Gluten Free & God Seeking

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The High Priest in Hebrews 2:17 Makes Me Think of the Poem Footprints

Christ being the High Priest may not be according to your concept.  I grew up thinking priests were robed figures with high turbans that you told your sins to.  Christ being our High Priest is actually a lot more that that. Keep reading and you'll see. 

Hence He should have been made like His brothers in all things that He might become a merciful and faithful High Priest in the things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.  Hebrews 2:17

 In Chapter 13 when Witness Lee shares that the two words merciful and faithful point out His two natures on page 141-142:

Why does the writer of Hebrews use the words merciful and faithful to describe this HIgh Priest?  Why does he not us just one word or more than two?  The answer is that in the first two chapters of this book the writer has mainly covered two points--that Christ is the Son of God, God Himself, and the Son of Man, man Himself.  Merciful corresponds with His being a man, and faithful corresponds with HIs being God.  In order to be faithful we not only need virtue but also ability.  Suppose I have spoken a word to you as a promise. Although my virtue may be good, I may not have the ability to keep my word.  I have the heart to be faithful in keeping my word, but I lack the ability….But this High Priest is not merely an honest man; He is the faithful God. God is faithful (10:23).  He will fulfill whatever He says.  God never lies (6:18). Whatever He has spoken He is able to fulfill. He has every means to fulfill what He has spoken.  Only God can be fully faithful….What can frustrate God from fulfilling His word? Nothing.  Jesus can be a faithful High Priest because He is the very Almighty God. Since He, as the Son of God, is God Himself, He is able to be faithful (Lee, Witness. Life-Study of Hebrews. Anaheim: Living Stream Ministry, 1975, Print).

.  Because Jesus put on our human nature, He can sympathize with us and be merciful toward us.  As our High Priest Christ knows what we're going through.  He was made like us for this very purpose so that He can connect with us and bear our sorrows. And because He's God, He doesn't ever let go of us--He is faithful to always come and speak the word we need.  

  As I was thinking about Christ being our High Priest I thought of the Footprints poem.  Over 20 years ago my grandmother on my mom's side sent me a card with this poem.  It's in a frame in my room because it's very meaningful to me.  This poem really portrays the depth of what it's like to experience Christ as our High Priest. 

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints.
Other times there was one set of footprints.
This bothered me because I noticed that 
During the low periods of my life when I was
Suffering from anguish, sorrow, or defeat,
I would see only one set of footprints.
So I said to the Lord, "You promised me,
Lord, that if I followed You,
You would walk with me always.
But I noticed that during the most trying periods
Of my life there have only been
One set of prints in the sand.
Why when I have needed You most,
You have not been there for me?"
The Lord replied,
"The times when you have seen only one set of footprints
Is where I carried you."

You can also listen to live excerpts from these messages on Hebrews on The Life-Study of the Bible with Witness Lee.    You will enjoy listening to both the excerpts from the spoken messages and the helpful and enlightening commentary of the radio hosts.  

Other Posts on the Life-Study of Hebrews You Can Check Out:

Why is the Background of the Book of Hebrews Important?
What Does God's Speaking Shows us In Hebrews 1:1-2?
What Does Hebrews 2:10 Say About Christ?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Great BBQ Side Salad - Curried Pea Salad - just recipe august 4 2014

Here's another great BBQ side to add to the traditional potato or pasta salad.  Full of protein and vegetables, it's a great addition. I made this a few weeks ago and even our international students gobbled it up!

This recipe comes from my Syre School Cookbook.

Curried Pea Salad

1.  Thaw 3 cups of peas in a serving bowl.

2.  Chop up 1/4 cup of sliced almonds.

3.  Chop up 2 green onions.

4.  Cube 1/2 cup of colby-jack cheese.

5.  Make Dressing:  Mix together 1/2 to 3/4 cup of mayonnaise with 3/4 t of  Indian curry.

6.  Combine ingredients:  

(1)  Add the green onions, almonds and cheese to the thawed peas.
(2)  Add the mayonnaise mixture and stir to coat all the ingredients.

List of Other Salads on this Blog:

Gluten Free Chinese Chicken Cabbage Salad   (From my Heritage School Cookbook)
Baja Salad with Black Beans & Quinoa  (A remake from something I ate at a restaurant)
Make it Yourself Thai Peanut Dressing for Mandarin Salad  (My friend Judi's recipe)
KFC Copycat Cole Slaw   (A friend shared this with me)
Mexican Grilled Salmon & Mango Salad   (From a Betty Crocker summer cookbook)
Belizean Coleslaw    (From Internet search)

Tasty Gluten Free Pasta Salad  (Something I picked up over 20 years ago!)
Vietnamese Vermicelli Salad Bowls   (From an Internet search)

Jeremy D's Sensational Greek Salad   (My son-in-law's recipe)
Grandma's Perfect Potato Salad   (Family recipe)
Rose's Refreshing Cucumber Salad   (From a Chinese friend)

Grandma Marilyn's Frozen Fruit Salad  (My mother-in-law's recipe)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

How Does the Lord Sanctify Us In Hebrews 2:11?

     Sanctification may sound like a lofty term that makes you mentally screech to a stop.  And I surely would have done that if it weren’t for the Life-Study on sanctification I read last
week. It  covered  Hebrews 2:11 which says:

 For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of One for which cause He is not ashamed to call them brothers.

     Witness Lee points out that even though positionally we’re sanctified through our regeneration, there’s also a dispositional side to sanctification.  And that’s exactly why we need the Lord to be our Captain of our salvation in Hebrews 2:10! He knows how to sanctify each one of us.  In chapter 14 of the Life-Study of Hebrews and on page 158 brother Lee uses his classic illustration of tea to show how the Lord accomplishes  this:
As the Sanctifier, Christ is now sanctifying us dispositionally by imparting God’s holy nature into our being.  I have often used the illustration of teaification.  A glass of plain water is teaified by putting tea into it until the water is completely teaified.  The way to teaify the water is to add the element of tea to the water until the water is saturated and permeated.  Then all the water will be teaified and will have the appearance, color, taste, and flavor of tea.  This is teaification.  We are the glass of plain water, and Christ is the very essence of the divine holiness, the divine nature. Christ has put Himself into us, the glass of plain water, to permeate and saturate us until we are fully sanctified with His holy nature. This is sanctification (Lee, Witness. Life-Study of Hebrews. Anaheim: Living Stream Ministry, 1975, Print).
 I heard this example of tea so many times, and I like it because it makes this huge spiritual truth  so easy to understand.  And I particularly liked the connection he makes with Hebrews 2:10 and 11-- the Captain of our salvation is leading us into glory through this process of sanctification. And you know something else that's hidden in verse 11 is the fact that he reason He's not ashamed to call us brothers is because we have the same life and nature as He does.  This is an incredible truth!!  

You can also listen to live excerpts from these messages on Hebrews on The Life-Study of the Bible with Witness Lee.    You will enjoy listening to both the excerpts from the spoken messages and the helpful and enlightening commentary of the radio hosts.  

Other Posts on the Life-Study of Hebrews You Can Check Out:

Why is the Background of the Book of Hebrews Important?
What Does God's Speaking Shows us In Hebrews 1:1-2?
What Does Hebrews 2:10 Say About Christ?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Saucy BBQ Chicken & It's Gluten Free!

 Marmalade and gluten free tamari work together to make a great marinade for this BBQ chicken recipe!  By the way this is another great  recipe  from my Come & Dine cookbook (a fundraiser cookbook I took part in to help send our teenagers  to  Summer School of the Truth).  

  The only thing I altered with this recipe was omit the 1/2 cup of water because I wanted the sauce be more concentrated.  And it did make the sauce richer tasting!  The international students that board with us and my husband  loved it.

Saucy BBQ Chicken

1.  Prepare chicken:  
(1)  Cut up 1 whole chicken, trim off the fat and rinse.
(2)  Put chicken in a pan

2.  Prepare sauce - In a large bowl put:  
(1)  1/2 cup of orange marmalade, 1/2 cup of gluten free tamari, and 1/2 cup of ketchup.
(2)  Spoon enough of the sauce over the chicken until covered and put in the frig for at least 3-4 hours to marinade.  Put the remaining sauce in a bowl so that you can warm it up and serve it with the chicken.
Note:   I like to leave a bit in the bowl so I can warm it up at the end use it for serving with the chicken.

3.  Bake chicken
(1)  Lay the chicken out in a single layer on a broiler pan--line the bottom with foil.
(2) Bake at 375 for 20 minutes. 
(3)  Put this remaining sauce in a pan and bring to a boil. Use this sauce to brush the chicken half way before flipping over.
(3)  Turn the chicken over, brush with any remaining sauce and bake for another 20 minutes or until the chicken is tender. 
(4)  Warm up the sauce you did not use for serving with the chicken.

List of other  recipes with chicken legs/thighs on this blog:

Gluten Free Soy Sauce Chicken   (Modified from Internet search)
Tasty Gluten Free Filipino Chicken Adobo  (Modified from Internet search)
Gluten Free Sweet & Sour Chicken (From my church cookbook, Come & Dine)

Italian & Greek:
Chicken Souvlaki   (Marinade for chicken from my son-in-law)
Gluten Free Chicken Cacciatore With Peppers & Mushrooms  (Modified from Internet search)
Delicious Gluten Free Chicken Parmesan   (From my church cookbook, Come & Dine)

Pollo Guisado (Mexican Braised Chicken)  (From a church friend in Phoenix)

American Favorites:
Amazing BBQ Chicken    (From my daughter-in-law's family reunion cookbook)
The Best Gluten Free Oven Fried Chicken   (From my sister-in-law)
Fantastic Gluten Free Chicken Kabobs  (From my church cookbook, Come & Dine)
Great for Summer BBQ - Lemon Rosemary Chicken Legs  (From my church cookbook, Come & Dine)

Sunday, August 3, 2014

What Does Hebrews 2:10 Say About Christ?

   If you stop at the Lord just being your Redeemer, you're going to miss out on most of your life.  Hebrews shows the missing piece--it reveals the Lord as the Captain of our salvation.  

   Whenever I've thought of captains in the past, what  came to my mind were sports captains and sea captains,  not a spiritual captain.  In Hebrews 2:10 the Greek word for author can be translated captain.  

For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and through whom are all things in leading many sons into glory, to make the Author [Greek Captain] of their salvation perfect through sufferings.  Hebrews 2:10

    There's a lot in this verse, and you can get the rest of it by reading chapter 9 of the Life-Study of Hebrews.  As I read parts of this chapter, I saw that the Lord's life had a goal beyond just coming to die as a sacrifice for our sins.  He was actually as Witness Lee shares in this chapter fighting to be brought into glory so that He could become the Captain of our salvation.  I never saw this so clearly before--and this excerpt on page 102-103 explains  it:
The Lord Jesus did not suddenly enter into glory.   During all of His days on earth, a fighting process was going on.  The seed of glory was in Him and was fighting its way out.  If you read the Gospels, you will see that the life of Jesus was a life of fighting….He was always fighting the battle for the growth of the seed of glory. He fought that the glory might come out and that He might be brought into glory….He pioneered the way into glory. Therefore, He spontaneously has become qualified to be the leader of those entering into glory. So He is the Captain of our salvation (Lee, Witness. Life-Study of Hebrews. Anaheim: Living Stream Ministry, 1975, Print).  
  Then later in the chapter he uses the classic example of a carnation seed to show what's happening to us.  When the Lord regenerated us, Christ as the seed of glory came into us. And now through all of our environments and experiences with people and things this seed of glory is fighting through all the "dirt" in us to grow to maturity and blossom. 

   He points out that the carnation blossom is actually its glorification, and in all the stages of our Christian journey, Christ as our Captain is leading us into glory.  And to help us get there, He's interceding for us that His life within us would fully grow and be expressed out through us. 

 You can also listen to live excerpts from these messages on Hebrews on The Life-Study of the Bible with Witness Lee.    You will enjoy listening to both the excerpts from the spoken messages and the helpful and enlightening commentary of the radio hosts.  

Other Posts on the Life-Study of Hebrews You Can Check Out:

Why is the Background of the Book of Hebrews Important?
What Does God's Speaking Shows us In Hebrews 1:1-2?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Claudia's Blueberry Coffee Cake (Made Gluten Free!)

     For 12 years I lived next door to a woman who had a wooden sign outside her front door that said, Martha Stewart doesn't live here! You wouldn't have known it for the baked goods that came rolling out of her oven!  

    She owned a flower shop in downtown Seattle, and used her skill to turn her backyard into an English garden. On top of all that, she was the neighborhood craft queen! My children always enjoyed it when she would invite them over to play in her hot tub and have what called a guppy party.

    She was one of my contact people at my children's school.  On one occasion when I came home from work, I found the sick patient next door with a large slice of pizza  in her hand watching a children's movie!  Needless to say she loved my children, and they loved her.

   One Saturday afternoon she invited all the girls and their mothers in our neighborhood for a tea party.  On her beautiful tiered china serving dishes were exquisite sandwiches cut in triangles, muffins, cookies, and other mouth watering creations plus fruit and vegetable platters.  

  When she died of a brain tumor, it crushed our whole family. Before her death she gave my three girls some of her cookbooks. She also told me to go into her backyard and take any of the plants and herbs that I wanted. Most of the plants are still growing in my front and back yard. Her daisies and lemon balm come up each year reminding me of her.  

And over the course of my friendship with her she gave me some of her special recipes.  Today I am sharing her coffee cake recipe.  My brother is bringing me something zucchini from his garden, and I'm going to make and post her chocolate zucchini cake recipe soon.

Claudia's Blueberry Coffee Cake (Made Gluten Free)

1.  Prepare dry ingredients - In a medium sized mixing bowl put:
(1)  2 cups gluten free flour - 2/3 cup brown rice flour, 2/3 cup sorghum flour, and 2/3 cup tapioca flour.
(2)  Stir in leavening & salt:  1 t baking powder, 1 t baking soda, and 1/2 t of salt.

2.  Cream butter & sugar - In a large mixing bowl put:
(1)  1 stick of softened butter and beat for a minute or two.
(2)   Gradually add 1 cup of sugar (I put 3/4 cup) and beat for 3-5 minutes.
(3)  Add 2 eggs ONE at a time, beating well after each.

3.  Combine creamed mixture and flour: 
  Add a part of the flour mixture to the creamed mixture alternately with 1 cup sour cream/yogurt that has been mixed with 1 t of vanilla, and beat well after each addition.

4.  Stir in  1+ cup of blueberries. (You can add chopped apples or any other fruit of your choice.)

5.  Prepare topping - In a small bowl mix together:
(1)  1/3 cup of brown sugar
(2)   t of cinnamon
(3)  1 cup of chopped walnuts
(4)  Sprinkle topping over the top of the coffee cake.

6.  Put the batter into a greased 9 x 3 pan and bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.

Other breakfast recipes on this blog:

Fantastic Gluten Free Blueberry Pancakes  (From my daughter-in-law's family cookbook)
Gluten Free Banana Split Pancakes  (Another recipe from my daughter-in-law's family!)
Outstanding Gluten Free Oatmeal Pancakes  (From my Heritage School Cookbook, where I worked 3 1/2 years)
Family Favorite Gluten Free Buttermilk Pancakes (From my daughter's home ec teacher)
Yummy Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes (From About Gluten Free Cooking)
Crunchy & Delicious Potato Latkes  (From a flier in my sweet potato bag)
Tasty Gluten Free Swedish Pancakes    (From my Syre School Cookbook)
Protein Packed Gluten Free Ricotta Cheese Pancakes  (From my daughter-in-law's family)

Waffles, Crepes,  Fritters & Dutch Babies 
Rachel Ray's Pumpkin Spice Waffles Made Gluten Free & Dairy Free   (This is one I adapted from Rachel Ray)
Easy to Make Gluten Free Waffles  (From my Syre School Cookbook)
Incredible Gluten Free Crepes  (Mix of 2 recipes)
Old Fashioned Gluten Free Banana Fritters   (My grandmother's recipe!)
Amazing Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon Dutch Baby  (From an Internet search)

Egg Dishes
Sweet Potato Hash With Poached Eggs  (From my daughter's Internet search)
Hash Brown Egg Casserole  (From my friend Lisa)
Mexican Migas Breakfast Casserole  (Modified from a recipe from an airport cookbook)
Baked Zucchini Frittata  (I picked this up from a Whidbey Island farmer's market)
Jan's Sausage & Vegetable Frittata  (From a friend who was a home ec teacher)
Huevos Rancheros - A Fantastic South of the Border Breakfast  (I learned this years ago!)
Beautiful Eggs Florentine (Adapted from an Internet search)
Gluten Free Crustless Zucchini & Spinach Quiche  (From my Syre School Cookbook) 

 Honey Almond Granola   
(From the Heritage School Cookbook)
 Gluten Free Baked Oatmeal   (From my daughter-in-law's family cookbook)

Breakfast Muffins
Banana Nutty Muffins   (From my daughter-in-law's family cookbook)

Bursting with Blueberries Gluten Free Muffins  (From the Heritage School Cookbook)
Gluten Free Tremendous Pumpkin Muffins  (From my Heritage School Cookbook)
Scrumptious Gluten Free Blueberry Scones  (From Heritage School Cookbook)
Thanksgiving Gluten Free Pumpkin Scones  (From an Internet search)
Sassy Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon Muffins  (From my Heritage School Cookbook)
Claudia's Blueberry Coffee Cake (Made Gluten Free!) (From a neighbor)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

What Does God's Speaking Show Us In Hebrews 1:1-2

Did you know that God speaks?  I  like the way Hebrews begins because it tells us that He does:

God, having spoken of old in many portions and in many ways to the fathers in the prophets, has at the last of these days spoken to us in the Son whom He appointed Heir of all hints, through whom He made the universe.  Hebrews 1:1-2

So for the Hebrew believers who were waffling between their Jewish religion and their Christian faith, God points their attention immediately to His Son.  In the Recovery Version of the New Testament there's a cross reference here to Matthew 17:5 when God interrupted Peter on the Mount of Transfiguration and said, …This is My Son, the beloved, in whom I have found My delight, hear Him!  Even in the gospels God Himself had to come in and speak in order to  redirect the Lord's disciples from the Old Testament law and prophets to His Son.  

   The book of Hebrews was written around A.D. 67, and you can still see after so many years Judaism was still entrenched in the hearts of these Jewish believers. They couldn't let it go.  Witness Lee says that in chapter after chapter of this book strong comparisons are drawn to show that Christ is superior to the Old Testament law and prophets. 

   God's speaking in the Bible sets it apart from every other book on earth. Brother Lee says in chapter 2 of the Life-Study of Hebrews that without God's speaking, He would be mysterious.  God's speaking shows that He is real, living, and working. I liked this excerpt in  that chapter on God's speaking that's on pages 19-20--because God is still speaking:  
God has spoken and He is still speaking today.  He is speaking to  your heart and your spirit.  How do we know that our God is living?  Because He speaks to
us.  How do we know that He is moving and working?  Because He speaks.  Consider your experience in the past 48 hours.  Can you say that during that time God has not spoken to you? ….He is speaking day by day ( Lee, Witness. Life-Study of Hebrews. Anaheim: Living Stream Ministry, 1975, Print).
Lord, speak to us every day!  

You can  also listen to live excerpts from these messages on Hebrews on The Life-Study of the Bible with Witness Lee.  You will enjoy listening to both  the excerpts  from these spoken messages and the helpful and enlightening commentary of the radio hosts.

Other Posts on the Life-Study of Hebrews: 

Why is the Background of the Book of Hebrews Important?

Check Out More Posts on God's Word is Spiritual Food:

Getting Spiritual Food From God's Word
Why Should You Read the Bible?
What Happens When You Read the Bible?
What is the Most Prevailing Need Among Christians?
How Is Your Relationship With the Lord?
How to Enjoy The Bountiful Supply of the Spirit in Philippians 1:19
What is the Stewardship of God For in Colossians 1:25?
Do You Know What the Goal of Spiritual Growth is in Colossians 2:19?
How Can You Be Nourished With the Words of the Faith in 1 Timothy 4:6?
Why is the Word Healthy Used So Much in the Epistle to Titus?
Why  Should You Avoid Questionings in Titus 3:9?