Lemon Cheese Braid Bread

1:00 PM

I received a request to repost this recipe, so here it is! This is an easy delicious bread.  The amount of filling was perfect.  It tastes better then a cream cheese Danish!  To make it even easier, you can use a loaf of frozen bread dough, thawed.

Lemon Cheese Braid Bread

1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
3 tablespoons warm water (110° to 115°)
1/3 cup 2% milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 

2 packages (one 8 ounces, one 3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel

1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 to 3 teaspoons 2% milk

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, sugar, butter, eggs, salt and 2 cups flour; beat on low speed for 3 minutes. Stir in enough of remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, beat all the filling ingredients until fluffy; set aside.  Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; roll into a 14-in. x 12-in. rectangle. Place on a greased baking sheet. Spread filling down center third of rectangle. On each long side, cut 1-in.-wide strips, 3-in. into center. Starting at one end, fold alternating strips at an angle across filling. Seal end. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes. Bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Combine confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve drizzling consistency; drizzle over warm bread.

Mari Sandoval

How to live in Victory! {Revelation 12}

10:30 PM

In today’s chapter, John describes in the first 6 verses: “And a great sign [warning of an ominous and frightening future event] appeared in heaven: …” (AMP), and he enlists the following symbols:

- The woman, representing Israel (Gen. 37), the source of Messiah.
- The dragon, representing Satan (Dan. 7), ready to devour God’s people.
- The man-child, referring to Jesus’ birth, life and ascension to Heaven (Psalm2:9, Matt. 2:13-14)

 In the scriptures, this woman clothed with the sun should be identified with Israel, according to Joseph's dream (Gen.37:9-11). In that dream, the sun represents Jacob, the moon represents Joseph's mother Rachel, and the eleven stars are the sons of Israel which bow down to Joseph. In this sign with twelve stars, Joseph is now "among" the other tribes of Israel.

Then the woman fled into the wilderness where she had a place prepared by God, so that she would be nourished there for a thousand two hundred and sixty days (forty-two months; three and one-half years). (AMP)

God will provide a place of protection for the remnant of Israel who are saved during the Great Tribulation (during the last half of the Tribulation period).

Then a war in the heavens takes place: “Michael [the archangel] and his angels waging war with the dragon.” (Vs. 7) The dragon and his angels were defeated and thrown down to the earth! (Vs.7-9)

Satan has access to heaven to accuse us day and night (Job 1: 6-7, 2:1-7; Zech. 3:1-5), but this will be over!

Then, a joyful declaration in heaven is heard:

“Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom (dominion, reign) of our God, and the authority of His Christ have come; for the [e]accuser of our [believing] brothers and sisters has been thrown down [at last], he who accuses them and keeps bringing charges [of sinful behavior] against them before our God day and night. 11 And they overcame and conquered him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, for they did not love their life and renounce their faith even when faced with death. 12 Therefore rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them [in the presence of God].” (Vs. 10-12)

And, the word "overcame", means, to conquer, to prevail, to obtain the victory. It's used in to speak of being victorious. Of Christians that hold fast to their faith in Jesus even unto death against the power of their foes, and temptations and persecutions!

Here in verse 11, John is speaking of people who during the Great Tribulation have come to faith in God, and are being persecuted by the devil for it. And, it speaks of the fact that they were victorious and describes three things they did that brought them this victory (and we should live by):
1.      Accepting Jesus’ redemption through His blood (the blood of the lamb).
“In Him we have redemption [that is, our deliverance and salvation] through His blood, [which paid the penalty for our sin and resulted in] the forgiveness and complete pardon of our sin, in accordance with the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and understanding [with practical insight].” (Eph. 1:7-8)
2.      Testimony: Yet we have the same spirit of faith as he had, who wrote in Scripture, “I believed, therefore I spoke.” We also believe, therefore we also speak,” (2 Corinth. 4:13), 1 Tim. 6:12
3.      Willing to give your life for your faith = deny self/submit to God. Commit yourself to God regardless of the cost! “So submit to [the authority of] God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him] and he will flee from you.” James 4:7

Yes, the death of Jesus on the cross as our substitute purchases us as God's personal property, and this makes us want to live unto God. "If anything can make a man holy it is a firm faith in the atoning sacrifice. When a man knows that Jesus died for him, he feels that he is not his own, but bought with a price, and therefore he must live unto him that died for him and rose again." (Spurgeon)

Realizing his time is short, Satan tries everything in his power to destroy Israel, but God protects them (Vs. 14) just like He did in the past: God bore the Israelites “on eagles wings” when He enabled them to escape from Pharaoh (Exod 19:4Deut 32:11). God often uses this metaphor to refer to His protection of Israel (Ps 55:6-8Isa 40:31) (Bible.Org).

Since Satan has failed in his plans of destruction: “the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.” (Vs. 17)

These “children” are any true child of God, Jew or Gentile. Satan wars with those “who keep the commandments of God” (1 John 5:2-5) and “hold to the testimony of Jesus” (1 Cor 2:1-21 John 5:11-12).” As Paul said in 2 Timothy 3:12: “If you live a godly life in Christ Jesus, [you] will be persecuted.” The Christian life is not a playground; it’s a battleground and we must always be on guard! (Eph. 6:12, 1Pet. 5:8-9) Remember the 3 keys to live a Christian life in Victory! There will be afflictions in our Christian walk, but the rewards will be eternal!

Blessings my sisters!


Becky Austin

The Witnesses { Revelation 11}

12:30 AM

There are several references in the Bible to God or an angel measuring something.  (2 Kings 21:13, Ezekiel 40:3, Zechariah 2:1-5, Revelation21:15-17)
Chapter 11 begins with a similar event: “Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, “Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there, but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months.” (V1-2)
Spiritually, God is taking measure of those who truly belong to Him and worship Him. 
“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.”(‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:19-22‬)
God knows who belongs to Him.  These will always be His children and can be secure in their eternal salvation. But, he also knows those who reside outside of the temple in the court.  The court represents those who have rejected Christ as Messiah and Savior. These may also include those who are religious in behavior and profession but their heart remains far from God. 
God must judge those who reject Him, but In a world of deception He wants truth to be proclaimed.  
“And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.” These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth." (v4-5).  God empowers these witnesses and protects them.  Like olive oil, they represent God's spirit and healing and they represent light that shines in the spiritual darkness of the world.  
As planned, however the antichrist will seemingly triumph and strike down these witnesses.  Those who want evil and darkness to prevail will celebrate.  But, God is ultimately in control and He uses their death for His glory. “But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood up on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them.” (v11)
No matter how powerful evil may seem to be, God is more powerful.  Good ultimately will triumph over evil. 
Satan has been given rule over this world but not forever.  God will eventually oust Satan and then He will rule.   “Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.””(v15)  How glorious it will be to join the celebration in heaven on that day.   “saying, “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, who is and who was, for you have taken your great power and begun to reign. The nations raged, but your wrath came, and the time for the dead to be judged, and for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints, and those who fear your name, both small and great, and for destroying the destroyers of the earth."" (v17-18)
This chapter closes with John seeing the opening of the temple in heaven.  “Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail.” (v19). The ark of the covenant always represented the presence of God.  So we see the glorious presence of  God and His sovereign power.  What a wonderful sight for those who believe and trust in Him!

God and His sovereign power.  What a wonderful sight for those who believe and trust in Him!