This is not my material, but I really appreciate it and hope you do too.
The Words “Merry Christmas”
Twas the month before Christmas
When all through our land,
Not a Christian was praying
Nor taking a stand.
Why the Politically Correct Police had taken away,
The reason for Christmas – no one could say.
The children were told by their schools not to sing,
About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.
It might hurt people’s feelings, the teachers would say
December 25th is just a ‘ Holiday ‘.
Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit.
Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!
CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-pod.
Something was changing, something quite odd!
Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa
In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.
As Targets were hanging their trees upside down
At Lowe’s the word Christmas – was no where to be found.
At K-Mart and Staples and Penny’s and Sears
You won’t hear the word Christmas; it won’t touch your ears.
Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-is-ty
Are words that were used to intimidate me.
Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen
On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton !
At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter
To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.
And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith
Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace.
The true Gift o f Christmas was exchangednd discarded
The reason for the season, stopped before it started.
So as you celebrate ‘Winter Break’ under your ‘Dream Tree’
Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.
Choose your words carefully, choose what you say
Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS, not Happy Holiday !
As I read through this Proverb, I was struck by the contrast between the wise and the foolish/wicked. I wanted to see it better so I decided to break the verses down into columns. What a treasure trove to glean from!
For reduncency sake, the conjunction “but” has been removed.
Proverbs 10:1 The proverbs of Solomon.
|1||A wise son maketh a glad father:|
|2||righteousness delivereth from death.|
|3||The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish:|
|4||the hand of the diligent maketh rich.|
|5||He that gathereth in summer is a wise son:|
|6||Blessings are upon the head of the just:|
|7||The memory of the just is blessed:|
|8||The wise in heart will receive commandments:|
|9||He that walketh uprightly walketh surely:|
|11||The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life:|
|12||love covereth all sins.|
|13||In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found:|
|14||Wise men lay up knowledge:|
|15||The rich man’s wealth is his strong city:|
|16||The labour of the righteous tendeth to life:|
|17||He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction:|
|19||he that refraineth his lips is wise.|
|20||The tongue of the just is as choice silver:|
|21||The lips of the righteous feed many:|
|22||The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.|
|23||a man of understanding hath wisdom.|
|24||the desire of the righteous shall be granted.|
|25||the righteous is an everlasting foundation.|
|27||The fear of the LORD prolongeth days:|
|28||The hope of the righteous shall be gladness:|
|29||The way of the LORD is strength to the upright:|
|30||The righteous shall never be removed:|
|31||The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom:|
|32||The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable:|
|1||a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.|
|2||Treasures of wickedness profit nothing:|
|3||he (the LORD) casteth away the substance of the wicked.|
|4||He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand:|
|5||he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.|
|6||violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.|
|7||the name of the wicked shall rot.|
|8||a prating fool shall fall.|
|9||he that perverteth his ways shall be known.|
|10||He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: a prating fool shall fall.|
|11||violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.|
|12||Hatred stirreth up strifes:|
|13||a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.|
|14||the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.|
|15||the destruction of the poor is their poverty.|
|16||the fruit of the wicked to sin.|
|17||he that refuseth reproof erreth.|
|18||He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.|
|19||In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin:|
|20||the heart of the wicked is little worth.|
|21||fools die for want of wisdom.|
|23||It is as sport to a fool to do mischief:|
|24||The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him:|
|25||As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more:|
|26||As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.|
|27||the years of the wicked shall be shortened.|
|28||the expectation of the wicked shall perish.|
|29||destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.|
|30||the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.|
|31||the froward tongue shall be cut out.|
|32||the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.|
This is from a larger study on Proverbs 7, but this part has really been weighing on me.
â…Write them upon the table of thine heart.â? Proverbs 7:3
A table is flat and open for all to see. It doesn’t speak, but what is on it is evident for all who look.
The first work God performs on this table is salvation. When God comes to that table, it has been abused by misuse and left to weather without protection and is now stained and marred by sin. When we accept God’s refinishing plan of salvation, He instantly removes the stains and marring and gives it a new finish that gives it a brand new nature. It is no longer a battered table fit only for the junk pile. It is a table whose finish makes it now worthy for kings’ palaces.
“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Isaiah 1:18
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Because the finish has been applied by the Lord, it cannot be removed. It cannot be damaged or stripped away.
“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” John 10:28-29
In order for a table to be of proper use to put things on, it should be clean. We don’t leave it dirty from the previous meal to place the new meal on it. There may be some clutter now and then, but it should be kept clean. That can take some work, but the Lord promised to assist there too:
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philippians 1:6
“If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.” 2 Timothy 2:21
As we continue in the Christian walk and the Lord provides us the strength we need, we are able to live for Him. Our goal should be to bring honour and glory to Him.
“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Revelation 4:11
Let us now consider how we set the table of our heart for a banquet in honour of our Lord. Every action we do or word we speak determines the quality of the place setting, drinks, appetizer, salad, main meal and desert. Do my words and actions speak of quality to be looked up to, or rottenness that is to be thrown out to the hogs?
“Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible. And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts.” Malachi 1:7-8
What the world sees will either bring my Lord honour or dishonour.
Is it evident that the Word of God is bound on my finger and written upon the table of my heart?
This recipe is from an old magazine clipping that Lowell’s Grandma, Gladys Trenholm, passed on to us. It is at least 50 years old and is probably the top dessert ever for our family. It was originally called “Pineapple Whip”, but since there is a well known modern recipe that uses packaged whipping cream, we’ve decided to rename this one:
1-cup white sugar
19 oz. Can crushed Pineapple
Zest of 1 lemon or 1 tsp. or Lemon flavoring
1-cup cold water
1 pkg. Gelatin (7g)
1-½ cups whipping cream (3 cups whipped)
1 tsp. vanilla
1. Boil sugar, Pineapple, and pulp for 10 minutes, remove from heat.
2. Meanwhile, dissolve gelatin in cold water.
3. Add gelatin and water to hot mixture.
4. Cool, stirring occasionally until as thick as honey.
5. Chill cream, bowl and beaters.
6. Beat cream and vanilla, fold into cooled mixture.
7. Chill and serve.
Received by: Granny Trenholm (1911-2011)
2 tbs. cooking oil
1 lb. ground beef
1/3 cup chopped green pepper
½ cup chopped onion
¼ cup chopped celery
14oz. canned tomatoes
10 oz. condensed tomato soup
12 oz. kernel corn
¼ tsp. garlic powder
¼ tsp. oregano
1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. Pepper
1 cup Shredded medium Cheddar cheese
1. Combine oil, ground beef, green pepper, onion and celery in frying pan. Fry until all pink color is gone. Stir to break up meat. Drain and discard fat.
2. Stir tomatoes and soup into meat. Add corn, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Simmer slowly for 15 minutes.
3. Add cheese. Stir to distribute through meat. Pour into 2-quart (21) Casserole. Bake uncovered in 350F (18000) oven for 30 minutes until hot and bubbly.
2 – 2 ½ lbs Chicken parts or cut up chicken
Envelope dry onion soup mix
Arrange chicken pieces over foil in roaster. Sprinkle evenly with dry onion soup. Fold foil over top. Cover roaster. Bake in 350F oven for 1 ½ – 2 hours.
Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 pound mushrooms 3 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup butter or margarine 3 chicken-flavour bouillon cubes or envelopes
1 tsp. Lemon juice 1 tsp. salt
1 small onion, sliced 1/4 tsp. pepper
1/3 cup all purpose flour 1 cup heavy or whipping cream
1. Trim tough stem ends of mushrooms; remove stems; set aside. With knife, slice mushroom caps thinly.
2. In 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat, in hot butter or margarine, cook sliced mushrooms and lemon juice until mushrooms are just tender, stirring.
3. Reduce heat to medium-low; with slotted spoon, remove mushrooms to bowl. In saucepan in remaining butter, cook onion and stems; cook until onion is tender.
4. Stir in flour until blended; cook 1 minute, stirring the mixture constantly.
5. Gradually stir in water and bouillon; cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is thickened.
6. Into blender container, ladle half of mixture; cover and at high speed, blend until smooth.
7. Repeat with other half.
8. Return mixture to saucepan; stir in salt, pepper, cream and mushroom slices; reheat just until soup is boiling.
Maritime Seafood Chowder
(Another name is Atlantic Seafood Chowder as the origins are from the East coast of North America) This was always a big treat growin up.
1 medium onion, chopped 2 cups milk or light cream
2 cups diced potato 2 tsp. Butter (optional)
2 cups liquid (clam liquid and water) ½ tsp. salt
2 cups clams (2 – 5 oz cans) 2 cups other seafood (fish, crab, imitation crab etc.)
1. Sauté the onion over medium heat until tender, but not brown.
2. Add potatoes and 2-cups liquid. Cover and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
3. Add clams and other seafood, milk, salt pepper and butter. Heat slowly to serving temperature, but do not boil.
3 cups hot water
1 pound stewing beef Cut into 1-inch chunks
1/2 6-ounce can tomato paste
1 1/2 tsp. sugar
2 medium carrots, sliced
1/2 small head cabbage, shredded
1 medium onion, sliced
1 Tbs. Cider vinegar
1 stalk celery cut into chunks
1/2 cup sour cream
1 bay leaf
3 medium beets
1. 5-quart saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-low heat, add water, beef, carrots, onion, celery, bay leaf, 2 sliced beets and 1 1/2 tsp. Salt.
2. Cover and simmer 2 hours.
3. Shred remaining beet and, with tomato paste, sugar and 1 teaspoon salt, stir into soup.
4. Cover again and simmer 20 minutes.
5. Add cabbage; cook 15 minutes. Stir in vinegar.
6. Serve in large soup plates or wide bowls, each portion garnished with some sour cream.
This recipe also works really well in the crock pot (slow cooker).
Bread Maker Recipes
7-9 Ounces Water 9-11 ounces
1 tsp. Salt 1 ½ tsp.
1 ½ tsp. Honey 2 Tbs.
1 Tbs. Butter, Shortening or Lard * 1 ½ Tbs.
½ cup Quick Cook Oats 2/3 cup
2 ½ cups Bread or Unbleached Flour ** 3-¼ cup
1 ¾ tsp. Active Dry Yeast 2 tsp.
2 Tbs. Dry Milk Powder 2 Tbs.
Set Bread Maker for Regular or Large Classic Recipe setting. Works Well on timer delayed setting, but I find it is best to use hot water (pretty well hottest tap water) in this application.
Variation: May also substitute 1 cup Bread Flour for 1 cup Whole Wheat, and keep water temperature fairly hot.
** Unbleached White Flour was recommended in a good bread cookbook, and it works just as good as Bread Flour, and I’ve never had complaints! Not to mention it’s a lot cheaper.
*I never use margarine in my bread because the water content throws the recipes off (especially in the bread maker), but it also does not give as smooth or fluffy of a texture like the others.