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Southern Sausage Gravy

“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” Matthew 5:13

I’ve noticed that foods that I consider “comfort foods” are those that take me back to my childhood. My Mom’s pineapple upside-down cake, my Pop’s manicotti, and my Grandmother Bryson’s sausage gravy and biscuits.

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Taking a bite of this gravy is like stepping into a time machine, dialing the time of arrival to 1983 when I was 3 years old, and stepping into her kitchen. I remember standing on a stool next to her while she let me pat out the biscuits and put them in her baking pan.

Even though I was a pretty good cook when I got married, I did my best to recreate the foods that my loved ones served, to my new husband.

Gravy was one thing that I had to attempt several times before I got the consistency just right. There were times that I served my husband gravy so thick and pasty we could have spackled dry wall with it. There were other times that the gravy looked more like a creamy soup. But now, lucky for him, I’ve got it just right.

To make this Southern Sausage Gravy, you will need:

1 lb bulk sausage

3 1/2 tbsp all-purpose flour

2 1/2 cups whole milk {I’ve used 2% and it’s fine, I just prefer whole milk}

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

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Step 1: Heat your skillet over medium high heat. Crumble your sausage into your skillet and cook to a golden brown. DO NOT DRAIN YOUR GREASE! This is the fat you need to make this dish.

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Step 2: Thoroughly incorporate your flour, salt and pepper. Stir and cook for about a minute being sure scrap the bottom of your skillet. The flour can stick and burn if you aren’t careful. {I find using a whisk and a cast iron skillet are the best tools for this job.}

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Step 3: Vigorously stirring with your whisk, pour in your milk. Stirring continually will work out any lumps giving you a smooth, creamy texture. Continue to stir and cook for a couple of minutes or until your gravy is the perfect, velvety consistency.

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Step 5: Serve over Dana’s amazing biscuits to some of your favorite people.

Enjoy!

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Southern Traditions

Hebrews 12 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

This week is one of the most anticipated events in our great Commonwealth of Kentucky– not just by Kentuckians, but practically the world.

The Kentucky Derby is watched by a broad range of people.

Some watch for the horses, the jockeys, the chance to win a bet, to see what celebrities show up, to check out the bizarre and elegant hats, to cheer for the underdog, or to simply carry on an old Southern Tradition.

 

Kentucky Derby

A lot of our acquaintances aren’t able to attend the Derby, but they do attend Derby parties! They incorporate all the “must haves” from pretty dresses, Derby hats, mock mint juleps {we’re a non-alcoholic bunch}, and all the time-honored traditional delicacies.

Mock Mint Julep by Taste of Home

Just before the race, everyone picks their favorite horse using their own method for choosing their winner. Either they pick a favorite name, go by favorable odds, or simply choose by their “gut feeling”.

Some of us don’t care for the race at all, really. We just enjoy the ambiance of being with people we cherish, the sights and sounds of the excitement, the taste of heirloom recipes, and the satisfaction of being a part of something that ties us to our southern heritage.

Pretty Derby hat

We hope that you will join us this week as we share with you a bit of our Commonwealth’s history and traditions.

Don’t forget to check out our Derby Hat Contest for a chance to win a 1 year subscription to the Taste of Home magazine!

SGC’s Reflection: On a more serious note, we want to point out the scripture that is posted above. We don’t know if you have noticed, but every SGC blog post has scripture accompanying our thoughts. These are verses that we find to be relevant in some way to what we are sharing with you, and to provoke thought about your physical and spiritual life. There are a lot of spiritual comparisons that can be drawn between a race of sport and the race of life.

Now– to be totally honest and transparent, I {Tangi} debated on publishing this post. Not because this post is scandalous, but because there is sometimes a bad connotation associated with horse races, especially throughout the Bible Belt, because of the gambling and drinking alcohol associated with it.

We aren’t going to tell you what is right or wrong, but we do ask that you search scripture and prayerfully consider these things for yourself.

Our personal feelings are if you habitually drink and get drunk, you mar your witness and ability to effectively spread the gospel. The same applies if you gamble and lose all of your money, causing heartache and hardship for yourself and your family.

We don’t see anything wrong with racing horses as long as the jockeys are healthy and the horses are  treated well. We are called to be stewards of God’s creation and that includes the beautiful animals that He has given us to enjoy. Some jockeys have been known to starve themselves to be light on the horse, thus allowing the horses to run faster. God loves us more than the animals so we’re confident that this harmful practice is displeasing to the Lord. With all of that being said, we’ve decided that, for us and our families, we won’t gamble so that we won’t be a stumbling block to someone else. {Romans 14:21}

The Bible teaches that all things should be done in moderation including strong drink {Ephesians 5:18} , but because we have joined a local body of like-minded, baptized believers that have a covenant with one another that alcohol should not be partaken of as a beverage, we abstain {1 Corinthians 6:19-20}.

Here at Southern Gals Cook, we are not perfect, but we do want to please the Lord in our endeavors.

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Matthew 13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

Psalms 115:15 Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.

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Hands

John 13:35  By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

Have you ever studied your hands?

The lines and colors. The freckles and veins. The length of your fingers and the shape of your nails. I like to sew and was pondering a few projects that I would like to begin when Proverbs 31:13 came to mind:

13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

That thought was followed with these verses from the same book and chapter:

19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. 20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

In fact, that whole chapter mentions the work and the fruit of a virtuous woman’s hands. Another Proverb says:

14:1 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.

It seems like such a trivial thing, but what a gift and a responsibility the Lord has afforded us with these extensions of our bodies.

Bodies?

No.

The more I think about it, the more I realize that our hands are really extensions of our hearts.

As a wife, a mom, and a Child of the King, I want my hands to be used for sharing the love that God put in my heart the moment He saved my soul, and not for selfishness.Yet, I seem to use it more for the latter.

My hands have dug in the dirt of our garden. They have kneaded and rolled out dough. They have sewn and cut and mended… but more than that…

With my hands I have comforted my children during broken hearts, skinned knees, and fevers. With the same love, I have used my hands to correct their behavior.

My left hand bears the symbol of a promise I made to my husband and to God.

I have scars that prove my clumsiness.

My lack of manicure tattles of both my love for working and my laziness in grooming.

I have folded my hands to thank God for provision.

I have folded my hands to beg for forgiveness.

I have done many things with my hands. Not always good. Not always charitable.

You see, my heart isn’t perfect; therefore, my hands aren’t perfect.

But there is a pair of hands that are perfect in their imperfection.

They aren’t pretty, but they are glorious.

They are scarred, but not because of clumsiness like mine. They are scarred from nails being driven into them.         Passion_Jesus_Hand

The nails tore into the flesh of a man and attached Him to a cross. They didn’t keep Him on the cross. His love for me… and for you… that’s what kept Him there.

I don’t know that I could ever love humanity so much that I would die for it, but I don’t have to. Someone already did that.

When I get to heaven, my hands won’t be scarred anymore. They won’t be clumsy. They won’t be selfish. They won’t be ugly. They will be part of my new, glorified body– a body free of sin and death. My new hands will be lifted up, praising the one who bears the scars of His love for me in His precious hands.

What a day that will be.

 

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Preconceived Notions! Church Discipline! Heaven and Hell!

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I’ve had them!  You’ve had them!  I would think everyone has had them!

And I would also think that once we became informed we felt a little silly for the preconceived notions we had.

This is what happened to me when my husband and I started dating and I found out he attended a Missionary Baptist Church!  YIKES!

You see I was raised in a general baptist church and I had always heard that missionary baptist thought they were the only ones going to heaven.  And they didn’t think you could lose your salvation, “once saved, always saved” is the phrase they use!  And my favorite one of all, missionary baptist think you can live any way you want to and you will still go to heaven.

If the answer is true for all these questions then why wouldn’t everyone want to be of the missionary baptist faith?

I mean how cool is it that you could drink strong drink, fornicate, commit adultery, steal, kill, covet, break any and all the commandments and STILL get into heaven.

Provided of course that God has ACCEPTED you into His fold as one of His children.

After being a member of  Mt. Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church for the past 5 years I can tell you why people aren’t standing in line!

It’s a little thing called church discipline.

What is church discipline you ask.

While I tried to put it into my own words, I failed terribly, so I started researching articles and found the following to be exactly what is to take place with church discipline.

What is church discipline/excommunication?

At Mt. Sinai, God gave Moses a long list of laws. The purpose of those laws was to set aside the people of Israel as holy, and make Israel a nation that followed and feared God. The law also contained specific penalties for those who broke the law. These included punishments such as monetary restitution, expulsion from corporate worship, corporal punishment, and even death.

God’s instructions to the church are similar, but in a different context. The church does not have the authority to enforce a law or punish an offense like a civil governing authority has. The church only has the authority to discipline within the context of the church body. The church and its members are called, just like Israel, to be set apart and to follow God’s standards. The punishment for disobedience, however, is a gradually escalating discipline within the church, culminating in removal from fellowship—excommunication.

In Matthew 18:15-20, Jesus gives the guidelines for confronting a brother in Christ about an offense. First, the offended party is to speak to the offender alone, explaining the situation and the wrongness of the action. If the offender is dismissive and unrepentant, the offended person is to return with one or two witnesses. Hopefully, the offender will repent and ask forgiveness, but if not, the issue is to be made known to the entire church. The last recourse is for the church to treat the offender like “a Gentile and a tax collector” (Matthew 18:17).

This is the only system for church discipline that the New Testament gives. The Bible does not say that the offender is to be humiliated from the pulpit, gossiped about, disowned, or even shunned outside of church. The most extreme punishment a church can give is to remove the offender from fellowship and treat him like an unbeliever. How are we to treat unbelievers? While we are not to have close relationships with them (2 Corinthians 6:14; Proverbs 12:26), we are to point them to Christ (Acts 26:18), pray for them (James 5:16), and gently correct them (2 Timothy 2:24-26).

Paul’s letters to the church in Corinth give testimony to the power of church discipline. In 1 Corinthians 5:1-5, Paul confronts the church for allowing a member to remain in their fellowship while he was living in adultery with his father’s wife. Paul instructed that the man be delivered “to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus” (1 Corinthians 5:5). The man was obviously unrepentant. He had flaunted his sinful lifestyle before the church. The best recourse was for him to be expelled from the fellowship. Apparently, it worked. In 2 Corinthians 2:5-11, Paul exhorts the church to welcome back an offender who had responded contritely to church discipline. In fact, Paul told them to comfort the man lest he be “overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.”

Second Corinthians 2:8 gives the desired result of church discipline: “to reaffirm your love for [the offender].” Church discipline is not to humiliate or control a person. It’s not about anger or self-righteousness or even recompense. Church discipline is designed to protect the corporate body of Christ from unrepentant sin (1 Corinthians 5:6-7) and to encourage someone living in sin to renew his or her relationship with God (Galatians 6:1).

This article was taken from http://www.compellingtruth.org/

NOTE:  While I don’t support everything on this site this was a good article on explaining church discipline.

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So you see, we as Christians are not to bring reproach upon our blood family or our church family.

Please don’t misunderstand, I am not putting others down or judging others hypocritically with the things I am writing in this article.  I would never do that because I, by far, am not perfect!   I repeat, I AM NOT PERFECT!  I am merely a sinner saved by God’s grace and I fail God everyday. I am just trying to exonerate the bad rap the Missionary Baptist faith has received.

Now to put all my preconceived notions, and hopefully yours as well, about the Missionary Baptist faith to rest.

NO, we DO NOT think we are the only ones going to heaven.  However, we do pray for those that feel they can say a sinners prayer, shake a preachers hand, do good deeds, or simply accept God and they will be with Him in heaven.

The bible teaches in Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Also in John 31:8 Jesus explains to Nicodemus what man must do to enter into the kingdom of heaven.

John 3:1-8  There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:

The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit

NO, a Christian CAN NOT lose salvation.  When you are born again (saved) you become a new creature in Christ.  The old creature is put away and no longer exist.

2 Corinthians 5:17 -18 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

John 3:16 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.

1 Peter 1:13-19 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:

But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 

Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 

And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

God has promised us eternal life if we are born again Christians.  For a Christian to lose salvation, eternal life would have to be taken away. God would never break His promise to His children.

NO, NO, NO, we DO NOT think we can live anyway we want to, such as , drink intoxicating drink, fornicate, commit adultery, steal, kill, covet, break any and all the commandments and still go to heaven.

Following is the Church Covenant where I attend.

By becoming a member of Mt. Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church, we agree to live our lives by the following Covenant:

Having been led, as we believe by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior and, on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.

We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church, in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.

We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale of, and use of, intoxicating drinks as a beverage; to be zealous in our efforts to advance the Kingdom of our Savior.

We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember one another in prayer; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and Christian courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.

We moreover engage that when we remove from this place we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.

Which brings us back to church discipline.

I hope you have found something in all this that will help you along the way.

Please do not be deceived by false prophets, false doctrines, easy believism, non-traditional and non-biblical baptism that is sometimes found in many large, modern and non-denominational churches today.

A non-denominational church is any church which is not part of a larger denomination.  Many non-denominational or non-traditional churches of today hold to a wide variety of beliefs.  Many wish to direct their ministry and teaching of the local church without interference or control from without.

Most of the time when members choose to leave a biblical, denominational, non-traditional church, it’s because they no longer wish to follow the strict doctrines of that church.  They no longer want to hear how they are living in sin, or breaking God’s Commandments.

They do not want to hear the ugly truth about hell.  They do not want their children to hear about the eternal fire they will burn in if they are not saved, born again, by God’s wonderful grace for fear they will be scared.

They want church and life to be easy. They want to live the way they want to live, not the way God commands us to live.

Therefore, they choose to leave the safe confines of a true doctrine, biblical church and seek out a more traditional modern church.  Where they choose to conform with worldly ways, a more modern way of living.  Or, sometimes they will form their own church with their own set of doctrines and laws.

However, there is something to be said for churches that have stood on a solid foundation for hundreds of years.  The members of these churches have held true to God’s law on biblical principles, true doctrine, and The Ten Commandments.  They have held true to church traditions and old-fashioned values, and they are fervent in passing down these laws, traditions and values.

God and His teachings are the same today as they were thousands of years ago.  God’s law will NEVER change no matter how hard some try to change it.

MAN’S LAW WILL NEVER SUPERSEDE GOD’S LAW!!!!!!

The bible teaches that hell is real.

Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 

The story of the rich man and Lazarus

Luke 16:19-31  There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: 

And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, 

And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.

And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.  

And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.

Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:

For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.

Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.

And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.

And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

I am thankful for my little country church.

I am thankful for the doctrines, traditions and teachings that the elders of Mt. Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church have passed down over the past 125 years.  And I am thankful that they have allowed me to become a member of this wonderful church.

I am thankful that the devil and hell are real and I am thankful that my children are scared of the devil and scared that if God does not accept them and save them from their sinful ways they will burn in hell for eternity.

Most of all, I am thankful that God found the grace to accept me as one of His children so many years ago on a Sunday morning.  I will never forget the feeling of knowing I was lost to God, an unbeliever, living in sin.  But the greatest feeling in the world was when God reached down and pulled me from the bounds of hell and saved my wretched soul.

I am sorrowful to say that I have not always honored what God done for me with my life.  I have done some pretty wicked things.  But the amazing thing, God has always been right there beside me to pull me back into his fold.  He has never left me nor forsaken me.  Although I have Him way too many times.

While I am not perfect, I do strive to honor God by following his Commandments and living a life that would be pleasing to Him.  And yes, most of the time I fail, but ever now and then, with His help, I hope I do something right!

May God Bless you is my prayer,

Dana

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