achieved, the easy path is the way of a cutthroat world, whereas the difficult path opens up a, Land of Opportunity.

Come together and build on God’s truth by teaching children biblical lessons about right and wrong, about when to be kind and when to be tough, timeless values that guide actions, season souls, and help us stay together on the same page as children of God.

Come together with inspirational stories of our forefathers and mothers, the extra-ordinary accomplishments of ordinary Americans who put their faith in God (celebrate them as heroes and heroines, and even pretend to be them in childhood play). 

Together these things act as cultural glue, to form a bond of love and loyalty, to form a foundation of harmony and happiness in our communities, and Nation.

Among his own people, Christ began with the little people. He put them first. And only after he had given his all for them, did he then send Paul into the world.


 Jesus did not save the world by being a worldly man, but rather, by being a man of his people. Jesus did not think like,"Oh my gosh, if I chose men only from Judea to be disciples, that would appear exclusionary and maybe even hateful...I'd better find an Egyptian, a Greek, a Syrian, and an Italian." Jesus didn't do it that way. And lo-and-behold, by His example of love and loyalty, not the false morality of Pharisees in their temples, but the true boots-on-the-ground love and loyalty between neighbors that makes communities strong and nations great - by this, His example, great numbers of people from those other nations would become part of one family as brothers and sisters in Christ..

As a Nation of every race, can we Christians come together for the sake of our Nation? Yes, we can come together by way of a simple test, a test that has nothing to do with skin color. The test would be a simple question: Would we put up or take down the Ten Commandments in public places, like courthouses for example? Those that would put the Commandments up without hesitation are brothers and sisters in the family of Christ (including non-Christians that are friendly to our beliefs, and are therefore friends of the family). Those that would take the Commandments down have not yet let God in their hearts and therefore are more susceptible to that pair of hands that is ever working in the dark. Those that claim it depends on circumstances are blind to our circumstances. In large part, we have, as a Nation, allowed the godless to choose our path for decades, and fools are prone to follow the easy path to their own destruction. The good news is, God gives us free will, we do not have to follow fools. We can come together for the sake of our Nation as brothers and sisters in Christ.



KNOW THE LOCALITY OF REALITY

This somewhat odd term, "the locality of reality," that I have only made up, nevertheless means that, if you sincerely believe in God, then He is in your heart, and, at the same exact time, in my heart, and in all hearts that sincerely accept Him. And this is key because; He alone holds our best interest at heart, He alone wants to make us wealthy beyond our dreams in the only way that counts forever, and He alone has the divine power to be in all our hearts at the same time, working His miracles there like the Conductor of a symphony.

The possibilities of what we can achieve when we follow His lead as a people of God are limitless. For while He gives us different assignments, our tasks fit together to create something greater than our ability to imagine.

 Because I know my people, I will use our example. We the people of rural and small town America are a humble people as proven by the way in which we have quietly dwindled and disappeared. Our little towns and farms are dying in a world that is too far removed to see how a life-sustaining bushel of grain is grown in the land of the free. For a golden bushel of grain sprouts not only from good soil and hard work, but from social stability, itself sprouted from the unity of a people bound by love and loyalty. It is a beautiful thing, and it feeds the world. But it is crumbling in the grip of a big world with big world values, crumbling away, eroding into an agro-industrialized support system for a godless world. And like anything that serves a corrupt world, it will be dragged down with it.

So how do we turn this around?
 We get together in groups and we start working on it. We don't give sermons or pontificate or theorize. We have already talked for too long. To get back into God's hands, we must take ACTION. But what kind of action? What can we do? Please read on.

The following comparison uses an example close to our pioneer forefathers and mothers, and is applicable to any Christian culture such as my own that, having found itself dependent on and therefore servant to a plethora of worldly masters, yearns to return to the freedom that can only be found in God's hands.

I spent time with the Amish, and saw many things reminiscent of my own pioneer heritage. One thing that took me by surprise was the sight of an Amish woman driving a wagon, not just any wagon, but a large freight wagon. It had an expansive wooden bed with no sideboards and no seat. She was standing on the bed, holding the reins to a team of four Percheron draft horses that were trucking down a gravel road. On the bed behind her was a very large construct of wood and metal (some kind of Amish-made equipment). The young woman was neither large nor burly, but simply an average looking woman in a pioneer dress with three small children gathered close around her legs. Yeah, it blew my mind! A huge wagon, with a huge freight load, pulled by four huge draft horses is a fairly impressive if not downright frightening sight to see when it trucks by up close. But, add to that a young mother standing atop it all, driving four horses while tending three children! Wow! She was neither nervous nor relaxed, but quite simply, appropriately focused, and her children were perfectly behaved. Now, let’s look at another example that can help us understand why the Amish woman and her children, sinners though they be, were able to be real life superheroes: Once, while working a horse in a round pen on an Amish farm, I noticed a procession of six or seven Amish girls, dressed like pioneers, walking the country lane. The oldest looked to be twelve, leading the way with direction, but not at all severe. The youngest was about five, and brought up the rear. To my surprise, they turned up the driveway of the farm where I worked. I didn’t know what to think but figured it an Amish thing. I watched as they continued without adult supervision, but each knowing their task, fetched a stocky miniature horse, then a miniature covered wagon. They harnessed the horse, hitched it to wagon, boarded one by one, and as they drove away, they smiled and waved at me. Astonished, I went in the barn to ask my Amish friend what I had seen. He said the girls had stopped that morning and left the horse to be shod before continuing on foot to the one room schoolhouse up the lane. They were not all siblings but children of the community. I’d seen a miniature school transportation system operated by children, working together without adult supervision; efficient, safe, clean, healthy, happy, and yes of course, independent! And of course, independence is FREEDOM.

Now let us imagine a parent strapping their child into a car safety seat for a ride to school 
while colorful cartoon heroes play on the monitor. And yes it may seem that I've presented opposite ends of a scale with extreme bias, but the Amish are nowhere near the far end of any survival scale, more like in the middle between stone tools and microprocessors. So what am I saying? I am NOT saying that technology is bad. I am saying that we have, without even realizing it, become servants to powerful worldly masters. And in the year 2020, we find ourselves so tightly strapped into their system, we cannot get free even as we know it only requires a leap of faith. God will catch us. The problem is, we no longer trust Him. We say we trust Him, but our inaction proves otherwise.


If we want to be a people of God, we have to admit and accept that we will never get back to Him by the path laid out for us by our powerful worldly masters.

In a very real manner of speaking, we have to leave Egypt.


WHAT DO WE TAKE WITH US ON OUR JOURNEY INTO GOD'S HANDS

To leave Egypt so to speak, to escape that pair of hands that is ever working in the darkness to enslave us, to break away, and find our way through the desert to our Promised Land; we must give up many things that are not critical to our survival. And we must know what we need to take with us. Some have already been covered in this text. Below are a few more:

We need a unifying story.
For a nation to be a nation, its people need a unifying story they can all celebrate, that they may not be paralyzed by division, but rather, united as a Nation. And we have that one story, it is the story of, Jesus Christ.

We need humility.
As Christians we understand, we are not a super-race, but the recipients of God's grace.

We need law and order, beginning with the Ten Commandments.

We need our culture.
Culture begins with love and loyalty for one’s people and their way of life. Culture, as God intended it, is human poetry in motion, rich with mannerisms and ways of expression not defined by statements of income, or even by great works of art, but rather by what connects us in our hearts. God connects us, and He uses culture to do so, as a gift, given to the smallest, that we may have happiness in our hearts, and harmony in our communities.

We need our heritage.
The "Greatest Generation" grew up saying the Lord’s Prayer in church, and the Pledge of Allegiance in school. They were not bussed to big conglomerate schools, but self-gathered in small, often one room school houses where they learned inspirational stories about their forefathers and mothers, stories that gave them a positive sense of what they were capable of. They were not psychoanalyzed and drugged when they misbehaved, but rather, swiftly and effectively corrected with a strap. They cleaned the blackboard, brought in firewood and well water, swept the floor, cleaned ashes from the stove, and other chores before they could go home. It was their first experience functioning outside the home, and not all that different. They were learning to be responsible in a work-based culture of faith. In their communities and across the nation, they were as Jesus said, seeds in fertile soil. And when the time came and they were called to stand against those that sought to put the world in darkness, they were up to the task. They defeated the godless followers of Hitler, the godless followers of the Emperor of Japan, and the godless Soviet Union. They did not liberate the world for supreme leaders, ideological ideals, money, power, or control. Their power and greatness was not from the world, but from the One that blessed them with unity, and made them a beacon of hope for all the world to see.


TRUST THE CREATOR

Remnants of the good a grateful people can do, can still be found all across this land. Out here on the gravel roads, it can be found in countless farmsteads from not that long ago, built by those that found independence in God's hands. Today, although their way of life has been swept away by a flood of big world values, the trees our great grandparents planted live on in homesteads largely forgotten (or plowed under). The native mulberry trees still produce their fruit in the summer time, then the plum trees, apple trees, pear trees, walnuts, and pecans. The folks that planted them had delicious recipes for them all. In autumn the persimmons ripen and remain hanging on the tree into winter where, with a blanket of snow on the ground, they can be plucked and eaten like sugar bombs in God’s natural candy store. And with that fresh country air in your lungs, looking up at that magnificent star dome, it's easy to imagine God saying: If your so called “big picture” is manmade, then you have not yet come to see that your thinking is itsy-bitsy. And if you’re depending on a manmade system, you’re depending on an infinitely inferior system. I am the Creator of Heaven and Earth. Put your trust in me.

We sinners will never build a Utopia, and we don't need to. We only need to put the Creator first, and He will lead us through His creation on a path of discovery to His realm of eternal life.


WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR

So dear reader, what actions do we take exactly in a frontier of faith to build a life greater than our ability to imagine - what are our parts to play in that divine symphony I spoke of? I don't know what your part is, but God does, and He wants to show you. All you need to do, is let Him into your heart, and follow the instructions that He gives you.



POST SCRIPT
(about me)

It is said, God never closes one door without opening another, and I can testify that it's true. My father died of a heart attack when I was one. It was a big door that God shut, not the kind of door that closes softly, but with resounding finality. Mom never remarried but, besides loving me and taking care of me and making sure I went to church every Sunday, the greatest thing she ever did for me was to get down on her knees before me when I was six years old and tell me that no honest woman would try to show a boy how to be a man. She then turned me around so that I was facing a group of men whereupon she told me to go and watch, listen, and learn. I took my mother’s charge to heart, and with a fatherless void in my chest, I had all the incentive I needed. I went searching high and low, right and left, north and south from boarder to boarder, and east and west from coast to coast. In friendship, I ate at the same table and slept under the same roof with Whites, Blacks, Hispanics, and American Indians (and I am approx 10% Mongolian). As a result, I have studied a great many men, not with conscious intent, not as part of an academic study, not with anything but a void to fill in my chest, a void which felt as big as space itself. Into that void, I shoveled everything from John Wayne to Woody Allen. I shoveled until I was plumb full. And when I had filled myself up, I was as confused and empty as ever. That’s right, I didn’t know who I was, and all the knowledge in the world couldn’t help me. Then I heard my long-forgotten friend Jesus calling, and somehow, almost like groping in the dark, I found my way back to Him. He took what I had put inside and brought it to life. And when He did, it was like nothing I can describe except to say my void filled with light, my eyes could see at last, my stars and planets were put in order and I was filled with joy!
 Then, on the heels of my salvation, there came a great opportunity to travel the land, not as a lost man, but as a found man, knowing not of God's intention but simply believing that, as long as I continued putting one foot before the other in faith, God would bring good from my effort.
 I did not travel the modern way as I had in the past, but rather, I traveled in the footsteps of my Pioneer forefathers and mothers. I wrote a book about my travels, well written but not mature enough to relate the message God intended me to tell. Without going into the details of how God eventually showed me what he wanted me to know and tell, I would like to tell about something that happened on the way there, a true story, not dramatized, but simply the kind of thing that happens when a man puts himself in God's hands: I got caught in a September blizzard while crossing the Continental Divide. It came on like a roaring freight train, my dog nearly died from exposure. I had to put him inside my coat and carry him while dropping elevation to escape the storm. For 5 days I walked 100 miles across the divide. I ate next to nothing in part because old-man-winter was kicking my tail and, telling me to get back to the safety of civilization. It was during this time, 700 miles into a 4,000 mile journey, having already seen so much, and then getting some serious alone time with the Lord; I began praying for words to help my people (praying, very nearly badgering, albeit humbly). The Lord did not answer my prayer at that time but, upon reaching civilization, looking upon a small town so peaceful in a valley below, surrounded by storm clouds, with a ray of sunlight illuminating a white church steeple, the Lord spoke to my heart, saying, "Just make the journey, James. Just make the journey." I didn't understand, but I obeyed. I was not a mature Christian, I didn't understand that of course the Lord had already laid out what He wanted me to know. And even though I am unworthy of delivering any message from Him to you dear reader, if you have read these words, then you can know He answered my prayer, which of course was His plan all along, and it is no accident that these words found their way to you.

 Thank you for taking time to read this booklet.
And may God bless you!



James Sheldon, confessed sinner, 
servant of God







My dog UB and I on the Lewis and Clark Trail.

I had reservation about including pictures of myself in this booklet because I know I'm just a sinner and I do not want to come off like I think I'm something special. However, because I am claiming to have traveled the old way for 5,000 miles, I decided I had better show some proof. So I included a few photos taken by people I met on the trail.



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