Daily Archives: November 2, 2012

Porter House Frito Chili Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 package McCormick Mild Chili Seasoning Mix
  • 1 (26 – 28 ounce) can of Rotel diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (26 – 28 ounce) can of tomato sauce
  • 1 (8 ounce) can seasoned black beans, drained
  • 1 (8 ounce) can mild chili beans, undrained
  • Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder & Onion Powder
  • Toppings (Fritos, shredded cheese, chopped onions and sour cream)

Instructions

1. Season ground meat with salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder. Brown meat in large pot on medium-high heat. Drain fat. Return drained meat back to pot and add chili seasoning. Stir to coat meat evenly.

2. Stir in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and beans. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer for 15 – 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve with assorted toppings.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Three 14-ounce cans chicken broth
  • 4 cups half-and-half
  • One 10.75-ounce can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup prepared salsa, mild or spicy
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, boiled, drained and shredded
  • One 15-ounce can black beans, drained
  • One 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained
  • One 15-ounce can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • One 1.27-ounce packet fajita seasoning
  • One 16-ounce bag tortilla chips
  • 8 ounces Monterey Jack, grated
  • 8 ounces sharp Cheddar, grated
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Directions

1. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the garlic and the onion and saute until softened, 5 minutes. Add the flour and stir well, cooking for 1 minute more. Add the broth and the half-and-half. Stir in the cream of chicken soup, salsa, chicken, beans, corn, cumin and fajita seasoning. Continue to simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.

2. Crumble the tortilla chips into individual bowls and top with a ladle of soup. Sprinkle each serving with cheese and add a dollop of sour cream.

3. Serve & Enjoy!

Recipe Adapted From: Trisha Yearwood Southern Kitchen

Our Daily Bread – Wake-Up Call

Read: 1 Peter 5:1-9

One early autumn morning as I drove to work in the dark, I was startled by a flash of brown in my headlights followed by the sound of something hitting the front of my car. I had clipped a deer at 70 miles per hour! It was only a glancing blow, and no damage was done to my car (or the deer, as far as I could tell), but it really shook me up. I had been in my usual “autopilot mode” for the familiar drive to the office, but the shock of the incident certainly got my attention. I was now fully alert and trying to calm a racing heartbeat. It was a most unpleasant wake-up call.

The apostle Peter offers us a different kind of wake-up call—one that while unpleasant is necessary. He alerts us to a spiritual battle we are engaged in with a powerful enemy. Peter warns, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). This is a call to wake up, see the danger, and be ready for his attack!

Only when we are aware of the danger that faces us every day will we consciously seek the help we need. And only if we are on the alert will we lean on the strength of our Lord, who is greater than our spiritual enemy.

Though evil may surround us,
We need not fear defeat;
For when God fights the battle,
Our enemies retreat. —Sper
The Christian life is a battleground.

Drive Fear Away

Posted by Victoria Osteen on 10/30/2012

Oftentimes, people stay right where they are in life for one reason—fear. Fear can be paralyzing. It tries to keep us from God’s best. It prevents us from growing and stretching the way God intends. Like a disease, fear in one area can spread and affect every other area of life.

The good news is that we don’t have to live in fear. We don’t have to let it weigh us down or hold us back. As believers in Jesus, we have victory over fear! Scripture tells us that fear isn’t from God. In fact, He makes it very clear in 2 Timothy that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but He has given us a spirit of power, love and a sound mind. The spirit of fear is what the enemy uses to distort reality and try to keep us from moving forward. That’s why we have to pull back the curtain of fear and see it for what it really is—a lie from the enemy designed to hold us back.

You may have heard it said that fear is an acronym for False Evidence Appearing Real. If we can recognize the root of fear as a lie, then we can reject it and embrace the truth of God’s Word which sets us free from fear. (John 8:32)

For example, if you avoid trying something new because of a fear of failure, reject that lie and embrace the truth that says, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13) If fear of the future keeps you anxious and worried, know that it’s a lie. Reject the lie and embrace His truth by declaring, “God has a good plan for my future, a plan to prosper me and give me hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11) Find what God says about your situation in the Word of God, read it, meditate on it, declare it, and let it sink down into your heart. The truth of God’s Word will set you free and empower you to move forward past the lie of fear.

Remember, ultimately, scripture tells us that God’s perfect love drives fear out of our lives. When you embrace the truth of God’s love for you, nothing can hold you back! Today, receive His love and let it empower you. Let His love give you confidence. Find safety, peace and joy in His love because when you do, you drive fear away!

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18, NKJV)

Copyright © 2012 Joel Osteen Ministries

You Can Do What God Has Called You to Do

by Joyce Meyer – posted November 02, 2012

I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power. —Philippians 4:13 (TLB)
Recently I saw a sign on a church that said, “Trust in God, believe in yourself, and you can do anything.” That is not correct.

There was a time in my life when I would have seen that sign and said, “Amen!” But not anymore. You and I really cannot do anything we want to do. We cannot do anything or everything that everyone else is doing. But we can do everything God has called us to do. And we can be anything God says we can be.

We must get balance in this area. We can go to motivational seminars and be told with a lot of emotional hype, “You can do anything. Think you can do it; believe you can do it; say you can do it—and you can do it!” That is true only to a degree. Carried too far, it gets off into humanism. We need to speak about ourselves what the Word says about us.

We can do what we are called to do, what we are gifted to do. There are ways we can learn to recognize the grace gifts that are on our lives.

I have learned this regarding myself: when I start getting frustrated, I know it is a sign that either I have gotten off into my own works and am no longer receiving God’s grace, or I am trying to do something for which there was no grace to begin with.


From the book New Day, New You by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2006 by Joyce Meyer. Published by InProv. All rights reserved.