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What's Your Choice?

Good morning. It is Wednesday, November 17, 2021.


For dinner last night I finished the last of a pan of cornbread I made on Sunday. It was good. The recipe called for milk and since I do not drink milk, I had none in the house. I was looking in my fridge thinking “what could I substitute for milk in this recipe?” I spotted sour cream and decided to try it. It was yummy. I will do that again.


How often have you been in the kitchen and reached for an ingredient only to find you were out of that particular thing?


Years ago, I discovered I could use applesauce in place of oil in my baking. And it is much better for you. If your cake recipe, for instance, calls for one cup oil, use one cup applesauce instead. You can also use mayonnaise or yogurt in place of oil. I also read you can use winter squash as a substitute for oil, mainly pumpkin or sweet potatoes but I have not tried that yet.


Run out of Allspice? No problem just use 2 parts ground cinnamon and 1 part ground cloves.


My roommate recently suggested mixing white sugar with molasses when I had no brown sugar for a loaf I was baking. You would need 1 cup white sugar plus 3 to 4 tablespoons of molasses.


You can use half the amount of vinegar if you have no lemons.


There are substitutes in cleaning products as well. In fact most of these are better for you and your household’s environment.


I use white vinegar for removing mildew. Half water, half vinegar in a spray bottle. If you do not like the smell of vinegar, you might have a bit of discomfort, but the smell does not last long. You can also use it for tough greasy areas.


Baking soda is a natural deodorizer. Mom always had an opened box in the fridge, and I cannot tell you how many boxes I have sprinkled on my carpet before vacuuming an hour later. I also use it in my washing machine for stubborn smells.


I have used baking soda as an antacid for years. It is the only thing that really works for me and works fast. 1 teaspoon in 6 ounces of water, stir and drink fast without breathing is my trick ;0) Also, I have battled cold sores all of my life. If I feel that tingle on my lip, knowing one is on the way, I reach for that same remedy. If I can drink baking soda within an hour of feeling a cold sore coming on, usually symptoms are greatly reduced. Please, if you have more serious stomach issues, do not use baking soda in this way! And of course, it helps with whitening teeth if you are brave enough to brush with it.


Lemons are great substitutes for disinfecting. Cut a lemon in half and rub it on your wooden cutting board to sterilize, then rinse.


I can remember my grandma putting cornstarch in her shoes before slipping them on. She said it kept her feet cool, (and it cuts down on odor and sweaty feet.)


There are numerous substitutes for numerous applications, but the greatest substitute of all time? Jesus.


1 Peter 2:24 “who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.” NKJV


Jesus became our substitute. We deserve the death He endured.


The Bible tells us that the wage of sin is death.


“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 NKJV


Our church lesson this week is on choice. We get to choose. God gave us the freedom of choice. Do we choose Him and all the good gifts He has ready for us, or, do we choose death and eternal separation from Him?


From Tuesday’s lesson, speaking about Deuteronomy 30: “In a real sense, The Lord said to them: Therefore, with the free will that I have given you - choose life, choose blessing, choose goodness, not death, evil and curses.”



We get to choose. But if we do not choose life, then we choose eternal death, eternal separation from Jesus.


“These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,” 2 Thessalonians 1:9 NKJV


Jesus was our substitute. What an awesome thought!


We recorded last night the show that will air this Saturday morning on Better Life TV and Sean brought up a great point. What makes God different than any other god? Any other pagan god or goddess? It is the fact that we do not need to give Him anything to appease Him. We do not need to offer any sacrifice to hopefully hold back His wrath against us. No need to offer food sacrifices or human sacrifices or animal sacrifices.


Jesus only wants our heart and mind. He only wants us to love Him as much as He loves us. He only wants to have that deep, meaningful relationship with Him that we were designed to have. And He alone made a way for that to happen.


“…“He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.” Matthew 8:17 NKJV


Our Heavenly Father desires for you and me to live with Him. He is worthy of our love and adoration. He is worthy of our praise and worship.


“For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.” 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10 NKJV


Jesus desires for you and me to come to Him. To accept that gift of a perfect, pain-free, sin-free, sickness-free world. He became our substitute. He loves us that much!


“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV


Jesus is calling us. He has given us free-will. He is allowing us to choose. Will you choose eternal life or eternal death? It really is up to you.


“For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: “Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.” 1 Peter 2:21-24 NKJV


Choose Him today.

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