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Keith last won the day on January 20 2015

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  1. Thanks brother. I could ask for no greater gift! Seeing God at work in my life like this, and changing me, has been difficult, but incredibly comforting and given me so much peace.
  2. No, it's nothing as serious as that. I just love sugary things too much! It's an addiction and I just don't want to be addicted to anything. I started thinking about this as I was considering Romans 12:1 about offering our bodies as a living sacrifice and 1 Corinthians 6:19, that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. While there's nothing wrong with having a candy bar occasionally, I want to be a better steward of my health with the choices I make and honor Him with them. For the last six months, I've been hearing in my spirit that God is preparing a remnant of those who are willing to fully surrender themselves to Him in preparation for a work He has for them to do. Ever since then, I've become very sensitive, not to sugar, but to everything going on in the news. It's all just come to a head in my life and, when the pieces are put together, I can see that God began putting this desire in me to fully surrender every area of my life -- my time, my habits, my thoughts, etc., and submit myself to Him for rebuke, correction, cleansing and purifying. Our time left here is very short and I want desperately to end well and not coast through it. I know that, to some, it will seem like I've gone off the deep end or am taking things too seriously. But the "coincidences" of all these things converging at this point in my life isn't a "coincidence." And the work He's doing in me has been evidence of that.
  3. Hello again. Yeah, this is long. Sorry about that. For once, it can't be helped. I'm sorry for disappearing without a trace for awhile. I had no idea it would be for a couple of months. The Holy Spirit has started a work that's completely changing me. I've been trying to find the words to explain it for over a week now. They're all so inadequate, underwhelming, and cliché. And let's face it, is there really much of anything that anyone could say that we haven't all heard many times before? How does a person effectively convey something that has completely changed them? It's a pity that the impact of words has lessened in how they move us today. Time is rarely spent on what's truly being said due to all the demands on our time and expectations to keep things moving along. We live in a hurried world. But, God's never in a hurry. And, I've found that they key to regaining our sensitivity to the full impact of words again, is the deliberate effort of taking the time to really reflect on them. In essence, that's exactly what led to the last two months of my absence - time to serious reflect and consider. I'm the type of person who wears their heart on their sleeve. Gratitude and love fill me to where I'm bursting at the seams and want to tell everyone everything going on in hopes that they might experience this, too! But there's also a huge reverential fear in me to not say very much because I don't dare subtract from it in any way. It's not a common thing to be casually discussed without appropriate awe and reverence for His greatness and mercy. There's a part of me that doesn't want to talk about it, but to just continue experiencing this and living it out. After all, I'm hardly a person of any importance that anyone should much attention to. But I want to tell what's been happening so Jesus receives glory for it. Any reason other than that is vanity and just noise. My desire for His glory wins out. God has taken me at my word and began to answer my prayer to leave this world without desiring anything from it. I don't want any addictions to, or desires for, anything it has to offer. Frankly, it all started with the desire to stop being addicted to sugar! I hate the way Big Business has purposely corrupted food to be so unhealthy and addictive in order to make obscene profits at the expense and health of others. Reflecting on that led to every other topic under (and including) the sun, until I became so angry I cried. Look how far the world has fallen! I wasn't just angry, I mourned deeply. I really spent time considering all of this until I reached the point where I'd had it with this world and wanted no part of it anymore. I wanted to be completely separate from it. And I wanted the world to see the difference and desire Him again. But to be separated from one thing, you have to be joined to something else. None of us is an independent free floater in the world. Naturally then, I want to be joined to God, which naturally led to thinking I need to spend more time in prayer and reading the Bible. That's when I stopped cold in my tracks. More words! Just words! I'm sick of robotic Christianity! I'm sick of my own emotional leadings! Quite frankly, I'm sick of me, my own thoughts, my own plans, my own ways, my own understanding, my own feelings, etc., There's so much that can, and should, be said here to keep this in balance and perspective, but I'm going to digress and trust that you will take me at my word regarding my sincerity and motive in this. What does that really mean? What does it look like? What is God's desire and intention in this? In short, what does "full surrender" really entail? As Christians, we all have degrees of this going on in practice, and even in desire. But time is short and I'm sick of my own desires and my own pace of spiritual growth! If it kills me, I'm going to be 100% submitted to Jesus in every way! By now, all I feel is desperation! To hell with everything else, even my needs. I'm desperate for Him and to be His completely! Just Him for who He is and nothing else. I honestly don't care what, who, or how much it costs me. I want the remaining time I have left on this earth, whether I leave by death or by rapture, to be so insanely honoring and glorifying to Him! I want to know, and experience, and love, and abide in, and obey, and be bold in Him with absolutely everything that's in me, that there's nothing left of myself in me! I want to experience utterly everything possible that He created, purposed, and died for me to experience and do for His glory alone! I want to believe, and put my faith and complete trust, in His love, His will, His word, and His commands for me. I want to walk with God like Enoch did. I've had threads of these desires in my life for as long as I can remember. But, it was always so hard and scary and impossible. I'm so weak and violently imperfect! I could never, ever hope to achieve even a molecule of this! Let's not even mention how unworthy and undeserving I am to even hope or think I could have any of this! That's just the plain truth! No self-deprecation or false modesty intended or needed. So, how did all of this start? With His grace and taking Him at His word no matter what. A grace, and a love, that is greater than everything that's thrown at it. I had a modecum of sincere desire and knew I didn't have the ability, strength, or wisdom to even dare pursue it. But, the Holy Spirit took that small seed of my sincere desire, planted and tended it, working in me over time, using every circumstance imaginable, and caused that desire to grow in me to a degree and a depth that I've never imagined. To the point that I see everything differently. What began as the simple hope to give up sugar has turned into life changing answered prayer; a continuing work in progress. I'm not the same person I was two months ago. Not only have my thoughts and desires changed, but the context of them has changed, too. For the record, I'm still not free from my addiction to sugar! Like everything else, it's a work in progress. In this thread, Lord willing, I'll be posting (with every effort to be much briefer than this introduction) the things that the Holy Spirit has been doing in me. If others read it and are edified by it in any way, then it's all to His glory and nothing of me. For now, I just can't not shout it from the rooftops and glorify His name through it because it's all of, in, by and through Him! And I won't be offended if you don't read, comment or care about this. The world most definitely doesn't revolve around me and nobody needs me to express the importance of seeking only Him. I'm just doing what I'm compelled to do! God bless and keep you all!
  4. http://www.globalresearch.ca/america-created-al-qaeda-and-the-isis-terror-group/5402881 Like I said, I'm not here to argue or convince anyone to believe what I do. I could be wrong but that's the conclusion I've come to based on information I've read over time. What it has to do with the article you posted is just what I said; it makes me wonder what the whole story behind this news is. There's always more to it than what's reported.
  5. History. Here's just one of many like resources. Once you begin reading news sources from around the world and recognize common threads in them (especially when they contradict U.S. news stories) you have to wonder what the real story is. Is anyone being 100% truthful? Probably very few. But, personally, I've read enough to no longer read anything and take it on board as the truth anymore. The fact that the U.S. had aided groups of people in the past that have become terror groups, even ending up with American weaponry, is too coincidental to me. I'm not here to convince anyone or argue the case, though. Just my thoughts on the article that was posted, which are that I question everything that comes out of the government and mainstream media. I'm reminded of Paul Harvey and "The Rest of the Story." Given the history of our government and media, I can't help but wonder what "the rest of the story" really is.
  6. Welcome to the site, Waiting for LOJ! Make yourself at home and jump into any topic that interests you. It's good to have you here!
  7. I wonder what the full and real story is? Is this guy really him or yet another fall guy? How long have they actually known who this guy was and why is it being reported now? Did the U.S. actually create ISIS as they did other "enemy" terror groups? The list of questions goes on and on for me. When it comes to any branch of government, on any level, and then throw in the Lamestream Media, and my belief, trust, and faith in them is non-existent. They're so full of corruption, lies, deceit and propaganda that even much of their photographic evidence is doctored. Everything is spun for their own purposes. Call me cynical, but I've learned that when people show you who they are, believe them.
  8. FB can be an amazing tool if you use it wisely, as twitter. Even George uses both. You would be surprised how many members come to Worthy through theses tools. It could be said that the cookery forum can be a distraction or a trap , just saying. Like everything, It's all about how we use it Dont be so quick to condemn them. I think you're reading into my post a sentiment that isn't there. I said Christians should be discerning with how much time they spend on these social medias. And there is a difference between using them for ministry purposes and social purposes. I addressed them in the social context given in this thread and didn't condemn them, but addressed the amount of time that many people spend on them compared to how much time we spend with Jesus. It's a valid point. When most people are truthful about the amount of time they spend socially on social media, and then compare that to the amount of time they spend with Jesus, it's clear they become traps and distractions and steal time away from Jesus. As for my posts in the Recipe forum, there's nothing wrong with that. As I said, the only social media I participate in is Worthy. Very humbly, for illustrative purposes only, I'll explain that I spent less than an hour a day on Worthy. A little more if I join in in the chat room. But, I also give God more of my time than I spend online. My intent here isn't to boast in saying this or infer that I'm better than anyone else. It's only to illustrate my point.
  9. I'm not a fan of your approach. What I see are your ideas and beliefs, expressed as facts without a specific purpose other than to set yourself up as the authority on these things and to "provoke." (Proverbs 26:12) You started a thread, stating your opinions and then basically sat back waiting either for fiery darts or to be told you're right. 1 Corinthians 8:1 reminds us that knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. It comes across to me as a spirit of division. You don't state what your purpose, goal or aim is for this thread. It's basically, "Here are my opinions. Say whatever you want, I'm ready for it." (Illustrated especially in the parts of your comments that I've put in bold face.)
  10. The good news is that it's more confirmation that we are indeed in the last days (as if we needed more confirmation), and that Jesus is coming very soon! And that should be a wake up call for Christians to put away all sin and unholiness, as well as the things of this world, and prepare to meet our Groom. There's work to be done... in ourselves, spreading the gospel, and completing the work the Holy Spirit has given each of us to do.
  11. Nope. One is more than enough. It's my opinion that Christians need to be very discerning with how much time they spend online at all. Facepalm, Tweetering, MyFace, Instagram, Pinterest, forums, etc., They're all traps and distractions that steal time away from Jesus. Combine that with hearing people say they "don't have time," and that's the evidence of their priorities.
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    Chicken -n- Dumplin's

    You can. It's very subtle in the dumplin's. Try substituting basil or onion powder. Or, you can just leave it out altogether. Basil or Thyme are my favorite spices.I hate Rosemary. I like anything but rosemary, thyme, and oregano. They taste like they smell... just like pencil shavings. Especially oregano. The worst aroma in the world, though, is patchouli. It should be illegal. It smells like an old woman, wearing a wet wool coat, with old potatoes in her pocket, walking a wet, old dog. Just... no.
  13. Keith

    Chicken -n- Dumplin's

    You can. It's very subtle in the dumplin's. Try substituting basil or onion powder. Or, you can just leave it out altogether.
  14. Hello. My name is Keith and I love dumplin's. It's been a week since my last dumplin'. So, I had to remedy that with my own version of Chicken-n-Dumplin's. Why my own version? Because, along with dumplin's, I like sauces, gravy's and broths. My version makes it more like a soup than a stew. This recipe is for you, my worthy Dumplin's. (Another pun! No extra charge.) Confession: I've made this so many times that I never measure anything. I'm an eye-baller. But, I took measures (Pun intended. Why waste a good pun?) to make note of proportions this time around. This recipe will make 4 good-sized bowls. Can't eat that much? It's fantastic the next day and reheats well. Chicken -n- Dumplin’s 2 Chicken Breasts ¾ Cup Celery; chopped ¾ Cup Carrots; chopped 6 Cups Chicken Broth 4 Cloves Garlic; diced 1 tsp Black Pepper ½ tsp Dried Basil 1 ¼ Cups Bisquick ⅓ Cup Milk 1 tsp Dried Dill ⅓ Cup Water; room temperature 2 Tbsp Cornstarch Grill the chicken breasts until they’re just done, or just under done. Chop or shred the chicken and put in a pot with chicken broth, carrots, celery, pepper, basil and garlic. (I like to sauté the garlic for a minute in the chicken drippings first.) Bring to a simmer. In the meantime, mix the Bisquick, dill and milk and mix into a dough ball. It should be smooth, not tacky. Add a sprinkling of biscuit mix if it’s too wet, or a bit of milk if it’s too dry. Let the dough rest, covered under a damp paper towel, for 10 minutes. Then roll the dough out into a log about the circumference of a paper towel tube. Snip off dough with kitchen scissors to about the size of a quarter, directly into the pot. It will make a lot of dumplings… lucky you! Give a quick stir, put a lid on the pot and simmer gently. The dumplin's will swell and float, but they’ll shrink back down as they cook. After about 15-20 minutes, mix water and cornstarch in a cup and stir until mixed. Pour into the pot, and simmer for about 10 minutes, uncovered, so the broth can thicken a bit. You can skip this step if you like broth instead of the "creamy," slightly thicker texture. Note: The dumplin's can be made from scratch, but I had Bisquick on hand for something else and decided to use it. Bisquick is basically a mix of flour, shortening, salt and baking soda anyway - all the ingredients you would use to make homemade dumplin's.
  15. Put 6 slices of bacon in a pot and cook. Remove the bacon when cooked and then add the onion and caramelize. Add a couple pinches of salt whenever you're sauteing or caramelizing onions. It helps them release their juices and tenderizes them. Once the onion is caramelized, crumble the bacon and add it back to the pot. Add 1 cup of beef broth and bring to a simmer. While it's coming to a simmer, add 3 heaping tablespoons of flour to 2 cups of water and mix. The easy way to do this is to use a jar with a lid (a mason jar) and shake the dickens out of it until the flour isn't lumpy. (About one minute.) Once the broth begins to simmer, add the water and flour mix (a slurry) and start whisking combine everything and prevent flour lumps. Simmer, with whisking until it thickens. Season with black or white pepper to taste.
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