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The Rest of the Story

           Greetings in the name of Jesus! I have been meditating on the sermon this week. As a plain Christian I know that a lot of people do not celebrate Christmas. Many have asked us if we do and we always go into detail of how we celebrate. We try and focus on what Christmas is; a celebration of Jesus’ birth and why He came. There has been a tremendous struggle in our culture over the past few years as to what Christmas is about.           As for today, looking into the Word of God we shall look back to the passage of Christ’s birth. Turn with me to Luke chapter 2. I ask that today you leave me some leeway and follow me to the end. … Read entire article »

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For a Season

  We have had multiple tragedies this week with another school shooting and a few domestic shootings in our state. It always saddens everyone and yet some people do not understand that it is the fruit of sin and the proof that the world needs Jesus. Mankind still refuses to admit that we are born into sin and without a Savior all of us are subject to its clutches. Even the innocent children suffered from the fall of man this week, although they are in heaven now. Often it’s when the innocent are attacked that we are most aware of the widespread effects of sin. When people live sinful lives and hurt themselves we can recognize that they got what they deserved. But when it spills over to innocent bystanders we … Read entire article »

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Sermon of the Axe

I’ve been on an axe binge lately. I’ve made several tomahawks/hatchets and my current project is a double bladed axe I’ve been commissioned to forge. While forging towel holders and camping tripods is good, there is just something incredible about forging an axe from start to finish. Taking a piece of scrap metal and bringing forth a strong useable tool. I thought I would go through the process the best I can using text and try to bring the significance to anyone reading with a quick walkthrough. First, I gather my materials: a 10″x2″ piece of steel(I like using old lawnmower blades and a piece of high carbon steel for the edge(piece of old file). Once my materials are ready, I get my forge burning hot and clean. After the old … Read entire article »

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Hereby

Our scripture passage this week is actually an entire Book of the Bible. Whoa! Don’t get excited! I won’t go through the whole book verse by verse. It’s a small book besides! Let’s look as the Book of 1st John today. There seems to be a lot of people who judge one another as to whether or not they are Born Again. It seems that many Christians think that their denomination, church or even those who agree with their opinions are the only ones who are saved. John gave us five things in this small book that help us to determine just who is on God’s side. We all look at scripture differently. That’s not always bad. You and I each see one facet of the same diamond. Obviously, I’m not … Read entire article »

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Cranberry Muffins

Cranberry Muffins

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup white sugar 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 egg, beaten 3/4 cup milk 1 cup chopped cranberries tossed with a little flour to coat Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Grease muffin pan or use paper liners. Mix together flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Set aside. In another bowl mix beaten egg, milk and oil.  Add egg mixture to flour mixture all at once  and stir just until mixed – (batter should … Read entire article »

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Finnish Pulla

Finnish Pulla

1 cup milk 1 TBSP Active Dry Yeast ¼ Cup Warm Water ½ cup sugar 1 tsp ground Coriander 1 tsp salt 2 large eggs, lightly beaten, at room temperature 41/2 to 5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1 stick unsalted butter, melted 1 large beaten egg with 1 TBSP milk, for glaze Scald milk in small saucepan and then cool lukewarm. In a large bowl, whisk yeast into warm water. Set aside for 5 minutes or until yeast is dissolved and creamy. Whisk in the milk, … Read entire article »

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Danger! Anger!

  I have been trying to write messages that deal with practical issues. A few weeks back I dealt with depression as I have received a lot of letters about that. Anger is another issue that people write about regularly. Today, let’s look at anger and how to manage it in the Christians life. Everyone has to deal with anger at some point in their lives. I’m not talking about just getting upset but a real battle where someone or some situation pushes you to the point of losing control. First, let me say that just as there are different personalities and each one has its own weaknesses, anger is common to us all. It’s just that in some of these personalities it gets pushed down and never dealt with. For example, … Read entire article »

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