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Friday, July 20, 2012

4th of July Pie

So, I had an idea recently about how I want to influence my daughter. I want her to grow up having lots of fun dates with her mommy (and daddy) that include just some fun, bonding time, but also include some intentional teaching about the Lord. One thing I look forward to the most with Rebekah is teaching her to bake. I can already picture letting her stir the batter, crack eggs, and most importantly lick the beaters. SO FUN!

In preparation for this day, I am going to do some baking how-tos for y'all that come with a free Bible story! Enjoy!

Adapted Strawberry Pie
(by adapted I mean, I used some blueberries, but it's originally all strawberries)

5 cups Strawberries (I used 4 cups Strawberries, 1 cup Blueberries)
1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
2 Tbsp Cornstarch
Pinch Salt
2 Tbs Butter, melted
White sanding sugar
Crust (Either 2 traditional pastry crusts, or a cookie/graham cracker crust + a pastry crust)
Whip Cream (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Measure out your blueberries in one bowl, hull and quarter strawberries in second bowl.

A long time ago, God chose out His people, the Israelites (Strawberries).

2. Add sugar and cornstarch to the blueberries and strawberries.

He told them that not only had He chosen them, but He wanted to give them their own land, the Promised Land (graham cracker crust - Genesis 17).

While it took a few tries (Moses, then Joshua), eventually God allowed the people to come into the promised land. God also commanded that Joshua and the Israelites would make sure that all the other people groups were not in the Promised Land any more (Joshua 6 and on). While in many cases the Israelites did what they were told and won many battles (Jericho, Canaanites, etc.), they did not get everyone out. They let some people stay (Joshua 13).

2. Put the strawberries and blueberries into the pie in a flag-like shape.

While the people of the Lord thought that they could stay separate and not be influenced the people they allowed to stay in the Promised Land, they were wrong. They began to marry outside of Israel, worship other gods, and stray from the Lord. The Lord was very unhappy with His people. He gives them many chances to return to Him, but ultimately He allows them to be conquered because they are disobedient (Judges 2, Minor Prophets).

3. Roll out the pastry dough. Cut one star shape (I used a cookie cutter) and several strips. Put these strips and star on top of the pie, then brush melted butter on the crust and dust with sanding sugar.

The pastry illustrates how everything was touched by idolatry

4. Bake the pie for 25 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 350 degrees and bake until the top is golden brown (another 30 minutes).

The good news is that God knew His people couldn't be perfect! Just like you sometimes disobey your parents, dishonor your spouse, sin against your friends - God knew those mistakes would happen. This sounds like bad news, but it's good news because since God knew this would happen, He decided to make a way to help us. God sent His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus came into the world and HE WAS PERFECT! He never made any mistakes. He was never mean, rude, or fake - not even in His thoughts. He fulfilled what God always wanted for everyone. Everyone else deserved death (Romans 3:23, 6:23) and Jesus deserved life. But (John 3:16) God loved you so much that He allowed Jesus to suffer and die in our place. Jesus didn't stay dead, though. Jesus beat sin, He won! Because Jesus beat death, He has the right to give life to us as well. He paid the price for us. We owed God death, but now we get life since Jesus paid the price. So originally we look just like this pie. All of our flavors are all mixed up with the flavors of the world. We are holding on to the same things they are holding on to. But when we accept Christ, He covers us with His life and we become pure. We become white as snow!

5. Put whip cream on top of the slice of pie (optional)

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