National Association of Southern Baptist Secretaries
2015 National Conference
April 22-25, 2015
Chateau on the Lake, Branson, Missouri
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As the title might suggest, this Sullivan Crisp debut novel is about healing, but not in the physical sense. Through believable characters and an honest story line they speak candidly about pain, healing, forgiveness and a loving God who gives second chances. I found myself intrigued by the various plot twists and turns from cover to cover and look forward to their next Sullivan Crisp offering. The reading group guide at the end makes this an excellent selection for any book club or discussion group. If you have ever experienced the need to receive or give forgiveness, this book is a good read. Although a work of fiction, there is truth in its pages. I highly recommend it.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” -Matthew 6:33 NKJV
What if you were given over $80,000, everyday for the rest of your life? What do you think you would do with it? Quit your job? Buy a new house? Invest? What if you had to spend it all in a day, every day! How then would you spend it? Do you think you could spend it all in a day? I do not know how many seconds are in a day, without goggling it, but God gives us all of these seconds every day… and you spend every one of them! How are you using your time?
To many of us are so busy and rushed especially during the Holiday Season, we just can’t wait to get through another day. We need to take a step back and ask ourselves if what we are filling our days with really matters and if the activities we do choose reflect our priorities. Often we are so disconnected that we are to busy to recognize it.
However, the Bible says, ” For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also “ -Matthew 6:21. I have written scripture above each of my children’s doors and this is one of my favorite verses I had placed above my oldest daughters door.
Have a wonderful and blessed time this Christmas with your loved ones as you remember the true miracle of that first Christmas.
Drawn in by the catchy title, I soon found myself immersed in a spiritual journey. This book is about so much more than just another healthy eating plan. Through her own personal story of struggle and triumph Lysa takes the reader on a quest, beginning with “Finding Your Want to” all the way to “Living as an Overcomer.” Quoting Lysa,
” When Jesus says, ‘Follow me,’ it’s not an invitation to drag our divided heart alongside us as we
attempt to follow hard after God. When Jesus wants us to follow Him-really follow Him—it’s serious
This book is not a diet plan. It is, rather, a very practical and spiritual approach to living a healthy lifestyle for the glory of our Heavenly Father. The “personal reflections” section at the end of each chapter prompts the reader to process the information and take a deeper look within, all the while supporting the content with Scripture and drawing attention to one’s relationship to God. It is not a quick or casual read, but more a mixture of practical application and devotional.
For anyone who has ever struggled with food issues, this is an excellent resource. Food not your issue? I believe you could still benefit from the principles outlined in this book. I highly recommend it.
CHOCOLATE NUT ZUCCHINI CAKE
This was given to me by a friend. It is equally good with or without the nuts.
3 squares unsweetened chocolate or you may substitute (3 Tbsp butter plus ½ cup and 1 more Tbsp. cocoa powder)
3 cups flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups sugar
1 ½ cups salad oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups grated zucchini
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set to one side. Melt chocolate (or butter and then add cocoa powder) and cool slightly. Beat eggs. Add sugar, oil and vanilla. Beat well then add melted chocolate, zucchini and nuts and mix thoroughly. Finally, add flour mixture. Beat until well blended.
Bake at 325 degrees F. until top springs back when touched with finger (approximately 55-60 minutes).
Yields 3-4 loaves or one 9×13 inch cake.
If you ever meet someone who says, “What am I going to do with all this zucchini?” you now have a delicious answer! Enjoy.
After watching sales falling off for three straight months at Kentucky Fried Chicken, the Colonel calls up the Pope and asks for a favor.
The Pope says, “What can I do?”
The Colonel says, “I need you to change the daily prayer from, ‘Give us this day our daily bread’ to ‘give us this day our daily chicken’. If you do it, I’ll donate 10 Million Dollars to the Vatican.”
The Pope replies, “I am sorry. That is the Lord’s Prayer and I cannot change the words.”
So the Colonel hangs up.
After another month of dismal sales, the Colonel panics, and calls again.
“Listen your Excellency. I really need your help. I’ll give you $50 million dollars if you change the words of the daily prayer from ‘Give us this day our daily bread’ to ‘give us this day our daily chicken.’”
And the Pope responds, “It is very tempting, Colonel Sanders. The church could do a lot of good with that much money. It would help us support many charities. But, again, I must decline. It is the Lord’s Prayer, and I can’t change the words.”
So the Colonel gives up again. After two more months of terrible sales.
The Colonel gets desperate. “This is my final offer, your Excellency. If you change the words of the daily prayer from, ‘Give us this day our daily bread’ to ‘Give us this day our daily chicken’ I will donate $100 million to the Vatican.”
The Pope replies “Let me get back to you.”
So the next day, the Pope calls together all of his bishops and he says, “I have some good news and I have some bad news. The good news is that KFC is going to donate $100 million to the Vatican.”
The bishops rejoice at the news. Then one asks about the bad news. The Pope replies, “The bad news is that we lost the Wonder Bread account.”
Membership Vice President
Simple and delicious. Try using other flavored cake mixes for a nice variation.
1 18 1/4-ounce package yellow cake mix
8 tablespoons butter, melted
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 tablespoons butter, melted
1 16-ounce box powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine the cake mix, egg, and butter and mix well with an electric mixer. Pat the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 13 by 9-inch baking pan.
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the eggs, vanilla, and butter and beat together.
Next, add the powdered sugar and mix well. Spread over cake batter and bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Make sure not to over bake as the center should be a little gooey.
Have you felt insignificant, unnoticed, unappreciated? I have recently had to deal with those feelings. This is not a pleasant place to be. However, I have found great comfort in His Word.
The ladies of our church have recently begun The Patriarch’s Bible Study by Beth Moore. Last week we discussed Hagar and how Sarah was being mean to her after she became pregnant with Abraham’s son. It became so bad that Hagar decided to leave and try to make it back to Egypt. However, God had something else in mind and He stopped her and took the time to talk to her. Thereafter, Hagar used another name to refer to the LORD, who had spoken to her. She said, “You are the God who sees me?” Genesis 16:13 (NLT)
As a result of this encounter, we are given the name El Roi for God. It means the God who sees. God sees all and He cares for all. If He will take the time to pay attention to one who is not His, can you imagine what He will do for the ones who are His?
In the study, Beth Moore writes this, “He sees no one else care to look. He sees through the smile we wear when we’re dying inside. He sees our hurt when we’re mistreated. He sees us when we cry into our pillow because we feel unloved. He sees beyond our sin into the depth of our need. He sees when we’re hiding. Running. He sees when we continue to sow the seed of His Word even in the floodplain of our grief. He is the God who sees you.”
The next time you begin to feel insignificant, unnoticed, unappreciated remember, you serve El Roi, the God who sees you.
2014 BSAM Program VP
Mini Pizza Snacks
These make a great appetizer or snack for your Super Bowl party!
1 pound of pork sausage
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 Tablespoons ketchup
1 pound Velveeta (or similar) cheese
Garlic salt and ground oregano to taste
1 loaf party size rye or pumpernickel bread
Brown and drain sausage, then sprinkle with Worcestershire sauce and add the ketchup.
Melt cheese over low heat or in microwave; stir in the prepared sausage.
Spread on individual slices of party-size bread.
Sprinkle with a touch of garlic salt and ground oregano.
Bake on cookie sheets at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 3-5 minutes.
Can be made ahead of time, frozen and used as needed. Allow to thaw slightly and increase baking time if frozen.
BSAM President-Elect 2013