Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sufficiency of Scripture for the Church

Here ye, here ye!

I have heard this fine sermon twice today and am prepared to listen again.

Join me?

Using Exekiel 43 as a starting point, my pastor of 32 years preached the Good News by proclaiming the Headship of  Christ for His Church.

The title of *Senior Pastor* or *Bishop* is nothing compared to the Name of Jesus to which every knee shall bow.

The Westminster Divines relied upon Ezekiel 43 to introduce their Book of Church Order in 1643.

And if they be ashamed of all that they have done, shew them the form of the house, and the fashion thereof, and the goings out thereof, and the comings in thereof, and all the forms thereof, - and all the laws thereof: and write it in their sight, that they may keep the whole form thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and do them.

In the same way that Christ died for the invisible church (the repentent, redeemed sinner), God also died the visible church (repentent and redeemed)AND sees her as white as snow: perfect and blameless because of the work and sacrifice of His Son.

This is so comforting.

While it may seem unusual to use Ezekiel 43 as the basis for the sermon, there were a host of additional Scriptural references.  But, do take the time to read Exekiel chapters 40 - 48 in order to understand the context in which the prophet was speaking in order to focus and train the eyes of his charges on future glory.


We sang hymns to reinforce these doctrines.  From the (blue) Trinity Hymnal:

Behold! The Mountain of the Lord (272) - based on Is 2:2 (Scottish paraphrase)
Zion, Founded on the Mountains (369) -  based on Ps 87:1

Approach My Soul (423) - based on Heb $;!4, 16 and written by John Newton (a favorite)

Glorious Things of Thee (269) - again Ps 87 but verse 3, and John Newton

We celebrated communion and submitted our tithes, hoping in the Lord.

Then, never forgetting that a good theology will invariably produce a good meal,

we returned home show enjoy Sunday's menu  ~

Beef Stew
French Bread

Begian Chocolate Brownies with Walnuts
Black Coffee

Yes, there was broccoli in the brisker ....only to be overlooked.

I'd had enough vegetables for one day. (ref Dan 1)

Artwork Credit:
Open Door Chapel
Oil on Canvas
16" x 20"
by Margaret Jordan

Friday, February 26, 2010

In honor of my maternal grandfather, Albert Osborn Linch, who died on this day fifty years ago, at the young age of 58, I'm highlighting one paragraph of his inaugural address to the Fulton County Medical Society.  It speaks directly to today's healthcare fiasco.

America today stands at the cross-roads, and there seems to be a tremendous urge to go down the road of least resistance, which leads to chaos and ruin. If what I say smacks of non-medical politics, let those that are burned make the most of it.

America must have a change in the way of thinking of our men in high political places or our way of living will surely collapse. Justice Brandeis warned, "The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning, but without understanding."

We are borrowing from the future and robbing the purses of our children and grandchildren by continuing the deficit operation of our government. It behooves us to fight in every way possible those who would torpedo the medical profession and scuttle American freedom to satisfy the whims and political aspirations of these demagogs.

I plead with you to support your political leaders who are interested in free enterprise and in the economic operation of your government.

January 19, 1950

Let us not grow weary in doing good.

Here's a link to the entire address

Here's a link to another entry about AOL.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Coconut Cake

Detailed instructions involve three separate recipes.

Here's a link to one untouched photo of the finished product.

There were no leftovers.

Links for the three recipes.
1)  Coconut Filling
2)  Yellow Cake
3)  7-minute Icing

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Coconut Filling

Buy three fresh coconuts. You're only using two, but you will be glad you have one extra at home, in case there's not enough milk in the first two.  Poke out the *eyes* with a screwdriver and drain the milk into a glass measuring cup.  You'll need 1 1/2 cups.  Set aside.

Then place the coconuts in a warm (250) oven for 30 minutes to help crack them. I go outside for the next step:  place them on level surface and hit with hammer to break shell open.  This is actually great fun.

After the heavy outer shell is gone, use a vegetable peeler to remove the thin brown lining off of the white meat.

Grate finely the meat from two coconuts. I use my cuisinart for this.

Cook coconut milk and 2 C sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat until it spins a thread (230degrees). I use a candy thermometer to help me know for sure.

Add 1 C heavy cream. Boil hard for one minute. Pour over finely grated coconut meat. {12/17/13 My sister Noel asked me to quantify the number of cups of grated coconut that result from two whole coconuts.  I will do that the next time I prepare this recipe.}  Stir to combine.

Reserve (store in refrigerator) until ready for use. You can actually do this in advance.

Spread between layers of cake and on top layer.

LATER and unrelated to the coconut filling which is recipe #3 for my Coconut Cake.

Use third fresh coconut to fix Ambrosia.....

Have you ever bought and used a fresh coconut?

Friday, February 19, 2010

Seven Minute Icing
from the Joy of Cooking

2 unbeaten egg whites
1 1/2 C granulated white sugar
5 Tbs cold water
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1 1/2 tsp light corn syrup

Using a double boiler, place these ingredients over rapidly boiling water.

Beat with hand mixer constantly for (approx) seven minutes or until light, fluffy and spreadable.

Remove from heat. Add 1 tsp vanilla.

Makes 2 cups or enough to ice a three-layer cake.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

1-2-3-4 Cake
(my grandmother's recipe)

1 C real butter
2 C granulated white sugar
3 C sifted flour (sift all purpose flour then measure out)
4 eggs (5 are better, but then the *title* doesnt match)

3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 C water (or milk)

Sift together dry ingredients and set aside. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs on at the time. Alternately add water and flour mixture. Add vanilla.

Bake in three 9" prepared cake pans at 325 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

Invert pans onto wire racks and remove cakes from pans immediately to prevent overcooking.

I like to cover each layer with damp paper towel, while they cool.

Do you have a favorite yellow cake recipe?

Monday, February 15, 2010

Happy Birthday DD#3

In 1991, we enjoyed this heart-shaped Red Velvet Cake for your birthday.

In 2010, I understand that you made your own birthday cake: German Chocolate.

There are many years in between.  So, I'm on a mission to document your birthday cakes.

Have you ever seen a cuter 3 year old?

The birthday dress was compliments of Grandma Jago.

Any Birthday Valentines at your house?

Friday, February 12, 2010

Happy Birthday, Dee!


Here's a link to another photo.

My maternal grandmother was a big part of my childhood, living with us for the last twelve years of her life.

Very precious, full of memories.

Were you blessed with a close relationship with grands?