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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Taste (07/15/10)

TITLE: A Taste of Life
By Lizzy Ainsworth


Romans 12:1, ĎI beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable serviceí.
When this was announced as the topic of the Sunday morning service, I must confess that my ears pricked down. Our small Baptist church had been without a pastor for two and half years, and as such, everyone in our slowly diminishing congregation took a turn at preaching. With the Holy Spiritís leading there was usually a row of sermons on a particular topic, such as Romanís 12:1. Which was great; it meant that we were listening to what God was saying, but I was terribly bored with the whole theology of sacrifice and surrender theme.
However, I soon discovered that this was one sermon wherein my passions lay. Who would have thought that this living sacrifice theme could be linked with food? Not just any food though.
As the sermon unfolded we were shocked and horrified at the information that we were being given; the food that we ate today was so super processed and ultra hygienic that we had lost tons of nutrition. We were gradually decaying our temples; and sugar, milk and bread seemed to be some of the worst culprits. Just how had we wandered so far from Godís original plan?
Milk was so pasteurised and homogenised that rather than building up our digestive system, studies had actually proven that it was destroying the walls of our intestines.
The goodness of a grain of wheat, oats, or barley from the paddock, by the time it ended up in a cereal or loaf of bread was nearly devoid of nutrition because of how it was processed and drenched in sugar.
Did you know that Coca Cola has less sugar than some juices, while chocolate sauce can be better for you than BBQ sauce?
Working for two supposedly gluten and dairy free families as a governess, had opened my eyes to the fact that if they milked the cow themselves and made all their own dairy products, the dairy had no effect on them, unlike the cheese and milk from the store; while soaking organic whole grains before cooking with them, enabled them to digest them properly without so many adverse side effects.
Perhaps our taste buds need to redirected towards a healthier alternative to processed foods. This might be the taste of life that we are all searching for, and another way to present ourselves as living sacrifices, as well as producing a healthier lifestyle.

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AnneRene' Capp07/22/10
Loved when you said that your "ears pinned down", made me lol. You are so right though about the processing of our food....I believe it to be the number one culprit leading to bad health. Although...I still eat more of it than I should, (mostly out of necessity) but ask God to Bless it to the nourishment of my body anyway. :)
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/26/10
This is a nice turn of the topic. Your passion definitely shows up in your words. You gave great examples as well. Just remember to cite the version of the Bible verse , as well as possibly citing the study that was done about the intestines. This gives the reader the chance to check out and possibly even move and learn more than what you mentioned. Good job.
Bryan Rudolph07/27/10
Your ears were pricked down . . . how witty ! . . . very good.

Your message was delivered with an arrow precise bullís-eye.

The words you used are clean, clear, and concise . . . but boring.

Your title . . . A Taste of Life . . . promised an inviting message and your delivery had one, but being wrapped, as if in a research paper, let my interest dwindle with that of the attending congregation.

Without one whittle of doubt, your writing ability has the power to control the reader . . . think harder about being creative with it.

PamFord Davis 07/27/10
Our ancestors would never believe how foods have changed! Fresh vegetables from the garden have a taste far better than what we find in stores!