20180712

Preach to the dry bones and trust the Spirit of God


"It is as we preach God's word that people are born again. God is able to work when, where and how he chooses to work but we observe that where men go out and preach in his name people are born again but where they are not able to do that such things are much more scarce.
Like Ezekiel we are to preach to the dry bones and trust the Spirit of God to bring life. People need to accept ‘the word planted in you, which can save you’ not merely listening to the word but doing what it says (Jas 1:21, 22). Paul tells how he came to Thessalonica and preached successfully. What made the difference was that they accepted his preaching ‘not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe’. This is why they turned ‘to God from idols to serve the living and true God’ (2 Thess 2:13, 1 Thess 1:9).
When we ask what causes the new birth, we must say that it originates with God who transforms people by the Spirit and is possible because of what Christ has done on the cross. It usually happens as the Word of God is preached."
From my book What the Bible teaches about being born again, p 100


20180711

10 Purrfect sentences unleashed


1. Look at this dog eared catalogue
2. Don't be dogmatic about eschatology
3. He worked his way doggedly through the catechism
4. McGonagall's poetry was often in the doggerel category
5. It's a doggone shame he was catatonic by the end
6. Is it good pedgogical practice to have children make catapults?
7. The caterpillar crawled across the dogweed
8. Despite his hangdog expression, it was not a complete catastrophe
9. As general dogsbody it was his job to clear away debris and scatter disinfectant
10. What a cataclysmic boondoggle!

10 Final French Cooking Terms

1. Noisette
The word literally means "nut". It usually means nut brown in color. For example, beurre noisette is butter browned over heat until it becomes a nut brown color. It can also refer to boneless rack of lamb that is rolled, tied and cut into rounds. The word can also refer to hazelnuts.
2. Nouvelle Cuisine
A term that refers to the style of cooking that features lighter dishes with lighter sauces and very fresh ingredients
3. Parisienne
Refers to potatoes molded into balls with a melon scoop and fried or roasted
4. Pâte
A basic mixture or paste. Often refers to uncooked dough or pastry.
5. Pâté
A paste made of liver, pork or game.
6. Poussin
A young chicken.
7. Quenelle
Minced fish or meat mixture that is formed into small shapes and poached. It also refers to a shape that the minced mixture is made into.
8. Ragoût A stew
9. Roux
Melted butter to which flour has been added. Used as a thickener for sauces or soups.
10. Sauté
To cook in a small amount of fat over high heat, making sure that the food doesn't stick to the pan by making it "jump" in and out of the heat. The French word sauter means to jump.


10 More French Cooking Terms


1. Croustade
Bread piece dipped in butter and baked until it is crisp
2. Croûtons
Small cubes of bread used as a garnish is salads and soups.
3. Entrecôte
Sirloin steak.
4. Entrée
The term used to refer to something served before the main course but is used now to refer to the actual main course.
5. Escalops
A thin slice of meat that is often pounded out to make it thinner.
6. Flamber or Flambé
To set alcohol on fire
7. Frappé
Something that is iced or set on or in a bed of ice.
8. Fricassé
A stew made from poultry, meat or rabbit that has a white sauce.
9. Hors d'Oeuvres
First course or appetizer
10. Marmite
French word for a covered earthenware container for soup. The soup is both cooked and served in it.

10 French Cooking Terms


1. Bain-marie
A roasting pan or baking dish partially filled with water to allow food to cook more slowly and be protected from direct high heat. Used for custards and terrines.
2. Bouillon
Broth or stock
3. Bavarois
Creamy pudding that is made with cream and eggs, then set with gelatin
4. Bisque
A shellfish soup that has been thickened 
5. Bouquet Garni
A mixture of fresh herbs tied together with string and used to flavor stews, soups etc. It refers to a mix of parsley, bay leaf, thyme (and sometimes celery stalk). The bouquet is removed before serving
6. Canapé An appetizer consisting of a small bread or biscuit base covered with a flavored topping. Chine To remove the backbone from a rack of ribs
7. Consommé
Broth that has been made clear
8. Coulis A thick sauce usually made from one main ingredient, such as raspberry coulis
9. Crêpes
Very thin pancakes
10. Croquettes
A mixture of potato with ground cooked meat, fish or poultry formed into balls, patties or other shapes and coated with a breading before frying

20180628

Schadenfreude

The Sun newspaper took opportunity today to teach its readers a new loan word from the German language, following the exit of Germany from the World Cup.

Wise words


A wise man does something before he speaks. He considers. He makes sure that the clutch of his reason is engaged before he employs the gear of his mouth and pours out words.

(Based on: A wise man has something to do before he speaks, and besides speaking; namely, to consider, and let down the bucket of his tongue into the well of his reason before he pour forth words. Thomas Manton on James)

20180627

God's omniscience


God may be hidden from my sight but I am never hidden from God's sight.

20180619

10 words that have rather lost their meaning


1. Literally. It is hard to imagine this word being used correctly as it is often placed next to words that are being used figuratively. You did not literally die. You figuratively died. The reason that you used literally is that you were grasping for a qualifier or intensifier but wentfor the wrong one.
2. Basically. This is so often redundant in a sentence. Let's save these three (or four syllables for the next generation.
3. Very. Too often this word is alos doing nothing much beyond padding out the sentence.
4. Totally. This intensifier is okay bt is getting over used. Totally.
5. Interesting. Too often, we are lazy and use the word in vague and guarded comments.
6. Obviously. Only use this word if it is obvious.
7. Actually. Spectacularly overused,
8. Really. Again rather a weak modifier.
9. Kind of. Another wishy washy term. Meghan Markle's dad has said in interview that  "Having the press at my door and following me at my door, yeah that kind of becomes an invasion a bit".
10. Awesome. This is the case of a good word gone to waste dueto over use. I was ina  bankl once and someone was openinga  new account. Told they would be sent a debit card ina few days they replied "Awesome"!

20180609

10 Marrying or mixing words beginning with M

1. Monogamy
2. Matrimony
3. Marry
4. Match
5. Mate
6. Merge
7. Meld
8. Mix
9. Mingle
10. Mash