Toxins in the workplace

 2020/03/14

Toxins in the workplace

2 Corinthians 6:17 NKJV

Stop and think about the products we once considered not only to be harmless, but actually beneficial: asbestos, lead, mercury, etc. A generation later we are still treating sick workers who installed asbestos and breathed in its toxic fibers. With that illustration in mind, beware of the toxins in your workplace and don’t get infected. The Bible says, “‘Come out from among them and be separate,’ says the Lord. ‘Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.'” Now, God is not telling you to separate yourself from your co-workers. And He’s most certainly not telling you to adopt a spiritually superior attitude. He’s telling you to watch out for toxic attitudes, toxic behaviours, and toxic values. What are the toxins in your workplace? The obvious ones are complainers, gossipers, backbiters, and harassers. When these agents come your way, do whatever you can to distance yourself from them. Just being associated with them can be dangerous to your emotional health and spiritual health. And beware of the toxin of workaholism, whether it is the expectation from your boss or self-induced. Be willing to go the extra mile when it’s required, but maintain clear boundaries between your work life and your home life. Learn to separate business from pleasure. If you don’t allow yourself time for physical rejuvenation and spiritual restoration, you’ll burn out. As a result, Satan will be able to trip you up. The most effective antidote to toxins is good nutrition. And spiritually speaking, that calls for daily prayer, Bible reading, and fellowshipping wi th believers who strengthen and encourage you.

Soul food: Gen 47-49Matt 22:34-46Ps 26Prov 7:26-27

 

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Baked fish with lemon cream sauce

Ingredients
4 x 150- 180g fish fillets, about 1.5cm thick, skinless and boneless
50g / 4 tbsp unsalted butter
¼ cup heavy / thickened cream
1 – 2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1½ tbsp lemon juice
Salt & pepper
Fresh parsley and lemon slices, to serve

Instructions

Preheat oven to 200°C. Place fish in a baking dish – ensure the fish isn’t crammed in too snuggly. Sprinkle both sides of fish with salt and pepper. Place butter, cream, garlic, mustard, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a microwave proof jug or bowl. Microwave in 2 x 30 sec bursts, stirring in between, until melted and smooth. Pour the sauce over the fish. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes, or until fish is just cooked. Remove from oven and transfer fish to serving plates. Spoon over sauce, and garnish with parsley and lemon wedges if using.

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Fishcakes and slaw ~Diabetic Friendly

Pick n Pay

Ingredients
Fish cakes:
½ cup (125ml) brown lentils
3 PnP spring onions, finely chopped
2 tsp. (10ml) PnP garlic and ginger paste
Juice (30ml) and zest of ½ lemon
300g PnP smoked snoek, flaked
2 Tbsp. (15ml) PnP curry powder
Salt and milled pepper
Flour, for dusting
Canola oil, for frying

Slaw:
2 packets (600g) PnP Julienne Trio (shredded beetroot, carrot and butternut)
2-3 Cara or regular oranges, peeled and segmented
1 small PnP red onion, finely sliced
1 packet (20g) PnP coriander, stems removed
Lemon juice, to taste
2 Tbsp. (30ml) canola oil
1 tub (175ml) PnP low-fat plain yoghurt, for serving

METHOD
Cook lentils in lightly salted water until just tender. Drain well and allow to cool slightly. Mash lentils roughly. Mix with spring onions, garlic and ginger paste, lemon juice and zest, smoked snoek, and curry powder, and season. Shape into fishcakes and dust in flour. Shallow-fry in oil until golden and heated through. Drain on kitchen paper. Toss slaw ingredients together and dress with lemon juice and oil. Season. Serve fishcakes with slaw and yoghurt.

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Sweet and spicy roasted pumpkin and frikadels

Ingredients:
350 g Eskort Mini Frikkadels
500 ml (2 C) pumpkin, diced
45 ml (3 T) olive oil
1 clove garlic, chopped
250 ml (1 C) fresh cream
125 ml (½ C) tomato puree
250 ml (1 C) vegetable stock
1 pinch cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste

Method:
Preheat oven to 190°C. In a large bowl, mix pumpkin, olive oil, cayenne pepper and garlic. Transfer to a lined baking tray and bake for 15 minutes. Place roasted pumpkin in a food processor and blend until smooth. Heat blended pumpkin in a frying pan over moderate heat. Add tomato puree, cream, vegetable stock and season with salt and pepper. Add frikkadels and cook for 7 minutes.

Serve
Serve on a platter with your choice of pickles, preserves, breads and cheeses.

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Your benefits package

Written by Bob & Debby Gass

  2020/03/07

Your “benefits package”

Malachi 3:14 NLT

In the last book in the Old Testament, Malachi, the Israelites asked, “What’s the use in serving God?” It’s a question nonbelievers and sometimes even believers ask, particularly when times are hard and our faith is sorely tested. The psalmist gives us the answer: “Praise the Lord! For all who fear God and trust in him are blessed beyond expression…happy is the man who delights in doing his commands. His children shall be honored everywhere, for good men’s sons have a special heritage. He himself shall be wealthy, and his good deeds will never be forgotten. When darkness overtakes him, light will come bursting in. He is kind and merciful – and all goes well for the generous man who conducts his business fairly. Such a man will not be overthrown by evil circumstances. God’s constant care of him will make a deep impression on all who see it. He does not fear bad news, nor live in dread of what may happen. For he is settled in his mind that Jehovah will take care of him. That is why he is not afraid, but can calmly face his foes. He gives generously to those in need. His deeds will never be forgotten. He shall have influence and honor” (Psalm 112:1-9 TLB). Notice that the benefits of serving God include happiness, children you can be proud of, success, influence, and honor. Note in particular the words: “He does not fear bad news, nor live in dread of what may happen. For he is settled in his mind that Jehovah will take care of him.” These blessings are all part of your “benefits package.”

Soul food: Gen 32-34Matt 21:12-17Ps 106:1-23Prov 7:1-2

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Don’t pray yourself out of faith

 Written by Bob & Debby Gass

  2020/03/06

Don’t pray yourself out of faith

Mark 11:24 NIV

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, “The Prince of Preachers,” said: “Believe God until…you can thank Him for the answer. If the answer still tarries outwardly, do not pray in such a way that it’s evident you’re not believing for it. Such a prayer in place of being a help will be a hindrance; and when you are finished praying you’ll find that your faith has weakened, or has entirely gone. The urgency that you felt to offer this kind of prayer is clearly from self…It may not be wrong to mention the matter in question to the Lord again, if He is keeping you waiting, but be sure you do it in such a way that it implies faith. Do not pray yourself out of faith. You may tell Him that you’re waiting…still believing Him and therefore praise Him for the answer. There is nothing that so fully clinches faith, as to be so sure of the answer that you can thank God for it. Prayers that pray us out of faith deny both God’s promise in His Word, and His whisper ‘Yes,’ that He gave us in our hearts. Such prayers are but the expression of the unrest of one’s heart, and unrest implies unbelief…’For we which have believed do enter into rest’ (Hebrews 4:3). This prayer that prays ourselves out of faith frequently arises from centering our thoughts on the difficulty rather than on God’s promise. Abraham ‘considered not his own body…he staggered not at the promise of God’ (Romans 4:19, 20). May we watch and pray that we enter not into the temptation of praying ourselves out of faith.”

Soul food: Gen 30:25-31:55Matt 21:1-11Ps 136:13-26Prov 6:32-35

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Carrot and Lentil Soup

Marge

Ingredients
2 tsp cumin seeds
pinch chilli flakes
2 tbsp olive oil
600g carrots , washed and coarsely grated (no need to peel)
140g split red lentils
1l hot vegetable stock (from a cube is fine)
125ml milk
plain yogurt
naan bread, to serve
Method

Heat a large saucepan and dry-fry 2 tsp cumin seeds and a pinch of chilli flakes for 1 min, or until they start to jump around the pan and release their aromas.

Scoop out about half with a spoon and set aside. Add 2 tbsp olive oil, 600g coarsely grated carrots, 140g split red lentils, 1l hot vegetable stock and 125ml milk to the pan and bring to the boil.

Simmer for 15 mins until the lentils have swollen and softened.

Whizz the soup with a stick blender or in a food processor until smooth (or leave it chunky if you prefer).

Season to taste and finish with a dollop of plain yogurt and a sprinkling of the reserved toasted spices. Serve with warmed naan breads.

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The path of pressure

 Written by Bob & Debby Gass

  2020/03/05

The path of pressure

Matthew 7:14 AMPC

If you’re at a crossroads in life today, you have two options: (1) Turn right or left. (2) Go forward or back. There’s no doubt what way God wants you to go – forward! If you have any doubts about that, read and meditate on these Scriptures: “Though your beginning was small, yet your latter end would increase abundantly” (Job 8:7 NKJV). “They go from strength to strength” (Psalm 84:7 NKJV). “The path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day” (Proverbs 4:18 NKJV). “Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all” (1 Timothy 4:15 NKJV). God will give you the grace and strength to go forward and pursue the path ahead, but understand this: It’s not always an easy path. Jesus said: “Enter through the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and spacious and broad is the way that leads away to destruction, and many are those who are entering through it. But the gate is narrow (contracted by pressure) and the way is straitened and compressed that leads away to life, and few are those who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14 AMPC). Here Jesus was preaching His famous Sermon on the Mount, where He outlined how you’re supposed to live as a citizen of His kingdom. It’s the difference between the “many” and the “few.” The first group chooses the path of ease, but the second chooses the path of “pressure,” realizing that tough as it may be, it forms the character of Christ in us.

Soul food: Gen 28:1-30:24Matt 20:29-34Ps 136:1-12Prov 6:30-31

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Lentil and oven-dried tomato salad

Oven dried tomatoes
400 g plum tomatoes (about 5)
8 thyme sprigs
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp thick balsamic vinegar

For the salad
1 small red onion, very
thinly sliced
1 tbsp good-quality red
wine vinegar
1 tsp Maldon salt
250 g lentils
3 tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove, crushed
3 tbsp parsley, chopped
3 tbsp chives, chopped
4 tbsp dill, chopped

Lentil and oven-dried tomato salad
80 g gorgonzola, cut into
rough chunks
Salt and freshly grated black
pepper, to taste

Method

Start by making the oven-dried tomatoes. Preheat oven to 130°C. Halve the tomatoes vertically and place skin-side down on a baking tray. Arrange the thyme sprigs on
top of them. Drizzle over the olive oil and balsamic vinegar and sprinkle with some freshly ground salt and black
pepper. Roast for 1 ½ hours, or until semi-dried. Discard the thyme and allow to cool.

Place the lentils in a pan of boiling water and cook for 20-30 minutes, or until tender. Drain well in a sieve and, while still warm, add to the sliced onion.
Add the olive oil, garlic and some black pepper. Stir to mix and leave aside to cool. Then add the herbs and gorgonzola and mix together. Place in serving bowl and drizzle
the tomato cooking juices on top and serve.

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It’s yours – if you fight for it

Written by Bob & Debby Gass

  2020/03/04

It’s yours – if you fight for it

Joshua 1:11 NIV

God told Joshua, “You will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land the Lord your God is giving you.” As far as God was concerned, the promised land already belonged to His people. But when He told them to “take possession,” that meant they would have to fight for it. There were thirty-one kings living there – warlords, each with their own tribal armies. There were seven major cities to conquer, and giants to overcome. So here are the questions: (1) Do you believe God has given you the gifting, resources, and strength to fulfill your destiny? (2) Are you willing to fight for it? You won’t win in your own strength, but the good news is, you don’t have to. God said, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you” (v. 9 NIV). Whatever God calls you to do, He will give you the ability to do, but you must work to develop that ability. Sometimes He will answer your prayer immediately and give you what you’re asking for. Other times, the onus is on you to pursue what He promised – and that calls for passion, patience, and persistence. Has it occurred to you that you may be waiting for God to bring you something, and He’s waiting for you to go and get it? He doesn’t respond to our wishes, or even to our pleading; He responds to faith-in-action! So the word for you today is – it’s yours, if you’re willing to fight for it!

Soul food: Gen 25:19-27:46Matt 20:17-28Ps 77Prov 6:29

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