Saturday, March 28, 2009

Busy weekend!!!!

It has been a very busy time as it seems so much in the ministry has been going on. It all is good stuff and I want to write about it and post pictures but I am tired so I will just post some pictures and write more when I have time. We had a Mother/Daughter Banquet last night, a robotics competition involving one of our grandsons today and a potluck dinner at a missionaries home tonight. Didn't take any pictures at the potluck but will post about the evening later. So here's a small sample of some pictures of the banquet. The theme was quilts... God's beautiful design.


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Peruvian Restaurant Experience

In one of my earlier posts I told about the homeschooling group that had a geography party on Peru. So thought you would like to see today's post and the real stuff!
Today the homeschooling group along with some family members visited a Peruvian restaurant and ate many of their tasty dishes which were explained to us. I tried writing dish names down but it was a losing battle. I liked the food and I think we all had a very nice dining experience. If I had to do it over again I would not have tasted the green "get the fire extinguisher" mushy stuff. Can a certain food burn a hole in one's stomach? Just wondering...

Many thanks to the Mom who organized the Peru theme. You did great, Mary!!

The Restaurant!

Congregating outside.

We had a good size group.

Come on in!

One of our own young men as the doorman.

One of our servers.

One view of the adult table.

Another view of the adult table.

Tasty roasted corn kernels in the bowl. Killer green stuff in the smaller bowl!

Food explanations... my ears did pick up on a familiar food... rotisserie chicken.

Help yourself!!

My dish of tasty foods...I gave up keeping track of what was what :)

What do you think kids?

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Peru Geography Party

The homeschooling group our grandchildren are part of has a very unique way of learning about different countries. Periodically the families come together for a time of trying some of the foods of that country and give reports on what they have learned about that country. Many of the families do skits on the countries which prove to be entertaining and informative. This approach helps the children to grow in their ability to be in front of an audience. A good time is had by all. Even the adults come away learning something :)

The food tasting time starts the Geography party,actually the samples were delicious.

Not quite sure about taste testing Peru cuisine...American made of course :)

Fun learning in the Peru "Rain" Forest! A magnificent artistic background creation.

This little one is encouraged to get involved, too!

Welcome to Iron Chef America or is it Iron Chef Peru???

THE CHALLENGE: Peru Purple Potatoes! They really are purple and taste like potatoes.

The cooking competition begins and things heat up in the "kitchen" while the MC talks to the audience.

There were two judges,one serious judge not so serious :)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Loving Thy Neighbor

Two of our grandchildren spent the night recently and while they were here we made some cookies to share with a friend who is also our neighbor. When we delivered them he invited us in. What a great time we had visiting with him. What a blessing he is and very interesting! He makes loving thy neighbor very easy! (Oh and we had plenty of cookies for us to eat too :)


Making up a card to go with the cookies.

The oatmeal raisin cookies are ready to be baked!

The cookies are finally done, a total of 79!

We were the ones blessed spending time with such a Godly man of faith.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Good Eatin'

Tonight 19 hungry people from our Sunday School class came out for one of our class activities which was a dinner at Koto's Japanese Steakhouse. The chefs were excellent and so was the food. We also had some good fellowship. Before you knew it our time there was over but we still have tomorrow morning to come together and worship the Lord together in our class. We are such a blessed people!

One side of our group waiting for the show to begin...
And the other side of our group waiting for the show to begin!

Manuel sure had those chopsticks flying... something tells me this wasn't his first time using them:)

A masterful creation by our chef warmed things up instantly.

PJ enjoying his birthday dessert after being serenaded by the servers...(he earned it!)

Thursday, March 12, 2009


Be Strong and of a Good Courage

As a young boy I had few fears. I suppose it’s because of my personality. I was, and still am, the kind of person who likes to watch a good thunderstorm. Sometimes my lack of fear has been foolish, and I have placed myself in needless danger as a result. All fear isn’t bad. In fact, the right kind of fear is the beginning of wisdom. I remember often playing on a rail road trestle as a young boy with very little fear of the trains because I grew up close to the tracks. In my little boy mind, nothing could hurt me and I could conquer the world. Some have told me it has something to do with being first born and having red hair.

As a high school graduate I entered the Army National Guard and headed for basic training at Fort Bliss Texas. Now as a “man,” I found the world could be a scary place. This came as a big surprise to a “no-fear” kid! There were all of a sudden, many things that scared me. I was scared at the possiblity of going to Vietnam. I was sacred of my drill instructors. I was scared of all the poisonous snakes in the Texas desert. I was scared of the telephone poles I had to climb. (I was a lineman in the army) Yes, life is full of experiences that can cause us to be fearful.

Having pastored now for nearly twenty-two years, I have seen fear paralyze potential in people God could have used in greater ways. I’ve watched fear ruin relationships, hinder happiness, and sabotage success. The fear that keeps us from doing the will of God is a tool in Satan’s hand against us. The Bible is full of “fear nots.” There are enough “fear nots” in the Bible for you to have a different one each day of the year.

Yet at the same time, like me as a little boy, we often are not fearful of that which we should be. I should fear sin and situations that put me in the place of temptation. It seems for me that it is very easy to respond to fear and run from God’s revealed will when I should walk in obedient faith. And inversely it is very easy to play with temptation when I should flee even the appearance to evil. We as God’s people should be desperate to to know the difference between the two and always seek to “Be strong and of a good courage.” Anything less is to walk in unbelief.

We are currently in a series called “Be Strong and of a good courage which will be especially helpful for all those who hate it when you hear that strange sound in the night and wish you had a well-trained police dog sleeping by your side.  On Sunday, Lord willing, we will again examine the pillars of truth found in Joshua 1:5, 9 and compare them to the pillars of truth found in Isaiah 41:10. If you are reading this and you can be with us Sunday I would encourage you to read and mediate upon Joshua 1 and Isaiah 41. In the specfic verses I mentioned look for the five pillars in each text that give us reason to always “Be strong and of a good courage.”


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Shoppers... Start Your Engines!

Today I had the pleasure of shopping with a friend I had never shopped with before. My shopping reputation is such that it might scare the novice shopper away. I really, really like to shop but I like to shop my way. I like to take a long time looking things over. Clothes are my main thing to look at and it doesn't matter if I'm looking at my size clothes rack, if it catches my eye and I like it enough then I'll look for it in my size unless at that point I find something else to look at. And the scenario goes on and on. I also like to look at home decorating items. I am a tactile person so touching alot of these items is important too. I am not a "shoe" person like my husband (he said I could mention that) when we go to outlets he really likes to check the shoes out. Speaking about my husband... he has been very compassionate and lets me do alot of shopping. He will usually sit on a bench and read or check stuff on his phone. He even knows which malls have the best seats. He recommends the padded seats in the Four Seasons Mall in Salem, NC:) I know I can drive a "hunting" type shopper crazy. Well, I found out my friend is alot like me, looking for deals, using coupons, zigzagging from one area to another. It was great! I found another shopping buddy and you can see by the picture we were still smiling after we finished. She wins the shopping title today but that's ok, as long as there are malls there will be another reason to rev up my shopping engine another day.


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Golden Friends

Do you remember the little song "Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other's gold"? Well, we had a former church family drop in our morning service that we hadn't seen in a few years. It was so good to see them. They looked great and seemed to be doing fine. They didn't stay long but long enough to get caught up on what's been happening. That is one of the blessings of the Body of Christ... you can drop in for a visit after not seeing each other for a while and continue where you had left off. In my husband's recent post he wrote about the importance of the church. Church attendance is so important. If I had not been in church last Sunday I would have missed a blessing of being edified as it says in Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Thanks for taking the time for a golden visit, friends!


Sunday, March 8, 2009

New Light Post Installed

Back in February our wooden light post had been blown over by gusty winds. It was amazing how dark it was at night without that light source. Last week it was replaced much to our delight.
You can see by the pictures how much it resembles a cross. In a way it is a good reminder that Jesus who died on an old rugged cross is our Source of light... The Light of the world.

Our grandaughter Ashley sang The Old Rugged Cross in church and if you would like to hear it you can go to: then click on Schnarr Family Music and select the song.


Friday, March 6, 2009

Spring Forward!

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Cor. 5:17

Do you think it’s a coincidence that Spring and Easter are the same time of year? I don’t. Being from Yankee Land I have always looked forward to spring. After the cold, dark and drab months of winter the first signs of spring always bring excitement and hope. When the crocuses or daffodils peak their heads out and the days begin to warm it seems like everyone’s attitude takes a leap forward. The first sign of a Robin or the sudden frantic building of the birds nests all tells us something is about to change. And now sooner than what it used to be comes that time when we move our clocks ahead one hour. We call it “spring forward.” We may complain about losing a little sleep but honestly for most of us we love to see that day come. The blessing of extra daylight in the evening and the sure sign that summer is just around the corner overshadows any inconvenience.

I spent about nearly twenty seven years in a spiritual winter state. I was cold, dark and dead. In that season a man who was concerned for my soul asked me about my spiritual condition. It was very convicting and it caused me to “shiver with conviction.” He also shared with me how he had passed from Winter to Spring and that it had changed everything in his life. He urged me to turn from death and choose life. He was used of God to make the message of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ come alive in my heart. Soon after he spoke with me I humbled myself before the Lord of Heaven and earth. I bowed both my knee and my heart. I sought His forgiveness, begged His mercy and committed to give Him first place in my life for the rest of my life. By faith that day I turned from Winter to Spring, and from self to the Savior. And by the power of the gospel I had a “Spring Forward” experience.

Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead Saturday night before you go to bed (Spring Forward) so you don’t miss Sunday school or be late for church. And don’t forget to regularly share the “good news” so others hearing the gospel have an opportunity to “spring forward” by the power of that gospel.

PB & J


In 1982 a local Independent Baptist church had members stop by our house and invite Judy and me to their services. That first visit was very brief but it led to us being baptized and then discipled into usable servants. It was through a church that we learned how to share our faith, study our Bibles and pray. Because of a faithful church we were given a “world vision” and came to the point where missions became part of our heartbeat. The church helped us train, educate, make and mold our children for the master’s use. A church now is doing the same things for our grandchildren. Our church family has lifted when we were down, celebrated with us during our victories and loved us to a greater degree than we ever imagined possible. It was in a church that I first developed the desire to preach and teach the Word of God. My children met their life mates and were married in a church. The pastors and teachers of the two churches that have impacted our lives have been used by God to mold us into the people you now know. Pastor Dickerson helped establish us in the faith and got us grounded in the Word of God such that a degree of spiritual maturity began to blossom. Then Pastor Alley picked up the ball and was used of the Lord to grow us into useful servants for the Lord. Pastor Ferrell is now being used by the Lord to take us “unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” This growth and eventual maturity all occurs within the context of church.

I have had the privilege of baptizing believers including grandchildren in a church. We have centered our lives around a church. One-day, If Jesus tarries his coming, others will celebrate my home going in a church. Many of you can give a similar testimony of the importance and impact a church had upon your life.

As I thought about my church experiences I was very grateful for my first pastor who taught me the importance of having a good solid Bible believing church as your home base and then building your life around it. I say all that because I’m concerned we have lost the importance in our culture of the local New Testament church. I’m a flag waving American, but the hope of the world is not found in America but the church. Christians should be salt and light in our government and in the political structures of our day but government is not the hope for the world. I believe we should be good citizens and help out in our communities in different worthy organizations. But all these various service organizations will not meet the real need of the human heart. That is the message of the church the life transforming gospel of Jesus Christ. I have given my life to investing in a church, because a church is the body of Christ of which He is the head. It’s His church He has chosen to communicate His gospel through to a lost and dying world. It is His church that He has promised to build and the demons of hell have no power or authority against it. And it is His church that He will come back for in a moment, a twinkling of the eye. It’s His church that He will present spotless without blemish in that great day. Yes, my friends, it will be His church, The Bride of Christ, that He will sit down and fellowship with at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. And it will be His church that will return with Him in power and great glory.

When He takes His church so seriously why is it that we are tempted to take it so lightly? I hope you will recommit to being a committed member in your local church. Participating faithfully in its ministry and being consistently under the teaching ministry of your pastor(s) who labor in the Word to equip you for the work of the ministry for the edifying of the body.

PB & J

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Snow Stories Continue

Due to the recent snow we received this weekend our son Scott, daughter-in -love Vicky, grandson Scottie and granddaughter Lacey and her gerbil, Sammy stayed with us because they lost their power. It was getting pretty cold at their house with just a kerosene heater running so we opened our home to them. Yesterday's post was about them sledding. Later that day Lacey and I made a dessert together. We had fun making a new recipe I had found on another blog:


The recipe is called "Banana Cream Mousse Dessert" and was modified to use most fat free ingredients. The picture caught my eye and I really wanted to make that dessert. Since Lacey was staying with us I thought it would be a perfect time to make it. A picture is worth a thousand words so I will just post the pictures. Enjoy!!