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 »

 

S.W.A.G

S.W.A.G. = Save With Amazing Grace! It is only through the grace of our heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus, that we are saved! Wear this shirt proudly as a statement of your commitment to our Lord, Jesus Christ! We hope you enjoy this beautiful, gently-faded design.

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Almond Butter Apricot Bites

INGREDIENTS

1 cup raw almonds
1 cup raisins
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
10 dried apricots, chopped
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

DIRECTIONS

    1. Place the almonds, raisins, and cinnamon in a food processor. Turn on until mixed thoroughly into a smooth, thick almond butter paste, about three minutes or so. Turn off the food processor.
    2. Add the chopped apricots and pulse for 30 seconds, and then add the coconut and pulse for another 10 seconds.
    3. Remove the dough and place it on a cutting board or counter that’s covered in a piece of plastic wrap. Pull up the plastic on either side and begin to press it together to form one large square, keeping the layer of plastic between your hands and the dough to prevent sticking.
    4. Wrap up the square and place it in the freezer for 20 to 30 minutes. This will make it easier to cut.
    5. Using a sharp knife, cut the square into 25 smaller squares.
    6. Store the bites in an airtight container in the fridge.

Makes 25 bites.

Reflecting Fruit of the Spirit

I am away on travel this week.  I’m staying in a hotel in LA.  The hotel is pretty nice – really nice decorations – room is quiet – really good breakfast bar. But they have a lot of rules.  When I checked in, they gave me a list of house rules. I got here in the middle of the night my time so I didn’t read them.

Yesterday morning, I went down to grab some breakfast and bring it to my room so I could finish my morning routine and was told “I’m sorry, you are not allowed to take food to your room.” I left and didn’t say anything. When I went back down to get breakfast, I was sitting at the table and my phone rang. I picked it Fruitup. The same lady came over to my table and said “I’m sorry, no cell phones allowed.” I was debating about whether I should say something like “If you let me eat in my room, I wouldn’t be using my cell phone here.”  But I didn’t. Then I started discussing this with God. I wanted to comment on their over indulgence in rules and lack of understanding of what the customer needs. And I thought “Would you be reflecting Jesus if you said it?” Before you say it depends on how you say it, I can assure you, I would not be. So then I talked to God about how if we are thinking it in our hearts – even if we don’t say it out loud – the Bible says it’s still wrong.  So why not say it? I’m in the same position either way, right? Ahhhh, and this is where we get to our own logic and reasoning – which is so completely different than God’s logic and reasoning. We can justify almost anything but what it comes down to is our relationship and others’ relationship with Jesus. Could I have justified turning my thoughts into comments?  Probably. Would it have helped the situation? Probably not. We just finished a sermon series at our church called “UnChristian”.  It was about all the things we do in the name of Christianity that are really not Christian at all. It makes people not want to be Christians and not want to know Jesus. If I said what I wanted, would this lady want to be a Christian or know Jesus?  I doubt it. Then this Bible text popped into my head:

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23

Obviously, I was missing quite a few servings of this fruit in my breakfast. I decided I needed to go back to the Holy Spirit bar and get more servings of God’s fruit before I opened my mouth.

Jesus is My Best Friend

John 3:16

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Strawberry Banana Creams

INGREDIENTS

1/2 small banana
2 ounces vanilla Greek yogurt
8 strawberries
1 tablespoon sliced almonds

DIRECTIONS

  1. Mash the banana in a bowl with a fork. Mix in the yogurt.
  2. Using a knife, carve out the middle of each strawberry.
  3. Fill the center of each strawberry with the banana-yogurt mixture and top with sliced almonds.

NUTRITION

Calories per serving  145
Taken from popsugar.com