BACON!! The 2nd Annual St. Louis Baconfest!

 

KSHE 95, Ameristar Casino-Resort-Spa and River City Casino & Hotel present the 2nd Annual Baconfest St. Louis featuring beer, live music, and bacon-inspired menu items from St. Louis area restaurants downtown at Soldier’s Memorial on August 16th!

Baconfest St. Louis is the creation of Team Bacon, St. Louis. Baconfest is a celebration of ‘All-Things BACON’ and will feature vendors showcasing bacon-related treats from many of of St. Louis’ finest restaurants, including Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles, River City Casino & Hotel, Lucas Park Grille, Tigín Irish Pub, Molly’s In Soulard, Cafe Affton, Joanie’s Pizzeria, Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop, Onesto Pizza & Trattoria, Steve’s Hot Dogs on The Hill.

Also returning is the 2nd annual Bacon Battle competition and the 2nd annual ‘Pardoning of the Pig’ by St. Louis County Executive Charley A. Dooley. The highlight of the event is the creation of a World Record 1,000 pound, 100-foot-long ‘Hog Log’ consisting of 500 pounds of latticed bacon wrapped around 500-pounds of ground Italian sausage cooked in a custom-built 102-foot-long grill. ‘Hog Log’ slices will be available for sale to the public with all proceeds benefiting the USO of Missouri.

The festival runs from 11am – 9 pm, Saturday, Aug. 16th, with an opening ceremony that includes live music by Steve Ewing of The Urge, Lunar Levitation, and Christina J.

For more information about Baconfest 2014, please contact Chief Bacon Officer Matthew Willer at 314-308-2149, or, Candice Coleman, Public Relations Manager, Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles & River City Casino & Hotel at 314-606-1167 or click here.

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And, we can’t celebrate BACON without a song to jam too!  :D

 

 

the News, Music & THE Rock

Happy Friday!  :D  Man, this day is going by fast… so full of news and events it is almost overwhelming.  But, He gives peace in the midst of storms, AMEN!  Been totally diggin’ on the new single World on Fire by Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, seriously am lovin’ it!  So, if you like guitar jammin rock’n’roll (warning on language), turn your speakers UP and enjoy!  May Father God’s Will be done in earth as it is in heaven!

 

Philippians 2:9-11

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

 

WOOHOOO!

1 Corinthians 2:9

But, as it is written,

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him”. . . .

Do Not Allow Our Hearts To Be Hardened Dear Lord

Yes, there is a Health Crisis
I do believe that The Faucets Must Be Turned Off and that THIS. MUST. STOP.

The evil powers that be are doing all they can to overwhelm us, and their end goal is destruction.  Using the common every day people as their army, they need us to have hatred to fuel our anger, in order to accomplish this.  Christians must love and put on the full armour of God.  Yes, this battle, as well as all others, needs to be fought, but not with human emotions… rather through His Powerful Spirit.

 

A search of the word ‘charity’ shows it has many definitions, but the base of the word is LOVE or even more precise, God’s Agape Love and IN that all other forms are possible.

1 Corinthians Chapter 13  (LOVE)
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

 
Ephesians Chapter 6:10-18  (ARMOUR OF GOD)
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

 

May God keep you in Christ, may Jerusalem have Peace and may our Father’s Will be done in earth as it is in heaven.

 

THIS. MUST. STOP.

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again.  “I’m a Christian, not a doormat.”  I have compassion, but I also have common sense.  Self preservation runs strong through my veins, as well as personal responsibility.  I do not take from others what does not belong to me, and I expect others to behave the same.  I also know when to recognize danger when it is at my door, and I’m a ‘tough love’ kinda gal.  While this ILLEGAL situation is not an easy one, one thing is for absolute sure, the faucets must be turned off!  For Americans who have the entitlement mentality, who feel you are owed something, you have a big awakening right around the corner.  That gravy train you ride will have new passengers.  It is human nature and it is economics… all of these people pouring into our Nation will get assistance.  For those Americans who are the worker bee’s, there is only so much one can give (or have force-ably taken from them) and backs do break.  Laws are written (and supposed to be followed) for a reason, we as a Nation are on the horizon of a new dawn and for anybody who has any depth of knowledge of history, it does not look like a positive one.  America cannot and should not be the savior of the world, for if we elevate ourselves to that position, we shall surely be struck down.

 

Mexico & Guatemala Cut Deal to Allow More Illegal Immigrants to Flood Into US

mexico train
Illegal immigrants take the train in Mexico to the US.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Guatemalan president Otto Perez Molina held a press conference this week to announce
The Examiner reported:

On Monday, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Guatemalan president Otto Perez Molina held a joint press conference in Playas de Catazaja, Mexico, to officially announce an agreement to make it easier for those making the illegal journey to the United States from Central America, to cross into Mexico.

The Southern Border Program to Improve Passage, will provide for more border checkpoints along Mexico’s border with Guatemala, and offer more protection and even emergency medical care to those making their way north. The illegal aliens will receive a so-called Regional Visitor’s Card, according to El Universal.

Officially, the program will grant the cards to only illegal aliens from Guatemala and Belize, allowing them to remain in Mexico’s southern states for 72 hours (more than enough time to reach the U.S./Mexican border by train). While, those two countries share a border with Mexico, the program will undoubtedly benefit anyone who makes it to the border, which would explain why our Border Patrol stations are currently overflowing with illegal aliens from El Salvador and Honduras as well.

mexico quatamala
El Universal

H/T:  Gateway Pundit

 

The Faucets Must Be Turned Off

Water was gushing out of all my house faucets… it was coming in so fast and overflowing all over the house.  So, I grabbed a bucket and started bailing the water into other areas, the tub, etc… anywhere that would accept it, but, THE WATER KEPT COMING IN!  I didn’t know what to do… so, I called in some professionals to help me think up a strategy, they suggested I spend tons of money to fix the problem.  The situation was getting serious, it was to the point of drowning.  As I flailed wildly screaming for help, my neighbor walked by and yelled “TURN OFF THE FAUCETS!”

The Early Christians Were Intensely Christ-Centered

Years ago, back in the late ’90s, or early 2000, my family was struggling to find a ‘church home’. We visited a new ‘church’ weekly, the amount of research and prayer involved was exhausting. One day, I’m in the bathroom (as a mommy of three little ones, that location was the only place I had privacy LOL!) and I’m crying and praying. I was calling out to God, asking the Lord “WHY can we not find a church home?” I felt like a failure, like maybe we were not doing something right. Anyway, God spoke. When I say that, I truly mean it, He might as well of been right there in the room with me. In an audible voice, He said: “What makes you think you are not exactly where I want you to be”. I did not understand at that moment, but I had peace. A few months later, we joined in with a ‘home church’ group. We would travel to different homes, meet up with fellow believers, learn Scripture and Worship. It was the most wonderful time of growth!! I miss those days, but I know deep inside that they will return for me… maybe not ‘exactly’ like we had, but, He has a plan! :D

Read the below over at  The Road  and felt led to share it!

 

The Early Christians Were Intensely Christ-Centered

by Ray Spellbrink

The early Christians were intensely Christ-centered. Jesus Christ was their pulse beat. He was their life, their breath, and their central point of reference. He was the object of their worship, the subject of their songs, and the content of their discussion and vocabulary. The New Testament church made the Lord Jesus Christ central and supreme in all things.

The New Testament church had no fixed order of worship. The early Christians gathered in open-participatory meetings where all believers shared their experience of Christ, exercised their gifts, and sought to edify one another. No one was a spectator. All were given the privilege and the responsibility to participate.

The purpose of these church meetings was twofold. It was for the mutual edification of the body. It was also to make visible the Lord Jesus Christ through the every-member functioning of His body. The early church meetings were not religious “services.” They were informal gatherings that were permeated with an atmosphere of freedom, spontaneity, and joy. The meetings belonged to Jesus Christ and to the church [Ed: the people]; they did not serve as a platform for any particular ministry or gifted person.

The New Testament church lived as a face-to-face community. While the early Christians gathered for corporate worship and mutual edification, the church did not exist to merely meet once or twice a week. The New Testament believers lived a shared life. They cared for one another outside of scheduled meetings. They were, in the very real sense of the word, family.

Christianity was the first and only religion the world has ever known that was void of ritual, clergy, and sacred buildings. For the first 300 years of the church’s existence, Christians gathered in homes.

On special occasions, Christian workers would sometimes make use of larger facilities (like Solomon’s Porch [John 10:23, Acts 3:11] and the Hall of Tyrannus [Acts 19:9]). But they had no concept of a sacred edifice nor of spending large amounts of money on buildings. Nor would they ever call a building a “church” or the “house of God”.

The only sacred building the early Christians knew was the one not made with human hands.

The New Testament church did not have a clergy. The Catholic priest and the Protestant pastor were completely unknown. The church had traveling apostolic workers who planted and nurtured churches. But these workers were not viewed as being part of a special clergy caste. They were part of the body of Christ, and they served the churches (not the other way around). Every Christian possessed different gifts and different functions, but only Jesus Christ had the exclusive right to exercise authority over His people. No man had that right. Eldering and shepherding were just two of those gifts.

Elders and shepherds were ordinary Christians with certain gifts. They were not special offices. And they did not monopolize the ministry of the church meetings.

They were simply seasoned Christians who naturally cared for the members of the church during times of crisis and provided oversight for the whole assembly.

Decision making in the New Testament church fell upon the shoulders of the whole assembly. Traveling church planters would sometimes give input and direction. But ultimately, the whole church made local decisions under the lordship of Jesus Christ. It was the church’s responsibility to find the Lord’s mind together and act accordingly.

The New Testament church was organic, not organizational. It was not welded together by putting people into office, creating programs, constructing rituals, and developing a top-down hierarchy or chain-of-command structure. The church was a living, breathing organism. It was born, it would grow, and it naturally produced all of what was in its DNA. That would include all the gifts, ministries and functions of the body of Christ. In the eyes of God, the church is a beautiful woman. The bride of Christ. She was a colony from heaven, not a man-made organization from earth.

Tithing was not a practice of the New Testament church. The early Christians used their funds to support the poor among them, as well as the poor in the world. They also supported traveling itinerant church planters so that the gospel could be spread and churches could be raised up in other lands. They gave according to their ability, not out of guilt, duty or compulsion. Pastor/clergy salaries were unheard of.

Every Christian in the church was a priest, a minister, and a functioning member of the body.

Baptism was the outward expression of Christian conversion. When the early Christians led people to the Lord, they immediately baptized them in water as to testimony to their new position. The Lord’s Supper was an ongoing expression whereby the early Christians reaffirmed their faith in Jesus Christ and their oneness with His body.

The Supper was a full meal which the church enjoyed together in the spirit and atmosphere of joy and celebration. It was the fellowship of the body of Christ, not a token ritual or a religious rite. And it was never officiated by a clergy or a special priesthood.

The early Christians did not build Bible schools or seminaries to train young workers. Christian workers were educated and trained by older workers in the context of church life. They learned “on the job”. Jesus provided the initial model for this “on-the-job” training when he mentored the Twelve. Paul duplicated it when he trained young Gentile workers in Ephesus.

The early Christians did not divide themselves into various denominations. they understood their oneness in Christ and expressed it visibly in every city. To their minds, there was only one church per city (even though it may have met in many different homes throughout the locale). If you were a Christian in the first century, you belonged to that one church. The unity of the Spirit was well guarded. Denominating themselves (“I am of Paul”, “I am of Peter”, “I am of Appolos”) was regarded as sectarian and divisive (See 1 Corinthians 1:12)”

I do believe these are some of the aspects of God’s vision for His church. Remember, the goal in our lives and in our church should be the absolute centrality of Jesus Christ. Nothing less will suffice.

We need more revolutionaries today who will stand against the religious system of our day. I encourage you to catch the vision God has for His church! The freedom His plan and will brings is beyond words! Let’s “buck the system” and seek a complete upheaval of those church practices that are so engrained in our churches today that are contrary to biblical principles. Let’s build on the right foundation – Jesus Christ. Anything less results in defect.

Let’s return to Bible basics and New Testament Christianity where Jesus is Lord!

BE A REVOLUTIONARY!

Until next time, enjoy the journey!