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

Jesus – Master

The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. – Luke 8:24, NIV

Most of the time, when Jesus was referred to as Master, those addressing Him were calling Him Teacher. In this instance, however, the disciples weren’t thinking of Jesus as Teacher because they were in trouble. Their boat was sinking and they needed an immediate miracle. When they screamed, “Master, Master!” they were not interested in the scientific wonders of lightning storms and the development of lake squalls. In this case, they were calling to the One who was given all authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18). They were calling on the Master of the universe and the only Hope they had for survival. This Man, who could take the churning waters threatening to consume them, would command, “Peace,” and at that very moment the winds obeyed and stood still. Just as the disciples looked to Jesus as Master, so must we do the same and call on Him, as we approach life and all its storms.

Master: You, oh Lord, are not only my Heavenly Father, you are the Master of my life. Because I have accepted you as my Savior, I look to you as the One who has full control of every situation and circumstance that comes my way. Thank you for calming every storm I face. In Jesus’ name, Amen

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ZUPPA TOSCANA SOUP (crockpot)
 
1 pound sausage
2 large baking potatoes, sliced in ¼ inch slices
1 large onion, chopped
¼ cup bacon bits (optional)
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups kale or Swiss chard, chopped
2 cups chicken broth
1 quart water
1 cup heavy whipping cream
 
Brown sausage in pan over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Place cooked sausage, chicken broth, water, garlic, potatoes, and onion in crockpot. Cover and cook on high 3-4 hours until potatoes are cooked and soft. Turn heat off and add kale. Return lid and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Stir in whipping cream and serve.

Man of Sorrows

He was despised and rejected–a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. –Isaiah 53:3, NLT

Though written nearly 700 years before the birth of Christ, Isaiah gives a profound prophecy regarding the declaration of Jesus’ atoning death for sinners. More than any other scripture, it proclaims the deep sorrow Christ endured during His painful resurrection and deplorable shunning from man.The details Isaiah gives concerning the pain and suffering of Jesus could have only come from God. Though there are many other names for God in the Scriptures, Isaiah is the only one to call Jesus a man of sorrows. Everywhere Jesus went, He was scorned and ridiculed. No matter how many miracles Jesus performed, or how many people He healed, or how many good things He did to help others, the crowd always criticized Him, demanding more miracles and questioning His Word and deity. Even Jesus’ own disciples didn’t believe Mary when she said He had risen from the dead, just as He promised. In spite of all of this, Jesus said the day would come when He will return for those who did not reject Him. He will take us to live with Him in Heaven where there will no longer be any type of sorrow, grief, rejection, or pain. We must be ready!

Heavenly Father: Forgive me for my part in causing you the pain and suffering you bore. You did this because of your vast amount of love for me, and I praise and thank you. Help me to live as though you are coming back today to take me to my heavenly home. I want to be ready! In Jesus’ name, Amen

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SUPER GOOD CHICKEN CASSEROLE
 
4-5 boneless skinless chicken breasts
6 strips of quality bacon – cooked and crumbled
2 cans cream of chicken soup
2 cups shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
1 box (16 ounces) dried spiral pasta
1-2 teaspoons garlic powder
Pinch of salt and pepper
 
Cook and crumble bacon; remove for later use. Cut chicken into bite-sized chunks and cook in pan with bacon drippings. Add garlic powder, salt, and pepper. While chicken cooking, prepare pasta according to directions. Spray or grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Drain pasta; return to pot. Add chicken, both cans cream of chicken soup, and 1 cup Monterrey Jack cheese; mix well. Pour into prepared baking dish. Top with crumbled bacon. Top with remaining Monterrey Jack cheese. Back at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes, just until cheese is melted and beginning to brown on top.

God Is Our Maker

O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.

–Psalm 95:6, KJV

In the first chapter of Genesis we are told that God created the heavens and the earth. With his mere breath, He called the universe into existence, all in order to receive back the glory and honor due him. Genesis 1:26 says: “Let us make man in our image, and verse 27 says: “God created man in his own image.” God is, therefore, both our Creator and Maker. These two terms are not synonymous, though they sometimes seem to be used interchangeably. “Creation” is calling into existence entities that previously had no existence. No one except God is ever the subject of the verb “create.” The work of making, on the other hand, is that of organizing created entities into complex systems. God is called Creator five times in the Bible, whereas He is called Maker sixteen times. God created His image in men and women, but He also made them in that image. That is, He called into existence the spiritual component of man’s nature, not shared in any degree by the animals. He also organized the basic material elements into complex human bodies, the most highly organized systems in the universe. These were made in the image that God Himself would one day assume when He became an incarnate human being. In this way He is both Creator and Maker of His image in each person. Praise His Holy Name!

Wonderful Maker: I praise you for creating and making me in your image. Your desire is that I have a loving and personal relationship with you for all eternity. That too is my heart’s cry. For now and evermore I worship and bow before you, as I kneel before you LORD, my Maker. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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CROCKPOT PORK CHOPS
 
4-6 pork chops
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 packet dry Ranch dressing
 
Put pork chops in crockpot. Spread cream of chicken soup over top, then sprinkle dry Ranch dressing over all. Cover and cook on high 4 hours or low 6 hours.

God is Love

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.  Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. - 1 John 4:7-8

One of the greatest needs we have as human beings is to be loved. Everyone needs love! We need to know how important we are and that someone truly cares about us, and accepts us unconditionally. The good news from God’s Word is that somebody does indeed love us. The Greek language (the language of the New Testament) uses two different words to describe and define love. The most commonly used Greek word translated love in the New Testament is agape. This love is represented by God’s love for us. For God so loved (agape) the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16). In 1 Corinthians 13, God’s love is described as being patient, kind, truthful, unselfish, trusting, believing, hopeful, and enduring. It is not jealous, boastful, arrogant, rude, selfish, or angry. True love never fails. Because God feels this way toward us, He also wants us to feel this way toward others. But, this kind of love is only possible through relying on God’s power, through faith in Jesus Christ, and abiding fully in Him. John says if we do not love, we do not even know God. May the Lord direct our hearts to imitate the love of God . . . one to another.

Father God: You are Love and the reason for my existence. Without you, I am nothing; with you, I am everything you want me to be. Help me to pattern my life after you and love (agape) your children as you do. Forgive me for the times I expressed hatred and unlove toward others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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BAKED MEATBALLS
 
1 pound lean ground meat
2 eggs, beaten with 1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1 cup panko or bread crumbs
1 small onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup minced fresh basil
 
Mix all ingredients with hands. Form into golf-ball sized meatballs. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Jesus is Lord

Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

– Romans 10:13; Joel 2:32, NIV

The term LORD is used more than 600 times, more than any other word in the New Testament, to identify Jesus. The word KURIOS is the Greek word translated Lord and means master, possessor, owner, supreme, authority, or king. Doulos is the Greek word for salve. Slaves, during Bible times, were totally controlled by their lord – when they ate, slept, worked and died. They were the property of their master or lord. Thus, to call Jesus our Lord means we have given our lives completely to Him and are His slaves. Jesus is the King or Lord over all and was given the authority and power over the universe by God (Matthew 28:18-20). When Jesus is Lord of our lives it means we are no longer slaves to sin, but are committed to a life of obedience to God, and are then slaves to righteousness (Romans 6:16-18). Jesus bought us with His blood and became our owner (Kurios). We became His slave (doulos) at the time we were saved by Him. Now He seeks our good in everything, and we live only for Him. We are free from the bondages of sin and want only to do His will. To God be the glory through Jesus Christ!

Dear Lord: I believe You died for me and are alive listening to my heart’s plea. I repent of my sins and ask for your forgiveness. From this moment on, I want to live for you and do your will. Show me the way to the Father and fill me with your Holy Spirit who will guide and direct me to make righteous decisions. I love you Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DREAMSICLE SALAD

1 (3-ounce) package regular or sugar-free orange Jello

1 (3-ounce) package regular or sugar-free instant vanilla pudding

1 (10-ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained

1 (8-ounce) container Cool-whip, thawed

Dissolve Jello in 1 cup boiling water. Add ½ cup cold water; let set in refrigerator 20 minutes. With mixer or whisk, add dry vanilla pudding mix and beat until smooth. Fold in oranges and whipped topping (by hand). Refrigerate. May substitute strawberry Jello with strawberries; peach Jello with peaches, etc.

Jesus is Living Water

. . . but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.  – John 4:14, NIV

Jesus had been ministering in Judea with His beloved John the Baptist. He then went to Galilee; but the way he chose to go took nearly twice as long had he only gone the most direct route. His foreknowledge, coupled with His omniscience, saw a thirsty, needy woman of Samaria who was waiting for Him. (May we remind ourselves as we are waiting for Jesus that He is always on time – Matthew 26:18; John 7:6). Water was scarce in Jesus’ day, yet water was as much a necessity for life then as it is today. Just as the physical body needs water to continue living, so does the spirit. Jesus is the water needed by the spiritual part of man. Without Him, the soul will eventually die. The soul is thirsty and we try to quench it with many things that satisfy for a while, but eventually we get thirsty again. The only thing that can truly quench the thirst of the spirit is the living water, Jesus Christ.

Heavenly Father: Knowing you and drinking from your well, the Living Water, is the only way to quench my spiritual thirst. Without you I cannot survive. Though physical water may be scare at times, you are always available. Help me to be passionate about sharing the message of salvation with the thirty and lost. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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TERIYAKI CHICKEN (Crockpot)
 
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (2-3 pounds)
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup soy sauce
6 tablespoons vinegar or ¼ cup wine vinegar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 teaspoons cornstarch
4 teaspoons cold water
Hot cooked long grain rice
 
Cut chicken into strips; place in crockpot. In a large bowl, combine sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, garlic and pepper. Pour over chicken. Cook on high 3-4 hours, until chicken thoroughly cooked. Combine cornstarch and water; mix until smooth. Pour over chicken. Cook 15-30 more minutes until sauce thickened. Serve chicken with plain or fried rice.

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.  — 1 Peter 2:4-8

 The term living stones is used as a metaphor to illustrate the secure and intimate relationship believers have with Jesus. This passage vividly pictures how Christ and His followers are a building being built by God Himself. The foundation of God’s building is His Son, Jesus Christ, the living Stone. The living stones, in turn, are believers who come to Jesus and place their lives upon His foundation. One of the striking things we learn in Scripture (Psalm 118:22) is that God chose the living Stone to be the capstone (principle stone) though men who wanted to build the foundation of their lives the way they wanted, rejected him. As a result, these men cast this living Stone aside, not caring that Jesus is the only true foundation upon which man can build his eternal life (1 Corinthians 3:11). Christ is not a dead stone, but a living one. He is alive and through His resurrection from the dead, alive forevermore. The world is a construction zone upon which men and women are building their lives. God has set a living Stone in our midst. What we do with that stone indicates our destiny.

 Dear Lord: You are the living Stone on whom I choose to build the foundation of my being. Forgive me for placing my trust in the things of this world as I look to and fro to find joy and acceptance. Help me in my weakness to not rely on dead stones (worldly pleasures and pride), but to go to your Word for the answers I need. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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SWEET AND SPICY BACON CHICKEN
 
Chicken Breast Strips
Garlic Powder
Chili Powder
Bacon
Brown Sugar
 
Season chicken with salt, pepper, garlic powder and chili powder. Wrap a strip of bacon around chicken; roll in brown sugar. Place on cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees until crispy, about 30-40 minutes.

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