Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Greece is definitely one of my dream places to visit, and on my "bucket list" of course. I'm sure you've seen many pictures similar to the one above - brilliant blue ocean contrasting against the alabaster white villages. Ahh, I would LOVE to go there!
In addition to the breathtaking scenery, I'm sure I'd love the food. We love Mediterranean cuisine and my cooking often reflects that style. These Greek Turkey Burgers are a tribute to my love of Mediterranean food- and Greece!
I'm sure you're like me and get tired of the same old boring burger -don't get me wrong, I enjoy them, but sometimes I want a burger with a little more pizazz. I love coming up with new recipes, or simply putting my own twist on them. Here's a recipe I got from a Taste of Home magazine a few years ago, but have changed it up to our liking.
~Greek Turkey Burgers~
2lb Ground Turkey
1lb Ground Beef
1/2 c Kalamata Olives, chopped
1/2 Red onion, chopped
Seasoning of your choice, liberally!
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
Mix together with your hands and form into "mini burgers". Grill or cook to your preference.
Now, you will need:
Feta Cheese, crumbled
Avocado, lightly salted
Arugula (or lettuce of choice)
Additional yummy garnishes: tomatoes, cucumbers, sprouts, bell pepper, banana peppers, pepper jack cheese, fresh spinach, etc.
Take Pita Bread and cut in half, making 2 pockets. Take your mayo and crush garlic into it, adding a bit of salt to taste. Some may like more or less so this garlic mayo is really to be created to your taste. Spread on insides of pita pockets, and then proceed to spread avocado inside as well. Sprinkle with feta, and place mini burgers into pocket. Complete with sauteed mushrooms and peppery arugula (or lettuce of choice). Feel free to add or omit whatever you like. If you have cucumbers or tomatoes on hand, those would work perfectly as well! There are so many possibilities, unfortunately your pita pocket will only hold so much (trust me, I speak from experience).
This will be one of the most flavorful sandwiches you will ever eat! It's definitely a favorite at our house!!
Monday, November 29, 2010
1 John 4:9-10 "In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins."
The act of atoning for sin or wrongdoing
Nouns denoting acts or actions
Hypernyms ("propitiation" is a kind of...):
Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "propitiation"):
1 John 5:11 "And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son."
Friday, November 26, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Psalm 95:1-3 "O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods."
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Colossians 2:6-7 "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him: Rooted and built up in Him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving."
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
"O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!"
Moses, the aged prophet, had rehearsed God's dealings with Israel, placed before them a challenge to obey God, and publicly charged Joshua to be his successor. He then taught the children of Israel a song. The verse of Scripture we are considering is actually part of the song that Moses is leaving his people. In speaking of a shortcoming of his beloved people, Moses describes a mistake that is all too familiar today: "O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!" Moses laments the fact that they were too shortsighted in their vision. They did not consider where their present decisions and choices might lead them.
This is good advice for each of us. CONSIDER YOUR LATTER END. If people "would consider their latter end," it might serve as a strong deterrent to disobedience and an incentive to resist temptations. Israel was guilty of disobeying God's commandments. They had made marriages with the heathen in defiance of the Word of God. Rather than separating from the ungodly worship of their neighbors, Israelites participated in their idolatrous practices. Where did they think these decisions would lead them? What might be their "latter end"? Are there not consequences for rebellion and disobedience? Chastisement would surely come. The sins of the fathers would invite greater abominations by their children. Idolatry accepted in the high places would open the door for idolatry in the house of God. Eventually, the nation would be overcome by its enemies, the temple destroyed, Jerusalem ravaged, and the people taken captive. They would not "consider their latter end."
Satan wants us to believe that willful disobedience will bring no consequences. He wants us to think only of the immediate, with no regard for the future. God wants us to think about where our journey will lead us. What will be the "latter end"? Where will a life of selfishness end up? Will we be thankful we lived for self rather than for God? Will our children be left with a good example of what Christian living is supposed to be? What about that appointment we all have at the Judgment Seat of Christ? Many heartaches and disappointments could be avoided if people would "consider their latter end."Pastor Smith's daily devotions may also be read by visiting www.mzbc.com/devotions.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
SEEKING HIS PRESENCE
Devotion for November 20, 2010
"And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom, that God had put in his heart."
II Chronicles 9:23.
Solomon's wealth and his wisdom were beyond imagination. People traveled great distances to witness the magnificence of the temple and Solomon's court. He "exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom" (I Kings 10:23). He wrote three thousand proverbs and over a thousand songs. Much of our Book of Proverbs in the Bible is attributed to the writings of this wise king. Our text says, "all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom." Imagine the respect and interest these dignitaries had, with a desire to be in Solomon's presence and to hear his wisdom. Had we lived in the days of Solomon, it would have been a great privilege to be in his presence and to hear his words. However, we are reminded that Jesus said in Matthew 12:42, referring to Himself, "a greater than Solomon is here."
There is no king like our King. As much of a privilege as it would have been to sit in Solomon's presence and to listen to his wisdom, we have an even greater opportunity. We can be in God's presence and hear His Words and wisdom. As earnestly as the kings of the earth desired to be in the presence of Solomon, we ought to seek to be in the presence of Jesus. We want to live in His presence, walk in His presence, sing in His presence, and serve in His presence. Of course, we realize that God is everywhere, and we are always in His presence. But He has also promised to manifest Himself in our hearts and lives and dwell, particularly, where He is welcome. He said, for instance, concerning the assembly of His churches, "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them" (Matthew 18:20). When the New Testament church assembles, Jesus promises to be in their midst.
It is interesting that kings would travel great distances to be in Solomon's presence and to hear his words, while many who claim to belong to Jesus will not choose to gather with fellow church members to learn of One greater than Solomon. Through prayer, the child of God is invited to "come boldly unto the throne of grace" (Hebrews 4:16).
If kings passionately desired to visit the throne of Solomon, should we not more so desire to visit the throne of God in prayer? May it be said of us that we "sought the presence" of our Savior.Pastor Smith's daily devotions may also be read by visiting www.mzbc.com/devotions.