Jesus the Light of the World

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What does light do? Light helps us see. Without light we would always be stumbling around, falling over things, running into each other. We’d get hurt and we wouldn’t really be able to go anywhere or see anyone. We would need help, someone to show us the way or tools to help us navigate in the darkness.

Physically, when God created the universe, at first it was filled only with darkness (Gen 1:2). Then, by only His word of power, the first thing God made was light (Gen 1:3).

Spiritually, the Gospel of John tells us that the world of humanity lives in darkness. Darkness is a symbol of sin and death. Just like how physically we stumble and fall in the darkness, spiritually we stumble over temptation and fall into sin. But into the dark world of humanity, Jesus came bringing the light of God.

The Gospel of John tells us, “In Him [Jesus] was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it” (John 1:4-5). And Hebrews tells us that God, “has in these last days spoken to us by His Son [Jesus] … the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person” (Heb 1:3).

Jesus is God the Son, the physical incarnation of God. He brings God’s eternal light into this dark, sinful world of sin and death. This light is Jesus’ self-revelation of salvation in Himself for all who believe. (John 3:16-21).

As followers of Jesus, Jesus shares His light with us. And He tells us to share that light with the world. Jesus explains with an example in Matthew 5:14-16. When you put a lamp in a room, do you hide it under a basket? No, that’s silly! You get a lamp to light up the room. In the same way, the dark world of humanity needs believers to share the love of Jesus with our words and actions so they can see the light of Jesus, experience His life-changing power, and believe in Him.

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Jesus the Light of the World (John 8 12-30)

Jesus the Bread of Life

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Bread was one of the simplest and most common kinds of food in the Ancient Near East. Making bread is a relatively simple process—mix a little bit of water and oil into some flour, knead it into dough, then bake it over a fire, on a baking stone, or in an oven. These ingredients were readily available and affordable, so bread was easy to make. For these reasons, bread was a staple in the diets of people from all walks of life.

Because bread was so common, it became a popular spiritual symbol. In the Old Testament, God used it as a spiritual symbol to teach some truths to His people, the Israelites. The Jewish holiday of Passover, which serves as a reminder of God’s deliverance of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, uses unleavened bread because the Israelites left quickly so the bread didn’t have time to rise (Exodus 12). And when the Israelites wandered the desert wilderness for 40 years under the direction of God’s servant Moses, God provided “bread from heaven” for the Israelites to eat, which they called “Manna” (Exodus 16). So, God instituted bread as a symbol for His divine deliverance and sustenance for His people.

Jesus revealed an even deeper spiritual meaning of bread. As the Gospel of John says, “And Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst’” (John 6:35, NKJV). When Jesus spoke these words, his Jewish audience remembered the Passover bread and the bread from heaven that God provided their ancestors in the wilderness. They understood the spiritual symbolism of God’s provision and sustenance, as well as the connection with God’s servant Moses. They understood Jesus’ claim that this symbol of deliverance and sustenance pointed to Jesus, elevating him above Moses and equating Him with God (John 6).

Passover celebrates when God delivered the Israelites from Egypt. The bread from heaven, or Manna, reminds us how God sustained the Israelites in the desert wilderness. These historical events point to Jesus–God the Son–who delivers us from sin and sustains us in our Christian faith as we live in this unbelieving world. This is just another example of how God’s Word, our spiritual “bread,” points to our Savior and Sustainer, our “bread of life,” Jesus Christ.

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Jesus the Bread of Life (John 6 22-40)

Egg Sausage Veggie Bake

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Egg Sausage Veggie Bake

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs turkey breakfast sausage, cooked
  • 8 large eggs
  • 8 servings liquid egg substitute
  • 1 Roma tomato
  • 3oz baby spinach

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and liquid egg substitute.
  3. Chop spinach to roughly 3/4 inch pieces.
  4. Dice tomato to roughly half inch dices.
  5. Spray glass 9×13 casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  6. Add cooked sausage, spinach, and tomato to dish and mix.
  7. Pour beaten egg mixture evenly over other ingredients in casserole dish.
  8. Cover with aluminum foil and bake 20 minutes.
  9. Remove aluminum foil and bake until egg mixture is fully set, about 5-10 minutes.
  10. Allow to cool at least minutes before slicing and serving.
Roughly 200 calories per serving. Great for Saturday post-workout breakfast or casual Sunday morning family breakfast or brunch.

Zesty Oven Roasted Chicken & Veggies

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Zesty Oven Roasted Chicken & Veggies

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, portioned
  • 24 grape tomatoes
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 4 cups diced hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • 1/3 cup bbq sauce
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 tsp dried cilantro flakes
  • 1/4 tsp roasted granulated garlic
  • pinch shallot powder
  • salt to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Chop zucchini, tomatoes, and onion into roughly 3/4 to 1 inch size pieces.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add chopped veggies and diced potatoes.
  4. In a small bowl, mix bbq sauce with 1/3 cup water. Add spices and stir well. Then pour a little less than half the sauce mixture over the veggies and mix.
  5. In a bowl or storage bag, add portioned chicken breasts and the rest of the sauce mixture and mix.
  6. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  7. Place the chicken breast portions on the baking sheet evenly spaced.
  8. Add veggies around the chicken and season with salt to taste.
  9. Cover loosely with aluminum foil and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  10. Check chicken for done-ness before serving.
Roughly 380 calories per serving. A great stand-alone lower-calorie meal or serve with a side of toasted bread and fresh fruit.

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Bacon Lettuce Tomato Salad

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Bacon Lettuce Tomato Salad

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 4 slices turkey bacon, cooked
  • 2 1/2 cups (85g) romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 6 sweet grape tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup seasoned croutons
  • 2 tbsp shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp light Italian dressing

Directions

  1. Chop the bacon into roughly 1/2-inch pieces.
  2. Slice the grape tomatoes once lengthwise into halves.
  3. Add all ingredients into a large bowl or food storage container with lid.
  4. Toss salad until well-mixed and serve.
Roughly 375 calories. There are several tasty varieties of croutons and Italian dressings. Our family favorites are Olive Garden brand, which can be found in many grocery stores or ordered online.

Triple Chocolate Banana Brownies

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Shout out to Sugar Spun Run for their tasty and simple Easy Brownies from Scratch recipe, which provided the base for my adaptations. You can check out their recipe here: https://sugarspunrun.com/brownies-from-scratch/

Triple Chocolate Banana Brownies

  • Servings: 24 brownies
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, divided
  • 1/2 cup mashed banana
  • 3/4 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks, beaten
  • 1 tsp (imitation) vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup quick oats, ground into flour using a blender or food processor
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large microwave safe mixing bowl, warm butter and 1/4 cup chocolate chips in the microwave just long enough to melt and stir smooth (20-30 sec).
  3. Add the mashed banana and sliced zucchini to the melted chocolate mixture and stir well.
  4. Add the brown and granulated sugars and stir well.
  5. Add the beaten yolks and vanilla extract and stir well.
  6. Add the cocoa powder, oat flour, all-purpose flour, and salt to the mixture and stir just until combined.
  7. Gently fold in remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips (alternatively, sprinkle on top after pouring batter into baking dish).
  8. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and pour brownie batter into the dish.
  9. Bake for 25-30 mins until toothpick stuck in center comes out clean (a couple crumbs are ok but no batter).
  10. Allow to cool at least 10-15 minutes (recommended at least an hour) before cutting and serving.
Roughly 110 calories per brownie. The great thing about these brownies are they are very forgiving if you overcook them! The banana, zucchini, and oat flour add depths of richness and moistness that make these brownies take a little longer to cook but resists drying out if you leave them in a few minutes too long (yes, i accidentally tried this). Definitely let them cool as long as you can before cutting though or you might end up with brownie crumble instead.

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