Tuesday, April 30, 2013

1 of 2 ... Hopeful Living ... May 5, 2013

My Sunday School Bible Reading for the week of May 5, 2013 is coming from the Books of Job, Psalm/Tehillim, Lamentations, and I Peter.

As you know I have no Seminary/Theology Training so I wanted to explain first where some of my study notes came from:
The International Teacher's Bible Encyclopedia & Concordance of the KJV Precious Promise Bible KJV.

Monday - April 29, 2013 - I Have No Help in Me - Job 6:8-13

Job's second speech (Job 6:1-7:21)

A discussion between Job and his friends written in poetry. There are three sets of speeches.

The book of Job seems written to point out that such suffering is often permitted as a test of faith and a means of grace.

Job was a non-Israelite, a dweller in the land of Uz (probably near Edom, on the east or northeast), a man of wealth and exemplary piety.

Tuesday - April 30, 2013 - Days without Hope - Job 7:1-6

Wednesday - May 1, 2013 - Will Mortals Live Again? - Job 14:7-17

Job's fourth speech (Job 1:1-124:22)

Thursday - May 2, 2013 - My Times Are in Your Hands - Psalm/Tehillim 31:9-16

Psalm of Supplication: affliction & trust in God

Psalms of Adoration: Of God's goodness & mercy

Prophetical, Typical, & Historical Psalms

Friday - May 3, 2013 - The Lord Preserves the Faithful - Psalm/Tehillim 31:19-24

Saturday - May 4, 2013 - Hope in God's Faithfulness - Lamentations 3:19-24

Third Lament )Lamentations 3:1-66)

A Man of Sorrows (Lamentations 3:1-21)

A Time to Hope in God (Lamentations 3:22-39)

In the LXX., Targum, & Talmud, Jeremiah is regarded as the author of Lamentations.

Targum ... Ancient Versions of the Old Testament.

Talmud ... 'doctrine,' from the Hebrew word "to learn," is a large collection of writings containing a full account of the civil & religious laws of the Jews.

Chapter 3 consists of sixty-six verses, and three verses, each beginning with the same letter, are assigned to each successive letter of the alphabet, so that there is a threefold alphabetical arrangement in that chapter.

Sunday - May 5, 2013 - New Birth into a Living Hope - I Peter 1:3-12

The Status Of The Christian (I Peter 1:1-2:10)

The Derivation of this Status from God (I Peter 1:1-9)

The Permanence of the Christian Status in the Counsel of God (I Peter 1:10-12)

Scripture reference used/taken from: International Teacher's Bible Encyclopedia & Concordance KJV Precious Promise Bible & Zondervan Commentary

Monday, April 29, 2013

Creating a Mother-Daughter Bond That Lasts a Lifetime ... Book Review


I received an advanced reading copy of this book February 2007.

The authors, Shellenberger and Gowler will be speaking throughout the U.S. at the closer: Mother-Daughter events in 2007.

No question about it, you have your hands full. Whether you're happily married, or are a single mom, balancing life as a mother is exhausting. Many of you hold down a job, plus you're carpooling kids to ball games and keeping hungry mouths fed, clothes clean,dogs washed, bills paid...Maintaining a household and raising a family is work!

At least once a week, indulge yourself with an hour just for you.

To better love others, you must first love yourself.

Our daughters live in a much different world than we did at their age. We worried about things such as who would ask us to the prom and the big project due in class next week.

It may shock you to know what's really on your daughter's mind every day as she walks out the door to school.

Teen suicide is the leading cause of death among teens and youth ages 10 -19 years old. Hopelessness and depression are devasting emotions that need to be taken seriously.

Moms: Are you really in touch with the world your daughter lives in, or are you living in the past?

Daughters: Are you willing to take a risk and talk about the tough stuff with your mom?

A mother understands what a child does not say. __ Jewish Proverb

A covenant is much more than a decision or a promise or a commitment or a pledge or an agreement.

The word for covenant in the Old Testament comes from a Hebrew word that means "to cut."

Types of Covenant:

Covenants of God He remembers his covenant forever, the word he commanded, for a thousand generations, the covenant he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Issac. He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as an everlasting covenant: "To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion you will inherit" (Psalm 105:8 - 11 NIV).

Two different types of covenants used in the Old Testament:

1. Parity Covenant - I Samuel 18:3 - 4, Malachi 2:14, Obadiah 7

2. Suzerain Covenant - Ezekiel 17:13 - 14, Joshua 23:16

Variety of covenants made by God:

Edenic Covenant - Genesis 3:15 Noachian Covenant - Genesis 9:9 Abrahamic Covenant - Genesis 15:18 Sinaitic Covenant - Exodus 19:5 - 6 Levitical Covenant - Numbers 25:12 - 13 Davidic Covenant - 2 Samuel 23:5 New Covenant - Matthew 26:28

"A daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart" __ Author Unknown

It doesn't take long after the birth of your first child for sobering reality to hit: you're responsible for the health and well being of another human life.

From the moment of delivery it's your responsibility to care for and teach this little one about life, God, and eventually how to become independent of you.

A wise mom realizes that she's not up to the task on her own.

Go to your knees for wisdom and strength.

Trust the One who created your daughter.

God knows best how to nurture and encourage her to become all He intended her to be.

In the book there is a Mom and Daughter Quiz. Answers will varyh between true/false and multiple choice.

There is a quick quiz to check your apology quotient in the book as well.

There are Journal Entries with specific questions for moms and daughters to answer in the book as well.

Determine to leave behind all "faith by appearance" and dive into a genuine relationship with God with the understanding that nothing more will be done for show.

"How do I know my mom loves me?" Chelsea repeated. "well, that's easy! When I'm sick she makes me homemade chicken soup. She makes a special bed for me on the couch so I can watch TV if I feel like it. And she brings my special blanket to cover me up with.

"A mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled." __ Emily Dickinson

Girls, there are five parts to a covenant you're being challenged to make with your mom. The only way you can be successful at making and keeping this sacred oath with her is by having a covenant with your heavenly Father.

If you don't have a genuine covenant with God, you can't have a genuine covenant with your mom.

Communicating includes prayer for and with your daughter,written expressions of love and affirmation, verbal affirmation, and physical touch.

Christ wants you as close to Him as you can possibly get. He also wants you as close to your mom as you can possibly get. The way you draw closer to Christ is by being on your knees - or through prayer.

As you develop a strong, powerful prayer line that shoots directly into the kingdom of heaven, don't simply pray for yourself; pray for your mom as well.

Your daughter absorbs your mood swings, attitudes, unspoken vibes, and body language much faster than she does the words coming out of your mouth.

What You Can Expect: Ages 11 - 14

You've suddenly become the most annoying person on the face of the earth and have no idea what you're talking about most of the time; at least that's how she perceives you today. Tomorrow may be totally different.

She lives in a world that tells her to be more grown-up and sophiscated than she's ready for.

Keep a close watch on who and what is influencing her choices.

What You Can Expect: Ages 15 16

This is the fun stage of your daughter's life. She's become more confident, and her talents and areas of interest are narrowing down.

Here are a few tips to help you stay connected with her:

Step into her world and find out what she loves. She may have totally different interests than you.

Don't try to make her into a carbon copy of yourself or another sibling. She's one-of-a-kind.

Get to know her. Tap into her personality and discover what motivates her.

Encourage her to seek God's plan for her life.

Keep in mind your teen daughter is still a teenager, not yet an adult.

What You Can Expect: Ages 17 - 19

She needs your guidance now more than your lectures.

She wants you to talk to her, not at her. She wants your input but needs to make her own decisions.

This is the day you've been working toward for eighteen years. You've taken a helpless, totally dependent wrinkled baby girl and turned her into a confident and independent young adult.

You did it! With God's help, you did it.

Congratulations! Treat yourself to a pedicure or an ice-cream sundae. You deserve it!

I received a copy of this book for review February 8, 2007.

The authors:

Susie Shellenberger has written forty-one books, is in demand as an international speaker for women's groups and teens, and started the Brio Mother/Daughter Cruise for Focus on the Family.

Kathy Gowler has counseled hundreds of teen girls in person and by answering their email questions.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

2 of 2 ... Sure Source of Hope ... 4/28/2013

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Sunday School Lesson for April 28, 2013. Unit II. Resurrection Hope. II Thessalonians 2:1-3, 9-17 (Devotional Reading Titus 3:1-7).

Ezra & Nehemiah .... June/July/August 2003 & June/July/August 2013 Sunday School Lessons are both from the Books of Ezra & Nehemiah ......... Knowledge Should Be Guarded by Priest (Malachi 2:1-9 9/11/2003) .... Enemies Plot Against (Nehemiah 4:7-14 7/8/2003) .... Plans Are Made (Nehemiah 2:6-10 ... 7/3/2003)

In this Digital Age information is quick to retrieve, but remember the apostle Paul warned the Saints of God/Christians/Believers about the deception that comes from satan and his sources.

The apostle Paul instructed the Christians in I & II Thessalonians.

Thessalonica, a seaport town of Salonica in Macedonia.

Some individuals will not be saved and receive Salvation.

King Agrippa told the apostle Paul "thou almost persuaded me to become a Christian" Acts 26:68.

II Thessalonians 2:1-3, 9-17

Verses 1,2,3 ... Eschatology/Last Things; Christ's Second Coming; The Duty of Christians in View of Christ's Coming

Verse 3 ... Let no man deceive you by any means

(I John 2:18; Revelation 13:11-18 - Reference Scripture in the Sunday School Book)

Verses 9,10, ... Eschatology/Last Things; Christ's Second Coming; Antichrist to Be Destroyed

Verses 11,12 .. Works of God; The Purposes of God; Reprobation (reprobation ... a person who is condemned by God, hardened in sin) .... Man Redeemed; Faith; Unbelief, Punished

Verse 9 ... Even when, whose coming is after the working of Satan, with all power and signs and lying wonders,

Verse 10 ... because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

Verse 11 ... God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

(John 14:26; I Peter 1:15-16)

Verse 13 ... Works of God; The Purposes Of God; Elected to Holiness

Verse 14 ... Works of God; The Purposes of God; Human Merit

Verse 15 ... Man Redeemed; Duties & Graces Of The New Life; Steadfastness

Verses 16,17 ... Jesus Christ; Christ's Divinity; Is Called Lord

Verse 13 ... But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to Salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

Verse 14 ... He called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Verse 15 ... Brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.

Verses 16,17 ... A prayer from the apostle Paul that God would comfort the Thessalonians hearts and stablish them in every good work.

Titus 1:5-3:11 ... a discussion of the needs of the Cretan Church.

Titus is directed by the apostle Paul, concerning the things he should teach, and not teach.

Titus worked more or less independently. He had been with Paul in Rome during the apostle Paul second imprisonment, but had left to go into Dalmatia.

Scripture reference used/taken from: KJV Precious Promise Bible, KJV Topical Reference Bible, and Reader's Digest Oxford Complete WordFinder

Friday, April 26, 2013

A Jewel - Colors - Numbers ... 10/29/2008

By: Angela D. Watkins, Arella Amarissa (October 29, 2008)

Exodus 26: 1, 4, 6, 19, 20, 31, 32, 36, 37

Exodus 28: 4-22, 28, 31, 33, 36, 39, 41

Verse 1 - MOREOVER thou shalt make the tabernacle with ... ten ... curtains of fine twined line, ... and blue, ... and purple, ... and scarlet: ... with cherubims of cunning work shalt thou make them.

ten - The cardinal number following nine and preceding eleven, or any of the symbols or combinations of symbols

blue - Having the color of the clear sky. Faithful, genuine; Devoted to literature. A blueprint, severe, strict.

purple - A color of red and blue; royal power or dignity; preeminence in rank or wealth

scarlet - A brilliant red, inclining to orange.

Verse 4 - And thou shalt make hoops of blue upon the edge of the one curtain from the selvedge in the coupling; and likewise shalt thou make in the utter most edge of another curtain, in the coupling of the second.

one - A unit; a single individual or object

second - Next in order, authority, responsibility, below the first or best, Identical in character with someone; supporter or assistant; promote; encourage; place, rank; AID, HELP

Verse 6 - And thou shalt make fifty taches of gold, and couple the curtains together with the taches: and it shall be one tabernacle.

fifty - Ten more than forty or five times ten

gold - yellow color, very heavy. Wealth; riches. golden-yellow color.

Verse 19 - And thou shalt make forty sockets of silver under the twenty boards; two sockets under one board for his two tenons, and two sockets under another board for his two tenons.

forty - Ten more than thirty, or four times ten. Ten plus thirty, four times ten.

Silver - Ready cash or change; money. Currency. Silver color. Silverware.

twenty - Ten plus ten.

Verse 20 - And for the second side of the tabernacle on the north side there shall be twenty boards:

Verse 31 - And thou shalt make a vail of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen of cunning work: with cherubims shall it be made:

Verse 32 - And thou shalt hang it upon four pillars of shittim wood overlaid with gold: their hooks shall be of gold, upon the four sockets of silver.

four - One more than three; two times two; two plus two

Verse 36 - And thou shalt make an hanging for the door of the tent, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, wrought with needlework.

Verse 37 - And thou shalt make for the hanging five pillars of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold, and their hooks shall be of gold: and thou shalt cast five sockets of brass for them.

five - The cardinal number following four and preceding six, or any of the symbols.

Exodus 28:4-22, 28, 31, 33, 36, 39, 41

Verse 4 - And these are the garments which they shall make; a breastplate, and an ephod, and a robe, and a broidered coat, a mitre, and a girdle: and they shall make holy garments for Aaron thy brother, and his sons, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office.

Verse 5 - And they shall take gold, and blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine line.

Verse 6 - And they shall make the ephod of gold, of blue, of scarlet, and fine twined linen with cunning work.

Verse 7 - It shall have the two shoulderpieces thereof joined at the two edges thereof; and so it shall be joined together.

Verse 8 - And the curious girdle of the ephod, which is upon it, shall be of the same, according to the work thereof; even of gold, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen.

Verse 9 - And thou shalt take two onyx stones, and grave on them the names of the children of Israel:

two - One more than one

onyx - Quartz consisting of layers of different colors

stones - A gravestone; A precious stone; gem. A measure of weight.

Verse 10 - Six of their names on one stone, and the other six names of the rest on the other stone, according to their birth.

six - The cardinal number following five and preceding seven; or any of the symbols.

Verse 11 - With the work of an engraver in stone, like the engravings of a signet, shalt thou engrave the two stones with the names of the children of Israel: thou shalt make them to be set in ouches of gold.

Verse 12 - And thou shalt put the two stones upon the shoulders of the ephod for stones of memorial unto the children of Israel: and Aaron shall bear their names before the LORD upon his two shoulders for a memorial.

Verse 13 - And thou shalt make ouches of gold.

Verse 14 - And two chains of pure gold at the ends; of wreathen work shalt thou make them, and fasten the wreathen chains to the ouches.

Verse 15 - And thou shalt make the breastplate of judgment with cunning work; after the work of the ephod thou shalt make it; of gold, of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, and of fine twined line, shalt thou make it.

Verse 16 - Foursquare it shall being doubled; a span shall be the length thereof, and a span shall be the breadth thereof.


doubled - Twice as much. Having two; pairs; coupled. Twice as large, heavy, many. A two-base hit in baseball. A double star. A church feast at which the chant is said both before and after the psalms.

Verse 17 - And thou shalt set in it settings of stones, even four rows of stones: the first row shall be a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: this shall be the first row.

sardius - A stone in the breastplate of the Hebrew high priest.

topaz - A yellow sapphire. Citrine. Brilliant green - and - gold plumage. Brownish-gold color, the color of the mineral.

carbuncle - A red garnet, any gem of brilliant fire and deep-red color.

Verse 18 - And the second row shall be an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond.

emerald - A bright green, one of the most highly valued gems. In the Bible, an unidentified precious stone. A rich and vivid green. Of a rich green color.

sapphire - Usually blue. Deep pure blue.

diamond - Valuable gem with a beautiful display of colors. To adorn with diamonds. The square enclosed by the lines between the bases on a baseball field.

Verse 19 - And the third row a beryl, an ligure, an agate, and an amethyst.

ligure - A precious stone, possibly the jacinth, worn by the High Priest of ancient Israel.

jacinth - The mineral zircon: a gem stone. A hyacinth.

hyacinth - A gem, bluish-violet, sapphire, brownish, reddish or orange zircon.

agate - A gem

amethyst - Clear purple or violet color;; a precious stone. A blue-red color.

Verse 20 - And the fourth row a beryl, and an onyx, and a jasper: they shall be set in gold in their inclosings.

fourth - Next in order after third. In the fourth order, rank, or place.

beryl - Aquamarine and emerald are used as gems. A green or emerald-green, light-blue, yellow, pink or white.

jasper - Usually red, brown, or yellow color of quartz of a high polish. A stone in the breastplate of the high priest.

Verse 21 - And the stones shall be with the name of the children of Israel, twelve according to their names, like the engravings of a signet; everyone with his name shall they be according to the twelve tribes.

twelve - The sum of ten and two. Six twice.

Verse 22 - And thou shalt make the breastplate chains at the ends of wreathen work of pure gold.

Verse 28 - And they shall bind the breastplate by the rings thereof unto the rings of the ephod with a lace of blue, that it may be above the curious girdle of the ephod, and that the breastplate be not loosed from the ephod.

Verse 31 - And thou shalt make the robe of the ephod all of blue.

Verse 33 - And beneath upon the hem of it thou shalt make pomegranates of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, round about the hem thereof; and bells of gold between them round about:

Verse 36 - And thou shalt make a plate of pure gold, and grave upon it, the engravings of a signet, HOLINESS TO THE LORD.

Verse 39 - And thou shalt embroider the coat of fine line, and thou shalt make the mitre of fine linen, and thou shalt make the girdle of needlework.

Verse 41 - And thou shalt put them upon Aaron they brother, and his sons with him; and shalt anoint them, consecrate them, and sanctify them, that they may minister unto me in the priest's office.

Scripture reference taken/used from KJV, SouthWestern Co., Nashville, TN

Thursday, April 25, 2013

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April/May/June 2013 Devotional & Educational Quarterly Emphasis is covering "Building Character ... Truth, Honesty, & Integrity."

Devotional Scripture ... Ephesians 6:14

Topic Scriptures ... Proverbs 3:3; 23:3; Ephesians 6:14

Proverbs 6:16-19 ... Key Verse

Proverbs 6:16,17,18 ... Fallen Man; Punishment of Sin; The Wrath of God ... six things doth the Lord hate

Proverbs 6:19 ... Fallen Man; Sins Against Our Neighbor; Falsehood ... speaketh lies & soweth discord

Ephesians 6:14 ... Man Redeemed; Duties & Graces Of The New Life; The Believers Weapons & Warfare

Proverbs 3:3 ... Man Redeemed; Blessedness Of The New Life; Love of Truth & Righteousness

Proverbs 23:3 ... The Outward Man; The Sustenance of The Body; Feasting, Directions

Devotional Message: Are You Standing Firm & Secure?

Ephesians 6:14; Ephesians 6:14-15; Isaiah 11:5

Ephesians 6:15 ... Man Redeemed; Duties & Graces Of The New Life; The Believers Weapons & Warfare

Isaiah 11:5 ... Jesus Christ; Prophecies Concerning Christ; Preaching

Topic Discussion: Are You Protected & Secure?

Ephesians 6:14; Proverbs 3:3; 23:3; Proverbs 3:3-4; Proverbs 23:1-3; Proverbs 3:5,6

Proverbs 3:4 ... Man Redeemed; Blessedness Of The New Life; Love of Truth & Righteousness (Good understanding - Good Success ... now success means different things to different individuals)

Proverbs 3:5 ... Man Redeemed; Faith; The Duty of Believing

Proverbs 3:6 ... Duties To God; Prayer; Efficacy of Prayer, God Promises to Hear Prayer

Proverbs 23:12 ... The Outward Man; The Sustenance Of The Body; Feasting, Directions

Scripture reference used/taken from: KJV Topical Reference Bible

1 of 2 ... Sure Source of Hope ... 4/28/13

My Sunday School Lesson Bible Reading for the week of April 28, 2013 is coming from the Books of Psalm/Tehillim, Malachi, Titus, I Thessalonians and II Thessalonians.

Yes, I am late sharing for those that like to keep up with the Bible Readings along with the Sunday School Lesson. I have a sinus infection and my allergies are acting up. At this moment I do not even know if I will be at Church on Sunday.

Monday - April 22,2013 - An Appointed- Psalm/Tehillim 75

Psalms of Gratitude: For mercies shown to the psalmist; For mercies shown to the Church ..... Didatic Psalms: Showing the blessings of God's people and the misery of his enemies.

Didatic ... instruct, instructive

Tuesday - April 23, 2013 - The Day Is Coming - Malachi 4

Promises for the future. Striking Messianic prediction.

The Vindication Of The Righteous In The Day Of The Lord (Malachi 3:13-4:3) .... Appendix (Malachi 4:4-6) .... (Appendix ... subsidiary matter at the end of a book or document)

Wednesday - April 24, 2013 - No Good Thing Withheld - Psalm/Tehillim 84

Psalms of Supplication: Relative to public worship .... Psalms of Adoration: Of God's goodness and mercy; .... Didatic Psalms: Showing the blessings of God's people and the misery of his enemies

Thursday - April 25, 2013 - My Help Comes from the Lord - Psalm/Tehillim 121

Psalms of Supplication: Expressing trust in God ... Psalms of Adoration: Of God's goodness and mercy .... Didatic Psalms: Showing the blessings of God's people and the misery of his enemies.

Friday - April 26, 2013 - The Hope of Eternal Life - Titus 3:1-7

Christian Behavior (Titus 2:1-3:11) ..... In Society (Titus 3:1-2) .... A further appeal to the grace of God (Titus 3:3-7)

Saturday - April 27, 2013 - Kept Sound and Blameless - I Thessalonians 5:23-28

The direction that the epistle is to be read to all the brethren, and not retained by a select few, is quite in place with the first letter written by the apostle Paul to a Christian Church. (I Thessalonians was a young church which had embraced the faith with enthusiasm, but is not yet free from heathen vices).

Sunday - April 238, 2013 - Eternal Comfort and Good Hope - II Thessalonians 2:1-3, 9-17

Events Preceding The Parousia (II Thessalonians 2:1-12).... (Parousia ... second coming of Christ/Jesus/Yeshua)

Thanksgiving & Exhortation (II Thessalonians 2:13-15)

Prayer For The Believers (II Thessalonians 2:16)

Scripture reference used/taken from: KJV Precious Promise Bible, Zondervan Commentary, & Reader's Digest Oxford Complete WordFinder

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Getting To The Root Of Your Problem: 365 Days of Inspirational Thinking ... Book Review

Inspiring thoughts for each day of the year.

Dr. Rico D. Short shares that God gave him the vision, courage, and inspiration to put his thoughts in writing to share with others. He shares different versions of the Holy Bible, but I prefer the the KJV & Complete Jewish Version.

He is an Endodontist (Root Canal Specialist) To The Stars/Actors/Producers/Writers/Comedians/Television Anchors/Sport Athletes, & Music Artists.

He attributes his accomplishments to an understanding and loving wife, Angela (love that name) and kids but most of all to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Day 70:

The spiritual state of the nation is in trouble. We must put God back in His right place first! If not, we will continue to struggle as a nation with the economy, healthcare, oil crisis, etc. "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord" (Psalms/Tehillim 33:12 NIV).

Day 229:

In God you are strong (Jehovah Nissi - your banner of protection - Psalms/Tehillim 27:1). He is your Jehovah Jireh (Provider). Start praising and rejoicing because if He did it once, He can do it again.

Day 210:

If you were to die today, would you want to be remembered by what you post on Facebook or Twitter? What kind of words are you leaving behind for your children and others? Think about this today.

Day 300:

Family and friends are important! "Friends (true friends) love through all kinds of weather, and families stick together in all kinds of trouble" (Proverbs 17:17 MSG).

Day 153:

When you accepted Jesus, he placed a deposit in you and it is the Holy Spirit. He is a guidance counselor strictly for you. Popularity doesn't impress God. He is not concerned about your bling, house, or clothes.

Day 299:

Jesus/Yeshua and Paul used the word "Church" in reference to the people of God. Church never referred to a religious building.

Day 78:

There is a dying world out there that needs our help and prayers. The lost need us to show more unconditional love! Remember when Jesus/Yeshua defended the woman caught in the very act of adultery when she was getting ready to be stoned? Remember when you were caught in the act of something and you should have been stoned? It's only by grace and mercy!

Day 289:

Most people want instant success. God promotes with precision and judges your heart. When God promotes; He will sustain. God has to establish your roots so you/I can be strong when the storm comes. Being a servant first allows your roots to be established so you will know what to do once appointed a king!

Day 323:

To all those in leadership and authority (political, social, economical) we have a responsibility to God who puts us in those positions! (Proverbs 31:8-9)

Day 130:

When someone does you wrong, you must forgive! Why? Because Christ forgave you (Ephesians 4:32).

Day 133:

Be careful how you talk to people. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone (Colossians 4:5-6).

Day 72:

"Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you" (Romans 12:3 NIV). You ain't all that; I ain't al that and a bag of chips.

Jesus deserves our praise and worship for only He is worthy to be praised.

Day 165:

Did you know as a child of God you have your own Secret Service? You have angels that are assigned to assist you in fulfilling your God - given purpose on earth. God has ordered His angels to guard you wherever you go (Psalms/Tehillim 91:11-12).

Day 47:

Dr. Short was able to bless a man he hardly knew and his family. Their home was foreclosed on. We are blessed to be a blessing! Who have you helped lately?

Now this reminded me of a song that I believe that Janet Jackson recorded "What have you done for me lately?"

Day 48:

Do you want good to come to you? You must give and run your business with honesty and integrity! (Psalms/Tehillim 11:25 NIV)

Leviticus 19:11 ... Industrial Employments & Products; Trade & Commerce; Honesty in Trade, Fraud .... KJV Topical Reference Bible

Day 243:

Pray for people for positions of power - whether Godly or not. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you God's established authority. Support rulers that promote good works and resist those that promote evil.

Day 76:

Your level of success is not measured by how much money or things you possess, but rather how many people you positively influence in changing the way you think!

Day 255:

As Christians, we need to live true lives as well as true words, which means both publicly and privately so that we can draw others to Christ.

Christians better be glad "Walls Can't Talk" - Little Milton recorded this song over 40 years ago... If Walls could talk it would destroy a lot of Christians/Their Home/Business/Their Ministries.

Day 320:

How many women in today's society are willing to submit to a godly husband? We don't see much of this emulated on television.

Day 291:

A warning to all manipulating ministers: "On the other hand, if you give one of these, simple, childlike believers a hard time, bullying or taking advantage of their simple trust, you'll soon wish you hadn't (Mark 9).

Day 322:

A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds. Her husband trusts her without reserve, and never has reason to regret it. Never spiteful, she treats him generously all her life. She looks over a field and buys it, then, with money she put aside, plants a garden." - The Bible (Men, sorry, but you usually will not find these on the set at the video shoot or int he club!)

Day 128:

Don't let the "fine-ness" in that lady mess you up, brothers. You gotta check out the brain and heart too! Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears (love) the Lord is to be praised" (Proverbs 31:30 NIV).

Day 132:

What are the characteristics of a godly wife? She is worth far more than rubies (Proverbs 31:10, 27-28 NIV).

Day 131:

For some of you, a war may be going on in your life right now. Sometimes you need to sit down and be silent! This is a spiritual battle we are in! Let the spirit of God work today in your situation.

Day 164:

Christian marriages are under attack! Some marriages need a tune-up and some may need to be overhauled. Whatever your case pray and love one another and let God do the rest.

Day 166:

God calls Christians to love unconditionally (agape) - everyone - no matter the race, religion, or culture. Christ loved you while you were unlovely.

Day 38:

Dr. Short performed a rather difficult surgery. At the end, the patient said, "That's it?" Dr. Short replied, "Yes!" The patient shared that she prayed before the surgery and Dr. Short prayed before performing the surgery, and God did the rest! The next time you need surgery, please pray and don't be offended to ask the doctor to pray as well before the surgery!

Day 138:

The three most difficult things to say are: "I love you," "I'm sorry," and "Help me." I believe we all fall into some of these categories sometimes.

Day 276:

Are you married or have you been to a wedding? The wedding dress has to look elegant, fit perfectly, and be spotless on that special day. We are referred to as the bride of Christ which is the Church. Because of Jesus/Yeshua blood, we will put on that beautiful spotless wedding dress that represents his righteousness that washes our sin away. Before we had a choice, sin was already there! The only way we can be pure (like the white wedding gown) is by accepting Him as our Lord and Savior. And now to the wedding feast or party! Did you receive your invitation yet] There is still space available. 1. Acknowledge that you are a sinner and in need of a Savior. 2. Believe that Jesus died, was buried, and rose(resurrected) for your sins. 3. Ask (confess) him to come into your heart and be Lord over your life. You will be seated at the table.

I received a copy of this book for review from Author House. I review books for publishing companies, authors, businesses and ministries.

Dr. Short has been featured in several publications, radio and television show,s Internet blogs, and journals. He serves as an expert Board Certified Root Canal Consultant to the Georgia Board of Dentistry. He is also an associate clinical professor at the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry.

His main focus is to encourage the youth to set goals and give them realistic advise on how to achieve them.

He was raised in a single family household by his mother who worked 33 years on the floor in a textile mill. Growing up as a child, he didn't have a lot of "material things" but he had lots of love, prayer, and support from his family. His mother had to "drag" him to Church because he really did not see the importance as a teenager.

He is married to Angela Short who is a dental hygienist by profession as well as a Proverbs 31 wife. They have two children: Jayla and Ava.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

2 of 2 ... Great Expectations ... 4/21/2013

My Sunday School Lesson for April 21, 2013. Unit II. Resurrection Hope. I Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:1-11 (Devotional Reading Psalm/Tehillim 38:9-15).

The apostle Paul writes to assure believers/Christians/Saints of God of the promise of Christ's second return provides us with hope and comfort.

Blue Letter Bible ( to learn more about "Dispensational Truth."

Theopedia ( to learn more about the "Theology of Dispensationalism."

Dispensation ... God's plan of Salvation.

Mankind(male/female/boy/girl/child) will experience some things in this life that they are not ready for no matter what plans they have in place.

I Thessalonians 4:13-18

Verses 13,14,15,16 ... Eschatology/Last Things - The Resurrection Of The Body - The Order of Resurrection - The Dead Will First Be Raised ... (This Scripture refers to believers/Christians/Saints of God)

Verses 17,18 ... Eschatology/Last Things - The Resurrection of The Body - The Order of Resurrection - Living Saints Will Then Be Caught Up

(Revelation 21-22; I Corinthians 15:51-53 - Reference Scriptures in the Sunday School Book)

I Thessalonians 5:1-5

Christians/Saints of God/Believers should be aware of Bible prophecy.

Verses 1,2,3,4 ... Eschatology/Last Things - Christ's Second Coming - When Christ Will Return - Suddenly

Verse 5 ... Man Redeemed - Blessedness Of The New Life - The Impartation of True Wisdom - Attainable

(Romans 13:1-13; Matthew 24:42; Luke 12:39; II Peter 3:10; Revelation 3:10; Revelation 3:3; Revelation 16:15)

I Thessalonians 5:6-11

Verse 6 ... Man Redeemed; Duties & Graces Of The New Life - Thoughtfulness & Vigilance

Verse 7 ... The Outward Man - The Sustenance Of The Body - Sleep - Examples

Verse 8 ... Man Redeemed - Duties & Graces Of The New Life - The Believers Weapons & Warfare

Verse 9 ... Jesus Christ - Offices Of Christ - Our Saviour ... Works Of God - The Purposes Of God - Human Merit Excluded

Verse 9 ... Promise ... Pardon for Sins & Iniquities

Verse 10 ... Jesus Christ - Offices Of Christ - Our Life ... Eschatology/Last Things - The Intermediate State - Retribution Begins - For The Good

Verse 11 ... Man Redeemed - Duties & Graces Of The New Life - Mutual Edifying

Psalm/Tehillim 38:9-15

Verse 9 ... God - Attributes of God As Person - Knowledge of Thoughts (God knows every thought in the heart & unspoken word of an individual)

Verse 10 ... The Outward Man - The Nature Of The Body - The Eyes

Verse 11 ... Trials & Persecutions - Persecution Foretold & Endured - Persecution Complained Of

Verse 12 ... Trials & Persecutions - Kinds & Methods Of Persecution - Conspiracy

Verse 13,14 ... Trials & Persecutions - Conduct Under Persecution - Non Resistance

Verse 15 ... Duties To God - Prayer - Conditions Of Acceptable Prayer - In Faith

Scripture reference used/taken from: KJV Precious Promise Bible & KJV Topical Reference Bible

Friday, April 19, 2013

4-17-2013 ... Truth, Integrity, & Honesty

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April/May/June 2013 Devotional & Educational Quarterly Emphasis is covering "Building Character ... Truth, Honesty, & Integrity."

Devotional Scriptures ... Exodus 1:11-21; Ezekiel 16:4

Topic Scriptures ... John 8:44; Isaiah 14:12-20; Ezekiel 28:1-19

Key Verse ... Exodus 1:21 ... The Family - Parents & Children - Midwives

Because of the numerous Scriptures mentioned in this lesson I will not be expounding on them - but I am sharing all the Scriptures in the Devotional Message and Topic Discussion for those that might want to study them further during your quiet time.

Exodus 1:11-21 ... The godliness of the midwives, in saving the male children alive.

Ezekiel 16:4 ... The Family - Parents & Children - Treatment of Newborn Child

John 8:44 ... Evil Angels - Satan - Deceiver & Liar

Isaiah 14:12-20 ... Chapters 13-23 prophetic utterances relating chiefly to foreign nations ... Chapters 12-14:23 against Babylon.

Ezekiel 28:1-19 ... God's judgment upon the prince of Tyrus for his sacrilegious pride ... A lamentation of his great glory corrupted by sin.

Devotional Scriptures ...

These Scriptures deal with Lying - Truth - Fearing God - Obeying God - Blessings/Blessed

Proverbs 6:16-19; Proverbs 12:22; I John 2:21-27; Exodus 20:16; Leviticus 19:11; Exodus 1:1-21; Ezekiel 16:14; Exodus 1:19; Joshua 2; Joshua 6; Joshua 2:1-22; Joshua 6:17-25; Hebrews 11:31

Topic Scriptures ...

These Scriptures deal with Satan - Deceiver - Liar - God command to Adam in the Garden - Serpent - God's Truth/God is Truth - Speak in Love

Satan is the creator/father of lies and God is the creator of Truth.

II Corinthians 11:1-3; I Peter 5:8-9; I John 3:10-12; Genesis 4; Matthew 26:69-75; Acts 5:1-11; John 8:44; Isaiah 14:12-20; Ezekiel 28:1-19; Genesis 1; Genesis 2; Genesis 3; Genesis 2:16-17; Genesis 3:1-7; Romans 1:25; Deuteronomy 4:2; Proverbs 30:6; Revelation 22:18-19; Numbers 23:19; Titus 1:2; Psalm/Tehillim 58:3; Isaiah 28:15; Isaiah 59:3-4; Revelation 21:27; Revelation 22:15; Revelation 21:8; Psalm/Tehillim 24:3-5; Proverbs 19:1; Ephesians 4:15

Scripture reference used/taken from: KJV Precious Promise Bible & KJV Topical Reference Bible

1 of 2 .... Great Expectations .... 4/21/2013

My Sunday School Lesson Bible Reading for the week of April 21, 2013 is coming from the Books of Isaiah, Psalm/Tehillim, Romans Hebrews, and I Thessalonians.

I know that I am in my sharing this week 1 of 2 Lesson Scriptures for those who like to read ahead - but since the tragedy happened this week in the U.S. it threw me off..... I am praying and will continue to pray.

Monday - April 15, 2013 - The Hopeless Human Situation - Isaiah 59:9-15a

The Return of The Exiles ( Isaiah 40:1-66:24) .... Judah after the return (Isaiah 56:1-66:24) .... A confession of sin (Isaiah 59:1-21).

Tuesday - April 16, 2013 - The Source of Hope - Isaiah 59:15b-21

Wednesday - April 17, 2013 - Waiting in Hope - Psalm/Tehillim 38:9-15

The Prayer Of A Suffering Sinner (Psalm/Tehillim 38)

Thursday - April 18, 2013 - Hoping Against Hope - Romans 4:16-25

The Gospel For The World: 'The Righteous - By-Faith Shall Live (Romans 1:18b - 8:39) ... Faith-righteousness (Romans 3:21-4:25)

Friday - April 19, 2013 - Seizing the Hope Set before Us - Hebrews 6:13-20

Warning Against the Fateful Consequences Of Immaturity (Hebrews 5:11-6:20a) .... Encouragement & Consolation (Hebrews 6:9-20)

Saturday - April 20, 2013 - The God of Hope - Romans 15:7-13

The Gospel in Action (Romans 12:1-15:13) .... Corporate harmony & personal convictions (Romans 14:1-15:13)

Sunday - April 21, 2013 - Encourage One Another with Hope - I Thessalonians 4:13-5:11

The Parousia (Second coming of Christ - Parousia)

Isaiah Chapters 49-57, the prophecy of the servant of Jehovah, his sufferings and glory.

Isaiah received the prophetic call in the last year of King Uzziah's reign (Isaiah 6:1), and prophesied during the reigns of three kings, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah (Isaiah 1:1).

Psalm/Tehillim 38 .... Classified on account of sin written by King David.

Romans 4:16-25 .... Romans 15:7-13 .... Doctrinal - righteousness by faith.

The letter to the Romans is a theological treatise rather than a letter.

The apostle Paul is he writer of Romans. It is written in Greek, because it was most familiar to his readers and the apostle Paul could also write in Greek.

I Thessalonians 4:13-5:11 .... I & II Thessalonians is probably the earliest Christian document that has come down to us. The apostle Paul wrote the First Epistle from Corinth, in the names of himself, Silas, and Timothy, late in 52 or early in 53.

I Thessalonians 4:1-5:22 .... advice and comfort, because of the triumph in the resurrection.

Scripture reference used/taken from: KJV Precious Promise Bible, Zondervan Commentary & Reader's Digest Oxford Complete Wordfinder

Monday, April 15, 2013

Prayer for Boston/A City ... Evil Angels

I am praying for those who were afflicted as well as there family and communities.

Petition/Prayer for a city .... Jonah 3

Moses' prayer that God would protect them ... Numbers 10:35.36

Prayer defeats the evil one/Satan .... Luke 22:32; I Peter 4:7

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John 8:44 .... Evil Angels; Satan; Deceiver & Liar

Luke 10:18 .... Evil Angels; Satan; Overpowered

I Peter 5:8 ... Evil Angels; Satan; Tempts Men to Sin ... External Nature; Mammals; The Lion, Strong & Terrible

I John 3:8 ... Evil Angels; Satan; Prince of Demons

I Chronicles 21:1 ... Evil Angels; Satan, Tempts Men to Sin

I Corinthians 11:14-15 .... Evil Angels; Satan, Deceiver & Liar

Revelation 20:10 ... Evil Angels; Satan; Overpowered, Satan's final destiny

Saturday, April 13, 2013

2 of 2 ... Power to Change ... 4/14/2013

Sunday School Lesson for 4/14/2013. Unit II. Resurrection. Acts 2:1-13 (Devotional Reading John 15:1-7).

Sacred Seasons. Pentecost. Miracles

Scriptures in various languages:

There are world events shaping the course of mankind's history today. The Day of Pentecost changed the world of Christ's disciples unlike any other event in their lives.

Often people will make fun of others whose behavior is different from what they consider normal.

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Acts 2:1-4

Verse 1 ... Sacred Seasons; Pentecost, The Apostolic Pentecost

Pentecost is the birthday of the Church.

Verse 2 ... Miracles; Miraculous Deliverances & Phenomena; Sounds

There was a "sound" that was "like the rush of a mighty wind" but it does not say there was any wind.

In different languages listen to voices expressing the same words of praise to God.

Breath or Wind is a symbol of the Spirit of God (Ezekiel 37:9, 14; John 3:8)

Festivals of Israel ... there were seven in all.,

Pentecost/Festival of Weeks was the second festival. It was celebrated fifty days after the Passover. It lasted one day (Deuteronomy 16:9-12).

(Acts 1:4; Acts 1:5; Acts 11:15; Deuteronomy 16:16; Joel 2:28-32 - Reference Scriptures in the Sunday School Book)

Acts 2:5-11

Verse 5 ... The Hebrews; Judaism & Christianity; The Field a Hopeful one

Verses 6, 7 ... Miracles; Effects Of Miracles; Amazement

Verse 8,9,10,11 ... The Hebrews; Judaism & Christianity; The Pentecostal Beginning 30 A.D., Realized

Those who were present on the Day of Pentecost in Jerusalem... God-fearing Jews from a number of nations and fifteen different groups that heard about God's power and deeds (verses 9-11).

The Holy Spirit is active today at work in the lives of believers/Christians/Saints of God - to lead, guide/direct and or arrange change in the life of the believer when necessary.

Acts 2:12-13

Verse 12 ... Miracles; Effects of Miracles; Amazement

Verse 13 ... Miracles; Effects Of Miracles; Unbelief and Doubt

Some were amazed and some were in doubt. The outpouring of power on the apostles on Pentecost was the fulfillment of Jesus'/Yeshua' promise. The Church entered upon the last days as a result of the coming of the Pentecost (Acts 2:17).

(Joel 2:28-32; Acts 2:14-21; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:17)

Mankind (male/female) in some point of their lives will face experiences that produce dramatic changes in their lives. Life transforming power is provided by the Holy Spirit.

To the fearful, change is threatening because they worry things will become worse. To the hopeful, change is encouraging because mankind (male/female) feel things may become better.

Buck Rogers quoted, in Getting the Best Out of Yourself & Others, "We live in a time of paradox, contradiction, opportunity, and above all, change (Speaker's Sourcebook).

Personal Assignment: Are you a doer/motivator, or are you fearful of change?

Scripture reference used/taken from: KJV Topical Reference Bible

Friday, April 12, 2013

4-10-2013 ... Truth, Honesty, & Integrity

April/May/June 2013 Devotional & Education Quarterly Emphasis is covering "Building Character ... Truth, Honesty, & Integrity."

Devotional Scriptures... Proverbs/Mishle 6:16-19; John 8:31,32

Topic Scriptures ... Luke 10:18; I Peter 5:8; II Peter 2:4

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Key Verse ... John 8:44 ... Evil Angels, Satan, Deceiver & Liar

Call to Worship ... Psalm/Tehillim 1:1,2

Verse 1 ... Fallen Man; Sins Against Our Neighbor; Causing Others to Sin, By Enticement.... The Upright are Blessed & Prospered

Verse 2 ... Scripture; Duty To Know & Obey Scripture; Meditation on the Law; .... The Upright are Blessed & Prospered

Proverbs/Mishle 6:16-19

Verses 16,17,18 ... Fallen Man; Punishment of Sin; The Wrath of God

Verse 19 ... Fallen Man; Sins Against Our Neighbor; Falsehood, In General

John 8:31.32

Verse 31 ... Man Redeemed; Blessedness Of The New Life; Perseverance Unto the End

Verse 32 ... Man Redeemed; Blessedness of The New Life; Christian Liberty

Luke 10:18 ... Evil Angels; Satan; Overpowered

I Peter 5:8... Evil Angels; Satan; Tempts Men to Sin; ... External Nature; Mammals; The Lion, Strong & Terrible

II Peter 2:4 ... Evil Angels; Their Fall & Imprisonment

Topic Discussion Scriptures... Isaiah 14:12-17; Revelation 12:7-9; John 8:44; I John 3:8; Job Chapters 1 & 2; Romans 123:3; Proverbs/Mishle 16:18; II Corinthians 11:14-15; Hebrews 10:24,25; Revelation 20; Revelation 20:10; John 3:16; I Peter 5:8; II Peter 2:4

Isaiah 14:12-17 ... Isaiah Chapters 13-23, prophetic utterances related chiefly to foreign nations (Chapters 12-14:23, against Babylon).

Revelation 14:12-17 ... (consists of seven visions)... 4. The vision of the woman and her enemies.

I John 3:8 ... Evil Angels; Satan; Prince of Demons ..... Fallen Man; Nature & Genesis Of Sin; Sin Defined & Described

Job Chapters 1 & 2 ... The piety & prosperity of Job. The overthrow of Job's prosperity was permitted in order to test his character, and Job's continued trust in God in spite of overwhelming sorrows is narrated. (The Book of Job seems to be written to point out such suffering is often permitted as a test of faith and a means of grace... The Book of Job is an inspired poem, based on actual occurrences.

I Chronicles 21:1 ... Evil Angels; Satan; Tempts Men to Sin... The Hebrews; The United Kingdom; David's Reign over All, His Second Offence

Romans 12:3 ... Man Redeemed; Duties & Graces Of The New Life; Humility; Required

Proverbs/Mishle 16:18 ... Fallen Man; Sins Of The Spirit, & Against Ourselves; Pride, Its Hatefulness

II Corinthians 11:14,15 ... Evil Angels; Satan; Deceiver & Liar

Hebrews 10:24,25

Verse 24 ... Man Redeemed; Duties & Graces Of The New Life; Mutual Edifying

Verse 25 ... Sacred Seasons; Sabbatical Seasons; The Lord's Day, Diligence Enjoined

Revelation 20 ... (The seventh vision) .. The vision of final triumph

Revelation 20:10 ... Eschatology/Last Things; The Millennium; Apostasy & Final Struggle... Evil Angels; Satan; Overpowered, Satan's final destiny

Millennium ... a period of 1,000 years, that of Christ's prophesied reign in person on earth(Revelation 20:1-5).

Apostasy ... renunication of the Christian faith.

John 3:16 ... Everlasting Life & Heaven Promised .... Man Redeemed; Faith; Immunities & Rewards of Faith; Life Everlasting.... Man Redeemed; The New Covenant; All May Be Saved

Scripture reference used/taken from: KJV Topical Reference Bible, KJV Precious Promise Bible & Reader's Digest Oxford Complete Wordfinder

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Turkey Burgers - Mini Mac & Cheese Recipes from Bread & Wine - Book Review

I am sharing two recipes from Bread & Wine a love letter to life around the table with recipes by Shauna Niequist. The book also list a few dessert recipes as well.

Turkey and Macaroni & Cheese are one of my favorites.

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Turkey Burgers Adapted from O, The Oprah Magazine


1/4 cup scallions, thinly sliced

1/2 cup celery, finely chopped

3 Granny Smith Apples, peeled and diced

Olive Oil

4 pounds ground turkey breast

1 tablespoon salt

1 tablespoon black pepper

2 teaspoon Tabasco

Juice of 1 lemon

1/2 bunch parsley, finely chopped

1/4 cup mango chutney

Special sauce:

1/2 cup mango chutney

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup ketchup

2 dashes Tabasco, or to taste


Saute' the scallions, celery, and apples in olive oil until tender.

Let cool.

While the mixture is cooling, make the special sauce. Mix chutney, mayonnaise, ketchup, and Tabasco. Adjust for heat and then refrigerate until serving time.

Place the ground turkey in a large mixture bowl. Add saute'ed items and the remaining ingredients.

Shape into 12 burgers.

Refrigerate for 2 hours.

Place on a preheated, lightly oil grill set to medium-high heat. Grill each side for 7 minutes until meat is thoroughly cook. Let sit for 5 minutes.

Makes: 12 burgers

When Oprah visited Donald Trump at his famous Palm Beach house, Mar-a-Lago, his Chef served these amazing turkey burgers. She asked for the recipe because they were the best turkey burgers she'd ever had.

The burgers take a while to assemble, so don't try to prepare them before your friends come over for a barbecue. Make them the night before, and while you're at it, make a double batch and freeze half of them.

Most grocery stores carry mango chutney in the international ethnic aisle. The secret ingredient in these burgers is mango chutney. When you find it, stock up-get on jar for this recipe, another for chicken salad, and one for serving with cheese and crackers.

Mini-Mac & Cheese from Food & Wine & another Food & Wine macaroni cheese


1/2 pound elbow macaroni (or 4 cups cooked)

2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

2 tablespoons butter, plus more for pan

1 tablespoon Dijon

2 dashes Tabasco

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 egg yolk

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Smoked paprika


In a pot of boiling water, cook the macaroni, for about 5 minutes, to just al dente, which is just a touch firmer than how you would like to eat it. Drain.

Brush mini muffin pan with melted butter, then sprinkle half the grated Parmesan into the muffin cups.

On medium-low heat, warm butter and cheddar cheese, and whisk till smooth.

Off heat, add Dijon, Tabasco, egg yolk, and whisk again.

Add macaroni and mix well coated with cheese.

Spoon into muffin cups, making them slightly rounded and packing them lightly. Top with grated Parmesan.

Bake at 425 degrees for 12 to 14 minutes, until golden on top.

Let cool at least 10 minutes before serving, because they will set as they cool. Sprinkle with smoked paprika.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Be generous when you dust the Parmesan, both in the empty cups and on top, because that's what holds them together - that and the egg yolk.

These can be made gluten-free by using brown rice or corn pasta. Watch the cook time on the pasta, as gluten-free pasta seems to be a little more unpredictable than conventional pastas.

1 of 2 ... Power to Change ... 4/14/2013

My Sunday School Lesson Bible Reading for the week of April 14, 2013 is coming from the Book of John and Acts.

Monday - April 8, 2013 - I Will Not Leave You Orphaned - John 14:18-24

Final Discourse & Events (John 13:1-21:25) ... Discourse - lecture, sermon, talk, speak or write learnedly ....

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The Upper Room Ministry (John 13:1-21:25)

Comfort for the disciples in distress (John 13:36-14:31)

Tuesday - April 9, 2013 - Abide in Me - John 15:1-7

Union with Christ & its consequences (John 15:1-27)

Wednesday - April 10, 2013 - The Coming of the Advocate - John 16:1-11

The disciples, the world, and the Advocate (John 16:1-33)

Thursday - April 11, 2013 - Raised Up & Freed from Death - Acts 2:22-28

Pentecost & The Preaching (Acts 2:1-47)

Peter's Speech (Acts 2:14-36)

Friday - April 12, 2013 - The Promise of the Spirit - Acts 2:14-21

Saturday - April 13, 2013 - The Promise Received - Acts 2:29-36

Sunday - April 14, 2013 - The Day of Pentecost - Acts 2:1-13

The descent of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-13)

Acts of the Apostle ... published between 62 & 70 A.D., not long after 62 A.D.

Luke the physician is the writer, a companion of the apostle Paul.

This Book has been called "the Gospel of the Holy Spirit," who is mentioned in the Acts more often than in any other book in the New Testament.

Scripture reference used/taken from: KJV Precious Promise Bible, Zondervan Commentary & Reader's Digest Oxford Complete Wordfinder

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Bread & Wine a love letter to life around the table with recipes - Book Review

Enjoyable read and family-friendly.

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I am not promoting the sale and use of wine or any alcoholic beverages but, I am promoting harmony and a time to slow down and enjoy your family, loved ones and true friends around the kitchen and dining table. There will come a day when all you have is memories, because one day the chain will be broken.

In my home as a child and some of my adult life I can remember meals at the table just like on a television show "Soul Food." There is nothing like good food, loved ones around at the table laughing and some sad when a loved one has passed on.

Bread: I Corinthians 5:8 ... Sacred Seasons; Historical Sacred Seasons; The Passover Becomes a Christian Festival ................ I Corinthians 10:16 ... Sacred Rites & Forms; Sacraments, Worship, & Church-Fellowship; The Lord's Supper, Its Significance

Wine: Wine Prescribed; Abuse of It; & Prohibited to the Priesthood When On Duty .... Psalm/Tehillim 104:15; Joel 2:24; I Timothy 5:23; Titus 2:3; Ephesians 5:18; Ezekiel 44:21

Gather the people you love around your table and feed them with love and honesty and creativity.

Shauna Niequist mom's dad is Irish, a storyteller and her mom is German, a rose gardener and meticulous baker. They were married just before her grandpa joined the navy, and her mom, their first child, was born at Pearl Harbor.

Neither of them grew up in religious home, but when they married, they decided that religion was important, and that they wanted to join a church. They visited all sorts of churches before settling at Lake Center Bible Church.

There is a difference between religious and righteous.

They were meat and potatoes people, men who work long days on the farm and ate accordingly.

Six brothers - Shauna's grandfather and her dad's five uncles - all died of heart attacks before they were fifty-five. When she was born her parents knew something had to change.

Because of Shauna's dad scary family history, her mother became a health food person before it was fashionable.

Now that Shauna is an adult, she can appreciate how much effort this entailed, how expensive it was for her to feed them that way.

Sunday afternoons were family time - private, casual, silly.

The Cooking Club began when Aaron and Shauna moved back to Chicago from Grand Rapids three years ago. There are six of them in the Club.

They met once a month, and sometimes more, and whoever's hosting the theme and cooks the main course, and then the rest of them fill in - appetizers, side dishes, desserts.

They have attended funerals and birthday parties together, reported bad tests results, gotten advice about sick children, made trips to the ER, walked together through postpartum depression. They have talked about faith and fear and fighting with their husbands, sleeping through the night and anxiety and how to ask for help when they needed it.

It all started around the kitchen table, once a month and sometimes more.

Each of us should be able to nourish ourselves in the most basic way and to create meals and traditions around the table that tell the story of who we are to the people we care about.

Marketing and advertising campaigns are created to influence us to eat our or buy prepared foods. They want us to think that plain old cooking is difficult and not worth learning. In order to sell canned food and cake mixes, advertisers had to convince American women that cooking is too hard and troublesome for our modern world. But it wasn't true then, and it isn't true now.

When you're dependent on prepared foods, you don't get to decide how something is seasoned. You don't get to add flavor according to your geography, your story, your table.

Shauna started buying cookbooks and reading them cover to cover in bed before turning out the lights at the end of the day.

In my case, I have my bigmomma cookbooks which some of them might be older than I am.

Our goal is to feed around our table the people we love. We're not chefs or restaurateurs or culinary school graduates, and we shouldn't try to be. Make it the way the people you love want to eat it, and the way you love it.

During a three-month period after Shauna's last book came out she traveled to twenty-two cities to speak at forty-four events.

Near the end of that season, she became aware that her appetites were escalating. The longer she was away from home the more intensed her appetites became.

She was all feasting and no fasting - all noise, connection, go: without rest, space, silence. At one event, she licked the icing off a cupcake right as she walked onstage to speak, mouth full of sugar and butter as she walked up the steps to the podium. She lost her manners and lost her ability to slow down.

You say grace before meals.
All right.
But I say grace before the concert,
And grace before I dip the pen in the ink. - G. K. Chesterton, "A Grace," Collected Poetry

Shauna feels that women feel shame about two things: their bodies and their homes. She feels men have no shame about their homes. She thinks for men its about paychecks or cars and these are stereotypes, but in her house, they hold true.

When she and her husband were first married, they lived in a one-bedroom town house so small they couldn't sit at their kitchen table at the same time, and the only place for her husband grand piano was their bedroom. It was mostly a big piece of furniture on which to pile their clothes, but sometimes in the middle of the night, Aaron would terrify her out of sleep by sneaking out of bed to play "Great Balls of Fire" at a shattering volume.

Their first home was not fancy, but it was their first home together.

In the years they lived in that tiny home, they must have had a hundred parties.

You'll miss the richest moments in life - the sacred moments when we feel God's grace and presence through the actual faces and hands of the people we love - if you're too scared or too ashamed to open the door.

She doesn't knock herself out for picky eaters. Homes are are not restaurants and your host is not a short order cook.

Depending on medical condition of your loved ones and friends some may not be able to eat certain foods so that should be taken into consideration when inviting guests into your home. I know of one person who was taking radiation and was at a business meeting and he could not eat smoked meat. He was doing well until he went to this meeting and he thought that the turkey meat was baked and it was smoked. He had a little back set, but he is doing well now back in his office.

Shauna is learning that feasting can only exist healthfully - physically, spiritually, and emotionally - in a life that also includes fasting.

Some things only come by fasting and prayer.

A few years ago she went to a natural health doctor, after a particular indulgent summer. She was getting sick more easily than usual.

No one changes their life until the pain is unmanageable, and in all sorts of ways for her, the pain level had reached the unmanageable point. She followed his advice for more than four months. She felt great. She lost some weight, started sleeping better, didn't ache at all.

Her work these days is to find that fine balance - allowing her senses to taste every bite of life without being driven by appetites, indiscriminate and ravenous.

Me, myself I am not having any problem staying on my level. For it is just the way I was raised to eat and I have lost weight and losing weight. I am not starving and I am not on any weight loss medications - injections. Just back to the basic. My doctor placed me on the diet that I am on and then I decided to take another look at my bigmomma's cookbooks and nutrition list.

During Christmastime we find ourselves most tempted to abandon Christlikeness in favor of overspending, overdoing and overconsuming, but she finds it to be true: the season that centers around the silent holy night; the humble baby; and the star very quickly becomes the season in which we over - everything - overspend, overeat, overindulge, overcommit, all int he name of celebration.

Let's honor the story - the silent night, the angels, the miracle child, the humble birth, with each choice that we make.

Food and cooking are among the richest subjects int he world. Even more, they sit us down evening after evening, and in the company that forms around our dinner tables, they actually create our humanity. - Robert Farrar Capon, The Supper of the Lamb

For more than thirty years their church has been giving food to families in immediate need all over the city.

Hunger upsets her. It upsets her and makes her angry.

The Church is at its best, in her view when it is more than a set of ideas, when it is a working, living, breathing, on-the-ground, in-the-mess force for good in our cities and towns.

The last several times the Cooking Club has gathered, they've talked about hunger. They are moms, and aunts, and sisters. As they talked about hunger, privilege, waste and wealth, they talked about how easy it is to settle into a lifestyle of accumulation.

This is how they arrived at the Cooking Club garage sale and bake sale with all the proceeds benefiting the Care Center.

They earned a thousand dollars for the Care Center.

A thousand dollars in the face of a problem like hunger in a city the size of Chicago isn't that much. It's so easy to think that because you can't do something extraordinary, you can't do anything at all.

She wants to be a part of making sure the kids in her town, and in every town, have breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and she wants to be clearer about what money can and can not buy.

Gather the people you love around your table and feed them with love and honesty and creativity.

I was sent an advanced review copy of this book from Zondervan.

Shauna Niequist is the author of this book as well as Cold Tangerines & Bittersweet. She lives in Chicago with her husband, Aaron, and their sons, Henry and Mac. Shauna writes about family, friendship, faith, and life around the table.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Wordpress vs Overblog ... How My Account Was Suspended

I was updating my angelawatkinsblog ( last night with one of my writing profiles( and as soon as I edited my "wordpress blog" with my writing profile it was suspended in the administration-edit.

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I have that same writing profile at my "blogger blog" and "pinterest" and there is no problem with it.

My Blogger Blog: and as soon as I edited my "wordpress blog" with my writing profile it was suspended.

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Saturday, April 6, 2013

2 of 2 ... Promises Kept .... 4/7/2013

Sunday School Lesson for 4/7/2013. Unit II. Resurrection Hope. Luke 24:36-53 (Devotional Reading I Corinthians 15:1-8).

Jesus/Yeshua kept His word and fulfilled the words of prophecy about Himself through His Resurrection.

The Christian Church has failed their God-given assignment to proclaim Jesus/Yeshua to all nations (Luke 24:47).

The Great Commission – global evangelism – which Jesus/Yeshua preached after He arose from the dead.

Mankind is too skeptical of things at times that seems too good to be true, and that’s why some miss out on opportunities. We can also become at times overwhelmed when the unbelieveable becomes believeable.

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Luke 24:36-53

Verses 36-43 … Jesus Christ; Appearances Of Christ After His Resurrection; On the Day of His Resurrection; To the Ten, – Then Thomas

Verse 39 … Jesus Christ; Christ’s Humanity; Christ’s Incarnation

Luke 24:39,42,43 … Jesus appeared in bodily/flesh form to His disciples and ate food with them. Their was eyewitnesses of Jesus walking – talking – eating after the grave which testifies that He arose from the dead.

(John 20:19-23; Luke 24:13; John 21:1; Acts 1:3; I Corinthians 15:6 – Reference Scriptures from Sunday School Book)

Verse 44 … Scripture; Characteristics of Scripture; Permanence and Fulfillment of Scripture

Verse 45 … Scripture; Promulgation of Scripture; Instruction in Scripture (Promulgation – decree, news, make know to the public)

Verse 46 … Jesus Christ; Prophecies Concerning Christ; Resurrection

Verse 47 … Man Redeemed; Justification; Pardon, Promised … Pardon for Sins and Iniquities Promised

Verse 48 … Sacred Persons & Offices; Apostles; The Twelve; Special Duties, To Bear Witness

Verse 49 … Jesus Christ; Christ’s Divinity; Performs the Works of God, In Bestowing Spiritual Blessings … The Holy Spirit Promised

Luke 24:44 … Jesus refreshed His disciples mind concerning the prophecies about Him.

Luke 24:46-47 …. Jesus suffering – death – resurrection was the only way for mankind to receive forgiveness for sins. Repentance and remissions of sins should be preached to all nations, in His name.

(Deuteronomy 18:15; Psalms/Tehillim 2:7, 22:14-18; Isaiah 53, 61:1; Luke 24:32,45; Acts 1:4-8; Acts 1:9-11)

Verse 50 … Jesus Christ; Appearance Of Christ After His Resurrection; At Other Times, To the Eleven at the Mount of Olives

Verse 51 … Jesus Christ; Christ’s Ascension: Christ In Heaven; Christ’s Ascension

Verse 52 … Jesus Christ; Christ’s Divinity; Christ Possesses the Attributes of God, Is an Object of Worship

Verse 53 … Sacred Places; Other Sacred Places; Among Christians, Who Used the Jewish Temple

Luke 24:50,51 …. Bethany – a village near Jerusalem, beyond the Jordan (John 1:28) and the Ascension of Christ was at Bethany.

Luke 24:52 … The disciples praised God in the temple.

(Exodus 34:14; John 4:24)

I Corinthians 15:1-8

Verses 1,2 … Scripture; Promulgation of Scripture; God’s Word Declared

Verse 3 … Jesus Christ; Offices of Christ; Our Propitiation (Propitiation – atonement) … Pardon for Sins and Iniquities Promised

Verse 4 … Jesus Christ; Prophecies Concerning Christ; Resurrection

Verse 5 … Jesus Christ; Appearances of Christ After His Resurrection to Peter

Verse 6 … Jesus Christ; Appearances of Christ After His Resurrection; At Other Times, To Five Hundred Brethren at Once

Verse 7 … Jesus Christ; Appearances Of Christ After His Resurrection; At Other Times, To James

Verse 8 … Jesus Christ; Christ’s Ascension: Christ In Heaven; Christ in Heaven

Scripture reference used/taken from: KJV Precious Promise Bible, KJV Topical Reference Bible & Reader’s Digest Oxford Complete Wordfinder

4-3-2013 ... Truth, Integrity & Honesty

April/May/June 2013 Devotional & Educational Quarterly Emphasis is covering “Building Character: Truth, Honesty, & Integrity.”

This devotion is designed to be studied once a week for adults, and once per month for children, juniors, and teenagers.

Devotional Scripture …. Proverbs 12:17

Topic Scripture … John 14:6, 14:9, 17:17, 18:37-38; Isaiah 9:2; Psalm/Tehillim 119:142

The lips of truth shall be established forever; but a lying tongue is but for a moment (Proverbs 12:19) … Key Verse

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Civil & Social Life; Manners & Customs; Discourse, Lying, & Its Exposure … The Upright are Blessed & Prospered ….. (now I realize that prosperity means different things to different people)

Do you remember the television game show that was once aired “To Tell The Truth?” We still have impostors like that today in different sectors in the secular as well as the christian world. But when God gets tired He will allow them to be exposed and sit them down.

Proverbs 12:17 … Man Redeemed; Duties & Graces of the New Life; Government of the Tongue

John 14:6 … Jesus Christ; Offices of Christ; Our Mediator

John 14:9 … Jesus Christ; Christ‘s Divinity; Is Made Equal With God

John 17:17 … Scripture; Characteristics Of Scripture; Perfection & Truth of Scripture

John 18:37 … Jesus Christ; Christ’s Trial; Christ Replies

John 18:38 … Jesus Christ; Christ’s Trial; Pilate’s Unwillingness to Condemn

Isaiah 9:2 … Jesus Christ; Prophecies Concerning Christ; Journey to Galilee

Psalm/Tehillim 119:142 … Scripture; Characteristics of Scripture; Perfection & Truth of Scripture

Topic Scriptures … I Peter 1:23; I Peter 2:1-2

I Peter 1:23 … Man Redeemed; Effectual Calling; The Understanding Enlightened, The Truth Received …. Scripture; Advantages of Scripture; Sanctifying & Saving

I Peter 2:1 … Man Redeemed; Blessedness of The New Life; Love of Truth & Righteousness

I Peter 2:2 … Scripture; Advantages of Scripture; Satisfying Desire

Scripture reference used/taken from: KJV Topical Reference Bible & KJV Precious Promise Bible

Thursday, April 4, 2013

April/May/June 2013 Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events for April/May/June 2013.

There may be more events, but these are the ones that I chose to share.


April 1 – April Fool’s Day
Autism Awareness Month

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May 12 – Mother’s Day
May 18 – Armed Forces Day
May 27 – Memorial Day
Graduation Month
This month is also set aside to mentor-coach those with disabilities… such as personal development could lead to employment via of job training as well aid to self-esteem, social skills and being productive in the home, communities and places of worship. (I do realize that there could be some exceptions to this situation) ……… I personally know of one person who has a full time home business and another person who work a part-time job.


June 14 – Flag Day
June 16 – Father’s Day
June 21 – First Day of Summer
Professional Counseling/Therapy and early warning signs detection for children with disabilities

1 of 2 ... Promises Kept ... 4/7/2013

My Sunday School Lesson Bible Reading for the week of April 7,2013 is coming from the Book of I Corinthians, John and Luke.

You can make a promise(s), but if you do, let your yes be yes, and your no be no.

Place your trust in Christ not mankind for God is in control, no matter what circumstances comes up in life.

Monday – April 1, 2013 – Appearances of the Risen Lord – I Corinthians 15:1-8

Tuesday – April 2, 2013 – The Appearance to Mary Magdalene – John 20:11-18

Resurrection Appearances of Jesus/Yeshua … John 20:11-18

Wednesday – April 3, 2013 – The Appearance to Thomas – John 20:24-29

Resurrection Appearances of Jesus … John 20:24-29

Thursday – April 4,2013 – The Appearance to Seven Disciples – John 21:1-8

John 21:1-8 … The Appendix

The Appendix … the last two verses of John Chapter 20 probably constituted the ending of the Gospel. Probably John Chapter 21 as an appendix to clear up-explain a misunderstanding that had risen regarding Jesus’ words concerning the future of the beloved disciple (verses 20-23), and to restore Peter to a position of unique responsibility within the Church (verses 15-19).

Appendix … subsidiary matter at the end of a book or document.

Friday – April 5, 2013 – Breakfast with the Disciples – John 21:9-14

John 21:9-14 … Appendix

Saturday – April 6, 2013 – Simon Peter Called To Follow – John 21:15-19

John 21:15-19 … Appendix

Sunday – April 7, 2013 – You Are Witnesses of These Things – Luke 24:36-53

In the upper room … Luke 24:36-49

The Ascension of Jesus/Yeshua …. Luke 24:50-52

Personal Private Assignment:

Meditate on any promise to God and others that you have not followed through on/failed to keep. Ask God for grace to fulfill that/those promises according to His will.

Create a Private Journal/Diary of promises via of searching Scriptures of God’s promises to you regarding various concerns you face on your life’s journey.

My Personal Concerns …

June 8, 2010 I placed 3 areas of concerns in My Precious Promise Bible ad wrote Scriptures Chapters and verses concerning these.

One year later the second concern God answered my prayer.

May 13, 2011 I wrote on the back of this list and added another request.

My Scriptures with Promises are in the Old and New Testament.

Scripture & reference used/taken from: Zondervan Bible Commentary & Reader’s Digest Complete Wordfinder

3-27-2013 ... True Worship

Jan/Feb/March 2013 Devotional & Educational Quarterly Emphasis is on True Worship.

I am sharing my notes on the last two lessons outlined for the quarter of Jan/Feb/March 2013.

4th Week in March:

Devotional Scriptures …. Psalm/Tehillim 119:1-8; Proberbs 4:1-5; 8:30-35

Topic Scripture … Psalm/Tehillim 100:1-5

Devotional Message Scriptures … Proverbs 4:1-5; Proverbs 8:30-35

Topic For Discussion Scriptures … Psalm/Tehillim 100:3,5,2b,1,2a,4a,4b

Psalm/Tehillim 119 … Diadectic Psalm. Showing the excellence of God‘s law… Professing the psalmist’s integrity.
Didactic character refers to matters of religion and morality.

Proverbs 4:1-5; 8:30-35 … The Hebrew title of the book is ‘Mishle, singular title is ‘mashal,’ usually translated “proverb.”

Chapters 1-10 … “The proverbs of Solomon the son of David,” indicating the aim and object of the book… The remaining portion a connected poem in praise of wisdom.

Psalm/Tehillim 100 … Of God’s power, majesty, and glory… Relative to public worship… Of God’s goodness and mercy.

5th Week in March

Devotional Scripture … Psalm/Tehillim 23; Isaiah 43:1-3a

Topic Scripture … Matthew 7:7,18; 19-20; 28:20

Devotional Message Scriptures … Matthew 7:11; Matthew 5:45b; Deuteronomy 28; Matthew 7:7; Matthew 18:19-20

Topic For Discussion Scriptures … Matthew 7:7; Matthew 18:19-20; Matthew 28:20; Matthew 7; Luke 18:1-8; Matthew 7:9-11; John 10:27; John 10:4; Matthew 28:20; Isaiah 43:2-3b; Psalm/Tehillim 23

Psalm/Tehillim … Expressing trust in God

Isaiah 43:1-3b … Chapters 40-48, the prophet Isaiah emphasizes the certainty of the approaching release from exile (Israel), assures them that nothing can hinder their deliverance, and points out the power of Jehovah to fulfil His promises, and the impotence of the gods of the heathen.

Matthew 5,6,7 … the works of the Kingdom and its true nature…. Matthew wrote for Jewish Christians… discourses of Jesus Christ

Matthew 28:20 …. The Lord’s Love and Care for His Children

Deuteronomy 28… Chapters 27 & 28 directions as to the writing down of the law after the crossing of the Jordan, and delivery of blessings and cursings from Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal.

Luke 18:1-8… Luke 9:51-19:48, journeyings towards Jerusalem

Luke was inspired by the apostle Paul with his mind and spirit.

John 10:4,27 … Christ the good Shepherd … The Lord’s Love and Care for His Children

Scripture reference used/taken from: KJV Precious Promise Bible

2 of 2 ... Resurrection Sunday ... 3/31/2013

Sunday School Lesson for 3/31/2013. Unit II. Resurrection Hope. Luke 24:13-21; 28-35 (Devotional Reading Luke 24:22-26).

I Corinthians 15 … Time line for different Resurrection appearances of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

I Corinthians 15:1-58 … The Resurrection

Luke 24:13-21; 28-35

Bible Maps …. Biblical Maps …. The distance from Jerusalem to Emmaus … now meditate on walking on foot in this distance which is 7 miles.

Biblical Truths – Teaching … You need to understand Geography & Power in Biblical Times by viewing/using Biblical maps at the time of their dates in history of Study of Scriptures.

Think on two issues … 1. What the two disciples must have felt as they were disappointed and losing hope….. 2. Compare you heart felt emotions/feelings about the death of a loved one to the disciples emotions/feelings concerning Jesus death and Resurrection.

Luke 24:13-16

Verses 13,14 … Civil & Social Life; Manners & Customs; Discourse, News …. (Manners – way …. Genesis 31:35; Judges 1:39 …. Luke 1:9; Acts 6:14, manner means usage in the New Testament)

Verses 15,16 … Jesus Christ/Yeshua ; Appearances of Christ After His Resurrection; On the Day of His Resurrection, To the Two Disciples

Emmaus – a village where the two disciples were walking on the day of Jesus resurrection. When Jesus met them and was evidently recognized by them as Jesus broke bread at supper with them (Luke 24;7-35)…. Emmaus was 7 miles or 60 furlongs from Jerusalem.

The two disciples were talking about what had happened during the Passover weekend (verse 14). The two disciples did not recognize who Jesus was (verse 16. Jesus made more appearances in the following 40 days, including to the 11 disciples (John 20:26-31).

(Mark 16:12-23; John 20:26-31 – Reference from Sunday School Book)

Luke 24:17-31

Verses 17,18 … Civil & Social Life; Manners & Customs; Discourse, News

Verse 18 … Cleopas walked with Jesus to Emmaus, not knowing nor recognized who Jesus was.

Verse 19 … Jesus Christ; Christ’s Reception by Men; Regarded as a Prophet

Verse 20 … Jesus Christ; Christ’s Trial; Christ’s Condemned

Verse 20 … Cleopas remembering how the Jewish leaders sentenced Jesus and crucified Him…. (No man took Jesus’ life, He came to deliver – redeem mankind which would give them eternal life John 3:16).

Verse 21 … Jesus Christ; The Burial & Resurrection of Christ; Incredulity of the Disciples …. Incredulity – unbelieving, doubtful, questioning

Verse 21 … Cleopas told Jesus that the Jewish people had trusted for a Messiah which should redeem Israel.

Verse 21 … Jesus Christ; The Burial & Resurrection of Christ; Incredulity of the Disciples … Incredulity – unbelieving, doubtful, questioning

Luke 24:25-27 … Jesus explains that His Crucifixion, Resurrection was a Divine Plan.

Luke 24:28-35

Verses 28,29 … Civil & Social Life; Manners & Customs; Hospitality, Instances

The two disciples invited Jesus to stay the evening with them.

Verses 30,31,32,33,34,35 …. Jesus Christ; Appearances Of Christ After His Resurrection, To the Two Disciples

Verses 30,31 … As Jesus sat with the two disciples and took bread, blessed it, and then gave it to the two disciples

Verse 31 …. the two disciples eyes were opened and then they recognized who He was and then Jesus vanished out of their sight

Verse 32 … the two disciples hearts burned within them, as Jesus talked with them and explained the Scriptures to them

Verses 33,34 … the two disciples went back to Jerusalem with Good News and told the 11 disciples their encounter on the Walk to Emmaus

(I Corinthians 15:5)

Mankind has experienced time of doubt as well as time of joy and being hopeful.

Let us be like the two disciples on the road to Emmaus and have our hope restored in Jesus Christ to the end, which is heaven-bound.

4 Forms of the Cross …. Crucifixion – Cross

1. Latin
2. St. Andrews
3. St. Anthony
4. Greek

Crucifixion was via of tying or nailing.

Cross means the gospel (Galatians 6:14) or suffering (Ephesians 2:16).

I am reminded of a song … No Cross No Crown.

Scripture & reference used/taken from: KJV Topical Reference Bible, Zondervan Bible Commentary & Reader’s Digest Oxford Complete Wordfinder