Thursday, April 13, 2006

Tasty Juice

I haven't been writing as much as usual because I've been reading more blogs than usual. In the past few days there has been some interesting blogging about Brian McLaren and the Emergent Church (see Coloratura Christian's reflections of hearing him, Cowboyology posts an interesting poem, kerux noemata shares his recent research paper on his new Emergent-dedicated blog).

In keeping with the focus of this blog, I will not enter into such discussion in this forum - although I encourage all Christians to familiarize themselves with what's being sold in the Christian bookstores as the "latest" trend in Christian literature. We need to be careful and remember 1 John 4:1, "Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God."

I encourage each of you to be examining for yourself, what is being purported as "christian". These are not bandwagons to be jumped on, like when we suddenly watch hockey just because our Calgary Flames are in the play-offs. These are sometimes battlefronts for the soul. And in those cases, it really does matter what side we are on - and we'd better know what side we're on.

Anyway, I was just gonna share a quick recipe that I "invented" last night, which my son said I should post. (This is more like what 'homemaker' is all about :)) We've called it "Tasty Juice". It uses frozen watermelon. I had purchased too much watermelon for us to consume last September, and decided to cut it and freeze it. Just found it buried in my freezer yesterday and thus we have the discovery of "Tasty Juice".

Tasty Juice
750 ml of frozen watermelon
1 cup or so of white grape juice

Blend and serve like a slushie.
Easy, healthy, fun and 'tasty'. Enjoy!


Homemanager said...

Thank you for the "food for thought" with the emergent arena and also the "fun food for the tummy!" :o)

I do agree with you about being discerning. There are many "voices" that want to pull us away from the truth. If we are centered and stay centered on the full Gospel as recorded in the scriptures we won't be deceived. Praise God for His warnings. May we all heed and apply the scriptures - His Words!

sharon said...

Yea - so true Marlene. I have come to see that as I'm reading books it's important to check out whats been said in scripture, by reading my bible and talking to people who understand better than I do.
But it's pretty scary what some people say is "christian"

ReneeM said...

You might be surprised though, if you look at what you don't like, how much of it is personal taste, personal experience and background, personal (or church) interpretation.

if you are interested, I posted my thoughts on coloratura christian's blog, and the guy who commented before me had some neat things to say.

opora said...

Thanks for the recipe and for another opportunity to drive my little band-wagon past you folks....

All scripture is given by God and is useful for teaching, for showing people what is wrong in their lives, for correcting faults, and for teaching how to live right. Using the scriptures, the person who serves God will be capable, having all that is needed to do every good work. Timothy 3:16-17

God's word is alive and working and is sharper than a double-edged sword. It cuts all the way into us where the sould and spirit are joined to the center of our joints and bones. Hebrews 4:12

And we speak of about these things, not with words taught us by human wisdom but with words taught by the Spirit. 1 Cor 2:13

Save yourselves some money and time and jump on the band wagon to stick to the most perfect words of the bible. It really is all you need you know!

As you can see with the emerging of the emergent church, not all Christians are "discerning" so all the more reason to demonstrate and offer an alternative solution with back to basics! If we all stuck to God's word maybe we wouldn't be having to draw the line between "us" and "them" to deal with, point out or condemn the latest trend. Can we condemn this latest trend, when we ourselves are frequenting that same bookstore? Is there a more righteous shelf to choose ones books?

Reminding people to be discerning could possibly be like telling your 3 year old who is learning to ride a two wheeler to "just" keep his balance. Easy to keep your balance if you have practiced this for awhile!

Homemanager said...

Hello Marlene,
I wanted you to know that I was thinking about you. Hope all is well!
God Bless!

opora said...

I clearly missed the underlined word of your most gracious warning to us all to be careful with what we feed our brains. The part I missed was where it said "examining for YOURSELF." Please accept my most heartfelt apology for getting on my soapbox for an issue I often feel is overlooked. I promise to save our other conversations for face to face chats so that my uneloquent speech can not be misinterpreted. And again, thanks for all the recipes and coffee cup verses!