What Is Crema? Crema, as Amber from Seattle Coffee Gear explains, is a mixture of carbon dioxide, pressure, and melanoidins (a byproduct of the Maillard reaction). Coffees with less oil produce great-looking crema, which is why Robusta is a common part of an espresso blend. How Important Is Crema? Charles Babinski of G&B Coffee […]

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Postmark Cafe

Last year Brooklyn’s Postmark Cafe raised $15k for charity and nobody noticed them doing it. Here’s my short film about the Park Slope coffee shop.

Source: Postmark Cafe

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How to make a cold-brewed iced latte or mocha (espresso without an espresso…

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Treasures in Heaven


The Danger in wanting stuff is that it can replace or minimize our commitment to God

Read Matthew 6:19-21

Jesus understood that what we value in life, will determine our direction in life.

Our relationship to money & material possessions reveals much about our relationship to God.

When we consider money & possessions more important than eternal values, we place ourselves in danger of our priorities & life-focus being out of line.

We begin to live for the things we possess or desire to have. How many times do young people and adults see what “everyone else” has and feel that they have to have it also?   Where is the focus?

Do material possessions bring long-lasting security?

Do you think they make us successful?

Jesus was teaching a lesson that was contrary to what had been the custom. In the Old Testament, a person’s worth tended to be defined by what he possessed: land, livestock, money, children, and servants.

Jesus knew the dangers of making the accumulation of possessions a goal in one’s life. “Money Talks” is a familiar phrase. Money can set our priorities and determine our choices.

People spend a lot of energy and money investing in things that will not last. Things that will rust, age, or be stolen.

Jesus wanted us to know that our energy should be used in acts of obedience to God. These acts are to be laid up in heaven where they are eternal and cannot be destroyed.

Wealth is not a sin in itself; rather it is a person’s attitude toward his or her treasures that can become a sin.

If our treasure is on earth, our heart will be on earth also. Remember, all things belong to God and we are to use them as God directs.

Read Matthew 6:22-23

The eye brings either light or darkness into the body depending on the eye’s state of health.

In this passage, Jesus talks about the eye in relationship to the spiritual state of the individual. The eye is either good or bad. If the eye is good, it is focused on God, and will bring light into the body and illuminate every area of it.

If the eye is bad, it is focused on the things of the world, or it tries to focus on both God and the world. This can lead to blurred or distorted vision.

Read Luke 10:27

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Old School Semester Begins

Please pray for a friend of mine while he is at old school.


Hello Everyone,

I know many of you have been wondering how I’ve been doing and what’s been going on since the beginning of my new journey at SWO Old School. Well, (with a big sigh of relief) I can say it’s been going well. I got adjusted to everything very quickly and have met many friends. I have just got officially certified as a Wilderness First Responder!


It’s been a long past 8 days full of lectures and treating various fake injuries, but my classmates and I made it through. Our British instructor did make this process more interesting at least! Along side of the intense training for our WFR course, we’ve also been receiving some awesome expositional teachings from Spencer Davis, a guy who works here at Snowbird, out of the book of Ephesians. I can honestly say that the Lord is already doing great things in me and…

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God is not abandoning us, nor can evil overcome us.


Remember those little plastic capsules you played with as a child? You would drop them in hot water and watch the plastic casing melt away. A mysterious surprise emerged, slowly taking shape until you recognized some foam creature. It wouldn’t work if you refused to drop it; you had to let go of it first. You also couldn’t help it along; it would tear to pieces if you attempted to free the sopping substance from its gummy cocoon.

John 16:5-11(NIV)

5 but now I am going to him who sent me. None of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6 Rather, you are filled with grief because I have said these things. 7 But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

Christ explained to His disciples that they had to let Him go. Not that He was fragile or anything would be ruined, but that God’s design required a time of transition. Earlier in John’s Gospel, Jesus had taught that like a seed, His body would be sacrificed in order to introduce new life in the spirit. Like a seed, we too must die to ourselves, shedding our flesh, to allow the spirit to produce fruit that glorifies the Father.

There is no short cut. There is no way around God’s plan. Just like Christ submitted to the will of God, so must we. Since Jesus is no longer with us on earth, His Spirit has been sent to help us in this life. We can be confident in three things as the Spirit slowly reveals the nature of God’s character (and ours).

First, we know that sinful desires must be shed, replaced by trust in Christ. His Spirit will convict us of what needs to go and what needs to grow. Second, we know that His Spirit will empower us to live by faith, reminding us of what Christ said and did. The Helper will nurture spiritual health, becoming the righteousness of Christ in us. Finally, we should feel confident knowing that God is not abandoning us, nor can evil overcome us. God is in control. He is doing a new thing and His power is more than sufficient.

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