If they don't use electricity, how can the Amish sometimes have water heaters, stoves and refrigerators in their homes?


First, the Amish use gas in many of these instances. Many appliances that they run on electricity can be converted to run on natural gas, propane or white gas.  It's not uncommon to have their washing machines hooked up to a gasoline engine to run it.  Also, some have windmills on their property which generate power. This is acceptable because it is self-reliance on a natural, Godly source of power as opposed to being connected to our power lines with their ...
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Look closely at the picture—there’s more than just some pretty river bottom stones to see. Barely visible to any passerby, the Killdeer nest in the center of the photo contains four precious eggs.

Killdeer chicks are one of the few fowl that literally leave the egg within minutes and are off and running. Looking like little cotton balls on tiny sticks, hey scurry after their ever-vigilant parents, following them to safety.  Should a predator, including some curious human, get too close to the nest or the chicks, at least one of the adult birds will call loudly and ...
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Nancy Lembke

There is an art to making wheat shocks like those pictured here.


Just before the grain is fully ripe, the farmer cuts and binds the long stems of wheat straw into individual bundles. If you look closely, you can see that each shock is made up of several bundles. 


As the wheat is cut by the horse-drawn grain binder, the individual bundles are dropped on the ground. The following day each bundle is picked up by hand and six or seven are stood together, each leaning to hold the others upright. Then a cap bundle is carefully bent in half ...
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