Sunday, July 31, 2022

Biblical Anatomy #14 - TONGUE


Biblical Anatomy #14 - TONGUE
Today we continue studying in the series called "Biblical Anatomy."

Anatomy - is the study of parts and structures of organisms.

What is "Biblical Anatomy" you might ask?  It is the study of the structure of the Christian Body (The Christian family/church).  

Today we focus on TONGUE (In one of the previous Biblical Anatomy posts we learned that the tongue, along with teeth & lips are part of the mouth):

Tongue- muscular organ in the mouth.  The tongue's function: aids in chewing, speaking and breathing.(also, the taste buds are located on the tongue)

During my research, I found out that there are 3 popular sayings or phrases in the Bible about the "tongue".
3 "Tongue" Sayings From The Bible:

- Words on the tip of my tongue
- Hold your tongue
- Guard your tongue

"I am about to open my mouth;  my words are on the tip of my tongue."
Job 33:2

"Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.
Proverbs 21:23

"Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues."
Proverbs 10:19

I noticed a trio of important worship tools that our tongue is responsible for: 
- singing
- speaking
- confessing
Let's take a deeper look at each one.


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"And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness."
Proverbs 10:19





Finally, we learn about different "tongues" spoken - this is referring to different languages (and sometimes referring the the language of the Holy Spirit).

"Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.  For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit.  But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.  Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church.  I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be edified.  Now, brothers and sisters, if I come to you and speak in tongues, what good will I be to you, unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or word of instruction?  Even in the case of lifeless things that make sounds, such as the pipe or harp, how will anyone know what tune is being played unless there is a distinction in the notes? Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?  So it is with you. Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying? You will just be speaking into the air.  Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning.  If then I do not grasp the meaning of what someone is saying, I am a foreigner to the speaker, and the speaker is a foreigner to me.  So it is with you. Since you are eager for gifts of the Spirit, try to excel in those that build up the church.
For this reason the one who speaks in a tongue should pray that they may interpret what they say.  For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.  So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding.  Otherwise when you are praising God in the Spirit, how can someone else, who is now put in the position of an inquirer, say “Amen” to your thanksgiving, since they do not know what you are saying?  You are giving thanks well enough, but no one else is edified.
 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.  But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue."
1 Corinthians 14:1-19  

Let's continue singing, speaking and confessing that Jesus Christ is Lord!

Previous "Biblical Anatomy" Posts:


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Thursday, July 28, 2022

Wine Cap Mushroom Devonshire Pie


Wine Cap Mushroom Devonshire Pie

A few months ago I shared with you my first year of growing mushrooms indoors (click HERE to view that post).
In today's recipe post I am using a mushroom variety that I grew outside - it's called "Wine Cap".  The color is a little more rosy in person, like wine might be - hence the name.  They are probably the largest of the mushrooms that I grow and very meaty in texture.  The flavor is a little nutty but maybe a little similar to Crimini mushrooms.
See pictures below - they grow in a straw bed.




Printable Recipe

3 cups mashed potatoes (leftover mashed or even instant mashed potatoes)
1 1/2 cups chopped Wine Cap mushrooms
1/2 of a medium sized onion (peeled and chopped)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
white pepper to taste 
1/2 cup sour cream
ground paprika for top garnish

Prepare the ingredients as listed above (chop mushrooms & onions etc) (see picture below)


Saute the onions in a frying pan.  After about 5 minutes add the mushrooms and continue sauteeing.  (see pictures below).  Once the mushrooms have reduced - see third picture below - then add the lemon juice, salt and white pepper.  Set aside until assembly.

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Spray or butter a pie dish.  Divide the mashed potatoes in half and spread the first half in the pie dish (see first picture below).  Top with the previously sauteed onion/mushroom mixture (see second picture below).  Then, dollop the sour cream (see third picture below).  Finally, gently spread the second half of the mashed potatoes (NOTE - this can be tricky - try not to disturb the mushroom onion layer.  A spatula works for me)(see fourth picture below).

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Sprinkle the top layer of mashed potatoes with paprika.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 40 to 45 minutes.

Serve immediately.  Slice and ENJOY!!!




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Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Tuesdays with a Twist Blog Hop #483

Welcome to Tuesdays with a Twist #483!

Before we get to the blog hop today - checkout this post:
Sandwich Sliced Dill Pickles
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Good Morning and Welcome to another No Rules Party!


We're your hosts & co-hosts 

Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
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Checkout my amazing "Featured" Pinterest Board

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Each co-host will be sharing her own picks for Features. This gives everyone a better chance of being featured. Be sure to check all of our blogs to see if you were featured! 
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My Features this Week are:

1. "Lavender Festival at Chatfield Farms" by Mille Fiori Favoriti
2. "Homemade Energy Tea" by Simply Blessed
3. "Against the Current or On the High Wireby The Flourishing Family
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The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Saturday at 11:59pm.  Feel free to stop back any time and "like" your favorites.  Please visit other blogs if you have a moment. 

Share older posts as well as new ones.  No limit on links!

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Monday, July 25, 2022

You're the STAR - Week#4 HOME (July 2022)

We finally had a good amount of rain this weekend - my garden is so happy!
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WELCOME to the July 2022 "You're the Star" Blog Hop!


WELCOME to HOME feature week of the July 2022 "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your HOME week Hosts
This week is HOME feature week
Swing by the Home Hosts' Blogs:
Bev from Eclectic Red Barn
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This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#4 HOME - recipes, home décor, antique/DIY &/or travel (this can include anything about your home - even history posts - all while remaining family friendly)

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(All features were chosen from the June 2022 "You're the Star" blog hop)

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Sunday, July 24, 2022

Bible Version Discrepancies #6 - JESUS PRAYS FOR HIS DISCIPLES


Bible Version Discrepancies #6 - JESUS PRAYS FOR HIS DISCIPLES

For most of my life I have been afraid of the "King James Version" of the Bible.  I always thought that it would be like reading Shakespeare - well, it's not.  Most of the time on my Sunday blog posts I referenced the N.I.V. (New International Version) but recently, when I need clarification, I refer to the K.J.V. (King James Version) and the N.K.J.V. (New King James Version).  In making this small switch I discovered that there are many serious discrepancies between NIV & The King James versions.  I also found out that the Bible "scholars" who compiled NIV were members of secret societies.  Whether or not there was anything nefarious behind the NIV translation does not affect the goal that I have for this series.  We are going to use our God-given common sense to compare these versions and come to our own conclusions.

It is important to note that the King James Version was first published in 1611 and it wasn't until 1978 that the New International Version was first published.

Even if we find serious discrepancies by comparing these two versions, I want you to know that I believe God has still been able to get His message across to us - He is not fazed by "misinterpretation".  His Truth fills our heart and that is why we are able to objectively study and compare these versions without losing God's meaning.  

In this series we are going to really dive deep into God's Word.
We continue our comparison study with
"John 17:6-19".

In this Scripture passage the subtitle is the same between the versions:
"Jesus Prays For His Disciples"
(this can be seen in the first picture seen below).
I decided to study this prayer because it shows us how Jesus talked with God our Heavenly Father.  Jesus was almost rambling while expressing His concerns about His disciples.  And He kept repeating Himself at various times.  This prayer shows us that we can just be ourselves when praying to God our Father - we don't have to use "important" words or have the right timing.  All we have to do is spend time with God expressing everything and anything.

Color code meaning in the pictures below:
Highlighted in yellow means that those words/sentences do not appear in one of the versions (including when references to God or Jesus appear in lower case rather than upper case)
Highlighted in orange means that the meaning of the word comparison was very different
Highlighted in green means that the meaning of the word comparison was similar or the same.


Just like the first post in this series - one of the first shocking differences I noticed was the grammar in N.I.V. - it is very disrespectful.  Many words describing or referring to God or Jesus are NOT capitalized in the N.I.V. (those letters are underlined in the pictures above & below - NIV being on the left).  Modern grammar rules have become relaxed in everyday life but that does not mean that this should apply to the Holy Bible!!

Next, let's focus on the words that I felt had different meanings between the versions:
revealed   vs   manifested

Reveal - to make publicly or generally known
Manifest - easily understood or recognized by the mind

I agree that making God publicly known was part of Jesus' job but the word "manifest" seems to fit better - making the reason Jesus came in human form easy for everyone to understand.  It is a little ironic because I am saying this about a word ("manifest") that I couldn't really define on my own before looking it up in the dictionary.  But this is what has happened to most of us when we read the Bible - we just pass by words that we might only have a vague understanding of instead of taking time and looking up the definition to truly understand the Bible verses that we are reading.  

"one doomed to destruction"   vs   "son of perdition"

Perdition - loss of the soul, eternal damnation

The word "perdition" is so much stronger than the phrase "doomed to destruction".  When I think of "doomed to destruction" I think of a building scheduled for demolition not eternal damnation.  By trying to use words or phrases that might no be so scary makes God's Word "wishy-washy".


In this second portion I think we should first define the word "sanctify."

Sanctify - to free from sin;  purify

The final phrase of the featured passage today has a different meaning in the N.I.V. just by changing the words around.  The TRUTH is God sending Jesus in human form to save us from sin forever.  By saying "be truly sanctified" is taking Jesus out of the phrase.  In the New King James Version it says "be sanctified BY the truth" - Jesus is the truth - we are sanctified by Jesus!

I pray that you will continue to reflect on these differences this week and never stop digging deep into God's Word.


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Thursday, July 21, 2022

Blackberry Soda Made From Homegrown Blackberries


Blackberry Soda Made From Homegrown Blackberries

We recently purchased one of those home soda or sparkling water makers.  Even soda is made better with garden fresh ingredients!  Blackberry soda is very easy to make using homemade blackberry syrup. 

Learn how to grow your own blackberries  - click HERE to view "A Fruit Grower's Patience - BLACKBERRIES".

Also, click HERE to view "How To Make Your Own Blackberry Syrup."


Begin by making your sparkling water (follow the instructions in the manual).


Add 2 to 3 (or more) tablespoons of blackberry syrup to your sparkling water


Pour over Ice.




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