I remember starting a See You At The Pole meeting at my Christian high school. It was this new thing - from somewhere out in Texas - where you would go to school early, and pray at the flagpole. Simple. Not easy. There were just a few of us there. Pretty much just my carpool.
Flash forward one year. Nearly the entire school formed a circle that stretched around the parking lot as we prayed for our friends, school, city, nation, and world. One thing I love about See You At The Pole (SYATP) is that at its heart it is NOT about making a bold stand for Jesus in the face of opposition. It is NOT a battle cry against the system. Rather it is about showing love.
I remember explaining to people who asked what we were doing - "We are praying for you. We are praying for your test scores and health and basketball games ..." SYATP was a chance to let people know that you cared enough about them that you would be a bit of a public spectacle, not to draw attention to your own courage, but to Jesus. My youth pastor always reminded us that "people don't care what you know, until the know how much you care."
So kudos to the kids who showed how much they care today at SYATP.
102.5 Shore Things
Getting to Know the Eastern Shore!
#67. Chicken and slick dumplings
Chicken N Dumplings is not native to the Eastern Shore. They have it down South but Southern dumplings are more like biscuits than the "slick" noodley dumplings of the Mid-Atlantic. With Fall here (it officially began a little after 11 AM today) I wanted to give you a recipe to warm your hearts and bellys!
Chicken & Slick Dumplings Recipe
3 Cups of All-purpose flour (I always use Gold Medal)
3 tsp of salt
6 tablespoons of shortening
about 1 cup of warm water.
Mix flour and salt together in a large bowl
Cut in shortening with a pastry blender
Add the warm water a little at a time until in forms a dough ball that is still a bit sticky
Roll out to about 1/8 thick and cut into squares
Drop them in boiling broth and cook until they are done
You can make them ahead of time and place them on a cookie sheet (single layer) and freeze them. Once they are frozen put them in a ziploc bag for storage. Drop the frozen dumplings into the boiling broth. Dont thaw them out. They get all gooey.
#66. The Elks Swim and Golf Club
#65. Route 12 Pizza
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ARTIST OF THE DAY
At the heart of this band is married couple Pat and Heather Eddolls. As teenagers, they met at a bar, moved in together and shared a raging drug habit. Their lives were out of control. At 18, Heather found out she was pregnant. She left Pat and went back to church where she had grown up. Pat agreed to go to Church with her. They couple got married while Heather was pregnant with their daughter.
Both accepted Christ and watched in amazement as God transformed their lives of drug abuse and sin into a holy family. But they admit it wasn't easy. The years of transition from teenage rebels to Christ honoring parents and spouses was not easy. They use their band as a chance to share their story of Christ's love and to teach others to worship.
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Q: What did Jesus put in the eyes of the blind man at the Pool of Siloam?
A: Mud (John 9:1-7)