Scripture:   Hebrews (KJV) 4:2   For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

Observation:   Yesterday, Sharon made some chocolate chip cookies.  Into the mixing bowl she placed things that if eaten by themselves might have made me sick—things like flower, raw eggs and shortening.  In good faith, I helped her mix the dough until the individual characteristics of the ingredients were lost in the dough.  (I also ate a spoonful of the dough to make sure it was worth baking.  It was!)  After they had been in the heat of the oven we had some delicious hot cookies!  MmmmMmmm good!  

Application:  My life is a big mixing bowl in which God is making some special pastries for a great banquet he will be giving.  Into this mixing bowl, God places a portion of scripture.  Various circumstances are added from my environment…victories and defeats, happy times and sad.  It is for me to mix it all together with faith.  I have noticed that God seldom uses “no-bake” recipes.  He fancies the taste of our lives after we have been through the oven of testing and trials.  He even lets others enjoy the aroma of the fresh pastries baking in our lives. 

Prayer:   Lord, may the aroma of my life be pleasant; may it cause people to be hungry for you.  May my life be tasty to you and to those around me.  Amen 

Pastor Leon
Making friends for time and eternity!