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I like to cook. I do not make a large variety of things, and even after years of cooking, I still ask advice from the family expert, my wife. One of the things I like to make is Chicago style stuffed pizza.  It takes a few hours.  First, I make the dough.  This takes about 2 hours because after kneading it until it is just right, I let it rise.  When the dough is about done rising, I mix basil, oregano and garlic with tomatoes to create the sauce.  Then I prepare the filling; usually sausage or hamburger.  Splitting the dough into two lumps and rolling out the first lump, I put the first layer of what will be the crust in the bottom of the pizza pan.  Meat and cheese go on top of this.  Then the top crust is rolled out and put over the filling.  Sauce on top and then it bakes for about 45 minutes. This is a rough outline of the baking process, and the pizza is quite good.  The part not yet told is the total disaster area that the kitchen becomes.  Flour, tomato, spices,

Following Jesus

There were two men.  Starting out in life, they each needed to build a house.  One took the fastest way possible, and did not take the time to build a solid foundation.  The other, being wiser, took the time to dig down and establish a firm foundation.   The first strong Kansas thunderstorm that came along blew away the house without a good foundation, and the man who had built quickly lost everything. You recognize the story that Jesus told of the two men who built houses.  (Matthew 7:24-27)  This story teaches several truths.  One is that it is important to build a firm foundation.  Second, times of testing come into all of our lives. Testing can take many forms.  Loss of health, loss of a loved one and financial hardship are storms that we all face. At the outset of Jesus ’ s ministry, there were political storms raging.  In this atmosphere, Jesus gathered His first disciples and challenged them to follow Him.  Mark chapter 1 verses 12 through 20 tell the

What Do You Want?

Read John 1:35-51 35 The following day John was again standing with two of his disciples.  36 As Jesus walked by, John looked at him and declared, “Look!  There is the Lamb of God!”  37 When John’s two disciples heard this, they followed Jesus. 38 Jesus looked around and saw them following.  “What do you want?” he asked them.  They replied, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”  39 “Come and see,” he said.  It was about four o’clock in the afternoon when they went with him to the place where he was staying, and they remained with him the rest of the day. 40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of these men who heard what John said and then followed Jesus.  41 Andrew went to find his brother, Simon, and told him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means “Christ”). 42 Then Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus.  Looking intently at Simon, Jesus said, “Your name is Simon, son of John—but you will be called Cephas” (which means “Peter”). 43 The next day Jesu