Missing Out on Chicken and Tomato Biscuit?

Sitting in a Southern restaurant wondering why the staff hasn’t heard of a chicken and tomato biscuit with mayonnaise.

Grilled chicken is especially delicious when placed inside a freshly baked biscuit.
Grilled chicken is especially delicious when placed inside a freshly baked tomato biscuit. (Photo from Pixabay courtesy of Pexels.)

Does the staff realize what they’ve been missing? 

Everyone should have the opportunity to devour one of these at least once in their lifetime.

Summertime invokes the desire for a fresh slice of tomato on every sandwich.  That is, if the tomato is freshly picked from the garden.  Who cares for an unripe tomato — unless they’re fried, of course.

We wonder about people who don’t know about things we suppose they should know. Yet, how can they know if no one has told them?

Nothing like making your own fresh biscuits. (Photo courtesy of Pexels.)
Nothing like making your own fresh tomato biscuits. (Photo courtesy of Pexels.)

Let me introduce you to the chicken and tomato biscuit. 

Cut a freshly baked biscuit in half.  Slather each half with your favorite mayonnaise.

Don’t forget the tomato!

Slice a ripe tomato.  Place one or two slices on the biscuit.  Salt and pepper if you like.

Add a piece of chicken, and wallah, you’re in for a treat.

Have a napkin handy.

Slices of ripe tomato taste delicious on any sandwich.
Sliced tomato ready for making your chicken and tomato biscuit.

Something else you may be missing

While we’re enjoying our biscuits, let me introduce you to something even more wonderful.

I forget how many people don’t know about it. Yet, I am reminded that people are ignorant of the knowledge of this.  They don’t know that they are kept from this because of their lack of understanding.

Why do they not understand?  Is it because they haven’t been told?
How can anyone partake of something to which they have never been exposed?

Let me introduce you to Truth

Let me introduce you to Truth.  Truth is a living eternally-existent Being.

In Truth resides all truth.  When someone does not know Truth, they do not realize Who they are missing.

Some people simply do not understand that they are alienated or separated from the eternal life that resides in Truth.

Who wouldn’t want to know Truth?
Who wouldn’t want to partake of the eternal life that resides in Him?

Know Truth

To know Truth is to be set free.

In fact, knowing Truth sets a person free from the blindness of his or her heart (John 8:32).

Truth then sends His Spirit to guide that person into all truth (John 16:13).  Everyone who knows Truth hears His voice of truth as it is spoken unto them (John 18:37b).

Find Truth

Where can truth be found?  Truth is found in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 4:21).

All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge reside in Christ (Colossians 2:3).  The great wonder is that He wants us to partake of those treasures.

Just as that chicken and tomato biscuit fills the longing in our hungry stomachs, Truth fills the longing in our hungry hearts.

Don’t miss Truth by not knowing Truth

Just ask Truth to fill you with truth.  He will remove any blindness in your heart, and you will no longer be alienated from the life that is found only in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 4:18).

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

By the way, I hope you enjoyed your chicken and tomato biscuit.  Invite Jesus to eat the next one with you.

©2018 by Peggy Clark

 

 

 

 

Confronting Cultures of Darkness

Confronting Cultures of Darkness

The thought processes within a particular group of people control the direction in which that particular group or society continues. Although outside factors may influence one’s thinking, every person has the ability to choose the direction his life will take. His lifestyle is just an outward expression of what resides in his heart.

“For as [man] thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Prov. 23:7).

Outward expressions of man’s heart is seen in his artistic, musical, architectural, philosophical, and scholastic tastes and achievements (or lack thereof).

Past societies are known by their cultural achievements. Some societies have given mankind a better way of living than was previously known. Others, however, have left destruction and decay in their aftermath.

In order for mankind to be able to change the culture into a “kinder, gentler” one, mankind must be willing to look into his heart and see the darkness that dwells there. He must be willing to allow the Light of God’s Word to enter in and enlighten him into what is possible when he yields to the precepts set in God’s Word. As he ceases to be conformed to the darkness of this world and yields to the transforming power of God’s Word, he begins to realize that his life has purpose and meaning.

That purpose is to glorify God and influence with godly seed the society or culture of which he is a part. The biblicly-enlightened man is to influence society, but he can only do this if his foundation is firmly established. Otherwise, he will be influenced by the society around him.

A look through the eyes of history will show how societies rise or fall, how their thinking processes dictate their treatment of others, and how their peoples prosper or suffer great cruelty under their governmental leaders.

There are marked differences between those societies and governments who allow the absolutes of God’s Word to influence their decisions and those who turn away from or neglect the absolutes of God’s Word.

How do we confront the culture of darkness for the betterment of mankind?

It may seem like a lost cause for a man to think that he is able to turn a society from the path of darkness and chaos. However, light penetrates the darkness no matter how small that light is.

Individuals with vision have changed the course of history. That course, however, has been determined by those individual’s worldviews. Whether a godly worldview or a humanistic, man-centered worldview, individuals have had great influence on the society around them.

Jesus, as an individual, exerted such a profound influence over His disciples that it was told that they “turned the world upside down.” These men stood strong in their determination to spread the gospel. Although highly persecuted, their stand for the gospel has influenced mankind ever since.

Paul was used mightily by God in confronting the evil in his day. Since his time, many other men and women have had a profound impact on their societies: Jonathan Edwards, George Washington, James Madison, Billy Sunday, Dwight Moody, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Clara Barton, etc.

We also remember others who have had great influence on their societies: Stalin, Lenin, Hitler, Huxley, Kant, Darwin, and Marx.

The above individuals’ influences have continued to impact societies today. Some for good, some for evil.

However, as individuals, we also have an influence for good or evil in our society. So, how, as individuals, can we confront the evil of this world? How can we make an impact that leaves society better for our having existed on this earth?

Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 1:13

Speak with sound words.

First, we must speak with sound words. Those words convey the intent of our hearts. If our minds and hearts are set on glorifying God, we will choose our words carefully and purposefully.

“But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.

And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,

In meekness, instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.”

2 Timothy 2:23-26

Our words can make a deep impression in the lives of others.  The way our words are expressed can make a difference in how receptive others are to those words.

Speak with words composed of truth.

Next, our words must be composed of truth.

“These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbor; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates” (Zechariah 8:16).

Our words should be composed of truth whether within our own communities, in the judgment halls, or in conversation with other nations and peoples.

Stand in truth.

“Stand therefore, having your loins gird about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness” (Ephesians 6:14).

Then, we must stand in that truth.

No matter how the tide of opinion may try to sway us from our stance, we must uphold truth. It is truth that will bring liberty to those caught in the lies of deception.

Uphold truth to society.

Finally, we must uphold truth to society. Truth is not based upon man’s opinion but firmly upon the Word of God. The foundation of truth must be firmly established. It is the absolute upon which societies will be judged. It is also the glue that holds a nation together. Without it, all that is left is a society in chaos.

“The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God” (Psalm 9:17).

Copyright 2016 Peggy Clark
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Peggy Clark is the author of So, What's the Latest News? Messages from a Prisoner in Rome. Available from WestBow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson & Zondervan; Amazon; Barnes & Noble; and other retailers.