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"And He said unto them, Why are ye troubled?  and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?  Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself:  handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have."

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Easter is the most glorious occasion for celebration!  With the start of that year's Passover, who knew such heartbreak would come upon the earth?  Jesus was dead.  The man with the gentle spirit who cared for the lame, the blind, the sinner was gone.  Instead of mourning this great loss, people went about their business as usual, seemingly content with the release of Barabbas.  Only those closest to Him mourned, forgetting what He had told them.  With heavy hearts, the women went to the tomb, only to discover He was gone.  The angels told them He had arisen!  Arisen!  Where was He?  Hope suddenly surged through their hearts as they ran to tell the others.  May hope take flight in your heart as well as you consider the awesome sacrifice of Jesus for you.

Ray Comfort's film called "180" What Changed Their Minds in Seconds...." is a great witnessing tool.  It is an important film comparing the Holocaust and abortion.  Although it contains graphic pictures of the Holocaust, it is a must see.  You can find it after "Thought Provokers".

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The Believer's Mission...

"Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 

If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,

Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.

Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,

And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient; whereunto also they were appointed.

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy."

1 Peter 2:1-10 (KJV) 


The Significance of the Old Testament Feasts

"And all the people answered together, and said, All that the LORD hath spoken we will do."  Exodus 19:8 KJV


The Old Testament of the Bible is an astounding revelation of God's deliverance, forgiveness, and redemption.  Woven into the midst of seemingly inconsequential stories is a picture of hope--the hope of forgiveness of sin and the hope of a place in God's Kingdom. 

It is easy to forget the Lord God always has a purpose for everything.  Too many Believers discount the importance of the Old Testament, choosing to dismiss it as merely Jewish history.  Let us not be so deceived.

The hope starts in Genesis 45:7-8. It explains God's preservation of His people during a terrible famine.  So terrible in fact, it was certain to kill everyone by starvation.  Yet, through a series of terrible experiences, God had already sent Joseph ahead to Egypt to prepare a place for His people.  God's timing was perfect. 

Saved by the generosity of the Egyptians under Joseph's rule, the people prospered and multiplied over a span of many many years.  The Egyptians began to fear them, for they were becoming the majority.  Their solution was enslavement, forcing them to build the great cities we often read about in our history books. 

The Book of Exodus is a testimony to us of God's faithfulness to deliver.  Written by Moses, we read of God's faithfulness to fulfill the promise He made to Abraham so long ago.  God had not forgotten.  Abraham's descendants were now a great nation, called out by God to become "a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation (Exodus 19:6a)". 

God repeatedly demonstrated His power to provide sustenance and guidance throughout the many years of their journey.  The Lord God instructed Moses on how to develop this new nation which would become a "peculiar treasure unto me above all people (Exodus 19:15b)."  God gave Moses the Ten Commandments and specific life and living laws set down in the books of Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy. 

Little by little, God laid the foundation upon which this nation would be built.  In Leviticus 23 God established special times throughout the year.  These were called feasts.  These feasts paint the picture of the salvation experience where God set out His plan to redeem the world.  The spring feasts cover the penalty of sin, the separation from sin, and the new life in Christ.  Then the fall feasts celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit and the giving of the Law, the call to repentance, the forgiveness of sin, and thanksgiving for God's provision.


The first was called Passover, observed on the fourteenth day of the first month on the Jewish calendar, Nissan.  Trying to understand the Hebrew day is confusing.  Let us remember that a day was from sundown to sundown the following day because in Genesis 1:5, it says: "And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night.  And the evening and the morning were the first day."

Passover was a remembrance of the time just before their release from Egypt when God killed the first born of every family. For sin is punished by death.  Every family that is except the Israelites.  They were commanded by God to kill a first born male lamb.  Then they were to take the blood of that lamb and put it on the two side posts and the upper door post.  These formed the sign of the cross.  When God passed over the land, He spared those behind the sign of the cross. 

The actual process of preparation began on the tenth day of the Nissan when the firstborn lamb was taken into the home where it was kept until the fourteenth day.  It was observed to make sure there was no blemish of illness or lameness. At sundown on the fourteenth day, which according to the Jewish day is actually the start of the fifteenth day, the lamb was killed. Consider these verses in Deuteronomy...

"Observe the month of Abib, and keep the passover unto the LORD thy God:  for in the month of Abib the LORD thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night.  Thou shalt therefore sacrifice the passover unto the LORD thy God, of the flock and the herd, in the place which the LORD shall choose to place His name there.  Thou shalt eat no leavened bread with it; seven days shalt thou eat unleavened bread therewith, even the bread of affliction:  for thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt in haste:  that thou mayest remember the day when thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt all the days of thy life.  And there shall be no leavened bread seen with thee in all thy coast seven days; neither shall there any thing of the flesh, which thou sacrificedst the first day at even, remain all night until the morning.  Thou mayest not sacrifice the passover within any of thy gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee:  but at the place which the LORD thy God shall choose to place His name in, there thou shalt sacrifice the passover at even, at the going down of the sun, at the season that thou camest forth out of Egypt.  And thou shalt roast and eat it in the place which the LORD thy God shall choose:  and thou shalt turn in the morning, and go unto thy tents.  Six days thou shalt eat unleavened bread:  and on the seventh day shall be a solemn assembly to the LORD thy God:  thou shalt do not work therein."  Deuteronomy 16:1-8

In the New Testament, we read the account of Judas being paid by the chief priests and scribes to betray Jesus. In the meantime, Peter and John seek a place for Jesus and the disciples to eat the Passover meal.  In Luke 22 we read what happened:

"Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover.  And the chief priest and scribes sought how they might kill Him; for they feared the people.  Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.  And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them.  And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money.  And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray Him unto them in the absence of the multitude.  Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed.  And He sent Peter and John saying, go and prepare us the passover, that we may eat."

Jesus was the Passover lamb for all of mankind, paying the price God's Law demands for sin.

Feast of Unleavened Bread

The second feast was the Feast of Unleavened Bread begun on the fifteenth day of Nissan.  The first day and the seventh day of the seven day celebration of the Feast of Unleavened Bread were days of "holy convocation", a Sabbath where no work was performed. 

Leaven or yeast is used in the Bible to represent sin.  The Israelites were commanded to remove the leaven from their homes.  Then, they were to eat unleavened bread until the evening of the twenty-first day.  This feast reminded the people of God's deliverance from Egypt, i.e. "sin". 

In the New Testament, we know the body of Jesus was already in the tomb supplied by Joseph of Arimathaea.  That night Nicodemas brought spices of myrrh and aloes and linen clothes to wrap the body.  Separating ourselves from sin, we choose to obey God and walk in His way rather than to continue in sin.

Feast of First Fruits

The fifteenth day of Nissan was also the Feast of First Fruits.  While the Feast of Unleavened Bread continued for seven days, the Israelites observed the Feast of First Fruits.  They were to celebrate the first fruits of the spring harvest by bringing a sheaf of the firstfruits to the priest on the fifteenth, who would wave it before the LORD on the day following the Saturday Sabbath (Lev. 23:10-12). 

In the New Testament, the Feast of First Fruits is not specifically mentioned in the account of Jesus' crucifixion.  Keep in mind, each of these days: the Feast of Unleavened Bread and the Feast of First Fruits began on the same day. That day was a holy convocation day, a special Sabbath.  

Here's a simple timeline to keep it in order:

*The first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread and preparation for the Feast of First Fruits all happened on the same day; Thursday night at sundown through Friday at sundown. 

*The regular Sabbath was observed on Friday at sundown through Saturday at sundown. 

*Sunday the priest waved the sheaf of first fruits before the Lord.

On that Sunday morning when the priests waved the sheaf of first fruits before the LORD, Jesus was risen from the grave.  Jesus was a first fruit.  Here is what Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:20-23 about Jesus:

"But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept.  For since by man come death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.  But every man in his own order:  Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at His coming."

We have hope of a resurrection because Jesus was resurrected!

The Feast of Weeks aka Shavuot

The Feast of Weeks occurred fifty days after Passover.  This feast can be likened to a feast of thanksgiving for the reaping of the wheat harvest (Exodus 34:22).  This day was a day of holy convocation, another special Sabbath where no work was performed.  During this feast, the people were to bring to the priests loaves of bread baked with leaven.  The priests offered lambs, bullocks, and rams as a burnt offering.  On this day, a kid goat was offered for sin, and lambs were offered for peace offerings.  The bread was used as a wave offering.  Clearly when this feast was instituted by God, there was knowledge of sin, therefore we could conclude the Law had been given to the people.  This was a joyous time of celebration and thanksgiving! 

Some scholars say this feast celebrates the giving of the Law from God to Moses.  Some say it coincides with Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended. 

In the New Testament, after Jesus was risen from the grave, the Book of Acts tells us He was seen alive over a period of forty days.  Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:6a:  "After that, He was seen of above five hundred brethren at once..."  Many people saw Jesus after His crucifixion and rising!  They went from hopelessness to joy, knowing that Jesus lived.  Then after a time, which I cannot be certain from Scripture, was an additional ten days, the Holy Spirit descended on the day we call Pentecost, traditionally celebrated fifty days after Passover.

This was a time of rejoicing for Jesus was alive and now was taken up into Heaven.  The Angels told the disciples that Jesus would return again as He had left (Acts 1:11).  He sent the Holy Spirit to confirm the covenant.  Consider these verses...

"And this is the commandment, that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love another, as He us commandment.  And he that keepeth His commandments dwelleth in him, and He in him.  And herby we know that He abideth in us, by the Spirit which He hath given us."  1 John 3:23-24

"Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us:  for after that He had said before, this is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more."  Hebrews 10:15-17

Memorial of Blowing of Trumpets

Known today as Rosh Hashana, this special Sabbath is celebrated on the first day of the seventh month, Tishri.  This too was a special Sabbath.  It was a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a day of judgment.  The trumpets sound the call to repentance.

Day of Atonement

Following the memorial day of the blowing of trumpets on the tenth day is The Day of Atonement, called Yom Kippur today.  This was a day to "afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord." (Leviticus 23:27)  This was a serious day of self-examination and confession. 

Feast of Tabernacles

On the fifteenth day of Tishri was the Feast of Tabernacles aka Sukkoth (Leviticus 23:34).  An offering to the LORD was made daily for seven days.  Then on the eighth day, there was a solemn assembly of the people.  The first day and the eighth day were special Sabbaths.  There was to be a feast to celebrate the Lord's goodness and provision from the gathered harvest.  On the first day, the people were instructed to gather branches and build booths to celebrate their deliverance from Egypt.

Likewise we as Christians can celebrate this time of harvest where the Believers will be gathered together with Jesus.  We will celebrate our deliverance out of sin and death. 





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"Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah."  Jeremiah 33:14

   Musings... The Passover Lamb

"Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover.  And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the basin; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning.  For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side post posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.  And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever."  Exodus 12:21-24

"And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, what mean ye by this service?  That ye shall say, it is the sacrifice of the LORD'S passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses.  And the people bowed the head and worshipped."  Exodus 12:26-27

"Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed."  Luke 22:7

"Then released he Barabbas unto them:  and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.  Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.  And they stripped Him, and put on Him a scarlet robe.  And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon His head, and a reed in His right hand:  and they bowed the knee before Him, and mocked Him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!  And they spit upon Him, and took the reed, and smote Him on the head.  And after that they had mocked Him, they took the robe off from Him, and put His own raiment on Him, and led Him to crucify Him."  Matthew 27:26-31

"The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.  Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with Him.  But when they came to Jesus, and saw that He was dead already, they brake not His legs:  but one of the soldiers with a spear pierced His side, and forthwith came there out blood and water."  John 19:31-34

"For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, a bone of him shall not be broken.  And again another scripture saith, they shall look on Him whom they pierced."  John 19:36-37

"And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counsellor; and he was a good man, and a just:  (The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews:  who also himself waited for the kingdom of God.  This man begged the body of Jesus.  And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid.  And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on."  Luke 23:50-54

"In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.  And, behold, there was a great earthquake:  for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.  His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:  and for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.  And the angel answered and said unto the women, fear not ye:   for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.  He is not here:  for He is risen, as He said.  Come, see the place where the Lord lay."  Matthew 28:1-6

"Until the day in which He was taken up, after that He through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom He had chosen:  to whom also He shewed Himself alive after His passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God"  Acts 1:2-3

"And when He had spoken these things, while they beheld, He was taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight.  And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; which also said, ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven?  This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven."  Acts 1:9-11




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"In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land."  Jeremiah 33:15




"In those days, shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely:  and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The LORD our righteousness."  Jeremiah 33:16



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My earliest memories of Easter are not connected to Jesus or His crucifixion and rising from the grave.  My earliest memory is a brand new Easter basket covered in colored cellophane sitting on the living room couch.  It was filled with lots of candy and an adorable stuffed rabbit I eventually named Molly.  Later Easter became a scramble to find the proper clothes for our church attendance on this special day.  One year my mother made our Easter dresses and fashioned hats.  We were so excited with these new things!  The message and meaning of Easter didn't impact my life much as a child.  Looking back, I realize how much I missed. 

Easter is a celebration of our Savior's sacrifice and conquest over death!  Jesus died in our place, earning for us the opportunity for forgiveness of sin and a place in Heaven.  It is our choice to decide if we will believe Him and accept His sacrifice as payment for our sin.  We can also choose to reject Him.  I pray this year will be a year where you and your loved ones will embrace Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord.  If you would like to know more, please send me an email.

I believe it is very important to teach our children about Jesus from an early age.  They will not be ready for an in-depth study, but they can learn that Jesus is a friend of sinners and a lover of people.  Be careful not to confuse them with the pagan tokens of the season, but impress upon them the account of Jesus.  When you tell them or read to them of all the wonderful works that Jesus did, you will stir their hearts.  He is the hero we all seek to find.  Then when the story of the crucifixion is read, their tender hearts will burst with indignation and sorrow.  Rejoice with them over His triumph that Sunday when the tomb is discovered to be empty of His body.  Teach them to expect His return. 

Easter Sunday is a wonderful day to attend a worship service to give thanks and praise to our Lord.  Arrange Easter symbols around your home.  Our family has enjoyed a lamb and a long metal nail as a reminder of the Lamb of God's sacrifice on a cross.  Celebrate the new life found only in Christ with beautiful fresh  flowers.  Even fresh flowers can be a way to launch a conversation about the new spiritual birth in Jesus, or just a sweet talk about God's creation. 

We realized early on the kids would feel cheated to be left out of the world's Easter celebrations.  So we did hide colored eggs and we did do Easter Baskets.  These however were not our focal point for our Easter celebration.  One year I made hot cross buns and we talked about the cross on the buns as a reminder of what Jesus did for us.  Every year, we read the story of the crucifixion.  One year we made stained glass windows using bits of colored tissue and oil.  We always included a chocolate cross in our Easter Baskets or some Christian symbol such as a Bible bookmark, as a reminder of why we celebrate Easter.

There are lots of ways to bring the message of Christ into your home.  Take some thought on ways this Easter can impact your family for Christ.








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"For thus saith the Lord; David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel; neither shall the priests the Levites want a man before me to offer burnt offerings, and to kindle meat offerings, and to do sacrifice continually." Jeremiah 33:17-18


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"Breast the wave, Christian, when it is strongest;

Watch for day, Christian, when night is longest;

Onward and onward still be thine endeavor,-

The rest that remaineth endureth forever.


Fight the fight, Christian; Jesus is o'er thee;

Run the race, Christian; Heaven is before thee;

He who hath promised faltereth never;-

Oh trust in the Lord that endureth forever.


"Lift the eye, Christian, just as it closeth;

Raise the heart, Christian, ere it reposeth;

Nothing thy soul from the Saviour shall sever;

Soon shalt thou mount upward to praise Him forever."






Holeman, F. R.  Christian Poems.  Claremont, NH:  1865. 

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 "Thus saith the LORD; If ye can break my covenant of the day, and my covenant of the night, and that there should not be day and night in their season; then may also my covenant be broken with David my servant, that he should not have a son to reign upon this throne; and with the Levites the priests, my ministers." Jeremiah 33:20-21



Developing Authenticity

Perhaps the best way to teach your children is to model authenticity.  I learned about being authentic as a recent Youth Seminar.  This is a concept we understand, even believe in, but so often we do not model it. 

Kids can spot a hypocrite a mile away.  I grew up thinking that church people only pretended to be pious.  While that thought was somewhat mistaken, it shows us what people who are outside of the church think of us.  I remember reading recently news articles accusing Catholics of objecting to the purchase of contraceptives in the Obamacare bill, when they themselves use them.  Demonstrating a double standard is reason to cry "hypocrite".  Statistics told the tale:  http://www.healthnewsdigest.com/news/Women_s_Health_260/Guttmacher_Statistic_on_Catholic_Women_s_Contraceptive_Use.shtml  

What do kids need to see in their parents?  CONSISTENCY 

*Consistency in behavior and words

*Consistency in character

*Consistency in correction

Our actions and words should match up.  Inconsistencies between what we do and what we say are glaringly obvious as they grow older.  Our character should be stedfast, rooted in God's Word, not wishy, washy, depending on the desires of the flesh.  When that R rated movie shows up on Netflix that you wouldn't dream of viewing publicly, tell yourself no.  You don't need that in your life.  More importantly, you do no want to explain to your children why it's okay.  It isn't, and if you have trained them, there is no way to explain it away.  A double standard never works.  It breeds resentment and scorn.

If we are correcting our children, then we must correct them every time.  Otherwise they will not believe obeying in this matter is important.  If you say you will correct, then do it.  Do not put it off and lessen the punishment.  Do what you say you will do.  If that is difficult, then be careful what you threaten.

Being authentic will gain you respect and cooperation in the long run. 




*Don't do for your kids what they can do for themselves.

*Teach your children how to think for themselves by learning how to discover their options, how to determine the best course of action, and how to discover methods of implementation.


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"Their Redeemer is strong; the LORD of hosts is His name:  He shall throughly plead their cause, that he may give rest to the land and disquiet the inhabitants of Babylon."  Jeremiah 50:34



The faithful God which keepeth covenant. - Deuteronomy 7:9


Our Heavenly Father, Whose life is within us and Whose love is ever about us, make Thy life manifest in our lives this day, as with gladness of heart, without haste or confusion of thought, we go about our daily tasks, conscious of ability to meet every rightful demand, seeing the larger meaning of little things, and finding beauty everywhere.

In the sense of Thy presence may we move through the hours, breathing the atmosphere of love, and seeking by love, rather than by anxious striving, to quicken and bless the lives of others.  Knowing that we are laborers together with Thee, may we live above all influences that depress and discourage, and come into that assurance of faith which is itself the victory that overcometh the world.

And now we would enter into the secret place of Thy presence, that, hidden with Thee, our souls may be filled with a sense of Thy sheltering care and all our energies quickened into newness of life.  Lay Thy hand of love upon each one of us as in silence we seek Thy blessing.

(A moment of silent prayer.)

This blessing we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.


-Andrew V.V. Raymond, D.D., LL.D., Buffalo, New York



Raymond, A.  God's Minute, A Book of 365 Daily Prayers Sixty Seconds Long for Home Worship.  The VIR Publishing Company, Philadelphia:  1923. 

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"O Lord, be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee:  be thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble."  Isaiah 33:2

*Ray Comfort's video, 180...



Years ago I served as a volunteer at a crisis pregnancy center.  I personally counseled women who were trying to determine if they were pregnant.  Some, when asked how they would respond to an unwanted pregnancy indicated their choice would be abortion.  It was my task to give them the facts about the dangers of abortion, but primarily my job was to provide information about the resources available for both mother and baby.  I believe this video is life changing and will make a difference in how abortion is perceived because it exposes abortion for what it is.  There is always a solution apart from abortion.

If you or a friend need help with a crisis pregnancy or are recovering from an abortion, help is available.  Please click on the link below to take you to helpful resources... 




*Please note that this video is copyright protected.  However, it is available as a free download from Ray Comfort's website:  http://www.livingwaters.com/index.php?option=com_jdownloads&Itemid=237&view=view.download&catid=7&cid=41&lang=en  or on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y2KsU_dhwI For more information and additional resources, and the html code to embed this video on your website, please visit http://www.heartchanger.com .

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"For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; He will save us." Isaiah 33:22




"And having food and raiment let us be therewith content." I Timothy 6:6   




Click on the links below to go to a recipe or the tip of the month or scroll down.

Chicken Avocado Rice

Sweet Potato Delight

Cherry Angel Food Cake




"Hear, and understand:  Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man."  Matthew 15:10-11



* More recipes can be found at Free Recipes or Free Cooking Recipes.

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Chicken Avocado Rice

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 1/2 cups avocado, cubed

1 cup chicken, cooked and cubed

1 cup cooked brown rice

1/2 cup finely chopped celery

1/2 teaspoon finely chopped green onion

1 teaspoon sea salt

2 tablespoons sour cream

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

Sprinkle lemon juice over avocado to keep it from darkening.  Make sure each surface is covered.  Combine remaining ingredients, except avocado, gently tossing to coat with sour cream and mayonnaise.  Fold in avocado gently to avoid crushing cubes.  Chill.  Serve on a bed of shredded lettuce.  Serves 6.


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Sweet Potato Delight

2 1/2 cups raw shredded sweet potatoes

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup sugar

pinch sea salt

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Add eggs to mixing bowl and beat slightly.  Add salt, butter, vanilla, and condensed milk to eggs, stirring until blended.  Add sugar and sweet potatoes until evening mixed together.  Place in buttered baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes.

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Cherry Angel Food Cake

1 cup sifted cake flour

1 1/4 cups sifted sugar

1 cup egg whites (approximately 8-10 eggs)

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

3/4 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

1/4 cup finely chopped maraschino cherries

Sift flour once, then measure, then sift flour four more times. 

Beat egg whites until they are foamy.  Add cream of tartar and continue to beat until stiff peaks are formed. 

Sift sugar three times, then fold in sugar with egg whites, two tablespoons at a time.  Add in flavorings.  Sift small amount of flour over mixture and fold in carefully.  Continue until all flour has been added.

Pour one third of batter into an ungreased tube pan. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of cherries over batter.  Add another third of the batter to pan.  Sprinkle another 1/4 cup of cherries over batter.  Add remaining batter.  Mix cherries evenly through batter by inserting a knife through to the bottom of pan.  Do this around the pan. 

Bake at 275 degrees for 30 minutes.  Then increase the oven temperature to 325 degrees.  Bake until batter pulls away from sides or nicely browned.  Cool by inverting pan over cooling rack.  Cool for one hour.  Remove from pan and frost with vanilla icing or 7 Minute Icing.

7 Minute Icing

1 3/4 cups sugar

1/2 cup water

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons white corn syrup

2 egg whites

Cook the sugar, corn syrup, and water until it forms a small ball in cold water.  Beat the egg whites, then pour the syrup over the egg whites.  Continue beating until it forms stiff peaks.

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"And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God, and having favour with all the people.  And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved."  Acts 2:46-47

TIP OF THE MONTH - Garage Sale Tips

It's that time of year to declutter and clean up!  Sell your unwanted stuff in a garage sale!  These garage sale tips will help you to have a successful sale!


*  Dealers love to shop very early, so plan to be set up and ready to sell at 7 AM!

*  Provide a place where electronics can be tested for working condition.

*  Have a cash box with lots of ones and quarters. 

*  Offer a discount for buyers who purchase over a specific dollar amount.

*  Set your pricing according to the Garage Sales Tracker website.

*  Round totals with cents down to the nearest dollar for extra savings for your customer.

*  Group items and offer a bulk price.


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