Make A Stew

     A Lot of people use cabbages and it is good for keeping for the winter so you have something fresh when it gets cold.  As long as the worms stay out they do well.




















      You can make a stew that’s good without cabbage, but when you add the cabbage it is delicious beyond words.  Have you ever examined the unique layering of the ball of cabbage?  It takes a genius to do that work of creating each leaf just the right shape and size to fit together into a head so perfectly round and close together.  The Lord teaches us lessons from the way He does things. 
















     The closer we come to each other and to Christ the more perfect we will become in His love and obedience.



 "Is it necessary to eat the flesh of animals to obtain any of the elements of our bodies?  

It is not. Phosphorus, which is a constituent of the bony, muscular and nervous tissue of the body, is found in nearly all vegetable substances, in combination with lime or magnesia. Sulphur, which is found in the hair, bones, saliva, etc., is readily detected in white cabbage, potatoes, peas, and other vegetables. Iron, which may be found in exceedingly small quantities in organized beings, is found in small particles in most vegetables used as food, as cabbage, potatoes, and peas. Chlorine, which is found in the blood, in the gastric juice, and the saliva, is a constituent of nearly all vegetable aliments, making it unnecessary to burden our systems with common salt to furnish chlorine to the body. Calcium, which is found in all the animal solids, in the blood, and in most of the secretions, is a constituent of most vegetables, of the cereals, etc. Magnesium and potassium, found in the blood, teeth, bones, and nerves, are constituents of grains, potatoes, grapes, etc.  

  What are the proximate elements of the body?  

Those elements that are readily assimilated to the system, are water, gum, sugar, starch, lignin, jelly, fibrin, albumen, casein, gluten, gelatin, acids, and salts. These are all compounded of two or more chemical elements, and are produced in the growth of nutritive plants of the vegetable kingdom. 

 Is alcohol capable of nourishing the body?" 

1868 JNL, HBH 181

 "The Lord warned the children of Israel against observing the enchantments and times of the heathen round about them, or engaging in their rites in behalf of the dead. Lev. xix. 26-28. Notwithstanding this we read in the Psalms that "they joined themselves to Baal-peor, and ate the sacrifices of the dead." Ps. cvi. 28. The heathen profess to hold intercourse with the dead, but the beings with whom they were really in communication, and who personated the dead, were devils, as the apostle says: "But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God; and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils." 1 Cor. x. 20.  

A newspaper correspondent, writing of Korea, gives a short account of the demon or spirit worship among the Koreans. He says:-  

A good deal of attention in religion is paid to the worship of ancestral spirits, and sacrifices are made to demons who play star roles. One of the spirits is said to take up its abode in an aperture made by nailing two pieces of walnut board together without causing them to meet. This is called an ancestral table, and is often so deified as to have a temple built for its reception. At other times it has a separate room in a house, or again it is carefully laid aside in a quiet nook. A second spirit "goes back" to the ancestors, and the eldest son of the deceased dutifully propitiates the demons by sacrificing for its peace, and a third spirit is in like manner waited upon by this dutiful scion lest by any means the demons should disturb its peace in the grave. He may be so dutiful as to build a hut beside the grave on the mountainside in order to be able to offer morning and evening sacrifice to the demons for the benefit of the spirit remaining in the body. The sacrifices are continued three years in the case of the father and one year for the mother. The son's clothing while performing these rites is of course sea-weed cloth and girdle, and reminds one of the scriptural sack cloth. The meat offering that he brings is the best food that he can afford. It consists usually of boiled rice, raw cabbage and turnips sliced in strong brine, fish, and fruit. The drink offering is native liquor made of wheat, and is highly intoxicating.  

The Koreans are an imaginative race. The time between the sacrificial ceremonies is taken up in searching the hills for a propitious site for burial, and the hills themselves become dragons, spirits, and ghosts, to gain whose favour is the desire of every heart, for in that way alone can they hope for earthly prosperity. Praying to the mountain spirits and worshipping every hill-top is the outgrowth of the ancestral reverence. Shrines or spirit trees are at every mountain pass, and travellers bow and make a trivial offering to them.  

The choice of a grave in Korea is a much more serious matter than in other countries. In fact, so complicated and mixed are the methods of arriving at a proper conclusion that a large number of people make a special study of it and gain their living as experts in geomancy. If possible, a grave is chosen having two arm-like ridges on either hand, one called the dragon side and the other the tiger. It is a duty of vital importance to the natives to watch after burial and see that no one encroaches on or interferes with these ancestral graves. In fact, if it becomes a choice between feeding and clothing the living and making some outlay for this resting-place for the dead, they will decide in favour of the latter. Should a household meet with repeated disaster, up come their ancestors' bones, which are buried elsewhere to conciliate the spirits." 

November 29, 1894 EJW, PTUK 759 


  "A five-petalled flower, nearly a yard in diameter, is found in the Philippine islands. The buds at a distance look like gigantic cabbage heads. A single flower has been known to weigh more than 221lbs." 

December 22, 1898 EJW, PTUK 814



“If you should keep some of the tiny eggs that the butterfly lays, and watch them, would you see little baby butterflies with tiny wings come from them, expecting to be fed with honey? No; little insects not at all like their mother,-little grubs or caterpillars,-would crawl out, eat up the shell of the egg, and begin at once to feed greedily upon the leaf where the eggs had been laid. For although the butterfly herself feeds only on honey, and knows nothing about caterpillars and their food, she always lays her eggs in just the place where the little caterpillars will find the very food that they want. 

This is very wonderful, for different kinds of caterpillars feed on different plants, some on cabbage leaves, some on the leaves of the nettle, and some on other plants. But the mother never makes a mistake; she always leaves the eggs where the young ones will find the right kind of food ready for them. See how carefully and lovingly she provides for the young ones whom she will never see; for almost as soon as the eggs are laid, the butterfly dies.   

How can she have such wisdom and intelligence, you will perhaps wander. But this wisdom belongs not to the butterfly, it belongs to the life that she has, which is not her own, but God's life in her, as it is in all His works, guiding each one in the right way. It is the life which holds the earth in its place and guides it in its path round the sun, that guides it in its path round the sun, that guides each tiny insect in just the works that God has appointed for it.   

We have been learning about the plants that they are not perfect at once, but come forth, "first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear." And it is just the same with these little insects; there is first the grub or caterpillar, then the chrysalis, and at last the perfect creature,-the butterfly.   

The caterpillar is a very hungry little thing, and spends nearly all its life feeding, for it needs a great deal of food to enable it to do the work for which it is getting ready. It grows very fast, and when its coat gets too small, it casts it off and appears in a new and larger one that has been growing underneath.   

After living in this way for some weeks or months, the caterpillar builds or spins a little house for itself like a tiny coffin, and wrapping its body in a beautiful silken shroud that it spins for this purpose, it passes into the state of rest called the chrysalis state, in which it eats nothing at all, and shows no sign of life. Some even bury themselves under the ground, but others fasten their little houses to the leaves or twigs of plants.  

Those that pass into the chrysalis state in the autumn, stay in this condition all the winter. But when the warm sunshine comes back again, the time of their rest and burial is over, the little prison houses burst open, and out come,-not the old creeping caterpillars, but beautiful soaring butterflies, with large painted wings covered with delicate feathery scales, able to soar like the birds, and as beautiful as the flowers.  

What a change! What a wonderful transformation! Think, then, of the glorious possibilities wrapped up in each little creeping caterpillar that you see. When its short life of toil is over, it passes from sight, and there seems to be an end of it. But is it so? Oh, no; when its appointed times comes, it awakes clothed with a more beautiful garment, with new powers, to a new and fuller life.  

Is not this a wonderful chapter of the Gospel of the Spring?-the Gospel of Hope, "the hope of glory," we may call it: for this is the message of the Spring season, and through all the ages it has been teaching the same beautiful lesson.” 

March 9, 1899 EJW, PTUK 154