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Food Critic or Food Server?

By pastorbillwalden

I just returned from another week in Mexico.  I have been there 10 out of the last 14 days.  This last week was not fun.  The first 24 hours I enjoyed my usual portions of tacos, rice, and egg dishes, but Wednesday night, we found a “nice” restaurant that served “Enselata de Cheffe”.  That sounded good, so I ordered it.  I didn’t stop to check that “Enselata de Cheffe” translated into “eat this and you’ll be sicker than a dog”.  Yup, the next two days were spent in my hotel room doing what sick tourists do.  Let the reader beware.

I appreciate good food, and will go a bit out of my way for a good meal, the word “bit” being somewhat relative depending on what I am craving.  So yeah, I can be a bit snobby when it comes to food.  I have really grown (no pun intended) to appreciate the fine dining found in the Napa Valley.

But I was thinking about food critics, and how over the top and extreme restaurant reviews, etc., can be.  A good meal is one thing.  Extreme, opinionated diatribes about food…me no like.  At some point, it seems ridiculous. Chef wars?  No thanks.  Baking competition?  Uh, no…unless I am judging.  🙂

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Blessed One Liners

By pastorbillwalden

Over the years, I have had my Bible re-covered twice. Not recovered as in it was lost, but re-covered as in it was falling apart. I bought it in 1989, while on staff at Calvary Chapel, Costa Mesa. It is a wide margin, New King James Thomas Nelson Bible, with no editor’s notes. I love the wide margins, because I have been able to use this Bible almost like a journal, a commentary, and a handy guide to “preach a sermon right now”. It has comments, word definitions, and sermon outlines written throughout the wide side margins. They don’t make this Bible any more. It is a treasure to me.

Inside the front cover, I have my “One Liners Hall Of Fame”. It is a collection of great one liners that have blessed me for the last 18 years. The “dated” quotes are attributed to the names given, but the speakers may have been quoting someone else.

I wanted to share a few of these “one liners” with you all. Some of the quotes are longer than one line, but that would have messed up the title of this post. (grin) There will be future installments posted.

“We choose and hope. God chooses and waits”.
Chuck Smith, 6-28-1990

“The process is as wonderful as the product”.
Don McCLure, 9-10-96

“Read yourself full, think yourself clear, pray yourself hot, let yourself go”.
Alan Redpath

“Conscious repentance brings unconscious holiness”.
Oswald Chambers

“It takes a steady hand to hold a full cup”.
Greg Laurie. 6-4-2002

I think all those quotes are worthy of some meditation.

Be blessed as we head into the blessed Christmas season.