Matthew 18:20

Matthew 18:20

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. More »

Romans 1:7

Romans 1:7

To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. More »

Genesis 1:26

Genesis 1:26

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. More »

Romans 5:1

Romans 5:1

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: More »

 

The Best is Yet to Come

I want to know Christ–yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. (Philippians 3:10-11 NIV)

So what does this text mean?  Some weeks, life is hard. I’m sure it is the same with you. This week we found out a dear friend has terminal cancer and it was a sad time.  Don’t know what to say, don’t know what to do because we can’t make it better. But this text, the thought of the resurrection gives me hope.  Really, it changes how I live. Getting to know Jesus more personally every day, lifts me from this place I sit and sometimes wish I didn’t.  Because of Jesus life, death and resurrection, there is something better than this place. When I find it hard to face the challenges of life….and death… I remember this hope. No, I cling to this promise.  The promise that there is a better place and I am on my way to it.  This place is not my home.  But, while I am here, I will live my life looking at the promise of the future and not the pain I see here.  While I am here, I will do my best to make a difference so this place looks more like heaven to someone on the way.  That’s what this text means.

By Elaine Kapetanakis

God On the Mountain – Lynda Randle

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All-American Chili

This comfort-food favorite has two killer fat-burning ingredients: red kidney beans and a generous two teaspoons of chili powder.

The kidney beans are chock full of protein, helping this dish deliver a whopping 29 grams per serving (not to mention a full 8 grams of protein). The chili powder, meanwhile, gets its kick from capsaicin, a fiery compound found in chili peppers that literally heats up your body, spurring it to burn more calories.

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces hot turkey Italian sausage
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 1/4 cups Merlot or other fruity red wine
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans no-salt-added whole tomatoes, undrained and coarsely chopped
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans no-salt-added kidney beans, drained
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese

Preparation

Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Remove casings from sausage. Add sausage, onion, and the next 4 ingredients (onion through jalapeño) to pan; cook 8 minutes or until sausage and beef are browned, stirring to crumble.

Add chili powder and the next 7 ingredients (chili powder through bay leaves), and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in wine, tomatoes, and kidney beans; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Uncover and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Discard the bay leaves. Sprinkle each serving with cheddar cheese.

Note: Like most chilis, this version tastes even better the next day.

Sometimes God Lets the Fire Get Hot

Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual and commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace. So these men, wearing their robes, trousers, turbans and other clothes, were bound and thrown into the blazing furnace. The king’s command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace.

Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?”

They replied, “Certainly, Your Majesty.”

He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.” (Daniel 3:19-25 NIV)

As Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego stood before the King and said, “No matter what we are not going to bow to your idol”, do you think they had an idea of how this whole thing would play out? We do. When we pray – even as we are believing that God is supreme – we have an idea of how we want him to answer our prayers.

What we all want is for God to prevent the burn of the fire. We probably would like him to prevent the fire altogether. But sometimes, God lets the fire get really hot and then he walks in the flames with us.

By Elaine Kapetanakis

Never be afraid to try something new

Egg and Rice Salad to Go

This 10-minute salad-to-go combines fresh flavors and colors from green beans, a hard-boiled egg, plums, walnuts, and brown rice.

Brown rice is a hearty, fiber-packed grain that’s low in calories and high in resistant starch. A protein-packed hard-boiled egg and walnuts, which contain healthy omega-3 fats, pair together to help keep you full.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup cooked green beans, roughly chopped (3 oz)
  • 1 ripe plum, thinly sliced (3 oz)
  • 2 tablespoons (1/2 oz) chopped walnuts
  • 1 hard-cooked egg, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Preparation

1. Combine rice, beans, plum, walnuts, and egg in a portable container.

2. Drizzle with sesame oil, lime juice, salt, and pepper; toss gently to combine. Refrigerate up to 2 days.