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Give me double-stuffs and give me Jesus!


From coffee yesterday to cookies today and in my opinion they're both grand!

My honey and I were shopping locally last week and I saw these on the shelf. I swallowed hard and looked at my honey with a sigh and a frown. Is it possible to ruin an icon of the oreo cookie legend? Yes, friends, it is possible and this product is the downfall of the human race, We're in trouble I tell you and what can be done to stop this demise??

Why, not that long ago, the normal humble oreo was supersized to double its thickness and the entire world seemed to immediately fall in love with twice the cookie! Life was good and the earth was spinning on its axis as designed. Sure you had disagreements about the correct way to eat these yummy treats, but at the end of the day we could all agree on one thing. Oreos are great. Then this happened...

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Thinning the double stuffed to less than the original cookie seems to be a covert attempt to knock the earth off its normal trajectory. You just watch and see if the days don't get shorter than 24 hours long and see if the seasons don't get reversed over this so called 'new' and 'improved' product. I am aware that double stuffs are still available but what next? Oreo cookies without the creamy center, or oreos without the cookies?? We're in trouble. You have heard it said, "Go Big or Go Home." but I tell you, "Go Big or Don't Go." There is no room for middle ground. Jesus thinks the same thing.

"I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So,

because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You

say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are

wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can

become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on

your eyes, so you can see. Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. Here I

am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat

with him, and he with me. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I

overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit

says to the churches.” (Revelation 3:15-22, NIV)

Let me break it down for you. Regular cookie thicknesses and double stuffs are the hot in this scripture and cold would be having no cookies. The lukewarm part, that which is vomited out of the mouth of the Lord is the thin cookies. Ewww, yuk! "Go Big or Don't Go." Oh, and don't go half either.

In our faith and spiritual development, it is paramount that we jump in with both feet and embrace Christ with all we have. Think double-stuffed cookies! When we choose to tiptoe around our faith and don't follow the Lord and work in God's kingdom, then we are thin cookies trying to make a splash. We're not carrying that BOOM impact needed to make a difference. Thin cookies require me to eat twice as many to satisfy my tummy. Give me the double-stuffs and give me Jesus!


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