Betty’s Swedish Pepparkakor

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Pepparkakor are the most traditional of all Swedish Christmas cookies. The fragrance of these cookies, along with their attractive appearance, combine to make them a vital part of the Christmas celebration. Each family, or at least each village, in Sweden seems to have its own version of this recipe. This was my mother’s, or perhaps my maternal grandmother’s. 1 cup butter 1 and 1/2 cups sugar 1 egg, beaten 1 teaspoon dark corn syrup 2 teaspoons soda 1 tablespoon warm … Read More

God’s Provision for Our Life

“The lot is cast into the lap, but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord.” – Proverbs 16:33 If the disposal of the lot is the Lord’s, whose is the arrangement of our whole life? If the simple casting of a lot is guided by Him, how much more the events of our entire life — especially when we are told by our blessed Saviour: “The very hairs of your head are all numbered: not a sparrow falleth to … Read More

Elizabeth’s Old-Fashioned Popcorn Balls

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Ingredients 4 quarts popped popcorn (unbuttered and plain) 1 cup sugar 1/3 cup molasses 1/3 cup water 1/4 cup butter 3/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla Directions Place sugar, molasses, water, butter, and salt in a saucepan. Cook, stirring continually, until sugar is dissolved. Continue cooking without stirring until the mixture reaches 270 degrees or until a small drop of the mixture forms a hard ball when added to cold water in a water glass. This process may take several … Read More

“Thou, O God, hast prepared of Thy goodness for the poor.”

“Thou, O God, hast prepared of Thy goodness for the poor.” — Psalm 68:10 All God’s gifts are prepared gifts laid up in store for wants foreseen. He anticipates our needs; and out of the fulness which He has treasured up in Christ Jesus, He provides of His goodness for the poor. You may trust Him for all the necessities that can occur, for He has infallibly foreknown every one of them. He can say of us in all conditions, … Read More

God’s Delays in Answering Prayer

“Therefore will the Lord wait that He may be gracious unto you.” – Isaiah 30:18 God often DELAYS IN ANSWERING PRAYER. We have several instances of this in sacred Scripture. Jacob did not get the blessing from the angel until near the dawn of day – he had to wrestle all night for it. The poor woman of Syrophenicia was answered not a word for a long while. Paul besought the Lord thrice that “the thorn in the flesh” might … Read More

A Word to Soul-winners

Some five years ago I was the subject of fearful depression of spirit. Certain troublous events had happened to me; I was also unwell, and my heart sank within me. Out of the depths I was forced to cry unto the Lord. Just before I went away to Mentone for rest I suffered greatly in body, but far more in soul, for my spirit was overwhelmed. Under this pressure I preached a sermon from the words, “My God, my God, … Read More

Betty’s Apple Pie

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Piecrust This piecrust can be used with many different fillings. For one double crust (or two single crust pie shells): 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup shortening 1 teaspoon sea salt 6 tablespoons cold water Sift the flour and salt together. Cut shortening into flour with dough blender or spatula. Sprinkle cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, over the mixture. Lightly mix until dough is formed. Divide into two balls. Wrap tightly and refrigerate until chilled. Roll each ball … Read More

Master of My Ears

HAVING often said in this room that a minister ought to have one blind eye and one deaf ear, I have excited the curiosity of several brethren, who have requested an explanation; for it appears to them, as it does also to me, that the keener eyes and ears we have the better. Well, gentlemen, since the text is somewhat mysterious, you shall have the exegesis of it. A part of my meaning is expressed in plain language by Solomon, … Read More

“Come and Dine”

“Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine.” – John 21:12 In these words the believer is invited to a holy nearness to Jesus. “Come and dine,” implies the same table, the same meat; ay, and sometimes it means to sit side by side, and lean our head upon the Saviour’s bosom. It is being brought into the banqueting-house, where waves the banner of redeeming love. “Come and dine,” gives us a vision of union with Jesus, because the only food … Read More

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