Colossians, Kolaches, Klobasneks

laura cooking

This is my personal chef with Colossians, the name the youth gave to what we told them were kolaches. Turns out that Kolaches are a Czech food made with a dinner like roll topped with sweet fruit filling. According to Wikipedia what we make are called klobasneks, also of Czech origin, but only popular in Texas. When Laura first made these we were surprised that none of them had ever heard of them. Laura makes these by first making dinner roll dough in her bread maker machine. Then we divide the dough into smaller pieces and stuff it with american cheese, little smokies and optionally jalapeño peppers. Then you bake them in the oven. The result is a soft dinner roll filled with hot sausage, melted cheese (and preferably jalapeños).

Laura Cooking
I just threw this picture in for fun, where is her husband? Why is he not helping?

Q&A: Thankful for Christ

This year’s freshman class at Westminster Christian Academy is appropriately studying the Westminster Shorter Catechism; not simply memorizing questions and answers, but going deeper into what each question means, where we see it in Scripture and how this applies to our lives as we actively live out the Word of God.

The students’ most recent exam covered Catechism Question 19: What is the misery of that estate whereinto man fell? Answer: All mankind by their fall lost communion with God, are under his wrath and curse, and so made liable to all the miseries of this life, to death itself, and to the pains of hell forever.

When I grade tests it is always encouraging to see students beginning to understand what we’ve been studying. Every so often though the wording a of student’s answer really catches my attention. While many of the students gave great answers, this time it was Harriet Reymond’s answer that was worded in a such a thoughtful way.

The question was asked, “What is the difference between the experience of believers and unbelievers in this life? At death?” Harriet answered, “All of the pain in this world is the closest we will ever get to hell and all of the happiness in this world is the closest that unbelievers will  ever get to heaven. In death we have God to comfort us, but unbelievers are scared of death.”

This explanation puts all the trials God brings us into proper perspective. Our pains are very real, whether it’s emotional hurt, sadness from loss, physical pain, even the real prospect of death. Yet as miserable as these are in our lives they are certainly the worst believers will ever face because of the gift of faith Christ so graciously gives us. Instead we will spend eternity in the presence of Jesus Christ. Today as we celebrate Thanksgiving I am certainly thankful for the truthfulness of Harriet’s answer.

Hi, I'm a Mac

This past month one of my Windows PCs crashed and burned while the other was so slow that I wiped the hard drive and reinstalled Windows. The files are backed up online, but as of today I still have not been able to get them back due to the downloads constantly failing. So when it came time to get a new computer I hesitantly went Mac. It has been two weeks now and everyday I’m more satisfied with the switch.

When I was a child our first computer was an Apple IIe. My brother Brad would make programs on it that consisted of a series of questions which only he knew the answers to. If I answered any wrong it would tell me I was a dork. Since then I’ve always been interested in Apples, but never wanted to really go that way because they cost a bit more, are not compatible with everything, have less software and so on. Now I’m so impressed with my MacBook that I can’t believe I didn’t make the switch earlier. I drank the Kool-Aid.

I’ll admit that everything has not been compatible, the printer at church has not been very easy to get working, our rep says this is because it is an old printer missing a feature that all new printers now come with (PostScript). To be fair though I was unable to get my Windows Vista PC to work with the printer either. The beauty of the Mac is how easy everything is though. When things are compatible there is no set up at all. There are six other printers on our network at church that I never knew existed which the Mac identified and is now ready to print to.

There are a few short cuts built into the Mac OS Leopard that makes moving around the computer very easy. One is called Hot Corners which is activated when the mouse pointer is dragged to one of the four corners of the screen. Mine is setup to trigger Expose and Spaces seen above. Spaces allows you to set up as many desktops as you want, it is like having multiply screens. Expose shows you every aspect of every program running which allows me to move from one application to another with ease.

The picture above is what the desktop looks like, there is no start button, you launch applications by clicking on the logo at the bottom, when an app is minimized you can see the contents by moving my mouse over the icon (seen on right side where a small version of every file is shown).

A few other things I love out this machine is the 4.5 hour battery, you can close the lid and open it up over and over and it only takes about 2 seconds to be working again, keyboard shortcuts speeding up common task, simple to understand applications and an odd sense of creativity simply using it. Ultimately my hope and prayer is that I will become more productive with less need to constantly be working on my making my PC work thereby giving me more time to focus on the ministry God has given us to do.

If you are considering a new computer I highly recommend the Mac. Matt Austin, Jacob and Renae Vos, Joy Hillyer and Travis Shanahan (although he has installed Linux on it, he is wicked smart, not sure why but "wicked" is a good thing now) all use the Mac. If anyone else has it let me know so we can video chat sometime.

Pumpkin Muffins

Christmas music has started in our house (honestly, it started about 2 weeks ago, but that’s embarrassing!), so that means lots of pumpkin stuff! My favorite was Pumpkin bread, until last week when I made these. They called for pecans, but I substituted chocolate chips, can’t go wrong there!

They froze great and I just took a few out at night and heated them up in the morning for breakfasts! So yummy!

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Funny pic from this summer

Wish you could have seen this–it was awesome! Brian thought it would be funny to stand in the back of the church during VBS and try to make Janey and Amy (leading the singing) laugh. That backfired on him when they called him up there to do it in front of everyone! Some of the kids still imitate Brian and this is the dance they do!!

In-town Retreat

We had an in-town retreat this weekend (including video scavenger hunt), and while we always have a great time with the youth, this weekend was especially fun because we got to spend to much time with them. I know you may not know these teens, but they are all such a joy for us to be with and minister too and they are a huge part of our lives. Here’s a few pics from the weekend!

Of course when you have that many boys in one gym, and there’s mats, there’s going to be wrestling!

And “launching” of humans with the goal of dunking

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Feeding the ducks and "beaber"

Jayne (“Yay Yay”) had the great idea of heading to a pond and feeding ducks! Becks had a blast! We saw what we ignorantly thought was a beaver, who liked the bread too and was getting really close. Which was cool when we thought it was a beaver. As we were leaving we saw the “WARNING: Stay away from the nutria” sign. Gross. If nothing else it was funny to hear Beckham talking about the “beaber” all day!

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