Saturday, October 25, 2014

"Gleanings from the Fields" - A BMW Devotional Book


 

We are overwhelmed at the response this book has received!  Currently we have requests for over 500 copies!  Glory to God! 
 
If you are interested in a copy, please leave a comment with your email, and we will be in touch shortly.  The book will cost roughly $10 (that includes shipping) and we can only except payment via paypal.
 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Heart of a Quitter (Part 3): The Quitter Who Couldn't Quit

Continued from...
The Heart of a Quitter Part 1
The Heart of a Quitter Part 2

Wouldn't it be great if their was some way to inject ourselves with a vaccine for quitting? Actually, there is...

Jeremiah 20:9 "Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak
any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a
burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay."

Jeremiah had a tough ministry! Imagine being called to a people that God told you would not repent. If God told our family ahead of time that no one in the village of Sangla would ever be saved, I would struggle to faithfully minister there with my family! But Jeremiah obeyed God. Then Jeremiah's frustration mounted. For preaching to the people, he got the grand prize of... 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Very Quick and Easy Beef Stroganoff with Garlic Bread


Sometimes you just need a quick and easy one-skillet meal to serve your family on busy evenings when time is limited. This Beef Stroganoff recipe is one of my go to recipes when I have little time but I still need to fill some bellies with a decent meal. 
These ingredients are based on feeding a family of five. You can adjust the amounts to less or more depending on your needs.


Ingredients:

Beef Mixture:
1 1/2 pounds of ground beef
2 beef buillion cubes (20 grams each)
 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups of sour cream
Black pepper
Garlic powder
Salt (if more is desired)

1 can of Mushrooms (400 grams)

Pasta of your choice


Directions:

1. Brown ground beef in a skillet. Drain grease. Put beef back in to skillet. Turn heat down to a simmer.
2. Add two beef bullion cubes to the prepared beef, 
3. Pour in no more than 1/4 a cup of water and stir to dissolve the bullion cubes completely.
4. Add the can of mushrooms.
5. Stir in the sour cream.
6. Season with black pepper and garlic powder to taste. You can then determine if you need to add more salt but usually the bullion cubes add sufficient flavor.

Serve over prepared pasta.


This is great served with garlic bread!

Garlic bread

1. Turn your oven on maximum temperature and broiler mode. Move the rack closer to the top of your oven, allowing space for the bread so it will not be touching the top of the oven.
2. Soften the amount of butter necessary for the size of bread you choose in a microwave or by allowing it to sit out on your counter to soften. **The nice think about garlic bread is that it does not require fresh bread. It is even better made with bread that is a day or two old.
3. Salt the butter and mix in, depending on your preference as to the amount of salt,  if you are on a field where they do not sell salted butter or, in my case, it is more expensive to buy!
4. Spread the salted butter evenly onto the bread.
5. Salt the buttered bread lightly and evenly (it helps the bread to toast).
6. Evenly sprinkle garlic powder over the buttered bread.
7. Place on a cookie sheet and place in the oven.

Depending on your oven, you may need to watch the bread the entire time to be sure it is toasting evenly and not burning. Once it is toasted to your satisfaction, remove the cookie sheet from the oven. Cut into serving sizes and serve warm!





Monday, October 20, 2014

The Pastor's Paycheck ~ A Prayer Request

My husband has been preaching through 1 Corinthians this year, and yesterday he arrived at the first half of chapter nine in which the apostle Paul challenges the Corinthians over their lack of financial support for him. We deem this lesson crucial to our baby believers as well; yet we are reticent to preach on the topic unless it comes up naturally through the course of expositional preaching, as it did yesterday.

This passage of Scripture is crucial to a baby church plant because, as I explained to my son last night, "If we want to move on to plant other churches, we must make sure this church is strong first and able to stand on its own. And if we want this church to stand on its own, it must be able to pay its own pastor."

We are reticent to preach on this topic for two major reasons:
  • the prosperity gospel and
  • the people's poverty
The prosperity gospel has burned over much of southern Africa. False pastors, syncretistic churches, and money-making miracle crusades are everywhere in Africa--copying to the extreme the abuses they see on TBN. Every one of those pastors preaches weekly about the tithe or makes big ordeals out of the collection of the offerings and rewards big givers through promises or status symbols. The church is big business over here. In fact, so many of the other churches are like that that we and our church members  simply describe them as "money churches." Thus an obvious, major difference between our church and the prosperity churches is that we DON'T talk a lot about money.

So we feel we must avoid those topics so as to not be joined in a group we consider heretical and detrimental to the Gospel; and when we do address the giving of church members, we sometimes feel that we have to add a lot of disclaimers to enumerate the differences between what we're preaching and what they say.

Poverty is obviously another big problem. How can they be expected to support their pastors when they have barely enough to live on? Would we want to live on that much?

The issue of poverty is complicated by the centuries of vast amounts of aid Africa has received through the years. The Africans get so MUCH welfare and yet seem to feel that it's not enough. So it might not occur to them to live sacrificially and plan a budget in order to pay their pastor. After all, so many needs are met from outside them. Why would this need be met from within them?

So one of the questions Seth asked the church yesterday in his sermon was, "If a church can't support its pastor, is it sinning?" What do you think? Tough question. The answer could certainly be yes; but it could possibly be no as well, if the church were too poor to support its pastor yet tried wholeheartedly to support him more than they supported self-comforts.

There are so many other questions that can be included in this issue. For example, should our poor, small church try to support us with whatever finances they can? At first I said no, because we are church planting missionaries, which is not the same thing as a pastor. But my husband reminded me that the apostle Paul was also a missionary when he assumed the Corinthians should support him.

Please pray for your church planting missionaries around the world, because they cannot leave their churches and begin new works until the churches are selfish, meaning that they have the "Three Selfs":
  • Self-supporting
  • Self-governing
  • Self-propagating
and supporting their pastor includes two of those points. We need a change in their cultures and worldviews to allow for sacrificial giving to their pastor (and to missions). At times this seems like an impossible task indeed, but God can do what seems impossible!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Heart of a Quitter (Part 2)

If you haven't read it already, The Heart of a Quitter (Part 1).

Seriously. No one wants to quit. No one wants to be a quitter. But we must realize that any of us can be tempted if we don't know the warning signs and the pitfalls that lead to quitting. Even great men like Elijah gave into the temptation of quitting.


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1 Kings 19:9-10 "And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there;
and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him,
What doest thou here, Elijah? And he said, I have been very jealous for the
LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant,
thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword;
and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away."

Elijah felt alone... isolated. He was feeling overwhelmed. The task was too great for him, and there was no one to help. He just knew he was the only one left. This loneliness brought him to the point of quitting.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Caramel Apple Spice (Hot Apple Cider) Starbucks Copycat Drink


Today I am posting this yummy hot cider drink recipe because it has become a favorite requested drink for our annual MK (missionary kid) Harvest Party. I originally found this recipe on Pinterest from this site when I was searching for the perfect hot apple cider recipe. This year's party became a memory last night as we all gathered together with other missionaries in the area we live in here in Siberia, Russia. I will be posting more details about that on my personal blog once all the photos have been sorted, but for now, I wanted to share this recipe with you because to me it is the best cider recipe I have ever tasted. Now, that may or may not have something to do with the fact that there is caramel involved!
This recipe also calls for brown sugar, which may not be easily available for you some of you missionary ladies around the globe, but if not, friends, there is another item to pack into a missionary care package!




Ingredients:


1/2 Cup Water
1/3 Cup Brown sugar
1 Cinnamon stick
2 Cups Apple juice
1 Tablespoon Caramel sauce
Whipped cream

Directions:


In a small pot bring water, brown sugar, and cinnamon stick to a boil.
Stir until sugar is dissolved completely. Discard cinnamon stick.
Add in apple juice and caramel sauce and stir.
Pour into glasses. Top with whipped cream and more caramel if desired.

YUM!


*For the party we used hot coffee cups, but at home, my hubby and I enjoyed some cider in these cute glasses I received for Christmas the year before. It is very pretty served in clear glasses!