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Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 in a Nutshell

Here is a glimpse of our live in 2010.

Joshua turned 1 year old!



Jon started homeschooling as well as homeschool soccer!



Lyshie joined American Heritage Girls and finished off the first Olive Branch Book Club with also included a tea party afterwards.



Matt started his bread making bonanza.



I have had the best garden yet!  I also got a vehicle which was very exciting!  My health also improved drastically from last year.  Huge blessing in itself!  I successfully made yogurt cheese for the first time as well as some lacto fermented salsa and a wild years sourdough culture.



Thanks to Sarah Harmer, we found the best pizza place around!  We were also told that Colony Meats was the best meat market by some co-workers of Matt's.  Boy they were right!  When you're a  family that loves good food; yes these things are significant!



Best of all, God has given us another year to live and love each other.  I can't begin to say how much my family means to me.  If God sees fit to give me another year with my family, we will again be amazingly blessed!  



~ So long 2010, welcome 2011~

Monday, December 27, 2010

Purdue Spiced Nuts



My mother made these from as long as I could remember while growing  up.  I was shocked that it was almost impossible to find this recipe online.  So, not only am I posting these here to share with you, but to also make sure I always have a copy of this wonderful recipe.  

I hope you had a lovely and peaceful Christmas!

Purdue Spiced Nuts
Ingredients:
3-4 cups walnuts, pecans or both
1 egg white slightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoon cinnamon

Directions:
1. Put egg white and nuts in a bowl and stir well till all nuts are covered with egg white.
2. Add sugar, cinnamon and salt.  Stir till the nuts are well coated with this mixture.
3. Remove excess sugar mixture through sieve and spread nuts on baking sheet.  
4. Bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes or till nuts are dry.    Store in airtight container.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Happy Birthday Jesus!


Some "Christmas Facts":
Christmas started out as a pagan holiday.
Jesus was not born in a cold December.  Some believe it was in the spring while others believe it was closer to fall.
The wise men did not visit the baby right after he was born. 
The shepherds were first to visit Him.



My love language is gift giving (and receiving).  I used to think I was a selfish person because of that but now know it's the way I feel and show love and there's nothing wrong with that.  This year we decided that we would give our children their gifts the 24th of December.  On the 25th (the day we set aside to celebrate Christ's birth), we would have a full birthday party for Jesus.  Today we'll be having cake, games, reading the true birth of our Lord, etc...  The kids can't wait and neither can I.  May the love of our Lord fill your heart today and always! 

To find out more facts about the the birth of Christ, visit this site.   You can also take a quiz to see how well you know the story of Jesus and his birth.  That can be found here.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Peace On Earth


"Then peeled the bells, more loud and deep: 



'God is not dead, nor does he sleep! 



The wrong shall fail, the right prevail, 


with peace on earth, goodwill to men.'" 




Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807-1882


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Bethlehem Dinner

I got this idea from a blog online.  You can find her post in it's entirety here.  While coming closer and closer to Christ's birth, we are working hard at trying to make sure we are focused on the reason we are celebrating Christmas; Jesus birth.  Tonight I plan to have a Jewish style dinner with my family.

For our dinner:
pita bread
hummus
dates
almonds
lentil soup
grape juice

Dessert:
Honey cake

Music:
http://www.youtube.com/user/felsefetor#p/u/2/CwV7dxR_UlM   (we're using this solely for the music)

Costume:
dressing up in robes and sandals

Misc:
basin for hand washing
use oil lamp
sitting down and eating our food on the coffee table

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I've copied this from Confessions of a Homeschooler.  I LOVE her blog post and thought you'd enjoy it too.  You can find her post in it's entirety here.Letter of the Week Blend Ladders

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As part of my K4 add on’s I am having my daughter do some beginning reading. I posted these awhile back with different animals, but here they are with my Letter of the Week themes.
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For each consonant we practice reading the blends with each vowel. We also add another consonant on the end to make small CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words using magnetic alphabet letters.
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Hope you have fun with beginning reading skills!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Joshie's Busy Book

I wanted to do one of these for Jon when he was little but never got to it.  Now, several years later I've finally started AND completed one of these little books.  I'd love to add more pages in the future, but for now I call this good.   Knowing Joshie, he'll love this!  I can't wait to see him get it on Christmas Day!

                                                       A Big Letter "J" for Joshua!
A black fuzzy buckle to play with; fringed felt to run his sweet baby fingers through and a red wagon; every little boys dream.
Cut out shapes with velcro for matching and a Kangaroo mama and with a baby roo that peeks in and out of her pouch.
                      A dolphin leaping out of the waves (that make noise) and a cow with a jingling bell.
Last but not least, a little zipper pocket.  Let's polish up on those fine motor skills while we zipper from side to side.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Little Things

It's the little things that make my heart melt


and leap for joy all at the same time.



Today I had one of those moments.




Although I must say, it's not just a little thing after all.



My son came up to me and said "Mom, I prayed to Jesus and told Him I love Him".



Indescribable the feelings that are going on inside this body after hearing those precious words.



Amen!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Our Christmas Favorites

Some years I've felt so overwhelmed with school that I chose to do pretty much nothing in the way of crafts, readings and movies to teach the children about Christmas; Jesus birth. Don't get me wrong, we talked about it and read through the bible, but I didn't do much extra at times to reinforce it. It has since occurred to me that anything we do; small and time consuming or not, it's helping teach our children about the true meaning of Christmas. Below is a list of resources we have found to be most helpful for our family. I know as always, I'm sure I'm missing something. Sorry about that. In the meantime, I encourage you to sit down and read with your children, do little crafts and watch movies that reinforce Christ's birth. You will never regret doing so.

4 week Christmas Unit Study - Chris Downes has a great resource she has put together online for teaching about the true meaning of Christmas. The beauty of this study is you can pick and choose what to do with your children.

The Nativity Story - Dvd


The Christmas Story - a little golden book


Happy Birthday Jesus - song


Mary Did You Know - song

Monday, December 6, 2010

Bible Doctrine for Kids Part 2


To go along with what I posted yesterday, here is a list of other items I'm including in my binder for my children's bible study. I'm putting them in page protectors to hopefully be able to keep them through all my children. I did a search online for the following and found these items with beautiful illustrations that I was easily able to print out.

The Beatitudes
The Armor of God
The Ten Commandments
The 23rd Psalm
The Fruit of the Spirit
The Lord's Prayer

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Basic Bible Doctrine for Kids Part 1


God has given us a great gift and great responsibility when He gave us our children. Many times I've sat in awe of who He gave us and just what that means. I was listening to a Bright Lights cd from their curriculum set and heard Sarah say that her father realized there was so much more she should know about the Lord by the time she was 12 and her she was entering the age of 13 in a couple weeks. That got me thinking; have I taken for granted that my daughter has a solid biblical foundation? It reminds me of the first years we homeschooled. That first year Allysha was 4 years old and we were teaching grouping. Lyshie had such a hard time grasping the concept of taking 3 little bears and putting a circle around them. It hit me that there are so many fundamentals we don't realize we were taught when we were younger that I now had to teach my daughter. It's the same with biblical principles. There are things that we learn while growing up and as adults that become so firmly implanted in our brains that we sometimes forget that those things need to be taught to our children. It's not something that just pops into their little heads. I found the below information online recently. I hope this will be as helpful to you as it is to us. As with anything, make sure to look up the verses in your bible to make sure what's being said is accurate. Anything in parenthesis is what I have added.

The Bible
1. What is the most important book that has ever been written?
A - The Bible

2. What is the Bible?
A - God's word to man.

3. What is another term for the Bible?
A - The Holy Scriptures

4. Does the Bible contain any errors or mistakes?
A - No, God cannot lie or make mistakes. (Psalm 12:6-7 talks about God preserving His word).

5. Was not the Bible written by men?
A - Yes, but they were men inspired by God in such a way as to keep them from writing errors. "All scripture is inspired by God." (2 Tim 3:16) "Men, moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God." (2 Peter 1:21)

6. What are the two main divisions of the Bible?
A - The Old Testament and New Testament.

7. What is the dividing point between the Old and New Testament?
A - The birth of Jesus.

8. In what language was the Old Testament originally written?
A - Hebrew

9. In what language was the New Testament originally written?
A - Greek

God
10. Who is the most important person spoken of in the Bible?
A - God

11. In what three persons does God reveal Himself?
A - God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. (Mt 28:19)

12. Is anyone of these three persons greater or more important than the other two?
A - No.

13. Have all three of these Persons existed forever from eternity past?
A - Yes

14. So then are there three Gods?
A - No. There is ONE God who manifests Himself in three persons.

15. Can we understand this?
A - No. God is greater than our minds can understand.

16. What name do we give to these three persons in One God?
A - The Holy Trinity

17. Name three attributes of God that prove His complete trustworthiness.
A - He is all-powerful, all-wise, and all-loving.

18. What if God were all-powerful and all-wise, but not all-loving?
A - He might hurt us or not want to do what is best for us.

19. What if He were all-powerful and and all-loving, but not all-wise?
A - He might not know what was best for us.

20. What if He were all-wise and all-loving but not all-powerful?
A - He might not be able to do what is best for us.

21. What is God's primary name?
A - "Jehovah" or "Yahweh" in the Hebrew. (Ex. 3:14)

22. What does "Jehovah" or "Yahweh" mean?
A - The Eternal One (Literally - "I AM")

23. What does it mean to say God is Eternal?
A - He exists from eternity past through eternity future. He always lives. He never had a beginning nor will He ever have any ending.

24. What does it mean to say God is "Immutable?"
A - He never changes. He is the same forever.

25. What does it mean to say He is "Omnipresent?"
A - He everywhere, all the time.

26. What does it mean to say He is "Omniscient?"
A - He knows all things.

27. What does it mean to say He is "Omnipotent?"
A - He is all-powerful.


Creation and the Fall
28. Who created the universe and all that is in it?
A - God

29. How did He create His universe?
A - By speaking the word and it was done. (Genesis 1)

30. What were the names of the first man and woman?
A - Adam and Eve

31. Were they really the first two human beings or only symbolic?
A - They were really the first two human beings. (The New Testament confirms this: 1 Tim 2:13; Rom 5:l2ff; 1 Cor 15:45ff; 2 Cor 11:3)

32. How did God create Adam?
A - He formed him out of dust and breathed into him the breath of life. (Gen 2:7)

33. How did He create Eve?
A - Out of the rib of man. (Gen 2:22)

34. Could they have "evolved" from lower life forms, such as ape-like creatures? Why or why not?
A - No. This would make God a liar.

35. Who are evolutionists?
A - People who try to explain the existence of higher forms of life without reference to God and creation.

36. What does God call people who choose to ignore Him?
A - Fools (Psalm 14:1; 53:1)

37. Are there any highly educated, highly intelligent men who accept the Biblical account of creation?
A - Yes. There are thousands of scientists who reject the theory of evolution and believe God's account of creation.

38. Did God create Adam and Eve as sinners?
A - No

39. What was their state while living in the Garden of Eden?
A - A state of sinless innocence.

40. How did Satan tempt Adam to sin?
A - By first tempting Eve and using her to tempt Adam.

41. What happened as a result of Adam's sin?
A - He, and all of his descendents (which includes all human beings) became corrupt and sinful.

42. What do we call this tragic event?
A - The fall of man.


Jesus
43. What person of the Trinity came to earth and lived as a man?
A - God the Son

43. What is His name?
A - Jesus

44. Is Jesus fully God?
A - Yes

46. Did He begin to exist in the past or does He exist eternally?
A - He exists eternally.

47. Has He always been the same or has He changed in any way?
A - He has always been the same. (Hebrews 13:8)

48. What does the name Jesus mean?
A - Savior

49. What is His full title?
A - The Lord Jesus Christ

50. Why is He called "Lord"?
A - Because He is to be obeyed as our Master.

51. What does the word "Christ" mean?
A - "Christ" is the Greek form of the Hebrew "Messiah." It means "Anointed One". He is anointed by God the Father to be the Master and Savior of the world.

52. How did God the Son become a man?
A- By becoming a tiny baby in the womb of the virgin Mary and being born as a child.

53. Was Jesus tempted to sin like we are?
A - Yes, "He was tempted in all things as we are." (Hebrews 4:15)

54. Did He ever yield to temptation and commit sin of any kind?
A - No, "He was tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin." (Hebrews 4:15)

55. Did Jesus, having never sinned even once, deserve to die?
A - No

56. Why did Jesus come into the world as a man?
A - To die on the cross

57. Why did He die?
A- He died in our place, as our substitute, to pay the penalty for our sins, and to enable us to have eternal life.

58. What happened to Jesus after He was crucified and buried?
A - He rose again. (I Cor. 15:4)

59. What does His resurrection from the dead prove?
A - He conquered death, hell, and the grave.


Sin

60. What is sin?
A - Sin is the transgression of God's law (1 Jn 3:4). It is disobeying God.

61. What is a "sin of commission"?
A - When we do something God has forbidden us to do.

62. Give 5 examples of sins of commission.
A - Lying, stealing, disobeying parents, boasting, losing our temper.

63. What is a "sin of omission"?
A - When we do not do something God has commanded us to do.

64. Give 5 examples of sins of omission.
A - Not praying, not reading the Bible, not telling others about Jesus, not gathering with others to worship, not giving generously to God's work and those in need.

65. If not taken care of where does sin lead to?
A - Death and hell. Separation from God.

66. Are some sins so minor and unimportant that they would not lead to death and hell?
A- No. Any and all sin leads to death and hell. (Gal 3:10; Jms 2:10; Rom 3:23)

67. Are some people, other than Christ, so good that they can avoid sin altogether?
A - No. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. (Rom 6:23)

68. What is temptation?
A - A thought that it might be desirable or pleasurable to commit a particular sin.

69. Is temptation a sin itself?
A - No (Heb 4:15)

70. What are the consequences of sin in a Christian's life?
A - Loss of fellowship with God (l Jn 1:6); Chastisement from God (Heb 12:6); Sometimes death (I Cor 11:30); Sometimes removal from fellowship of church (I Cor 5:4-5)

71. What should a Christian do when he realizes he has sinned?
A - Confess it to God immediately, then thank Him for His immediate forgiveness (1 Jn 1:9).


Salvation
72. Does the fact that Jesus died for the sins of the world mean everybody goes to heaven automatically?
A - No, many will go to hell. (Matt 7:14; 25:41,46)

73. Then what must we do to be saved from hell and have our sins forgiven?
A - Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 16:31)

74. Is "belief" the same as "faith" in the Bible?
A - Yes. These words translate the same Greek word.

75. What are the three elements of saving faith?
A- 1) We must know the facts, as given in scripture about God, Christ, ourselves, and sin. 2) We must accept these facts as being true. 3) We must commit ourselves to Jesus, trusting Him and only Him to save us.

76. Is it not enough to realize that He really is the Son of God and accept as true what the Bible teaches about Him?
A - No. Demons "believe" in that sense, yet they do not go to heaven. (Jms 2:19; Mark 5:7)

77. Can we get to heaven by trying extra hard to be very good?
A - No. No one is good enough to earn heaven. Jesus and Jesus alone is the way to heaven. (John 14:6)

78. Once a person truly puts his trust in Jesus, can he lose salvation and go to hell after all?
A - No. (Jn 10:28-30; Eph 4:30; Rom 8:28-39; 5:8-9)

79. Name 7 things that happen when one trusts the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation.
A- 1) Jesus comes to live inside us. 2) We are immediately justified. 3) We are sanctified. 4) We are given eternal life. 5) Our old inner man dies. 6) We become new creatures. 7) We become children of God.

80. Name 7 different ways we refer to the experience of trusting the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation.
A- 1) Being saved. 2) Being converted. 3) Becoming a Christian. 4) Receiving Christ. 5) Being born again. 6) Trusting Jesus. 7) Being regenerated.

81. Do all these phrases refer to the same experience?
A - Yes

82. How does it feel to have this experience?
A -It does not feel any particular way. Some people weep. Some simply have an inner joy to know what Jesus has done for them.

83. Does the Bible teach we should feel a certain way when we are saved?
A - No

84. Can a person be saved and not feel anything?
A - Most certainly. When we trust Jesus we are saved, regardless of feelings.

85. What does it mean to be "justified?"
A - It means God has forgiven all our sins and has declared us to be righteous because of Jesus.

86. What does it mean to be "sanctified?"
A - To be set apart for God's use; to be set apart from sin to obey God; to be made "holy".

87. Is sanctification something that has already happened or something that is still happening to a Christian?
A - Both. We were set apart for God's service when we trusted Jesus, and we are still being daily set apart from sin in order to obey Him. (I Thes 5:23; I Cor 6:11)

88. What is another way of expressing the idea of sanctification?
A - Growing to be more and more like Jesus.

89. What is glorification?
A - We are glorified when we receive new eternal bodies which cannot perish.

90. When will we be "glorified"?
A - Glorification refers to the final aspect of our salvation. It occurs at the resurrection when Jesus comes back to earth again.

91. What happens to one who dies without trusting Jesus Christ?
A - He (or she) goes into hell.

92. What is hell like?
A - It is a place of everlasting punishment, a place of torment, a place without the love of God.

93. Was it prepared for man?
A - No. It was prepared for the devil and his demons. (Matt 25:41)

94. How can a God of love send people there?
A - He does not. He has done everything possible to keep us out of hell. Men go there by refusing God's means of salvation.


Baptism
95. What is Christian Baptism?
A - The immersion down into the water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, of one who is trusting the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation.

96. If a person trusted Jesus and died before being baptized would he go to heaven? Why?
A - Yes, because we trust only Jesus for salvation, not Jesus plus baptism.

97. Then why do we need to be baptized? (Give two reasons.)
A - 1) God commands us. (Mt 28:18-20); 2) It gives a beautiful picture and testimony of what Jesus has done for us. (Rom 6:1-11)

98. What does baptism picture?
A - Death, burial, and resurrection. (Rom 6:1-11)

99. Whose death, burial, and resurrection is portrayed?
A -Jesus' and ours.

100. What 2 aspects of our burial and resurrection are portrayed?
A - 1) The death and burial of our old inner person and our resurrection as a new creature. 2) The future death and burial of our body and the resurrection of our glorified bodies.

101. Must baptism be by immerson?
A - Yes. Only immersion can adequately picture burial and resurrection. The word "baptism" in the Greek means "immersion".

102. Is baptism that occurs before real salvation valid baptism? Why?
A - No. Baptism must be a picture of what has really happened to us. Baptism of an unsaved person is meaningless.

103. Should baptism be a public experience? Why?
A- Yes. Because it is a testimony to others of what Jesus has done for us. We must not be ashamed of Him. (Luke 9:26)

104. Does it matter who performs the baptism?
A - No. (I Cor 1:13-17)

105. What special designation is given to the special commandment of baptism?
A - It is referred to as an "ordinance".


The Lord's Supper
106. Are there any other special commands called ordinances? How many?
A Yes, one other. (Two ordinances in all.)

107. What is the other ordinance?
A - The Lord's Supper

108. Do these ordinances help us to be saved?
A - No. Only Jesus saves us.

109. Would it be proper to refer to these ordinances as "sacraments?"
A - No. The word "sacrament" implies that it helps us to be saved. Only Jesus saves us.

110. What are the two things we take at the Lord's Supper?
A - Unleavened bread and unfermented grape juice.

111. What are the bread and juice called?
A - The "elements".

112. What does the bread represent?
A - The body of our Lord Jesus. (I Cor 11:24)

113. What does the juice represent?
A - The blood of our Lord Jesus. (I Cor.11:25)

114. Does the bread and juice miraculously change in substance when we eat and drink them?
A - No. They simply represent or symbolize Jesus' body and blood.

115. What is another name by which we refer to the Lord's Supper?
A - Communion

116. Why is the bread unleavened and the juice unfermented?
A - The yeast that causes bread to rise and juice to ferment is used in the Bible to refer to sin. Jesus was sinless in body and blood.

117. Who may partake of the Lord's Supper?
A - Only those who are trusting the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation (I Cor.11:23)

118. Are there any other conditions, such as baptism or membership in our local church?
A - No. (I Cor. 11:23)

119. What should we think of before we eat the Lord's Supper?
A - We should examine our lives making sure we are in close fellowship with the Lord Jesus and all our sins are confessed and repented of. (I Cor. 11:28)

120. What should we think of as we eat the Lord's Supper?
A - Our Lord Jesus Christ, dying on the cross to pay for our sins. (I Cor 11:26)


Christian Living
121. What are 4 areas of responsibility for a Christian's personal spiritual growth?
A - 1) Private Devotions; 2) Bible Reading, Study & Memorization; 3) Fellowship with other believers; 4) Regular worship with other believers

122. What is meant by "private devotions"?
A - Time spent each day alone with God.

123. What are 5 possible elements of private devotions?
A - 1) Confession of sin to God and receiving forgiveness; 2)Asking God to supply specific personal needs and needs of others; 3) Praising God in word and song for who He is and what He has done; 4) Quietly listening to God for direction; 5) Reading and meditating on His word

123. What is a Christian's primary responsibility toward the world in which he lives?
A - To use every means possible to help them come to know Jesus Christ as personal savior.

125. What are three of those means?
A - 1) To give generously to support God's church and the work of missions. 2) To be a personal witness, telling others what Christ has done for me and can do for them. 3) Pray for the growth of God's Kingdom

126. What is a Christian's secondary responsibility toward the world in which he lives
A - To use every means possible to encourage others to live by Biblical principles.

127. What are 4 of those means?
A - 1) Prayer; 2) Witnessing; 3) Giving; 4) Involvement in seeking to influence in a Biblical way decisions of government, business, schools, and other public and social groups.

128. To what two things did Jesus compare this involvement?
A - To being salt in the earth and light to the world. (Matt 5:13-16)


The Holy Spirit
129. Is the Holy Spirit a person or a thing?
A - He is a person.

130. How can we know He is a person?
A - He is intelligent (I Cor 2:10-11); He has feeling (Eph 4:30); He has will (I Cor 12:11); He teaches (Jn 14:26); He guides (Romans 8:14); He commands (Acts 8:29); He speaks (Jn 15:26; II Peter 1:21); He can be grieved (Eph 4:30)

131. What is the relationship between a Christian and the Holy Spirit?
A - The Holy Spirit indwells a Christian. That is, He lives within us. (I Cor 6:19; Romans 8:9)

132. Does the Holy Spirit indwell all Christians?
A - Yes. (Romans 8:9)

133. What does it mean to be "filled with the Spirit?"
A - To be completely controlled by the Holy Spirit. (Eph 5:18)

134. Are all Christians "filled with the Spirit?"
A - No (Eph 5:18; Acts 2:4; 4:31)

135. What are the conditions for being filled with the Spirit?
A - Repentance of all known sin; asking to be filled; and believing God has kept His promise. (Luke 11:13)

135. What are the 9 characteristics of some one who is filled with the Spirit?
A - Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Gentleness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Self-Control (Gal 5:22-23)

137. What are these characteristics called in scripture?
A - The fruit of the Spirit.


Angels, Good and Bad
138. Are angels real?
A - Yes. They are referred to 275 times in scripture.

139. What are angels?
A - Spirit beings who serve God. (Heb 1:7)

140. What do they do?
A - Obey God in service (Heb 1:14); Assist in answering prayers (Act 12:7); Care for us when we are near death (Luke 16:22; Jude 9)

141. Who is Satan?
A - The great enemy of God and His children. (Rev 12:9)

142. Where did he come from?
A - He was the greatest of angels, who rebelled against God (Ezek 28:11-19; Is 14:12-20)

143. What was his chief sin?
A - Pride (I Tim 3:6)

144. What does Satan seek to do to God's children?
A - Tempt us to sin (Matt 4:1-11; Act 5:3); Accuses and slanders us (Rev 12:10); Hinders our work (I Thess 2:18).

145. What are demons?
A - Other fallen angels who rebelled with Satan. (Matt 12:24; Eph 6:11-12; Rev 12:4)

146. Do Christians have to struggle against demons?
A - Yes (Eph 6:11-12)

147. What can demons do?
A - Cause sickness (Matt 9:33; Luke 13:11,16); Cause strange behavior (Matt 17:15); Deceive people (I Tim 4:1); Oppose our spiritual growth (Eph 6:12)

148. Do Satan and his demons do their work obviously so that they are easily recognized?
A - No. They are subtle and extremely deceptive and hard to recognize. (Rev 12:9)

149. What is their most common method?
A - They insert thoughts into our minds, which seem to be our own, designed to deceive us or mislead us. (II Cor 10:3-5)

150. Name 11 weapons God has given us to fight against Satan and his demons.
A - The Belt of Truth; the Breastplate of Righteousness; The Shoes of Peace; The Helmet of Salvation; The Shield of Faith; The Sword of the Spirit (which is the Word of God); Praise; Prayer; The Name of Jesus; the Blood of Jesus; the Word of our Testimony (Eph 6:14-18; Rev 12:11; II Chr 20; Acts 16:18)


The Return of Christ
151. Does the Bible teach that Jesus will bodily return to earth someday?
A - Yes.(Acts 1:11)

152. What will happen to His followers that day?
A - Those who are dead will be raised. Those who are alive will be changed. (1 Cor 15:51-52; 1 Thes 4:16-17)

153. What will the bodies of His followers be like after He returns?
A - They will have eternal, glorified bodies that will never die again. (1 Cor 15:42-44)

154. What will Jesus do when He returns?
A - He will set up His Kingdom on earth and reign for 1000 years. (Rev 19 and Rev 20)

155. What is the common name for this 1000-year time period?
A - The Millennial Reign.

156. Does the Bible give us signs so that we may know when His return is near?
A - Yes.

157. What are some of the signs that we should watch for?
A - A time of intense and terrible trials on the earth (Matthew 24:21); The revealing of the Man of Sin (1 Thes 2:1-4; Rev 13); A rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem (1 Thes 2:4; Matt 24:15)

158. What is the intense time of trials usually referred to?
A - The Great Tribulation (Matt 24:21)

159. And what are two other names that are often given to the Man of Sin?
A - The Antichrist and the Beast (Rev 13)

160. What will happen to the Man of Sin and his followers?
A - They will be cast into the lake of fire when Jesus returns. (Rev 19:20; 20:15)

161. And what happens to the followers of Christ?
A - We shall reign with Him forever and ever. (Rev 22:5)

162. How are all these things made possible?
A - By the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Eph 2:7)


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Pancake Buffet


Yes you read right! I was trying to figure out what to serve our guests tomorrow and decided on a whole boneless ham with a pancake buffet. The sky is the limit. Some people like to offer mix-ins as well but I was trying to keep cost down and keep things simple. Here's what we are having.

Toppings:
homemade applesauce
homemade buttered pecans
powdered sugar
cinnamon
fresh whipped cream
homemade blueberry sauce
bananas

Toasted Pecans
Ingredients:
2 cups raw pecans
3-4 tablespoons melted butter
up to 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:
l. Place nuts on a cookie sheet and drizzle with melted butter; then sprinkle with salt.
2. Roast in a 325 degree oven for 20 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
3. Drain over paper towels and let cool. Store in airtight container.

Oh and last but not least, let us not forget Matt's scrumptious pancake recipe.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Tuna Macaroni Salad

Tuna macaroni salad is one of my favorite main dish salads. I used to look and look for the perfect recipe until not too long ago. I was at a local health food store and asked them what they used for their dressing. Their reply, "mayonnaise". How simple! Here's our now favorite and simple recipe.

Tuna Macaroni Salad
Ingredients:
cooked, drained and cooled noodles
frozen peas, cooked and cooled
mayoonaise
hard boiled egg, chopped
sweet onion, minced
canned tuna drained
shredded cheddar cheese, optional
canned and drained tuna
pepper

Directions:
1. Mix all ingredients together. Add enough mayo to make everything moist. Simple and divine! It's best the second day. You may need to add just a bit more mayo the next day.

If you need to garnish, this would look lovely in a cupped whole lettuce leaf (as the bowl) with the salad in the center and sprinkled lightly with paprika.