You never know what you may find in a fortune cookie

Most people enjoy fortune cookies. You don’t have to take all of them seriously to get a kick out of them!

Matter of fact, every once in a while the fortune is actually worth listening to.

Not too long ago, I got a cookie that said, “An ounce of care is worth a pound of cure.” It’s a little different from the version I’m used to hearing, but who could argue with what it is saying?

A few weeks later I got another cookie that said, “Do not be overly judgmental of your loved one’s intentions or actions.” I suppose the saying could even be applied to the actions and intentions of your “not-so-loved” ones too.

A few days ago, I opened a cookie and I found, “A merry heart does good like a medicine.” It really, really rang a bell for some reason.

You never know what you may find in a fortune cookie when you open it and read what it has to say … but then again you never know what you may find in the Bible if you open it and read what it has been saying for thousands of years (Deuteronomy 8:32, Matthew 4:4).

Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Mark 14:38 NKJV)

Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” (John 7:24 NKJV)

A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22 NKJV)

#food, #scripture, #wisdom


(#77) The Proverbs of Solomon 14:4-Clean Trough, No Food!

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 14:4: “Where no oxen are, the trough is clean; But much increase comes by the strength of an ox.”

Oxen represent the best farming beast before mechanization, for they were strong, dependable, ate less than a horse but gave fertilizing manure, and were even useful for food (try eating a tractor!). Oxen are a great investment in many societies today. The strength of every society is its farmers and farmland. God-given wisdom helped Solomon to say: “Moreover the profit of the land is for all; even the king is served from the field” (Ecclesiastes 5:9). It used to be said that “an army moves on its stomach,” but all empires and countries do, also! Agriculture should be foremost in consideration in any economy. City-folk may ridicule country bumpkins, but country people will survive economic down-turns much better! All the “giant” grocery stores have nothing if it doesn’t come from the ground! Pre-cooked everything is nothing without farming! While greedy politicians are taxing businesses into the ground, workers of the ground feed the factory workers and supply the stores! Whatever must be done to depend upon local farming and eliminate imports, should be done!

“Where no oxen are, the trough is clean” shows a logical conclusion. Without oxen, there is no hay to feed them, without hay, there is no manure with which to fertilize, hence without oxen there is no food produced! Oxen have always been efficient farm equipment. To show them from where their blessings had come, and their need to repent, God cursed the northern kingdom of Israel with “’cleanness of teeth in all your cities. And lack of bread in all your places; Yet you have not returned to Me,’ Says the LORD” (Amos 4:6). You don’t have to brush your teeth if there are no food particles on them! Without a family, a man can’t complain about supporting them! Without children, a woman can’t complain about cooking their meals and cleaning their clothes! The cleanest houses are without family life in them! “The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” (Genesis 2:8-9). But even in the Garden of Eden where God had provided everything “good” (Genesis 1:31), “the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it” (Genesis 2:15). God-given agriculture is the “oldest profession” on Earth, not sin-driven prostitution, as the ungodly so frequently repeat!

Since God made the land, the seeds, and the farmers, let us thank God for providing natural food that keeps us alive!

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#agriculture, #bible-study, #cleanness-of-teeth, #farmers, #farming, #food, #god, #oxen, #practical-lessons, #proverbs, #wisdom

"Fat's where it's at!" revisited – JAM

I just opened my latest Christian Chronicle and the first thing I read was Bobby Ross’ Inside Story: “Thou shalt not eat too many fatty foods.” I was unaware of MSNBC’s “Praise the lard . . .” link or Time Magazine’s “Why Church Can Make You Fat” article. Nor had I read USA Today’s “the devil may be in the pepperoni”. Nevertheless, in spite of a chorus (non-instrumental, of course) of boos and cat-calls, I still contend that Christians should be taking the lead calling for moderation in all things, and that certainly includes eating. Are you the “salt of the earth” or the casserole of the community? If we are to be the best example and witness for Jesus, then “thin is in!” Christians of the early church fasted twice a week, if we are to believe the Didache. The only fast that Christians today practice is break-fast. Maybe the occasional fast would help us get in shape: better physical shape (and in this regard round is not a shape!) and better spiritual shape, too.

#fasting, #food, #just-a-minute, #obese

Favorite Fast Food

My favorite fast food would be Taco Bell. At this time it is only a memory; nothing of the sort available where we live. 🙂

#daily-nudge, #food

Fast Food Restaurant

I can’t answer the question definitively with just one place.  Biscuits and tea from McDonald’s are big favorites of mine.  I like Wendy’s because their burgers are terrific. Plus, they have something no other place can match. They have baked potatoes! Yum.

I’ve often thought that Arby’s seems to want to be the fast food destination for adults but they don’t have baked potatoes. Someone at their headquarters is not thinking straight.

I also love  Subway and I usually eat the Club which is one of their healthiest meals.

The most impressive fast food place is Chick-Fil-A because they are a Christian based organization and are friendlier than anyone. They are a marvel among all of their competitors.

I rarely eat fast food, other than biscuits from McDonald’s. I usually just have Lean  Cuisine for lunch. Plus, I can’t eat greasy food and that eliminates a lot of fast food for me.


#food, #nudge

Cookin' up good stuff

Most people love good cooking. I remember my mother busy in the kitchen, especially around a holiday, cooking great things for all of us. We really looked forward to those meals. We knew a day like that would be remembered.

I spend most of the week cooking up good stuff for Sunday. I start getting excited about what I’ll preach and teach early in the process. But when I’ve finished my Powerpoint presentation, I’m pumped! So Sunday is my favorite day of the week, when I get to lay out all the good things I’ve cooked up during the week for God’s people.

If I’m only a cook in God’s kitchen I’ll be happy, for it’s his word that is truly food indeed (John 6:55).

#cook-outs, #day, #food

An Example Of Bible Weather

In Acts 14:17, Luke records that God “did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness” (cf. Leviticus 26:4; Deuteronomy 11:14; Deuteronomy 28:12; Job 5:10; Psalm 65:10; Psalm 68:9; Psalm 147:8; Jeremiah 14:22).

God “did good” by providing the weather needed to produce (1) rain; (2) fruitful seasons; (3) food. Without the changing weather patterns which produce the “fruitful seasons” (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter) none of this would be possible.

#food, #fruitful, #gladness, #good, #heart, #heaven, #leave, #pattern, #produce, #rain, #record, #season, #weather, #without, #witness

On Thanksgiving day, my wife and I will …

On Thanksgiving day, my wife and I will visit the home of one of our members, who through her generosity, and the generosity of her three sisters will have plenty of food and fellowship.

#fellowship, #food, #generosity, #home, #member, #plenty, #sister, #visit, #wife


Anybody heard from Ron today? I missed the Bible reading post. He’s infallible when it comes to posting that, so I’m concerned about him. He was supposed to babysit a grandkid sometime soon, I think, so maybe he ran off to have fun with the wee one.

• Fellow Daniel Hayes says it’s a girl. Just born. Our congrats to Mom and Pop.

• I’ve bled around the Internet today and yesterday. A GoSpeak report. Several short pieces on my blog. Twitter tweets and Posterous mini- (mmm, probably, midi-) items. Other stuff in Portuguese you’re not so interested in. (I’m assuming you are, in the English pieces.) And, of course, TFR posts, which you have easy access to.

• The Missus is feeding me lots of dark greens, like broccoli and spinach, for what don’t ail you yet. The latter, twice in, oh, three days, with The Maiden and I serving as guinea pigs for new recipes. They were good ones, no bitter taste that I associate with spinach. Any day now, my muscles will be popping out like Popeye’s.

• Does fried okra count as a dark green? Last night we had it, the veggie supplied by a brother in Christ who raises a huge, agrotoxic-free garden. We’re often the beneficiaries of his green thumb.

• An Indian restaurant opened up a couple blocks from my office. I thought I’d wait until I got back from our teaching trip next week before trying it. Don’t want anything too strange to cause me problems before traveling.

• Some people I know from an NGO asked me for urgent charity help on their website. I got a good start on it, taking out time I really didn’t have, but they’ve not gotten back with me. One person’s urgent is another’s round to-it, I guess.

• Lots of attention on the new TSA machines and procedures for air travelers. If you don’t like it, don’t fly, they say. Easy for you to say, you don’t live thousands of miles across jungles and oceans. I’ve flown so much in the last two years, I’ve had — in my, um, flightier moments — a secret desire to find a little interior town, become an eccentric recluse, and retire with two feet on the ground to never more lift off a tarmac. Well, we can wish, can’t we?

• Oh, yes, on Sunday night, another aeroplane ride. *Sigh.”

#diet, #food, #personal-view

Comfort food

If we’re talking about real comfort, then we’re talking John 6:51-58.

Jesus the Son of God is the only real comfort. As the Apostle Paul wrote, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,  who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God,” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4 ESV).

God not only comforts us, but he enables us to comfort others. That’s real, satisfying comfort!

#comfort, #food, #jesus-christ

Comfort Food

Cookie dough blizzard–yummy! 🙂

#blizzard, #food

“What’s your eating habits like in Bra…

“What’s your eating habits like in Brazil?” people often ask us. Unique, I have to say. We incorporate some Brazilian foods (especially the fresh stuff), some American standbys, and a strong tendency toward vegetarian fare. Tonight was a spinach souffle, broiled asparagus, snap peas with almondaise, and deviled eggs.


Commute, Food, & Amos

Thanks to all for the kind words & prayers. Amos is doing wonderful. We got home a little bit ago and Ranae’s mother will be with us the next 5 days (which helps a lot). My parents have been watching the older 3 boys the last 48 hours.

It’s hard to pick my favorite food because I just enjoy eating period. I love anything Mexican or Italian, it seems. Pecan pie is also very high on the list.

My commute varies based on where I’m working for the day–

bookkeeping job–about 10 min

church office–about 5 min

basement office–less than 30 seconds

#amos, #commute, #food

Give me bread

I love bread of all kinds. Here, we get small individual loaves much like French bread, made fresh throughout the day. It’s called a paozinho, little bread.

I usually have another favorite first thing in the morning: an almondshake, made fresh from almond milk (also made fresh from the almonds for this lactose-intolerant guy), frozen bananas and another fruit, almost always, papaya.

Then about mid-morning, sometimes, a paozinho toasted on the grill or, if I’m at home, in the pan. At home, usually with hot tea. At the padaria, sometimes, sometimes, with a cappuchino, which Laura needs to try here to get the real experience of the thing. So says Mike Benson who keeps trying to come back to sit at the counter with me.


My favorite food? What I grew up with on…

My favorite food? What I grew up with on the farm – red beans and cornbread, along with a good garden salad – can’t be beat.

#bean, #cornbread, #food, #garden