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Recipe – Dublin Coddle

Posted in Recipes with tags , , , on 2010/12/20 by NY4JB

This is a meat lover’s dish, and is good for pot luck lunches although it’s a little more expensive than most but it’s very easy to make. There are no quantities listed because it’s not critical and different spices can be used, etc. There’s no need to pre-cook anything, it won’t make any difference in the end result.

Ingredients:
Sausage
Bacon
Potatoes
Carrots
Garlic
Rosemary
Thyme
Apple Juice
Salt
Pepper
 
Chop everything up, cook in a crock pot for ten hours and then eat.

I can never get ahead…I’m just saying.

Posted in Bible Study, faith, Minutia, Observations, Prayer with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 2010/10/26 by NY4JB

How many times have we said something like this?  “Every time I get ahead something breaks and I end up behind again.”  As if we are being kept down rather than being provided for.  The Lord tells us that he will provide for us daily yet how many of us trust him?  I’m already thinking of my excuses…

Exodus 16:4-5 (English Standard Version)
Then the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my law or not.  On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather daily.”

Just like when Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s dream (see Genesis 41) and determines that the Lord is going to provide an exceptional harvest for seven years before seven years of famine.  The Lord provided for the hard time to come so they would be ready.  So maybe if we find we have more than we need there is a reason and when we find we are short it is our own fault and not God’s.  And maybe we should give thanks more and complain less…I’m just saying.

Colossians 1 Devotional

Posted in Bible Study, Prayer with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 2010/07/12 by NY4JB

I was asked to lead our praise band in a devotional before our rehearsal last week so here it is.  Feel free to pass it on or use it in any way you see fit…

Heavenly Father,
We are thankful that you have chosen to allow us to worship you, offering songs of praise. We thank you for the talents and skills you have given each of us and the opportunity to use them to glorify your name. As we go to your word tonight we ask that you let us hear your voice. Please don’t let the ink, the paper or the voice of a mere man reading your word become an obstacle or distraction but let your voice be heard by all. Lord you tell us in Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God…” yet as musicians we are not in the habit of being still so tonight we want to stop and listen expectantly for your voice as we prepare our hearts to receive you.
Amen

At this time, please close your eyes and pause in silent worship for about two minutes (Note: I used a timer so that I wouldn’t have to watch the clock)

Paul an apostle of
Christ Jesus by
The will of God and
Timothy our brother

To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father. We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and growing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf and has made known to us your love in the Spirit.

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.

Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.

(Colossians 1 ESV)

When asked to lead this devotional I knew the first thing to be done was to choose what we would study. The temptation is to pick a topic and then research Bible verses to support the topic. Of course the danger there is that we are then starting with our own wisdom rather than God’s word and it is fairly easy to find Bible quotes to support just about any opinion even if it’s not Biblically based. So I prayed about how to approach this and found my answer was to cast lots as was done throughout the Bible such as in Leviticus 16:8 “And Aaron shall cast lots …

Using the random number generator in excel to get a number between 1 and 66, yielded 51 as the book of the Bible that we should study. Colossians is the 51st book, since it has 4 chapters I then had excel give me a number between 1 and 4. So by the modern equivalent of casting lots it was determined that we should study Colossians 1. The same method was used to determine our focus for tonight is to be on verse 10, “so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

This verse can be applied to the various levels of the church, starting with the individual believer; then up to the group level such as the worship team, in our case a praise band; the leadership of a local congregation, continuing up to the local church entity and finally the universal church, which, as you know, is the collection of all Christian churches.

So how are we supposed to walk? Ephesians 4:1 tells us to “…walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, ”. We understand that sometimes small children will do things they are not supposed to do but as a child grows we expect more from them and of course adults don’t act like children. The same applies to our spiritual lives, with new believers being like small children needing help and support from the mature believers. The mature believer is then held to a higher standard and so on up through the levels with teachers, leadership and the local church itself each being held to increasingly higher standards.

James 3:1
Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.

Applying this to us, as a praise band, we see that not only must our personal walk be right but also as a group. So how is a group of Christians to act? Jesus tells us in John 15:12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” So then what is Christian love? 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 says “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

So with those guidelines about our walk, we move on to the idea of “bearing fruit in every good work.” Initially I thought the word ‘fruit’ meant just new believers but as I searched the scriptures I found there is more to this word fruit. Here are a few of the verses I found.

Hebrews 13:15
Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.

So praise is also fruit.

Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Here we again find Christian love associated with fruit.

Philippians 1:9-11
And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

And yet another type of fruit, “the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ

1 Corinthians 10:31
…whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

In the end, everything we do is the fruit we bear.

Lord, our prayer for El Shaddai Christian Church tonight is that we may be filled with the knowledge of your will, in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

(All Bible quotes are from the English Standard Version.)

Stewed Onions & Variations

Posted in Recipes with tags , , , , on 2009/01/31 by NY4JB

This is a good pot luck dish as there are no specific quantities so it’s easy to scale up. 

Take a large yellow onion or two, clean and slice into rings – I use a meat slicer but a knife works just fine.

Put in a (crock) pot and add a can of Campbell’s tomato soup and can of water – bring to boil then cook on low until the onions are soft, sort of  like spaghetti.  Keep it hot in the pot and it gets better with age.

Variations

  • Use apple juice instead of water
  • Add black pepper early to give heat and/or just before serving for sweet pepper flavor
  • Add Italian seasoning
  • Add Spicy Corn (https://ke4juh.wordpress.com/2008/12/24/spicy-corn/) or frozen corn
  • Add a Can of Rotell diced tomato and chiles
  • Huevos Rancheros – Serve Stewed Onions (w/all options) over scrambled eggs

Heavenly Father,
We give thanks for the vast variety of foods you have given us to enjoy as we remember your son, Jesus Christ, who died for our sins; by faith in salvation in Jesus’ name we live without condemnation and it is in His name that we pray.
Amen

The Sin of Pride and the Church in hard times

Posted in faith with tags , , , , , , on 2009/01/29 by NY4JB

I just read a very powerful post from Tim Challies (http://www.challies.com/archives/christian-living/on-being-weak.php) that really hits home on many levels.  I am guilty of the sin of pride.  As Tim says,

“I would rather suffer silently than humble myself and allow others to extend help to me…I refuse to give other people the opportunity to minister to me. I withhold a blessing from them…It seems to me that I must be as sinful … in refusing to allow them to bless and minister to me when I have need.”

Tim attributes this to his upbringing but I won’t claim the same.  God has given me gifts and I allow them to go my head.  I have often rushed to get a job done while nobody was around because I didn’t want to have to work with others; they might question the way I’m doing things or even make the job harder but by doing this I am depriving them the chance to use the gifts that God has given them.  I have gotten better at asking for help in some areas and here are a couple of examples of how God accomplished that in my life.

The first was in my professional life when I became a department manager and we would get a special request.  In most cases, it was by far faster and easier for me to just take care of it myself and let the staff do the normal day to day work.  However, that was no longer my job, my job as manager was to train the staff, which meant taking the time to show them how to do the special project.  Even though on the inside I was thinking, ‘I could have had this done already,’ I had to learn to be patient and encouraging, no small feat for somebody as prideful as I am.

The second was when our church was formed; we went from being a ministry inside a mega-church to independent and having our own building.  For the two years we were under the big church I had final say (under the pastor) about our stage layout and everything audio.  I would arrive first and have everything setup before the service, not as big of a job as it sounds as the mixing board had total recall so I just had to put the monitors out and plug the mics and instruments into the right places.  For a while, I even tried doing sound and then running up and playing guitar but I quickly learned that was too much and gave up playing until we got somebody who could baby-sit the board.  The test came when we moved into our own building and we suddenly had volunteers to run the AV department.  Even though I knew I could make it sound better (I have years of experience in professional audio) there were now people who were capable of making it work and wanted the job.  It wasn’t easy but I had to let go and let them use the gifts God had given them.  My pride still cries out, especially when they do things I don’t agree with but it is God’s church not mine and it is His glory and my pride has no place within His kingdom.

Part Two

Matthew 14:16 But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” (ESV)

With the current economic situation this is a chance for the church to live out what Jesus told his disciples.  It is all too common for the old song to be true “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out.”  It doesn’t cost much to make a little extra and share it with your neighbor, maybe we share in the suffering by eating pasta instead of steak so that we can provide a meal to a family that is struggling.   This is said first to myself as I don’t claim to do this nearly as often as I should and it does take planning.  Now, on the flip side…

2 Thessalonians 3:10 For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. (ESV)

As I have seen those who are in perpetual need I will mention Tim’s comment (the emphasis is my own), “While it was not generally considered shameful to need or accept charity, it was considered most shameful to request it when it was not absolutely necessary.”  While this is also sin, if in doubt we should give first and let God sort it out in Heaven.

Heavenly Father,
I am grateful for the gifts you have given me but I must confess that I am guilty of pride.  I ask that you help me remember that I have nothing that you haven’t given me and that all these gifts are for your glory alone.  Please help me to share those gifts for your glory with those in need while allowing others to be blessed by using their gifts.  It is in Jesus’ name that I pray.
Amen

Spicy Corn

Posted in Recipes with tags , , on 2008/12/24 by NY4JB

Ingredients:
Corn, kernels frozen is easiest but can be fresh or canned (drain liquid)
Butter, no margarine is not OK use real butter
Crushed Red Pepper
Crushed Black Pepper
Sea Salt

Melt generous amounts of butter in a hot cast iron skillet add some corn, and seasoning and cook stirring often until it starts to burn and pop.  Empty skillet into crock pot and repeat…

Thought for Food…

Posted in Observations with tags , , , , on 2008/12/13 by NY4JB

I try to eat lunch for less than $2 per day and I thought that was a pretty tight budget.  I know the extra dollar a day I allow for 4 cans of Coca Cola is a luxury but I really don’t like water or coffee.  A couple of breakfast bars adds another 75 cents taking me up to $3.75 by the time I’m heading home from work.  When I get home, I make a normal dinner, you know, something like meat and a salad; so that’s about another $3 and change making my total food budget for the day come in around $7.  Unless I go out; then it’s much higher like $12-15 for dinner pushing a single day up to around $20.  So, maybe I average around $10/day, not bad, right?

I thought so until our Bible study group volunteered to help ‘Feed my Starving Children’ (http://www.fmsc.org/) where, in a college gymnasium, we packaged meals that will feed children who really need food.  A single meal costs only 17 cents to produce and provides all the nutritional needs of a child for the entire day.  In other words, my average day’s food budget would feed a child for nearly two months. 

When we were done, the thought of fasting for the rest of the night crossed my mind but that’s not really a good group bonding/building activity, so after we finished about half of our group walked to a nearby restaurant and had a meal together.  Things have changed since I was in college, at my college there was just a cheap cafeteria (and maybe fast food) but this place was fairly expensive (for example they served Sushi, where are these kids getting money for this?  I mean it was crowded and in my time we scrounged for gas money but that’s another story).  I’m not a Sushi fan so I had a hamburger and fries.  Now, if my check (including my wife’s Sushi) was average, then as a group we spent $133 (including tips) to feed seven people one meal.  Bounce that number off the per meal cost for the meals we packaged that night ($133/$0.17) and you’ll find we could have fed 2 children for an entire year if we had fasted that one night and donated the money we would have spent.

Luke 10:25-37 (English Standard Version)
25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” 27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”
 29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ 36 Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”

Is that the answer to the worldwide hunger problem, ‘show them mercy’?  The Samaritan obviously had some extra money or he could not have done what he did, and we also have extra money (we really do) since we could eat cheap once a month and feed a starving child.  So, there’s no good reason that people starve for lack of food.  The US spent about a trillion dollars (that’s one dollar more than $999,999,999,999) fighting an, at best, questionable and in my opinion immoral war that made us enemies all over the world instead of declaring war on poverty, which could have stabilized much of the world and made many friends for the US.  It would also help with things like immigration since people who are doing well generally stay where they are.

Heavenly Father,
You are great and powerful, and have granted us mercies we will never understand.  We are a sinful people who are undeserving of all the gifts you have given us.  At this time we give thanks for all that you do for us and ask that you guide our leaders and each of us as individuals, giving us wisdom to act like the Good Samaritan and to understand that what we have is provided for us by the Lord.  That our lives would have no meaning without the sacrifice made by Jesus on the cross, that all of our daily activities amount to nothing more than chasing the wind and life everlasting comes only from our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  This we pray in Jesus name.
Amen