Earlier this week I wrote the post “Big People or Big Churches?” which contained my thoughts about Pastor Larry’s comment, “God is more concerned about building big people than big churches.” Lorie wrote the following comment:

Wow, this post resonates with my heart. I’m currently reading “Radical” by David Platt and he addresses these very issues. Convicting and powerful book. If you haven’t read it, I recommend you check it out!

I’ve heard about Radical, but I haven’t read it yet. I didn’t even know what it was about until I read the first few pages just now. And I’m SHOCKED by how closely it matches my thoughts. So now I have to read it. HAVE TO. I plan to get myself to a bookstore tomorrow to pick it up.

A couple of days ago I wrote the post “Laziness, Tomato Sauce, and King David” where I shared how God spoke to me in my quiet time and how grateful I was to have Him directing my Bible study. Rozette wrote the following comment:

He does love us, doesn’t he? That’s a good thing. And Uh, share your chili recipe. I have been looking for one.

Rozette, I am more than happy to share the recipe! I found the basic recipe on AllRecipes.com a few years ago. I like to read the comments for each recipe because sometimes people will give tips about how to make it better, so the version of the recipe I included below reflects those comments. (The original recipe is here.) It’s convenient because it’s a crockpot recipe and makes the house smell so good when it’s been cooking for a few hours. I served it for a Wii party we had a few years ago, except I made two different batches in two different crockpots so that I could make one spicier. I usually serve it with cheese, sour cream, Fritos, or oyster crackers. Enjoy! And please let me know how it works out for you or if you have any suggestions for changing it up a little.

Crockpot Chili

1 pound lean ground beef
1 pound ground spicy sausage
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (29 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/4 cup chili powder

1. Place ground beef in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Drain, and crumble.
2. Set crockpot to low.
3. Combine the ground beef, tomato juice, tomato sauce, kidney beans, pinto beans, onions, garlic, bell pepper, cayenne pepper, sugar, oregano, ground black pepper, salt, cumin and chili powder in crockpot.
4. Cook for 8 to 10 hours.

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