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Judge Not

I read the statement “judge not” this week, not in my daily Bible reading but in a conversation on Facebook. Someone posted the question “What exactly constitutes judging someone and is it judging to simply quote scripture?” The answers that came surprised me a lot. Many sounded like even asking that question was judgmental. Others were less militant about it but it did remind me that the world hates it when sin is exposed. No one likes to have their sins pointed out. This fact proves one thing to me-men do not equate sin with the destruction and death that Father God does. They simply want to do what their flesh desires without anyone questioning it. The passage that everyone seems to know is Matthew 7:1. If you ask them they don’t … Read entire article »

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Quit Ye Like Men

  If you look back on the history of man, you will see the rise and fall of nations, and people. There has not been a seventy-five year period (about a lifespan) of peace and plenty in the history of the United States. In other words, every citizen of this country has experienced war, plagues, famines, droughts, and economic recession and depression. Some had it better than others, yes, but in the complete history of our country we have never had a generation of complete peace and harmony. Our country is young compared to most others in the world. They also have gone through a continual cycle of the above troubles. What is my point? I want to establish that mankind has always had woes and always will until the end when … Read entire article »

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Big Gains, Big Losses

  This week someone posted an article on Facebook that got me thinking. It was about the modern church and the way that it brought droves of young people in but after college age they left and didn’t return. The statistics showed that there were one fourth of the people of the college age attending church as were their grand-parents. Also, it showed that eighty percent of youth that had attended church as youth never came back as adults. I didn’t have to ask why. I was once a youth pastor who followed the standard patterns of the modern church. In fact, I am old enough now to look back and see the fruit, or lack thereof in all of my efforts. We as Christians have fallen into the same trap as … Read entire article »

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Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry Syrup

I am sharing two recipes for this Recipe #1 2-pounds elderberries – woody stems removed and rinsed 4 cups water 2½ cups sugar – one nice-sized squirt of freshly-squeezed lemon juice 1. Put the elderberries in a large, non-reactive pot with the water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a low boil and cook for 15-20 minutes, until tender and soft. 2. Pass through a food mill, then discard the skins. 3. Pour the juice back into the pot (I use … Read entire article »

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Right or Left?

          As a young man I often envied the men of the Old Testament for several reasons. First, they seemed to always have visual miracles right in front of them and actually saw the supernatural hand of God at work. He parted a sea in front of them and they walked over on dry land. He led them through the wilderness with a pillar of fire and a cloud. And he opened up the ground and swallowed up their enemies. But the thing that I envied the most about these men was the way they heard from God. It seems like even when they didn’t ask for direction in a matter, God sent an angel to them or even spoke to them Himself. I used to get to a crossroads in … Read entire article »

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The Very Best Apple Pie Filling

The Very Best Apple Pie Filling

4 – 4 1/2 cups white sugar (depending on how sweet you like it) 1 cup cornstarch 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg pinch of cloves (to taste or preference) 1 teaspoon salt 10 cups water 3 tablespoons lemon juice in a large pan, mix sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Add salt and water and mix well. Bring to a boil and cook until thick and bubbly (doesn’t take long). Remove from heat and add lemon juice. Fill jars with apples and pour … Read entire article »

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Zeal Without Knowledge

Have you ever witnessed someone doing something exactly right and yet they still failed at what they were attempting? From out outsider’s point of view they looked like they knew what they were doing but the end result was failure. My message today is about just such a situation. Let’s begin today with a passage from the Old Testament. This week my daily Bible reading took me through Second Chronicles chapter twenty five. I’ve been going through this Book and all of the Kings of Israel and Judah are documented here. Each one had his name recorded along side his devotion to God or else he was listed as doing evil in the sight of the Lord. A little known King named Amaziah was talked about here. Amaziah was listed a little … Read entire article »

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