Today's Word for Pastors...
Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God--
Today's Preaching Insight...
Mannaburgers and Roast Quail
Even though Thanksgiving is about food for most Americans, it tends not to be a time for culinary adventures. Most of us tend to go for the tried and true when it comes to turkey and pumpkin pie. In fact, last week I heard someone describing how the family gets on his dad for experimenting with new stuff at Thanksgiving.
This morning's story is all about food. But it comes out of the desert wanderings of God's people. Wilderness and desert do not sound like a context for cooking. By the way, 70 percent of the Bible story takes place in the context of wilderness. But this morning's Scripture is about creative Israeli cooks who hatched up a dish they might have called "Quail a la manna." In Hebrew fast-food places, I wonder if they didn't market mannaburgers. You could get your mannaburgers with or without roast quail.
The Hebrew people are on their long march between Egypt and the land of Canaan. God gives them a wonderful experience of deliverance from bondage in Egypt. They walk through the sea on dry land, while Pharaoh's army is swallowed up in water. They celebrate with singing and dancing. We read about it in Exodus 15.
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Two middle-aged couples were enjoying friendly conversation when one of the men asked the other, "Fred, how was the memory clinic you went to last month?"
"Outstanding," Fred replied. "They taught us all the latest psychological techniques, such as visualization, association and so on. It was great. I haven't had a problem since.""Sounds like something I could use. What was the name of the clinic?"Fred went blank. He thought and thought, but couldn't remember.Then a smile broke across his face and he asked, "What do you call that flower with the long stem and thorns?""You mean a rose?""Yes, that's it!"He turned to his wife, "Hey Rose, what was the name of that memory clinic?"
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