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1 — 32 oz.bag frozen hash brown potatoes
1 lb. bacon, diced, cooked and drained or 1 lb. cooked ham, cubed
1 med. sweet onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
2 cups cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
1 dozen eggs
1 cup milk
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper, more or less to taste
- Place a layer of frozen potatoes on bottom of the slow cooker (crock pot), followed by a layer of bacon then onions, green pepper and cheese.
- Repeat the layering process two or three times, ending with a layer of cheese on top.
- Beat the eggs, milk, and salt and pepper together.
- Pour over the crock pot mixture, cover and turn on low.
- Cook for 10 to 12 hours.
Evaluating your Journey with God
Have you ever thought about how you are growing in Christ, here are some ways you can evaluate your spiritual growth. One way is to think through your prayer journey, are you praying more? Since prayer is talking with God, is your communication with Him is getting better. I encourage you to take the time to think through your prayer journey. The following is what I have found to help me know if I am growing spiritually:
Am I trusting God and His promises more than I did twelve months ago? “Up to this time, you have not asked a single thing in my name; but now ask and keep on asking and you will receive, so that your joy may be full” (John 16:25).
Am I asking for specific things, or do I pray generally? You will recognize when your prayers are answered if you ask specifically. “For God is at work within you, helping you want to obey him. And then helping you do what He wants” (Philippians 2:13).
Am I praying for others on a regular basis? “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone” (1Timothy 2:1).
Do I have a quiet heart? Panic and peace cannot occupy the same place. “When He gives quietness, who then can make trouble?” (Job 34:29).
Do I trust and rest in God, or do I let circumstances determined my feelings? “But I have stilled and quieted my soul…” (Psalm 131:2).
Do I dress myself with the armor of God each day? “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, against authorities, against the powers of the dark world and against the forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 5:12).
Talk to God about everything. “Pray continually” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
“The real reason for prayer is intimacy with our Father.” – Oswald Chambers
Ministry Assistant Miracle Inspires South County Baptist
Vicki Stamps, Contributing Writer
Published in The Pathway News Journal
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
ST. LOUIS—April Brooks, ministry assistant at South County Baptist Church here, and the daughter of Jairus have a lot in common. Both were dead and the faith of others ignited the power of prayer to bring them back to life.
On Oct. 6, 2010, Brooks, 38, left the church after work to visit her parents who live nearby. As she drove the familiar route, Brooks suddenly slumped over the steering wheel as she suffered cardiac death. Her heart stopped and the car she was driving crashed into a pole.
Witnesses and rescue workers filled Brooks in on what happened next.
“The 911 call went out at 4:42 p.m.,” she said. “The first responders arrived at 4:46 p.m. and they had to bust windows to get me out. I was cyanotic (blue), no pulse, no heartbeat, and unresponsive. God directed their hands. My pulse returned after CPR and being shocked twice.”
Despite the heroic efforts by EMT workers, John Childers, South County Baptist pastor, described the scene in the waiting room after the doctors examined Brooks. “When the doctor joined us to give a report of April’s condition,” Childers said, “he was very pessimistic. He wasn’t giving April much hope to live and if she did live, he expected severe brain damage.”
Brooks also described the prognosis.
“I went into a coma and I was on a ventilator because I was not breathing on my own,” she said. “At the beginning, they put me on a cooling machine to bring my body temperature down to 93 degrees to prevent any further damage. My husband was told that I had less than a 5 percent chance of waking up and if I did, the best case scenario would be severe brain damage.”
The stage was set for a miracle.
“Within a few minutes of the news,” Childers said, “about a dozen-plus family and friends were gathered around April’s bed in intensive care praying for her. We put her in God’s hands and trusted Him with the outcome.”
Childers said that in addition to the group of family and friends praying at the hospital, he sent the request out on the church email prayer chain. Also Ed Moncada, who is jointly employed by the North American Mission Board (NAMB) and the Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) and is a member of South County Baptist, was at a conference in Atlanta. He was able to announce the prayer request from the podium for the 13,000 pastors in attendance.
“Ed is a prayer warrior himself,” Childers said, “but, this multiplied the prayer dramatically for April.”
Childers also told of the tight bond between her and the congregation.
“She is the first one anyone talks to when they call the church,” he said. “She is a wonderful blessing as she gets to know each one in the congregation personally. Everyone in the congregation felt like it was their little sister in need of prayer and the family came together to pray.”
The response from God was almost immediate. She spent nine days in the hospital and came back to work Oct. 22.
“I really surprised everyone when I awoke with no brain damage,” Brooks said. “My family was so relieved when I identified that I knew who they were.”
Apparently the medical field also had a surprise.
“Even the medical personnel,” Brooks said, “believed a higher power definitely intervened.”
Childers said the numbers of people in the intensive care room indicated the serious situation.
“I learned from an intensive care nurse later,” he said, “that the only reason that they let all of us go into her room to pray was because they didn’t think she would make it through the next afternoon.”
According to Brooks, doctors didn’t have any explanation for her heart suddenly stopping. As a prevention measure, they implanted a pacemaker and cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) in her chest before leaving the hospital.
Since her hospital stay, Brooks is filled with gratitude for God’s mercy to her.
“Sometimes as I’m standing during worship time at church, I just send up a ‘thank you, Jesus’ for each breath that I’m able to take,” she said.
Brooks also has become a strong believer in prayer.
“I’ve started praying for Christians who are persecuted for their faith,” she said. “Our family has always been close, but now, my sister says, ‘I love you … bunches.’”
Childers also said he sees a difference in the church family.
“We’ve seen God move in significant ways in our congregation,” he said. “When we see something like this happen to someone who is the picture of health, it is God’s reminder to His people that they need to step up and serve Christ in the passion of the moment. The church has been brought together with a focus on Him.”
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1box Herb Seasoned Stuffing Mix (prepared according to directions)
1lb. Ground Beef – raw
1/3cup Evaporated milk
1can Cream of Mushroom Soup
2tsp. Worchester Sauce
Preheat oven to 350°. Mix ground beef with evaporated milk, divide into five patties, and on wax paper flatten into 6” patties. Put ¼ cup of stuffing in center of each beef patty. Draw beef up around stuffing and place in baking dish. Combine mushroom soup, Worchester sauce, and catsup, poor over meat bundles. Bake uncovered in 350° oven for 45 – 50 minutes.
Italian Crescent Casserole
1lb. ground beef
1pkg. Dry Spaghetti Sauce Mix
1cup Tomato sauce
¼ cup chopped onion
½ cup Sour cream
1 ½ cup Shredded Mozzarella cheese
1can Crescent Rolls
½ cup Parmesan Cheese
Preheat oven to 375°. Brown meat and onion drain, stir in dry sauce mix and tomato sauce heat until bubbly. Pour meat mixture into 9×13 baking dish. Combine Sour cream and Mozzarella Cheese, spread over meat. Separate Crescent dough into 2 rectangles and place side by side over cheese mixture. Sprinkle with parmesan. Bake at 350° for 18-25 minutes or until deep golden brown.
Colossal Berry Crunch Treats
6cups (10.5oz) Marshmellows
¼ cup (1/2 stick) Margarine
Colossal Berry Crunch Cereal
Melt margarine and marsh mellows in large pot on the stove. Add cereal mix till coated. Remove from pot to pan or put on wax paper to cool. Cut in squares or pull apart.
Peanut Butter Goodies
1cup Peanut Butter
1cup White Corn Syrup
1cup White Sugar
8cups Corn Flakes
In a large pot on low heat cook peanut butter, syrup, and sugar until bubbly and like smooth syrup. (Be careful not to overcook this will make them very hard.) Add cornflakes and mix until coated. Drop by spoonful on wax paper, let cool, Enjoy!
2 – 8oz. cans Crescent Rolls
1 – 8oz. Package Cream Cheese – softened
1oz. Packet of Real Bacon Pieces
Preheated oven to 375°
Separate crescent dough into 8 rectangles, press perforations to seal.
Combine cream cheese and bacon pieces. Spread equal portions on each rectangle. Roll up on the long edge. Slice into 1 inch pieces and place on baking sheet seam side down. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes. Remove from baking sheet, cool and serve. Refrigerate any remaining.
Proverbs 17:22 (KJV) A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
Practice Good Health take time to LAUGH!! Dr. Goodman from the state of NY: “If people could laugh 15 times a day, there would be fewer doctor bills” So here is your medicine:
Out of the Mouth of Babes The boy listened closely as the rabbi read the Bible. “May I ask a question?” he asked. “Sure, go ahead” replied the rabbi. “Well the Bible says the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea, the children of Israel built the temple, the children of Israel did this and the children of Israel did that. Didn’t the grownups ever do anything?”
Bulletin / Newsletter Bloopers From a church newsletter in Georgia who have a special remembrance service for elders who have passed away in the previous year. ‘Only a small number of deceased elders has been sent to us. You can still bring yours with you to the service to be added to the list’
From a church bulletin in North Carolina: ‘If you choose to heave during the Postlude, please do so quietly so as not to interrupt those remaining for worship and meditation’
From a church bulletin in New Jersey: ‘There will be blessing of expectant parents on Sunday after all Masses. All expectant parents please go to the front pews and wail for the priest.’
Quote from a tongue tangled Pastor in Blue Springs, MO at a New Years Eve Midnight Service “Now let us stand and sing ‘Another Deer is Yawning’”