I think this amazing spring weather has me dreaming of Colorado. It’s our vivid blue skies and 60-something-degree temperatures which are my idea of weather perfection. For those of you who haven’t been able to experience the top of a 14er, I thought you’d enjoy this video Jesse took as we descended Belford last August. If you want to read more about our double 14er that day, see this post.
“Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast.” Psalm 36:6
Mark, the young man who bought his house debt free and his two brothers read Buying a House Debt-Free. They report that the book was an encouragement to them, and they discussed, as a family, the biblical principal of living debt-free and being content in Christ.
We Maxwells have a vision for families and the children in them learning to be content in Christ and live debt-free lives. With that seed planted in the heart, what seems impossible—a young man purchasing his first house debt free—can become a reality. It is true for our three married sons and our two unmarried sons have the finances to buy their homes debt free. In Buying a House Debt-Free, we share multiple stories of young men who have purchased their homes debt free and give practical steps toward that goal.
The story of Mark is yet another one that we hope and pray will not only inspire you but also motivate you—to own debt-free convictions, to live them out, to teach them to your children, and to read Buying a House Debt-Free if you haven’t already.
You may start small. That’s okay. Simply take the first step.
The exciting “end” of Mark’s story (see Part 1 and Part 2)? He just got engaged!
“The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower
is servant to the lender” (Proverbs 22:7).
What would it have been like that very first Resurrection Sunday morning? Imagine. It’s almost dawn. The stillness of night has broken as a lone bird warbles the first song. Darkness is fleeing as light stretches across the eastern sky. The normal chain of night and day are continuing, although just a short while ago, darkness swept across the land for three hours as Jesus took our sin upon Him.
The grief that wants to shred our hearts in pieces almost overwhelms us as the thoughts of that awful day flood our minds. But wait. The stone–it’s not in front of the tomb anymore!
Yes, my friends. Jesus rose from the dead. He conquered sin forever. May His sacrifice for you — for me — sink deep into our hearts. May it overwhelm us with His eternal, steadfast love.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” — Romans 3:23
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” — Romans 5:8
“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” — Isaiah 53:5-6
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” — Romans 10:9-10
3 Tablespoons (heaping) yeast 2 Tablespoons sugar 1 1/2 cups warm water (100-110º)
1/2 cup butter
1 cup milk
3/4 cup honey
2 eggs room temperature (Put eggs in bowl with hot water to warm them for a couple minutes.)
2 teaspoons salt
2 Tablespoons dough enhancer (optional)
8 3/4 cups flour – white or wheat or a mixture (This is measured by scooping the flour into the measuring cup and leveling it off with a knife. I’ve found that the most consistent.)
Step #1: Heat water to 100-110º. Pour warm water into a mixing bowl. Add yeast and sugar. Gently mix together with a spatula and let proof for 5 minutes.
Step #2: In saucepan, melt better. Then add milk and honey until warm.
Step #3: Pour the milk+honey+butter mixture into the yeast mixture.
Step #4: Turn mixer on, and add eggs, salt, dough enhancer, and several cups of flour. Finish adding the rest of the flour and knead for 7 minutes.
Step #5:Place dough in oiled bowl, cover loosely with plastic wrap, then put in oven at 120º to rise for an hour. I heat the oven up to 180º and then leave the door open until the temperature drops.
Let rise until doubled (about an hour). Lightly flour hands and top of dough as often as needed. The dough might be slightly sticky.
Step #6: Punch dough down. Spray muffin pans. Put two 1.5″ balls in each muffin cup. Cover. Let rise for a 1/2 hour or until doubled. Bake at 375º until golden brown (around 20 minutes). Do not over bake!Pull one roll a part to make sure it’s not doughy but just past. That makes them really soft.
“Give us this day our daily bread.” Matthew 6:11
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