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Gospel Wednesday: Matthew Chapter 14

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Matthew chapter 14

John the Baptist Beheaded
At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the report about Jesus and said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead, and therefore these powers are at work in him.” For Herod had laid hold of John and bound him, and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife. Because John had said to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.” And although he wanted to put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet. But when Herod's birthday was celebrated, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod. Therefore he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask. So she, having been prompted by her mother, said, “Give me John the Baptist's head here on a platter.” And the king was sorry; nevertheless, because of the oaths and because of those who sat with him, he commanded it to be given to her. So he sent and had John beheaded in pris…

Happy Easter

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Matthew 28:1-15 Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men. But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.” So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.
The Women Worship the Risen Lord
And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, sayi…

Yummy Recipe Monday: Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

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Slow Cooker Chicken Chili


Recipe By:carry016
"This is so incredibly easy, and I have made it numerous times. I love making this for freezer meals and passing it along to my friends with new babies. This makes a great freezer meal; you can add all ingredients into a freezer bag before or after cooking and freeze."
Ingredients
1 teaspoon vegetable oil 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves 2 cups chicken broth 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained 1 (15 ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained and rinsed 1/2 yellow onion, chopped 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder, or more to taste 1 clove garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1 dash hot sauce (such as Cholula(R)), or to taste 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste 1/2 cup sour cream Directions
Lightly grease the crock of your slow cooker with vegetable oil. Put chicken breasts int…

Uplifting Songs Saturday

For this uplifting songs Saturday I've chosen 3 Easter hymns.

Up from the Grave He Arose

He is Lord

Because He Lives I Can Face Tomorrow




Sacred Truth Friday: The Sacrifice of Jesus

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Matthew 27:1-61
Jesus Handed Over to Pontius Pilate
When morning came, all the chief priests and elders of the people plotted against Jesus to put Him to death. And when they had bound Him, they led Him away and delivered Him to Pontius Pilate the governor.
Judas Hangs Himself
Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” And they said, “What is that to us? You see to it!” Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself. But the chief priests took the silver pieces and said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, because they are the price of blood.” And they consulted together and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in. Therefore that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet…

Gospel Wednesday: Matthew Chapter 13

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Matthew Chapter 13
The Parable of the Sower
On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea. And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
The Purpose of Parables
And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” He answered and said to them, “Because it has been…

Yummy Recipe Monday: Chocolate Thunder from Down Under

Chocolate Thunder from Down Under

CHOCOLATE THUNDER from DOWN UNDER
Outback Steakhouse Copycat Recipe
Makes 16
Pecan Brownies:
1/2 cup butter, cubed
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 to 1 cup chopped pecans
In a saucepan over low heat, melt butter and chocolate. Stir in sugar; cool slightly. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Stir in flour and pecans. Spread into a greased 8-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Top brownies with vanilla ice cream, warm chocolate sauce and whipped cream.

Chocolate Thunder from Down Under

Uplifting Songs Saturday

Sacred Truth Friday: Jesus' Divinity

Colossians 1:15-20 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
Reconciled in Christ
For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
Hebrews 1:3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. 
Revelations 21:6 And He said…

Gospel Wednesday: Matthew Chapter 12

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Matthew Chapter 12
Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath
At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. And His disciples were hungry, and began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to Him, “Look, Your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath!” But He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him: how he entered the house of God and ate the showbread which was not lawful for him to eat, nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests? Or have you not read in the law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are blameless? Yet I say to you that in this place there is One greater than the temple. But if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”
Healing on the Sabbath
Now when He had departed from there, He went in…

Yummy Recipe Monday: Baked Chicken Chimchangas

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Baked Chicken Chimchangas


Ingredients * 2 cups cooked chicken, chopped or shredded * 1 cup of your favorite salsa * 1 teaspoon ground cumin * ½ teaspoon dried oregano leaves, crushed * 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese * 2 green onions, chopped (about ¼ cup) * 6 (8 inch) flour tortillas * 2 tablespoons butter, melted * diced tomato, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, and shredded cheddar cheese for topping Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 400°F. 2. Mix chicken, salsa, cumin, oregano, cheese and onions. Place about ⅓ cup of the chicken mixture in the center of each tortilla. 3. Fold opposite sides over filling. Roll up from bottom and place seam-side down on a baking sheet. 4. Brush with melted butter. Bake at 400°F for 25 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. 5. Garnish with desired toppings and serve with salsa on the side. Notes adapted from Food  Recipe by The Girl Who Ate Everything at http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/2012/10/baked-chicken-chimichangas.html
Baked Chicken Chim…

Uplifting Songs Saturday

Sacred Truth Friday: Enter by Jesus, the Door

John 10:1-10 Jesus the True Shepherd
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them.
Jesus the Good Shepherd
Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come exc…

Gospel Wednesday: Matthew Chapter 11

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Matthew Chapter 11
Chapter 11
John the Baptist Sends Messengers to Jesus
Now it came to pass, when Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples, that He departed from there to teach and to preach in their cities. And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples and said to Him, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”
As they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and …

Yummy Recipe Monday: Beef Quesadillas with Queso Blanco Sauce

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Beef Quesadillas with Queso Blanco Sauce

INGREDIENTS * 3 c. Monterey Jack cheese * 4 1/2 oz. green chilies * 1/4 c. heavy cream * 5 tsp. cumin * kosher salt * Freshly ground pepper * 3 cloves garlic, minced * 1 lb. ground beef * 1 tbsp. chili powder * 8 large flour tortillas * extra-virgin olive oil * 1/2 c. fresh cilantro, chopped * 1 large tomato, chopped * 1/2 c. sour cream DIRECTIONS 1. In a small pot, add 1 cup Monterey jack cheese, half of the green chilies, heavy cream, 1 tsp. cumin, 1 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. pepper and 3 cloves garlic. Heat over low heat till cheese is melted and well blended, about 10 minutes. Keep stirring to prevent bottom from burning. Keep on low until ready to serve. 2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, brown beef for 5 minutes over medium-high heat. Drain oil and add 1 tbsp. salt and the remaining cumin, chili, garlic, green chilies and cheese. 3. In a large skillet, preheat over medium-low heat. Drizzle olive oil and place 1 flour tortilla and fill with 1/4 …