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This week 3-29-16

It sounded so Great 2 months ago!!

In 1999 Easter morning and Daylight Saving time fell on the same Sunday. Back then we used to do a Sunrise service. As usual we had big plans for every service, even this one. On Saturday we built a stage outside and setup speakers. We always assumed 1500 people were coming for this special early morning service.. We just knew that on that morning we would feel the cool air on our face and be singing Amazing Grace as a beautiful sunrise came up over the east. We would be huddled in a blanket with someone we loved as Gods face shone on us from above. How could you not want to be part of that? Even if it was at 6am.. It's so Romantic!... So we setup everything we thought we could leave outside overnight on Saturday (the stage alone took most of the day on Saturday) and came back at 4am the next morning to finish. But this was Daylight saving time so it was really 3am.. Really! ... It had rained the night befoJeromere and the ground was wet so we rolled out eight 100 foot by 60 foot rolls of black plastic on the ground (remember 1500 people are coming, right .. needed a lot of space to sit). We hauled speakers, and chairs and garbage cans and sound boards, tons of stuff and a bunch of electrical gear. By 5am we were doing sound checks and the band was getting warmed up. We probably had 300 chairs setup for people who didn't want to bring blankets and sit on the ground. The band sounded great and we were all set. The sun would come up right over the top of the steeple and shine right through the Cross. It was going to be great!!!! At 5:30am people started showing up. There were maybe 200 people here when a light rain started. As it got closer to the start of the service it kept raining harder and harder. At 5:55am it was a full blown storm. It was raining sideways as musicians grabbed their amps and guitars and ran inside. I had 20 guys there helping. We got everything but the stage and the black plastic back inside by 7am. The service was held inside, 345 people came. No Sunrise, no blankets, no cool breeze, no 1500 people. We were so tired by the time that the 8am service started that we could hardly stand. The whole day just dragged along, we did everything slow. The band played slow, Craig preached slow, we parked cars slow, we greeted slow, we made coffee slow. I thought I was going to pass out by the end of the last service. It sounded so great 2 months earlier...

God's like that, reading the Bible is like that: We get all excited and say we're going to get up every day a 5am and read our Bible for 2 hours. And maybe we do that for 3 or 4 days. But then you skip a day, then another. Then you have to do something one morning or you go on a trip and leave your Bible at home.. So do something realistic: Plan to read 7 verses a day for 5 minutes. Do it at lunch or during a break when you're awake. You can read it on your phone. ( or ) Here's some ideas to keep you interested: Do it with a study partner. One person reads one book of the bible and the other reads another. Then you teach the book you're reading to the other person and they teach their book to you.. Buy a Commentary .. Tyndale commentaries are great. There's one for each book of the Bible. It will explain each book verse by verse. You can get them on Amazon. Here's the one on John: Tyndale - John

Go to a Sunday School class.

How about an Audio book Bible? You can Listen while you run or workout or drive to work.. There's lots of things you can do that are realistic. Maybe you can do it for the rest of your life?

Don't ask me about doing a Sunrise service again. It rained on us the last 5 years we did it and we never had more than 350 people come and 100 of those were my volunteers. I don't like Easter in Slow mo... 

See you this weekend, It's Easter!! ..Bring a friend!


Cooking 220 - 2 pans, 2 burners, 20 minutes:

Ok so Australia is nowhere near the Mediterranean, but this is Easter and Lamb is very Mediterranean, very Greek.. So if you make the blue cheese sauce or not, rack of lamb cooked like this is spectacular!!!!
This is from Tetsuya Wakuda. His cookbook is "Tetsuya" .. Rack of Lamb (see below) and Miso and Blue Cheese sauce:

Miso and Blue Cheese sauce:

1 cup Chicken stock/ broth

100g (3 1/ 2 oz) white miso paste

15g (1/ 2 oz) Blue Cheese (Maytag Blue cheese works well)

1 tsp soy sauce

1 tsp mirin .. Fresh Market or a Wine store

1 tsp grated ginger

(Miso paste can be found in oriental groceries, maybe Whole Foods? You can buy it in a tub, it lasts forever. Looks like course peanut butter, but it tastes like soy. It's great for a quick stock for soup. Just stir it in to some hot water = instant stock .. Mirin is kind of a sweet sake, but it doesn't taste like sake. You can actually drink it if you want. Depending on which type you buy it may or may not have alcohol in it. I've found it at Fresh Market and a few wine stores. Forest Hill Wine Merchants on Poplar & Forest Hill, Busters. I use all the time for soups, sauces, and vinaigrettes. It's just a good, different taste and it can be the Sweet part of the "Hot, sour, salty, sweet" balance that you always want to go for in any sauce, soup, or vinaigrette)

Bring the chicken stock to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Add the miso and stir until dissolved. Add the Blue Cheese and continue to stir until dissolved and sauce thickens. Add soy, mirin, and ginger stirring constantly. Remove from the heat. Strain through a fine mesh or leave it rustic.. This is the greatest thing in the world on lamb..


Rack of Lamb:

1 rack of lamb (Charlie's meat market on Summer or Thomas Meat & Seafood in Collierville on Poplar behind Starbucks, if it's frozen… thaw completely)

Salt & pepper the lamb on all sides

Pre heat your oven to 200 degrees or if it won't go that low, set it as low as you can..

Add some oil to a hot pan (use a pan you can put in the oven. An Iron skillet works great) and sear the lamb on all sides.

Put it in the oven and roast for 30 - 40 minutes until internal temp is 140 degrees. Take it out and let it rest for 10 minutes .. GET A MEAT THERMOMETER $1.50 at Kroger or get a fancy one at William's Sonoma .. 140 degrees is a big deal, never past 150!!

Usual rules apply: this is best when eaten straight from the pan while standing. Use the bone as a handle to dip in to the sauce. No reason to get any dishes dirty. The best flavor is against the bone.. This sauce also works great on steak.


Posted by Mack Oates at 9:22 AM