Sweet Potato Bars Recipe

Doubt & Sweet Potato Bars

Luke 18:33 (easy)

They will hit me with whips and then they will kill me. But after three days, I will become alive again.

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Can I be really honest? Sometimes, I struggle with doubt. Not just “a little doubt” but a big, question-my-faith kind of doubt. I get caught up asking myself questions like “what if this is all a lie?” and “is it crazy to believe this stuff?”

Of course, the doubt leads to a bit of a shame cycle, because what Christian questions and doubts the entire basis of their faith? More than you’d probably think. In fact, the very first Christians, the disciples, struggled with doubt, hardcore.

While Jesus was alive, He talked a lot about His upcoming death and His resurrection. We see Him mention it many times throughout the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. He’s usually met with confusion and even anger (I’m looking at you, Peter). But still, his message remained the same: they’ll accuse me, torture me, and kill me. Then I’ll come back to life 3, after 3 days. Not only did Jesus talk about His death and prepare His disciples for the upcoming tragedy, He even gave them a timeframe.

Yet, no one believed Him. No one. The people who walked with Jesus for years, who watched Him perform miracles, and gave them the power and authority to perform those miracles themselves. His own mother, who saw His great power from a very young age. No one.

When that third day rolled around, there was no one waiting outside of the grave. No one there to feed Jesus after being dead for 3 days (I can barely sleep for 5 hours without waking up starving), no one there to offer Him new clothes to wear, no one to help Him out of the hole that He was buried in. In fact, the only people that would eventually arrive came with supplies to prepare His body for rest. Two of the disciples even left town.

When we look to all of the people that had the closest relationships with Jesus, we see doubt. Disbelief. Fear. Confusion. This isn’t a glitch in the story. God didn’t choose the wrong people for the job. He didn’t forget to edit the final copy of the Bible to smudge these details out. Jesus chose humans to love, to spend time with, to die for, to forgive, and to glorify Himself.

God isn’t embarrassed or upset by their doubt; if anything, He’s using it to constantly remind us why the death of His Son was so necessary. And He’s not upset or surprised by your doubt, either. We get to come back to the Word, that’s filled with stories of doubters, to reaffirm our belief and regain our faith.

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What are some of the doubts and uncertainties that you find yourself facing frequently?

Pray

For reassurance of your doubts and disbeliefs.

4 • 1 Bar Per Serving

Sweet Potato Bars

5 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet potato, cooked, without skin
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons syrup or honey
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spray a bread loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray
  3. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl, and mix using an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes
  4. Spoon batter evenly into bread pan and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center
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Tips & Tools

It’s so important that your sweet potato is really soft prior to adding in the other ingredients, otherwise it won’t blend into the right consistency!

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