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Monday, December 5, 2016

Ready? Set? ROLL!

Forgive me while you are chewing...Been a busy busy time   many of you know of my Mother in hospice ..getting ready to forever know and be in Love with Jesus full time!  As do we all strive and yearn for....leaving out in the morning...with rejoicing and NEW Mercies!
Driving cross country ...me and McKinley.....should be fun....Thank you all so much for the prayer and wonderful caring expressions of the Love of Jesus towards me!   I Love and cherish them...I will be eating road food for a few days...not road kill ... ;)
As the Holy Spirit moves   so do we....We roll!

I will do my best to share the road journey...tonight I rest after a busy day!  cramming in so much...
Let me leave you with this nugget to chew on...
It is about the journey sometimes in balance with the destination...my God Positioning System is similar to my worldly GPS in that it doesn't help you unless you know where you came from...and where you are going...
Talk among yourselves

Rock and Roll!  Jesus is the Rock and we Roll!

Please Please pray Rolling mercies.Grace, provision...and most of all Good weather!  TIA  GMTA  God minds...

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Sisters and Brothers...Entree time!

We cannot be filled with the former and be possessors of the new. The former must be dealt with; Must be driven out by severe crucifixion, from which we are not meant to recover. We must become living sacrifices that stop crawling off of the altar. Life will be imparted by the death of Jesus working in us." - Terry Bennett, Pastor and Brother

OK!  Wow...As I have been and will be sharing more of Brother Lawrence and others gone on before us  It was just groovy to read the above quote ...touching something deep inside me that I pray will be edifying and food indeed to you my family in Christ and fellow lovers of Jesus.  So much...so many "brands" to choose...For me this is meat...Entree time...so I encourage you to eat first with your eyes Amen? Then smell ...thus discerning the savor through another set of senses...then choosing to taste of each portion on this plate...Time to use all your senses...and your eating implements are your resources...Of course the Word in it's many personifications, ways, aspects and translations... For me this is super savory deep flavored, and rich beyond what "fatness" can only be described in the Word...
Psalm 63:5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.

When I have been at a table full of Chefs in a restaurant they all were excited to experience the offering..but asked first for the Bread...they wanted to see smell and taste the bread!...so look first my precious reader at the plate alongside the entree...that has the bread...use this to prepare your diving in to the entree...with joyful lips!
(I encourage you also to run to the word to make sure I am not giving you anything not given to us already by God as "good for doctrine..."  I will quote book...and leave it to you to find it...old school style remember it wasn't till the 16th century that "chapter and verse" did not appear in our Bibles...I will also use the New King James as a baseline version...but encourage you to seek clarification and expansion of those words in other translations and versions that you can digest it better...Thank you for doing that)

In the gospel of John
 "Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty."

Then later in John

This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”

The Jews therefore quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?”

So taste this bread...and prepare your palate

Rock and Roll!  Jesus is the Rock...and we Roll!

Friday, December 2, 2016

But Wait!

God morning all!  busy days...woke up sore...feeling not an urgency but a prompting to continue in the Word Cat recieved the day before she went home..."Declutter and go through your stuff"  and so I am I am also excited and wanted to thank you all for praying for my heaqrts desire and God certainly provided in His inimitable way!  I am now happy owner of a minivan for Mac and I  ( If you do not know Mac here is a pic)...

To travel to visit my Mom who is in hospice in MD.   Excited that God has let me travel to share along the Way... the Good News, to share what He is doing here at the School, and just connect with Family in Christ. Pray traveling mercies as I prepare and embark  I will try to blog as I can along the way....God is good!
...I just saw a coupon  "Save $1.50 on Simple Truth"   Wow!  Thats a good deal!  What is the Simple Truth?  For me it is about being real...Created to be one with that...Simple truth...to share the Good News...and to accept all those things along the way that bring me closer to Him in my heart...thankful that it is not rocket science or methodology or religion...
...When I look outside yes in the Oregon rain I see a tree "bowing" leaning towards me  close enough to see the needles and leaves praising God...Standing firm in their silent expression of...Love.  Their sap their life blood so to speak flowing through it keeping it growing healthy and ...on point ...in purpose...We also are "the called"  to go and do likewise...stand firm and know...taste and see...believe on and be saved...
Take a moment...Be like the tree...
God is Love...go...and do that...
Have a Groovy God day and Rock and Roll!  Jesus is the Rock...and we Roll!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Being Real...Intermezzo

God Day everyone!....If you hadn't been introduced via this blog to Pastor Kelly from The Life Center and I love this brother just because he is a Real guy really in Love with Jesus and really being obedient to the calling to feed His lambs, sheep, and tending His(Jesus') flock..thats us!. Pastor Kelly has graciously allowed me to share his "sharings". He leads his flock by Bible reading...and in recent times reading the book of Ezekiel...now The Word is always something that should have priority in our lives...Really! I encourage you to check out these two chapters and taste and see what God is saying to you...here is a glimpse of what Kelly shared about them...OK go read then come back...Have a groovy God day and TIA! For your prayers, attentiveness, and well..just being who you are...His creations His Love shown here on this planet...

Ezekiel 45. Position, power and authority are to be used to benefit others not ourselves. Israel's princes have been using their power selfishly. God tells Ezekiel to proportion the land for it's proper uses and to instruct the princes to lead well and promote wealth, health and fairness to all. God wants everyone to benefit from each other and support each other. Entitlements of the powerful are destructive to society. We should promote a level playing field, equal opportunity and encourage those who are successful to help others around them succeed too. God wants everyone to be blessed and no one to be oppressed.

Ezekiel 46. When it comes to worship, gratitude and thankfulness there are minimums and then there are those who go way beyond the minimums. Let's take our worship, gratitude and thankfulness for God to a higher level. Let's take our gratitude and thankfulness for others to a whole new level also today. The Bible calls it free will offerings. Freely offer more gratitude and thankfulness to those around you. You will love the results! There are so many reasons for worship, gratitude and giving. Pick one or two and get busy.

Rock and Roll! Jesus is the Rock....and we Roll!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Being Real ...is there an echo in here?

Praying you are deep into the culinary journey that is leftovers...and just when you get the urge for a second or third helping...here is another "helping"...
...Brother Lawrence (if you don't know who or what I am talking about look back and read from the beginning).  Yes Bro Larry felt having a proper heart about tasks, made every detail of his life possess surpassing value. We acknowledge that in our ATTITUDE...He writes again..."I began to live as if there were no one... except God and me in the world." Brother Lawrence felt that he cooked meals, ran errands, scrubbed pots, and endured the scorn of the world alongside God. One of his most famous sayings refers to his kitchen:
"The time of working does not with me differ from the time of prayer; and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess God in as great tranquility as if I were upon my knees at the blessed sacrament“ ...one of the “means and methods of coming to God’s Love..."and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus..."  I hope these nibbles speak to your heart and I encourage you to read more...and hear what this regular guy wrote... about what was happening to Him, and be reminded that He created and put you  right there!   Right where you are... right now...
In our journey through life in this experience sometimes we tire of being real in this world...Read Rom 7 how Paul was like ..." O wretched man that I am!..." much of life's experiences are meant to distract and misguide...we just see it as stuff that is happening...thinking maybe even God is doing that!  Now as we grow and begin to live in the truth that life is all about choices...We are so loved that we get it all freedom of choice...including the consequences of our choices...Look at those walls around the Prisons, Schools and yes even churches...and life without Jesus had us build a protective wall around our hearts...so massive our hearts become one with the wall...hearts made of stone...Time to go to the Stone Mason of our lives get yoked with him and start chippin' away...little by little day by day....Some famous artists say that the sculpture is already in the stone...we just need to chip away all the pieces in the way...God who made us is entirely the best "choice" to put in charge of your being revealed as the creation you were meant to be....Ah Yes!  
Now...what can I do with this stuffing, and yams...Hmmmmm
rock and Roll Jesus is the Rock.....and we Roll! 
...OH yeah ...pass me a roll  ;)

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016 . . . Something and Some Song For Everybody November 23, 2016

Spending time this weekend with family and with friends who are special seems to fit well with a day dedicated to the giving of thanks. Aren’t they the ones whose love is not based on our performance? Whose forgiveness covers hurtful words and selfish deeds? What comfort! And in our better moments, how grateful we are . . .For Our Father who does that...as is His "nature".

And isn’t it the transcendence of such love and forgiveness, gifts from beyond the limits of space and time, that makes the celebration of that comfort worth miles of travel? Michael Martin Murphey in his song “What’s Forever For?” minces no words: “What’s the glory in living? . . . If love never lasts forever, tell me... what’s forever for?”

For those of us with a more utilitarian bent, the health benefits of gratitude are now well documented. Maybe medical school curricula should be tweaked a bit? . . . ;)

And when the national well-being comes to mind . . . So does the Battle Hymn of the Republic..."Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!"
From one of President Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Day proclamations: “I recommend to [my fellow citizens] that . . . they . . . fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.” (By the President: Abraham Lincoln; William H. Seward, Secretary of State; October 3, 1863)

To our readers, with Wayne Newton, we sing “Danke Schoen”
And in our finest Elvis voice...“Thank you very much . . .”

God is Love...so go and just do that...

 Rock and Roll!  Jesus is the Rock...and we Roll!
and Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Christian Chefs International and the Christian Culinary Academy!!

P.S. For other old Jesus Freaks like me...
“Now it all started two Thanksgivings ago, was on - two years ago on
Thanksgiving, when my friend and I went up to visit Alice at the
restaurant, but Alice doesn't live in the restaurant . . .” Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant”

Monday, November 21, 2016

Being Real...again!

Looking back and looking up...to the great cloud of witnesses that have gone before and the same crowd...that cheers us on...to where we are...where God placed us purposefully...right here...right now...it may be a mountain top...It may be a hard hard place...As we continue this part of the journey...

...Just as we in the mission field of our homes...it is a gift to be able to work in the industry and the home ….For that is Holy Ground!
Why did God tell Moses in Exodus 3...and later to Joshua...

v.5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”

That harkens to Joshua 1:3, where the Lord promised to be everywhere that Joshua set his feet. The pillar of cloud may vanish, and the column of fire may be extinguished, but God's presence was just as real as ever. Your living room is holy ground, for Jesus is there. Your bedroom is holy ground. Your Kitchen is holy ground. Your classroom or workplace is holy ground, for everywhere you go, Jesus is there...In you. If you all do not know nor heard of Brother Lawrence pleas allow me to introduce you to one of the great cloud of witnesses...who sometimes is called the "patron saint" of the kitchen...

Brother Lawrence was a french monk in the 1600's who lived and served in France. Born Nicolas Herman after joining the Carmelite order took the name "Lawrence of the Resurrection". He was assigned to the kitchen at the monastery where he came into a so intimate and passionate spiritual revelation one we are fortunate to share. And to the heart of this message ...that it's not about religion but about relationship...just about being ...real. He wrote letters compiled in a book called “Practicing the presence of God” which was printed after his death in 1691. he writes, "Men invent means and methods of coming to God's love, they learn rules and set up devices to remind them of that love, and it seems like a world of trouble to bring oneself into the consciousness of God's presence. That is called Religion...Yet it might be so simple. Is it not quicker and easier just to do our common business wholly for the love of him?"

As Jesus said “ Which is easier: to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up and walk'? Is it religion or relationship? It’s all about a relationship with Our Father...we want Him to be proud of us!

For Brother Lawrence, "common business," no matter how mundane or routine, could be a medium of God's love. The sacredness or worldly status of a task mattered less than motivation behind it. God sees the heart and motivation...the heart of the Action...Amen? Another quote from his letters..."Nor is it needful that we should have great things to do. . . We can do little things for God; I turn the cake that is frying on the pan for love of him, and that done, if there is nothing else to call me, I prostrate myself in worship before him, who has given me grace to work; afterwards I rise happier than a king. It is enough for me to pick up but a straw from the ground for the love of God." That is what we want those we feed to see in us...to Taste and See...

I encourage you to google Bro Lawrence...and if the Spirit moves...check out his letters...Hmmm I may be able to share it with you...just leave a message here or on facebook...or at my email chef.leo(at)christianchefs.org

So chew on this amuse-bouche a bit and come back for the next course ...

Rock and Roll! Jesus is the Rock...and we Roll!