Puzzling Puzzles – Edition 3

This is the 3rd edition of Puzzling Puzzles. Each week the first person to submit the correct answers to all of the weeks’ puzzles will win a box of chocolates or something equally exciting.

Please submit answers to puzzles@bloginthelight.com or return to Alex at Church on Sunday.

The answers will be provided in 2 weeks’ time. (10th September 2017)

This week’s puzzles are a Polygon Puzzle and Scrabble. Good luck! 🙂

Polygon Puzzle

Below is a nonagon with 10 letters inside. Write down as many words with 4 or more letters. All words must include the centre letter and you can only use each letter once. There is one 10 letter word. A clue has been provided for what it could be.

Each valid word is worth a number of points. 4 letters = 4 points. A bonus 50 points can be awarded if you can give which Book, Chapter and Verse that the clue is alluding to.

Scrabble

Using the letter tiles given, make a word that forms part of everyday English. Words that are not allowed include pronouns (words always capitalised), abbreviations, acronyms, prefixes, suffixes, and words requiring a hyphen or apostrophe.

Each letter tile may only be used once. Blank tiles can be used as any letter, but have a value of zero.

SCORING: Add up the values on each tile used in your word, multiplying the value of any tile that falls on a letter bonus. Word bonuses are applied to the entire word after adding the scores of the letters together. This is in addition to any other letter or word bonuses. You may find a dictionary useful. You can place your word anywhere along the rack to get the best points possible. 7-LETTER BONUS: If you use all seven tiles in your word add an extra 50 points after applying all other bonuses.

See what you can make for your highest score. Each set has a word that utilizes all the letters and is connected to our bible reading today. (Judges 6: 1-24)

Rolled French Toast – Recipe: Desserts / Puddings

This evening I decided to attempt some cooking which by my standards went rather well.

I successfully attempted to make some Rolled French Toasts to have as a pudding and here is the recipe below.

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS
12 slices bread (medium thickness maximum!)
Cream cheese
Small sliced strawberries (16 pieces to each large strawberry)
4 eggs
1½ tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Neatly cut off the crusts of each slice of bread so that they remain as close to a rectangle as possible. Then roll out each slice with a rolling pin so it is as thin as can be.

On the bottom third of the slice of bread, spread the cream cheese and lay on top some strawberries. Roll up the slice as tight as possible and put a little bit more cream cheese on the end so that the end of the bread stays pressed against the roll. Repeat for each slice of bread.

Mix together with a small whisk or fork the eggs, milk, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Once thoroughly mixed together, dip the rolls into the mixture. Then fry in a liberally buttered skillet, turning frequently until all sides are golden brown.

Serve hot with whatever topping you choose. In my case vanilla ice cream and raspberry coulis.

Happy eating! 😊

Puzzling Puzzles – Edition 2

Welcome to the 2nd edition of Puzzling Puzzles. Each week the first person to submit the correct answers to all of that weeks’ puzzles will win a box of chocolates or something equally exciting.

Please submit answers to puzzles@bloginthelight.com or return to Alex at Church on Sunday.

The answers will be provided in 2 weeks’ time. (3rd September 2017)

This week you again have two puzzles to ponder – a Word Search and a Sudoku.

Good luck! J

Wordsearch
Can you find the 17 words or phrases relating to our current sermon series on the Names of God?
Words can be in any direction, forward or backwards!

All Sufficient One     Banner     El Shaddai     Exodus     Genesis
Healer     Is Present     Jehovah     Judges     Lord My
Names of God     Nissi     Peace     Rapha
Shalom     Shammah     The Lord Our

 

H G B D E A D E G S R S J K D R
I S S I N H L S L E I E N O F E
E E Z K O P Q O N S H S G Y U L
I V C H T A P N R O H F E D W A
S V Z A N R A C V D O A V N P E
P Z P F E B C A T S M R D E E H
R Z G Z I P H C E Z B Y J D Q G
E I I A C T G M A L A Z O D A L
S O L B I H A J H V D Q G T J I
E J H I F N H A M M A H S J T E
N E E Y F J X H X U A B U M J X
T L L O U T H E L O R D O U R O
Y U O C S S L X I K G J M W P D
V S H A L O M H B E K M G U L U
Q B N W L A P H S R J H I Q R S
E Q X M A X B I L Y L Q B G C L

Sudoku

Find the verses below in your Bibles then fill the corresponding grid with the respective numbers found in each verse. Each 3×3 box must contain the numbers 1-9 with each number only appearing once in any horizontal or vertical lines.

For AJ, HM, BN, FP:

How many weeks passed in which Daniel ate no meat, after his vision of a man?
(Daniel 10:3-5)

For BK, EL, HN, CO, GQ, AR:
How many days per year did Israel’s daughter lament Jephthah’s daughter?  (Judges 11:40)

For CL, GN, IP, AQ, ER
How many choice sheep were prepared for Governor Nehemiah each day? (Nehemiah 5:18)

For EJ, HQ, DR:
What number times 10 was the age of Sarah when she was told she would bare Isaac? (Genesis 17:15-17)

For EK, IM, CP, GR:
How many men did Joseph’s ten brothers say fathered them? (Genesis 42:11)

For IK, EN
How many warriors did the Danites send to spy out the land of Laish? (Judges 18:2)

For FK, AN, IP:
What are the number of verses in this Psalm? (Psalm 61)

For GJ, CM, IN, DO, EQ, HR:
How many seals are on the book to be opened by the Lion of the tribe of Judah?
(Revelation 5:5)

For GK, DM, CN, EP, BR:
When the Son of man is revealed, how many women will be grinding when one is taken?  (Luke 17:30, 35)

  A B C D E F G H I
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L                  
M                  
N                  
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Puzzling Puzzles – Edition 1

Welcome to this first edition of Puzzling Puzzles.

Please submit answers to puzzles@bloginthelight.com or wait for the answers to be provided in a fortnights time. (27th August 2017)

This week you have two puzzles to ponder – a cryptogram and a sudoku.

Good luck!

Cryptogram

Unscramble the letters to identify a verse from the Bible. Fill out the grid and find where the verse is in the Bible!

(Note: Not every letter is utilized in this cryptogram; and for this first one I have saved you time by giving you the letters not used!)

XIFH    VRQVU    XVW    HLHFCB-HLHF    BFVQW    SOZ    CIF    OSQZ    VTTFVQFZ    CS    ILU    VHZ    WVLZ    ‘L    VU    MSZ    VOULMICB;    XVOY    RFDSQF    UF    DVLCIDJOOB    VHZ    RF    ROVUFOFWW.

 

A B C D E F G H I J K L M
 —-       —-     —-        —-    
N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
 —-    —-                    
Book:                                     Chapter:                       Verse:
Version: New International Version Anglicised (NIVUK)

Sudoku

Find the verses below in the Bible then fill the corresponding grid with the respective numbers found in each verse. Each 3×3 box must contain the numbers 1-9 with each number only appearing once in any horizontal or vertical lines.

For DJ, GK, BL, IM, HP, FR:
Josiah was _ years old when he became king.  (2 Kings 22:1)
For FN, AP:
The 10 commandments were written on _ tables of stone. (Deuteronomy 9:11)
For HK, DN, BO, EQ:
What number plus 3 equals the number of Jesus’ apostles?
(Matthew 10:2)
For AM, IQ:
The number of times Paul was whipped with 39 lashes. (2 Corinthians 11:24)
For EK, CM, GN, DO, FQ:
The age of Joash when he began to reign over the kingdom of Judah.
(2 Chronicles 24:1)
For AK, IL, FM, CN, GO, DP, BQ:
The number of verses in this Psalm.
(Psalm 23)
For CK, HM, GQ:
The number of languages spoken before the building of the tower of Babel.
(Genesis 11:1)
For BK, FL, AO, CQ:
The number of sons Issachar had.  (1 Chronicles 7:1)
For GJ, DK, IO, HQ, CR
Noah had _ sons. (Genesis 6:10)

A B C D E F G H I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R

Cryptogram – Number 1

I would like to have some fun and games on here whilst sharing my life but at the same time helping people to learn their bibles. So I am going to post regular puzzles to do. Here is the first in a series of cryptograms. Enjoy!

OXB    ZXI    HX    EXCAI    QDA    PXBEI    QDVQ   DA   ZVCA   DLH   XMA   VMI    XMEN    HXM,    QDVQ    PDXACAB    YAELACAH    LM    DLF    HDVEE    MXQ    UABLHD    YGQ    DVCA    AQABMVE    ELOA

 

A B C D E F G H I J K L M
                         
N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
                         
 
Book:                                     Chapter:                       Verse:
Version: New International Version Anglicised (NIVUK)

Blog in the Light – A story behind the name

Some people have been asking why I chose the name ‘Blog in the Light’ for this site. Well, like with most things, there is a story behind it, and this is it.

When I grew up, I frequently sung the song ‘The Spirit lives to set us free’ which has line in the chorus; ‘walk in the light’.

It was never one of my favourite songs or hymns but it was one that was sung often in school assemblies and children’s services because it was simple, catchy and very easy to learn. But despite this over the years I have found that the lyrics meant more and more to me.

‘Walk in the light, walk in the light, walk in the light, walk in the light of the Lord.’

As time progressed, and I grew in my faith as a Christian, I began to really understand what everything meant, and I realised that God our Father sent his only Son, Jesus, down to earth to die upon a cross and took away with him all our sins. This gives us the opportunity to lead Godly lives if we so choose, and to walk in the light of Christ as he had originally intended.

Without knowing God, there would be no light in my life. In John 14:6 Jesus said:

‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’
John 14:6

Jesus IS the way, and IS the truth, and IS the life. Without Him, there would be no light and no way I would ever be able to meet him in Heaven. I am thankful that I have opened myself up to His light, so that I can walk in the light of Christ, or in the case of here, blog in the light of Christ. Hopefully I will be able to give you a glimpse as to what life is like knowing the one true Father and hopefully lead you on your journey into knowing Jesus, as Lord and Saviour as you begin walking down the path in the light of Christ.

My prayer for all you readers is for you to come to know Christ Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, and if you have already made a commitment, then I would love for you to have a better understanding as to what this means, so below is a prayer that you can say.

Lord God, I’m sorry for ignoring You and doing things my way in darkness without Your Light. Thank you, Jesus, that You came and took the punishment for my sin. Thank you that you gave your life for me so that I can live a life walking in Your Light. Please forgive me and help me now as I decide to live only for You. Amen.

The Spirit Lives (Walk in the light) – Song Lyrics

The Spirit Lives (Walk in the Light)

1. The Spirit lives to set us free,
walk, walk in the light;
He binds us all in unity,
walk, walk in the light.

Chorus: Walk in the light, walk in the light
             Walk in the light, walk in the light of the Lord!

2. Jesus promised life to all,
walk, walk in the light;
the dead were wakened by His call,
walk, walk in the light.
   Walk in the light…

3. He died in pain on Calvary ,
walk, walk in the light;
to save the lost like you and me,
walk, walk in the light.
   Walk in the light…

4. We know His death was not the end,
walk, walk in the light;
He gave His Spirit to be our friend,
walk, walk in the light.
   Walk in the light…

5. By Jesus’ love our wounds are healed,
walk, walk in the light;
the Father’s kindness is revealed,
walk, walk in the light.
   Walk in the light…

6. The Spirit lives in you and me,
walk, walk in the light;
His light will shine for all to see,
walk, walk in the light.
   Walk in the light…

 

©1978; 1993; Kevin Mayhew Ltd

Bulimia and healing

Except for my psychiatrist, I have never told anyone this – I have suffered with the eating disorder Bulimia since the age of 12. Some weeks and months can be good, others can be horrendous and thus causing my weight and general health to fluctuate greatly. I would binge eat in huge quantities, chocolate and sweets being the binge foods of choice before then purging myself of these sins by either intentionally throwing up or more commonly in recent years with the use of over the counter readily available laxatives.

Since February, I had noticed that things had got progressively worse, so much so that my weight was plummeting despite eating a lot more food. I had lost 20.5kg in the space of 4 months dropping at one point to 92kgs.

But then came New Wine, my ‘holiday’ and time to relax and refresh. New Wine is a pair of annual week-long Christian Conferences held in July/August each year in Somerset, with all the worship, ministry and teaching you could want.

Whilst at the 1st of this year’s conferences, I went to a seminar titled ‘Body Image and Eating Disorders’ purely to learn more about eating disorders and how I could harness my Christian faith to hopefully beat it once and for all. At the end of the seminar there was a time to receive ministry and during the ministry time, I was prayed for and I prayed that I would be given the strength to overcome Bulimia. But I was a little silly and prayed that I would be able to get through the rest of New Wine before committing to beating it and for renewal in my life.

Oh how silly I was, because fast forward a few days later to the 2nd of the conferences, I was in the Hungry venue with Paul and Lou, my vicar and his wife, and another friend from our church when the song ‘Break Every Chain’ was sung. And wham! That is when God hit me, ministering to my exact need and saying ‘Now is the time! I am breaking you free from the shackles of your Bulimia right now, not after you go home but NOW!’

Since that evening last Tuesday, I have not once wanted to over eat or done so, nor have I at any time wanted or felt the urge to purge after eating. I even binned all my laxatives that very night, I no longer possess any.

I am hugely blessed and grateful that God chose to release me from these chains I have had around me for almost 16 years. It just shows that when you choose to let God enter your life, he will. I only left it ajar by saying ‘when I am ready’ but He forced His way in through the door and intervened on His terms – it was my choice to accept His intervention in my life and I am so, so glad I have done.

There were other things that happened in the ministry time at the end of the Tuesday night and I will share them in due course.

As Don Moen said in his song ‘God is good, all the time’, I can happily respond saying: All the time, God is good!’