I thought I’d take a moment and provide an update on a few personal items.
First of all, as some of you are already aware, I will be teaching a series on the Doctrines of Grace to the women at our church. Kim, wife of Pastor John Verdi, who also leads the Women’s Bible Study presented the idea to me early this year. Kim has definitely set a very high biblical standard. In the first place, Kim studies diligently. Those of us who attend her Bible Study know full well that when we go to Kim’s house we do not eat fluffernutter sandwiches. We eat the solid meat of God’s Word. In the second place, she treats her commission to instruct the women at our church with the utmost reverence. I want to follow her as she follows Christ.
The plan is to start in March with the doctrine of Total Depravity and, God willing, work our way through TULIP. Would you please pray that I study well? This will be a first for me and it is truly my hearts desire to communicate effectively these beautiful doctrines that changed my life and put me on solid theological ground.
In the interim, I considered following Diane’s lead and shutting down my blog. Ultimately I decided against that. As I work through my studies on the Doctrines of Grace, I think it will be good to post. However, my on-line activity will definitely be less in the near future. I hope you will forgive me if I don’t get to your blog as regularly as I’d like to.
Incidentally, my friend Hollie who blogs at Freckles and Faith is also blogging through The Doctrines of Grace. She posted early this week on Total Depravity. I absolutely encourage — no, I insist that you visit her blog. I so love this sister and have been inspired by the grace of God that is so clearly at work in her! Also, Hollie is currently having a book giveaway contest. If you have a heart for the great Reformer, Martin Luther, you will not want to miss this. She is giving away, “Through the Year with Martin Luther: A Selection of Sermons Celebrating the Feasts and Seasons of the Christian Year.”
The next item that I would like to share is a recipe! It is for an outrageous (and I do mean outrageous) chocolate-chip banana bread! This recipe was passed on to me by the wife of a former co-worker who, if I told you the kinds of things that came out of this woman’s kitchen you would not believe me! This recipe is ridiculously easy and I have yet to meet someone who didn’t rave about it! Trust me on this one! I am telling you, it’s good!
Christina’s SUPER Top Secret Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
3 tbsp oil
1 cup banana (2 med. ripe)
Cream all together
2 cups of flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
Mix in separate bowl. Gradually add to wet mixture above.
1/2 cup of chocolate chips — fold in last.
Bake in loaf pan at 350 degrees for 50-60 mins or until toothpick comes out clean.
Lastly, my husband and I will be on vacation February 11th – 21st. During this time we will be attending the True Church Conference in Muscle Shoals, AL. This will be our first conference since coming to embrace Reformed theology! The theme this year is: striving to avoid extra-biblical excess in the local church. As an added bonus, we will be spending some time with brother Jon Cardwell and his family who, as most of you already know for yourselves, are a true gift to the body of Christ!
So, that’s my little update! Oh, and one more thing. If you come across anything that you think would benefit me as I prepare — sermons, essays, quotes, etc., please do send. It will be most welcome! Send it to my email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May you have a beautiful and blessed weekend in the Lord!
Your sister in Christ!