Monday, June 24, 2019

Pork Tenderloin Casserole

We had extra pork tenderloins thawed that we didn't use in the concessions stand for the Saturday night, event at the Linn Park so I was looking for a new recipe in which to use them.  I found a recipe that sounded pretty good and changed it a little.  It was really excellent so I will add it to my Recipes page, also!

Pork Tenderloin Casserole
  • 1/4 c. vegetable oil
  • 4 tenderized pork tenderloin
  • 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • Several (6 or more) potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 1 can beef broth
  • Salt & pepper to taste

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Coat the pork chops with flour, and place in the skillet. Salt and pepper the tenderloin.  Brown about 4 minutes on each side.
  2. Place browned tenderloin in a 9x13 pan.  Lightly saute the onion in the remaining oil.   Remove and place on top of tenderloins.  Add a couple of tablespoons of flour to the drippings in the pan.  Stir to make a paste and add the beef broth.  Place sliced potatoes on top of tenderloin and onions. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, and pepper.   Pour thickened beef broth over all.  Cover tightly with foil.  Cook in oven at 300 degrees for 2 hours, or 350 degrees for 1 hour. (Or can be cooked on the stovetop in the skillet used for browning.  Cover and simmer 40 minutes until potatoes are tender.)

Sunday, June 23, 2019

"What it Means to Experience 20/20 Vision in Your Gathering"Mark Virkler, Orlando, FL

    This is an excellent article on small groups by Mark Virkler.  I would love to be in a group like he describes!  Is there anyone living nearby, who would like to try creating one with us?

"What it Means to Experience 20/20 Vision in Your Gathering" Mark Virkler, Orlando, FL

When I established home groups in my church in the 1980s we took two years and worked our way through the Bible. Today, 40 years later, people from those home groups tell us that those two years were where they gained their foundational knowledge of Scripture. They read 15 chapters a week, examined Scriptures diligently to answer reflective questions, and journaled to hear what God was speaking to them through this section of Scripture. Our home meetings were times of sharing insights and revelations of what God had spoken to each of us. We also prayed for needs that were presented by the group members. We cast out demons, healed the sick and prophesied over one another.

I still hunger to be part of such a group. Close relationships are knit, love and compassion felt, revelation shared and personal needs met through prayer and helping one another in very practical ways.

What Home Groups Should Look Like
Paul tells us what these groups should look like: "...When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification" (1 Corinthians 14:26).

We all know that the one who prepares the lesson is the one who learns the most. Since every member is required to come with something they are prepared to share, everyone grows at an exponential rate! Everyone seeks God for a revelation to share. We don't come expecting a lecture, or as people offering things off-the-cuff. We come expecting a "Spirit-led and Spirit-anointed Body" ministry, where everyone participates and everyone receives.

Spirit-anointed teaching is where we practice truth together. When I taught at Buffalo School of the Bible, I designed my classes this way. Students were required to come to class with something to share, and that included me, as the instructor.

Here are some key definitions to help move us forward with this kind of training:
• Spirit-anointed teacher: The teacher must have a living relationship with the subject at hand (i.e. a love, passion and mastery of the area), and invite his students into that relationship as full partners, to experience their own living relationship with the subject.
• Spirit-anointed teaching: "To teach is to create a space where revelation knowledge is experienced and practiced."

What Should We Experience in These Gatherings?
1. Companionship – A compassionate touch (Matthew 14:14).
2. Hearts burning as He opens the Scriptures to us (Luke 24:32).
3. Inner healing as Jesus walks through painful memories (Luke 22:54-62; John 21:15-17).
4. Dreams interpreted so we receive God's counsel and wisdom (Psalm 16:7).
6. Deliverance and freedom as demons are cast out (Mark 16:17).
7. Miracles and healing as we pray for one another (1 Corinthians 12:28).
8. The nine-fold expression of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:7-11).

As a result, the fire of God grows in our hearts and we experience increased personal freedom. The opportunity to practice the exercise of the gifts of the Spirit in this safe setting results in increased boldness to step forward and minister by the Spirit in public settings.

Revival Through God's Revelation
God has used home groups to spread revival. China's house churches have grown the Church from 1 million to 60 million in recent years.

I believe that instead of focusing so much on addressing sin, the focus of a "Spirit Life Circle" (home group) should be on receiving of revelation from God (Ephesians 1:17-18). When His light comes in, sin and darkness flee as a natural byproduct, without us ever having to focus on it. Biblically speaking, our focus is to be on Jesus (Hebrews 12:1-2). There is no command to fix our eyes on our sin. We become a reflection of what/whom we focus on. So we choose to focus on JESUS, and become a reflection of Him!

Dr. Mark Virkler
President, Christian Leadership University (CLU)
Communion With God Ministries

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Monday, June 17, 2019

"Who is About to Change the World?" Ryan Bruss,

I say "yes!"  I want to be one of these.  (Possted today on the Elijah List.)

"Who is About to Change the World?" Ryan Bruss, Charlotte, North Carolina

A Fearless, Hungry Remnant of Laid-Down Lovers
There is a remnant of Christians today who are hungry and desperate for God, willing to lay down their DAILY lives for Jesus. They are living free from offense and staying connected to Him 24/7. They want to serve. They want to love as Jesus has loved them. They have such a desire to live pure and holy before God and are not bound up in the rhetoric of legalism.

They have been broken and restored; wounded and healed. They have lived in the valley of the shadow of death for years, but now they have had an encounter with God. And instead of staying on the mountain, they travel back to the valley to help those who are dying there, as they once were. They don't care about ministry titles, ministry names or networking to build their ministry.

These people that I am talking about love to pray, love to worship, love to spend ordinary moments with Jesus. They are givers and not takers. They are determined and not demanding.

A Joy That Cannot Be Shaken
They are the ones who have overcome sadness, sorrow and grief and have an internal joy that cannot be shaken. This group of people has exchanged beauty for ashes. They look at their internal (and external) reflection and they no longer see pain, shame, condemnation, rejection, depression and the like – they see the love of the Father.

They are dangerous, fearless, bold and confident in the face of adversity. These are the ones who have discerned that their current struggles and afflictions – whatever those may be – are but for a moment, and are working for them a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.

These people love the lost, the hurting, the dying and the broken. Why? Because they have been there and met the Savior, the Healer, the Deliver and the love of the Father. 

They would rather take personal communion with Jesus than have everyone in the room like them, understand them and appreciate them.

These are the ones who are giving when no one is looking. These are the people who are saying, "Here I am, send me." They laugh at trials and temptations and find the joy of the Lord in even the little things. These are warriors and not wimps. They are fierce and not faithless. They are passionate, they are dreamers, they are visionaries.

Living in Divine Order
They live in divine order: God, family and THEN ministry. They are hard workers in the spirit. These are the ones who are living for eternal rewards and honestly don't care what you think about them. They are free from judging – they leave that to God – they would rather love. You can't control or manipulate them, and they will love you anyway.

They open the Bible and hear the voice of God and it challenges and changes them. They walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh. They desperately want the fruit of the Spirit and the fruit that remains. They are watchful discerners of what is taking place around them. Like the sons of Issachar, they are learning to discern the times and seasons.

They have learned the secrets of King David; they are warriors and lovers. They do not have the words "pretenders," "fakes" and "hypocrites" in their vocabulary. They are just as real on Sunday morning as they are on Friday night.

They get their peace, joy and comfort from the Holy Spirit, and not by escaping into alcohol, television, pornography, hiding or any other temporary pleasure.

Where Will You Find This Remnant?
Where will you find this remnant? Sitting with the homeless, dining with the elite, standing in front of abortion clinics, building orphanages, preaching in Latvia, dancing in California, building businesses, starting churches, raising families, loving the seemingly unlovable, giving up sleep, praying through the night, fasting their meals, breaking bread, letting go of the world and embracing a Jesus-centered lifestyle. Like supernatural special agents, they will infiltrate every part of society but refuse to be recognized.

They live to please Jesus and to love Him with all their hearts, minds, souls and strength, keeping the first commandment in first place. These are the ones who are about to change the world!

Ryan Bruss
Revive International

Saturday, June 15, 2019

On Their Mark | Robert Madu

This is one of the best talks I have ever heard.  So true!  And so needed!!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Seven Benefits of Jesus' Shed Blood by James Goll

This is an excerpt from James Goll's article, "7 Benefits of the Blood of Jesus," posted on The Elijah List.  It is a great reminder of all that we have because of Jesus shedding His blood for us.  You can read the entire article here.
...Seven Benefits of Jesus' Shed Blood
In Christ's Blood, we receive life that death cannot conquer. Jesus has established a new covenant through His Blood, and He intercedes on our behalf to enable us to enter more fully into His Blood covenant with us (see Romans 8:34).
Once again, the number seven comes into play as Jesus' Blood accomplishes at least seven distinct benefits to complete our salvation:
1. Forgiveness. You and I have been forgiven through the Blood that Jesus shed when He gave up His life. "...[W]ithout shedding of blood there is no forgiveness" (Hebrews 9:22 NASB). (Photo via James Goll)
2. Cleansing. Our consciences have been washed by the Blood of Christ Jesus because we have truly been purified from all sin (see Hebrews 9:14).
3. Redemption. Forgiven and cleansed, we find that we have been redeemed from the clutches of the powers of darkness. "In Him we have redemption through His Blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace" (Ephesians 1:7 NIV).
4. Justification. It is one thing to believe that you are forgiven, cleansed, and redeemed, but it is another to believe that it is just as if you had never sinned in the first place. "For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him" (2 Corinthians 5:21). When I am justified, it is "just-as-if-I'd" never sinned. I am righteous.
5. Sanctification. Now we can take it one step further and declare that we have been set apart for a holy calling – sanctified. Each Believer is a special vessel set apart for God. Only Jesus' Blood can make this possible. Because of Him, we can walk on the straight and narrow way (see Matthew 7:14).
6. Peace. Because of Jesus' Blood, we can have perfect peace. There will still be plenty of battles to fight, but the outcome has been determined on Calvary: "It was through what His Son did that God cleared a path for everything to come to Him – all things in Heaven and on Earth – for Christ's death on the Cross has made peace with God for all by His Blood" (Colossians 1:20 TLB).
7. Access to the throne. Jesus' Blood has made possible your complete reconciliation with the holy Father in Heaven. Now, covered as you are in the Blood of Christ, you are like the high priest who was invited to enter the Most Holy Place – without being struck dead. You can enter the most holy throne room of Heaven with perfect impunity: "And so, dear brothers, now we may walk right into the very Holy of Holies, where God is, because of the Blood of Jesus" (Hebrews 10:19 TLB).
In your own life, how have you testified to what the Blood of Jesus Christ has accomplished? How have you spoken of it (out loud) and declared with joy the benefits He has won for you? Even when you proclaim it within the privacy of your prayer closet, the enemy gets blinded with the glory of Heaven!
All praise, honor, and worship to the Lamb of God for what He has done on the Cross! The Blood of Christ avails for you and for me! Let's each declare with thanksgiving what the Blood of the Lamb has accomplished for each of us! 
Declaring the Power of Jesus' Blood!
Dr. James W. Goll
God Encounters Ministries


Monday, June 3, 2019

A Glorious Night of Worship

What a glorious night of worship we had last night at Linn Park!  The Martinsville Harvest Vineyard Worship Team opened the evening.  Their rendition of "Ain't No Grave" was amazing!

Carolyn Yoder and VWorship Team from the Sullivan Vineyard then led us in many wonderful songs, including our theme song for Elevate Praise, "Raise A Hallelujah."  They ended the evening with a short medley of hymns.  The evening was perfect!  Perfect weather, perfect atmosphere, perfect music!  I had been anticipating this night since the inception of Elevate Praise in February, and I certainly wasn't disappointed.  It was fabulous!  I asked if they would come back.  They said they would like to.  How blessed we are!