What We Believe

We are Christians.

Jesus Christ, the son of God, died for our sins and has redeemed our lives. He has brought us hope, peace, and purpose.

You can learn about Jesus by reading the Bible, specifically the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, as well as the book of Romans.

If you are currently feeling lost, empty, lonely, depressed, scared – please, pray to God to guide you to salvation and a new life with his son, Jesus, and read the Bible. You will find love, forgiveness, peace, joy, hope and more.

We affirm that the Bible is the inerrant, inspired word of God and it is the basis of our beliefs.

•    We value the essence of Jesus’ message.  We believe there is something wrong in the hearts of ALL people.  The Bible calls this sin and declares that all have sinned.  The good news is that Jesus has made a way for everyone to have their hearts made right and set free from guilt enabling them to become all they were created to be.
•    We value the inexpressible effect that the proper instruction of the Bible brings to the hearts of all who will make God’s word a priority.  Our goal is to teach, model, and proclaim the Word in all that we do to all those around us.
•    We believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell. The third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Ghost; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.

Want to know more about Jesus?

The following is a wonderful verse compilation from  http://marshill.com/jesus

Jesus as a good friend: John 3:16, John 15:3, John 15:15, 1 John 3:16, 1 John 4:7-21, Romans 3:21-26, John 2:1-12, John 14:4-6, 1 Corinthians 11:1, John 10:7-18, John 16:13, Romans 8:34, Hebrews 7:25, Hebrews 4:16, Luke 22:31-32

Jesus as a truthful friend: Mark 14:61-64, John 8:58-59, John 10:30-33, Colossians 2:8-15, Hebrews 4:15, Philippians 2:1-11, John 10:17, Luke 24:44-49, Matthew 9:6, Luke 23:34, 1 John 1:9, John 14:6, Romans 1:16, Ephesians 1:13-14, 1 Thessalonians 5:9, Hebrews 5:9-10, Revelation 7:10, Revelation 21, Romans 8:18-25, Acts 4:11-12

Jesus as a powerful friend: Revelation 19:11-16, Matthew 26:64, Isaiah 6:1-5, 1 Corinthians 15:3-11, Acts 1:1-11, Revelation 21:1-2, Ephesians 6:10, Colossians 1:17-20, 1 Corinthians 15:50-56, Romans 8:15, Matthew 16:18, Acts 1:23-25

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Scott’s Testimony

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I grew up in church. I’ve been involved in church all of my life. As a young child, I went to church and followed the rules.

When I was a junior in high school I began to understand that being a good person was not enough. It didn’t matter if I followed all the rules. I was still a sinner. At a youth camp in July of 1994 I accepted Christ as my Savior. I returned home and began to distance myself from bad influences and more earnestly followed Christ and began to develop a relationship with Him.

In the Fall of 1995 I attended Howard Payne University, a Baptist university in central Texas. I majored in Mass Communications (radio and television) with an undeclared minor. During my early college life I spent time in the Word, attending services, Chapel, anything that would lead me to a deeper understanding of Christ.

In the Spring of 1996 I changed my major to Practical Theology to reflect my newfound desire to serve in a full-time ministry to the Body of Christ. For a year I studied the scriptures and grew as a Christian.

In the Spring of 1998 I participated in The Oxford World Class Program which allowed me to travel abroad during that semester. I was on my own for the first time in my life. I had saved money for the trip and was personally responsible for my well being. I was an adult. Living abroad changed some long-held perceptions of how the world worked

After returning to the states, I changed my major once again. I had come to realize that majoring in theology and striving for a pastorate was not the end-all, be-all of Christianity. I returned to the communications field and majored in Public Relations. This field of study offered graphic arts programs. I found I was a gifted graphic artist and enjoyed the courses.

Even though I had changed my major, I still strived towards a closer relationship with Christ. I was still studying scriptures and growing in the Word.

And then my parents divorced.

They were married for over 20 years, but because of “religious differences” they had decided it was better to be apart. I had a hard time understanding. They both claimed to love God, as I did – but they could not agree on key lifestyle choices and the differences in opinion were too much to overcome.

Everything changed at that point in my life. At the time of their divorce I had stopped attending the university, struggling financially and academically. I stopped attending church services, read less scriptures. I was angry and hurt and confused.

For five years I did what I pleased.

Then I met Amanda. She was a single mother of three. As we dated and I grew to love her and the children, I considered being a dad. The new responsibility brought me closer to Christ, seeking His guidance. After we were married we grew together as a couple and attended church services more regularly. I began to lead small study groups in our home and at church. I read the scriptures regularly again. We wanted to be godly examples of Christ’s love for our children. We became increasingly active in our local church, serving as teachers and volunteering for multiple assignments.

In 2008 we moved to Fort Worth. Faced with the possibility of attending a large metro church, we decided to “coast” and not be overly involved in church leadership. We wanted to take some time to “be fed” and study. But God had other plans. Through various circumstances and events we found ourselves once again volunteering and stepping up to be leaders. We realized we had a burden for God’s people and His church. We wanted to serve the Body of Christ. We began to consider the possibility of serving as missionaries, either abroad or stateside.

Looking back over these years, it’s amazing to see the sovereignty of God leading us through circumstances and preparing us. He’s orchestrated our growth and continues to open doors.

I look forward to serving wherever He calls.

Amanda’s Testimony

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Almost ten years ago, I was a struggling single mother with three very young children living in a cloud of depression. I didn’t spend very much time with my children because I was focused on myself – having a “career” and seeking respect from people who barely knew me and certainly did not love me. My heart was broken from a failed marriage. I was desperate to be noticed, desperate to be loved. I bounced from one relationship to the next, searching for anyone who would make me feel beautiful. I wanted approval. I wanted the awful empty hole in my heart to be filled.

I was raised in church, and had accepted Christ as a child. But I had struggled in my teenage years and even more so in my early 20’s. I wandered very far from the teachings of my childhood.

My children spent the majority of their time at the babysitter’s house. They would spend the night with her often because I was “too busy” to take care of them. I wasted such precious years. I missed out on so much. With my eyes on the wrong goal, I stumbled and fell. I fell frequently. It was a mess in every possibly way. I drank too much, partied too often, trying to dull all my pain. 

I was broken. I was lonely. I was unhappy. I was lost.

God did not give up on me. He led me down that broken road to Scott, a young man with no children of his own. Scott noticed me. He adored me. He loved me. He asked me to be his wife and stepped up to be a father to three young children. He loved as Christ loves, redeeming, inspiring, encouraging, life-changing, full of forgiveness, patience, and peace. I no longer needed alcohol to ease my pain. I have a husband who gently cares for my bruised heart. 

Settled into a comfortable marriage I felt that for once I was safe – I was loved – and I was special. During this time of emotional healing I was able to change my focus.  About two years into our marriage, during worship service at church, I cried out to God to change me. I had grown up in and out of church, but this was the first time I surrendered to God with all my heart. I begged Him to use me, show me where to go, show me how to conduct my life. I wept as I cried out for His guidance. And I felt His peace wash over me. That peace was sent to help me through some very big changes in my life.

God worked to radically change me. A few weeks after I cried out for His guidance, I became very sick with pneumonia. So sick, in fact, that my husband was forced to take me to the hospital. I was admitted for almost a week. A body scan revealed what looked like a large mass in my lungs. Apparently the infection was so condensed, the doctors initially thought it could be a tumor. My heart stopped when they told me this.

I immediately quit smoking.

I smoked a pack a day for six years. I’ve tried every different way to quit, without success. But the day I cried out for my Father to change me into the woman He wants me to be – He set the process in motion. He knew what it would take to free me from my costly addiction.

And still He continued to work on me. Shortly after I recovered, an opportunity to serve in my church’s children’s ministry presented itself. As I considered working in this ministry a warm peace, much like the one I experienced during that special moment of worship – washed over me and I knew that this was a step in the right direction.

Over time, He continued to work on me. He opened my eyes to healthy changes in my lifestyle, our budget, our household. My Father has redirected my interest in raising my children in a simple, loving and Godly manner.

As I look back today, I’m amazed at just how far God has brought me in such a very short time. He’s used circumstances to teach me. He’s led my heart to a new realization of just how wonderful my life could be when I decide to truly serve Him. The new things I’m learning every day will help me to become the woman I need to be –  the woman He designed me to be.

I still have a long way to go. I’m not a saint, by any stretch of the imagination. But I’m not alone. I’m being led every step of the way. And I’m so very thankful that God has an interest in this wayward servant.

I have such amazing peace. I experience so much more joy. God has taken my broken, messy life and blessed it with meaning and purpose. I can honestly say I’m happy.

What He has done for me, He will do for you.

You only have to ask Him.

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    I followed….. your blog, I can tell, is a blessing! Thank you….(also loved the cupcakes:)
    Please visit mine… :)

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  8. The Vanilla Housewife

    There are tears in my eyes as I read through your testimonials! God is truly great!

  9. Tina Jones

    Just found your blog via Pinterest (making your bacon cheese chicken casserole right now in fact!)…. but I was even happier to read your testimony and see that you are a Christian family, as are we. Just wanted to thank you for sharing your testimony — very honest and real. I love to hear of the amazing ways that God works in our lives….. Side note: we have a big family (8 children) — two of which are twins!

    1. amandacoers

      Hi Tina :) Thanks for stopping by our site and encouraging us!

  10. tessvowels

    Thank you… May your blessings be greatly multiplied!! Just stumbled across you today, searching for great recipes… including bacon, chicken, cheese, etc… comfort foods!! Am glad I did!!!

  11. Debbie

    I have come across your website a few times over the past few days (pinterest and google searches for various recipes). It must mean I need to keep following you! In looking at the pictures, you have a nice family! We have 2 15 year olds (juniors) – [both from previous marriages – but the kids are 11 days apart and raised together since the age of 3 – we brought them up as twins]. I wish you a healthy pregnancy. And once I figure out how to follow a blog, I will keep up with your updates. FYI – I live in Connecticut.

    Thanks for all that you share with everyone!

    1. amandacoers

      Hi Debbie! :) Thanks for stopping by and following. I’ve always thought Connecticut was beautiful. One of these days I’m going to make it up there for a vacation and some cooler weather.

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  13. Valerie

    Hey, I want to invite you to join in on a new weekly link-up on my friend’s blog. She’s calling it Spiritual Sundays and you can share any encouraging/religious post, old or new. :) http://www.brittanybullen.com/spiritual-sundays.html

    1. amandacoers

      Thanks for the invitation! 😀

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  15. Brenda Rintisch

    Hi Amanda,
    Thinking of starting a healthy food blog. Everything about blogs is new to me and I hope you’ll answer my wondering thoughts of, “How do you start? One recipe at a time? Did you start simple? And thoughts like this.
    Thanks for your input.
    I am a Christian. My husband and I have been pastoring in the Alliance for around 30 years. We both read the Wheat Belly book this summer and have changed our lives and health by eating grain-free, sugar-free, etc. Being I have always loved cooking and creating my own recipes, and have continued doing so in my healthy cooking, was hoping to share them on a blog. Any recommendations on which blog and securing a domain name are also appreciated.
    Brenda Rintisch

    1. Amanda Coers

      Hi Brenda :) Thanks for reading my blog! I started out on a free wordpress.com blog, and after a year moved to this self-hosted site. WordPress is easy to use, and a great way to get started. Definitely start with one recipe at a time, perhaps your favorite. Visit plenty of other blogs and take notes of what you like, and try to make changes slowly as you discover your voice as a blogger and your own style. I spent a lot of time during my first year of blogging reading articles, and really committing to learn as much as I could. Good luck to you in your journey!

  16. Tracy Walden

    I made your Buttermilk pie to take to my Sunday School class as a thanks for all
    their hard work in VBS this last week. Smells divine, and
    looks delicious. Can’t wait.
    Thanks for all you do
    God Bless!!


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