The Morgan Church Devotional

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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Mmmm...What's in That?

every cook has a secret spice or two...

when we first came to vermont we searched for a good pizza place. we would go out on a friday night or sunday afternoon and try different places...we never had much luck.

one place we tried in sherebrooke was interesting tho. the crust was excellent. the cheese was great. but the sauce...it wasn't that it was bad, but it was...

different.

we didn't like it all that much...but we kept on eating it, trying to figure out what the spice was.

was it extra garlic? no.
how about basil?
could it be a different kind of oregano?

we emptied the italian spice rack, took a look at spanish spice rack (ok...everything is thrown together in the same closet, but you get the point)...

we could not place that spice! what could it be.

thru the years (on the perfect pizza quest) i've thought about it; and thru deductive reasoning i've figured it out.

it was cinnamon. cinnamon...in pizza?

yep.

like many restaurants, this was owned by greeks and there is a very traditional greek food called mousakka. it is a delicious casarole type dish with ground beef and eggplant and this creamy bichemal sauce on it...sometimes they serve it with a marinara type sauce on it...and one of the "secret" ingredients is...

cinnamon (i hope i'm spelling that right). just a pinch...a tiny, tiny bit. but that little bit changes the flavor drastically. but, bc cinnamon is associated with breakfast or dessert (at least in my mind) it was a very difficult flavor to detect in this pizza. it was out of place...

what are you adding to your life of faith? what are you mixing into your life that makes it pleasing to God? what are you stirring in to make your life an effective witness to those around you?

maybe your adding some stuff that makes christianity distasteful to those around you...search the spice racks of your heart...add some good stuff. here's a helpful list from st. peter:

2 Peter 1:5-8 (NIV) For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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