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Thursday, December 08, 2016

Nimrod Lundsford and Mary Morris Polly Stafford



Nimrod Lunsford and Mary Polly Stafford had a daughter named...
...Nancy Rebecca Lunsford who married William Hanes Reese and they had a son named...
......Bailey Bright Reese who married Lillian Vianna Conner and they had a son named...
.........William Wilford Reese who married Geneva Margaret Lamb and they had a daughter...
............Eleanor Elaine Reese who married Avery Huneycutt and they had a daughter...
...............ME!  They are my 3rd great grandparents

Nimrod Lunsford was born 1/1823 in Burke County, NC to Nimrod Lunsford (DOB 1760 in Iredell County, NC; DOD 4/21/1847 in Hickory, Alexander County, NC) and Rebecca Foster (DOB 1786 in Alexander County, NC; DOD 1860-1870 in Alexander County, NC). The first Nimrod Lunsford was married to Jennie Malinda Jane McCombs (1760-1807) and they had 4 children: Dolly Lunsford (possibly married James Sawyer), Thomas Lunsford (married Lourana Dockery and Magdalena Wehunt), John Levi Lunsford (married ?), William Lunsford (married Catharine Cotter and Isabelle Berry). He then married Rebecca Foster and they had 9 children: John Lunsford (married ?), Celia B. Lunsford (Jeremiah "Jerry" Price), Annis Anna Lunsford (married ? Page), Lavina "Vina" Lunsford (William Washington Stafford), Asenath "Sena" Lunsford (John Richard Stafford), Nimrod Lunsford, Jeremiah "Jerry" Lunsford (Nancy Stafford), John H. Lunsford (Mary Matila Pendergrass) and Mary Elizabeth Lunsford (Francis Lafayette "Fate" Seabolt and Andrew Jackson Dockery). Nimrod Lunsford may also have been married a 3rd time to Elizabeth Wyatt.

Will of Nimrod Lunsford, the elder (spelling intact)
State of NC............}.In the Name of God amen
Alexander County..}.The 18th Day of April A.M. 1847
I Nimrod Lunsford of the State and conty affor S I Being in good health of sound mind and memory Do make this my last will and Testament at same time utterly Revoking all other former wills made by me Declaring this to be my last will and Testament.....
1) First I gave and Bequeth to my beloved wife Rebecka Lunsford two milk cows the small bay horse one Blue sow and seven Shotes two stags now in the pen two Sheep all the poultry, one bed and funnature all the funature shuch as cuppord Drawers and other funnature belonging to the house one fifteen gallon cettle one pot one oven and bed one Skilet Also my farm Where on I now Dwell contaning 200 Acres With the house and primasis With sufficient Baken and Bread Stuff for her supoort until grain can be made to have and to hold During her life time or widowhood.....
2) I give and bequeth unto my Son Nimrod Lunsford the above named farm at the Dec. of his mother to be his right and property also one cow and calf....
3) Also I have 150 Acres of land on lower little River cald the Wiley place Which I wish my Executor to sell to the highest bidder on one and two years credit Also one other tract of land cald the cope place containing 200 Acres Adjoining David Bowman and others to be Disposed of as the above namd Also a certain parcel of land adjoining Solomon Fox and other to be Disposd of in the same way as above namd Also one certain parcel of land on land adjoining Elisha Fox, William Fox and including the farm Where Jerram Price Now Dwells to be Disposd of in the same as above namd. Also one other tract of land lying on Bannets Mountain containing 840 Acres to be Disposed of as before namd. Also one other parcel of land lying in middle little River Adjoining Manning Price and others containing 220 Acres to be Disposd of as before namd Also one other tract of land cald the Austin place 343 Acres Adjoining Joseph Stanns on the ? of middle little River to be Disposd of as before named Also one other parcel of land Adjoining George Bowman Daniel Fry and others containing by estimation 150 Acres to be Disposd of in the same way as before namd the proseed, of the Above lands to be Divided Equily With Annis Page Selah Price Lavina Stafford Sena Stafford With the Exception of fifty Dollars apeace to Each and Every one of my other lawful heirs after paying all my Just Depts.
At the same time I do appoint Ruben Watts of the Same county and State Excutor of this my last will and testament to which I have here unto set my hand and seal the day and date above written
Signed Seald and Delivered.}............His
in the presents of us.......}......Nimrod X Lunsford
Jos H. Row...................}...................Mark
Isaac A. Stafford.........}
State of N. Carolina.}.Court of Pleas to quarter
Alexander County.....}.June Term 1847
The foregoing paper writing was produced in open court by Ruben Watts the Executor therein named and on the oaths Joseph H. Row and Isaac A. Stafford the witnesses then to duly proved as the last will and testament of Nimrod Lunsford and ordered to be r... R. Carson, Clk

Land
200 acres to Rebecca Lunsford and then to Nimrod Lunsford
150 lower Little River called Wiley Place
200 adjoining David Bowman
? adjoining Solomon Fox
? adjoining Elisha Fox, William Fox and including the farm where Jerram Price now dwells
840 on Bannets Mountain
220 middle Little River adjoining Manning Price
343 Austin place adjoining Joseph Stanns (or Starnes) on the ? of middle Little River
150 adjoining George Bowman Daniel Fry
2,143 acres (not counting the two parcels that didn’t have the amount of acreage listed)!



Nimrod Lunsford married Mary "Polly" Morris Stafford (aka Mary "Polly" Mavis Stafford). She was born 1/14/1824 in Alexander County, NC to Alfred Monroe Stafford (1787-1870) and Martha Elizabeth Foster (1797-?).


This is suppose to be Mary "Polly" Stafford (found on Findagrave.com and Ancestry.com)

Nimrod Lunsford and Polly Stafford had 12 children:

1) John L. Lunsford (DOB Abt 1843 in Alexander County, NC; DOD ? in ? ) married Letty Jane Reeves (DOB 1838, DOD ? ). They had Clorra Lunsford, Asa Nimrod Lunsford (Asil, Asel Ansel Lunsford), Mary Lunsford, Orleana Lunsford (Arlena Lunsford), Joseph Ervin Lunsford (Joseph Erwin Lunsford), Clarence E. Lunsford, Maggie Lunsford.

2) Huldah Hannah Lunsford (DOB Abt 1844 in NC; DOD 12/18/1916 in Madison County, NC) married Jacob "Jake" Harrison Stines (aka "Yuck" Stines) (DOB 6/1844 in NC; DOD 4/20/1907 in Madison County, NC). They had George Franklin "Frank" Stines, Sarah Elizabeth Stines, Charles "Charlie" Jackson Stines (aka "Bud"), Logan Stines, Virgil Henry Stines, Leona Stines, Julius Stines.

3) Nancy Rebecca Lunsford (DOB Abt 1847 in NC; DOD Abt 1909 in Meadow Fork, Madison County, NC) married William Hanes Reese (DOB 4/1847 in Madison County, NC; DOD 8/30/1910 in Madison County, NC). They had Marion Franklin Reece, Martha Reece, Bailey Bright Reese, Harriett Robert "Bertie" Reese.

4) Martha Minerva Lunsford (DOB Abt 1848 in Alexander County, NC; DOD Abt 1897 in Morganton, Burke County, NC) married James Henry Hagan (DOB Abt 1856 in NC; DOD ? in ? ). They had Marion Hagan, Mary Elizabeth Hagan, Western Hagan, John Hagan, Harriet Hagan.

5) Cecenia "Senie" Catherine Lunsford (DOB 3/1841 in Madison County, NC; DOD 11/23/1928 in Madison County, NC) married William Ambrose Norris, Sr. (DOB Abt 1847 in Lincoln County, TN; DOD Abt 1894 in Madison County, NC). They had Sanie Seny Iowa Norris, Nancy Norris, Wixie Belvora Norris (aka Wecksey Belvora Norris), Matilda Norris, Joel W. Payne Norris.

6) Tempy Lunsford (DOB Abt 1853 in Buncombe County, NC; DOD ? in ? ) married William W. Lunsford.

7) Annis "Ann" Lavina "Vina" Lunsford (DOB Abt 1854 in Buncombe County, NC; DOD 1910-1920 in Madison County, NC) married Christopher "Christley" G. Hagan (DOB 8/27/1845 in NC; DOD 5/14/1922 in Madison County, NC). They had Mollie Hagan, James Hagan, Charlotte Hagan, Caledonia "Doan" Hagan, Annie May Hagan, Zilpha Hagan, Polly Hagan.

8) Alfred F. Lunsford (aka Alford F. Lunsford)(DOB 5/27/1857 in NC; DOD 1/9/1929 in Union County, SC) married Martha Ellen "Ella" Evans (DOB 6/13/1867 in NC; DOD 9/1/1953 in Union County, SC). They had Tiny Lunsford, Charles "Charlie" Alex Robert Lunsford, Bessie L. Lunsford, Mary Macey Lunsford, Lawin Hayden Roy Lunsford, James Ferdie Lunsford, Grady Franklin Lunsford, Orville R. Lunsford, Luther T. Lunsford, Joseph Clyde Lunsford.

9) Isabella Lunsford (DOB Abt 1858 in Buncombe County, NC; DOD ? in ? ) married ? .

10) Jane Lunsford (DOB Abt 1861 in Buncombe County, NC; DOD ? in ? ) married ? .

11) Harriett Lunsford (DOB 8/8/1863 in Pickens County, SC; DOD 8/21/1937 in White Oak, Haywood County, NC) married Robert Lafayette Green (DOB 5/12/1855 in Haywood County, NC; DOD 7/15/1924 in Haywood County, NC). They had Louie Greene, Francis L. Green, Henry L. Green, James R. Green, William F. Green, Minson C. Green, Grady Reeves Green, Brody Zachery Green, Sarah "Sally" Elvira Green.

12) Rachel E. Lunsford (DOB Abt 1866 in NC; DOD 1902 in ? ) married Levi Nelson Allen Lunsford (DOB 1/14/1858 in Madison County, NC; DOD 8/28/1922 in Marshall, Madison County, NC). They had Harriett Lunsford, John Lawson Lunsford, Emily A. Lunsford. Levi Nelson Allen Lunsford married 2nd Sarah Plemmons.



 1850 U.S. Census of Alexander County, North Carolina; Ancestry.com, Roll: M432_619; Page: 149B; Image: 302, Taken 9/14/1850, Family #703, Lines 24-30, "Nimrod Lunsford"
Nimrod Lunsford, 27 yrs old (DOB 1823), M(ale), W(hite), Farmer, $1,500 Real Estate Value, Born in NC
Mary Lunsford, 27 yrs old (DOB 1823), F, W, Born in NC, Cannot read or write
John Lunsford, 7 yrs old (DOB 1843), M, W, Born in NC
Huldah Lunsford, 6 yrs old (DOB 1844), F, W, Born in NC
Rebecca Lunsford, 4 yrs old (DOB 1846), F, W, Born in NC
Nerva Lunsford, 2 yrs old (DOB 1848), F, W, Born in NC
Rebecca Lunsford, 66 yrs old (DOB 1784), F, W, Born in NC, Cannot read or write



1860 U.S. Census of French Broad, Buncombe County, North Carolina; Ancestry.com, Roll: M653_889; Page: 263; Image: 74; Family History Library Film: 803889, Taken 6/1/1860, Family 5, Lines 26-35, "Nimrod Lunsford"
Nimrod Lunsford, 38 yrs old (DOB 1822), M(ale), W(hite), Farming, $0 Real Estate, $69 in Personal Estate VAlue, Born in NC Polly Lunsford, 39 yrs old (DOB 1821), F, W, Born in NC, Cannot read or write
John Lunsford, 15 yrs old (DOB 1845), M, W, Born in NC, Attended school during the year
Huldie Lunsford, 14 yrs old (DOB 1846), F, W, Born in NC, Attended school during the year
Rebeca Lunsford (sic), 12 yrs old (DOB 1848), F, W, Born in NC, Attended school during the year
Martha Lunsford, 10 yrs old (DOB 1850), F, W, Born in NC, Attended school during the year
Cena Lunsford, 9 yrs old (DOB 1851), F, W, Born in NC
Vina Lunsford, 6 yrs old (DOB 1854), F, W, Born in NC
Tempy Lunsford, 5 yrs old (DOB 1855), F, W, Born in NC
Isabella Lunsford, 2 yrs old (DOB 1858), F, W, Born in NC




1870 U.S. Census of Township 7, Madison County, North Carolina; Ancestry.com, Roll: M593_1147; Page: 414A; Image: 209742; Family History Library Film: 552646, Taken 8/17/1870, Family #78, Lines 33-40, next page, Lines 1-4, "Manfred Lunsford" (sic, it looks like Nimrod Lunsford but Ancestry.com has him indexed as Manfred Lunsford), Family #79, Lines 5-14, "Green Reese"
Nimrod Lunsford, 56 yrs old (DOB 1814), M(ale), W(hite), Farm laborer, Born in NC, Can read and write
Mary Lunsford, 57 yrs old (DOB 1813), F, W, Keeping house, Born in NC, Cannot read or write
Hannah H. Lunsford, 24 yrs old (DOB 1846), F, W, No occupation, Born in NC, Cannot read or write
Martha Lunsford, 20 yrs old (DOB 1850), F, W, No occupation, Born in NC, Cannot read or write
Sina Lunsford, 18 yrs old (DOB 1852), F, W, At home, Born in NC, Cannot read or write
Annis Lunsford, 17 yrs old (DOB 1853), F, W, At home, Born in NC, Cannot read or write
Tempy Lunsford, 13 yrs old (DOB 1857), F, W, At home, Born in NC, Cannot read or write
Isabella Lunsford 11 yrs old (DOB 1859), F, W, At home, Born in NC, Cannot read or write
Jane Lunsford, 9 yrs old (DOB 1861), F, W, At home, Born in NC
Albert F. Lunsford, 7 yrs old (DOB 1863), M, W, At home, Born in NC
Hanot C. Lunsford (sic, Harriet C. Lunsford), 5 yrs old (DOB 1865), F, W, At home, Born in NC
Rachel E. Lunsford, 4 yrs old (DOB 1866), F, W, At home, Born in NC
Family #79
Green Reese, 45 yrs old (DOB 1825), M, W, Farm laborer, $0 Real estate value, $0 Personal estate value, Born in NC, Can read and write
Telitha Reese (sic), 48 yrs old (DOB 1822), F, W, Keeping house, Bonr in NC, Can read and write
William H. Reese, 23 yrs old (DOB 1847), M, W, Farm laborer, Born in NC, Can read and write
Sarah J. Reese, 21 yrs old (DOB 1849), F, W, No occupation, Born in NC, Cannot read or write
James E. Reese, 18 yrs old (DOB 1852), M, W, At home, Born in NC, Cannot read or write
Mary E. Reese, 15 yrs old (DOB 1855), F, W, At home, Born in NC, Cannot read or write
Moses Reese, 12 yrs old (DOB 1858), M, W, At home, Born in NC, Cannot read or write
Susan A. Reese, 10 yrs old (DOB 1860), F, W, At home, Born in NC
John S. Reese, 7 yrs old (DOB 1863), M, W, At home, Born in NC
Elisha G. Reese, 5 yrs old (DOB 1865), M, W, At home, Born in NC




1880 U.S. Census of Fines Creek, Haywood County, North Carolina; Ancestry.com, Roll: 967; Family History Film: 1254967; Page: 208C; Enumeration District: 091; Image: 0410, Taken 6/23-24/1880, Family #195, Lines 48-50 next page Lines 1-5, "Nimrod Lunsford"
Nimrod Lunsford, W(hite), M(ale), 56 yrs old (DOB 1824), Head, Married, Farmer, Can read, Cannot write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Mary M. Lunsford, W, F, 57 yrs old (DOB 1823), Wife, Married, Keeping house, Cannot read or write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Alfred F. Lunsford, W, M, 17 yrs old (DOB 1863), Son, Single, Works on farm, Cannot read or write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Harriet C. Lunsford, W, F, 14 yrs old (DOB 1866), Daughter, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Christley Hagan, W, M, 34 yrs old (DOB 1846), Son-in-law, Married, Works on farm, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Annis L. Hagan, W, F, 26 yrs old (DOB 1854), Daughter, Married, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
James W.B. Hagan, W, M, 5 yrs old (DOB 1875), Grandson, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Charlotte A. Hagan, W, F, 3/12 mos old (DOB 1880), Granddaughter, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC



1900 U.S. Census of White Oak, Haywood, North Carolina; Ancestry.com, Roll: 1200; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 0033; FHL microfilm: 1241200, Family #21, Lines 51-59, "Alfred Lunsford"
Alfred Lunsford, Head, W(hite), M(ale), Born May, 1860, 40 yrs old, Married 6 yrs (DOM 1894), Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farmer, Cannot read and write, Owned farm
Martha Lunsford, Wife, W, F, Born June, 1871, 28 yrs old, Married 6 yrs, 5 children with 5 still living, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Can read and write
Tiny Lunsford, Daughter, W, F, Born Jan, 1889, 11 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Charles Lunsford, Son, W, M, Born May, 1891, 9 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Bessy Lunsford, Daughter, W, F, Born Nov, 1895, 5 yrs old, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Mannessy Lunsford, Daughter, W, F, Born Feb, 1897, 3 yrs old, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Laman O. Lunsford, Son, W, M, Born Apr, 1900, 1/12 mos old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Nimrod Lunsford, Father, W, M, Born Jan, 1823, 77 yrs old, Married 57 yrs (DOM 1853), Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Can read and write
Mary Lunsford, Mother, W, F, Born Jan, 1822, 78 yrs old, Married 57 yrs, 11 children with 10 still living, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Cannot read or write



Nimrod Lunsford died in July, 1900 and is buried at White Oak Baptist Church, 7589 White Oak Road, Waynesville, Haywood County, NC, 28785 (35.666356, -83.018090)


FindaGrave.com
Nimrod Lunsford
Birth: Jan., 1822
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jul., 1900
Haywood County
North Carolina, USA
Family links:
Spouse: Mary Morris Stafford Lunsford (1822 - 1910)
Burial:
White Oak Baptist Church Cemetery
Haywood County
North Carolina, USA
Created by: April Phillips
Record added: Aug 13, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 57013491

Mary "Polly" Morris Stafford
Birth: Jan., 1822
North Carolina, USA
Death: Dec., 1910
Haywood County
North Carolina, USA
Family links:
Spouse: Nimrod Lunsford (1822 - 1900)
Burial:
White Oak Baptist Church Cemetery
Haywood County
North Carolina, USA
Created by: Beverly Wilson
Record added: May 31, 2015
Find A Grave Memorial# 147240666


Death Certificates of some of two of their children:

NC Death Certificate #254, Registration District #44-12, Certificate #3, Harriett Green, DOD 8/21/1937 in White Oak, Haywood County, NC
Female, White, Widower of Robert L. Green, DOB 8/8/1863 in Pickens County, SC, 74 yrs old
Father: Nimrod Lunsford, Born in SC
Mother: Polly Stafford, Born in SC
Informant: B.Z. Green, Cove Creek, NC
DOD 8/21/1937 at 2am
Cause of death: Pulmonary T.B., chronic
Buried: 8/22/1937 in Hyder Mtn

NC Death Certificate #142, Registration District #585762, Certificate #15, Hulda Stines, DOD 12/18/1916 in Madison County, NC
Female, White, Widow of  "Unknown", DOB (blank) in NC, about 80 yrs old (DOB 1836)
Father: Nimrod Lunsford, born in NC
Mother: - Stafford, born in NC
Informant: V. H. Stines (a son), Hot Springs, NC
DOD 12/18/1916
Cause of death: Paralysis cerebral hemorrhage
Buried: 12/21/1916 in Chestnut Hill

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Frankincense And Myrrh


Matthew 2:1-13a (Easy To Read Version - ERV) Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea during the time when Herod was king. After Jesus was born, some wise men from the east came to Jerusalem. (2) They asked people, "Where is the child who has been born to be the king of the Jews? We saw the star that shows he was born. We saw it rise in the sky in the east and have come to worship him." (3) When King Herod heard about this, it upset him as well as everyone else in Jerusalem. (4) Herod called a meeting of all the leading Jewish priests and teachers of the law. He asked them where the Messiah would be born. (5) They answered, "In the town of Bethlehem in Judea, just as the prophet wrote: (6) 'Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, you are important among the rulers of Judah. Yes, a ruler will come from you, and that ruler will lead Israel, my people.'" (7) Then Herod had a private meeting with the wise men from the east. He learned from them the exact time they first saw the star. (8) Then he sent them to Bethlehem. He said, "Go and look carefully for the child. When you find him, come tell me. Then I can go worship him too." (9) After the wise men heard the king, they left. They saw the same star they had seen in the east, and they followed it. The star went before them until it stopped above the place where the child was. (10) They were very happy and excited to see the star. (11) The wise men came to the house where the child was with his mother Mary. They bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened the boxes of gifts they had brought for him. They gave him treasures of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. (12) But God warned the wise men in a dream not to go back to Herod. So they went home to their own country a different way. (13) After the wise men left, ...

During the Christmas season, I like to try and focus on one particular part of the story of Jesus' birth. We've heard the story so many times that we tend to lose focus so I thought if I could take one little part of the verses, that talk of Jesus' birth, and study it, it would bring out nuances that I hadn't seen before. Today I want to study the gifts of frankincense and myrrh that the Wise Men gave Jesus when they visited Him after His birth.

Frankincense

Here are some things I found on Wikipedia:
Frankincense is an aromatic resin used in incense and perfumes, obtained from trees of the genus Boswellia in the family Burseraceae, particularly Boswellia sacra (syn: B. bhaw-dajiana), B. carterii33, B. frereana, B. serrata (B. thurifera, Indian frankincense), and B. papyrifera. There are four main species of Boswellia that produce true frankincense. Resin from each of the four is available in various grades. The grades depend on the time of harvesting; the resin is hand-sorted for quality.

Frankincense has been traded on the Arabian Peninsula, in North Africa, and Somalia for more than 5000 years.



Frankincense is tapped from the scraggy but hardy trees by slashing the bark, which is called striping, and allowing the exuded resin to bleed out and harden. These hardened resins are called tears.



There are several species and varieties of frankincense trees, each producing a slightly different type of resin. Differences in soil and climate create even more diversity of the resin, even within the same species.



Boswellia sacra trees are considered unusual for their ability to grow in environments so unforgiving that they sometimes grow out of solid rock. The initial means of attachment to the rock is unknown, but is accomplished by a bulbous disk-like swelling of the trunk. This growth prevents it from being ripped from the rock during violent storms. This feature is slight or absent in trees grown in rocky soil or gravel. The trees start producing resin when they are about eight to 10 years old. Tapping is done two to three times a year with the final taps producing the best tears due to their higher aromatic terpene, sesquiterpene and diterpene content. Generally speaking, the more opaque resins are the best quality. Fine resin is produced in Somalia, from which the Roman Catholic Church purchases most of its stock.



Recent studies have indicated that frankincense tree populations are declining, partly due to over-exploitation.

Frankincense was one of the consecrated incenses (HaKetoret) described in the Hebrew Bible and Talmud used in Ketoret ceremonies. The frankincense of the Jews, as well as of the Greeks and Romans, is also called Olibanum (from the Hebrew חלבנה). Old Testament references report it in trade from Sheba (Isaiah 60:6 ; Jeremiah 6:20). Frankincense is mentioned in the Song of Solomon (Song of Solomon 4:14).

It was offered on a specialized incense altar in the time when the Tabernacle was located in the First and Second Jerusalem Temples. The ketoret was an important component of the Temple service in Jerusalem. It is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible book of Exodus 30:34, where it is named levonah (lebonah in the Biblical Hebrew), meaning "white" in Hebrew. It was one of the ingredients in the perfume of the sanctuary (Exodus 30:34), and was used as an accompaniment of the meal-offering (Leviticus 2:1, 2:16, 6:15, 24:7). When burnt it emitted a fragrant odour, and the incense was a symbol of the Divine name (Malachi 1:11 ; Song of Solomon 1:3) and an emblem of prayer (Psalm 141:2 ; Luke 1:10 ; Revelation 5:8, 8:3). A specially "pure" kind, lebhonah zakkah, was presented with the showbread (Leviticus 24:7).

Frankincense was reintroduced to Europe by Frankish Crusaders, although its name refers to its quality, not to the Franks themselves. Although it is better known as "frankincense" to westerners, the resin is also known as olibanum, in Arabic al-lubān (roughly translated: "that which results from milking"), a reference to the milky sap tapped from the Boswellia tree.

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You can buy small charcoal disks. You light them and place the frankincense on the hot coal. It will begin to smoke producing a clean smelling, slightly astringent fragrance.



If you read the information above you learned that Frankincense is a resin produced by "striping". You take a sharp instrument and you wound the tree. The tree then sends healing properties to the wound via resin. This resin oozes out of the wound in "tears" and the tears are picked by harvesters. This is what you can burn and it produces the scented smoke.

Let's look at how Frankincense is a type of Jesus Christ, a foreshadowing. Jesus was beaten and whipped before He was crucified.

Matthew 27:26 (Contemporary English Version - CEV) Pilate set Barabbas free. Then he ordered his soldiers to beat Jesus with a whip and nail him to a cross.

The Frankincense tree is "striped" with a sharp instrument to wound the tree. Jesus was beaten with a whip, He was given stripes with a Roman scourge. This short whip had multiple leather strips braided with sharp pieces. One of the Roman punishments was to be scourged and you were sentenced to so many stripes. This brutal punishment could end in death.


Jesus brutal beating was prophesied in Isaiah.
Isaiah 53:3-5 He is despised and rejected of men; a Man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as it were a hiding of faces from Him, He being despised, and we esteemed Him not. (4) Surely He has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. (5) But He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was on Him; and with His stripes we ourselves are healed.

Once the Frankincense tree is wounded with the sharp instrument, the tree sends healing properties to the wound in the resin. According to the prophecy above, Jesus' stripes resulted in healing. We were healed of the terminal illness of SIN. Our relationship with God had been severed when sin came into the world and Jesus healed that relationship. He reconciled us with God by paying for our sins. He also brought physical healing to many sick, diseased and crippled people when He walked with the disciples on this earth. And many have received physical healing after asking God for healing. All of God's children will receive total physical healing after death. We have been given eternal life and the Bible says that our old bodies will be resurrected as new indestructible, immortal bodies free from every corruption or pain or disease!

1 Corinthians 15:50-57 (CEV) My friends, I want you to know that our bodies of flesh and blood will decay. This means that they cannot share in God's kingdom, which lasts forever. (51) I will explain a mystery to you. Not every one of us will die, but we will all be changed. (52) It will happen suddenly, quicker than the blink of an eye. At the sound of the last trumpet the dead will be raised. We will all be changed, so that we will never die again. (53) Our dead and decaying bodies will be changed into bodies that won't die or decay. (54) The bodies we now have are weak and can die. But they will be changed into bodies that are eternal. Then the Scriptures will come true, "Death has lost the battle! (55) Where is its victory? Where is its sting?" (56) Sin is what gives death its sting, and the Law is the power behind sin. (57) But thank God for letting our Lord Jesus Christ give us the victory!

Once the resin goes to the wounded area of the tree, the tree weeps tears of resin. Jesus wept on more than one occasion, I'm sure. In fact, the shortest verse in the Bible is composed of two words, "Jesus wept" (John 11:35) . But there is one occasion that stands out to me as a time when He most probably wept and that was in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus struggled with what might have been an anxiety or panic attack and yet He mastered Himself and determined to do God's Will even knowing how awful the next hours would be.

Luke 22:39-46 (Modern King James Version - MKJV) And going out, according to His custom, He went to the Mount of Olives. And His disciples also followed Him. (40) And when He was at the place, He said to them, Pray that you do not enter into temptation. (41) And He was withdrawn from them about a stone's throw. And He kneeled down and prayed, (42) saying, Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me. Yet not My will, but Yours be done. (43) And an angel appeared to Him from Heaven, strengthening Him. (44) And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly. And His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. (45) And when He rose up from prayer and had come to His disciples, He found them sleeping because of sorrow. (46) And He said to them, Why do you sleep? Rise and pray lest you enter into temptation.

He submitted to the will of the Father even unto death in order to save us!

Did you know that when Jesus was crucified, someone came to offer him a mixture of vinegar water on a sponge tied to a stick. This was prophesied in:
Psalms 69:20-21 Reproach has broken my heart, and I am full of heaviness; and I looked for some to mourn with me, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none. (21) They also gave Me gall for my food; and in My thirst they gave Me vinegar to drink.

Here is the prophesy fulfilled:
Matthew 27:34 they gave Him vinegar mixed with gall to drink. And when He had tasted, He would not drink.

Matthew 27:48 And immediately one of them ran and took a sponge and filled it with vinegar, and he put it on a reed and gave it to Him to drink. (In Mark 15:36 and John 19:29 it tells us this, as well as.)

I read recently where there were some pious women who would come to minister what they could to those who were crucified. They made a mild drug with the vinegar and gall to offer the condemned on a soaked sponge on a stick that could be lifted to the victims' mouths. This was to help alleviate pain a little bit and moisten their mouths and lips. But Jesus refused even this small comfort. Why? Because He was willing to experience every suffering moment if it spared us suffering for our sins!

Psalms 75:8(MKVJ) For in the hand of Jehovah there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is fully mixed; and He pours out from it; but the dregs of it, all the wicked of the earth shall drain its dregs and drink.

We are sinners and we deserve the wrath of God! But Jesus took that wrath upon Himself even though He knew no sin! Thank You Jesus!!!


Let's go back to the Old Testament and look at Frankincense. God gave Moses instructions on making the holy incense to be used in the Tabernacle (Tent of Meeting) and, later, the Temple. The recipe was to be only used for sacred purposes.

Exodus 30:34-38 (CEV) Mix equal amounts of the costly spices stacte, onycha, galbanum, and pure frankincense, then add salt to make the mixture pure and holy. (36) Pound some of it into powder and sprinkle it in front of the sacred chest, where I meet with you. Be sure to treat this incense as something very holy. (37) It is truly holy because it is dedicated to me, so don't ever make any for yourselves. (38) If you ever make any of it to use as perfume, you will no longer belong to my people.

How was it to be used? God gave Moses instructions on creating the Tabernacle and all it's furniture. The Tabernacle was the tent of meeting with God. It basically had three divisions: the Outer Court, the Inner Court and the Holy of Holies. It was a temporary structure that the Israelites could pack up and move as they traversed towards the Promised Land from Egypt and wandered 40 years in the wilderness. Later, King Solomon built a Temple in Jerusalem that was one of the wonders of the world. One of the pieces of furniture was the altar of incense. God gave Moses instructions on making a brazier on which to burn incense in the Tabernacle and Temple. This altar of incense was placed in the Inner Court of the Tabernacle (later, the Temple) before the curtain that separated the Inner Court from the Holy of Holies. It was called the Golden Altar, the Altar of Incense, and the Altar Before the Lord.

Exodus 37:25-29 (CEV) For burning incense, Bezalel made an altar of acacia wood. It was eighteen inches square and thirty-six inches high with each of its four corners sticking up like the horn of a bull. (26) He covered it with pure gold and put a gold edging around it. (27) Then below the edging on opposite sides he attached two gold rings through which he put the poles for carrying the altar. (28) These poles were also made of acacia wood and covered with gold. (29) Bezalel mixed the oil for dedication and the sweet-smelling spices for the incense.

Exodus 30:1-9 (English Standard Version - ESV) "You shall make an altar on which to burn incense; you shall make it of acacia wood. (2) A cubit shall be its length, and a cubit its breadth. It shall be square, and two cubits shall be its height. Its horns shall be of one piece with it. (3) You shall overlay it with pure gold, its top and around its sides and its horns. And you shall make a molding of gold around it. (4) And you shall make two golden rings for it. Under its molding on two opposite sides of it you shall make them, and they shall be holders for poles with which to carry it. (5) You shall make the poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. (6) And you shall put it in front of the veil that is above the ark of the testimony, in front of the mercy seat that is above the testimony, where I will meet with you. (7) And Aaron shall burn fragrant incense on it. Every morning when he dresses the lamps he shall burn it, (8) and when Aaron sets up the lamps at twilight, he shall burn it, a regular incense offering before the LORD throughout your generations. (9) You shall not offer unauthorized incense on it, or a burnt offering, or a grain offering, and you shall not pour a drink offering on it.



Matthew Henry Commentary On The Bible - (The incense) was prepared once a year, a pound for each day of the year, and three pounds over for the day of atonement. When it was used, it was to be beaten very small: thus it pleased the Lord to bruise the Redeemer when he offered himself for a sacrifice of a sweet-smelling savour.

A "censer" (also called "fire pans") was a small portable vessel of metal fitted to receive burning coals from the altar, and on which the incense for burning was sprinkled.


Leviticus 16:12-13 Then you will take a fire pan of live coals from the bronze altar, together with two handfuls of finely ground incense, into the most holy place. (13) There you will present them to me by placing the incense on the coals, so that the place of mercy will be covered with a cloud of smoke. Do this, or you will die right there!

The smoke of the frankincense, rising up, symbolized the prayers of God's people and is acceptable to God.

Psalms 141:2 (CEV) Think of my prayer as sweet-smelling incense, and think of my lifted hands as an evening sacrifice.

Revelation 5:8 (CEV) After he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders knelt down before him. Each of them had a harp and a gold bowl full of incense, which are the prayers of God's people.

Revelation 8:3-5 (CEV) Another angel, who had a gold container for incense, came and stood at the altar. This one was given a lot of incense to offer with the prayers of God's people on the gold altar in front of the throne. (4) Then the smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God's people, went up to God from the hand of the angel. (5) After this, the angel filled the incense container with fire from the altar and threw it on the earth. Thunder roared, lightning flashed, and the earth shook.

Jesus is the One that makes our prayers acceptable to God, a sweet aroma before Him. Without Jesus, our sin makes any religious attempt a stinking mess.

Amos 5: 12a, 21-23 (King James Version - KJV) 12 For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins...(21) I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies. (22) Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts. (23) Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.

Let's look at that in another translation:

Amos 5: 12a, 21-23 (CEV) I am the Lord, and I know your terrible sins....(21) I, the Lord, hate and despise your religious celebrations and your times of worship. (22) I won’t accept your offerings or animal sacrifices— not even your very best. (23) No more of your noisy songs! I won’t listen when you play your harps.

The Hebrew word for "smell" in Amos 5:21 is ruach and means to smell, scent, perceive odour, accept. Our attempts at worshiping without Christ stinks! It is NOT acceptable to God. Because it is tainted with our sin. But Jesus can cleanse us of our sin and our worship can be acceptable to God because the stench of sin is gone!


Why did the Wise Men bring the baby Jesus gold, frankincense and myrrh? They were very valuable and highly sought gifts. We understand the value of gold but why was frankincense and myrrh worth their weight in gold? These valuable items were standard gifts to honor a king or deity in the ancient world: gold as a precious metal, frankincense as perfume or incense, and myrrh as anointing oil.

Isaiah 60:6 (ERV) Herds of camels from Midian and Ephah will cross your land. Long lines of camels will come from Sheba. They will bring gold and incense. People will sing praises to the Lord.

Both frankincense and myrrh have healing properties. Frankincense and myrrh each have their own separate curative properties, and both were used in various ways to treat everything from scratches and bruises to common illnesses. When mixed together in different proportions, frankincense and myrrh became an entire drugstore of powerful medicines. Frankincense is a natural anti-inflammatory. It also has a neuro-active chemical that has a profound effect on emotions.

Gold representing his kingship, frankincense a symbol of his priestly role, and myrrh a prefiguring of his death and embalming. Augustine said: “Gold, as paid to a mighty King; frankincense, as offered to God; myrrh, as to one who is to die for the sins of all.” Frankincense as a symbol of holiness and righteousness, was symbolic of Jesus' willingness to become a sacrifice, wholly giving Himself up, as a burnt offering. It also symbolized his priesthood. Jesus became our High Priest and makes intercession for us to the Father.

Hebrews 3:1 (ERV) So, my brothers and sisters, those chosen by God to be his holy people, think about Jesus. He is the one we believe God sent to save us and to be our high priest.

Hebrews 4:14-16 (ERV) We have a great high priest who has gone to live with God in heaven. He is Jesus the Son of God. So let us continue to express our faith in him. (15) Jesus, our high priest, is able to understand our weaknesses. When Jesus lived on earth, he was tempted in every way. He was tempted in the same ways we are tempted, but he never sinned. (16) With Jesus as our high priest, we can feel free to come before God's throne where there is grace. There we receive mercy and kindness to help us when we need it.


Myrrh

Wikipedia:
Myrrh is the aromatic resin of a number of small, thorny tree species of the genus Commiphora, which is an essential oil termed an oleoresin. Myrrh resin is a natural gum. It has been used throughout history as a perfume, incense and medicine. Myrrh mixed with wine can also be ingested. When a tree wound penetrates through the bark and into the sapwood, the tree bleeds a resin. Myrrh gum, like frankincense, is such a resin. When people harvest myrrh, they wound the trees repeatedly to bleed them of the gum. Myrrh gum is waxy and coagulates quickly. After the harvest, the gum becomes hard and glossy. The gum is yellowish and may be either clear or opaque. It darkens deeply as it ages, and white streaks emerge.

Myrrh was an ingredient of Ketoret, the consecrated incense used in the First and Second Temples at Jerusalem, as described in the Hebrew Bible and Talmud. Myrrh is also listed as an ingredient in the holy anointing oil used to anoint the Tabernacle, high priests and kings.

Myrrh was traded by camel caravans overland from areas of production in southern Arabia by the Nabataeans to their capital city of Petra, from which it was distributed throughout the Mediterranean region.


Most resin (whether myrrh or frankincense) is obtained by tapping which is making deliberate incisions with a sharp tool or ordinary axe into the bark of the tree. The milky liquid that exudes is the resin and it hardens on exposure to air into droplets or “tears”. It is antiseptic, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and astringent.


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The word "myrrh" comes from "murr," which means "bitter" in Arabic, probably referring to the resin's bitter taste. Spices such as myrrh and frankincense came from trees and bushes that grew in desert areas stretching from southern Arabia to Somalia in Africa. To reach Israel, many spices had to be transported across Arabia. Ancient towns, fortresses, and caravan stops found in the Negev of southern Israel mark the routes of spice traders. These settlements also “reflect the hugely profitable trade . . . from south Arabia to the Mediterranean,” reports the World Heritage Centre of UNESCO. Caravans laden with these aromatic spices regularly traveled distances of some 1,100 miles. Arabian merchants controlled most of the spice trade for centuries. They became the exclusive suppliers of spices from Asia.

It was to spice traders that Joseph was sold, by his brothers, into slavery.

Genesis 37:25-27 (KJV) And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmaelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt. (26) And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood? (27) Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were content.

How do you make an essential oil from myrrh resin (and other oleo-resins like Frankincense)? It is steam-distilled. You place the resin in something that can be heated (a jar) and place it in a water bath and heat the water to boiling. The resin melts. While it is hot, you strain to filter. You leave the liquid a few days to let sediment fall to the bottom and then you siphon off the clear liquid.

Frankincense and myrrh are powerful medicines. Myrrh was used to embalm bodies. The last great Jesuit biblical scholar, Fr. Cornelius a’ Lapide, states: “The bodies of the dead are buried with myrrh, that they may remain incorrupt. Myrrh has the property of drying up moisture, and preventing the generation of worms.”

John 19:38-42 (ERV) Later, a man named Joseph from Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. (Joseph was a follower of Jesus, but he did not tell anyone, because he was afraid of the Jewish leaders.) Pilate said Joseph could take Jesus' body, so he came and took it away. (39) Nicodemus went with Joseph. He was the man who had come to Jesus before and talked to him at night. He brought about 100 pounds of spices--a mixture of myrrh and aloes. (40) These two men took Jesus' body and wrapped it in pieces of linen cloth with the spices. (This is how the Jews bury people.) (41) In the place where Jesus was killed on the cross, there was a garden. In the garden there was a new tomb. No one had ever been buried there before. (42) The men put Jesus in that tomb because it was near, and the Jews were preparing to start their Sabbath day.

Jesus would die for the salvation of the world. The Magi's gift prophesied that the Savior would offer his life as a most pure sacrifice and that by his death he would gain for us eternal life. Origen in his book Contra Celsum, wrote "gold, as to a king; myrrh, as to one who was mortal; and incense, as to a God".

The 7th verse of We Three Kings:
Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume
Breathes of life of gathering gloom
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying
Sealed in the stone-cold tomb.

It was also a key ingredient of the anointing oil. It was used very often to symbolise the authority and holiness of priests, kings, and even the Tabernacle itself.



So we come to the end. Frankincense and Myrrh were as valuable as gold in those days. The gold, frankincense and myrrh would have been a wealthy gift fit for a king. We see this when we look at Genesis 43.

Genesis 43:1-26 (ERV) The famine was very bad in that country. (2) The people ate all the grain they had brought from Egypt. When that grain was gone, Jacob said to his sons, "Go to Egypt and buy some more grain for us to eat." (3) But Judah said to Jacob, "But the governor of that country warned us. He said, 'If you don't bring your brother back to me, I will refuse to talk to you.' (4) If you send Benjamin with us, we will go down and buy grain. (5) But if you refuse to send Benjamin, we will not go. The man warned us to not come back without him." (6) Israel said, "Why did you tell him you had another brother? Why did you do such a bad thing to me?" (7) The brothers answered, "He asked lots of questions. He wanted to know all about us and about our family. He asked us, 'Is your father still alive? Do you have another brother at home?' We only answered his questions. We didn't know he would ask us to bring our brother to him!" (8) Then Judah said to his father Israel, "Let Benjamin go with me. I will take care of him. We have to go to Egypt to get food. If we don't go, we will all die--including our children. (9) I will make sure he is safe. I will be responsible for him. If I don't bring him back to you, you can blame me forever. (10) If you had let us go before, we could have already made two trips for food." (11) Then their father Israel said, "If it is really true, take Benjamin with you. But take some gifts to the governor. Take some of the things we have been able to gather in our land. Take him some honey, pistachio nuts, almonds, spices, and myrrh. (12) Take twice as much money with you this time. Take the money that was given back to you after you paid last time. Maybe the governor made a mistake. (13) Take Benjamin, and go back to the man. (14) I pray that God All-Powerful will help you when you stand before the governor. I pray that he will let Benjamin, and also Simeon, come back safely. If not, I will again be sad from losing my children." (15) So the brothers took the gifts to give to the governor. And the brothers took twice as much money with them as they took the first time. This time Benjamin went with the brothers to Egypt. (16) When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to his servant, "Bring these men into my house. Kill an animal and cook it. They will eat with me at noon today." (17) The servant did as he was told. He brought the men into Joseph's house. (18) The brothers were afraid when they were taken to Joseph's house and said, "We have been brought here because of the money that was put back in our sacks the last time. They will use this as proof against us and steal our donkeys and make us slaves." (19) So the brothers went to the servant in charge of Joseph's house. (20) They said, "Sir, I promise this is the truth. The last time we came, we came to buy food. (21) On the way home, we opened our sacks and found our money in every sack. We don't know how it got there, but we brought that money with us to give it back to you. And we have brought more money to pay for the food that we want to buy this time." (23) But the servant answered, "Don't be afraid; believe me. Your God, the God of your father, must have put the money in your sack as a gift. I remember that you paid me for the grain the last time." Then the servant brought Simeon out of the prison. (24) The servant led the men into Joseph's house. He gave them water, and they washed their feet. Then he fed their donkeys. (25) The brothers heard that they were going to eat with Joseph, so they worked until noon preparing their gifts for him. (26) When Joseph came home, the brothers gave him the gifts they had brought with them. Then they bowed down to the ground in front of him.

The brothers had not recognized their younger brother, Joseph, and he had not revealed that he recognized them. When they were forced to return to Egypt for food, their father sent gifts good enough for a king and they included "spices and myrrh".

Mary and Joseph had crept into Bethlehem in near poverty. They had to spend the night in a stable where Jesus was born. They were still in Bethlehem when the Magi made their way to visit the Messiah. It is thought Jesus was 2 years old then. Why were they still there? Could it be that they didn't have the finances to move? When the Magi came, bearing their gifts, Joseph was led by God to immediately leave for Egypt with Mary and Jesus to protect Jesus from Herod. They had the money to travel to Egypt and to get established there and later to move back to Nazareth. God provided for them right on time!

Matthew 2:10-14 (ERV) They were very happy and excited to see the star. (11) The wise men came to the house where the child was with his mother Mary. They bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened the boxes of gifts they had brought for him. They gave him treasures of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. (12) But God warned the wise men in a dream not to go back to Herod. So they went home to their own country a different way. (13) After the wise men left, an angel from the Lord came to Joseph in a dream. The angel said, "Get up! Take the child with his mother and escape to Egypt. Herod wants to kill the child and will soon start looking for him. Stay in Egypt until I tell you to come back." (14) So Joseph got ready and left for Egypt with the child and the mother. They left during the night.

Matthew 2:19-23 While Joseph was in Egypt, Herod died. An angel from the Lord came to Joseph in a dream (20) and said, "Get up! Take the child with his mother and go to Israel. Those who were trying to kill the child are now dead." (21) So Joseph took the child and the mother and went to Israel. (22) But he heard that Archelaus was now king in Judea. Archelaus became king when his father Herod died. So Joseph was afraid to go there. Then, after being warned in a dream, he went away to the area of Galilee. (23) He went to a town called Nazareth and lived there. This gave full meaning to what God said through the prophets. God said the Messiah would be called a Nazarene.

Not only did these gifts help them monetarily, but they represented, symbolised and prophesied Jesus' as King, High Priest and Holy and Willing Sacrifice. Glory be to our God!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Turkey Brine

Brining Your Turkey

Salt changes the structure of the muscle tissues in the meat, allowing it to swell and absorb water and flavorings. It also breaks down the proteins, resulting in a tender-seeming turkey. This means that--despite the moisture loss during roasting and the long cooking time--the end result is a juicier bird. When buying a turkey for brining, choose a natural turkey, not a self-basted bird that's been injected with a solution of salt and other flavorings. Look for the words "natural", "no additives", and "minimally processed" on the label. Brine should be cold before adding the turkey or the meat will absorb too much salt.



Vegetable Broth Brine (Read the instructions on this one so you see how to use the brine for all the other Brine recipes that follow)

1 gallon vegetable broth
1 cup sea salt
1 tablespoon crushed dried rosemary
1 tablespoon dried sage
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon dried savory
1 gallon ice water

In a large stock pot, combine the vegetable broth, sea salt, rosemary, sage, thyme, and savory. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently to be sure salt is dissolved. Remove from heat, and let cool to room temperature. When the broth mixture is cool, pour it into a clean 5 gallon bucket. Stir in the ice water. Wash and pat dry your turkey with paper towels. Make sure you have removed the innards. Place the turkey, breast down, into the brine. Make sure that the cavity gets filled. Place the bucket in the refrigerator overnight. Remove the turkey carefully draining off the excess brine and pat dry. Discard excess brine. Cook the turkey as desired reserving the drippings for gravy. Keep in mind that brined turkeys cook 20 to 30 minutes faster so watch the temperature gauge. Place a gallon of frozen water in a large cooler (freeze in a water bottles) or ice bags (ice in Ziplocs) and brine the turkey and brine in the cooler while it marinates overnight. Or use a big bucket and put the iced water, turkey and brine in the bucket. Most refrigerators won't hold it so use the ice to keep your turkey safe while it marinates. Watch out for the cooking time on this as a brined bird cooks much faster - especially if you're using a roasting bag (which I did). A 22 lber can cook in only 2 1/2 hours!!


Citrus Brine

1 cup salt
1 lemon, cut into wedges
1 orange, cut into wedges
1 medium onion, cut into wedges
3 cloves garlic
4 bay leaves
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 1/2 gallons cold water

Rub salt onto your turkey, and place remaining salt, lemons, oranges, onion, garlic, bay leaves, thyme and pepper into a large pot. Place the turkey in the pot, and fill with water. Refrigerate overnight. Discard brine after removing turkey. This is a good one to use if you are smoking your turkey.

Brine With Garlic

2 gallons water
1 1/2 cups canning salt
3 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar

In a large bucket or container large enough to hold your turkey, mix together the water, salt, garlic, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar. Store in a refrigerator, and soak turkey for 2 days before smoking or roasting.

Sweet Brine

4 quarts water (24 cups)
3 1/2 cups kosher or sea salt
4 cups sugar
2 tablespoons cracked peppercorns
7-8 cloves garlic
5 bay leaves, crumbled coarsely

Prepare brine by combining ingredients in a stainless steel or enamel pan (do not use aluminum). Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, until all of the sugar and salt are dissolved. Allow brine too cool.



Smoked Turkey Brine

1/2 c. pickling salt
1 c. Morton's tender quick (found in spices near salt)
4 to 5 tbsp. liquid smoke (1 to 3 oz. bottle for 2 gal. brine)

Sage Brine

Toast about 2 tablespoons of the chopped dried sage (best using fresh sage that you have dried)
Put the sage into a pot of water with two parts kosher salt and one part sugar. Bring to a boil and then let it cool.

Cranberry Brine

2 medium onions, roughly diced
5 stalks celery, roughly chopped
5 medium carrots, roughly chopped
14 garlic cloves, unpeeled and smashed
6 bay leaves
6 sprigs fresh rosemary
6 sprigs fresh thyme
6 sprigs fresh sage
12 sprigs fresh Italian Parsley
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 cup kosher salt
2 quarts cranberry juice

Mix together in a large pot 1 of the onions, 2 stalks celery, 2 carrots, 6 garlic cloves, peppercorns, 3 sprigs each of the rosemary, thyme and sage, 6 sprigs of the parsley, kosher salt and the cranberry juice; heat and stir until the salt disolves and mixture begins to simmer; remove and let cool to room temperature.

Apple Brine

1 1/2 cups, KOSHER salt (not regular, use Kosher)
1 1/4 cups, brown sugar
10 whole cloves
3 teaspoons, black peppercorns
1 1/2 gallons (6 quarts) apple juice or cider (non-alcoholic)
The peel from oneor two orange or one tangerine (colored part only - not white pith)
Optional: 3 teaspoons, dried thyme and/or 3 teaspoons, dried sage

Combine all ingredients in a non-reactive pot, bring mixture to a boil, lower heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes (partly covered). Allow brine to cool completely.


Brining A Turkey

Why brine a turkey? How do you do it? What do you include in a brine solution? When do you brine? This answers these questions.

You can use a 5 gallon bucket, a large cooler, the super large plastic bags, etc. for brining. I don't have room in my refrigerator to hold that large of a container so I keep ice (in plastic bags) or frozen cold packs in the container. Check your ice regularly to make sure you are keeping the turkey cold enough.

Do a Google search for brining solutions. You can add all kinds of things to give you the taste you want such as citrus, spices, onions, garlic, etc. I used Martha Stewart's recipe last year.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

In This Political Atmosphere Keep Out Envy And Strife



James 3:16-18 (Modern King James Version - MKJV) For where envying and strife are, there is confusion and every foul deed. (17) But the wisdom that is from above is first truly pure, then peaceable, gentle, easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. (18) And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

In a couple of days we will be voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton for President of the United States (POTUS). It's been a strange election because somehow these two candidates beat out the other more moderate candidates so we are stuck with voting for, what I call, the lesser of two evils. You have Clinton who has been a powerful part of the political elite class for decades and has a slew of scandals that go back to her young years. But she has made it as the Democratic candidate for POTUS. Then you have Donald Trump who is very arrogant and disturbing in his own right and who has worked the economic system to his advantage to make billions. But he has made it as the Republican candidate for POTUS. Personally, I'm not happy with either of them and have been fighting down fear no matter who wins. But I have prayed for months that God would lead me to do the right thing. I take my citizenship as an American very seriously and have voted in all major elections since I turned 18 yrs old (49 years ago)! I prayed that God would lead me to do the right thing. I tried to honestly be willing to do whatever God told me to do whether it was to NOT vote at all, write in a candidate, vote for any of the ones on the ticket (Dem, Rep, Ind, Lib). I wanted to submit to God's wisdom because my knowledge is so limited and my wisdom so faulty. I have no knowledge of the future and I can't possibly take into account all the variables so I have to trust God will know what needs to be done and, as His child, and as I pray and submit, He will lead me to do the right thing. If I vote for Candidate A, but Candidate B wins, did I do something wrong? No, because I prayed and tried to do what I felt was right. God may be showing me that Candidate B is a tool He will use to accomplish His purposes. I voted for the Republican in the last POTUS election but the Democrat won. Does that mean I voted wrong? No. I prayed, I tried to do the right thing as I felt led. Which is what I'm responsible for. But I learned that, although I did as I felt led to do, the opposing candidate can still be used by God as a tool to work His Will in America. Maybe that was the lesson I was suppose to learn. Obama may or may not be saved, may or may not pray for God's wisdom, but God can still use him whether or not Obama accepts God as his leader. God used pagan kings in the Old Testament and Roman governors in the New Testament to accomplish His purposes. For instance, Jesus had to be crucified on the cross in order to pay the price for our sins and offer us salvation. The Jewish Sanhedrin was a religious authority for the Jews in Israel at the time. But they didn't have the authority to put someone to death. Only the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, could authorize that. God's Will was to sacrifice Jesus on our behalf and He used the Sanhedrin and Pontius Pilate to accomplish that purpose. Neither the members of the Sanhedrin, nor the Roman ruler, Pilate, were Christians but God used them as tools to accomplish His larger plan.

Where does that leave me today? It means I should pray and seek God about how I should vote. Then I vote the best I know how. And then I release the results to God and let Him be in control, trusting Him.

But our scripture today is about "strife and envy", what does that have to do with politics? Well, let's look at this scripture in more detail and find out.

Envy, in the original Greek, is zelos. It's where we get the English word, zeal and zealot, from. In a good way, the word means ardor, fervent in spirit, defending something with zeal. In a bad way it means indignation, jealousy; zeal in behalf of, for a person or thing; fierceness of indignation, punitive zeal; an envious and contentious rivalry, jealousy. It connotes a fierce desire to promote one's own ideas and convictions to the exclusion of everyone else. A person so fixated, obsessed and fanatical that they are considered extremist, even militant. Someone who is willing to try to force another person into their way of thinking. If it was used in the context of a jealous man, it would mean this man is obsessed, fixated and willing to force his object of "love" into submission.

In the context of politics, it's one who is so sure his ideas and beliefs are right and therefore he must debate, argue, harangue and force his way of thinking on others.

Strife, in the original Greek, is eritheia. It means to put one’s self forward, a partisan and fractious spirit; partisanship, fractiousness; contentiousness. It is used for political parties and is often translated as "party spirit". Pushing an agenda and developing strategies in order to become the ruling party in the government and gain the power necessary to do what they want to do.

Political parties are made of people who share the same values, beliefs, views, ideas.





The party is formed and their ideas on the issues form the party platform. A party platform is a document stating the aims and principles of a political party. I.e., where they stand on major issues. The definition of a party platform is a set of beliefs that are accepted as characteristic of a particular political party and presented to the public to help the public know the principles and values for which that party stands.



For instance, the Republican Party Platform for 2016 contains this plank, (pg 11) "Traditional marriage and family, based on marriage between one man and one woman, is the foundation for a free society and has for millennia been entrusted with rearing children and instilling cultural values...We, therefore, support the appointment of justices and judges who respect the constitutional limits on their power and respect the authority of the states to decide such fundamental social questions."




As you can see, there is a vast difference in opinion on how to make America great and keep America safe. We all know religion and politics are hot button issues for everyone. It's best to avoid these subjects in polite society. Because we take sides and begin trying to convert other people to our way of thinking. They become defensive. When we are unable to convince them, we get hot under the collar and before you know it, everyone is shouting. It can completely destroy relationships.

As a Christian, a true believer in Jesus Christ, not just a cultural christian, I know there are times when we must stand for Jesus Christ. I believe Jesus Christ is the only way to be saved. I believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God, He was born of a virgin, He was sinless, He was crucified and rose to life 3 days later. I believe the Holy Bible is the inerrant Word of God. I believe that there is no unpardonable sin except the sin of refusing to accept Jesus as your Savior and when we repent and ask Him to be our Savior, we are born again. The Holy Spirit comes to live within us along with your new spirit in order to grow and mature us in the faith. These are the tenets of my faith and I will not give in on these beliefs.

I also know there are times when I must stand strong on doing right. For instance, if I see someone murder another person, I can't overlook it by thinking, "They have the right to their opinion. If they wanted to murder someone, it's their right to do what they want to do." NO! I must stand up and do the right thing. We can't let murderers get away with it in order to respect their desire to murder. It's why I'm Pro-Life. A woman has a right to control her body but when she's pregnant, her right to control ends when it means taking the life of another human being, her baby. That baby has a right to protection and the right to life that supersedes her right to have control over her body. In most cases, men and women have the choice to participate, or not, in sexual concourse. Abstinence is the one way of knowing you will not get pregnant. And birth control is easy and affordable (although not a guarantee). That's where the choices should start. But once a human life is started, the choices are over because you can't kill someone else for your own convenience.

But lets get back to our verse. When we can, we should be peacemakers. We need to treat others with respect. But where there is a fierce desire to promote one's own ideas, it produces conflict and division.

James 3:16 (MKJV) For where envying and strife are, there is confusion and every foul deed.
James 3:16 (Easy To Read Version = ERV) Where there is jealousy and selfishness, there will be confusion and every kind of evil.
James 3:16 (Young's Literal Translation - YLT) for where zeal and rivalry are, there is insurrection and every evil matter;
James 3:16 (American Standard Version - ASV) For where jealousy and faction are, there is confusion and every vile deed.

I.e., For where there is envying, jealousy, zeal and strife, selfishness, rivalry, faction there will be confusion.

Confusion in the original Greek, is akatastasia, which means instability, disorder; commotion, confusion, tumult. We should avoid controversial topics as it leads to this type of conflict. Rational thinking is too easily replaced by anger and people getting hurt.

Evil in the original Greek, is phaulos, which means foul, wicked, vile.

So if we take this altogether we see that when we get into a debate, argue and try to force others to believe the same way we do, we are causing strife and conflict that leads to confusion, disorder and all kinds of vile behavior.

We don't have to live in strife, or cause strife and conflict. Arguments and debates, shouting matches and hurt feelings cause disruption and destroy relationships. Wherever we can, we should be peacemakers as Christ was.  When someone tries to goad you into an angry reply, don't lose control over yourself and don't participate in it.

We must remember all human beings were created by God, in His Image, and with His breath of life in them. We are so valuable and precious to God that He sacrificed His Son, Jesus Christ, to pay for our sins and in order to offer us the free gift of salvation. For no other reason, human beings should be treated with a degree of respect. Every human being deserves a modicum of respect because God created them and died to save them. So we should be cautious and careful about falling into disrespectful attitudes, conversations, arguments or behaviors.

God made us very diverse and we need that diversity. I need someone who is more creative and they need someone like me who is more organized. I need someone who is able to be a first responder in emergency situations and they need someone like me who has a tender heart and sensitive spirit. We need liberal media to keep conservative politicians in line. We need conservative media to keep the liberal politicians straight. We need each other. So, where we can, we should appreciate what others bring to the table. We can value another person's point of view.

Even if we disagree, and can never agree on a subject, we can still treat someone with respect. And we should try to cultivate a humble spirit. When we think we have all the answers and that the world would run smoothly if everyone did what we said, we have a proud spirit. We are NOT God and we don't have all the answers. So we need to keep that in mind and remain humble.

Practice communicating in a clear but non-threatening way. Once someone feels attacked, they go into defense mode and little can be accomplished when that happens. So keep your voice level, keep your words polite and respectful and watch your body language. You may be saying something non-threatening such as "The grass is green", but if your voice is raised, your arms are crossed and your face is a stony mask of hate then you have communicated anger and threat even though your words are benign.

As I said, there are times when you make a stand. It's called for. Jesus entered the Temple and found the money changers in the Temple cheating the Jews who were coming to worship God. He reacted in righteous anger and chased them out of the Temple. He was angry and He acted but He did not act in sin. He did not sin in His anger. When there are times we have to make a stand, we should strive to do it without sin as Christ did. Whenever possible, we should be peacemakers as He was.

What about those who have broken the law? Do we just pat them on the head and walk away in order to avoid conflict? No. Society needs laws to keep us safe and to keep order. But we should punish law breakers in the right way. For instance, a man murders someone. We must treat them with respect but that doesn't mean letting them off the hook. How do we do it? How do we strike that balance? We make sure they are arrested and treated as a human being while incarcerated. We don't beat them up or torture them in jail. We make sure they have access to the legal system which is in place to attempt fairness. Once they are convicted, we should apply the death penalty in a humane way. There are consequences to breaking the law. We have laws for the protection of society and innocent people. But that doesn't mean those who break the law should be treated like animals. There should be reasonable protection while incarcerated, humane punishments, and, equality and fairness in the legal system. That doesn't mean color TV, napping all day, eating T bone steaks while jailed. But it also doesn't mean beatings, torture, rapes, inhumane and cruel punishments, and neglect either. There are commonsense balances. A prison should be a place of punishment but not a place of torture.

What about politicians who are making crazy laws that are destroying America? Within the law, and according to our legal system, we should pursue a way of settling the issue. It means voting, being politically active, contacting our representatives, working for a resolution. But it doesn't give us a license to call someone names, make threats, assassinate, etc. We must be careful to keep our attitude right and to be careful how we communicate.

What about those politicians who are corrupt? Within the law and according to our legal system, we should pursue a way of settling the issue. We must stand up for right and never condone wrong. When Bill Clinton perjured himself on the stand and said, "I did not have sex with that woman", he was revealed as a liar and a perjurer. What he did was against the law. What he did to women and with women, revealed him as morally corrupt. His wife and daughter were humiliated in public and he certainly had not kept his marriage vows to Hillary. That doesn't take into account any of the many shady areas that came up during his presidency. Just these facts alone made him a poor choice for President of the United States. He was a philanderer, had poor judgment, was a liar and was willing to use anyone and anything to cover up his sins. But he was elected for a second term.

I'm not trying to do anything but state what we know to be true and how I think he didn't meet the requirements for being President. Breaking the law was ignored (he never faced charges or was impeached) and people still voted for him. Where does that leave me? I was angry and I've struggled over the anger. But is there anything I can do about it? Not really. I did NOT vote for him. I wrote my representatives when I felt strongly about something. But what else is there? So I learned that I have no control over the situation and does no good to stew, get angry, and keep it stirred up. I did what I could do but beyond that, it's in God's hands, not mine. This was a valuable lesson for me. I needed to learn the lessons of relinquishing, letting go, trusting God and not the government.

I have some family that see things very differently than I do in politics. This has led to some heated discussions. I'm trying to avoid those conversations. When it's unavoidable, I try to my best to keep my cool and show respect. We have to end the conversation with, "I have to agree to disagree with you". I've gotten out of balance and I confess I have really struggled with this. But it's why I'm praying and studying the Bible about it today. When I can feel my blood pressure rising and angry words wanting to pop out, I know I'm getting out of balance and losing control and I need to back off.

This verse has helped me to strive for that balance again. I will do what I can do, which is to pray about it, be willing to obey God and to vote. The results are in God's hands after that. I don't want to get anxious, angry, worried, or fall into "envy and strife". I don't want to be obsessed, fixated or fanatical about politics. I don't want to stir up controversy, conflict and cause anger. I don't need all those negative things in my life. I don't want to do irreparable damage to relationships.

James 3: 17-18 (MKJV) But the wisdom that is from above is first truly pure, then peaceable, gentle, easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. (18) And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
James 3:17-18 (Contemporary English Version - CEV) But the wisdom that comes from above leads us to be pure, friendly, gentle, sensible, kind, helpful, genuine, and sincere. (18) When peacemakers plant seeds of peace, they will harvest justice.
James 3:17-18 (ERV) But the wisdom that comes from God is like this: First, it is pure. It is also peaceful, gentle, and easy to please. This wisdom is always ready to help people who have trouble and to do good for others. This wisdom is always fair and honest. (18) People who work for peace in a peaceful way get the blessings that come from right living.

I know what I don't want in my heart - envy and strife, confusion and every vile work.

In verses 17-18, I want to be - pure, friendly, gentle, easy to please, sensible, kind, merciful, helpful, genuine, sincere, peaceful.

So, here I am on the eve of an election where my choices are Trump and Clinton. Voting for the other candidates is really giving your vote away and allowing Trump or Clinton to win. Writing in a candidate is the same, it's throwing away a vote. No vote is also a vote. I don't think either candidate has the moral high road. I cannot defend Trump or Clinton against accusations of impropriety and maybe even corrupt and illegal activities. So I cannot endorse anyone. But I can encourage you to pray and be willing to submit to God's Will no matter what He tells you to do. If you insist on voting Democrat no matter what God says, then don't bother praying. But if you are conflicted and worried, pray with an open and obedient heart. Then do the best you can according to how you feel God is leading.

Then determine to accept the results and keep a civil and respectful tongue as political conversations crop up this week. You may not can stand the person who becomes President but you need to deal with that because hatred eats you up and doesn't hurt the person you hate. God calls us to be forgiving in order for us to have healthy life. Holding onto anger, unforgiveness and bitterness hurts YOU. Let it go.

Also pray for whoever is elected. This helps us forgive. There are three things you can pray that are God's Will. 1) Pray that the President accepts Jesus Christ as Savior and is saved, 2) Pray that God will use the President to accomplish His good and perfect Will in our nation, and 3) Pray for them to have wisdom.

1 Timothy 2:2 (ERV) Pray for kings and others in power, so that we may live quiet and peaceful lives as we worship and honor God.

If you have read this far, then maybe you are prepared for Tuesdays elections. Let's try to keep in balance this week and keep our mouths under control. Let's try to trust God and pray for those newly elected.

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