“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” — John 3:16 (NIV)

One thing I have learned, big thanks to Facebook, is that people have an opinion, and the most interesting thing is that every single person thinks that their opinion is the right one.

I would say that about all of the opinions posted on Facebook, especially about politics, are not areas that I wish to debate with anyone. They believe their opinion is the right one, and I believe my opinion is the right one, so how do we move forward?

For me, it means that we have a standoff, and we are going to have to agree not to agree. Does this mean that I love that person less? Absolutely not. It just means that we might not agree, but my God says we have to accept one another and extend our love even when we disagree.

According to Google, the Bible has been around for over 2,000 years. That is a long time. We have seen many things change over the years, such as the different music styles, the way we worship and much more, but the one consistent and nonchanging foundation is the Bible and what it teaches. You can take the words and twist them around, but what you have in the end is the same thing, and it is not ever-changing like we are but stays the same through it all.

Since I am a music person I pay attention to the different styles of music. Thankfully, I like a variety, so most of the more contemporary is just as meaningful and pretty to me as the older hymns in the old hymn books. They all mean about the same but with just a little different style.

Some of the more meaningful Bible verses for me are:

“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” — Proverbs 16:9, NIV

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its root by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought.” — Jeremiah 17:7-8, Berean Study Bible

“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.” — Psalm 55:22, ESV

“For I will restore health to you, and I will heal your wounds, says the Lord.” — Jeremiah 30:17, Amplified Bible

If you haven’t taken this powerful book down lately, please take a few minutes each day to read it, and the speed at which you read it all will surprise you. It is packed full of God’s promises of love, and it won’t disappoint.

Have a wonderful week, and remember that God loves you, and so do I.

Prayer: Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instructions. Give me understanding so that I can know you better. Please give me spiritual wisdom and insight so that I might grow in my knowledge of you. Give me discernment to help me understand what I read. Amen.

Thought: Let the Bible be a part of your daily routine.

Prayer focus: Those who don’t read the Bible



12 egg roll wraps

2 14 cups fresh peaches (3 peaches)

¼ cup white granulated sugar

¼ cup water

1 tbsp corn starch

2 tsp lemon juice

½ tsp vanilla extract

1 egg beaten

2 tbsp butter melted

½ cup brown sugar

1 tbsp ground cinnamon

Ingredients for homemade vanilla icing

1 cup confectioner’s sugar

2 tbsp milk

½ tsp vanilla extract


First, start by peeling your fresh peaches. On a cutting board, slice and dice your peaches.

In a small bowl, add corn starch and water. Mix with a whisk to break up any lumps.

Next, in a saucepan over medium heat, add in your diced peaches, white granulated sugar, the water mixed with corn starch and lemon juice. Stir throughout the process and cook until your peach mixture thickens and becomes bubbly. Remove from the heat and add in the vanilla extract.

Beat your egg in a small bowl.

Next, melt your butter in a microwave safe bowl.

In a separate bowl, prepare your cinnamon sugar by adding the brown sugar and cinnamon to the bowl and mixing well.

Prepare your egg roll wrap. Add 2 tbsp of the peach mixture into 1 egg roll wrap right in the center. Brush the beaten egg on the corners of the egg roll wraps to ensure your egg rolls seal well. Fold the egg roll wrap according to the instructions on the package.

Next, dip your finished egg rolls into the melted butter first. Then, immediately roll them into your sugar and cinnamon mixture making sure to coat them completely.

Place your peach cobbler egg rolls on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 400 degrees F oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown, flipping them over half way.

Top them off with homemade vanilla icing and powdered sugar if desired.

How to make homemade vanilla icing

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the confectioner’s sugar, milk and vanilla extract.

Stir for 1-2 minutes or until well combined.

Drizzle your homemade vanilla icing over your peach cobbler egg rolls.

Janice Sasser is the daughter of Ruby Hicks, who wrote weekly columns for the Mount Olive Messenger for six years. She is from Goldsboro and writes weekly columns out of an interest in continuing her mother’s tradition in the paper.