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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.

That Guy…

Posted in Bible Study, faith, Minutia, Observations, Prayer with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 2010/06/01 by NY4JB

We often let our surroundings dictate our state of mind but that is not what the Bible tells us to do.

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Genesis 39:20-23 (English Standard Version)
20 And Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined, and he was there in prison. 21 But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. 22 And the keeper of the prison put Joseph in charge of all the prisoners who were in the prison. Whatever was done there, he was the one who did it. 23 The keeper of the prison paid no attention to anything that was in Joseph’s charge, because the LORD was with him. And whatever he did, the LORD made it succeed.

Here we see that Joseph, who was wrongfully imprisoned, does not lament this injustice.  Instead he becomes the model prisoner, a trustee of the warden.  This does not change the fact that he is physically in prison but it shows that spiritually he is free despite the injustice of his situation.

Titus 2:9-10 (English Standard Version)
9 Slaves are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, 10 not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.

Once again in the New Testament we are ordered to “be well-pleasing, not argumentative,” but you may say you are not a slave, in which case it should be even easier to maintain a good state of mind.

Lord, we ask to be made aware of your steadfast love in our lives, so that we may be at peace in all situations and that you help each of us reflect your love to those around us that they may see and believe as well, for Jesus sake we pray.
Amen

My Grace is Sufficient

Posted in Bible Study, faith, Observations, Prayer with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 2010/03/22 by NY4JB

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (English Standard Version)
7 So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

I am troubled by those who think that prayer heals anything and everything. While it’s true that prayer is extremely powerful, when we ask for something that is not in God’s will, the answer will be no. It is clear from the above scripture that even the Apostle Paul struggled with matters of the flesh and was denied. God clearly does not view our physical pains in the same way that we do and will at times allow us to suffer, just as a parent must allow a child to experience disappointment, in order that we might grow in the spirit.

In fact, from God’s perspective even physical death is just a calling home of one of his children (assuming the child is ‘saved’) yet from a human point of view it is a sad loss even when the person has lived a long, full life. I believe the following scripture is often misinterpreted as meaning that Jesus was mourning the death of his friend Lazarus but I believe “Jesus wept “ and was “greatly troubled” because of the lack of faith of his friends and followers. Jesus would not be troubled in the human sense because a saved man had died, knowing that they would soon be together again in Heaven.

John 11:32-35 (English Standard Version)
32 Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. 34 And he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Jesus wept.

Caution must be exercised here not to confuse human mourning with the spiritual truth, for as humans we will grieve the loss of a friend or family member from our earthly life.  It is a very real loss and as long as we live in this world we will feel grief for those who go on ahead of us. We will even feel sorrow at the loss of friends or times that are no longer at hand as a parent is both excited to see a child grow up and head out on their own, while missing the child’s presence in their own home.

So, we should pray for those who have needs but we should understand that we have no knowledge of God’s plan and he may answer a prayer with “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

President Carter

Posted in Prayer with tags , , , , , on 2009/09/17 by NY4JB

President Jimmy Carter will be 85 on October 1st.  If you wish to send him a birthday note you can do so here

When I look at him and his life I can’t help but feel ashamed at the selfish life I have lived.  After he left the White House he could have retired and lived the rest of his days in comfort anywhere he wanted.  Instead he rolled up his sleeves and continued the work he started when he was President.  He continued to pursue world peace, the elimination of poverty, suffering and disease, fair elections and so much more.  His work with Habitat for Humanity alone is more than most Presidents have contributed to the world post office and yet this is only a small part of what he has done.

Lord, I ask you to bless President Carter and to turn my shame into a true desire to make a positive difference in the world. Also, that you would give me the strength and means to act on that desire while remaining humble so that your name is glorified; that others would see the example set by President Carter and would also turn to you. I ask this in the name of your son, Jesus Christ.
Amen

Rant…phone-land

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

Sometimes you just have to whine…

How many times have you answered somebody when they were actually talking to somebody else on their blue-tooth?  Surely I’m not the only one… And at what point did it become more important to answer your phone than to talk to the person in the room or car with you?  If you comment they act like you are being rude but it is rude to prioritize a phone call over a person who is in your presence.  There are times when I get a call that is important and I will apologize to the person that is with me and either leave the room or ask them to leave so I can take the call but that is rare and we have voice mail for all the trivial calls.

By far the rudest thing is when somebody actually makes a call (or answers one that only rang in their Bluetooth) without even mentioning it.  You could be in the middle of a sentence when you realize they have mentally checked out of your presence and gone to phone-land where they think they are alone and nobody can hear them.  I know its best never to say anything bad about anyone but I have been caught wondering, where I’m not sure if the person I was just talking about is the one now on the other end of the phone and just heard me talking about them.

OK here’s what got me going on this in the first place…

I just saw a then-verses-now style ad showing a boombox verses an iPod and it brought back memories of hanging out with friends while listening to music play on a boombox.  Sure the iPod is great in that it’s not disturbing to others but that fact makes it an antisocial phenomenon and while certain aspects of technology are social, facebook comes to mind, as a culture we are spending less time together.

Power Outages and Community

Posted in Observations with tags , , , , , , , on 2009/01/16 by NY4JB

They closed the schools today here in Nashville because its cold out and they didn’t want kids to get frostbite waiting for the bus.  I remember times when the power was out in winter for 2 or 3 days in a row which meant we had no heat in the house and what’s weird is I don’t remember it getting cold in the house.  It had to since it was in the 20s outside but we were used to it and they didn’t think about closing schools until we had six inches of snow.  You see, I grew up in Levittown NY and I’m thinking of the early seventies.  There would be bad weather and the power would go out, so what would we do?  It didn’t matter what time it was, we would gather in the kitchen and pull out whatever cold-cuts and salads where in the fridge and have a feast.  I’m wondering if everybody knows what cold-cuts are so for anyone who isn’t sure they’re also known as lunch meat but not the prepackaged crap you get now.  I’m talking real roast beef, turkey and ham that they cooked at the store or deli and didn’t slice until you ordered it.  I’m sure Boar’s Head was already a major player (I just checked their website) but most places still made their own and they didn’t ask how you wanted it sliced they sliced it as thin as they could, showed you a piece and asked you if it was thin enough.

We would light some candles and an old-fashioned lantern, sit around the transistor-radio (if you’re young that means a battery powered radio), listen, talk and eat.  I mean what else was there to do?  The part that’s funny was that we would get up in the middle of the night to do this, how can you sleep when the power’s out, right? 

Eat; we don’t want the food to go bad…

The problem is that things work too well now, we need more power failures to build community.

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for all the great things you provide for us in this country, electricity that is reliable, well stocked supermarkets and running water.  Today we come to understand a little better that these things can be a two edged sword.  Lord, give us the desire to have true community with fellow believers and to be a light to draw others to you, in Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen