Somewhere in the stacks of cookbooks I own, there is a little poem that starts with the line, “I didn’t have potatoes, so I substituted rice . . . and it ends with “my friend say you couldn’t beat it, but my family couldn’t eat it”  Or something like that.

Sometimes the generic product is as good as the original, or so much like it that we don’t mind using the generic or cheaper line.  There are, of course, some things we absolutely will not substitute.

The “real deal” to me is a truly Biblical church.  The criteria lies embedded in Acts 2:42.  “They continued steadfastly in the apostle’s doctrine, and fellowship, in breaking of bread, and in prayers.”  That is fairly simple, isn’t it?

Now, try to find that gathering of believers.  Doctrine is corrupted with preferences that divide church bodies.  We might want to blame church division on other issues, but it really does lie in “I like this . . . you like that.”  A good friend of mine once said there were probably more church splits started in church nurseries and kitchens than any other place. Preferences.  How sad.  How true!

Now, all that said, I have been “tinkering” with a fiber bar now for about a month.  I experimented with it again today and still have more tweaking to do.  I’ll share it when I have it to my liking.  I’ve been substituting. That’s what set me to thinking about the theme of today’s weblog.



1 Comment

  1. Glenda

    So true!! When we moved to Chattanooga in 1988, we found ourselves looking for a church home that resembled the one we had left. We found a couple of good churches, and with much prayer, chose one where we felt welcomed and useful. However, there were a few points that kept us from feeling truly “at home” there, and we were thrilled when we were able to move back to Seymour nine long years later. There were not doctrinal differences, just a few petty situations that made us uncomfortable, but we were able to worship and participate in meaningful ways for the time we were there. For Christians, though, there is NO substitute for Jesus. He was the perfect substitute for us, and that will never change! Oh, and I’ll look forward to seeing that recipe when you get it done to your liking!

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