When we set our eyes on circumstances instead of the promises of God

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 – “For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”2 Corinthians 4:17

A young missionary lady lamented to discover that she was expecting a baby. She and her husband were ministering in a very primitive location in Africa, where they lived in poverty conditions, and they already had five children. It is such a burden to have children on a primitive mission field. There is never enough money, always too much work, and parents must endure the heartbreak of having to send their children off to school.

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Delicious Latin American Rice

Cuban Rice

This recipe came from a friend in Los Angeles.  Originally, I was told this recipe came from Cuba, but this isn’t true.  While I’m unsure of its origin, I was told it has a hint of Latin flair to it.  It’s a simple recipe calling for rice, onions, garlic, coil fideo, chicken bouillon and water.  It’s very flavorful and versatile and can go with many kinds of dishes.  This rice is really good! Continue Reading

Authentic Mexican Pinto Beans (Frijoles de la Olla)

Mexican Pinto Beans

Today, I learned how to make authentic Mexican Pinto Beans, aka, Frijoles de la Olla, which means, “Beans right out of the pot.”  This is extremely popular in Mexican cuisine and it’s ooooh so good!

Pinto beans are a very good source of fiber for lowering the cholesterol.   Also, the beans’ high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal, making these beans an especially good choice for individuals with diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia.

Pinto beans have a beige background strewn with reddish brown splashes of color; hence their name “pinto,” which in Spanish means “painted.” When cooked, their colored splotches disappear, and they become a pretty pink color.

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Redefining God – The Lies

1 Timothy 4:11 Timothy 4:1-2, “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron.” NKJV

How many people do you know who are looking for meaning and seeking for a higher purpose that will fill their inner emptiness and persistent longings for peace?   How many people do you know who are hoping to connect to something greater than themselves, but they want to do it on their own terms.  I know of plenty!

In this day and age, many people adopt a vast collection of beliefs and practices.  They gather an assortment of beliefs that fit their spiritual hunger, appetite, desires, and more.   It is a “Have it your own way” religion.

It is amazing to see how so many people in our very materialistic, self centered age turn to the things of the spirit world and with great emphasis upon it. More and more, I’m seeing people turn to New Spirituality or New Age as their way for a spiritual journey. Continue Reading

Happy 4th of July!! An Oration by John Quincy Adams on July 4, 1837

Oration by John Quincy Adams - July 4 1837In honor of our country’s Independence Day this weekend, I thought I’d share a portion of an oration given by John Quincy Adams that he gave on July 4, 1837.  It’s fitting for anyone who’s interested in learning more about our Christian heritage in this county.

This oration by John Quincy Adams came from a very resourceful book by David Barton from Wallbuilders, “WallBuilders is an organization dedicated to presenting America’s forgotten history”. See bottom of this post for a PDF copy of the entire oration.

“In John Quincy Adams’ oration on July 4, 1837, he first chronicled what led up to the Declaration of Independence and expounded on the subsequent development of American government, including the Articles of Confederation and then the Constitution. He reminded Americans of fundamental principles: of how liberty was a gift from God and therefore why the Founders intended for slavery eventually to be abolished; and of how union was a first principle and therefore why secession and disunion were abhorrent to the Founders and should be repugnant to every generation. Adams’ oration is an inspiring look at the reason that the Fourth of July had become such a celebrated day in America—a day on which we looked into our past history, and also a day when we looked at our present responsibilities and renewed our pledge to preserve the trust that had been given us by God and by our Founders.[1] Continue Reading