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

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“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – John 13:34-35

Jesus spoke these words after he had finished washing the disciples’ feet. He made it quite clear that our loving one another was not a suggestion, but a “new commandment” from Him. This love we are to have for one another is not optional, but a required mark of the Christian. This love must also be of the same quality as Christ’s love. He implied that we would judge the quality of our love by His, “just as I have loved you”. This attitude should be deeply rooted in every Christian. We are not to judge spirituality by comparing ourselves with others, but with Christ. Jesus gives the world permission to judge our Christianity by the love we have for one another. This is a high calling, but it will be to the world’s good and our joy to pursue it in Christian community.

Loving Father: Please help me to pattern my life as a Christian after You, and not others. As a disciple of yours, give me strength to love those who are loveable and also those who are unloveable. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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CREAMY PULLED CHICKEN (crockpot)

2 pounds boneless chicken breasts
2 (8-ounce) blocks cream cheese
2 (1-ounce) packets dry Ranch seasoning
8 ounces bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled

Place chicken, cream cheese, and Ranch seasoning in a crockpot. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high doe 4 hours, until begins to fall apart. Shred chicken with a large fork or spoon. Mix in the crumbled bacon. Serve on buns.

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Jesus said: “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” – John 11:40

Sisters Mary and Martha had complained to Jesus about the their brother Lazarus dying because of His failure to come and heal him when they requested. They struggled with the fact that Jesus seemed to take His good old time getting there; but Jesus had a divine plan in order. When Jesus and the sisters, along with some compassionate Jews, went to the tomb where Lazarus’ body lay, Jesus asked them to remove the stone blocking the tomb; but they hesitated. After four days they were sure their brother’s body would stink. “If only,” thought Mary and Martha. If only Jesus would have come sooner, they would not be in this stinky predicament. How many times have each of us based our satisfactions in life on the “if onlys?” If only Jesus would do this; or if only we had a different spouse; or if only we had more money, then we would be happy. We offer our stinky circumstances to God all the while telling Him what we want Him to do about them. Then Jesus turns to us and says the same thing he told Martha, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” Jesus does amazing things. We must trust Him and He will turn things that stink into things that shine for His glory.

Father: Thank you for taking my stinky heart and transforming it into a new heart that beats with yours. Thank you for taking the odor out of my life and replacing it with the sweet smell of your sacrifice. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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QUESO DIP

1 pound lean ground beef
1 pound Velveeta
1½ cups Salsa

Brown ground meat; drain. Add cheese and salsa; cook on low until cheese melted. Serve with chips.

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Jesus said: “I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death. – John 8:51

When we become Christians, we die to our old selves and are now free to live a new life in Christ Jesus. The old life is gone, dead, and buried when we repent and turn away from our sin. Though our physical bodies will eventually die, Jesus tells us that if we keep His Word, we will never die. Our physical death cannot separate us from Christ. Our living souls will go to be with Jesus where He awaits His triumphant return to earth. All of us who belong to Him are changed and given immortal bodies and will go to live with Him forever. If we obey God’s Word and live for Jesus, death cannot claim the living part of us. We will never die, but live with the Lord forever.

Almighty and Eternal God: Thank you for the privilege of becoming your child so that death can only claim my body, but not my soul. I look forward to the coming day of victory when I will join with Jesus and all of your children to celebrate and participate in your glory! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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BRUNCH CASSEROLE

½ cup butter, divided
3 cups cut up vegetables such as peppers, onions and broccoli florets
8 large eggs
2 cups milk
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1 16-ounce bag frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed
8 slices bacon, crisp-cooked, chopped

Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add vegetables and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender (about 8 minutes). Whisk eggs with milk in large bowl. Add 1½ cups cheese, cooked vegetables, potatoes, and bacon; stir well. Pour into greased baking dish; cover with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining ½ cup cheese and bake 30 minutes or until eggs thoroughly cooked.

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If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. – John 8:31-32

Jesus was speaking to the Jews who believed in Him, yet they had not fully trusted Him. Intellectually, they agreed with His words, but they had not yet committed themselves completely to Him. To hold to something means to embrace and support it; so, to hold to Jesus’ teaching means to embrace and support everything in God’s Word. We are to love the Lord with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strength (Mark 12:30). When we hold to the teaching of Jesus, our thoughts and actions will line up with the Holy Scriptures. If we hold to Jesus’ teaching, it is then that we deserve the right to be called His disciples.

Dear Lord: Your Word is true and worthy of my trust and respect. I seek not only your presence in my daily life, but also your satisfaction in the choices I make. Teach me more of your Truth as I pledge to live today in obedience to your will. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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SALISBURY STEAK

1 can French onion soup
1½ pounds ground beef
½ cup dry breadcrumbs
1 egg
¼ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
¼ cup ketchup
1-3 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
½ teaspoon mustard powder
¼ cup water

In a large bowl, mix together 1/3 cup of the soup with ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, salt and black pepper. Shape into 6 oval patties. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown both sides of patties. Drain excess fat. In a small bowl, blend flour and remaining soup until smooth. Mix in ketchup, water, Worcestershire sauce and mustard powder. Pour over meat in skillet. Cover and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally

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I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins. – John 8:24

Contrary to what some may believe, Jesus is the only way to heaven (John 14:6). There are many religions that teach Jesus to be just a man, and not the Son of God. There are even those who believe it doesn’t mater what you believe as long you are sincere, all the while thinking they will go to heaven. These are all lies from Satan because it’s quite clear throughout God’s Word that what we believe about Jesus determines the state in which we die. If we do not receive the free gift of eternal life by experiencing the forgiveness achieved by Jesus, then we will receive the punishment we so justly deserve. Jesus must become the Lord of our lives. If He is not, we will indeed die in our sins.

Holy and Righteous God: Thank you for Jesus and all that He is, and all that He has done for me. I praise and thank you for the confidence I have in your promise that I will not die in my sins, if I believe in You. Thank you for the assurance that when I die, I will live with You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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BACON WRAPPED STUFFED CHICKEN BREAST

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
4 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
¼ cup Pepperjack (or Monterey Jack) cheese, shredded
2 green onions, chopped
4 to 8 pieces of bacon

Cut chicken into 4 equal size pieces. Pound breasts to about ¼-inch thick. Mix together the cheeses and green onions; spread equally over chicken pieces. Roll chicken up; wrap 1 to 2 slices of bacon around chicken. Secure with toothpick. Place in baking dish; bake 30 minutes at 375 degrees. Broil about 5 minutes to brown and crisp bacon. Turn and broil another 2-3 minutes. Serves 4.

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I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins. – John 8:24

Contrary to what some may believe, Jesus is the only way to heaven (John 14:6). There are many religions that teach Jesus to be just a man, and not the Son of God. There are even those who believe it doesn’t mater what you believe as long you are sincere, all the while thinking they will go to heaven. These are all lies from Satan because it’s quite clear throughout God’s Word that what we believe about Jesus determines the state in which we die. If we do not receive the free gift of eternal life by experiencing the forgiveness achieved by Jesus, then we will receive the punishment we so justly deserve. Jesus must become the Lord of our lives. If He is not, we will indeed die in our sins.

Holy and Righteous God: Thank you for Jesus and all that He is, and all that He has done for me. I praise and thank you for the confidence I have in your promise that I will not die in my sins, if I believe in You. Thank you for the assurance that when I die, I will live with You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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BACON WRAPPED STUFFED CHICKEN BREAST

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
4 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
¼ cup Pepperjack (or Monterey Jack) cheese, shredded
2 green onions, chopped
4 to 8 pieces of bacon

Cut chicken into 4 equal size pieces. Pound breasts to about ¼-inch thick. Mix together the cheeses and green onions; spread equally over chicken pieces. Roll chicken up; wrap 1 to 2 slices of bacon around chicken. Secure with toothpick. Place in baking dish; bake 30 minutes at 375 degrees. Broil about 5 minutes to brown and crisp bacon. Turn and broil another 2-3 minutes. Serves 4.

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Then they (the Pharisees) asked him (Jesus), “Where is your father?” “You do not know me or my Father,” Jesus replied. “If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” – John 8:19

Jesus was teaching in the temple where the Pharisees had gathered. Because of their pompousness, the educated Pharisees often felt the need to challenge Jesus in His teachings. Even though they were considered as the passionate and devout churchgoers, they obviously did not KNOW Jesus or they also would have known the Heavenly Father. In other words, they were missing the forest because the trees had gotten in the way of their sight. John 1:1 says that Jesus and God are One. Even though He made the world, the world did not receive or even recognize Him (John 1-11). Jesus is who He says He is, and not just who we want Him to be. But, if we receive Christ and believe in His name, we are given “the right to become children of God” (John 1:12). Let’s make a ploy to get to know God. That is done by lifting up (elevating Jesus above everything else in our lives) (John 8:28), and being obedient to His Word (John 14:15).

Heavenly Father: As I worship your Son, and lift Him higher than He has ever been before in my life, my relationship with You will grow. Forgive me for selfishly putting my desires above what Your Word requires of my life. Help me in my journey to know You more. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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CHICKEN CORDON BLEU

1 (6-ounce) package Stove Top for chicken
6 small boneless skinless chicken breasts (1½ pounds)
6 slices deli sliced smoked ham
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 tablespoon spicy mustard or honey mustard
6 slices Swiss cheese

Prepare stuffing mix according to package. Place chicken in a 13×9-inch baking dish sprayed or greased; cover with ham slices. Mix soup and mustard; spoon over chicken. Top with stuffing. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until center of chicken done. Top with cheese; bake 5 more minutes until cheese melted.

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