Jesus, the Word of Life

“We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and […]

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes 4 large sweet potatoes 3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans 1/4 cup butter 1 large apple, chopped 1/4 cup dried cranberries 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg Bake potatoes at 425° for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until tender. Melt butter in skillet over medium-high heat. Add apple and cranberries; saute 2-3 minutes or until apple is tender. Stir in nuts, brown sugar, cinnamon, and […]

Spicy Chili

Spicy Chili 1 pound lean ground beef 1 pound hot Italian sausage (remove casing) 1 medium onion, chopped 1 green pepper, chopped 2 large garlic cloves, minced 2 packages McCormick’s Chili Seasoning 2 cans dark kidney beans 2 cans tomato sauce (optional: Rotel tomatoes with green chilis) Tapatio hot sauce Black pepper Crushed red pepper (optional) 1 tsp. sugar ½ tsp. cinnamon Dash of cocoa powder Brown ground beef and Italian sausage. Drain. In large […]

Mexican Cornbread

Mexican Cornbread 1 ½ cups self-rising cornmeal 2 eggs 1 cup milk or buttermilk 1 can (15 oz.) cream style corn ½ cup butter, melted 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped or 1 can Rotel chilies 1 pound hot Italian sausage, cooked and crumbled 1 large onion, chopped ½ lb. shredded cheese Oil (for skillet) Mix cornmeal, eggs, milk, corn, butter and peppers. Set aside. Remove casings from sausage and crumble into skillet; cook with onion until […]

Baked Beans

Baked Beans 1 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/4 cup molasses 3 T. Dijon mustard 3 T. brown sugar 2 T. Worcestershire 1-2 large green peppers, chopped 6 cans Hunts baked beans 3 cloves garlic 6 slices bacon, uncooked Mix together first 8 ingredients. Pour into large casserole baking dish. Place bacon slices on top. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Optional: Add cooked ground beef to mixture before baking.

I will not be silent

“Wives, don’t be silent when your husbands become verbally or physically violent toward you. Part of the abuser’s power comes from secrecy! Abusive behavior continues because it works! Fear of further harm and/or death intimidates victims into remaining silent and enduring it. Many victims make excuses for their abusers because it is embarrassing to admit there is a problem. Still others remain silent because of economic hardships. It takes real courage to speak up because […]

What is a misogynist?

The word “misogynist” literally means hatred of women. Although they claim to love their wives, the actions of a misogynist indicate just the opposite. They may appear kind and charming at church or the office, but they lead a double life at home, acting kind and loving part of the time and disrespectful and abusive the rest of the time. The woman who lives with a misogynist is confused by the double messages he sends, […]

When Love Turns Violent

When someone you love uses violence to punish or control you, it is hard to think clearly about what to do next. Feelings range from shock to fear to anger, and often to helplessness and confusion. You ask yourself questions like: What did I do to deserve this? Should I call the police? If I press charges, what will he do to me later? If he goes to jail, how will we pay the bills? […]

Dating Violence

  Dating violence is a real and serious danger. It is one of the major sources of violence in teen life. In 1991, studies indicated that dating violence affected at least one in ten teenage couples (Levy 1991). Today, that number has increased to one in every four! Although the majority of dating violence victims are female, there are some young men who are victims of abusive girlfriends who use emotional and verbal abuse to […]