Listeria: 42 brands of frozen vegetables recalled, 7 hospitalized

Complete list here! http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm498841.htm

Forty-two brands of frozen vegetables have been recalled due to a possible Listeria contamination. Seven people from three different states have already become hospitalized with the infection after consuming these products.

358 different organic and traditional products made by CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco are affected by the recall. The company has issued this recall in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A press release from FoodSafety.gov, “All affected products have the best by dates or sell by dates between April 26, 2016 and April 26, 2018. These include approximately 358 consumer products sold under 42 separate brands, the details of which are listed below. Products include organic and non-organic broccoli, butternut squash, carrots, cauliflower, corn, edamame, green beans, Italian beans, kale, leeks, lima beans, onions, peas, pepper strips, potatoes, potato medley, root medley, spinach, sweet potatoes, various vegetable medleys, blends, and stir fry packages, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, peaches, raspberries, and strawberries. For a complete list of affected products, see below.”

The plant has stopped operation as of April 25, 2016.

Monty Williams Gives Faith Filled Speech At Wife’s Funeral

Story courtesy of Godtube.com

An estimated 900 people were gathered at a church in Oklahoma City when Monty Williams took the stage to give his wife’s eulogy. In a time of such loss, you might expect to see weakness. But Monty was the picture of strength. And the incredibly powerful message he delivered revealed an unshakable faith that is truly inspiring.

Monty is known to the general public as the Assistant Coach for the NBA basketball team, the Oklahoma City Thunder. But to those who know him better, Monty is known as a deeply devoted Christian, as was his wife of 20 years, Ingrid Williams. The two even co-authored “Look Again 52” together — a guide to explore the Bible throughout a year.

Ingrid tragically died because of injuries she sustained in a car accident. The collision occurred after a speeding SUV lost control, crossed over the yellow line and hit Ingrid’s car head-on. Both Ingrid and the woman driving the SUV lost their lives.

The unexpected tragedy suddenly left Monty a widow and single father to the couple’s five children. It’s just the kind of heartbreaking blow that leaves many questioning their faith. But for Monty, there was no question that God always makes good on His promises, and he found comfort in the assurances God gives to all of those who trust in Him:

“God will work this out. My wife is in heaven. God loves us. God is love. And when we walk away from this place today, let’s celebrate. Because my wife is where we all need to be. And I’m envious of that. But I got five crumb-snatchers I’ve got to deal with. I love you guys for taking time out of your day to celebrate my wife. We didn’t lose her. When you lose something you can’t find it. I know exactly where my wife is. I’ll miss holding her hand. I’ll miss talking with my wife.”

One of the most powerful moments came when Monty addressed the woman responsible for the accident:

“Everybody is praying for me and my family, and that is right, but let us not forget that there were two people in this situation, and that family needs prayer as well. And we have no ill will toward that family. In my house, we have a sign that says ‘As for me and my house, we will serve the lord.’ We cannot serve the lord if we don’t have a heart of forgiveness.

That family didn’t wake up wanting to hurt my wife. Life is hard. Life is very hard. And that was tough. But we hold no ill will towards the Donaldson family. And we, as a group, brothers united in unity, should be praying for that family, because they grieve as well.”

It was a stunning display of grace and forgiveness. It was a testament to just how strong Monty’s faith is, which had an impact on all who were there.

“If you know Monty, you’re a better person for knowing him,” said David West, a player for the San Antonio Spurs. “It’s a really tough situation for his family. He’s a courageous man. I envy his strength and his courage. That was probably one of the most powerful moments of my life, sitting there listening to him have the strength to stand in front of his children and ask everybody to pray for the other lady that lost her life. It showed strength and courage I’ve never experienced in my life. So our hearts are with him.”

But of course, that strength comes from the Lord:

“This is hard for my family, but this will work out. And my wife would punch me if I were to sit up here and whine about what is going on. That doesn’t take away the pain, but it will work out because God causes all things to work out. You just can’t quit; you can’t give in.”

Monty’s faithful obedience is an incredible inspiration for us all. Be sure to listen to his entire speech below, and to keep him and his family in your prayers.

Jennifer Garner Is Back In Church

How Actress Jennifer Garner Was Inspired

To Start Taking Her Kids To Church Every Sunday

It’s no secret that Hollywood and faith don’t typically mix. Though there have been a few exceptions, such as “The Passion Of The Christ,” Christian movies have traditionally been stereotyped as cheesy and of poor production quality. But hits like “God’s Not Dead,” “Heaven Is For Real” and “War Room” have been changing that opinion over the past few years. As faith-based films are picking up steam, Hollywood can’t help but take notice. And a recent confession from A-list celebrity, Jennifer Garner, reveals that they are even starting to influence Hollywood stars too!
Growing up, Sunday was synonymous with church for this big name celebrity. But after moving to Hollywood, Jennifer Garner fell out of this routine.

“I grew up going to church every Sunday of my life, and when I did move to L.A., it wasn’t something that was just part of the culture in the same way, at least in my life,” she says.

While Jennifer admits that she drifted from church, she says, “But it didn’t mean that I lost who I was.” Perhaps it was that still, small voice that drew the actress into being part of the movie “Miracles From Heaven.”

“I love the message in the film, and I love the message of hope,” she says. “I love how inspiring the film is. But I also really connected with Christy just from reading the book and from reading the script, and I wanted to honor what she and Annabel and the whole family went through.”

The movie was inspired by a true story told in a book with the same name, written by Christy Beam, who’s daughter, Annabel — a very sick little girl — spent hours trapped inside a hollowed out tree where she experienced a series of miracles. Jennifer plays the role of Christy in the movie, and couldn’t help but to be inspired by this strong woman of faith. Jennifer joined Christy at T.D. Jakes’ church — The Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas — where, just as it says in Proverbs 27:17, iron sharpened iron!

“I fell so in love with this family, I fell so in love with their love for each other. I fell so in love with their faith,”Garner said, going on to speak specifically about Christy Beam. “It was a transformative experience to play this woman right here, she made me stronger.”

From there God used this incredible story to restore Jennifer’s faith, as well as open her eyes to the importance of church for her and her children.

“There was something about doing this film and talking to my kids about it and realizing that they were looking for the structure of church every Sunday,” the actress said. “So it was a great gift of this film that it took us back to finding our local Methodist church and going every Sunday. It’s really sweet.”

Not only has Jennifer recommitted to taking her kids to church regularly, but she’s doing something many big name celebrities in Hollywood won’t — she’s speaking out about her faith!

In a town that belittles religion and boasts on atheism, we commend Jennifer for stepping out and opening up about her faith. It’s amazing to watch as Christian films move to the forefront, and we pray that this movement will continue to bring more and more people to Christ!

2016 National Day of Prayer

The 65th annual National Day of Prayer, May 5, 2016, will have profound significance for our country.  It is an unprecedented opportunity to see the Lord’s healing and renewing power made manifest as we call on citizens to humbly come before His throne.

NDP_Theme-PPSlide.jpegOur theme for 2016 is Wake Up America, emphasizing the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to return to the God of our Fathers in reverence for His Holy Name. To further highlight our theme, we’ve chosen Isaiah 58:1a as our Scripture for this year:  “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet.

For the May 5th observances, Dr. Tony Evans, the 2016 Honorary Chairman, wrote a special prayer to be simultaneously read throughout the nation at noon (ET).  This recitation will create a huge wave of prayer, flowing from one coast to the other, illustrating the unity of God’s people and acknowledging His dominion over the circumstances facing us.  Millions of people will gather to pray at thousands of events facilitated by our volunteer coordinators and people just like you!  We hope you’ll join with our staff again as we seek to bring more communities than ever before together in prayer.  As a way of assisting you, we have assembled a variety of resources that equip you to organize and publicize prayer gatherings, citywide prayer breakfasts, worship services, and rallies.  These materials also present creative ideas geared toward helping individuals and families to establish meaningful devotional times.  If you have any questions after reviewing these items, please don’t hesitate to contact our NDP staff at (800) 444-8828.  We would count it a privilege to lend a hand in whatever manner we are able.

At this crucial time for our nation, we can do nothing more important than pray.  Thank you in advance for making this spiritual discipline a personal priority and for standing with us as we encourage others to incorporate prayer in their lives.  The Lord has graciously anointed our efforts, empowering them to touch and change many hearts and lives.  We look forward to seeing His hand move across our land in exciting ways each May in response to our petitions!  In closing, we ask that you prayerfully consider becoming a volunteer in your church or community to lead a National Day of Prayer gathering. May the Lord’s peace fill your heart as you rest in Him throughout the days ahead.

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A Kind Word, Act of Kindness

Encouraging Word: One kind word can change someones entire day!
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No Act of Kindness is Ever Wasted: Jeremiah went to Walmart, and needed a little assistance with the self check-out option. the lady was very friendly, helpful, and sorted out the trouble with a smile. As I was leaving, I said, “You are the first person that has ever treated me with kindness & dignity, without being rude or condescending. Thank you for being a happy smiling face.” her reply, “You are the first person to ever say anything. I try to be nice to all my customers…”noactofkindness_iseverwasted

We complain about rude people in customer service jobs, but maybe we can all be nicer to them first, and be actively kind & complimentary, affirming the type of manners & courtesy we’d like to see more of when it happens, instead of just grousing all the time about the bad experiences we’ve had. I’m trying to get better at this myself. #‎BeTheChange‬ #‎TheGospel‬