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The Sad State of Portland

The Sad State of Portland

Portland. City of Roses. City of Protests. City of Empty Streets, empty sidewalks, empty storefronts. Here are my images from walking around a couple of blocks in the downtown central business district. This was the premier place to be. Full of shops, culture, unique...

Day 278 – Power in Weakness

Day 278 – Power in Weakness

Thoughts and Reflection Today we read about idolatry again in the Divided Kingdom. Remember the people of Israel who had been brought into the covenant with the Lord, quickly turned their backs to him and worship local gods and idols. As they sign on to the new...

Shrimp Louie Salad

Shrimp Louie Salad

Looking for a classic American salad that is light for a warm summer day? Shrimp Louie is it. The origin of the salad is unknown exactly, but it is thought to have originated in San Fransico in the 1900s. Shrimp Louie Salad 1 1/2 cup mayonnaise6 oz chili sauce2 tsp...

Day 277 – Such a Time as This

Day 277 – Such a Time as This

Thoughts and Reflection Today we read Ezra instructs the people about their history reminding them of what the Lord has done for them. All of the good things that have happened in their lives are because of God while they are responsible for the bad things. In Esther,...

Pork Schnitzel with Mushroom Cream Sauce

Pork Schnitzel with Mushroom Cream Sauce

Looking for a light and easy summer dinner or getting ready for Octoberfest? Here is a schnitzel recipe that limited the deep frying and finishes it in the oven or out on a grill. If you use the grill, try to smoke the schnitzel under low heat to increase the flavor....

Day 276 – Haman’s Plan

Day 276 – Haman’s Plan

Thoughts and Reflection Today we read that the people weep when Nehemiah and Ezra teach them the Law of God. This reflects their relationship with the Lord. They realize that there is a God who knows and loves them. Just like us today, we may understand we are the...

Day 275 – Esther Becomes Queen

Day 275 – Esther Becomes Queen

Thoughts and Reflection Today we read the return of exiles. Nehemiah has many different plots against him by his enemies. He is asked to meet in a village, but Nehemiah has a great response -- he is doing important work and cannot come. People can attempt to get us to...

Day 274 – Perseverance in Opposition

Day 274 – Perseverance in Opposition

Thoughts and Reflections Today we read that every mission of God is going to experience opposition. The Jews are being ridiculed and attacked as they rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. The response is to pray to our God and set a guard as protection. Nehemiah shows that...

Day 273 – The Lord’s Work

Day 273 – The Lord’s Work

Thoughts and Reflection Today we read the conclusion of Zechariah. There is a promise - on the day of the Lord he will redeem the earth. Those who have been under the heel of others will be vindicated. Everyone's deeds shall be known. Nehemiah does the Lord's work....

Day 272 – The Call of Nehemiah

Day 272 – The Call of Nehemiah

Thoughts and Reflections Today we read about Jerusalem's restoration. Zechariah writes 500 years before Jesus comes, he tells us of mourning for "him whom they have pierced." Jesus was pierced on the cross for us. In Nehemiah, we see a third wave of the people's...