"What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!'"

Luke 15:4-6

October 12, 2016


There is something that has been heavy on my heart for the past few days, and that is the lack of honor and respect that so many people have nowadays. This attitude isn't in only one area, but is seen in families, churches, schools, the workplace, towards police officers, and in all areas of government.

When I was growing up, people never referred to their pastor by their first name only. It was Pastor (first or last name) or Brother/Sister (first or last name).... always! It wasn't as if you were putting them on a pedestal, but it was a show of honor and respect. Over time, this has greatly changed. I'm not really sure how or when this happened, or how. Perhaps, in an attempt to be seen as more personable or to try and be viewed as more approachable or on the same level as the congregants, it became more acceptable and the "in" thing to be on a first name basis. Perhaps calling someone pastor or brother/sister seemed old fashioned; so this was changed in order to try to modernize the church.

What I've noticed happening is there is no longer the respect and honor given to pastors. Oh, the people may like their preaching or think they're wonderful people and really like them, but they don't truly hold that position in high esteem. The office of pastor is not particularly recognized as being a God-given role; therefore, those serving are not particularly honored.

1 Timothy 5:17 (NIV) says, "The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching."

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (NLT) says, "Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your leaders in the Lord's work. They work hard among you and give you spiritual guidance. Show them great respect and wholehearted love because of their work. And live peacefully with each other."

My pastor is my sister. For all of my life, she has always been "Janie". But God began to convict me of the need to truly honor her position as my pastor. In the church or church situations, she needs to be "Pastor Janie"; then outside the church, she can be my sister. I believe that calling her "Pastor" is more than just a title, but shows my respect for her God-given calling and position.

Exodus 20:12 (NLT): "Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you."

I daresay that we all know this commandment. I see a decline in honoring parents in our society, also. I've heard women say, "Oh, I'm much too young to be a grandma!" Mothers want to be best friends to their kids, not fulfill the role of a mom. Kids are not taught respect for their parents and grandparents, and often treat them as if they don't know anything and are stupid. Disciplining children and training them to know right from wrong, treat others with kindness, and respect their elders has somehow fallen by the wayside in our society. There are generations of children and young adults who have never been taught what honoring their parents and grandparents and other older men and women truly mean. They are often very selfish, thinking only of taking care of themselves. We need to begin teaching and showing the younger generations what honoring your father and mother really mean.

Romans 13:7 (NLT): "Give to everyone what you owe them: Pay your taxes and government fees to those who collect them, and give respect and honor to those who are in authority."

Every day we hear and see the complete lack of respect that our nation has for anyone in authority. Police officers are no longer respected. In fact, it seems as if weekly we hear news stories that make all officers sound as if they are corrupt and racist. People in any position of government are seen as dishonest. Nowadays, you never hear of our president referred to by his title; he is not called President Obama, but just by Obama.

School teachers are no longer respected. Business owners, city leaders, supervisors/bosses, and others with authoritative positions are criticized and belittled. There is very little honor shown to those holding offices or positions.

I've heard people become offended when someone younger call them Mr. or Mrs. or Sir or Ma'am. They justify it by saying that it makes them feel old. Perhaps our younger generation would learn to honor their elders if we allowed them to use terms of respect. We need to get over ourselves, and be grateful when a young person speaks to us in tones and terms that show honor.

I wonder what would happen if men and women made the decision to obey these scriptures and begin to show honor and respect to parents, pastors, and those who are in authority? It's much too easy at times to follow social protocol and act as everyone else around us acts. But what if we each decided to make a difference and obey what we're commanded to do in God's Word? Perhaps, others would follow our example. Perhaps, we'd have those in the younger generation who would see how we treat and speak about and to others, and decide to do likewise. We CAN make a difference. Let's decide to speak to and treat others with respect and honor!


TV is a big part of this decay. It's rare, now, to find a show about a family where the kids all respect their parents. And the parents are usually so mixed up that it would be hard to find respect for them. In some of the more popular shows, parents are portrayed as buffoons. And even if one of their children shows them respect, they make it clear they don't feel any respect for them.

Kids learn from examples. TV is one example they can learn from. Their parents are a much better and much longer-lasting example.

I grew up seeing my parents showing respect to their parents. They didn't always agree, but were always respectful and obedient. For several years, I saw my mother frequently visit her mother in a nursing home, even when Grandma didn't know who Mom was. And now, Loretta and I visit Dad in the nursing home when we can, even when he argues that he should be able to drive again, or doesn't quite remember our names.


Cinnamon Rolls

(These are easy, but are time-consuming.)

1 quart Whole Milk

1 cup Vegetable Oil

1 cup Sugar

2 packages Active Dry Yeast

8 cups (plus 1 cup extra, reserved) All-Purpose Flour

1 heaping teaspoon Baking Powder

1 scant teaspoon Baking Soda

1 Tablespoon Salt

Butter, softened



Heat the milk, vegetable oil, and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat to scald (heat until just before the boiling point.) Turn off the heat and leave to cool to lukewarm, approximately 45 minutes to an hour. When the mixture is lukewarm, sprinkle 2 packages of Active Dry Yeast on top and let it set for one minute. Add 8 cups of all-purpose flour; stir mixture together until just combined. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let sit for at least an hour in a relatively warm place. After 1 hour, remove the towel and add 1 more cup of flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir mixture thoroughly together to combine. Preheat oven to 375.

To assemble, remove half of the dough from the pan/bowl. On a floured surface, roll the dough into a large rectangle, about 30x10 inches. The dough should be rolled fairly thin.

Liberally spread softened butter over the entire surface of the dough (using your fingers to do this works best). Generously sprinkle ground cinnamon and 1 cup of sugar over the butter. Gooey is the goal!

Now, beginning at the end farthest from you, roll the rectangle tightly towards you. Use both hands and work slowly, being careful to keep the roll tight. Don't worry if the filling oozes as you work. When you reach the end, pinch the seam together and flip the roll so that the seam is facing down. With a sharp knife, cut into 1-1/2 inch slices (if you can place the dough on a cutting board before cutting, that works well). One roll will produce 20-25 rolls. Pour a couple teaspoons of melted butter into pans (I often use disposable foil pans so that I can share, since this makes so much). Place the sliced rolls in the pans, being careful not to overcrowd.

Repeat this process with the other half of the dough.

Cover all of the pans with a kitchen towel(s) and set aside to rise on the countertop for at least 20 minutes before baking. Remove the towel and bake for 15-18 minutes. Don't allow the rolls to become overly brown.

(I'm going to give you two different recipes for frosting. Both are very good!)

Maple Frosting:

1 bag powdered sugar

2 teaspoons maple flavoring

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup melted butter

1/4 cup brewed coffee

1/8 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, butter, coffee, and salt. Splash in the maple flavoring. Whisk until smooth. The icing should be somewhat thick but still pourable.

(I don't like coffee, but this frosting is surprisingly good and the coffee is very subtle.)

Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 pound powdered sugar

1 package Cream Cheese

2 Tablespoons softened butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup milk

Mix all ingredients together until smooth.

Remove rolls from the oven. Immediately spread icing over the top. Be sure and get it all around the edges and over the top. As they sit, the rolls will absorb some of the icing's moisture and flavor.


Our dog has been having a lot of issues with itching for a while now. He started scratching and licking himself almost constantly; which caused hot spots (sores) and his hair started thinning in spots. At first I thought it was allergies due to high grass pollen; plus many other people had mentioned that their dogs had also been scratching and licking a lot. But with the hair starting to thin in spots, I looked it up and thought he may be getting a slight case of mange (which is mites that get on the dogs). I did a lot of research for natural ways to treat Sammie. After finding several websites that agreed on these natural treatments, here are some things that I did that seemed to really help.

I added a couple drops of lavender essential oil to pure coconut oil and mixed it together; then rubbed the oil on my hands and massaged it into Sammie's skin. I found a mild dog shampoo at a natural health food store that contained lavender and neems oils that really helped. I also occasionally cooked an egg in coconut oil, then added that to his dog food -- which Sammie loves. I changed his dog food to one that contains no grains, and is made from salmon and sweet potatoes. Fish oil is supposed to be good for dogs. I got some that is especially for dogs, and sprinkle it on his food each morning. The coconut oil, fish oil, and eggs have not upset his stomach (he can be a tad finicky at times) and he really likes it. Sammie's skin looks much better and he hasn't been scratching and licking nearly as much.


Everything in our society is designed to make us feel like we're not good enough.

If you were to buy a magazine or watch TV, they would tell you things like you're not thin enough, attractive enough, smart enough, educated enough or connected enough.

But Jesus says, "In Me, you are more than enough, because I am the more-than-enough in you!" - Christine Caine


We love you!

Loretta & Jon