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People that get in your way

I always watch movies on 1 day holidays like Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor day … The best Vietnam War movie ever is "We were Soldiers" It's about the first major battle in the Vietnam War. It's a little gory, don't take the kids. But like all great war movies, "Glory", "BraveHeart"…..etc, it shows that war is no fun.

They always seem to have a celebration before they go, then they wonder why. What I like about it is that it shows common, ordinary people doing extraordinary things. It's like Forrest Gump saving his whole platoon, he wasn't trying to be brave, he just was when the time came.

I get a bunch of email from people that are fighting their own wars. Single moms and single dads with 3 kids trying make life normal for their kids, Parents with kids at St Jude, Kids with Alcoholic parents, people that have lost their jobs … etc. They're not giving up, they're just telling me it's hard. Regular people doing amazing things.

Another pretty good movie is "Four Feathers". The best thing about it is a big African (same guy that's in "Gladiator", Djimon Hounsou) that shows up when Harry (the main character) is about to die in the middle of the desert. Harry is all by himself, lying on his back unconscious. The African saves his life. Harry asks him why he's helping him and the African says "I have to. God put you in my way." He sees life as totally controlled by God and he's on a journey to see what God will do next. If God puts someone in his life then that person is part of the next adventure, or maybe that person is the next adventure.

God's like that: Most people see life as something they control, something that they plan. If things happen that change that plan, then they say life is unfair, and it gets harder and harder.  If God's in control and if it's God's plan, then you don't know the plan. So how can you know if it went wrong?  You can't! All you can know is that you're part of it and so are your 3 kids, or the Doctor at St Jude, or your handicapped son that was just born, or your father with Parkinson's. It may not be what you planned, but it's exactly what God planned. Craig Strickland says all of the time "God is more interested in your character than your circumstances." Maybe God picked you because he knew you could do it, or because you needed to do it. You were the brave one that could stand up when everyone else fell away, like the African. Maybe you didn't know you were the brave one and needed to find out.

God put them in your Way…..what are you going to do?

From one of Craig's sermons:

How we look at a problem we're facing, how we see it, determines how we're going to react to it. 
**  If you see a problem as a disaster, then your reaction inevitably is going to be hopelessness. 
**  If you see the problem as unnecessary then your reaction is going to be aggravation. 
**  If you see the problem as unfair, life will seem unjust.  You'll see the injustice of life.  You'll probably be angry. And you start thinking, God this is not fair.  Why is this happening to me?
**  If you see the problem as deserved, then your reaction is guilt.  "I brought this on myself.  Look what I did to myself." 
**  But if you see the problem as an opportunity for God to work in your life, then your reaction will build character. .  How you see the problem makes ALL the difference.

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

I love this recipe.. This is from Grace Parisi at Food & Wine. She tests and develops recipes for the magazine. All you need is your trusty Iron skillet. With fresh fruit everywhere, this is perfect for this time of year.. BUT!!!! You could do this anytime of the year with frozen fruit and you could do it with any soft fruit like bananas, kiwi, peaches, grapes, plums, strawberries, blueberries, figs, prunes, raisins. Oddly enough, this would also work with cooked corn (steamed or boiled) or cooked sliced yellow squash or cooked sweet potato chunks. If you do this with vegies, leave out the lemon zest. Substitute the 4 cups of fruit with 4 cups of veg.

Mixed-Berry Dutch Baby  (don't ask me where they get this dumb name. It's also called a German pancake. I have no idea why.)

3 large eggs

1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest (optional)

1/3 cup sugar

Pinch of salt

2/3 cup all-purpose flour

2/3 cup milk

2 cups blackberries

2 cups raspberries …….. 4 cups of any soft fruit or mixture would work..i.e 1 cup banana, 1 cup strawberries, 1 cup kiwi, 1 cup mango.. 

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

Confectioners' sugar, for dusting

Preheat the oven to 425° and heat a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over moderate heat. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs with the finely grated lemon zest, sugar and salt until combined. Add the flour and milk and whisk until smooth. Add 1 cup each of the raspberries and blackberries. (I would add as many berries as I could get in the pan. If you do this with veg, put it all in.)

Melt the butter in the skillet and add the batter, spreading the fruit evenly. Bake in the center of the oven for about 22 minutes, until the edges are browned and puffed and the center is lightly browned in spots. Transfer the skillet to a trivet and dust the Dutch Baby with confectioners' sugar. Cut into wedges and serve with the remaining fresh berries.

You could serve this for dessert, breakfast or a snack… Simple, Healthy and great!!! 


How about saving a kid's life!!

When you give Platelets it's like giving St Jude $700 - $1000. If we don't give them, they have to buy them.

Giving Platelets is like giving blood, it just takes longer (1 1/2 hours) and you get all of your blood back (so you can do it every week if you want) . I know it's a long trip to go all the way down to St Jude, but you may be saving a kid's life . plus you get to watch a movie while you're there. Call Kim at 901.595.2024 and she'll setup an appointment and treat you like family. Just tell her you're from Hope.

Directions: From Poplar, turn north on Third Street, then right on Lauderdale/Jackson Ave (first right after you go under the expressway). Enter through the north guard gate (you'll see the Danny Thomas Pavilion. Gold top).

Tell the guard at the gate that you are here to donate blood. The guard will instruct you where to park. You will then enter the hospital by the red side door closest to the blood donor parking lot. The Blood Donor Center is in the southwest corner of the hospital on the ground floor.

Appointment times are generally available Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Except on Tuesdays they start at 9:15am.

See you this weekend. Bring a friend. It's going to be great!!!



Posted by Mack Oates at 8:53 AM