2009.02.22 The Sacraments part 2

Continuing the discussion on the sacraments (might want to think about the homework from the last session).
2009.02.22
We covered Salvation and Water Baptism. We rehearsed our working definition of sacraments, and discussed how salvation and baptism might fit that model. here are the notes:

1. Salvation
Action: Believe and confess.
Promise or Result: Eternal life
Prophesied or forshadowed:
The examples of salvation, including Noah, Joseph, Moses, etc. are well known to us.
The direct, precise prophecies regarding Jesus Christ, his life, death, and resurrection are too numerous to review here.
Just a few of the prophecies regarding salvation:
Exo 15:2 The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
1Ch 16:23 Sing to Jehovah, all the earth. Show forth from day to day His salvation.
Isa 25:9 And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation
Isa 49:1-7 (Read this)
Isa 62:11 Behold, Jehovah has sent a message to the end of the earth, Tell the daughter of Zion, Behold, your salvation comes. Behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him.
Zec 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
Jer 17:14 Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.
… and the prophecy of Zacharias:
Luk 1:67 And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying,
Luk 1:68 Blessed is the Lord, the God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people
Luk 1:69 and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David,
Luk 1:70 as He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from eternity;
Luk 1:71 that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us,
Luk 1:72 to perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember His holy covenant,
Luk 1:73 the oath which He swore to our father Abraham,
Luk 1:74 that He would grant to us, that we, being delivered out of the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear
Luk 1:75 in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life.
1Pe 1:9 obtaining the end of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
1Pe 1:10 About which salvation the prophets sought out and searched out, prophesying concerning the grace for you;
1Pe 1:11 searching for what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ made clear within them, testifying beforehand of the sufferings of Christ, and the glories that should follow.
1Pe 1:12 To them it was revealed that not to themselves, but to us, they ministered the things which are now reported to you by those who have preached the gospel to you in the Holy Spirit sent from Heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.
Note that many people may be “converted”, that is, they believe that God is, and they believe that Jesus is, but they are not saved – that is, they do not believe IN God, or do not ACCEPT Jesus Christ and all he lived and died for; perhaps they do not acknowledge their sin, or their need for a savior, or they give mental assent without commitment, etc. (see “marriage”).
Commanded by Christ:
Mat 10:32 Then everyone who shall confess Me before men, I will confess him before My Father who is in Heaven.
Mat 18:11 For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.
Mat 18:12 What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them strays, does he not leave the ninety and nine and go into the mountains and seek the straying one?
Mat 18:13 And if it happens that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety and nine which did not stray.
Mat 18:14 Even so it is not the will of your Father in Heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
1Co 1:21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world by wisdom did not know God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save those who believe.
Heb 5:7 For Jesus, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications with strong cryings and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard in that He feared,
Heb 5:8 though being a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.
Heb 5:9 And being perfected, He became the Author of eternal salvation to all those who obey Him,
Action: Believe and confess
Joh 5:39 You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life. And they are the ones witnessing of Me,
Joh 5:40 and you will not come to Me that you might have life.
Rom 10:9 Because if you confess the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.
1Pe 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has regenerated us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
1Pe 1:4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, and unfading, reserved in Heaven for you
Heb 7:25 Therefore He is able also to save to the uttermost those who come unto God by Him, since He ever lives to make intercession for them.
Jas 1:21 Therefore putting aside all filthiness and overflowing of evil, receive in meekness the implanted Word, which is able to save your souls.
Jas 5:20 know that he who turns back the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.
Jud 1:23 But save others with fear, snatching them out of the fire; hating even the garment having been stained from the flesh.
1Jn 4:15 Whoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in him and he in God.
Promise or Result: Eternal Life
Rom 10:9 Because if you confess the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.
Mat 10:32 Then everyone who shall confess Me before men, I will confess him before My Father who is in Heaven.
Mat 10:33 But whoever shall deny Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father in Heaven.
Mar 10:30 but he shall receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands with persecutions, and in the world to come, eternal life.
Joh 10:28 And I give to them eternal life, and they shall never ever perish, and not anyone shall pluck them out of My hand.
Joh 17:2 even as You have given Him authority over all flesh so that He should give eternal life to all You have given Him.
Joh 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
Rom 5:21 so that as sin has reigned to death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Heb 9:15 And for this cause He is the Mediator of the new covenant, so that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first covenant, those who are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

Water Baptism
Action: Immersion in water – baptism
Promise or spiritual result: spiritual cleansing, purification
Prophesied or forshadowed:
Exo 29:4 And you shall bring Aaron and his sons to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and shall wash them with water.
Exo 30:20 When they go into the tabernacle of the congregation, they shall wash with water so that they do not die. Or when they come near to the altar to minister, to burn an offering made by fire to Jehovah,
Exo 40:12 And you shall bring Aaron and his sons to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and wash them with water.
Lev 16:4 He shall put on the holy linen coat, and he shall have the linen breeches on his flesh, and shall be girded with a linen girdle, and with the linen miter he shall be dressed. These are holy garments. And he shall wash his flesh in water and put them on.
1Co 10:2 And all were baptized to Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
The original word interpreted “wash” is “lave”, which means to cleanse by immersion. (Mikvah)
Commanded or sanctified by Jesus by word or action:
Mat 3:13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to Jordan, to John, to be baptized by him.
Mat 3:14 But John restrained Him, saying, I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?
Mat 3:15 And answering Jesus said to him, Allow it now, for it is becoming to us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he allowed Him.
Mat 20:22 But Jesus answered and said, You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They said to Him, We are able.
Mat 28:19 Therefore go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Baptize: word is “whelm” or “make whelmed” – to make fully wet – to immerse.
Promise or expected spiritual result: cleansing (remission) of sin
Mar 1:4 John came baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
Mar 16:15 And He said to them, Go into all the world, proclaim the gospel to all the creation.
Mar 16:16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned.
Act 2:38 Then Peter said to them, Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ to remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Act 2:39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all those afar off, as many as the Lord our God shall call.
Act 2:41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized. And the same day there were added about three thousand souls.
Act 8:36 And as they passed along the way, they came on some water. And the eunuch said, See, here is water, what hinders me from being baptized?
Act 8:37 Philip said, If you believe with all your heart, it is lawful. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
Act 8:38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still. And they both went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch. And he baptized him.
Act 22:14 And he said, The God of our fathers has chosen you to know His will and to see the Just One, and to hear a voice out of His mouth.
Act 22:15 For you shall be His witness to all men of what you have seen and heard.
Act 22:16 And now what do you intend? Arise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
Rom 6:3 Do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death?
Rom 6:4 Therefore we were buried with Him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father; even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Rom 6:5 For if we have been joined together in the likeness of His death, we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection;
Gal 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Col 2:9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.
Col 2:10 And you are complete in Him, who is the Head of all principality and power,
Col 2:11 in whom also you are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ,
Col 2:12 buried with Him in baptism, in whom also you were raised through the faith of the working of God, raising Him from the dead.
Col 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,
Col 2:14 blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and has taken it out of the way, nailing it to the cross.
1Pe 3:20 to disobeying ones, when once the long-suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared (in which a few, that is, eight souls were saved through water);
1Pe 3:21 which figure now also saves us, baptism; not a putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ;
1Pe 3:22 who is at the right hand of God, having gone into Heaven, where the angels and authorities and powers are being subjected to Him.

2009.04.26 Spiritual Warfare part 1

Randy leading discussion on spiritual warfare.

2009.03.15 Vermiculture

Vermiculture (Nancy Mansfield)

We need to get this one in while there’s still time …
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Nancy Mansfield will be joining us to explain how to start a “worm farm”. This one might be fun for the kids! For us, it’s one of the things we want to incorporate into our farm operation. Hence the need to fit it in when Nancy is available and before the gardening season gets underway hot and heavy.
Suggested resource: “Worms eat my Garbage” by Mary Appelhof ISBN 0-942256-10-7 (book is not required for the meeting)

2009.03.17 Follow Up

Lunch table discussion among the guys centered on the message at Tony’s church, which was on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We discussed the definitions and roles of the various church offices (Pastor, Teacher, Evangelist, Prophet, Apostle), whether those offices were still valid, etc. I’m going to try to get a copy of the notes from Tony and I will post them here.

The women, at the other end of the table, discussed David Wilkerson’s recent prophecy http://davidwilkersontoday.blogspot.com/2009/03/urgent-message.html.

After lunch Nancy showed us some coconut koir, we discussed how to successfully raise and feed worms, and we all took a “field trip” to the basement to see our newly acquired “worm farm”. In the process we discovered that our worms had an infestation of red mites, which we are attempting to control.
The following is a list of the garbage that people can save for us if they want to help feed the worms.

Update to HOLIDAY NOTE: March 17 was St. Patrick’s day; I was planning on having something for the kids, but the week got away from me and it totally slipped my mind. Randy reminded me and I still didn’t “get it” because I hadn’t been keeping up with the forum. My apologies – so far we’ve missed Purim and St. Patrick’s Day. I’ll try to do better in the future.

2009.02.01 Body Soul Spirit

Body Soul Spirit 1

Body Soul Spirit 2

 

Getting into the Christmas Spirit

The house is decorated and it’s “party” season here at Big Oak Ridge. We’ll be hosting an open house for the Oil City Branch tomorrow. We are planning another party for non-church friends later; we also hope to get a chance to see our families (at least the local members) at some point during the season. That will carry us right up to our first community meeting of the New Year, and then things will probably pick up quite a bit from there!

Gather yourselves together

Zep 2:1 Gather yourselves together; yea, gather, O nation not desired;
Zep 2:2 before the birth of the decree, the day shall pass like the chaff; yet not before the hot anger of Jehovah comes on you, yet not before the day of Jehovah’s anger comes on you.
Zep 2:3 Seek Jehovah, all the meek of the earth who have done His justice; seek righteousness; seek meekness. It may be you shall be hidden in the day of Jehovah’s anger.

Word about “gathering together” 2008.12.07

Several weeks ago during a prayer meeting I attend I received this word from the Lord:
“Gather, gather together”.

I looked this up in the Bible and discovered there are two places in the Bible that have basically this same phrase:
The first is in Jeremiah:
Jer 4:1 If you will return, O Israel, says Jehovah, return to Me. And if you will put away your abominations out of your sight, then you shall not be moved.
Jer 4:2 And you shall swear, Jehovah lives, in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; and the nations shall bless themselves in Him, and in Him they shall glory.
Jer 4:3 For so says Jehovah to the men of Judah and to Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and do not sow among thorns.
Jer 4:4 Circumcise yourselves to Jehovah, and take away the foreskins of your heart, men of Judah and people of Jerusalem; lest My fury come forth like fire, and burn so that none can put it out; because of the evil of your doings.
Jer 4:5 Declare in Judah, and let it be heard in Jerusalem; and say, Blow the trumpet in the land; cry, gather together, and say, Gather yourselves and let us go into the fortified cities.
Jer 4:6 Set up the banner toward Zion; flee for safety and do not wait; for I will bring evil from the north, and a great ruin.
Jer 4:7 The lion has come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of the nations has set out; he has left his place to make your land a waste. Your cities will fall into ruins without inhabitant.

The second is from Zephaniah:

Zep 2:1 Gather yourselves together; yea, gather, O nation not desired;
Zep 2:2 before the birth of the decree, the day shall pass like the chaff; yet not before the hot anger of Jehovah comes on you, yet not before the day of Jehovah’s anger comes on you.
Zep 2:3 Seek Jehovah, all the meek of the earth who have done His justice; seek righteousness; seek meekness. It may be you shall be hidden in the day of Jehovah’s anger.

As I waited on the Lord, I sensed that He was saying that these two scriptures are a warning, a call to repentance, and a promise. The warning is that judgment is coming, and coming soon (soon being a relative term – it may be six months, or several years – I’m not claiming to have a date here, but I don’t believe we have another decade, either). The call to repentance is an encouragement to us to prepare our hearts, to make sure we are in right standing with God, and to “clean our houses” – to get things in order. The promise is that if we do these things, God will be our defender, and we will not be moved during the time of crisis. This does not mean that we will not suffer; it does mean that we will have the kind of faith that will endure.

Paula and I ended up presenting this as a message to the Oil City Branch 12..07.2008

More Fill for the Larder


Today we canned and froze venison and butchered some chickens. Turned out to be pretty easy and I am thankful for the provision.

2009.01.25 Basic Nutrition

Nutrition 1: Paula will facilitate a preliminary discussion on basics for the kitchen, how to prepare “quick and easy”, yet nutritious meals.

Nutrition will be a subject we’ll come back to from time to time as we work through the growing/producing seasons; we’ll be discussing how to grow, preserve, and store food items as well as how to use them to create nutritious, appealing meals etc.

2009.01.25

Lunch was good, fellowship was great. Discussed child rearing and how kids eat, discussed the homework regarding sacraments a little. Paula led the main discussion on nutrition; we rehearsed the fact that the reasons we are looking at nutrition are:

    1. It is estimated that up to 80% of our medical costs and health problems are “self inflicted” due to lifestyle choices; many of these choices are diet related. 2. If hard times are coming, it is important that we start now to teach our children to eat what God provides and be thankful.
    3. As we seek God in the deeper things, it is important that we use the wisdom He gives us. It is not appropriate to ask God for health and healing if we are deliberately and knowingly harming our bodies by what we eat and drink.

 

Here are the notes:

Basic Nutrition
Different foods contain different nutrients and other healthful substances. No single food can supply all the nutrients in the amounts that you need. For example, oranges provide vitamin C and folate but no vitamin B12; cheese provides calcium and vitamin B12; but no vitamin C.
To make sure you get all the nutrients and other substances you need for health, the USDA recommends building a healthy base by using the food pyramid as a starting point. The food pyramid visually demonstrates how many servings of each of the basic food groups an individual should consume daily for good health.
It is important to remember that children, teens, most men, and active men will need the higher number of servings in the servings range. Also, older adults, children, and women have greater calcium needs. Americans are typically deficient in calcium and iron. People following more limited diets (i.e. vegetarian) need to be sure that they are getting, from other sources, the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that would be given by the food group(s) that they aren’t eating from. There are five basic nutrients in food: carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals. All are necessary for good nutrition. Any diet that excludes one of these nutrients is dangerous.
What Counts As A Serving?
Daily Recommended Servings
• Bread/ Grain Group 6-11
• Vegetable Group 3-5
• Fruit Group 2-4
• Milk Group 2 or 3
• Meat/ Bean Group 5-7oz
Grains Group (Bread, Cereal, Rice, and Pasta Group – whole grain and refined)
• 1 slice of bread
• About 1 cup of ready-to-eat cereal
• 1/2 cup of cooked cereal, rice, or pasta
Vegetable Group
• 1 cup of raw leafy vegetables
• 1/2 cup of other vegetables cooked or raw
• 3/4 cup of vegetable juice
Fruit Group
• 1 medium apple, banana, orange, pear
• 1/2 cup of chopped, cooked, or canned fruit
• 3/4 cup of fruit juice
Milk Group (Milk, Yogurt, and Cheese Group)
• 1 cup of milk or yogurt
• 1 1/2 ounces of natural cheese (such as Cheddar)
• 2 ounces of processed cheese (such as American)
Meat and Beans Group (Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans, Eggs, and Nuts Group)
• 2-3 ounces of cooked lean meat, poultry, or fish
• 1/2 cup of cooked dry beans or 1/2 cup of tofu counts as 1 ounce of lean meat
• 2 1/2-ounce soyburger or 1 egg counts as 1 ounce of lean meat
• 2 tablespoons of peanut butter or 1/3 cup of nuts counts as 1 ounce of meat
Tips To Reduce Fat And Cholesterol In The Diet
• Steam, boil, bake, or microwave vegetables rather than frying.
• Season vegetables with herbs and spices instead of fatty sauces, butter or margarine.
• Try flavored vinegars or lemon juice on salads or use smaller servings of oil-based or low-fat salad dressings.
• Try whole-grain flours to enhance flavors of baked goods made with less fat and fewer or no cholesterol-containing ingredients.
• Replace whole milk with low-fat or skim milk in puddings, soups and baked products.
• Substitute plain low-fat yogurt or blender-whipped low-fat cottage cheese for sour cream or mayonnaise.
• Choose lean cuts of meat, and trim fat from meat and poultry before and after cooking. Remove skin from poultry before or after cooking.
• Roast, bake, broil, or simmer meat, poultry and fish rather than frying.
• Cook meat or poultry on a rack so the fat will drain off. Use a non-stick pan for cooking so added fat is unnecessary.
• Chill meat and poultry broth until the fat becomes solid. Remove the fat before using the broth.
• Limit egg yolks to one per serving when making scrambled eggs. Use additional egg whites for larger servings.
• Try substituting egg whites in recipes calling for whole eggs. Use two egg whites in place of one whole egg in muffins, cookies and puddings.
Nutritional Guidelines To Remember
• Eat sweets and fats sparingly
• Choose low fat options from the milk and meat groups
• Eat whole grains (refined grains do not provide the same amount of fibers and nutrients)
• Choose a diet that is low in saturated fat and cholesterol and moderate in total fat
• Choose beverages and foods to moderate your intake of sugars
• Choose and prepare foods with less salt
• If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation
Some Sources Of Calcium
• Yogurt
• Milk
• Natural cheeses such as Mozzarella, Cheddar, Swiss, and Parmesan
• Soy-based beverage with added calcium
• Tofu, if made with calcium sulfate (read the ingredient list)
• Breakfast cereal with added calcium
• Canned fish with soft bones such as salmon, sardines
• Fruit juice with added calcium
• Pudding made with milk
• Soup made with milk
• Dark-green leafy vegetables such as collards, turnip greens Some
Sources Of Iron
• Shellfish like shrimp, clams, mussels, and oysters
• Lean meats (especially beef), liver and other organ meats
• Ready-to-eat cereals with added iron
• Turkey dark meat (remove skin to reduce fat)
• Sardines
• Spinach
• Cooked dry beans (such as kidney beans and pinto beans), peas (such as black-eyed peas), and lentils
• Enriched and whole grain breads
Source:

http://healthyliving.preferredconsumer.com/nutrition/basic_nutrition/

Limits to caffeine, cholesterol, sodium and sugar

Caffeine:

• Healthy adults should stay below 300-500 milligrams daily
• Pregnant women must stay below 150-200 milligrams daily
• Children should stay below 50 milligrams daily

In the United States, the FDA sets limits on all caffeine drinks. No more than 65 mg. per 12oz. drink.

The investigators tested the caffeine content of 10 energy drinks, 19 colas or sodas, and seven cold-coffee and iced-tea drinks.
The good news is that for all colas or sodas tested caffeine content was well below the FDA limit of 65 mg for a 12-ounce serving. In this category of drinks, caffeine content ranged from 18 mg to 48 mg per 12-ounce serving.
The caffeine content of energy drinks, however, ranged from 33 mg to nearly 77 mg per serving, with the majority being above the FDA recommended cola or soda limit. One product, SoBe No Fear, came in at 141 mg for a 16-ounce serving, the study found.
Several of the Starbucks brand coffee drinks were above the soda caffeine limit, most notably Starbucks Doubleshot, which had more than 105 mg of caffeine, the investigators said.

Cholesterol:
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that you
• Get no more than 20 to 35% of your total calories from fat.
• Get less than 10% of your calories from saturated fat. For example, if you eat 2000 calories a day, you should eat no more than 20 grams (g) of saturated
fat. If you have heart disease, less than 7% of your calories should be from saturated fat.
• Avoid or limit trans fats (often found in processed foods).
• Eat less than 300 milligrams (mg) of cholesterol per day (less than 200 mg if you have heart disease).
Sodium:
American Heart Association says 2,400 mg (1 tsp. salt). The Institute of Medicine says 1.500 mg (3/5 of tsp.) Greatest source is processed foods, commercial foods, frozen dinners and lunch meats.

Sugar:
No nutrition other than calories. Average consumption should be no more than
6-8 tsp. (one teaspoon = 4 grams)

Biblical injunctions regarding nutrition:

Exo 15:26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth
thee.

Story of Daniel

Gen 2:9 And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food.

Psa 104:14 He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth

Sources:

McCusker RR et al. Caffeine content of energy drinks, carbonated sodas, and other beverages. Journal of Analytical Toxicology. 2006; 30. http://www.medpagetoday.com/PrimaryCare/DietNutrition/2865

http://www.realage.com/research_library/searchresults.aspx?link=crsfiles/aha/aha_fatcom_crs.htm

http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search/

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2009.01.18 Granola, Intro to Sacraments

Regular Meeting. Project: Home made Granola. Paula will facilitate the project. Everyone will get to take home some yummy and nutritious home made granola.

Kent will provide an introduction to the sacraments of Christianity; what they are and why they are. We’ll come back to this topic periodically in the future.

NOTES:

We enjoyed lunch together, made granola, and had an introductory discussion about sacraments.

I’m including here the notes on Sacraments, and the recipe for granola.

INTRODUCTION TO SACRAMENTS:

A good general definition is that a sacrament is “an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace” (from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer).

What are the sacraments?
Most Protestants recognize two sacraments: Baptism and Communion, or the Lord’s Supper.

My definition: something that was prophesied or foreshadowed, that Christ commanded or ordained by Word or by His actions, that has both an action to be taken and a promise or stated spiritual result.

Sacraments should be done as exactly as possible according to the plan laid out by Christ and the apostles and made clear in the Old Testament foreshadowing, just as the Tabernacle had to be completed to exact specifications and the worship in the Temple had to follow exact specifications. If you don’t follow the plan, the message and significance can be lost or diluted.

The following are the Seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church: (We discussed some things about Roman Catholicism in relation to this list)
• Baptism (Christening)
• Confirmation (Chrismation)
• Holy Eucharist (or Holy Communion)
• Penance (Confession)
• Anointing of the Sick
• Holy Orders
• Matrimony

What I believe are the sacraments instituted by Christ: (based on my definition of sacrament above)
• Salvation
• Water Baptism
• Holy Spirit Baptism
• Communion
• Matrimony

Your homework: Search the scriptures and see if you agree or disagree with my definition and my list of sacraments. Don’t use Wikipedia or other such sources, use the scripture and PRAYER and let God give you wisdom in this area. We’ll be discussing this later, so if you make notes make sure to bring them with you each week in case the topic comes up. In future meetings I hope to discuss the sacraments individually and why I believe each of the things I mentioned qualifies.

GRANOLA RECIPE: Homemade Granola

10 cups of Old Fashioned Oatmeal
2 cups of wheat germ
2 cups of brown sugar
2 cups powdered milk
3/4 cup of oleo
1 cup of honey
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla
¼ tsp. cinnamon

Mix together first four dry ingredients. Set aside. Melt oleo-add honey, salt, vanilla and cinnamon. Pour over dry ingredients and mix well. Spread on lightly greased cookie sheets and roast for 30 minutes at 275 degrees. Stir half way through roasting.

You may add coconut, raisins, nuts, dried fruit etc. after roasting. Roast an additional 15 minutes or until golden brown.