~~ Devotions and recipes for God's hurried people ~~

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.     ~1 John 2:1

In God’s perfect world, that He originally created, there was so sin. His purpose was to see all of His glory manifested in all its fullness. But, that all changed when Adam and Eve chose to obey Satan, instead of God, in the Garden of Eden. Soon, God’s marvelous creation was marred, and yet, He had it all under control. Because God is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent, a plan was already in order as Jesus Christ, the Righteous One, was appointed by the Master Creator to atone for our sin. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:15-16). God has given us the grace to receive salvation; all we have to do is open the door, by faith, and invite Jesus Christ, the Righteous One, to walk into our hearts and lives.

Father: I believe and receive your plan of salvation through Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. Forgive me of all my sin and help me to be set apart for Your purpose as I forsake the things of this world that bring disgrace to Your holy name. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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CORN PARMESAN

1 pound frozen corn
2 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon paprika

Melt butter in medium size skillet over medium heat. Add frozen corn (do not add water). Cook about 5-7 minutes; stir often. Add seasoning and cheese; mix well and serve.

 

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.” – John 11:25

This was the statement Jesus made to Martha, the grieving sister of Lazarus. News had reached Jesus that His good friend was sick, but instead of going to see him, He stayed where he was two more days. He told His puzzled disciples that Lazarus was “asleep” and the sickness was for God’s glory. Four days after Lazarus died, Jesus went to Bethany, where Lazarus lived. Martha was very upset and scolded Jesus for coming too late to heal her brother. When Jesus told her He was the Resurrection and Life, Martha assumed He meant the resurrection at the last day, but Jesus explained differently. Jesus shows that neither death nor time is an obstacle to Him. When He went to the burial tomb where Lazarus had been placed, and called out, “Lazarus, come forth,” the dead man came out. Truly, with Christ, death is but sleep. Death has no dominion over Him who is Life itself, nor does death have dominion over those who are in Him. Because Jesus lives, we live. Because He is Life, we have eternal life.

Eternal Father: Because I have repented of my sin and have placed my life in Your hands, I am promised eternal life. I cannot thank You enough for this marvelous gift. Help me to show my gratitude by telling others of your wondrous mercy and grace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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CHICKEN SUPREME

4 boneless chicken breasts
1 envelope onion soup mix
1 (8-ounce) container sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup

Place chicken in baking dish. Mix remaining ingredients in a bowl; spread over chicken. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour; then uncover and bake 30 minutes longer. For added flavor, sprinkle with bacon bits before baking.

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.” – John 11:25

This was the statement Jesus made to Martha, the grieving sister of Lazarus. News had reached Jesus that His good friend was sick, but instead of going to see him, He stayed where he was two more days. He told His puzzled disciples that Lazarus was “asleep” and the sickness was for God’s glory. Four days after Lazarus died, Jesus went to Bethany, where Lazarus lived. Martha was very upset and scolded Jesus for coming too late to heal her brother. When Jesus told her He was the Resurrection and Life, Martha assumed He meant the resurrection at the last day, but Jesus explained differently. Jesus shows that neither death nor time is an obstacle to Him. When He went to the burial tomb where Lazarus had been placed, and called out, “Lazarus, come forth,” the dead man came out. Truly, with Christ, death is but sleep. Death has no dominion over Him who is Life itself, nor does death have dominion over those who are in Him. Because Jesus lives, we live. Because He is Life, we have eternal life.

Eternal Father: Because I have repented of my sin and have placed my life in Your hands, I am promised eternal life. I cannot thank You enough for this marvelous gift. Help me to show my gratitude by telling others of your wondrous mercy and grace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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CHICKEN SUPREME

4 boneless chicken breasts
1 envelope onion soup mix
1 (8-ounce) container sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup

Place chicken in baking dish. Mix remaining ingredients in a bowl; spread over chicken. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour; then uncover and bake 30 minutes longer. For added flavor, sprinkle with bacon bits before baking.

God is Our Refuge

You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, . . .  -Isaiah 25:4

A refuge is a place of shelter or safety. It is a hiding place for anyone looking for protection from the storms of life. The prophet Isaiah is giving praise and thanksgiving to God for delivering them (the Jews) out of captivity. God deserves our praise, whether we are at peace within ourselves and have no present circumstances or conflicts; are preparing to enter a physical or spiritual battle; are literally fighting in the battle; or have come through the battle and are experiencing victory and peace. There are times in our lives when we may feel all alone, down in our spirits, or defeated and tossed about in a sea of situations and problems because of our own poor choices, or of which we had no control. It is during all those times, when we must seek God and trust Him to be our Refuge. “Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the Lord, we trust in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation,” Isaiah 25:9. God is our Refuge!

Father: When I am needy and in distress, You are there guiding me into a place of shelter and safety. You Lord are my Refuge and very present help when I am in turmoil. Help me to always put my trust in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen

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CROCK POT CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS

2 Tablespoons Butter
2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 onion, finely diced or ½ teaspoon onion powder
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can chicken broth or
2 cups water + 2 chicken bouillons
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 can refrigerated biscuits (torn into pieces)

Put all ingredients except biscuit dough in crock pot and cook on low 6 hours. Tear biscuit dough into fourths and add to crock pot. Cook on high 1 hour or until dough cooked through. Pull chicken apart before serving.

God is a Refiner

And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; -Malachi 3:3, KJV

The refining process involves heating a precious metal to its melting point and then skimming off the impurities, or dross. In the process, the refiner watches the operation with great intensity until the liquid metal has the appearance of a highly polished mirror. At that point, if the refiner is able to see himself in the metal, he knows it’s done. Just as the refiner of silver never takes his eye off the metal being refined, God never takes his eye off us. He watches over us as we go through every situation life offers. At times, when the heat is up, God is able to refine us and remove our impurities. Life is not always easy and we will often feel the heat of the fire. But, we must remember that we are being refined by the Master Refiner who will keep a constant watch until in us He sees His image.

Purify my heart dear Lord; refine me in Your fire. Set apart I want to be; this is my one desire. And I ask this is the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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GOULASH

2 pounds lean ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 large green pepper, chopped
4 cups water
2 (15-ounce) cans tomato sauce
2 (15-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
2-3 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
2 cups elbow macaroni

In large pot, cook ground beef over medium heat until browned, drain extra grease. Add onion, garlic, and green pepper; sauté 10-15 minutes. Add rest of ingredients except macaroni; cover with lid and simmer about 30 minutes. Add macaroni and cook 20 minutes or until macaroni tender. Add more water if too thick. Serves 6.

Jesus – Our Redeemer

“The Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who repent of their sins,” declares the Lord. –Isaiah 59:20

A redeemer is someone who vindicates or frees another person from blame. Jesus Christ is our Redeemer because He came to save and deliver us out of sin by paying a great price for it – His life. He died upon the cross to redeem us from our sin because sin separates us from God, and unredeemed sin leads us to hell. But, thanks be to God – Jesus Christ is our living redeemer and saves, delivers, and redeems us from paying the price of an eternal place of torment and fire. Mark 10:45 says, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” And Romans 3:23-24 proclaims, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” If we repent of our sin and turn from it, and embrace God’s Word, we have redemption in Jesus Christ as our Living Redeemer.

Wonderful Lord and Redeemer of my soul: It is because of your sacrificial gift that I am redeemed by the blood of your Lamb. I am forever grateful to you for this marvelous bestowal of love. Thank you! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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CARAMELIZED BAKED CHICKEN

2-3 pounds chicken legs, wings, or thighs
2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
½ cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons ketchup
3/4 cup honey
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
¼ teaspoon pepper

Place chicken in a 9×13-inch greased baking dish. Mix together remaining ingredients and pour over chicken. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour, or until sauce is caramelized and chicken thoroughly done.

Jesus – Our Ransom

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. -Mark 10:45, NIV

A ransom is something that is paid to provide for the release of someone who is held captive. Jesus paid our ransom to free us from sin, death, and hell. Throughout the books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy are found God’s requirements for sacrifices. In Old Testament times, God commanded the Israelites to make animal sacrifices for substitution atonement; that is, an animal’s death took the place of a person’s death, death being the penalty for sin (Romans 6:23). The Law of Moses could not save us, because of our sinful nature. But God put into effect a different plan to save us. He sent his own Son in a human body like ours (except ours are sinful). God destroyed sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the requirement of the law would be fully accomplished for us who no longer follow our sinful nature, but instead follow the Spirit (Romans 8:3-4). Jesus paid the ransom for our lives to God. That ransom was His own life, the shedding of His own blood, a sacrifice. Due to His sacrificial death, each person on earth has the opportunity to accept that gift of atonement and be forgiven by God. For without His death, God’s Law would still need to be satisfied—by our own death.

Father: Thank you for sending your precious only Son as a Ransom for my sins. To show my love and appreciation, I give you my heart. Forgive me for my sins and restore in me a pure and clean heart. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

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BAKED CHICKEN CASSEROLE

4 chicken breasts or 1 cut up chicken
1 cup rice, uncooked
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2 cups water
1 packet onion soup mix

Place chicken and rice in baking dish. Mix together soup, water, and onion soup mix; spread over top. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

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