Series on Judges

Countryside Church of Christ-Edenton, NC Lesson 2 “Failure to drive out Canaanites”.

If you’re in  the area come out on Sunday evenings and join in our Bible Study on Judges given by our Pastor/Teacher, Reggie Webb. And, join us here as we study and participate together. Love hearing your comments as we dig into this great book yet overlooked by many. Click on link below to hear this lesson as well as lesson 1. “Summary of success and Failure.” Book of Judges-Reggie Webb

Let’s dig in.

Book of Judges-Reggie Webb study
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“Of Prayer” John Calvin: Institutes of the Christian Religion

(Of Prayer) “Hence it appears that to pray aright is a special gift.” John Calvin—- 10 July 1509 – 27 May 1564 was a French theologianpastor and reformer in Geneva during the Protestant Reformation.

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Chocolate Zucchini Cake by Debi

It’s zucchini squash time in the garden and I have been utilizing the zucchini from my garden in different ways. Sara gave me the idea to try to make chocolate zucchini cake the other day and searched for a recipe for me. I settled on the one below which sounded very similar to what she found. Instead of a two-layer cake, I made a 9” x 13” sheet cake in a glass pan; omitted the optional espresso powder; used canola oil and dark brown sugar; sour cream instead of yogurt; and iced with the milk chocolate icing suggested in recipe link. https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2016/02/17/marble-cake/

If you like chocolate like I do, I think you will like this cake.

Ingredients:

·         2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)

·         3/4 cup (63g) unsweetened natural cocoa powder

·         2 teaspoons baking soda

·         1/2 teaspoon baking powder

·         1 teaspoon espresso powder (optional)

·         1/2 teaspoon salt

·         1 cup (240ml) canola or vegetable oil

·         1 cup (200g) granulated sugar

·         3/4 cup (150g) packed light or dark brown sugar

·         4 large eggs, at room temperature

·         1/3 cup (80g) sour cream or plain yogurt, at room temperature

·         2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

·         3 cups shredded zucchini (about 3 medium)*

·         1 cup (180g) semi-sweet chocolate chips

·         chocolate frosting or vanilla frosting

Directions:

• Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease two 9×2 inch cake pans. (Make sure they’re at least 2 inches high, deep dish style.) Set aside.

• Make the cake: Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, espresso powder (if using), and salt together in a large bowl. In another large bowl using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle or whisk attachment, beat the oil, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs, sour cream, vanilla, and zucchini together until combined. Pour into dry ingredients and beat on medium speed until completely combined. Beat in the chocolate chips. Batter will be slightly thick.

• Pour batter evenly into cake pans. Bake for around 25-32 minutes or until the cakes are baked through. To test for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, it is done. Allow cakes to cool completely in the pans set on a wire rack. The cakes must be completely cool before frosting and assembling.

For pictures and complete directions visit the link below:

https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2017/07/10/chocolate-zucchini-cake/

Prayer

In reading “Praying with Smith Wigglesworth Faith-filled prayers for Fervent prayer warriors by Larry Keefauver” I ran across a prayer  entitled “Praying Through.”
It raised questions in my mind as to how I’ve been praying.

Here is the paragraph I need help understanding.
“Teach me, O God,
Instead of praying about, to pray through the problem,
Instead of praying for, to pray in the Spirit,
Instead of praying to, to pray with Thee.”

Questions I have is, am I praying with God and what does that
look like?

 

Book Discussion on Afterlife

“How Close Are We to Those Who Have Died?”

In her book titled “Beyond Death”, Flora Slosson Wuellner writes about contact with those who have died as opposed to “a total separation from loved ones still on earth” in the chapter, “How Close Are We to Those Who Have Died?” She discusses both healthy and unhealthy contacts and says “we judge the health of our beyond-death contacts the same way we discern whether our earthly contacts and relationships are healthy: do we feel free or controlled? Are we growing in loving outreach to others around us? Is our daily life still interesting? Do our usual activities give us energy? Do we make independent choices and explore options? Or do we feel a growing dependence, addictiveness?” She goes on to advise that “some after-death contacts should be discouraged, just as some types of earthly relationships should be discouraged.”

Wuellner gives an example of a grandfather of one of her life-long friends that died but didn’t want to enter his next life. He wanted to stay “earthbound” because in life he had “maintained iron control” over his family that he had pulled out of poverty and feared losing what he had gained. He wanted to do the same in death so he came to his granddaughter one night very angry that no one listened to him anymore and he wanted something done about it! The unafraid granddaughter “of great spiritual strength and insight” spoke to him lovingly but firmly and explained that though “they admired him for the many good things he had done for the family…it was time for him to move on…that Christ awaited him, friends awaited him, and that all he had to do was to turn toward the Light.” He was told to leave and not come back complaining because she needed to sleep! “He left sulkily”. Then she prayed for him and slept. Many years later he returned with a peaceful face and then never tried to make contact again.

In another incident, an ex-husband (who in life had “remained in friendly contact for the sake of his daughter”) came back and everyone from the daughter to the dog saw him. Apparently, he wasn’t angry or controlling but “had no wish to explore new options”. He wanted no part of life after death. He wanted to stay on earth where things were familiar and had “no special desire to come closer to God.” Wuellner’s friend knew this was not healthy …” his visits were disrupting their daily lives. Friends, understandably, stopped coming to his house.’” So, this friend got her prayer group to pray; “surrounded herself with God’s love and light”; and told her former husband very firmly to stop the visits, “turn to God’s Light and move on. There he would find family and friends who had died earlier. They awaited him and would welcome him to a better, happier life.” Even after assuring him he needed to go and grow, he tried to return many times.  She learned to be “very tough with him”; told him to go into the Light; don’t fear; God is with you holding your hand; we are praying for you.

Wuellner explains that these were not demonic encounters but just ‘childish, earthbound souls clinging to what they were used to, wanting people to notice and listen to them. They would not let go, release.” She says they had to be dealt with just like a clinging neighbor on earth who visits or calls too much, always needing reassurance or talking trivia. She sums it up by saying: “The fact that people had died makes no difference in the way they needed to be encountered: with lots of tough love and firmly set boundaries.”

We live in Glory

We live in glory? Did you know that? The Bible says we go from glory to glory. 2 Corinthians 3:18 kJV

“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

My name is Stella, I’m less than (3) three lbs. My parents are Jon and Emily. I’m part of the Lily family now! So happy to be here.

Did you see me breaking the stair steps for the very first time? Sara said I’m going from glory to glory! 🤗 Go and break a few steps today and be a 🌟 with me! Be sure to polish your walking stick and take along when you go. Your stick is loaded with words so keep this view in your sight:

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17