There are so many jokes about it,
so many books about it, and so many
stories about it. I'm sure most
of us have a story to share about
a meal we enjoyed, or hated, somewhere.
Baptists often joke about meeting
and eating or not being able to
meet without eating. Many of you
have told me about great local restaurants,
favorite places to eat, favorite
foods, and so on.
across some quotes that I thought
you might enjoy.
Cerf told of an American soldier
who, billeted in England during
World War II, didn't like the way
the food was cooked at a local inn.
He barely touched the food that
was set down before him. The waiter
was indignant. "Aren't you
ashamed to be wasting food that
way?" he chided. "Don't
you know that food will win the
war?" "Could be,"
allowed the American. "But
who's going to get the enemy to
woman to another: "I have a
marvelous meat loaf recipe. All
I do is mention it to my husband
and he says, 'Let's eat out.'"
of eating out, I never cease to
be amazed at what a good chef can
do with food. When following the
recipe correctly, the results are
sensational; works of art, if you
God has very specific recipes for
life. If we follow them, our lives
can be sensational. If we don't,
we can make a mess of everything.
find two very important lists. One
lists things we must not include
as part of the recipe of life or
we are certain to make a mess of
things. Look at verses 5-11:
5 Put to
death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly
nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil
desires and greed, which is idolatry.
6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.
7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life
you once lived.
8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such
things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander,
and filthy language from your lips.
9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken
off your old self with its practices
10 and have put on the new self, which is being
renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
11 Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised
or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave
or free, but Christ is all, and is in all."
we have all heard of people who
have inadvertently substituted salt
for sugar and have ruined the recipe.
One guy said, I remember one year
we were invited to Grandma's house
for dinner. Grandpa said, "This
turkey tastes funny. What did you
stuff it with?" Grandma said,
"I didn't have to stuff it.
It wasn't hollow." I won't
to follow the specific instructions
God has set forth for our lives
tends to leave the same stench as
the wrongly cooked turkey.
notice what God does want us to
include in verses 12-17:
as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved,
clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness,
humility, gentleness and patience.
13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever
grievances you may have against one another.
Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
14 And over all these virtues put on love, which
binds them all together in perfect unity.
15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,
since as members of one body you were called
to peace. And be thankful.
16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly
as you teach and admonish one another with all
wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual
songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.
17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed,
do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving
thanks to God the Father through him."
those ingredients included, whose
life wouldn't be a pleasant aroma
to the Lord?
it comes to your life, what are
you cooking up? Are you working
hard to include the right things
in the recipe of your life? Are
you responding correctly to the
sweet and sour experiences that
God allows to come your way? If
not, it's not too late to begin.
one bad apple spoils the whole barrel,
then it's safe to assume that if
we allow one of these wrong ingredients
to permeate our lives, then we grieve
the Spirit of God and "spoil"
that which God is up to in our lives.
recipe for your life is for good,
not for evil. The things He asks
you to include and exclude are not
attempts to sour life or rob you
of joy. In fact, they are attempts
at making your joy complete and
making your life a delicacy. As
you sample the various snacks and
desserts, think about what went
into making them, and what you're
allowing to go in to you.
the way, if you are looking for
books so that you can read up on
cooking, consider these.
¢ The World's Best Recipes, Gus
¢ What's for Dinner?, Chuck Roast
¢ How to Cook a Steak, Porter House
¢ After the Corned Beef and Cabbage,
¢ How to Make Cornmeal Flapjacks,
¢ Outdoor Cookery, Barbie Cue
¢ Outdoor Dining, Alf Resco
¢ The Good Breakfast, Hammond Deggs
¢ The Proper Texture of Spaghetti,
¢ Southern California Waffles, Sandy
¢ The French Chef, Sue Flay
¢ Indian/Italian Cuisine, Ravi Oley
¢ Mexican/Italian Cuisine, Pepe
¢ Italian Delicacies, Liz Onya
Things to Cook Meat In, Stu Potts1
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