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Community Spirit MAGAZINE

Mar / Apr 2020 Volume 16, Issue 2 FREE/ PRICELESS

Freshen Your Home This Spring The Art of Meet & Greet Tips for the Health Community The Tradition of Communion Special FREE Booklet for Easter

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Contents Upcoming Events

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Magazine (MCSM), formerly Christian Community News is published every 2 months by Encompass Ministries, Inc., a 501c3 faith-based non-profit, organized in 1998. Now in our 21st year, we continue to expand services and reach. As always, we are committed to providing timely resources, whether it be food assistance, training for family stability, as well as a myriad of Life Skills taught off-site in Addictions Recovery and At-Risk Youth programs. Our goal is always to enhance personal and family development for all walks of life. This publication is simply an extension of the work we do in-house and throughout the community. Within these pages you will find articles that will inspire you and stories of strength and courage. You will catch the spirit of encouragement within the articles written by thoughtful writers. Advertising in MCSM is available. After the publication costs, the proceeds go directly into the non-profit's mission, to feed the hungry and help families get jobs and ultimately, get on their feet. The advertisements in CSM are meant to promote businesses, services; anything that someone wants to buy, sell, or exchange. Encompass Ministries in no way represents the quality or trustworthiness of these printed solicitations, so due care is needed when responding to any information presented. CSM reserves the right to decline advertising material that is deemed inappropriate. Please consider Encompass Ministries/ Papa’s Pantry in your monthly giving. We depend on local financial support to continue to offer stability training and groceries to those in our community. Donations are tax-deductible.

The mission of Encompass Ministries is to help individuals and families re-establish stability and self-reliance by offering a variety of programs including immediate food assistance, employment strategies, and life skills through hands-on support and ongoing training in order to have a community where everyone has the tools to achieve stability and no one goes to bed hungry. Page 2 | March/April 2020

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Move Your Focus From Stress

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Conquer Meet & Greet

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Health Community, Exercise and Nutrition

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Encompass IS...

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James Caldwell,The High Priest

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The Tradition of Communion Bible Study

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Spring Recipes

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Master's Training Schedule

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Lynne Saunders Lynne@encompassministriesinc.org Editor and Founder of Encompass Ministries, Papa’s Pantry, The Master’s Training Center & My Community Spirit Magazine Author, “21st Century Keys to EMPLOYMENT” Wife, Mother of 3, and Grandmommy to 6

Its Spring! (Chuckle. Is it really?) The daffodils have been out for weeks. This past winter was so confusing! Snow one morning, enough to go out to play... then that afternoon - warm! I, for one, am ready to get my hands back in the dirt to plant pretty things. There's nothing like seeing flowers emerge with hope for sunnier days ahead. Speaking of new things blooming... we have launched our new website, www.encompassministriesinc.org. Thank you Aculign. Now, all our old websites point to this new concise location. Please take a look and let us know what you think! Encompass Ministries has two new food pantry programs that have bloomed. One, we are calling Silver Shoppers. It is a special program designed specifically for seniors who do not live with, or have family support. The second is to support our veterans. If you, or someone you know is interested to learn more, simply call the office to make an appointment with an advocate on staff. There are certain eligibility requirements that can be discussed during that first meeting. Something else blooming this spring... Evening Life Skills classes in our training center. Sadly, the opioid crisis is still in full swing. For every person struggling with an addiction, there are friends and family who need help helping. These sessions are designed to equip loved ones identify negative /positive communication and behaviors. These sessions are most helpful if their loved one is in a residential program. The goal is to have everyone involved understanding the same concepts. When the person comes out of their program, everyone is on the same page. It's all about relapse prevention. Please call us if you would like more information. As you can see, we have a lot going on at Encompass Ministries. This magazine is our communication to the

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Published by Encompass Ministries 501(c)3 6551 Commerce Pkwy Woodstock, GA 30189 Encompass Phone: 770-591-4707 Papa's Pantry Phone: 770-591-4730 The Master's Training Center Phone: 770-591-9588 Fax: 678-540-8583 encompassministriesinc.org papaspantry.org themasterstrainingcenter.com

Your shopping dollars can feed hungry families. Register online and choose Papa's Pantry as your charity of choice! community. In our 16 years in print, we have traced new clients, volunteers, donations and donors who learned about us through similar pages. As always, I hope you will enjoy the uplifting stories inside. We try to have something for everyone. Starting on page 20, you will find a special section for a Passover/ Eastern study. It has been broken down into 4 sections, perfect for a small group or bible study to read and discuss. Much of the information has come from the Thursday afternoon bible studies I have been teaching, "The Chronological Life of Jesus." We are coming up on the end of his life, but still have several months until his ascension. Just call us if you'd like to join us. There's always room for one more. Happy Spring! Shalom! Lynne

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and share each week? We are looking for 2 to 3 adults who can sort food donations and/or work with our clients in the "Client Pantry." We also host "Volunteer with Your Kids" Days, for an adult with elementary school aged children. The next dates are Saturday, March 14 and Saturday April 4th, 9:30-11:00. Please pre-register. Space is limited. You can connect by calling or sending an email through our

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March & April Community Events All 4 Kids Woodstock Consignment His Hands Church Thurs. March 5, 9:30-8 Fri. March 6, 9:00-6:00 Sat. March 7, 9:00-1:00- Many Items 1/2 Off! 550 Molly Ln, Woodstock

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Lt. Col. Allen West Northside Cherokee Conference Center 1130 Bluffs Parkway, 10:30-12:30

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4th Annual Dream Big: Walk, Roll, Run for Brain Injury 5K/1 mile; raceroster.com Peidmont Park

UGA Extension Cherokee County - Grafting Workshop Afternoon 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. OR Evening 5:30 - 8:00 p.m, $35 per person Ball Ground Community Center, 250 Civic Dr., Ball Ground, GA Deadline to register Friday, March 20. Classes limited 30 people -Materials provided for you to go home with 5 apple/pear trees that you have grafted! - G969 Rootstocks provided: Hardy, well-rooted tree with 45-50% size of standard (about 12-14' at maturity) -OHxF87 Pear Rootstock, 60% size of standard, good vigor and precocious - Over 50 varieties of apple and pear scions available to choose from!

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Market & Show, The Market, 9-5 8-Year Anniversary! Shop vendors outside selling vintage, handcrafted & repurposed items, homemade goods, jewelry, unique finds and MORE! 5500 Bells Ferry Rd Acworth

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The Brain Injury Association of Georgia (BIAG) invites everyone to help bring awareness to brain injury and support Brain Injury Awareness Month

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March 27th

Cornhole Tournament, Cherokee Recreation & Parks 6:30pm 7345 Cumming Hwy, Canton Double elimination tournament format. 2 divisions: Beginner/ Intermediate and Advanced. Ages: 16 and up, Time: 6:30pm Prizes will include Braves Tickets, restaurant gift cards and more! Camille Thomas, . Cherokee Recreation & Parks Agency, $50 per team -www.crpa.net.

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3rd Annual Street Dog Dash 5K. http://www.streetdogdash5k.com Race Day Registration and Packet Pickup: Begins at 7AM 5K starts at 8AM Etowah River park in Canton Participants are invited to bring their dogs to walk/run with them as long as the animals are vaccinated, leashed, non-aggressive, and in good physical condition. Their is a $5 fee for dogs to participate.

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Community Partnerships Conference Faith and nonprofit organizations have an influential position in bringing awareness to the needs of those in the community they serve. First Baptist Woodstock, 11905 Highway 92 Woodstock, 10:00-12:00

Don't Get Left Behind, Struggling! You Can Join the Employment Series. It starts with Core Concepts: How Employers think and make decisions, then onto customized resumes and interview techniques: • Weekdays • Weekends See page 30 for the Current Schedule Register by phone or online: Pre-register $70 (2-part series) / $80 at the door *Scholarships may be available to the community. All food assistance clients are free..

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770-672-0402 Holly and Morgan Hill

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t was a normal day for Morgan Hill sometime in 2009. His morning commute was down the stairs to the basement office of his Woodstock home, coffee cup in one hand and daily planner in the other. There were phone calls to make and emails to answer. Yes, it would be a full day, just like the day before, and the day before that. After working in the financial industry for approximately 10 years with a partner, Morgan became restless. As he paced his tiny space thinking about the retirement complexities, he looked out the window as if to see or hear answers to a question he had not yet articulated. He believed there should be more to doing business than just selling financial products. He concluded, “People deserve a better conversation. We need to become something better to help folks making these important decisions.” He had no doubt that something more was needed. “It is one thing to get TO retirement, it is something else entirely to get THROUGH it successfully.” That was the moment when the inspiration for Hill & Hill Financial, LLC began. But that was just the start of things. There would be years of growing, learning, and certifications to earn. Today, Morgan’s credentials are impressive: He is a licensed Investment Advisor Representative, a licensed Registered Representative, a licensed Insurance Agent, a Certified Tax Specialist, and a Certified Trust and Estate Specialist. He reads publications daily to keep up with what is going on in Washington that affects retirees and their investments. He is also a member of several financial organizations including the National Ethics Association. The other “Hill” of Hill & Hill Financial, LLC is Morgan’s wife, Holly, the CFO of the organization. Together they launched the company with a vision to serve their clients with the following “Guiding Principles:” Trust God, Bless Others, Do the Right Thing, and Deliver Excellence.

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Hill & Hill Financial, LLC began to expand quickly. The Lord blessed them with clients, so many in fact, that they began to bring employees on board to ensure customer service and follow through was flawless. Client meetings were held in a virtual office nearby. This, they found was a temporary solution. They had to move out of the basement and into traditional office space. Morgan and Holly remember the day clearly just before Christmas back in 2011. It was bitterly cold and raining when they began their search for a suitable location, driving through parking lots looking for signs that read “For Rent.” By a stroke of luck or grace, they saw one in the window of a suite in the Creekstone Office Park off Highway 92. They shivered as they peered through the window trying to see in the dark. It seemed big, but they felt it would be perfect. Just before moving day on a Sunday afternoon, friends from their church gathered in their new lobby to pray over the building and the business. This was an important step before moving furniture and hooking up telephones. Today, Hill & Hill Financial, LLC serves over 700 families in 18 states and manages assets in the hundreds of millions. While Woodstock serves as “Headquarters,” they also have offices in Alpharetta, Chattanooga, and Knoxville, TN. They outgrew the first suite and moved next door, doubling their space. They have since purchased the office. Their growth and success, however, have not caused them to sit back and coast. Quite the opposite, in fact. Morgan has based the business on relationships, talking with, and educating people about ‘successful retirement.’ He easily compares strategic retirement planning with building a house with four load bearing walls. The first support is that of Investments. The goal is to create

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On The Cover significant cash flow to live life well and know that you’ll never run out of money. The second is Risk Management. In a nutshell, protect the house from collapse by avoiding risks to the investment. This may include health and longevity care. Thirdly, Estate Planning. Simply put, “making sure your loved ones get your stuff, not those you don’t love.” (The government.) Lastly, Taxes. Certainly, the goal is to not pay more in taxes than required. Sound too good to be true? Morgan’s strategies are proven. He covers these foundational principles in more detail in his book, “Building a Better Retirement.” He also records a radio show weekly that airs in Chattanooga on Sunday Mornings on WGOW at 10am and Knoxville, TN on WRJZ. He also appears on Chattanooga’s Channel 12 on a local show called “Let’s Chatt” once a month. The radio and TV shows are uploaded to the Hill & Hill Financial website, www.hillandhillfinancial.com. They feature helpful information about retirement planning and can be reviewed online at anyone’s convenience. Morgan states, “What we do matters. You don’t get two tries to get retirement right! That is why we do retirement better.” But, it’s no longer just Morgan and Holly. They have a full staff to ensure a positive client experience. Holly brags on their employees, saying, “Our staff is our strength. We are so grateful to have such an amazing group of people who genuinely like each other and enjoy coming to work!” Associate Advisor, Rachel Baker, just celebrated six years with Hill & Hill, LLC, and Director of Client Services Tara Small and Operations Assistant Joyce Cole are coming up on five year anniversaries. Other team members include Donna Biddiscombe as the Advisor Assistant, Pat Oare as the Operations Assistant for the Chattanooga Office, and their newest employee, Andrea Brooks as the Marketing Manager.” We would be remiss if we didn’t mention, Buster, the Hill & Hill Financial, LLC mascot. Buster began as the family dog but fulfilled his strategic purpose greeting clients in the lobby and notifying the staff when UPS and FedEx deliveries were made. Two years ago, Buster decided that he needed social media presence. Today he has hundreds of followers on Facebook. He is semi-retired these days, so he's not always at the office and his posts aren't as frequent. Morgan’s and Holly’s service doesn't end with the 9-5. They are involved in many ministries locally and internationally. Say You Saw It In My Community Spirit Magazine

Morgan has spent a significant amount of time in the middle east in countries like Syria, Lebanon and Egypt, helping to educate new Christian pastors. You don’t hear much on the news, but many Muslims and other faiths are accepting Christ. Many share the gospel even though they and their families' lives are in danger because of it. The 2:10 Foundation, Inc., (inspired by Proverbs 2:10) was founded by Holly. This is a private family foundation providing student scholarships for those interested in a trade and emergency aide in special situations for those working toward a better life. Those who have weathered addiction or incarceration are encouraged to apply, as well as anyone looking for funding to finish a vocational education. Visit www.the210foundation.com. Holly’s and Morgan’s COMMUNITY SPIRIT comes by giving back to the community, generally preferring to be anonymous. Their lives professionally and personally are a tribute to all that is right in our community. When they heard about the new senior services program at Encompass Ministries, Silver Shoppers, they knew helping older citizens who need assistance was a perfect match for their retirement planning company. Hill & Hill Financial, LLC has partnered with Encompass Ministries, supporting this critical outreach. “We appreciate this new program and would like to encourage other local businesses to become monthly financial supporters of Encompass Ministries. They provide unique and valuable services to those in our community who really need it.” If you are interested in making an appointment with Morgan and/or receiving his book, “Building a Better Retirement,” please call 770-672-0402 or email info@ hillandhillfinancial.com. For more information about Hill & Hill Financial, LLC, visit www. hillandhillfinancial.com. Our Goal – Helping you get to and through retirement successfully!™ Investment Advisory Services offered through Center Street Advisors (CSA), an SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Securities offered through Center Street Securities, Inc.(CSS), a registered Broker-Dealer & member FINRA & SIPC. Hill & Hill Financial, LLC, CSA

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How to Move Your Focus From

to Rest by Greg Griffin

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tress. It’s a part of life, but it doesn’t need to be a way of life.

When Nancy gets home from a long day of work, she’s different than when she left the house. She’s tired, for starters, but her temper is short. If the kids get into a squabble or ask too soon when dinner will be ready, she’s liable to snap. Dan shuffles in not long after, and getting even a word out of him is like pulling teeth. He’s on and off his phone, checking emails, and it’ll take Nancy grumbling before he even realizes he hasn’t even asked about her day. This cycle of discontentment can creep into our relationships, making us feel overwhelmed… almost like we’re carrying a huge weight around. The loss of joy in our family may seem like a natural entropy, but the truth is that it often stress following us well outside its territory. It may be time to reset your focus… from stress to rest. Stress is a thief. Here’s how to defend your heart when stress comes knocking.

and that you might even have those feelings of overwhelm, you’re already ahead of the game. If stress surprises you, you’re less likely to conquer it thoughtfully. Dodge it. Don’t certain people and situations just exude stress? While some stress is unavoidable, some of it we subject ourselves to willingly by just not knowing when or how to say “no.” If you find yourself volunteering to spend time with people who drain you, know that setting boundaries can be a wonderful thing. If you are lucky enough to have loved ones and friends who make you feel refreshed and energized, treat yourself to more time with them instead! Dump it. Many times, we can be our own worst enemy. Taking on too much at any one time is a sure-fire way to end up perpetually stressed out. Take a brief inventory by asking yourself, “What would feel so good not to have to do right now?” De-stressing your life might mean… ● Discussing your task list with your boss — Maybe you’ve said “yes” to a few too many To-Do’s

Expect it.. If you’re reading this and thinking, “Yeah! I think I can keep myself from getting stressed this week!” (more on that tactic later), you’re fooling yourself. As I said earlier, stress is a normal part of life. It motivates us to get organized; it stretches us to meet deadlines and accomplish our goals; it even helps us foresee and navigate threats to our well-being. To put it simply, it’s the feeling you get when life’s demands seem to outweigh your abilities. In moderation, it’s healthy. By acknowledging that you will face stressful situations Page 8 | March/April 2020

● Taking one less class this semester ● Hitting “PAUSE” on a personal project ● Fitting appointments more comfortably into your schedule — If your schedule feels too tight, it probably is! ● Choosing your volunteer opportunities wisely Now, all of those things are GREAT! But, usually, they’re things we can do later. And, if we do them when we have the time and energy to spare, we can do them better.

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Diffuse it. Stress can be overwhelming. When “This is too much!” takes over your thought life, your brain chemistry starts sappings energy away until you can hardly think clearly. So, let’s get underwhelmed again by creating a plan you can put into action when you’re overloaded. Write down three simple and powerful truths to help you focus. I believe everyone needs a list like this. Here are a few to help you get started. 1. What I’m stressing about is not today’s agenda. I can handle it later. 2. I’m strong enough to get through these next few minutes. 3. If I calm down, I’ll be able to think clearly and get some meaningful work done. 4. I will focus on only the most important thing right now, so I can regain my confidence and positive momentum. 5. I can accomplish more than I think in the time I’m given.

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It might be a powerful Scripture. My favorite is Psalm 62:1 in the NIV, “My soul finds rest in God alone.” Maybe an uplifting song lyric! May I suggest, in the words of Destiny’s Child, I’m a survivor, I’m not gonna give up, I’m not gonna stop, I’m gonna work harder. Just keep the list short and memorable, so that you are more likely to remember and use it.

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What activities truly soothe your heart. Tennis? Walking the dog? Taking a bubble bath? Reading or watching a great story? Gardening? Painting? What soothes you (and NOT what numbs you!) will strengthen you. The better job you do of caring for your heart, the more successful you will be at being on the right side of the daily stress test.

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Three Ways to Conquer the “Meet-and Greet” Minute

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ixty seconds appears on the countdown clock. The atmosphere is electrified. Extroverts love it, introverts hate it, and it confuses the heck out of first-timers. Welcome to meet and greet time during worship. Some argue that churches should abandon the meet and greet practice. It feels superficial, artificial, uncomfortable, and, despite its name, unwelcoming. But Jesus advocates for community and expects His disciples will go out of their way to love their neighbor, share the good news, and invite others into relationship with Him. In our modern day Church, we tend to abdicate this responsibility to our churches’ pastors, staff, or programming. Would Jesus counter that the Church is more than pastors, staff, and programming? Would Jesus say that those 60 seconds might be the most important seconds of the entire worship experience and that we are the vital link? Instead of going through the meet and greet motions, how can we approach this minute as an opportunity to impact someone’s worship experience so radically they come back next week? Not sure how you can do your part? These three strategies will help you conquer the meet-and-greet minute.

1. Look For One

Once the countdown starts, people rocket out of their seats intent on greeting their friends. The more hands shook, the better. But this is exactly why this time feels superficial. It’s easy to greet our friends. Our challenge is to greet people we don’t know in a meaningful way. It is possible to make a connection in one minute. Instead of trying to say hello to everyone, look for one. Look for the one Page 10 | March/April 2020

person or the one couple you don’t know. Look for the one who is uncomfortable, unsure. Meet them. Shake their hand. Lean in and introduce yourself. Make eye contact. This conveys they are the most important person to you in that moment.

2. Ask This Question

You’ve leaned in. Made eye contact. Now what? Every church, regardless of its size, has its challenges to overcome when creating a welcoming environment. Large churches combat the sense of anonymity while small churches can seem cliquish. Regardless of the size of our church, we are disciples charged with inviting others to experience Christ. If we are going to make this time count, we need to engage with our new friends in a way that causes our church to feel like home. I usually lead with some version of this question: • Are you new? Or have you been members forever and we’ve just never met? Admitting my memory might be faulty invites laughter and creates neutral ground. This open-ended question encourages natural responses and conversation. • We just moved here, this is our first time. Welcome! Where do you live? • We’ve been attending for a while, our kids go to preschool here. I am so glad to meet you! Yes, I’ve heard our preschool is fabulous… • We’ve been members for 30 years! Really? Wow, I’m so glad to finally meet you! Are you part of a Sunday school class?

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3. Initiate the Invitation As members of our church community, we have what our new friends are seeking. We already belong. Our task is to be so excited about our community that our new friends want to be part of it too. Does your church have a Welcome Center? Invite your new friends to stop by. Do they have kids? Mention the great kids program or youth group. Invite them to join you for your Sunday class or Bible study. Is there a women’s or men’s gathering happening? Make sure they know about it and invite them to attend. If your church has a bulletin, point out relevant contact information. Show them how to connect next.

She sought me out after the service. Her eyes sparkling with renewed hope, she expressed her excitement over the opportunities I’d shared with her and she thanked me for taking the extra time that morning. God smiled that day. He used one person to reach one person. In that moment she knew she was seen, heard, and loved. Is this one minute so critical that we need to have a strategy for it? Yes. Intentional efforts to meet one new person, engage them in conversation, and share your enthusiasm for your community of faith might be what they need to experience Christ. You are vital. Go! Meet and greet with confidence.

Most importantly, tell them how glad you are to meet them. Does This Work? Strategies In Action. Employing these techniques during worship recently, I discovered the sweet older lady down the row from me was relatively new to the area, living with her daughter, had been attending for about 4 months but hadn’t connected beyond that one hour on Sunday morning. I quickly circled information in our bulletin describing several senior adult ministries and Sunday School classes and invited her to check them out. All in 60 seconds.

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C ity o n a H ill a n d W o o d sto ck U M C a r e n o w ......

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rom comfort zones to a new sense of excitement, Woodstock UMC and City On A Hill UMC boldly chose to merge in June of 2019 and began to enhance the downtown Woodstock UMC campus. “In merging we believe we are not only better together, but better able to serve the needs of those living in the greater Woodstock area.” God is doing something new as these two loving, devoted, and valuable congregations become one. With nearly 150 years combined in mission and ministry, these two faith communities are eager to see what God will do in this next chapter as they strive to make an even greater impact both in Woodstock and across the world. Often throughout history, God gives people a new name in renewing his promises and their purpose. God is doing that now with this emerging faith community. In a show of unity and desire to embrace a shared mission and purpose they are now taking on the new name of The Way, a United Methodist Church. Inspired by Jesus being “the Way, the Truth, and the Life." Early followers of Christ were known as followers of the Way. The new name will help them carry forward the rich heritage of Woodstock UMC established in 1888 as well as the vibrant passion of City On A Hill, which was planted in 2006. You are invited to join them in worship Sundays: contemporary worship at 9:30 a.m. or traditional worship at 11:00 a.m. on the historic Woodstock UMC campus or online at www.TheWayWoodstock.com. Your support is also welcomed support as they further revitalize the campus to better serve the greater Woodstock community. For questions, please contact Rev. Andy Rogers, Lead Pastor; The Way | Woodstock, a United Methodist Church, 109 Town Lake Parkway, Woodstock, Ga 30188 (770) 516-0371 Andy@TheWayWoodstock.com

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Bring New Life Around You! By Julie Loehr

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looked out my window and there they were, daffodils. The way they push up through the blandness of winter always brings such feelings of hope and life. Those yellow and white flowers speak to me that new life is coming, springtime. Spring means warmer weather, walks at the park with the dogs, fresh cut flowers from the yard and sunshine, glorious sunshine. It’s springtime out there. Spring brings new life everywhere we look outside, so why not let our personal spaces reflect that new life! Here are four ways to bring some new life to around you.

SPRUCE THINGS UP Flowers and plants enliven spaces. Grab some cut flowers at the grocery story, trim the stems and drop in a vase. Within a few minutes you can have an arrangement for your dining area, a kitchen counter, or a small bathroom shelf. The possibilities are endless. Don’t have a vase? Try upcycling a colorful bottle, a tin can, an old pitcher or a coffee mug. Prefer potted plants? Grab a colorful potted flower from the store along with a decorative pot that fits the plant’s pot. Set it on your porch or on your table. Not crazy about flowers? Consider succulents. These cute plants are very low maintenance and offer a variety of colors and styles.

soap refills in another. Then I purchased a few pieces of inexpensive greenery and pots to brighten up the space. Every time I see my laundry shelf it makes me smile.

FRESHEN THINGS UP Did you know that most window curtains can be washed on a delicate cycle and then hung to dry back on the curtain rods? Be sure and double check your curtain tags. This makes the entire room smell clean laundry fresh! Take a few minutes and wash the shower curtain and the bathroom rugs. Pick a few favorite spring smells and put them all over your space with wax warmers, candles, potpourri, or diffusers. Coming into a fresh smelling space is so life giving!

MIX THINGS UP Do some new things. Watch the sunrise from your favorite window. Go for a walk in the park or neighborhood several times this week. Join a book club. Go to church. Make a peace filled music playlist. Invite a friend for coffee. Spend some time in prayer. Make a list of all the things you are thankful for and read it every day for a week. Here’s to the new life of Spring! Enjoy the season!

TIDY THINGS UP Take an hour and dive into that closet or pantry. Toss or donate the things that you aren’t using. Then head to the store and purchase some matching baskets, tubs, or bins. Sort things in a system that works for you. For example, in the photo is a shelf in my laundry room. I purchased some baskets, then sorted the items by use- all the laundry supplies in one, the cleaning supplies in another, hand Say You Saw It In My Community Spirit Magazine

Julie Loehr is the wife of Pastor David Loehr of Hope Church in Woodstock, Georgia and the proud mom of two amazing children, Rachel & Wesley. She loves working with the children, teenagers, and young adults at Hope Church and thinks that they are all awesome! She’s a professional graphic designer, coffee drinker, and adventurer.

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Nutrition Nuggets…

By Ginny Spain

The Microbiome and Gut Health

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s Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. This could not be truer when talking about the gut microbiome.

There has been a lot of talk lately about the Microbiome, gut health and how these relate to health and wellness, both mentally and physically. Let’s break it down and simplify it so we can understand what it all means and then apply to our own lives... First let’s talk definitions. Microbiome: The microbiome also referred to as microbiota or microflora. It is the trillions (yes trillions!) of bacteria living on or in the human body. They are found on the skin, in the respiratory system, urinary tract and finally in the gastrointestinal tract. The surface of the gastrointestinal tract is HUGE (about the size of a tennis court). Along the surface nearly 1,000 different species of bacteria live. These bacteria play an important role in supporting normal digestion, they also produce several B vitamins, vitamin K, certain key fatty acids and specific neurotransmitters like serotonin. Research continues to investigate the relationship between the gut microbiota and chronic diseases like obesity, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, fatty liver disease, heart disease and depression. If this seems like an awful lot to “digest” just remember there are certain foods you can eat to help the microbiota stay healthy, which brings us to the next definition: Probiotics. Probiotics are live microorganisms (bacteria) that typically live in the digestive tract and other organs. They are referred to as the “good bacteria”. Probiotics are naturally found in fermented foods like yogurt, aged cheese, kimchi, kefir and sauerkraut. They can be affected by diet, age, geographical location and Page 14 | March/April 2020

environmental factors like antibiotics and infections. Research shows that the body’s population of probiotic bacteria is often much less than what is needed for optimal health. Therefore, having a diet rich in fermented foods like yogurt, miso and kefir can help promote probiotic bacteria. Another way to promote probiotic bacteria is with Prebiotics. Prebiotics are foods (typically high-fiber foods) that promote your natural probiotic or “friendly” bacteria in the gut. They are naturally occurring, non-digestible food components found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Inulin is a specific fiber found in onions, leeks, garlic, asparagus and chicory that is very beneficial in feeding friendly bacteria. Adding onions and garlic to dishes to make them more flavorful is a great way to add prebiotics to your meals. Now that you have the facts apply them to your life. Start the day with Greek yogurt and berries, for lunch enjoy a salad filled with fiber rich colorful vegetables, whole wheat crackers and kombucha (fermented tea) and finally for dinner grill some salmon, brown rice and asparagus. In a perfect world we would all eat like that every day, but we are human. We need our comfort foods and foods of convenience but adding a fiber rich fruit or yogurt to your daily routine will begin to promote that friendly bacteria. Studies show better gut health generally means better all-around health, so start making small changes today for big health benefits tomorrow. Ginny is a Registered Dietician and works as a Public Health Educator with Cobb and Douglas Public Health. She has three grown children and loves to garden, cook, hike, cycle, and being part of a knitting group in her church called the "knit wits."

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How to Have Fun in Your Run/Exercise Routine By Jenn Bonn

Wave to neighborhood children One of the things I love the most about running in my neighborhood is when the children come out on their porches and yell, “Hey, Miss Jen!” Maybe someday they will come out and run with me. You never know when someone may see you out exercising and decide that she needs to start moving. You will be someone’s inspiration.

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he best way to enjoy your run or exercise routine is to forget about the fact you are running. At work I am solving problems all day, and I have to be constantly on alert and flexible. Daily runs are my time to relax and think about anything I want. I often run in my neighborhood and my neighbors always ask me if I am bored running around the cul-de-sac. I am never bored when I am running because there are so many things to do on the run. Here are a few of the things I do to make my run more fun. I hope that you can incorporate some of them into your run or exercise routine too.

Don’t make running or exercising a burden. I have always hated the one size fits all training programs where you have to run seven miles one day/three the next… Although I think these programs are great to give you a rough estimate of what you need to do, I also believe that everyone has to approach training slightly differently. When I go out to run I say to myself, “Well, let’s see what I can do today.” The relaxed approach always works for me and is more enjoyable than feeling like running is another chore that I have to check off my list. Any exercise routine can be fun with the right attitude. If you need motivation, ask a friend to work out with you. You can keep each other accountable to reach goals.

Listen to the sounds around me. I usually do not listen to music. I am running outside because I want to hear the noises around me. Being in nature has always been relaxing for me and I enjoy listening to the birds, the dogs, children playing, and anything else that is happening in the neighborhood. Music is a motivator for most people and can make any routine more enjoyable. Make a playlist of your favorite songs and you will be done exercising before you know it.

Talk with neighbors or friends I can luckily stop running and start again easily because I love catching up with neighbors on the run. My neighbors come out to chat, tell me what is going on in life and ask questions about mine. My runs allow me to not only stay in shape but also to stay in touch with my neighbors.

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As I run I think about what I need to do for that day or what responsibilities I have that week. I can cruise along and make a mental list and sort out priorities. Being lost in thought also makes the time pass quicker.

Problem solving I do my best problem solving on runs. The bigger the problem the faster the run goes by because I am focused on something other than the run. If something about the problem makes me angry I can run harder and release the emotions.

Ideas Ideas for articles and plans for school always pop into my head while I am running. I run inside quickly and write ideas down so I can expand on them when I am done.

Nothing at all I’m sure I’m not alone when I say when I am at work people are asking me for things all day. Sometimes I even want to stay in the bathroom for a minute because it is so quiet in there and no one is calling my name. When I return home my family needs me. Running is a time when I can be quiet and embrace the calm. Although I often am thinking about a million things, I can also not think of anything at all and recharge. We all need some time each day to let our mind go blank and put our body on cruise control. Too many people make running a chore. It can be a chance to recharge, reconnect, and renew. Focus on something other than running, put your body on auto pilot and enjoy.

Jennifer Bonn has been teaching French for 38 years. As a freelance writer, her specialties are parenting, running, and self-help. Jennifer teaches at Mount Paran School and is a teacher-mentor in the high school. She has three children and lives in Kennesaw with her husband and daughter.

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“Encompass IS….” Encompass IS is an ongoing series that tells some of our clients' stories. Many times, there are challenges and struggles that test the strongest of grit and character...

Jessica Shares Her Story

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ncompass Ministries, what a marvelous gateway to many opportunities. It’s not only just a solid bridge for discovering resources you may not have known were out there, but its also a place where welcoming arms are nonjudgmental. A place for when you just need to talk things through and figure out a master plan to get through whatever journey life is taking you on. You’ve heard the stories, single parent with four kids trying to make ends meet all while keeping a smile on her face. To not allow anyone to notice what’s really behind the phony cheeky disposition. Well, that was me before I was introduced to this wonderful blessing, Encompass Miniseries. You see, back in the winter of 2010 I was diagnosed with a chronic illness, multiple sclerosis (MS). I was beyond devastated. I mean, I had so many questions and the number one question was, “Why?” The second one was, “Are you sure you have the right person?” And the third was, “What’s gonna happen to my kids if I don’t make it?” These questions came by the thousands swirling around in my head like a big pot of soup. I just wanted to run away from it all. As my MS progressed, I found myself unable to do the simple things that so many of us take for granted. Walking from one room to the next, using the computer at work, cooking, even getting out of the bed was daunting. But I had to keep pressing on. I had four little ones who solely depended on me. As weeks went by, I began missing days off work because of this mean aggressive illness. That meant, financially, I was sinking in a pit of debt. I had to do something and do it fast. Money was tighter than ever before and food was starting to be almost none existent in the household. With three boys and a girl, I had to figure what my next move was. Stress was steadily building, which put me in danger of having flare-ups.

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To the best of my ability, I was doing research trying to find any help I could... in any way, shape, or form. Finally, my cousin told me about this saving grace, this beautiful heaven sent place, Encompass Ministries. I immediately contacted them. I spoke to this wonderful angel, Faith. How perfectly appropriate is her name! I briefly told her my story. She then told me of the many programs that could help me. I went back and took advantage of all the help they offered. I was able to get food from their food pantry and help with figuring out my finances. They teach you how to budget and spend the mature way. And if that isn't enough, they also help with resume building and coach you on how to conduct yourself when going on job interviews. For those who celebrate the holidays this ministry help with that as well. Faith fought for me all the way. She never left my side. Battling the numbers in my bank account was no easy task. With the financial assistance appointments, I prevailed! It definitely took patience, will power, and obedience to focus on getting out of unnecessary spending habits. That’s when the talks and hard truths came into play. Faith taught me that wisdom and knowledge go hand in hand. Encompass Ministries has been such a blessing to our lives. They will forever have a place kept deep within my heart. The words of encouragement, the love, the tears, the laughter, and teachings that Faith talked to me about was remarkable. We met in November of 2015 and I still replay her powerful words over in my head when making any financial decisions or just need a pick me up. This is how much of an tremendous impact she left on me. I will love her and Encompass Ministries forever. They are truly worth being introduced to. -Jessica O.

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Summer Job Tips for Teens The Master's Training Center

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t's almost summer! Lots of students from high school and college will be hitting the streets in search of a job to earn some extra cash while out of school. There are lots of entry level jobs available most times of the year, but during these next couple months, know that the competition ramps up quickly. Here are a few tips to make it easy for that employer to hire you! Gather the necessary information. Decide what type of work you think you would enjoy. This may be an opportunity to test an area you may be interested in as a career. Research businesseses to check out their reputations. Its easy on google and facebook. If you've had any experience in leadership through school, scouting, club, or previous work experience, you may want to put a brief resume together. This is completely optional if you are in high school. Most employers do not expect one from a student seeking a summer job. If you are in college and are hoping for a job in your field of study, a resume would be in order. Hopefully there are relevant classes or internships you can pull from to create an interest from your potential employer. Develop a Job-Search Strategy. Will you be applying online, going to a job fair or company hiring event, or just cold-calling? Much may depend on transportation. Your options will be limited if the company needs to be within walking or bicycling distance. Do you know someone who works within a company you would like to work for? Ask for their help. Will they put in a good word for you or get your resume in the right hands? Its worth a try! Let the employer know you are interested in a postition before someone else gets it. How many hours a week are you looking for? Are there other obligtions you need to consider to work around? Athletics and music rehearsals often have schedules that need to prioritized. If you plan to meet potential employers, be sure to plan what you will wear. Even if you are going door-to-door to

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neigborhood shops or the mall. Dress nicely. This is not the time for jeans unless that's the dress code where you are applying. Cover all noticeable tattoos and limit or remove piercings. You only have one chance to make a good first impression, so smile and be confident. Be sure to make good eye contact. Introduce yourself, speak clearly, and extend a warm handshake. Great Summer Jobs for Teens: • Amusement Park • Babysitting • Camp Counselor • Car Wash • Dog Walker • Food Service • Golf Caddy • Grocery Store @Encompass Ministries • Internships Lawn Mowing • Lifeguard • Retail Sales

Want To Be a Part of Encompass Ministries? Your donation will help families, much like this “Mom with MS." Encompass IS much more than food. Its a ministry. Its a proven program, that for 21 years, works, and is implemented by people who care. The program is simple. Give people good, nutritous food they can select for themselves. Help them gain an income quicky, then transition to “budgeting” where they will save a $1,000 emergency fund. Most of all, give encouragement and hugs along the way. All our funding comes from people like you, businesses, and churches, not government. Won't you "Co-Mission" with us on this Mission Field? You can safely donate on EncompassMinistriesInc.org or send a check to 6551 Commerce Parkway, Woodstock, GA 30189 / 770-591-4707

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James Caldwell, The Rebel High Priest By Susan Bryg

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he tension was palpable as Hannah Caldwell gazed out the window of her humble cottage on that sunny morning in early June. She and her young family had been bouncing back and forth for months from their little parsonage in Elizabethtown, NJ to nearby Connecticut Farms where she thought that they would be safe. But, the Redcoat savages were descending upon that tiny village with brutality as they were ravishing the countryside and burning private homes after first stealing everything from food, jewelry and other valuables from within. As she spied a handful of them that were heading towards her home, her heart stopped. Nervously, with the help of some of the older children in the home, Hannah began to prepare for her unwanted guests by straightening up things in the house, lowering some of the family’s valuables into a bucket in the well and putting on one of her best dresses so that she could receive the British ‘as a lady.’ Nervously, she took little Maria into a back bedroom where she could nurse her baby and keep a look out through the window. Having just finished, Hannah handed the infant over to her older daughter when she spotted a British soldier jumping over the fence and rapidly approaching the front of the house. In a soft, methodical way, Hannah began to chant under her breath, ‘they will respect a mother, they will respect a mother,’ unaware that she was in plain sight of the approaching marauder. And then it happened. Suddenly, without

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A musket ball was fired through the glass of her front window, striking Hannah squarely in the chest, killing her instantly. Yet, the evil savages were not content. Their horror was not complete. The helpless children ran screaming in all directions. In a further act of violation, they stripped Hannah of her fine clothes to check for hidden valuables and dragged her body out into the road where she was summarily abandoned. Then the barbarians ransacked the house, set it on fire and burned it to the ground. Off in the distance, Pastor James Caldwell noticed a sizable cloud of smoke rising above the trees in the grove and breathed a sigh of relief. He had left his family in an old farmhouse in Connecticut Farms where he believed that they would be safe. From his vantage point, he determined that the telltale smoke from the burning building was coming from an area that wasn’t even close to where his family was. How wrong he was. Pastor Caldwell was known as the ‘Rebel High Priest’ in those parts. An ardent patriot through and through, and completely unashamed of publicly proclaiming his displeasure with British tyranny. Caldwell earned the adoration of most colonists and the hatred of all Brits. They had rendered him to be obnoxious and a price was set upon his head. He was aware of the looming threat that was hanging over his head and he began to fear for his own life and the

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American Heritage Series lives of his wife and children. Even so, he had no intention of surrendering to the enemy and being knocked out of the fight. In fact, the threats actually emboldened him, yet he was no fool, and he took precautions for the defense of himself and his family. As a result, he normally went about his day-to-day activities, armed to the teeth. It became common to see him climb up into his pulpit on Sunday mornings, sporting a pistol on each hip. Once there, he laid each pistol next to his Bible and began to share the Sunday message while armed men of his congregation were hiding in the belfry and throughout the church for his protection. When the sermon was finished, both pistols went back into his belt and he would walk to the back of the church where he would greet his people as they were leaving. But as the events of the terrible drama that had unfolded in the little village of Connecticut Farms began to reach Caldwell’s camp, the devastating horror began to sink in. Under a flag of truce, he rounded up his children and gathered them together around the body of his wife and their mother as they grieved inconsolably together. With his wife buried and his children safely in the care of friends, James Caldwell saddled up and rode hard to Springfield to join his men as they prepared to engage the British again. Outnumbered almost five to one, the Americans stood their ground as the Redcoats let loose a furious volley of hundreds of muskets and six cannons, killing many Americans in the process. In the midst of the chaos, Pastor Caldwell walked up and down the lines trying to reassure his men. As he did so, he could hear their desperate cry for wadding for their muskets. They were quickly running out of the precious material thus rendering their flintlocks all but useless. Responding like lightning, Caldwell jumped on his horse and ran it hard to a nearby Presbyterian church in Springfield where he scooped up an armful of Isaac Watts hymnals and quickly returned to his men. Throwing the hymnals to the soldiers, he yelled for them to tear out the pages and use them for wadding. As the men stuffed pages from the hymnals into the barrels of their muskets, Caldwell could be heard shouting over the din of the battle, “Give ‘em Watts, boys! With a laugh and a cheer, they pulled out the leaves, rammed them into their charges and gave the British Watts with a fervor!. Caldwell’s actions at the Battle of Springfield became so famous that Washington Irving included them in his 1850s biography of George Washington.

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Those who knew him remarked that he would often exclaim that ‘there are times when it is as righteous to fight as it is to pray.’ James Caldwell was a true patriot pastor. But he was one of many pastors who fought and even died for the cause of liberty. Their rallying cry from the pulpit was ‘No King but Jesus!,’ and they were committed to preaching the ‘whole counsel of God,’ along with bold messages about heaven and hell, salvation and the judgment to come. But the Bible also speaks about the rights of men, the role of government and the need for righteous men to stand against tyranny. There were so many of them. They were so vocal, it became obvious throughout the colonies that, had it not been for the passionate and very vocal messages against the injustices from the Crown, there probably would not have ever been a rebellion against King George III. Disparagingly, ‘men of the cloth’ were dubbed to be members of the ‘Black- Robed Regiment’ by the King’s Army. When captured, the rebel pastors often received vindictive punishment that was more harsh than that of other colonial citizens. These men saw an affront to their God-given liberties. They took every possible step to defend and to protect the congregations in their charge against the injustices. They educated their flocks well and, when the war came, both pastor and parishioner were poised and ready. Sadly, many pastors today have believed and accepted the mythical and unconstitutional concept of the separation of church and state. Out of concern to stay between these false lines they do not address anything that can be remotely considered ‘political.’ Yet, if these men and women of God knew more of the Christian historical roots our country is blessed with, they would rise up and lead their congregations into meaningful actions of resistance against the demonic tide that is taking control of our culture. Much pain and suffering would be spared in our beautiful America. Don't you think it is time to bring back the Black-Robed Regiment? Want to know hear more stories like this and learn more of this country's Christian Roots? Join me on Monday nights, 6:30 at The Master's Training Center, Encompass Ministries. You can join anytime. Please check the calendars on pages 30 and 31, and let me know if you are coming! Susan Bryg is passionate about the greatness of America and getting the truth out about our nation's deep Christian heritage. When she isn't making soaps and lotions as the owner of Jessie + Elizatbeth, she can be found planning special visits for her three granddaughters when they come to play. ssbryg@me.com.

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The Tradition of Communion

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An Easter Bible Study

The Tradition of Communion The following is a study of the Jewishness of Jesus and the deep roots in the Christian Faith. The content has been extrapolated from a variety of resources to create a fluid picture of what Jesus intended during his last Passover meal. There is really no way to know the exact order of events, however using the traditional Passover format, the sequence of events presented are one way it “may have" taken place. It is my attempt to humanize lines within the text, allowing personality and character to be revealed. By Lynne Saunders

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epending on the church you attend or its' denomination, the tradition of communion is one that has probably become familiar. You may prefer grape juice over wine. Or, you may prefer a bread product over a little white wafer. The important thing is not necessary the elements themselves, but the condition of our hearts when taking them in.

Part 1 As we look back in history about 2,000 years ago, we can trace the ministry and teachings of Jesus. This time of year, Jewish people are preparing to celebrate Passover. It is also a time when Christians celebrate Easter. These are not two separate holidays for separate people groups. Passover and Easter are beautifully entwined, from the days of the enslaved, then freed Jews in Egypt to the time of Jesus and his personal sacrifice. This is not an Old Testament vs. New Testament emphasis, but the continuation of “His Story.”

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If we were to go back to the era of the displaced Israelites, we would find great hardship. We would hear Moses begging Pharaoh, “Let my people go.” Hard-hearted to God’s will, Pharaoh refused to release his slaves. They were busy building monumental tributes to him, deifying his very presence as well as constructing immense temples to serve Egypt’s many gods. It was a hard, brutal life for God’s chosen people. The Israelites had been spared from the drought and famine that swept the land of Israel by relocating to Egypt under the protection of Joseph. Their populations grew over the generations, causing Pharoh to fear their size. Better to control them than become controlled by them. After 430 years, it was time to redeem them from the bondage the Egyptians incurred, and to return to their homeland to prosper. God moved mightily to encourage Pharaoh to release them. Each time Pharaoh refused, God sent a plague. In total, ten plagues came upon the land of Egypt. The last came at the hands of God’s angel of death. It was his job to take the life of every firstborn of every household in the land.

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To protect the Israelite community, God told Moses to prepare them for this final plague. Each household (or group of 10 people or so) were instructed to choose a 1-year old unblemished male lamb on the 10th of the month, Nissan 10 on the Jewish calendar. They were to take care of it in their homes for four days. Then at twilight on Nissan 14, they were to sacrifice the lamb, roast it and eat it, however, not breaking any of its bones. Using a hyssop branch, they were to smear its blood on the top and sides of the doorposts of their homes. The angel of death would see the blood and “pass over” the household, not touching any person or animal inside. Exodus 12 tells the full story.

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Before daybreak there was a deep cry deep from within Egypt as discoveries were made of loved ones who had died in the night. Even Pharaoh’s son was dead. The Israelites’ presence had to be removed to get a reprieve from God.

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from Judea back to Jerusalem after 70 years of captivity in Babylon. However, the sacrificial system in place could only cover one’s sins, not remove them. That would take an intervention by God.

teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

Approximately 1300 years later, Jesus walked the earth. God in human form. His mission was to save the people from their sin, not condemn them. The apostle John wrote about a secret meeting with Nicodemus, a Jewish priest, Pharisee, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me and member of the Sanhedrin which was to proclaim good news to the poor. the Jewish ruling council. He was a man with great power and pubic respect. This He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight was the during the first Passover, early in for the blind, Jesus’ ministry while in Jerusalem. Yet, they were finally free from the to set the oppressed free, bondage of slavery. to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” For God so loved the world that he gave his one and (Luke 4:14-19 NIV) only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not The scroll Jesus read from was from perish but have eternal life. Isaiah 61, words written approximately For God did not send his Son 700 years earlier. Words put in Jesus’ into the world to condemn hands ‘coincidentally’ giving him the the world, but to save the platform to public state that he was the world through him. (John fulfillment of the scripture. That he was God. You might think that Jesus’ 3:16-17 NIV) community and neighbors would have Jesus explained the embraced him, devoted more so because concept of being “born they personally knew him. It was quite again” to Nicodemus. It is the opposite. hard not to wonder how “Israelites Leaving Egypt” Painting by David Robrts_1928 Jesus’ ministry might have All the people in the synagogue were furious been different if Nicodemus had taken when they heard this. They got up, drove Part 2 this message of hope and redemption him out of the town, and took him to the back to the other religious leaders. But, brow of the hill on which the town was Jesus had already alienated them by built, in order to throw him off the cliff. Through Jewish history that followed overturning the marketplace tables at the But he walked right through the crowd and that first Passover, religious law became temple. The religious leaders controlled went on his way. (Luke 4:28-30 NIV) corrupted amongst the priesthood. and gleaned much income from these Idolatry and sin consumed the people, mandatory feasts and festivals. But, not The people from Jesus’ hometown tried causing removal from their homeland this year. Jesus made sure of that. as punishment. God did restore the Jews to throw him off the cliff! They tried to kill him! This was the first attempt on After leaving Jerusalem, Jesus’ life. It wouldn’t be long until the he traveled back to religious leaders would follow suit. Galilee, north of Judea and Jerusalem. This is However, Jesus continued on in ministry. where Nazareth, Cana, Scripture tells us he was moved with and Capernaum (which compassion and healed those who were became his headquarters) sick or possessed by demons. In the were located. beginning there seemed to be genuine interest in this son of God and his power Jesus returned to Galilee over disease, death, and demons. He also in the power of the Spirit, had the authority to forgive sins. and news about him spread through the whole Some men brought to him a paralyzed countryside. He was man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their Jesus Heals Hurriedly, they were cast out that next morning, the Egyptians were fearful that they all would die. According to the Torah, 600,000 men, their wives, children, elders, livestock, flocks, and herds fled Egypt in the Exodus. They left so quickly, the yeast in their bread did not have a chance to rise before baking.

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faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!” (Matthew 9:2-3 NIV) His close followers early in ministry were Simon Peter, Andrew, James, John, and Matthew. It was sometime later during his first year when Jesus officially called the 12 disciples. The men were mostly Galilean. The only true Judean identified was Judas Iscariot. It is thought that he was made treasurer of the group because he had the highest level of education. Immediately after calling them together, Jesus began teaching what we know as the “Sermon on the Mount.” This was actually a “train the trainer” session, explaining Kingdom of Heaven principals to these newly appointed “missionariesin-training.” The future of Christ’s teachings was in their hands. There were many lessons to learn. Everywhere Jesus went, people surrounded him looking for another miracle or healing to be performed. His reputation preceded him. Sadly, the excitement wasn’t always faith filled fervor, but what seemed to be mere spectacular, magical entertainment. Sure, people did experience true healings, and some followers were authentic. Religious leaders were always in the crowd, baiting and debating him. They finally became so enraged, they wanted him dead. They approached the Romans who were in control of the government for support in their plans. Jesus avoided being taken into custody until he knew his time had arrived. To accomplish his mission to remove sin from his people, he had to become the sacrifice. Covenants were made with the shedding of blood. His was to be the final sacrifice. Three years later, again at Passover, Jesus enters Jerusalem to fulfill his earthly purpose, to die on the cross as the substitute for our sin. Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. (John 13:1)

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Part 3 We come to Jesus’ final Passover meal on earth in a borrowed dining hall above someone’s residence. He is surrounded by his twelve disciples, reclining at the table, John to his right and Judas to his left. Both were places of honor chosen by the host. There is no mention of anyone else, no other followers and no women. All four gospel writers have given us glimpses of conversations and events of that evening, although, not necessarily chronologically. We do, however, have the foundation of the Jewish seder format which may give us some insight to follow. From scripture we do know there was a foot washing, the betrayal by Judas, an argument among the disciples, and a new covenant implemented by Jesus that very night. The Passover was meant as a two-fold remembrance. First, the people of the land of Israel remember their hardship of slavery. Secondly, they remember how good God is/was as he chose to deliver them out of bondage. These remembrances have continued for over 3,000 years, generation to generation. The prayers and interpretations that follow come from modern day writings. We can presume they closely align with the ancient traditions. This night, according to scripture, Jesus was troubled (John 13:21), yet he told his disciples he had been eagerly awaiting that evening to have this special meal with them (Luke 22:15). Jesus knew there were only a few hours left before he would be arrested and executed. He also held the knowledge and secret that his arrest would come by the betrayal of one of their closest friends, one of the disciples, Judas Iscariot.

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Today, the feast begins with the lighting of candles. In the days of Jesus, oil lamps were used as the sources of light at night. There are traditional food items in the Passover meal. To properly prepare, you would gather red wine, a green vegetable (parsley or romaine lettuce are commonly used today), saltwater, unleavened bread (matzah), a bitter herb such as horseradish, apples, nuts, lamb, a shank bone, and a roasted/hard-boiled egg. “That same night [original Passover] they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast. 9 Do not eat the meat raw or boiled in water, but roast it over a fire.” (Exodus 12:8-9 NIV) Step 1. Kadesh (Separate) The celebration ritual begins with blessing the first of four cups of wine. This is to sanctify God’s holy name and separate the good from the bad. The prayer begins, with the cup of wine held up in the right hand: Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who creates the fruit of the vine. We thank you God for giving us the gift of Festivals for joy and holidays for happiness, among them this day of Passover, the festival of our liberation, a day of sacred assembly recalling the Exodus from Egypt. Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has kept us in life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this season. The disciples would have known each word, perhaps silently reciting them in unison. From a young age all boys and girls memorized the Torah, the first 5 books of the Old Testament. Boys would continue with their studies while the girls worked in the home.

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2. Ur’chatz (Cleanse) Then came the washing of hands. Purity was important to the Jewish people, inside and out. Before the actual feast (sometimes a few days before) it was customary for each person to fully immerse and bathe. Many had traveled distances and were visibly worn and dirty. It is easy for us to realize how important the washing of hands was, especially because people ate with their hands. There were no modern-day forks or spoons. “Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who creates the fruit of the earth.”

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“This is the bread of affliction our ancestors ate in the land of Egypt. As we go through the seder, the bread will be transformed. It will cease to be the bread of affliction and it will become the bread of hope, courage, faith and possibility...” We don't know if there was a special tradition of breaking bread in Jesus’ day. We do know it was broken and blessed. In today’s Passover meal, three matzahs are layered, the middle is broken in half. One of the halves is put back with the stack and placed on a plate while the other is put in a napkin as the Afikomen (dessert) and set aside for later in the meal. So far, there has been the blessing over the first cup of wine, the washing of hands, the bitter herbs in saltwater, and the breaking of bread. It would seem as if it’s time to begin eating the meal, but not yet. Next, it is time to tell the story. 5. Maggid (Reciting the Hagaddah)

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3. Karpas (Get Unstuck) Next, the symbolism began. Each person would dip a green vegetable into saltwater and eat it. In today’s seder events, parsley is generally used to symbolize spring and the newness of hope, much like the new life given to the Israelites when they left Egypt. Some say the parsley also points to the hyssop used to paint the sacrificed lamb’s blood on the doorposts of the ancient Israelites homes in Egypt the night of the first Passover. Saltwater represents the tears shed of those who lived in slavery. “Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who creates the fruit of the earth.” 4. Yachatz (Open Your Spirit) The breaking of the bread comes next. Matzah is used today – it’s similar to a large cracker that represents the bread with no yeast, or unleavened bread. Page 24 | March/April 2020

For the Jewish people, this is a story that will never be forgotten. Oral tales and traditions are passed down through the generations. This part of the Passover celebration is scripted as such to have great interaction with the children, the elders, and all guests. Everyone takes part in sharing the story. There was only Jesus and his twelve disciples during his last Passover meal. I can imagine each of the twelve reciting their portion, eyes closed in remembrance. Oil lamps flickering. Only the sounds of their voices. One might have begun by telling the story of Joseph and how he came into the good graces of Pharaoh. The next could have talked about Abraham and his sons reuniting with Joseph and the protection provided them for a season. Then another may have transitioned to the hardship as slavery was enforced. While another would have sung the words of Moses, “Let my people go!” Yet, another may have listed the

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10 plagues, ending with the death of the first born. Round the table the story would have flowed… continuing with Pharaoh urgently ushering them out of Egypt, only to have another disciple remember the parting of the Red Sea for the Israelites safe passage. While the next disciple would be excited to interrupt to exclaim how the Egyptian army was swallowed up by the sea! 6. Rahtzah (Prepare) By now, hearts would become nostalgic, yet victorious. Full of hope. Tracing God’s divine provision and restoration was meant to build up all who were a part. It was again time to wash their hands. This time not for cleansing, but for preparation of the meal. It was generally performed by pouring water over each hand, one at a time, over a basin to catch the water. “Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with His laws and commanded us to wash our hands.” This may be where Jesus changed the script and their meal took a different direction. Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. (John 13:3-5 ESV)

This was definitely not part of the Passover seder. The disciples intimately knew each word of every prayer and component… It was tradition after all! Foot washing was servant’s work, or a child of the household. It was clearly not for the host to perform for his guests. Yet, here was Jesus, kneeling before each one. Even though they had probably ceremonially washed within the last couple of days, their feet would have been grimy from walking through the streets of Jerusalem. Jesus removed each man’s sandals and gently poured water over each foot, rubbing off the filth of the earth. The disciples were in disbelief and confused.

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not everyone was clean because there were still more disciples’ feet to wash. But, no matter how clean Judas’ feet were when Jesus was finished washing them, his heart was dark and full of deceit. His heart was not pure.

He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” (John 13:6-8 ESV) Jesus knew he was about to implement His new covenant. The disciples had to be completely clean on the outside and completely pure on the inside to receive what they were going to be given. There was a somberness in Jesus’ actions and words. He had told the disciples many times that he was going to be handed over to the religious leaders and be put to death. Yet, they still didn’t comprehend what they had been told and how little time he had left. The washing of one’s feet rather than one’s hands seemed unsettling to Peter. And to have his Lord washing him like a lowly servant seemed embarrassing. Jesus assured him that it was necessary. Peter was then ‘all in!’ Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean… (John 13:9-10 ESV) But then, Jesus changed the subject as he finished his sentence to Peter. … but not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean.” (John 13:10-11 ESV) Jesus washed the feet of his twelve disciples. Even the feet of his betrayer Judas. Jesus’ comment may have been interpreted that

When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. (John 13:12-16 ESV) After Jesus finished washing the disciples’ feet, he resumed his place at the table, reclining between John and Judas. After emphasizing the importance of what he had just done, it was time for the Passover celebration and meal to continue. 7. Motzi (Blessing before the Seder Meal Reciting the Blessing) “Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who brings bread from the earth.” In Jewish culture, a true meal was served with bread. A blessing over the bread served as a blessing over the whole meal.

“Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with His laws and commanded us to eat bitter herbs.” 10. Korech (Bitter Sweet - Eating Marror and Charoset with Bread) Next the Marror, or bitter herbs, are eaten. Generally, this is a small amount of horseradish, about the size of an olive. This symbolizes the bitterness of slavery. You can dip it in charoset, a traditional mixture of apples, nuts, and other sweet ingredients. This charoset is to symbolize the mortar used when building with bricks. In modern day Passover celebrations, sandwiches can be made using matzah and these ingredients. In the days of Jesus, people would dip their unleavened bread into a bowl containing these mixtures. As we go back to Jesus’ Passover meal and what scripture tells us, we can trace the conversation. Remember, he is between John who is on his right, and Judas who is on his left. Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me—one who is eating with me.” They were saddened, and one by one they said to him, “Surely you don’t mean me?” (Combined Matthew 26:21-22 NIV Mark 14:18-19 NIV)

His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant. One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, “Ask him which one he means.” Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped

8. Matzah (Reciting the Blessing) “Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with His laws and commanded us to eat matzah.” The meal officially begins now that the participants are able to eat bread. 9. Maror (Pain of Growth Blessing the Bitter Herbs)

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it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, estimate) Jesus broke the bread and began he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. speaking the New Covenant into existence. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and into him. (John 13:22-27 NIV) when he had given thanks, he broke it and Can’t you just see Jesus speaking in a loud gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; whisper to John? He seemed to trust John this is my body.” (Matthew 26:26) with the secret, but did not alert anyone While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and else who the traitor was. He dipped his when he had given thanks, he broke it and bread into the bowl he shared with Judas gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is and offered it to him. my body.” (Mark 14:22) Then Judas, the one who would betray him, And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?” and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body Jesus answered, “You have said so.” (Matthew given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 26:25 NIV)

The disciples would have picked up quickly on this deviation from the normal prayers! Their minds may have quickly gone back to the time just after Jesus fed the 5,000. The crowd had become a mob, demanding that Jesus become their earthly king. Afterall, he was the promised Redeemer. The Jewish people were looking for a king to overthrow the oppressive Roman government. The mob wanted Jesus to continue to feed and take care of them, much like God the Father had fed their ancestors when they were wandering in the desert after fleeing Egypt.

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Jesus began talking about eating his flesh and drinking his blood then. It seemed cannibalistic, and certainly against Levitical law. They were not to eat any human flesh! This deviation from tradition may have been startling, yet, like before, they remained loyal without objection.

So Jesus told him, “What you are about to do, do quickly.” (John 13:27b)

But no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him. Since Judas had charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the festival, or to give something to the poor. As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night. (John

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11. Shulchan Orech (Dinner is Served)

13. Barech (Grace after the Meal)

The cup of wine is refilled, and now the The main meal is eaten leisurely and third cup is presented. conversation generally flows easily. But, these were some of the last hours Jesus Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the would have to pour into his beloved friends. Universe, who sustains the entire world with goodness, grace, loving kindness, and 12. Afikomen (Desert Matzah) compassion. He gives bread to all, for His This is the matzah that was hidden in a grace is everlasting. napkin at the beginning of the celebration. When children are part of the meal, as a game, they are encouraged to find it. It signifies the search for the next coming of Elijah. When the matzah is found, it is eaten as a dessert.

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Instead of Jesus reciting this prayer immediately following the breaking of the final bread, he raises his cup. Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” (Blended Matthew

We are now coming to the end of the meal. With unleavened bread in hand, Jesus began to speak and changed the course of God, faith, salvation, and the forgiveness of sins. This is when (in my very humble 26:27-29, Mark 14:24-25, Luke 22:20) Page 26 | March/April 2020

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I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. (John 6:48-54)

Aware that his disciples [the crowd of followers] were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you? Then what if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts

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for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life. Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.” From this time many of his disciples [the crowd of followers]turned back and no longer followed him. “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.” (John

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Conclusion After the prayers, blessings, and remembrances of how God brought them through hardship, Jesus gave us all new prayers, blessings, and remembrances. Our hearts are to be pure when coming before him and taking part of the holy sacrament of communion. By taking the elements of bread and wine (wafer and grape juice), we are confirming our belief and relationship with him. Jesus was the final sacrifice. What do you believe? What is the condition of your heart? Have you given Jesus your trust and given him permission to be the Lord of your life? You can start today, right now by saying this prayer. Lord Jesus, I have sinned against you and the Father. I have not lived by your principals or followed your will. I am truly sorry and I humbly repent. I will turn from my ways of wickedness to follow you. Please, come into my life and into my heart. I give you permission to lead me and guide me all the days of my life. Thank you for giving your life for mine. Thank you for the promise of an eternal life with you. I am yours forever. Amen.

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Using a sharp knife, slice each egg in half lengthwise.Gently remove the yolks and place them in a medium bowl. Arrange the egg white halves on a serving plateMash the egg yolks well with a fork. Add the guacamole and keep mashing and mixing until smooth.Spoon the guacamole/yolk mixture into the egg white halves, or use a spatula to transfer the mixture to a Ziploc bag, snip off the corner and pipe the yolk mixture into the egg white halves. Dust the guacamole deviled eggs with paprika and serve. healthyrecipesblogs.com

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INGREDIENTS • 4 pieces (1 pound, total) boneless, skinless chicken breasts • 1/3 cup coconut flour • 1tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

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Prepare mixture of coconut flour plus lemon-pepper seasoning in a shallow dish; set aside. Cut chicken breasts in half to create 2 thinner breasts from one chicken breast. You should have a total of 8 chicken pieces that are around a 1/4-inch-thick. Set a large skillet over medium-high heat with oil. Toss chicken breasts in the lemon pepper mixture and add chicken to the hot oil; cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until cooked through. Cook time depends on the size of the chicken breasts. Also, depending on the size of your skillet, you may have to fry chicken in batches. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside on a plate. Return skillet to heat; add butter and garlic, then deglaze pan with chicken broth. Stir in lemon juice and bring to a boil. Let cook for about 3 minutes, or until sauce has reduced and slightly thickened. Add remaining butter and let melt through. Return chicken to skillet and cook for 1 minute, or until heated through. Remove from heat and serve with sauce.

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•1/2 lemon •3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil •Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper

Toss carrots, onion, and herbs in a medium bowl to combine. Finely grate zest from lemon over salad, then cut lemon in half and squeeze juice over. Drizzle with oil, season with salt and pepper, and toss again to coat. bonappetit.com

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