ver since Arator and I took on the project of growing wheat as a cover crop over our garden for winter I’ve been thinking about how sowing good seed in our minds might be helpful.
Wheat builds up the soil and is used oftentimes to feed cattle during those long winter months when not much else is green around them.
The other day I cut our wheat with a push mower and took the bagged cuttings to the young chickens to forage around in. I tried a few bags as a mulch on some of our other “growing things”. Cover crops help keep winter weeds from sprouting up, and when it is tilled in during the spring it helps build the soil.
When we read our Bible, commit as much as we can to memory, learn rich-content music, we are sowing some good “cover crops” for minds?
Life is never dull on the farm.
his is an adaptation of The Pioneer Woman’s Iced Coffee receipt.
I’d like to show how exchanging the strainer and cheese cloth for your own drip coffee pot can work to provide a “clearer” brew.
Here we go!
Into a bowl or container that will hold about 6 quarts of liquid add:
- 8 oz. of ground coffee ( I used a combination of leftover Folger’s Columbian, Starbucks Espresso, and Topeca Santa Ana. I am sure you can use ANY brand of ground coffee. The better the coffee the better the flavor, but then everyone has different criteria as to what they think is good. Ask my Father-in-law.
- 1 gallon of water
Stir to be sure all grounds are wet. Cover and let steep for 8-12 hours. This is a cold brew sort of like sun tea.
Here’s a picture of my “swill.”
Strain through a paper filter in your drip coffee pot or put a coffee filter in a strainer, you could actually put a strong rubber band around the top of a glass with a coffee filter.
Warning! This receipt makes more than twelve cups of coffee. There are sixteen cups of water in a gallon of water of course. Naturally after the water extracted what moisture was in the ground coffee it made a bit more than sixteen cups. You can just guess how I was reminded of this. No pictures of that mess. It wasn’t pretty.
For our use of this brew I poured the coffee into ice cube trays and froze them. Soon after they were well frozen I popped them out into jars of various sorts and returned them to the freezer to be added as desired to hot cocoa during the autumn and winter seasons. You could also just pop one or two into your morning milk or chocolate milk if you like. In Oklahoma we can have an 80+ degree day any time of the year!
- Fill your favorite glass or mug with ice, add about a half glass of coffee or more depending on your taste in coffee.
- Fill it brim full of coffee only if you don’t like to add: half-n-half, milk of any fat concentration, or sweetener of your choice.
- Add chocolate syrup, sweetened condensed milk, amaretto, vanilla, or chocolate drink mix.
- Stir and add a straw if you like.
Play with it and enjoy with your family, friends, and neighbors. Have a coffee klat(s)ch (coffee and conversation)! You can call it a “cold coffee bar” (a drop of “rum, Jim” might be nice or your favorite “poison”/mixer) and have a “coffee party”. Maybe a coffee buffet? Next time you can have a “tea party”. Hmmm…salad bar, salad klat(s)ch, salad party, salad buffet? What will be next?
The old cowboys use to add a bit of leftover coffee to their stews and chili’s (or gravy). Use and enjoy what you have on hand. As Dr. Seuss would say, ” Oh, the thinks you can think”.
Well the chicken coop is finally finished. I say finished. I still need to install the roost. Small detail for young birds, not fully able to appreciate the amenity. What I mean is it is finished enough to move into its intended location, where I can construct a bit of a run for them.
This view shows the gang plank up and ready for travel. Skids have been attached to the bottom to facilitate dragging the coop behind a pick-up.
This view shows the service entrance, where feed is added and janitorial services access the premises. Along the back is a door accessing the nesting boxes.
Hopefully we will be moving the coop later this evening.
he age-old Sunday school quip is “No matter what the question asked, the answer is always “Jesus.”" We laugh, but in life nothing could be more certain, and never more certain than with regard to America’s current political season. No matter what your party leanings, all sides have the solution to America’s woes. But just like in Sunday school, the answer to America’s problems is Jesus. I can’t say it nearly as well as Douglas Wilson, so here’s his rendition of it in The Political Teeter Totter. This is a short piece, exhortational in nature, and good for us all. Would that we would hear more of this from pulpit and campaign stump.
or whom did Jesus die on the cross? If you would find the extent of Jesus’ atonement, you must first discover the intent of his atonement. To answer the one is to discover the other. John the Baptist declares of Jesus in John 1:29 “Behold the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Jesus did not provide a potential atonement, on the cross and in his death, Jesus provided a real atonement. Jesus “takes” the sin of the world away. He did not make it merely possible. He did it. He accomplished it. That is what is meant by his words on the cross: “It is finished.” Mission accomplished. So if this is the intent of Jesus’ atonement, what is the extent of His atonement? For whom did Jesus die?
To answer this question look at the text: what is meant by the word “world”? Does it mean that Jesus died for everyone without exception? If that is what the word “world” means in every instance, then Jesus died for everyone, and everyone will go to Heaven. God being a just God cannot punish your sins on the cross, and then punish you forever in Hell. Rather, based on the context of the passage above, the word “world” means everyone without distinction, not everyone without exception. In other words, Jesus purchased salvation for all sorts of people, “from every tribe and language and people and nation”, not just Jews. Revelation 5:9.
The New-Testament word cosmos that we translate “world” doesn’t have just one meaning. In a recent audio podcast on Definite Atonement, Dr. Steven Lawson lists ten different uses for “world”, all from the Gospel of John. The audio is found at www.ligonier.org/rym/ but since the folks at Renewing Your Mind rotate their audio off after it has been on about a month, you may not find it available on the free side by the time you read this. This particular episode comes from a new series entitled The Doctrines of Grace in John, and can be purchases on DVD at http://www.ligonier.org/store/the-doctrines-of-grace-in-john-dvd/
For a helpful resource here is the list of the ten uses for “world” in John’s Gospel:
- Universal, or all of creation: John 1:10
He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.
- The physical earth: John 13:1
Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
- This world system: John 12:31
Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out.
- All of humanity minus believers: John 7:7
The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify about it that its works are evil.
- A large group: John 12:19
So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him.”
- The general public: John 7:4
For no one works in secret if he seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.”
- Large groups, both Jew and Gentile: John 1:29
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
- The human realm in general: John 3:16
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
- The non-elect: John 17:9
I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours.
- The elect: John 3:17
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
ell, I don’t know how often it will be, but the writers of this site have decided to re-inhabit this bit of cyber-space from time to time. We’ve had an extended absence, and, due to a number of circumstances, have decided to re-surface, for good or ill. Hope you like it. Like you’ve got a choice. Well, I guess you can just decline to read.
his post will comment on our children’s father and how he worked lots of hours and still took time to read to our children as much as he could. He did tea parties as Daddy with our girls, and built rockets with our son. He built a great play house all three children enjoyed greatly as well as the home they lived in. He may not have spent lots of time in it with them, but he did spend some time in it. The only reason he wasn’t “playing” too much was because he was teaching them that learning and work could be “play” on some levels and that it is a blessing to be able to work and learn… work and learning can be fun with the right attitude…building a fence became an opportunity to teach a boy how to drive an old pick up from one fence post to the next. They had lots of laughs and Dad enjoyed being able to teach his son about how things work while they made work as fun as they could. Plants were always a family affair whether inside or out… it was a fun time for all our children as they learned from him.
In thinking about fathers…my father, my father-in-law, my children’s father, and our grandchildren’s fathers…each man has had his own unique role as a father of the next generation. All of these men provide/provided for their children in all the ways good fathers do. They were/are not “typical” men after hours of work at their paid jobs. Each one of these men met the emotional needs of their children in different ways…each era’s expectations have played a role in this, and yet none of them have met/are meeting these needs in the typical ways of many of their peers.
These fathers have done their best within the limitations of their Adamic falleness…they are types and shadows of the perfect Father God. Eventually children have to realize that they must put their ultimate hope in God. God has used these men as they are in the lives of their children.
It is a good day to remember to give thanks to God our Father for the blessing of fathers everywhere who strive and have striven to honour God with their lives.
rom Yesterday’s Bible reading:
Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish.
Even the death of a family pet should remind us not to be proud.
ouglas Wilson at Blog and Mablog, has begun to post comments on the individual essays in the “NT Wright” issue of Table Talk. I know, this adds an extra layer of brain torture, but if you can take the strain, it’s well worth the effort. Wilson, when it first erupted, was very close to the New Perspective controversy. Because he floated in those circles many automatically lumped him in the group, partially because he rightly defended some of the issue, which was a bit unfair. He eventually outlived the slander among all but the most close-minded. For many reformed, however, he remains an odd character, I believe due at least in part to his post-mil views and his uber-sharp intellect defending it.
Here are links to the two responses thus far, one to R. C. Sproul’s essay, and one to Dr. Mohler’s:
A Polecat In a Hollow Tree
Introspective Weird Beards in the Monasteries
If you are not a subscriber to Table Talk these posts won’t be of much use. Next month when the February issue appears online, you may be able to read some of the articles. The best bet is to see if you can order the February issue online, or find a friend who has it and is willing to share.
hat can I say? I have been re-orienting priorities, and haven’t posted anything here since back in the fall. The Heidelberg posts were all set up to automatically post since the very beginning. I would like to have set up something similar for 2010, but it didn’t happen. The “Friday Photo” posts, although quite fun for me, took a good bit of time to produce, so they fell away before all blossoms had completely left our landscape. I am sorry about that, but other priorities had crept in, and something had to go. We may post some landscape photos from time to time this year, but don’t expect much, and you won’t be disappointed. We will see what happens.
If I ever get some free time in 2010, I would like to concentrate my posts on church music. Much of my thought has been provoked by posts this last year by Douglas Wilson on the subject. Rather than comment on his comments, here is a link to his category page on Musical Exhortation which lists all all of them, the first beginning in April of 2009. Start at the bottom (there are two pages at present) and work your way up for best results, although they can be read randomly with similar results. Much of what Wilson has to say will stretch your mind a good bit, but don’t shut him out just because he may step on your toes. He will make you think, and that’s good. I know many connected to leading and creating (and singing) church music don’t think so, but trust me, you will get use to it in time. It might do us all some good, eventually.