Coffee Review: Hemisphere Coffee Roasters Nicaraguan Cafe Diego

August 31, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Posted in Coffee Reviews | 1 Comment
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This is the third coffee we have tried from Hemisphere Coffee Roasters  (www.hemispherecoffeeroasters.com) and this one is a dark roast version of the Café Diego. It is described as Nicaraguan coffee at its finest with good acidity and chocolaty undertones. It is grown at high altitudes in old shade canopy. We liked the light/medium roast we had before and thought this would make a good comparison.

It has a nice roasted aroma from the bag and the freshly ground beans. Kim said that she could smell the freshly ground beans upstairs. She thought there was almost a fruitlike aroma. Me, I just thought it smelled really good.

First up for the brewing was the French Press. The flavor reminded us of bittersweet chocolate and the acidity is mild. There is a natural sweetness as you drink it and a nice, not too tangy aftertaste. It’s a good morning cup of coffee.

Next up was the auto-drip and the overall flavor is a little milder here. I want to emphasize that the aroma of these beans is really good. The aroma fills the area where you are grinding and brewing the coffee. Even though there is a good roasted flavor it is not as strong as you would expect from the aroma or the color of the beans. We enjoyed this brew too.

Lastly we used the Chemex coffee maker. This was our favorite way to drink this Café Diego dark roast. I never get tired of the clean taste of coffee from the Chemex. You can taste some fruitiness and some dark chocolate. I would describe the aftertaste as pleasant with a mild acidity. The coffee beans were dark, but they were not over roasted. The taste from the Chemex was our favorite this time, though any of the three brewing methods produced an enjoyable cup of coffee.

If you are looking for a dark roasted Nicaraguan coffee we suggest you try this Café Diego from Hemisphere Coffee Roasters. We would also encourage you to visit their site and look into how they are helping coffee farmers. They work with Rosedale Mennonite Missions to help indigenous farmers and laborers improve both their lifestyles and communities. You can enjoy their coffee and help people in different parts of the world at the same time.

We received this coffee for free and offer objective feedback. Until next time stop and enjoy the coffee and conversation.

Much GRACE and peace to you,

Bill and Kim

Romans 15:13; Psalm 34:1-10

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The Spirit’s Work in the Soul

August 31, 2010 at 9:10 am | Posted in William Gurnall | Leave a comment
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Wisdom from William Gurnall

This blessed Holy Spirit has all the characteristics of a comforter. He is so pure and holy that He cannot deceive; He is called the “the Spirit of truth” (John 14:17). If He says your sins are forgiven, you can believe Him; He will not flatter. If it were not so He would have told you, for He can chide as well as comfort – He can convince of sin as well as of righteousness. And the Spirit of God is so wise that He cannot be deceived; He never knocks at the wrong door nor delivers messages to the wrong person, but knows the exact purpose which the heart of God holds for each person on earth. “The Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 2:10).

These “deep things of God” which the apostle mentions are God’s counsels of love which lie deep in His heart until the Spirit draws them out and shows them to men and women. And He also knows perfectly the frame of man’s heart. It would be strange if the cabinet maker did not know every secret compartment in the cabinet. Despite their long study, neither man nor the devil have anything even approaching a full knowledge of that little world, the microcosm of man’s soul. But as in everything else, God knows this field perfectly and cannot be deceived.

In a word, God’s Spirit is so irresistible that no one can stand against the power of His peace. For example, the pardon Nathan took to David was not all that he had hoped for; so David begged the Comforter to ease his pain. He went on his knees and prayed hard to have his lost joy restored and his softened heart established by the free Spirit of God. You might baffle man, and though your own melancholy manipulation, even evade the truths which Christians bring for comfort; but when the Holy Spirit Himself comes, all disputes will end. Satan cannot pull rank or his false logic on Him. Confusion vanishes and our fears with it, as darkness disappears before the sun. – Taken from The Christian in Complete Armour, August 31. Edited by James S. Bell, Jr. and published by Moody Publishers.

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I would like to add two good quotes from J. C. Ryle:

The World’s Opposition To Christ’s Work

“Let all who are attacked by the world for trying to do good, take comfort in the thought that they are only drinking of the cup which Christ drank. Their Master in heaven sympathizes with them. Let them work on patiently, and believe that, if they are faithful, their work will speak for itself. The world’s opposition is sure to attend every really good work. If the servants of Christ are to cease from every movement which the world calls in question, they will soon come to an entire stand-still. If we are to wait until the world approves our plans, and is satisfied with the propriety of our efforts, we shall never do anything on earth.”

~ J.C. Ryle

Expository Thoughts on the Gospels: Luke volume 2 , [Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1998], 320.

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“How marvelous it is that we do not hate sin more than we do! Sin is the cause of all the pain and disease in the world. God did not create man to be an ailing and suffering creature. It was sin, and nothing but sin, which brought in all the ills that flesh is heir to. It was sin to which we owe every racking pain, and every loathsome infirmity, and every humbling weakness to which our poor bodies are liable. Let us keep this ever in mind. Let us hate sin with a godly hatred.” — J.C. Ryle

Coffee Shop Review: La Vida Java

August 29, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Posted in Coffee Shop Reviews | Leave a comment
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About a week ago Kim and I went out to run some errands, go shopping and stop at a coffee shop. We wanted to try one that we had never been too so we went to La Vida Java. It is located in Westport Village, 1301 Herr Lane, Suite 110, in Louisville. It is easy to find and there are a lot of shops and restaurants around it.

We went there on Wednesday morning and it was not too crowded. We like to look around a shop and order small cups of their daily brew. The two coffees we chose were a dark roasted Ethiopian and medium roasted Costa Miel Blend. The owner was working that morning and he made Costa Miel fresh while we waited. He is very personable and we had a good conversation with him. He answered all of our questions while we waited. As other customers came in he greeted those he knew by name and asked if they wanted their regular.

I visited their website and found the Ethiopian Yirgacheffe described as medium dark and bold and as intense as its name with aromas ranging from fruity and flowery enzymatics to exotic fresh leathers. Its smoky flavor follows suit displaying a fruity tart earthiness with a dry clean finish. The Costa Miel (Honey Coast) Blend is medium and mild and is a breakfast blend which is comprised of three South and Central American beans. The chocolaty, creamy and sweet taste lends itself to a caramel nutty and smooth finish, hence its name.

We were looking forward to tasting these coffees. The Ethiopian was good and had a nice fruitiness. It was not over roasted which is a good thing. The Costa Miel was excellent. It was naturally sweet and smooth. When we left the shop we went to Whole Foods and left the coffees in the car. We came out and both were cooled off. We liked the flavor profile of both as they cooled and thought the Costa Miel would make a great iced coffee. It was a very enjoyable.

We would recommend a visit to La Vida Java (www.lavidajava.com).Their motto is “Live Life. Have Fun. Drink Coffee!” Even if you are driving through Louisville on a trip and want to stop for good coffee, this place would be worth the stop. The friendliness of the owner and the quality of the coffee made this an enjoyable date. Until next time, remember to stop and enjoy the coffee and conversation.

Much GRACE and peace to you,

Bill and Kim

Romans 15:13; Psalm 34:1-10

Only Trust Him

August 29, 2010 at 7:46 am | Posted in hymns | Leave a comment
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Only Trust Him

This hymn was written by John H. Stockton and is sung in 4/4 time.

1.      Come, every soul by sin oppressed – There’s mercy with the Lord, And He will surely give you rest By trusting in His Word.

(Refrain) Only trust Him; only trust Him. Only trust Him now. He will save you; He will save you. He will save you now.

2.      For Jesus shed His precious blood, Rich blessings to bestow; Plunge now into the crimson flood That washes white as snow.

(Refrain)

3.      Yes, Jesus is the Truth, the Way, That leads you into rest; Believe in Him without delay And you are fully blest.

(Refrain)

Ask anyone who has repented of their sins toward God and turned in faith to the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 20:21) how they now feel and you will probably get a lot of different answers. Ask the saved, sanctified child of the Most High God how he feels singing this song and he will probably tell you that he can’t sing it loud enough or with enough feeling to express the joy that comes from being in Christ.

We can argue about which comes first in the mind and heart of an individual, faith or regeneration? Or does regeneration come first then faith? What should be in the heart, mind, soul and voice of every blood purchased, redeemed child of God is joy for the forgiveness of sin and the blessing of eternal life with Christ in the presence of God (Rom. 5:1-5).

Then there should be a desire that others (sinners) would come to know God’s love and mercy that only comes through the forgiveness of sin. There is only one way to God. That way involves repentance of sin and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Trust that He loves you and trust that He has the power to forgive you. Only trust Him now.

Much GRACE and peace to you,

Bill (a fellow-laborer)

Romans 15:13

Our Dependence Upon His Work

August 24, 2010 at 9:00 am | Posted in William Gurnall | Leave a comment
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Wisdom from William Gurnall

God chose to give this treasure of reconciliation to humble us, so our haughtiness might bow and God could be exalted in our day of salvation. “The bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world” (John 6:33). And notice hwy God chose that method to feed His children in the wilderness: “Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee”(Deuteronomy 8:16).

Let us examine this humbling process more carefully. Naturally we assume that the Israelites would have become wise as well as humble when God Himself fed them with “angels food” (Psalm 78:25). Yet man is proud and wants to be his own provider; he does not enjoy a meal sent in by charity, at another’s expense, nearly so much as he does food which he earned himself. This pride made the children of Israel wish for the onions of their Egyptian gardens – inferior food but food bought with their own money instead of brought to them by God. God’s reconciliation to sinners was aimed at a more perfect union than He had with Adam.

God would never have allowed His first workmanship to be so scarred by sin if He had not planned to build a more magnificent structure out of its ruins. Because He intended to print man’s happiness in the second edition with a more perfect type than the first, He used Christ as the only fit instrument to accomplish this design: “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). He did not come to give the dead and damned a bare peace – naked life – but a more abundant life than man ever had before sin separated him from God. – Taken from The Christian in Complete Armour, August 19. Edited by James S. Bell, Jr. Moody Publishers Edition, 1994.

Have Thine Own Way, Lord

August 22, 2010 at 7:50 am | Posted in hymns | Leave a comment
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Sunday’s Hymn

Yet, O Lord, You are our Father. We are the clay, You are the Potter; we are all the work of Your hand. (Isaiah 64:8)

Have you fully surrendered to the Lord? Typically this song has been used as an invitation to come forward to the altar at the close of a service. But I think it could be used during your morning devotional reading as a prayer of praise and surrender. Maybe submission might be a word some would rather use instead of surrender. Regardless of the word you choose, you must surrender or submit your life to Almighty God. He is GOD and there is no other.

I hope you have a good day of service and worship to the Lord,

Bill (a fellow-laborer)

Romans 15:13; 8:28

Have Thine Own Way, Lord

By Adelaide A. Pollard

1.      Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way! Thou art the Potter; I am the clay. Mold me and make me after Thy will, While I am waiting, yielded and still.

2.      Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way! Search me and try me, Master, today. Whiter than snow, Lord, wash me just now, As in Thy presence humbly I bow.

3.      Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way! Wounded and weary, help me, I pray. Power all power surely is Thine! Touch me and heal me, Savior divine!

4.      Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way! Hold o’er my being absolute sway! Fill with Thy Spirit till all shall see Christ only, always living in me!

In Praise of Dogmatism

August 18, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Posted in A. W. Tozer | Leave a comment
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Recently while I was reading a blog there was a title that was a link to another blog. The title was interesting and I clicked on it and was taken to another bloggers article. The second author fancies himself a creative pastor/author and based on the comments he has quite the following of supporters. He was writing about the problem of entertainment in our modern churches and the people responding seemed to think he was onto to something.

The problem from my perspective was that Tozer wrote and preached about that issue back in the 1940’s and 1950’s. There is a site (www.sermonindex.net) that has many of Tozer’s sermons that anyone can listen to. There really is nothing new under the sun, unfortunately I think there has arisen a generation that does not know about Tozer or his work. I hope to help change that by these excerpts from his writings. I will probably go back to the site and encourage the brother to look into the writings of Tozer.

Oh yea, well before Tozer someone else had something to say about culture and forms of worship. The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons (1 Timothy 4:1). But mark this: there will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them (2 Timothy 3:1-5).

Stay faithful and hopeful,

Bill (a fellow-laborer)

Romans 15:13; Psalm 138:1-3

In Praise of Dogmatism – Insight from A. W. Tozer

It is vital to any understanding of ourselves and our fellowmen that we believe what is written in the Scriptures about human society, that it is fallen, alienated from God and in rebellion against His laws.

In these days of togetherness when all men would brothers be…. even the true Christian is hard put to it to believe what God has spoken about men and their relation to each other and to God; for what He has spoken is never complimentary to men.

There is plenty of good news in the Bible, but there is never any flattery or back scratching. Seen one way, the bible is a book of doom. It condemns all men as sinners and declares that the soul that sinneth shall die. Always it pronounces sentence against society before it offers mercy; and if we will not own the validity of the sentence we cannot admit the need for mercy.

The coming of Jesus Christ to the world has been so sentimentalized that it means now something utterly alien to the Biblical teaching concerning it. Soft human pity has been substituted for God’s mercy in the minds of millions, a pity that has long ago degenerated into self-pity. The blame for man’s condition has been shifted to God, and Christ’s dying for the world has been twisted into an act of penance on God’s part. ………….

According to this philosophy men are never really to blame for anything, the exception being the man who insists that men are indeed to blame for something. In this dim world of pious sentiment all religions are equal and any man who insists that salvation is by Jesus Christ alone is a bigot and boor.

………. we discuss religion on television and in the press as a kind of game, much as we discuss art and philosophy, accepting as one of the ground rules of the game that there is no final test of truth and that the best religion is a composite of the best in all religions. So we have truth by majority vote and thus saith the Lord by common consent.

One characteristic of this sort of thing is its timidity. That religion may be very precious to some persons is admitted, but never important enough to cause division or risk hurting anyone’s feelings. In all our discussions there must never be any trace of intolerance; but we obviously forget that the most fervent devotees of tolerance are invariably intolerant of everyone who speaks about God with certainty. And there must be no bigotry, which is the name given to spiritual assurance by those who do not enjoy it.

The desire to please may be commendable enough under certain circumstance, but when pleasing men means displeasing God it is an unqualified evil and should have no place in the Christian’s heart. To be right with God has often meant to be in trouble with men. This is such a common truth that one hesitates to mention it, yet it appears to have been overlooked by the majority of Christians today…………

…………… The Christian will not disagree merely to be different, but wherever the moral standards and religious views of society differ from the teachings of Christ he will disagree flatly. He will not admit the validity of human opinion when the Word of God is clear. Some things are not debatable; there is no other side to them. There is only God’s side.

When men believe God they speak boldly. When they doubt they confer. Much current religious talk is but uncertainty rationalizing itself; and this they call “engaging in the contemporary dialogue.” It is impossible to imagine Moses or Elijah so occupied.

All great Christian leaders have been dogmatic. To such men two plus two made four. Anyone who insisted upon denying it or suspending judgment upon it was summarily dismissed as frivolous. They were only interested in a meeting of minds if the minds agreed to meet on holy ground. We could use some gentle dogmatists these days. – Taken from Man: The Dwelling Place of God, pages 112-115. Christian Publications, Inc. 1966.

The News of the Gospel is Joyous

August 17, 2010 at 9:11 am | Posted in William Gurnall | Leave a comment
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Wisdom from William Gurnall

If we hear insignificant news we will probably forget it. But if it is both important and very good, it causes rejoicing. The angel of the Lord said, “I bring you good tidings of great joy” (Luke 2:10). It has to be great joy because it is all joy; the Lord Christ has brought news of such fullness that He left nothing for anyone else to add. If you think something might be missing from the Gospel you must look higher than God, for He gives Himself though Christ to believers in the covenant of grace. We are fully persuaded the apostle Paul’s argument will hold: “All things are yours; and ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s” (1 Corinthians 3:22-23).

The Gospel places our vessels close to the fountain of goodness itself; and surely we must have all if we are united to the One who has everything. Can any good news come to glorified saints which heaven does not give them? We have proof of that glory in the Word: “Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2 Timothy 1:10). The sun in the sky hides heaven from us while it shows the earth to us! But the Gospel enlightens both at once – godliness has the “promise of life that now is, and of that which is to come” (1 Timothy 4:8).

The audience must have a personal interest before an announcement can be good news. While we can be happy to hear about something good happening to another person, it affects us more when it is poured directly into our own hearts. For example, a sick man does not feel the joy of another’s recovery as strongly as he would his own.

The Gospel does not report what God has done for angels but for us. “Unto you,” the angel said, “is born …… a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11). If angels rejoiced for our happiness, surely our benefit gives even deeper reason to be glad. – Taken from The Christian in Complete Armour, August 11. Edited by James S. Bell, Jr. Moody Publishers edition, 1994.

Christian reader, I do hope that you are encouraged to read your Bible daily and to pray daily. I hope that your prayers are not just for yourself or your family but that you intercede for other people that you know personally and for people that you don’t know personally. I also hope that you supplement your Bible reading and prayer with good devotional reading and a personal study of the Bible to learn truth to apply to your life that you may consistently “grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18) and bring God glory.

Stay faithful and hopeful,

Bill (a fellow-laborer)

Romans 15:13; Psalm 138:1-3

Sweet Hour of Prayer

August 15, 2010 at 6:54 am | Posted in hymns | 1 Comment
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Sunday’s Hymn

 (1 John 5:14-15)

(14)This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. (15)And if we know that He hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of Him.

Don’t forget to spend some time on Sunday mornings reading your Bible, praying and studying God’ Word. Sometimes Christians skip the discipline of devotion on Sunday mornings because they will be attending church. Don’t be like the average Christian. Spend that quality alone time with God and remember to pray (intercede) for your pastor, all the people who serve others at your church on Sunday mornings and for unsaved visitors to be invited and to attend your church. Pray that your church would be an example of God’s transforming power to your community.

Stay faithful and hopeful,

Bill (a fellow-laborer)

Romans 15:13; Psalm 50:23

Sweet Hour of Prayer

By William W. Walford

1.      Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer, That calls me from a world of care, And bids me at my Father’s throne Make all my wants and wishes known: In seasons of distress and grief My soul has often found relief And oft escaped the tempter’s snare By they return, sweet hour of prayer.

 2.      Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer, Thy wings shall my petition bear To Him whose truth and faithfulness Engage the waiting soul to bless: And since He bids me seek His face, Believe His Word, and trust His grace, I’ll cast on Him my every care And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer.

Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)

Coffee Review: Stauf’s Kenya AA Lenana

August 12, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Posted in Coffee Reviews | 1 Comment
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We enjoy drinking coffee with friends and getting to know one another better.  We try to share all of the coffee we receive for reviewing with friends and co-workers. Sometimes we have friends over to drink coffee with and sometimes we give beans to them so they can brew it at home. We ask them to tell us how they liked the coffee after they have had it. So it was good to be able to have some friends over to share this Kenya AA Lenana from Stauf’s (www.staufs.com).

The Stauf’s Kenya AA Lenana  is described as having a uniquely clean finish with the taste and aroma of blueberries and tobacco. It has a medium-light body and a crisp acidity. It came as a whole bean full city roast. It is named after one of the three peaks of Mount Kenya and is grown at altitudes of 4500 feet and above. We all thought the aroma in the bag was pretty good, a mix of fruit and smoke. We were looking forward to brewing it.

We had two groups of friends over at different times and the first brewer choice for each was the Chemex coffee maker because they had never tried coffee brewed that way before. Two even drank their coffee black because they wanted to try a new coffee drinking experience. We thought it had a somewhat sweet, fruitlike flavor. It has a light body and a mildly crisp acidity with a good aftertaste. It went well with the fruit-topped cake we had for desert.

Next we tried the French Press which seems to be the most common brewer that people get after the auto-drip. Here the aroma and flavor were stronger, but acidity is still mild. The body seemed more medium here, just a little bit heavier. Another sugar and cream user drank his cup black and enjoyed it. This is really an enjoyable cup of coffee in the press.

Most of our friends just brew coffee in an auto-drip and they don’t own a grinder. So we help them learn about grinding whole beans, different brewing methods and fresh roasted coffee. Usually they are surprised at how good fresh roasted coffee tastes, even the ones that think that “coffee is coffee.” It is funny to see the smile on their faces when they take that first sip of freshly ground and brewed coffee. From the auto-drip this Kenyan has a mild, naturally sweet flavor. The flavor doesn’t seem to last long in your mouth, but it is a good cup of coffee.

If you would like to try a good mild coffee, this Kenya AA Lenana from Stauf’s might be the one for you. We enjoyed good coffee, good food and good conversation. It was a good coffee brewing and drinking experience. We received this coffee for free and offer objective feedback. Until next time remember to stop and enjoy the coffee and conversation.

Much GRACE and peace to you,

Bill and Kim

Romans 15:13; Psalm 34:1-10

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