Thursday, August 13, 2009

8 months of note taking

i doodle thoughts during Church.
i rarely get a moment to put them all together.

Here's 8 months worth:

· Spirit is willing Body is weak
Like 2 dogs in a fight. The one I feed will eventually over power the other


I am BLESSED for saying no: James 1 12 12Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

· Gentle quiet spirit is prescious to God the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight

· SIN IS SO INVITING AND PLEASING… but there’s a catch… it leads to death!

· Minimize TEMPATION

· GUARD YOUR EYES: "The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light.

· Ruuuuuuuuuunnnnnn!!!!!!! Be radical when it comes to sin. It’s like cancer. Run!

· Guard your mind. Security tighter than the airport. Cuz if someone gets in with a bomb. Bad things happen

· This is just great… especially the end of it: 7But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.

· Here’s a thought: a Holy God could not stand to be away from us. So He fixed the problem.

· The Holy Spirit … is a helper to aid you as you battle to choose the Spirit over the flesh you were born into.

· Sinning doesn’t make the Holy Spirit leave you. The Quenching of the Spirit is basically like throwing water on a camp fire… it’s still there… it’s just been quenched.

Being in fellowship and communion with Jesus is going to lead to an abundance of the Spirit present in your day. Sin and an abundance of sin “quenches” the spirits work and ability to work through you

· For now… I am glad I can’t figure God out. Leaves me dependent on Faith

· In Hebrews 11 Moses and Abraham are described as amazing men of Faith who moved their families around… pursued promises of a God they’d never laid eyes on. Wow. I’ve never seen him either!

· Choose PURPOSE over FEELING every time

Test God on his principles 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.

· I am free. But it is good to assemble with other believers

· I’d like to be more concerned with finding more Truth rather than I am about bring right.

· Live a life of Worship

· Psalm 39:5 5 You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man's life is but a breath.

· Get to know Jesus More every day. Then Be salt. Then Shine.

· Serve. Give.

· Make deposits into stuff that lasts forever. Not earth.

· RACE TO THE BOTTOM! NOT THE TOP! Serve. Servant of all.

· The disciples showed “our” nature. “who will sit at your right hand in heaven Lord? Which of us?” Jesus shocked them by serving.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Emeril watch out!

So my quest to become a gourmet Chef is underway!
Well, at the core, it's a 32 year old guy in a desperate search to find a hobby that doesn't have to do with work, home, taxes, church, ect.

Last year Saltwater Reef's crept into my life but in 09 It's all about cooking.
Ok so i've only taken 1 class so far. A group that was formed by a Chef that attends our church in Bradenton. Chef Doug leads a class called "Fun with food".

20 of us got together in 1 kitchen. That's the miracle of this all. Fitting all of us in one kitchen.
My first job on the quest to become a master chef. Dusting mushrooms!! Which i don't eat!
By the end of the night i learned that the giftings God has blessed me with are not in the mushroom field but rather with rice. I am a changed man after learning what onions and chicken stock can do for rice!

More in a couple weeks..... here was the main course

Chicken, Mushroom, and Bok Choy Kebabs
yield: Makes 6 servings
3 large garlic cloves
1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
1/3 cup dry Sherry
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon finely grated peeled ginger
2 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
1 1/2 pound skinless boneless chicken thighs, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 pound baby bok choy (5 to 6 heads)
1/2 pound large cremini mushrooms, stems trimmed flush with caps
1/2 cup vegetable oil
14 (12-inch) wooden skewers, soaked in water 30 minutes.
Marinate chicken:Mince and mash garlic to a paste with a pinch of salt.
Boil soy sauce, Sherry, and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until reduced to about 2/3 cup, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in garlic paste, ginger, and sesame oil, then cool to room temperature.
Pour half of marinade into a large sealable bag and chill remainder for basting. Add chicken to bag and marinate, chilled, turning bag occasionally, at least 3 hours.
Make kebabs:Prepare grill for direct-heat cooking over medium-hot charcoal (medium-high heat for gas).
Meanwhile, halve bok choy lengthwise and blanch in a large pot of boiling salted water (2 Tbsp salt for 5 qt water) until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Immediately transfer with tongs to an ice bath to stop cooking. Pat bok choy very dry, then, bending leaves, thread 3 or 4 halves (through bulb and leaves) onto each of 3 or 4 skewers. Put on a tray.
Toss mushrooms with vegetable oil. Thread mushrooms (through sides) and chicken (discard marinade) onto remaining skewers, alternating them. Put on another tray.
Oil grill rack, then grill chicken-and-mushroom skewers, covered only if using a gas grill, 6 minutes. Turn over and baste with some of remaining marinade, then grill, turning and basting occasionally (but not during last 3 minutes), until chicken is just cooked through and mushrooms are tender, 6 to 8 minutes more.
Lightly brush bok choy with oil and grill, covered only if using a gas grill, turning once, until grill marks appear, about 2 minutes total.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


The conversations with Tampa Bay Ray Outfielder/Infielder Ben Zobrist are now posted here:


Using Zobrist as a pawn to get another fantasy baseball opponent to trade Zobrist to me

Plus the call to little James who got surprised at day care with a call from Zoriilla