A Cooking Post!!! Fall Meal! (Even though it’s 78° outside! 😂)

Green Chili:

Disclaimer: The color of this Chili is not green. Because of some of the ingredients, there is a “redness” to it.

Makes about 4-6 servings.



12 Tomatillos
1 Lg Yellow Onion
1 Green Pepper
1 Lg Avocado
1 Bunch Cilantro
6 Garlic Cloves (chopped)
6 Jalapeno Peppers
Juice of 3 Limes

1 Roll Beef Chorizo
1½ Lb cooked chicken (chopped in chunks)

2 Tbsp Chili Powder
1 Tbsp Cumin
1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
1 Tbsp Beef Boullion
2 C Water

Optional: You can also add 1-2 Cans of white (Northern or Cannelini) beans to this..

Boil Tomatillos on low for 15-20 min in water with a little salt added.

Chop veggies and add to a skillet in a little oil and saute until soft. When veggies are nearly done, add Chorizo, and cook until Chorizo is done.

In pan that you boiled Tomatillos in, remove Tomatillos and save 2 cups of liquid. Peel the Tomatillos and place back in the pan with the water. (It is perfectly ok to keep the skins on them too)
Add the sauteed veggies, and the avocado. Next, I ACTUALLY took a potato masher and mashed up the mixture!
Add Spices, Lime Juice, and chicken. Stir until well mixed. If too thick, then add a little water, and stir. Repeat until desired thickness.
Once finished, cook chili on low for about an hour, stirring every so often.
I am going to garnish this chili with crispy fried corn tortillas, Cotija cheese, and some Mexican Crema. It’s probably some of the best homemade chili I’ve EVER made! It’s very hearty and flavorful!

5 Things..

Unchangeable Truths:

  1. Life is hard.
  2. God is Good.
  3. For the Christian, this life, with it’s hardness and trials is as close to Hell as we will ever get! And this earthly trouble is temporary.
  4. For the unsaved, this life, with it’s hardness and trials is as close to Heaven as they will ever get. And it is not temporary! The second you enter eternity without Christ, it will be infinitely worse! And it will never end.
  5. Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation and to a relationship with God.

How Firm a Foundation

Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.” (Mt 7:24‭-‬25)

This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil,”
(Heb 6:19)

“Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” (Eph 2:19‭-‬22)

How Firm a Foundation Lyrics: (Vs 1)

🎶How firm a foundation, you saints of the Lord,
is laid for your faith in his excellent Word!
What more can he say than to you he has said,
to you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?🎵

Just a little reminder this morning… In Christ, we have a SURE foundation! We have a HOPE that is steadfast! The storms may blow in our lives, the trials may make us weary, and our failures may hinder our growth, but our foundation will NEVER move! He will keep us! We will not utterly fall, if we are built upon Him! Our hope is not dependent on who’s in power in Washington, what’s going on with the stock market, or what the economy is doing! Though sin may run rampant, and this world continues to descend into darkness, WE HAVE HOPE!

The world doesn’t have what we have! They are LOOKING for real hope! We must show them that there is a foundation in Christ that will keep them, if they would but trust in Him!

Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,”
(Phil 2:14‭-‬15)

Conviction

My $.02 for the day: (Worth its weight in hot air)
Conviction,if not accompanied by a “follow through” is not only useless, but it is DANGEROUS! If the Holy Spirit puts a finger on our heart to do something, or not do something,then we better act upon that conviction. Failure to do so will both stunt our growth as Christians as well as dull our ears to the still small voice of God in our lives! My Pastor says of people who complain of not receiving direction of God…”Not hearing from God? Go back to the last time you told Him ‘No’ and make it right. Then you will hear from God” James talks of being “doers of the Word and not hearers only” (Jam 1:22-25)
I’ll be the first to admit that I fail God often,but I want to be a DOER of His Word! I want to walk the talk! But it requires my CONTINUAL and UNQUESTIONING OBEDIENCE when He shows me things and pushes me towards who He wants me to be, and what He wants me to do. It is one thing to pray “God, show me ” or “Jesus lead me____“,but we need to be sincere and honest in our prayers! Because when God starts to point at things in our lives to do or not to do, oftentimes, our resolve to seek God goes out the window!Herein lies the dilemma! Lord help me to follow through! Ok, I’m off my soap box now. You may carry on with your lives!

Morals?

I would LOVE to say that I wrote this… But I didn’t. I just wanted to share it

Why is anything “right” or “wrong” if there is no God?

If there is no God, morality is merely a matter of opinion. Sure, subjectively we can agree as a culture collectively that something is right or wrong, establish laws to uphold our beliefs in that area, etc. But why is OUR sense of right and wrong any more valid than the people who disagree, or even those who commit such vile acts as murder, rape, etc.?

It can’t merely be because a majority agrees. If that’s the case, then we can simply decide as a society that things like rape or murder are morally acceptable. We can solve the problem of evil in the world by simply agreeing that something is no longer wrong.

So it isn’t merely because we all agree that determines right and wrong. It’s because there is an innate sense embedded within all of us that tells us right and wrong. A standard outside of humanity that we instinctively know, and either choose to accept or rebel against. But how is that possible if there is no God?

Atheists will try and point to evolution giving us certain instincts to survive and flourish. But the theory of evolution only can explain THAT we’re currently trying to survive and flourish, not WHY it’s morally right or wrong to do so.

We could’ve equally evolved to a state where we perceive murder and rape as good things because we could then procreate whenever we want, murder who we don’t like, simply because we deem it best for our own lives to gain selfish pleasures for our own flourishing. Sure, we know that wouldn’t quite “work,” but again, why is it morally wrong or right to go a different way? We only know it’s not efficient for human flourishing, not why it’s morally wrong.

Why can’t it be morally “right” to survive in a way that’s pleasing to the murderer or rapist? Simply because that’s not where we are at in our evolution currently? What about 100,000 years ago, or 100,000 years into the future? Would it be right or wrong then?

Atheists then lean on human rights. But without God, we have to follow this through to its logical conclusion and ask another WHY. Why do humans have rights in the first place? Why shouldn’t animals rule the world? Isn’t evolution all about survival of the fittest? Why does our evolution make it right for us to rule over the animal kingdom and their natural habitats? Just because we’re smarter? Why are superior intellect and survival skills what define right and wrong?

We all know THAT human survival and flourishing are good things. We all know things like muder and rape are wrong. But WHY? By what standard are we saying anything is good or bad?

The “why” will go on indefinitely, without God. For every “answer” the atheist has, it can always be followed up with another “why” if there is no God defining morality. It’s not that the atheist isn’t giving good reasons, but he/she cannot justify why those reasons are good and moral without being followed up by another why.

The point being – in order to stop the infinite regression of “why” – it has to end with an infinite source for morality that created and rules over all things. The beginning and the end. Alpha and Omega. The answer begins and ends with God. God has no beginning. Has no end. He is the standard, and goes on infinitely. The “why” stops with Him.

If there is no God, there’s always another “why.” Thus, atheists must conclude morality is subjective. But if that’s the case, why stand for any sort of justice for the wicked, when “wicked” is subjective?

This does not necessarily mean Christianity is true (there are other arguments for that). But it does mean that there must be an infinite God, perfect in love and justice, and the God of the Bible does indeed fit the bill.

#Atheism #Christianity #TheChosen #MoralRelativism #Morality #MoralArgument

I Was Born That Way

Today’s Update: I Was Born That Way Whether it is addiction, homosexuality, or gender-identity confusion – culture seems to want to chalk up blame to a person’s natural bend that has been present since birth. Truth is: We are all born that way! We all have inclinations of the flesh which are evident in our […]

I Was Born That Way

Doubt vs. Faith

Having faith does not mean that we will never have doubt. We go through trials, and the seasons of life, and at times, we don’t understand God’s will and purpose for our lives. We, in our human existence fall short. John the Baptist had a trial of his faith…

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.”
(Mt 11:2‭-‬6)

However, faith pushes on THROUGH our doubt at times, and REMEMBERS God’s character. Faith REMEMBERS the faithfulness and provision of God IN SPITE of what we see in front of us! Faith is a conscious decision to trust God! Faith trusts God in the darkness! Faith trusts in the silence! Faith believes the Unseen, and sometimes, “UN-FELT” God!!

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Heb 11:1)

There are those who would tell you that if you ever doubt God, then you must not have faith. They will often go on these rants about how we need to trust God, and how ashamed we must be that we are questioning God sometimes. They often will brag about how spiritual they are, and that they “never worry about anything” .. blah blah blah. And this often causes a person to feel even worse about questioning God in a given situation! They then begin to not only doubt God, but doubt their relationship to Him as well! (I can say this from personal experience!)

Now don’t get me wrong here… I don’t believe a Christian can or should walk in doubt! Any doubt we have should be temporary. We are not to walk in doubt! And if we do, we are in danger of walking away from God!

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”
(Jam 1:6‭-‬8)

I think the proper approach to doubt is always God’s Word. The Bible is FULL of accounts of men and women who went through stuff!

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
(Rom 10:17)

But if we only look at the situations we are dealing with, and not at the God who controls EVERYTHING, (even when we can’t see what He’s up to,.. and He doesn’t TELL us what He’s up to!) then we are in danger of getting lost in the sea of doubt. If we are stuck in doubt, we will often look at the men and women in scripture, see how God moved on their behalf, and just say something like, “that was them… God won’t do the same for me.” In the meantime, we forget what God has ALREADY done for us!

I think that our resolve should be to trust God in faith, no matter the situation! It is not that we will never have doubts… It is what we DO about them! I think that we forget that we have an enemy at times! The devil is always poised to plant doubt and distrust of God into our hearts and minds!

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (Jn 10:10)

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Eph 6:10‭-‬12)

But we need to FIGHT!

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—”
(Eph 6:13‭-‬18)

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,”
(2 Cor 10:4‭-‬5)

Faith lets God know that we will trust Him, even if..! Faith answers God with trust!

Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
(Mk 9:23‭-‬24)

Faith let’s God know that we will remain with Him!

From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?” But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
(Jn 6:66‭-‬69)

If you are doubting God right now, I encourage you to trust in faith! Remember how God provided and delivered His people in scripture! Remember ALL of the times He has gotten you through YOUR trials! He is the same God He’s always been, and He is the same God He ALWAYS WILL BE!!! He is FAITHFUL! HE IS WORTHY OF OUR TRUST!

Beauty… But just Imagine!

A friend of mine took this picture of a sunset over Lake Erie in my home state of Michigan. Being who I am, and feeling the “itch” to insert my $.02, I HAD to comment!

God is an AMAZING ARTIST! With ALL of the beauty we see here, on this Earth that is perishing, it just boggles the mind at what the beauty of the place we are going to one day! The Bible says that God created everything in 6 days. And we read in scripture that Jesus said “I go to prepare a place for you” .

In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”
(Jn 14:2)

This is PURE speculation… But I imagine flowers with colors we’ve never seen or even imagined! I can’t fathom, this side of Heaven, a place where sin, pain, sickness, death, trials, or tears DON’T EXIST!!! I CANNOT WAIT!!!

And it gets BETTER! JESUS IS THERE!!! WOO HOO!!!

“But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Cor 2:9 )

“..You Shall Be Witnesses…”

If we claim to know and love Jesus, then we are CALLED, AND COMMANDED to be witnesses for Christ! This means that we are called to share the Gospel with those who need Jesus. And it requires us at times to come out of our comfort zone, and risk persecution or shame.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Mt 5:16)

“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”
(Mk 16:15)

God doesn’t ask us whether or not we are afraid. The Bible doesn’t mention whether or not He is concerned whether we get shamed for it either! Furthermore, He isn’t asking us to “save” anyone! We CAN’T! However, He COMMANDS us, and we MUST obey. (That is, if we’re to be obedient to His Word and His Holy Spirit).

I have been getting convicted of this lately! I feel like God is tugging on my heart to get into youth ministry, (Age 12-18).

What is hard, is that I feel TOTALLY unqualified, and I think I am the LAST person whom God would EVER consider or want to call! However, I feel the tugging still!

At my kids’ bus stop, there is a group of kids who obviously don’t know the Lord! And God has put them on my heart! I am committing to pray for them, but today, I felt led to step out of my comfort zone and speak to them! I usually sit quietly with my daughter at the bus stop. But today, I addressed them and told them that I am considering starting a youth group at my church, (we don’t have one where I go) and that I am praying for them. I don’t know why, but I was nervous!

But I wanted to be obedient to the Lord…. I would love to say that we had a little salvation meeting right there at the bus stop, but I was kind of met with a cold response…

I said all that to say this:

God isn’t asking us to get results. He is only asking us to be obedient, and to trust HIM with the results!!! We live in an “instant” “fast-food” society. We want to see results immediately! However, God doesn’t always work that way!

Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.” (1 Cor 3:5‭-‬9)

I have been obedient, and planted the seed. If there are results, that is up to God. If He would use me, I’m available. But even if He uses someone else, I’m ok with that too. If GOD gets the glory, and lives are changed, then PRAISE GOD!

We all need to be obedient! I was asked these questions yesterday.

1. Who have we shared the Gospel with lately?

2. How long has it been since we’ve led someone to the Lord, or led a person back to the Lord?

3. Are we committed to pray and speak the Gospel to those whom we come into contact with, and those in our circle of influence?

I want to be obedient to the Lord!

God Uses Little Girls 😂

This is just a little 😂 for today. You’re welcome. 😂

An atheist was seated next to a little girl on an airplane and he turned to her and said, ‘Do you want to talk? Flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger.’ … … … The little girl, who had just started to read her book, replied to the total stranger, ‘What would you want to talk about?’ … ‘ Oh, I don’t know,’ said the atheist. ‘How about why there is no God, or no Heaven or Hell, or no life after death?’ as he smiled smugly. ‘OK,’ she said. ‘Those could be interesting topics but let me ask you a question first. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff – grass. Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, but a horse produces clumps. Why do you suppose that is?’ The atheist, visibly surprised by the little girl’s intelligence, thinks about it and says, ‘Hmmm, I have no idea.’ To which the little girl replies, ‘Do you really feel qualified to discuss why there is no God, or no Heaven or Hell, or no life after death, when you don’t know CRAP?’ And then she went back to reading her book 🙂