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Best Bake Off Ever – Creative Tuesdays

Best Bake Off Ever – Creative Tuesdays

This week on Creative Tuesdays Michael’s challenge is “baked goodness”. As I thought about this challenge I realized that as a Christian I have this “baked goodness” every time I take communion.  Michael gave us a link to the Great British Bake Off. And I see our communion as the Best Bake Off Ever.

Best Bake Off Ever

During Lent I have been reading through Mark as we head towards Easter. One of the passages is Mark 14:22. Before Jesus was crucified He ate the Last Supper with His disciples. At that time this is what we read:

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.”

And then He went on to take the cup in Mark 14:23-24.

Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it.

“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them.

The wine and the bread – a banquet for us. This is “baked goodness” at its best.

Communion – The Best Bake Off Ever

It is free for everyone.
It will save your life.
It is satisfying.

Here is a recipe for Unleavened Bread for Communion (from allrecipes.com)

1 cup flour
1/3 cup oil
1/8 tsp sale
1/3 cup water

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Line a baking sheet with Parchment paper.
Mix the dry ingredients, Add the wet.
Form dough – 6 balls
Make them into disks on the parchment paper
Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Since I don’t eat any grains here is a recipe that is Paleo friendly.

Coconut Flour Bread

Here is Hillsong singing Cornerstone

How I see communion – a banqueting table. Mark 14:22-26. (tweet this)

 

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Review is Important – Take the Time

Review is Important – Take the Time

This week on Hope Stream Radio my podcast is called Make Sure to Review. Review is important.

Review is Important

 

Review - Hope Stream Radio

Since October 31, I have studied one scripture each week using the SIMPLE Method of Bible Study.  I have tried to memorize that scripture. I think we have done 11 scriptures. I needed to stop and take stock.

Which ones did I study? Where did I study them from? Can I remember?

Honestly the scriptures kept coming. God kept bringing them to me. They came from Hebrews, Luke, John, Romans, 2 Corinthians, Isaiah, 1 Peter.

To remember. It’s important. God talks about that in scripture. (tweet this)

Of course the best example is what we now call communion – to remember to obey Christ at all times. “This do in remembrance of me (Luke 22:19)

Chuck Swindoll wrote,

I know of no other single practice in the Christian life more rewarding, practically speaking, than memorizing Scripture. . . . No other single exercise pays greater spiritual dividends! Your prayer life will be strengthened. Your witnessing will be sharper and much more effective. Your attitudes and outlook will begin to change. Your mind will become alert and observant. Your confidence and assurance will be enhanced. Your faith will be solidified (Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994], p. 61).

Here are the show notes from my broadcast on Hope Stream Radio.

Review is Important - Hope Stream Radio

Make Sure to Review  (this is my 45th podcast)

Click here to listen to the podcast.

This has been quite a week. I’m sure you’ve had them too. I am grateful that God showed me how to slow down my pace this week as other things have filled up my time.

Listening to God has become my top priority. Before taking on any additional projects I sit with Him and hear what He says. If I sense a strong YES I will say yes too. If I sense a hesitancy in my spirit – then I say, maybe. If I sense a big NO, then I will say no.

On my blog this week I knew I had to stop studying and memorizing a new verse for this week. I knew it was time for a review.

Review is important in our lives.

Whether we sit down and review what we are to do today; or look at our year and see what were the challenges and what were the successes; or before we go to bed review what went on during the day – review is important.

God talks about remembering many times in Scriptures. This year I have begun a two-year study of reading through the Bible. I am thoroughly enjoying reading through Genesis. Those stories are starting to become more real to me every time I read them. I also noted that Abraham in his travels always erected a remembrance to God, and named each one.

This week there are three scriptures I am reviewing from my study:

John 1:14 I believe this scripture is crucial to our understanding of the incarnation.

And the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only Son who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

I wanted to commit this to memory so that I could say – He made His dwelling among us. And because of His sacrifice He made His dwelling in us when we have said Yes to following Him.

John 3:5

Jesus answered, “No one can enter the Kingdom of Heaven unless he is born of water and the Spirit.

I know personally how I felt when I accepted Jesus. Certainly His Spirit worked in me. And when I was baptized I felt a different elation, a joy of submission and acceptance.

The third one I am reviewing this week is:

2 Corinthians 9:8 This is also my verse for this year.

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that you may in all things and at all times and having everything you need, you will abound in every good work.

My Word for this year is abound. This verse reminds me that God is behind everything. He will give me everything I need for His purposes.

In order for God to be known I must break free of my wall of insecurity – the introvert me. I must allow Him to let me burst forth – ABOUND- to show His Light to the world.

Podcasting for Hope Stream Radio has allowed me to do some breaking forth. I thank you for listening to my podcast.

Have you taken time to review your year, your week, your day? If not, stop now and see where you are headed. Is there something you need to change? Are you heading in the direction that God is calling you?

May I pray for you and me?

Father, we need time to review and remember. Help us to stop, and take stock of our lives. Help us to review our days, our weeks and our years. As we review help us to hear Your words to us. Are we to move forward, stay still or change direction? Help us too learn Your Word – help us to dig into scripture, ask You questions, and hear You speak. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Until next time take a look at your life, your day, your week, your year – review, talk to God and be in the Word.

 

 

MUSINGS ON WORSHIP AND INTERCESSORY PRAYER

Musings on Worship and Intercessory Prayer

by Peter Black

Keynote: God moves us to prayer so that He can move through our prayers.

Sometimes it’s a difficulty, some challenging circumstance that our Heavenly Father uses to motivate us to engage or re-engage in a deeper level of prayer.

Take Isaiah, for example, in Isaiah chapter 6. During a very difficult time in his nation’s history the prophet, while in the Temple, was granted an astounding visionary experience of the Lord God.

What was Isaiah doing there? His concern for his people was heightened on account of the death of King Uzziah, so likely, offering up worship and intercessory prayer were main reasons for his being there at that time. If so, then Isaiah’s revelation of God in His resplendent glory came while under the cover of prayer.

In this experience he was given a view into the heavenly realm – a pattern of which was expressed in the design, furnishings, and functions of the Temple. Although his physical being was in the material temple building, his spirit was open to heaven and given a revelation of the Lord in His awesome holiness, enthroned in heavenly glory. Isaiah was alarmed and felt great dread, was deeply convicted of his own sinfulness, and confessed his and his nation’s guilt before God.

Prayer is two-way. It is communion. It is communication.

Our cry to God and His call to us.

Isaiah’s anguished cry was tantamount to prayer (v 5 NIV), “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.”

The prophet was subsequently assured of cleansing (vv 6-7) as one of the attending seraphs touched his lips with a live coal taken from the altar, declaring, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”

Next came the call from the Lord Himself (v-8), “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

Isaiah’s response was immediate, “Here am I. Send me!”

This resulted in his commissioning (perhaps more correctly, recommissioning) to divine service in God’s behalf to His people (vv 9-10ff).

When God moves His faithful ones to pray, His Spirit empowers them for this work (Rom. 8:26-27). He brings others under the cover of their prayers in His redemptive plan.