Thursday, September 27, 2012

John 8-10


As I was reading John Chapter 8 this was the first word that came into my mind.Depending on the context compromise can be a good thing or it can be a bad thing. When it comes to our faith and our relationship with God compromise can quickly snowball into something that can have a negative effect on our lives

In John Chapter 8 Jesus is confronted by religious leaders and faced with a question about a woman caught in adultery. They are attempting to trap him or to get him to compromise on what he knows is truth and what God has spoken to him. Throughout this week's reading we see various people trying to get Jesus to compromise, to make a mistake or looking for him to do something wrong. Jesus' response is always true to who he is and what he is called to do.

What we can learn from Jesus in this passage is that we need to listen to the truth that God is speaking to us and to not compromise in different situations in our lives. This can apply to any area. In school it can be making the decision to follow through on a reading assignment. In college it can be embracing the fact that God has brought you to that college for a reason and a purpose. It can be easy to compromise when we feel alone but Jesus was never alone because he was in constant communication with his Father. It was from God the Father that he received his identity and calling.

I want to encourage you if you're feeling like compromising, go back to the truth that God has spoken into your life.You are chosen. You have a purpose. You have something to give. You have something important to say. God has called each one of us to many different things. Its time to stand up and step into that calling. Jesus was uncompromising and relentless in following his call. Lets follow his example.

By Philip Day

Friday, September 21, 2012

John 6-7

John 6:5-6 "'Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?' Jesus asked this only to test Philip, for he already had in mind what he was going to do."

The Lord seems to ask us questions even though he already has in mind what he's going to do. As I've been reading this story, my thought has been, "Lord, help me think in the Spirit and not just in the natural. Help me use my spiritual eyes, ears and mind and not just my natural senses in every situation I face. Help me see with spiritual eyes what You are up to."

John 6:9 "'Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?'"

I will always think of my Uncle Bill's sermon about this little boy. Where on earth did this kid come from?!?! This kid could have totally said that his lunch wouldn't do any good because it was so small compared to the crowd. He could have come up with any lunch is too small; I'm just a kid; the disciples won't listen to me; why even try, I've tried before and nothing helped. The scripture doesn't give us alot of background on this kid, but I think it's safe to assume that he was like any other kid; like any of us. So what caused him to think of offering his tiny lunch to Jesus in the first place?

Maybe he was thinking in the Spirit and using his spiritual eyes and ears and mind...and because he did, he partnered with God...just by offering his tiny crusty lunch. All he did was OFFER his lunch, and Jesus did the rest. Jesus fed 5,000 men with 5 small bread rolls and 2 small fish.

How small do you think your life is in the Kingdom? What excuses have you used for not offering your "tiny lunch?" No matter how small you think your life, or contribution is to the Kingdom remember this kid with a crusty lunch. Jesus can use anything and multiply just have to offer it.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

First post

I've wanted to start a blog for ages but never knew what to start with.  Today it came to me.

My first, original creation in the Kitchen :-)  Try and and enjoy it!

My email to family announcing my awesome creation!

Hi Fam!

I just made up this recipe last night and had to share it cause it’s SOOOOOO YUMMY!!!!  I was inspired by a lady at my grocery store asking if I had tried Brusselsprouts roasted in olive oil and lemon juice...and this is what it turned into :)  You should try it cause it’s yummy and easy :)  I’m feeling quite accomplished, lol.

1 green pepper
3 or 4 leaves of kale
5 mushrooms
1 medium sweet potato
1 stalk of medium sized broccoli

1 onion
4 strips of bacon
4 brusselsprouts
2-5 cloves of garlic :)

Olive oil
Lemon juice

Pre-heat oven to 315 f.  In a roasting pan, put cut peppers, kales, mushrooms, sweet potato and broccoli.  In a separate bowl, mix 2 parts olive oil : 1 part lemon juice and salt and pepper (and any other veggie seasonings you like).  Mix well and pour over vegetables in the roasting pan.  Make sure all the veggies are covered in the mixture.

Place in oven for 30 minutes.

While roasting, cut up onions, bacon, brusselsprouts and garlic and sauté on medium heat.  Make sure you don’t over-stir while they are sautéing.

After the roasted veggies are done for 30 minutes, add sautéed mixture with ALL the juices, grease and all.  Then mix everything together really well and put back into the oven for 10 minutes while you make your pasta.

Once everything is done, serve it up :)  YUMMY!