April 2005    

 "Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.
"For behold, darkness will cover the earth and deep darkness the peoples; but the LORD will rise upon you and His glory will appear upon you.
Isa 60:1


The Witness
By Janice LaQuiere 

I sat on the wooden bench, squished between two strangers, and watched the trial proceed. A wide mix of people composed the audience, journalists waiting to spin their story, relatives of the deceased seeking revenge, and friends of the accused hoping to see justice accomplished. I was there, on the final leg of my mission to understand and support truth.

Months earlier I began to research and piece together a story I had only read about: Two officers were in a tussle with a belligerent suspect high on drugs. When he grabbed the officer's gun the officer hit him. While the suspect was being handcuffed he suffered a seizure and while in route to the hospital he went into cardiac arrest and died. Now it was being billed as a "police brutality case."

My research led me to the courthouse that day, in support of the accused. It was hard to sit there, knowing the truth, while the witness spoke falsely.

Even though I could recite the facts of the incident, I wasn't called to the witness stand because I didn't see the incident take place. Likewise, our Christian witness is based upon our experience as children of God. We are witnesses with the same opportunity to bear knowledge of the truth, but we are to testify to what we have seen.

What have I seen? What can I testify to? And what are the blessings and promises of God that we all should be able to testify to? 

  1. God will grant wisdom to those who ask.
  2. Even in crisis situations the peace of God the Father and Jesus Christ our Lord is with me.
  3. God is able to bless us exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think.
  4. God will see Himself glorified through my life.
  5. Our prayers are heard and answered according to His will.

             These are the truths that I not only testify to, but that I held onto as I continued to fight for what I viewed as a miscarriage of justice. They were part of what sustained us until we saw God's blessing on us and my new friend was acquitted.

John 3:11, I Jn 4:14, 1 Pet 3:15, James 1:5, John 16:33, Phil 4:7, 2 Pet 1:11

Tax Facts

Yes, it's that time of year. Time to pay our taxes. Here are a few interesting tax facts.

  •  In 1862 Congress enacted the nation's first income tax law to help support the ongoing war.

  • Al Capone was imprisoned for tax evasion.

  • The IRS has to hire an additional 12,000 employees during tax filing season to answer questions from confused citizens?

  • One in five callers to the IRS will get the wrong answer to their question

  • Over a five year period IRS agents will receive approximately 3,200 threats and assaults

  • The government will spend $13,700,000,000 to enforce and oversee the tax code



Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story.

~Max Ehrman~





Tax Facts

Death by CC Cookies



Death By Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 cups butter
4 cups flour
2 tsp. soda
2 cups sugar
5 cups blended oatmeal*"*
24 oz. chocolate chips
2 cups brown sugar
1 tsp. salt
18 oz. Hershey bar(s) (grated)
4 eggs
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups chopped nuts (discretionary, but almonds recommended)

Recipe Process:

*"*Measure oatmeal and blend in a blender or food processor to a fine powder.

Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda. Add chocolate chips, Hershey bar, and nuts. Roll into balls and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Makes 112 cookies. This recipe can be halved.

Bake for 10 minutes == Even if they don't look done they are!


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