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Gospel Wednesday: Matthew Chapter 27

Matthew Chapter 27

Jesus Delivered to Pilate
When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death. And they bound him and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate the governor.
Judas Hangs Himself
Then when Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he changed his mind and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” They said, “What is that to us? See to it yourself.” And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself. But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since it is blood money.” So they took counsel and bought with them the potter's field as a burial place for strangers. Therefore that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day. Then was fulfilled what had been spoken by the prophet Jeremia…

Yummy Recipe Monday: Parmesan Zucchini Fries

Parmesan Zucchini Fries Mar 29, 2012 Hannah Whitaker Sizzling veggie fries can be yours at home, baked in the oven—no deep fryer required.
Level: Moderate Serves: 4 Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Ingredients1½ lb. zucchini½ c. all-purpose flour2 tsp. kosher salt¾ tsp. ground black pepper3 large eggs1½ c. panko or plain bread crumbs½ c. grated Parmesan cheese1 tbsp. chopped dill (optional) DirectionsPreheat oven to 425 degrees F. Arrange an oven rack in the lower third of the oven and a second one in the center. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Cut zucchini into thick French-fry-size sticks, about 3 long.Arrange 3 shallow, wide bowls or pie plates in a row. In the first bowl, stir together flour, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon. pepper. In the second bowl, whisk together eggs, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. In the third bowl, combine panko, Parmesan, dill (if using), and 1/2 teaspoon salt.Working in batches, first dip zucchini in flour, shaking of…

Uplifting Songs Saturday

Sacred Truth Friday: His Wisdom

James 1:5
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

Ecclesiastes 8:1
Who is like the wise?
And who knows the interpretation of a thing?
A man's wisdom makes his face shine,
and the hardness of his face is changed.

Been reading a great devotional book this year, 365 Moments of Peace for a Woman's Heart.

Anyway today's reading talks about God's wisdom. He is the source of all wisdom. We should seek out His wisdom each and every day. In major decisions like who to marry and who we'll make friends with.

And we don't always know what to do in every situation. When we come upon a hard situation and don't know what to do, we should call upon God and seek out His wisdom. He'll guide us into all truth, so we'll know what to do in that hard situation.

Let's all strive to seek out His wisdom each and every day.

Several links for the book.…

Gospel Wednesday: Matthew Chapter 26

Matthew 26

The Plot to Kill Jesus
When Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to his disciples, “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.”
Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, and plotted together in order to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him. But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people.”
Jesus Anointed at Bethany
Now when Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head as he reclined at table. And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? For this could have been sold for a large sum and given to the poor.” But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me. For you always have the poor with…


15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time

1 tablespoon olive oil1/2 pound cooked chicken, shredded1 (1 ounce) packet Old El Paso Hot & Spicy Taco Seasoning1/2 cup onion, diced1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomato, drained1 (4.5 ounce) can Old El Paso Chopped Green Chiles10 Old El Paso Stand and Stuff Taco Shells1/2 (16 ounce) can Old El Paso Refried Beans2 cups Mexican Blend Cheese, shreddedToppings such as Old El Paso sliced Jalapenos, sour cream, salsa, chopped cilantro, shredded lettuce, or any of your favorite taco toppings!

Preheat oven to 400F. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick spray and set aside.Heat olive oil over medium heat in a medium skillet.Add onion to skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the onion is translucent and fragrant.Stir in the chicken, taco seasoning, tomatoes, and green chiles. Stir to combine fully. Reduce to simmer and allow to cook for 5-8 minutes.Place the taco shells in the baking dis…

Uplifting Songs Saturday

Sacred Truth Friday: Royalty

Ephesians 2:19
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.

Romans 8:17
and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

As New Testament Christians, these verses are exciting! We belong to royalty. We have God as our Father, the Great God,  the King of Kings, Lord of Lord. We belong to Him and he lavishes His love and grace on us each and every day.

This should excite us and make us joyful, peaceful and worshipful. Forget the approval of others. We have God's approval and belong to royalty!

Gospel Wednesday: Matthew Chaper 25

Matthew 25

The Parable of the Ten Virgins
“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not kn…

Yummy Recipe Monday: Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

* 1 pint heavy cream
* 2 tbsp. sugar
* 1 sleeve Oreos, crumbled (plus more for topping)
* 1 package ice cream sandwiches
1. Beat heavy cream and sugar until stiff peaks form, about 3-4 minutes. Fold in crumbled Oreos, setting aside about 2 tbsp for topping the cake. Set aside whipped cream mixture.
2. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper. Place a layer of ice cream sandwiches to cover the bottom of the pan. You may need to trim the sandwiches to fit the pan size. If so, set the trimmings aside and save them to top the cake.
3. Cover the ice cream sandwiches with half of the whipped cream mixture, smoothing to form an even layer. Top with a layer of ice cream sandwiches, then cover with remaining whipped cream.
4. Sprinkle crushed Oreos on top of cake, then decorate with ice cream sandwich pieces. For a light, mousse-like treat, refrigerate it for 4 hours, or until set. For a stiffer, ice cream cake-like consistency that you can cut into s…

Uplifting Songs Saturday

Sacred Truth Friday: Do Not Grow Weary

Galatians 6:9
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Even faithful, dedicated Christians can grow weary of doing good and serving due to criticism from others, no obvious results and lethargy from others.

But there is hope for the weary Christians if they focus on the eternal reward, focus on their work, not the criticism or lethargy of others, and focus on Jesus who never gave up despite hardship.

 Got help in putting this post together from this site. Goes into more detail on weariness and the solution to it.

Galatians 6:9
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Even faithful, dedicated Christians can grow weary of doing good and serving due to criticism from others, no obvious results and lethargy from others.

But there is hope for the weary Christians if they focus on the eternal reward, focus on their work, not the criticism or lethargy of others, and focus on Jesus who …

Gospel Wednesday: Matthew Chapter 24

Matthew 24

Jesus Foretells Destruction of the Temple

Jesus left the temple and was going away, when his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. But he answered them, “You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.”

Signs of the End of the Age
As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.
“Then …

Yummy Recipe Monday: Strawberry Crumble Pie

Strawberry Crumble Pie

6 hr 30 min
PREP 30 min
COOK 1 hr
YIELD 8 to 10 servings
* For the crust:
* 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

* 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

* 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

* 1/4 cup cold vegetable shortening

* 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes

* 2 tablespoons ice water

* 2 tablespoons vodka or apple cider vinegar

* For the topping:
* 3/4 cup rolled oats

* 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

* 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

* 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

* 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

* 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

* 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes

* For the filling:
* 2 pounds strawberries, hulled and halved

* 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

* 1/4 cup granulated sugar

* 2 teaspoons instant tapioca

* 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

* 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

* Pinch of kosher salt


* Make the crust: Pulse…

Uplifting Songs Saturday

Sacred Truth Friday: One in Christ

Colossians 3:11
Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.

This verse says Christ is all. In all. That means the Gospel crosses all genders, races and classes of people. All New Testament Christians are one in Christ, no matter their race, age, gender, or economic class. All are in Christ. And called to perfect unity.

Ephesians 4:1-6
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

Let's strive for that unity in the Spirit of the bond of peace.

Note: If you have not obeyed the Gosp…

Gospel Wednesday: Matthew Chapter 23

Seven Woes to the Scribes and Pharisees

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat, so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they preach, but do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger. They do all their deeds to be seen by others. For they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long, and they love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces and being called rabbi by others. But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers. And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. Neither be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Christ. The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever …